Beginners will learn the rules and fundamentals of the game, which include positioning on the court, paddle grip, scoring, serving, return of serve, and the difference between a hard and soft game. They will also learn tactics and techniques to play the game. Beginners will play a game putting these new skill sets together, and we’ll have some 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. They will break down the skills needed at this level to make sure the player is mastering the basics before advancing to the next level. Their skills will be tested while playing a game.
Intermediate players will learn how to start the point effectively, learn how to get out of trouble using defensive skills, and learn ways to apply pressure by developing offensive skills. They will practice their net game, as well as their 3rd shot development. Participants will develop tactics to start, build, and finish a point. Players will test these skills while playing a game.
Advanced players will practice dinking drills, offensive and defensive lobs, and focus on being more strategic at the net. Participants will learn when to speed up the game, and practice resets and block shots. The player will drill in the transition zone. They will practice fun drills in how to finish and win a game. The player at this level will have an opportunity to play the game using these skills.
Thea Mucerino Froehling is a PCI certified pickleball instructor. She coaches predominately beginner to intermediate pickleball in the Chicago area. Thea took home gold medals in the US Open, Chicago Open, and other local tournaments. The passion she has for pickleball turned into the desire to teach and help grow the sport. When not coaching pickleball, Thea is a certified fitness instructor with a zeal for working with older active adults.