Rating Your Level of Play
All NVTC programs are based on the Play Tennis Canada Rating Scale. Before you register for a course or join a league, take a few minutes to rate yourself using the chart below. Find the level that best describes your general level of ability during a match (not in practice). Remember that your results during match play will improve over time, so come back to do a self-rating periodically.
NOTE: For registered programs Levels 2.5 and above, players are required to complete a Player Assessment. For more information, contact the Tennis Centre at 604-983-6483.
|Level||Groundstrokes||Return of Serve||Net Play||Serve|
|1.0||I'm just starting to play tennis.|
|1.5||I've been introduced to the game, but have difficulty playing due to my lack of consistent rallying and serving.|
|2.0||I can get to the ball, but lack control so my rallying is inconsistent. I often choose forehand instead of backhand.||I have inconsistent returns and tend to position myself to protect my weaknesses.||In singles, I'm reluctant to come to the net. In doubles, I understand the basic positions and am comfortable with forehand volleys (but avoid backhand volleys & overhead shots).||My toss is inconsistent and my service motion incomplete. Double faults common.|
|2.5||I can consistently rally 10 balls in a row over the net at moderate speed with an arced trajectory (especially forehand shots).||In singles, I can consistently return shots to the middle of the court. In doubles, I have difficulty returning cross-court to start the point.||I'm at ease at the net during practice, but still uncomfortable during a game.||I try a full service motion on my first service, but it is still inconsistent (< 50%). I use an incomplete motion to ensure a steady second serve.|
|3.0||I can consistently rally 10 balls in a row using forehands and backhands. I'm able to maintain a moderately paced rally when receiving high, wide or short balls.||I can control the direction of the ball when receiving moderately paced serves.||I'm very consistent on moderately paced balls to my forehand, but still inconsistent on my backhand. I have overall difficulty with low and wide balls.||I have full motion on both serves and can achieve more than 50% success on my first serve; however, my second serve is much slower than the first.|
|3.5||I can make my opponent move around the court, hit harder when I receive easier balls, and perform approach shots with more than 50% consistency.||I can return fast or well-placed serves defensively, return an easier serve with pace or placement, and approach the net in doubles.||I'm becoming consistent on volleys & overheads requiring moderate movement. I can direct forehand volleys and control backhand volleys with little offense, but have general difficulty putting volleys away.||I can vary the speed or direction of a first serve and can direct the second serve to my opponent's weakness without double-faulting on a regular basis.|
|4.0||I'm able to develop points consistently by using a combination of shots; however, I'm erratic when attempting a passing shot or a quality shot from a fast or well-placed ball.||I have difficulty returning very fast or spin serves, but I can hit a good shot or exploit my opponent's weakness on moderately paced serves. In doubles, I can vary returns effectively on moderately paced serves.||I can follow an approach shot to net, poach on weak returns and put away easy overheads. In doubles, I can receive a variety of balls and volley offensively.||I can vary the speed and direction of the first serve and I can use spin.|
|4.5||I can use a variety of spins and am beginning to develop a dominant shot or good steadiness. I'm still erratic when attempting a quality shot in two of the following: when receiving fast balls, wide balls or in passing shot situations.||I can defend consistently off first serves, but am still inconsistent when trying an aggressive return (< 30%). In doubles, I have difficulty returning a first serve to the feet of the incoming serve and volleyer.||When coming to the net after serving, I'm consistently able to put the first volley in play but without pace or depth. Close to the net, I can finish a point using various options including drop, angle and punch volleys. I'm still inconsistent when trying to volley powerful or angled returns.||I have an aggressive first serve with power and spin. On second serves, I frequently hit with good depth and placement (without double faults). In doubles, I can serve and volley off first serves but still experience some inconsistency.|