The criteria below are used by Stratford Padel Club to assess players’ levels regularly and add them to the most appropriate group of players. This will ensure good quality, competitive matches, and allow player progression.
These guidelines outline the most critical components of amateur padel play performance, and advise on key areas for improvement to progress to the next level.
They are not suitable for self-assessment. They will only be used by our coaches to design Academy/Group lessons learning programmes, and individual player development roadmaps.
Progression across levels will only be decided by coaches, following player assessment, which is free of charge and performed every 6 months for players that do not take any lessons; assessment will be more frequent, for those taking group and/or private lessons.
The level allocation is not subject to negotiation between players and coaches, under any circumstances, to ensure matches organised by the club remain competitive and of good quality.
The player has no experience of any racquet sports.
Hand-eye coordination requires improvement. Physical fitness and agility are limited. This is a total newcomer to sports and padel and has a very limited practical understanding of the game.
The player has some basic experience of padel or another racquet sports but at beginner level.
If coming from squash, they may have some understanding of the ball bounce against the wall. If coming from tennis, they may have basic tennis technique on groundstrokes.
The player has been playing consistently for several years, tends to participate in B tournaments and their ranking improves consistently. If playing A tournaments, gets eliminated in early rounds.