Pickleball is for all ages.

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Pickleball is for All Ages and Skill Levels

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong using a paddle and plastic ball with holes. It is a game that is appropriate for players of all ages and skill levels. Rules for pickleball are simple, making it a great introductory sport.

Playing pickleball allows you to work on your balance, agility, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination without putting excessive strains on your body. Pickleball is also a wonderful alternative for older players who used to play tennis, but have physical limitations such as hip, shoulder, knee, or other joint problems.

Enjoy the following videos from The Holderness Family.

The Pickleball Song

 

5 Stages of Pickleball

 

For pickleball equipment go to: Grand Slam Tennis with stores in Commack and Miller Place.

Pickleball classes for Adult Beginners and Advanced beginners are available thru the Town Of Islip and Town of Smithtown Department of Recreation. Coming soon: Pickleball private lessons. Pickleball Open Play Programs.

 

Suffolk County Tennis and Education Foundation, Inc.
The Suffolk County Tennis and Education Foundation is the contracted sponsor
for Pickleball instruction and play in the Town of Islip and Town of Smithtown.

Town of Islip

Town Of Islip Parks Tennis and Pickleball Courts Schedules and Events.

Instruction Classes for winter starting January 2023.

Class information posted here.

Location for all Classes

Town Hall West - Indoors on modified gymnasium courts.

About Beginner Classes

Learn basic paddle skills, shots, doubles rules and tactics. Game play every session. Learn to set up and manage play. Equipment is provided. Players are encouraged to bring their own pickleball paddles.

Class Fees*

Open to Islip residents and non-residents.

$TBD Town of Islip residents
$TBD Non-residents

 

Level: Adv. Beginners.

Learn next level paddle skills, shots, doubles rules and tactics. Game play every session.
Players must provide own equipment.

Please note: Advanced beginners have some playing experience, know Pickleball rules and how to score and is ideal for players who have taken Islip and Smithtown beginner classes.
Anyone who registers and does not meet the requirements will not be allowed to participate.

Registration thru Town of Islip Sports Office.
To Register: Call 631-224-5403

Click here to go to Town of Islip Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Web Site

About Pickleball Player Levels

Pickleball ratings vary from 1.0 to 6.0+, with a 1.0 rating (or skill level) being used for beginner players and a 6.0+ rating (or skill level) being reserved for the very best professional pickleball players.

USE THIS GUIDE TO DETERMINE YOUR SKILL LEVEL AND ULTIMATELY INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF EXPERIENCING A MORE COMPETITIVE AND ENJOYABLE MATCH . RATING AND DESCRIPTIONS

To help you understand your level, ask your self:

Am I? - Do I? - Can I?  

  • 1.0
    • New and have only minimal knowledge of the game and the rules.
  • 1.5
    • Limited to some rallies.
    • Learning how to serve.
    • Developing a forehand.
    • Fails to return easy balls frequently and occasionally misses the ball entirely.
    • Played a few games and is learning the court lines, scoring, and some basic rules of the game.
  • 2.0
    • Sustains a short rally with players of equal ability.
    • Demonstrates the basic shot strokes – forehand, backhand, volley, overhead and the serve, but has obvious weaknesses in most strokes.
    • Familiar with court positioning in doubles play.
  • 2.5
    • Makes longer lasting slow-paced rallies.
    • Makes most easy volleys and uses some backhands but needs more work on developing shot strokes.
    • Beginning to approach the non- volley zone to hit volleys.
    • Aware of the “soft game.”
    • Knowledge of the rules has improved.
    • Court coverage is weak but improving.
  • 3.0
    • More consistent on the serve and service return and when returning medium-paced balls.
    • Demonstrates improved skills with all the basic shot strokes and shot placement but lacks control when trying for direction, depth, or power on their shots.
    • Beginning to attempt lobs and dinks with little success and doesn’t fully understand when and why they should be used.
  • 3.5
    • Demonstrates improved stroke dependability with directional control on most medium-paced balls and some faster-paced balls.
    • Demonstrates improved control when trying for direction, depth and power on their shots.
    • Needs to develop variety with their shots.
    • Exhibits some aggressive net play.
    • Beginning to anticipate opponent’s shots.
    • Learning about the importance of strategy and teamwork in doubles.
  • 4.0
    • Consistent and dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand shots.
    • Reliable serves, lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys and can use spin shots with some success.
    • Occasionally can force errors when serving.
    • Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
    • Uses the dink shot and drop shots to slow down or change the pace of the game.
    • Demonstrates 3rd shot strategies – drop shots, lobs, and fast-paced ground strokes.
    • Aggressive net play and teamwork in doubles is evident.
    • Fully understands the rules of the game and can play by them.
  • 4.5
    • Beginning to master the use of power and spin, can successfully execute all shots, can control the depth of their shots, and can handle pace.
    • Beginning to master the dink shots and drop shots and their importance to the game.
    • Beginning to master 3rd shot choices.
    • Displays sound footwork and moves well enough to get to the non-volley zone whenever required.
    • Understands strategy and can adjust style of play and game plan according to the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and court position.
    • Serves with power and accuracy and can also vary the speed and spin of the serve.
    • Understands the importance of “keeping the ball in play” and the effect of making errors.
    • Making good choices in shot selection.
    • Anticipates the opponent’s shots resulting in good court positioning.
  • 5.0
    • Mastered all the skills – all shot types, touch, spin, serves, with control and can use them as weapons.
    • Excellent shot anticipation, extremely accurate shot placement and regularly hits winning shots.
    • Forces opponents into making errors by “keeping the ball in play.” • Mastered the dink and drop shots.
    • Mastered the 3rd shot choices and strategies.
    • Uses soft shots, dinks and lobs to set up offensive situations. • Mastered pickleball strategies and can vary strategies and styles of play in competitive or tournament matches.
    • Dependable in stressful situations as in tournament match play.
    • Athletic ability, quickness, agility, and raw athleticism are also qualities that are sometimes what separates the top players from those near the top.

    Click this link for USA Pickleball Definitions of Player Skill Ratings.