Advanced Group Eligibility Requirements

Have you considered checking out the Tuesday & Thursday Advanced Group Play? If you think you are ready, come on by, you can be evaluated that day! To assure our evaluation team is there you may want to make an appointment. It starts with a game of Skinny Singles where you have to score at least 4 points out of 10 against an AG (advanced group) player. After passing that, you move on to the skills section.  

Whether you pass or not, it gives you a chance to check out your skills. You can always try again in a couple of weeks!  

If you have an official USA Pickleball rating of 3.5 or higher, you are invited to join our Advance Play group without any evaluation. Advanced Play is at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday  at 7th Street Park.  Depending on the numbers it often goes till 1pm.

If you do not have an official rating, you may qualify to play with the advanced group if you pass our club evaluation process. 

Our evaluation was developed by a team of volunteers who looked at other rating scales and then developed our own Yucaipa Pickleball assessment that will provide a list of shots that have been mastered and a list of shots that need to be developed to improve your game.  We will not attempt to determine your skill level. 

Our evaluation was developed to reflect the abilities of our club’s current advanced players.  We do not make any claims that if you pass the evaluation, you are a 3.5 player.  Nor, will we say that if you don’t pass, you are not a 3.5 player.  This evaluation is not designed to ascertain your skill level.

If you feel that you are an advanced player and that you would be able to play competitively with our advanced players, please contact one of the Advanced Play Coordinators, John Devine or Dennis Banaag to arrange an evaluation. We would recommend making a reservation by emailing

The evaluation will consist of two parts:

1)   A skinny singles evaluation with a current member of the Advanced Play group.  This will be a short, one-on-one exchange on half of a court.  It will consist of 10 serves, alternating between the player being evaluated and the AG player.  Both players will rotate sides after the first 5 serves.  Rally scoring will be utilized (meaning that you do not have to serve to earn the point).  Females will play against females and males will play against males. The player being tested must earn a minimum of 4 points to proceed to the next step. 

2)   Formal evaluation.  The player will have to demonstrate competence on a series of shots, including deep serves and returns, dinks, drop shots, resets, overheads, lobs, running down lobs, volleys, and more.  You do not have to be perfect on all shots, you simply have to score as well as our AG players.  In order to pass, you must successfully complete 3 out of 6 drop shot assessments and you must pass 12 out of the 16 non-drop shot assessments.

Please note:  This group plays aggressively and competitively to the best of their abilities.  Most of the players are preparing for tournament play.  

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