Pickleball with Kim Evans and Thea Froehling - Rancho La Puerta
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Pickleball with Kim Evans and Thea Froehling

Week of October 12, 2024

Beginners will learn the rules and fundamentals of the game which include positioning on the court, paddle grip, scoring, serve, return of serve, and the difference between a hard and soft game. They will also learn tactics and techniques to play the game. We will play a game putting these new skill sets together and have fun.

Advanced beginners will learn to improve their playing skills. They will learn how to start a point effectively, develop their 3rd shot drop or drive, practice their dinking skills, learn positioning on the court, and learn the hard and soft game. We will break down the skills needed at this level to make sure the player is mastering the basics before advancing to the next level. We will test these skills while playing a game.

Intermediate players will learn how to start the point effectively, learn how to get out of trouble using defensive skills, learn ways to apply pressure by developing offensive skills, practice their net game, 3rd shot development, and tactics to starting, building, and finishing a point. We will test these skills while playing a game.

Advanced players will practice dinking drills, offensive & defensive lobs, focus on being more strategic at the net, learn when to speed up the game, practice resets and block shots. We will drill in the transition zone to move to the NVZ line. Fun drills to practice how to finish and win a game. Players at this level will have an opportunity to play their game.


Kim Evans is a certified Professional Tennis Instructor (PTR) and a Professional Pickleball Instructor (PPR). She competed in Division III tennis in college, and has been enthusiastically teaching tennis since 2003 at a number of highly rated facilities. She was introduced to the sport of pickleball in the 1980s, but became passionate about it in 2018. She currently competes and earns medals in local and national tournaments.

Kim is also a Licensed (Illinois) Clinical Professional
Counselor, and has been in private practice for 30 years. This unique skill enables her to incorporate sports psychology into her coaching.

“I’ve been coming to the Ranch since 1995, both as a guest and an instructor. It’s one of my favorite places in the world! I love being with the guests and encouraging them to become better pickleball players.”


Thea Mucerino Froehling is a PCI certified pickleball instructor and AFAA certified fitness and aqua instructor. For 20+ years, she has used her skills in strength & conditioning, stretch & mobility, aqua fitness, sport instruction and coaching to help people reach their goals. Thea is passionate about teaching pickleball, and helping people feel strong, healthy, and confident. Her enthusiastic style helps people to have fun while exercising.

Thea is an active participant in sports and fitness. She has been successful in local and national pickleball tournaments. Through continuing education in fitness and pickleball, Thea remains on the cutting edge of various trends.

“I feel the Ranch is where loving energy is created and shared which invigorates the mind, body, and soul.”