Different assessment systems and levels
Level and classes are not about how many times/hours you have played, it is about how you handle the game and how good you are.

Be humble and understand that someone who played 5h can play just as well and be on the same level as someone who played 50h. Some may be extremely good technically but due to a knee injury can not move 100% and then it is unfortunately not possible to reach a certain level, as the next level requires faster mobility. In Andalusia we have categories 1-5 where 1 is elite and 5 are beginners, in other parts of Spain they have the same system but there are 5 elite and 1 beginner.


The system thus differs depending on where you play. In Nerja Padel, you are judged by your game on the court, just like in all sports. About 100 players in Nerja Padel Club belong to "c-level", which is "average" in this group, a lower average compared to the Spanish local club that I am a member of.

I was for a couple of years at level 4 (c-class) in Nerja, it is a very wide group, the largest in Spain, and most players never leave it.
The highest level-4-player can win against the lowest level-4-player with 6-0 6-0 without any problems, the differences are so big, so it takes a long time and usually a lot of training to reach category 3 (b-level).

Nerja Padel's differences in levels are explained below, it is a finger pointing and not carved in stone, they can be used when you communicate and advertise for players in the group. I make an assessment on the first and latest lesson (viewable in a few minutes) based on my knowledge and experience in the sport. Since I'm also the only one who's seen you all play, I know the group's average, and what really is "average player" in this group.

It is important to be humble with the levels and focus on having fun instead of on your "level", it is a sport, but for most people no more than a fun exercise. And talking levels is not something that a Spaniard does, but you show off your skills on the track instead
"menos hablar y mas jugar".

Below are my personal descriptions that I use as guidelines within Nerja Padel.
(The players in the photos are not connected directly to the described levels)

Exerciser (D in the group, 5 in Nerja)

  • usually serves with topspin
  • plays all basic shots as serve/volley/smash/lob
  • can keep the ball going 10 over the net
  • can hit a lob and "take" the net
  • rarely has time to run for a lob when it comes from the opponent
    *about 70 players in the group

Skilled (B in the group, 4 in Nerja)

  • can all above
  • always communicates with your partner
  • plays bajada, and knows when, where and why
  • can smash out the ball at 4 meters
  • can create drop shots off your volleys
  • can play against sidewalls
  • keeps the ball going when sparring against me *about 25 players in the group

Beginner (E in the group, 5 in Nerja)

  • have never played padel
  • played a few times
  • I am unsure of the rules
  • Can hit the ball when it comes to you at a slow pace.
  • Play with no attacks and preferably forehand
  • Has difficulty with playing backhand
  • Has not started with attacks or volley
    *about 50 players in the group

Leisure player (C in the group, 4 in Nerja)

  • serves with backspin
  • always attacks when served
  • plays bandeja, and knows when, where and why
  • jumping sideways backwards, no tripping
  • plays in parallel with your partner
  • often communicates with your partner
  • know the positions required to close the gaps
  • can run up a drop shot
  • can run up a lob and counter lob
  • can play ball against the back wall in case of emergency
    *about 100 players in the group

Expert (A in the group, 3 in Nerja)

  • can all above
  • plays vibora as well
  • smashes out the ball at 3 meters a lot
  • plays even/wins against me head-to-head
    *about 5 players in the group

    It is usually possible to book a match-class with me as a playing trainer and two other players at a similar level. The match is 2h and 40 min personal coaching per player.

    For more detailed information and personal schedule, contact me through Whatsapp (easiest) or email.