One of the many appeals of Pickleball is the friendly environment and the tolerance that advanced players have for beginners. There are exceptions of course when good players understandably prefer to play with others at their same ability level. For newcomers it is important to “learn the ropes’ at any given Pickleball venue they choose. A typical arrangement is to designate certain courts for level 4 or level 5 players and reserve other courts for people who play at lower levels. A scenario which tends to sort players out is to have challenge courts where the winning team holds the court until they lose a game. Like any other sport the best way to improve your game is to play with some one above (but not too far above) your level. Most players are very happy to “coach” others and get satisfaction from helping them raise their level of play.