Pickleball Reservations.

4/19-4/25 4/26-5/2 



Face coverings must be worn up to the Pickleball Courts. Please check in at  the JCC Welcome Center before walking up to courts.

Questions, please contact Melissa Horton, MHorton@ssbjcc.org

Pickleball Tournament


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Pickleball Tournament

  • Sunday, May 2
  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • Discounted Member : $35.00 | Fee: $40.00

Rain Date: May 16.

Two tournaments will be held outdoors: One for Intermediate players (rating of 1-3) and one for Advanced Players (rating of 3.5-5).  See explanation of ratings below.

Questions? Contact Melissa Horton, Mhorton@ssbjcc.org, (908)443-9008

Tournament Sponsorships Available.

Intermediate Players (Rating of 1-3)

Rating 1.0
  • New player with understanding of the game and rules.
Rating 1.5
  • Can hit the ball back and forth a bit
  • Learning to serve
  • Fails to hit easy balls frequently
  • Beginning to learn the basic rules such as scoring, lines, sideouts, etc.
Rating 2.0
  • Sustains short rallies.
  • Makes basic strokes such as forehand, backhand, volley, and can serve the ball.
  • Understands court positioning and doubles rules.
Rating 2.5
  • Can sustain longer rallies but not a fast pace.
  • Makes most easy shots including backhands, but still needs some work.
  • Able to approach the non-volley zone and hit volleys.
  • Aware of dinks. For quick definitions check out our glossary of terms.
  • Good understanding of the rules.
  • Struggles to cover the entire court.
Rating 3.0
  • Has a consistent serve and returns medium-paced balls reliably.
  • Able to make all basic strokes. Lacks control when trying to place the ball.
  • Attempts lobs and dinks with limited success.

Advanced Players (Rating of 3.5-5)


Rating 3.5
  • Consistent control and placement of medium-paced shots. Able to return fast-paced shots with slightly less success.
  • Improved control and placement of the ball.
  • Needs more shot variety.
  • Can play aggressively at the non-volley zone.
  • Anticipates opponent’s shots.
  • Learning the strategy of doubles play.
Rating 4.0
  • Consistent both forehand and backhand strokes.
  • Can use spin with some success.
  • Can occasionally force errors when serving.
  • May lose rallies due to impatience.
  • Uses the dink and drop shot successfully.
  • Demonstrates 3rd shot strategies.
  • Aggressive net play in doubles.
  • Full understanding of the rules.
Rating 4.5
  • Beginning to master placement and spin.
  • Beginning to master 3rd shot choices.
  • Good footwork and positioning.
  • Adjusts game style to account for opponent’s strengths/weaknesses and court position.
  • Good shot selection. Does not force shots.
  • Serves consistently and can vary speed and spin.
  • Good court positioning. Anticipates opponent’s shot.
Rating 5.0
  • Mastered all shot types.
  • Excellent shot anticipation.
  • Accurate shot placement.
  • Forces errors. Limits their own unforced errors.
  • Mastered dinks and dropshots.
  • Mastered 3rd shot strategy.
  • Mastered different strategies and can vary play style.
  • Raw athletic ability is often what separates 5.0 players from the rest.