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Grade Ladder – Tennis
Level Forehand Backhand Serving and Movement
9

(20)

All core and advanced forehand strokes (offensive/defensive) performed to a high standard. Showing a variety. All core and advanced backhand strokes (offensive/defensive) performed to a high standard. Showing a variety. All core and advanced serving skills are utilised effectively with confidence. Accuracy, speed and spin are evident.  Tactical awareness is excellent.
8

(18-19)

All core and advanced forehand strokes (offensive/defensive) performed to a very good standard. Showing a variety. All core and advanced backhand strokes (offensive/defensive) performed to a very good standard. Showing a variety. Serves are at a very good standard which the opposing player finds hard to return.  The player can vary the delivery using slice and topspin.
7

(16-17)

All core and advanced forehand strokes (offensive/defensive) performed to a good standard. Showing a variety.   Succeeds in outwitting the opponent. All core and advanced backhand strokes (offensive/defensive) performed to a good standard. Showing a variety. Is consistently serving with speed and accuracy does use spin during the serves that the opposition has to work to return. Positioning and footwork is very good and player uses tactics to outwit opponent.
6

(14-15)

All core skills have consistency. Some advanced strokes have varying consistency. Footwork and positioning are consistent. Showing variety in their choice of shots. All core skills have consistency. Some advanced strokes have varying consistency. Footwork and positioning are consistent.  Showing variety in their choice of shots. Is consistently serving with speed and accuracy does use spin during the serves that the opposition has to work to return. Positioning and footwork is good.
5

(11-13)

All core forehand strokes are performed with consistency and some advanced skills are attempted but not consistent. All core backhand strokes are performed with consistency and some advanced skills are attempted but not yet consistent. Is consistently serving with speed and accuracy and some degree of spin during the serves that the opposition has to work to return.
4

(8-10)

All core forehand shots have moderate success. All core backhand shots have moderate success. Is beginning to serve with increased consistency during games, returns serve with more success.  Moves well on court.
3

(6-7)

Is using the forehand groundstroke in competitive situations more consistently and demonstrating the forehand volley with some accuracy. Is using the backhand groundstroke in competitive situations with more consistently and demonstrating the backhand volley with some accuracy. Showing more consistency and accuracy in placement of the serve and applies this to games.  Is beginning to return serves from the opposition.
2

(4-5)

Is using forehand ground strokes in competitive situations with some degree of success. Is using backhand ground strokes in competitive situations with some degree of success. Is able to serve in practice situations with consistency and beginning to apply this to the game. Moves with some success to get into position to play shots.
1

(1-3)

Can perform a short rally with a partner using a forehand stroke with some consistency and adopting the correct body position. Can perform a short rally with a partner using a backhand stroke with some consistency and adopting the correct body position and grip. Can perform a serve under the correct rules with some consistency.   Moves to get in line with the ball.
W3 Can perform a short rally with a partner using a forehand stroke with some consistency. Can perform a short rally with a partner using a backhand stoke with some consistency. Can perform a basic serve under the correct rules with limited accuracy.
W2 Able to play a forehand ground stroke back to a partner using self-feed. Some consistency. Able to play a backhand ground shot back to a partner from a  self-feed. Some consistency. Able to demonstrate the basic serving action with inconsistencies.
W1 Able to play a basic forehand C stroke back to a partner from self-feed. Inconsistent in accuracy. Able to play a backhand shot back to a partner using self-feed. Inconsistent results. Attempts the serving action in practice situations with little success.

Advanced skills

Groundstrokes: – variety of spin (backspin/slice and topspin)

  • Forehand
  • Backhand

Serve:

  • Use of spin (slice or topspin)
  • Second serve
  • Drop Shot/volley
  • Overhead/smash
  • Footwork and court position

Core skills

  • Serving
  • Return of serve
  • Ground strokes: forehand/Backhand
  • Volleys: Forehand/ Backhand
  • Forehand Lob
  • Court Positioning: Footwork/ Speed/ Mobility

Tactics

  • Selection of appropriate shot
  • Attack/ defence
  • Roles and Positioning
  • Formations of play
  • Outwitting opponent: serve, second serve, volley.
  • Disguising shot
  • Awareness of team strategies/tactics
  • Awareness of strengths/weaknesses
  • Awareness of rules