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The New York City Racquetball Meetup Group Message Board › FAQ - How can I estimate what rank I am (A/B/C/D)?

FAQ - How can I estimate what rank I am (A/B/C/D)?

Paul A.
user 3473402
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 8
I think this is a common question that each of us should take into consideration. Here is a loose guideline taken from the Usenet Racquetball FAQ -

QG11: How can I estimate what rank I am (A/B/C/D)?
A: The best way is to simply play others who know their ranking, or
better yet, enter a few tournaments. In the meantime, here are
some standards approved by PARI to help determine an accurate skill
level. This is taken directly from _Racquetball_ Magazine of
March/April, 1994 (see QG02 for more info on the magazine).

Thanks to David Aaronson for taking the time to enter the following.

What is a "D" Player?
A player who is just beginning to receive instructions. Lacks
playing experience. Is in the process of learning safety,
rules, forehand and backhand strokes, Z serves, back wall shots,
angles, passing shots and is ready to start participating in
club leagues and friendly competition.

What is a "C" Player?
A player who has played over 6 months, plays frequently, and
is developing strengths in the basics listed above for a "D"
player. Level of knowledge is rising and can execute most shots
with some precision, like ceiling , pinches, pass shots and an
occasional kill shot. Has taken an occasional lesson and has
attended a racquetball clinic. Has started entering tournaments
and has an extra racquet.

What is a "B" Player?
Players who play regularly and have found time to practice on
their own to perfect their shots. Has good knowledge of court
strategy and positioning. Has good knowledge of offense and
defense situations. Is able to select the proper shot most of
the time. Probably is still inconsistent but improving. Is
developing patience and is able to accept tips from better
players. Shows interest in private racquetball lessons and
instructional camps. Participates in most club events.

What is an "A" Player?
A player who plays regularly. Is a top player in the club.
Trains for racquetball and both backhand and forehand shots are
near equal. Has high level of knowledge. High percentage of
executing most shots and no apparent weaknesses. Perfected the
kill shot and now re-kills opponents' attempted kill shots.
Can and probably does compete in sanctioned tournaments. May
seek to participate in AARA Elite Camp and either has a coach
or is seeking a coach.

Ed Chang has a dissenting opinion on the above descriptions:
"As a California tournament player, I must warn you that you will
be blown out if you play a tournament using these guidelines to
determine your rank. The best advice is to play someone who has
played tournaments (IN YOUR AREA)."
Jason C.
user 11129440
Forest Hills, NY
Post #: 4
By these guidelines I'm a C+/B- player.

Anybody want to play next week? I work in Manhattan, but live in Queens.

user 9215784
New York, NY
Post #: 2
I think I am a C level player, I play twice a week on average as there is a Rball court near my office in Westchester. If anyone want to play in Queens let me know, there is a court in Flushing at the NY Park and Rec. center.
New York, NY
Post #: 1
Hey guys. I am a lapsed player starting up again, and just joined the Cross Island Y. I played pretty regularly for a couple of years around 03-06, but didn't really learn much of the terminology etc. I'd say I was a C player at that time, but 5 years and 30 lbs later, I'll rank myself D+ to begin with :)

If anyone is interested in an exploratory session at the Cross Island Y, please let me know. I am available work-day evenings (7 or 8pm slots) or Saturday. If our skill levels aren't too far off, I'm looking for 2 hours per week to add to my current Sunday morning slot.


Mia S.
New York, NY
Post #: 1
Based on the above criteria, I believe I would have to start over again as I haven't played for several years. At that time, I would say I was not even a good player (my enthusiam exceeded my abilities) a C+, and so categorizing myself as a beginner again would be fair. Does anyone know where I can go to re-learn and practice with a pro, or someone who possesses a bit of patience? Thank you!!
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