An instructor will want to plan the lessons far in advance before beginning
to teach. This allows time to create a definite strategy for organizing the
program and lessons. Choose your target, whether they be adult, kids, or
youth groups. Set group size, if possible. Ideally 4-6 players are the best size
for teaching and for keeping the players moving, rather than standing. It
allows the instructor to set up game-type situations during lessons so players
may put new skills into real play.
How-to-clinics are special events that challenge players to learn something
new or help them to work on a specific area of their game that they just
can’t get into play. Some suggestions for clinics are Lobs and Lob Recovery,
Hitting an Effective Soft/Slow Paced 3 rd Shot, or Add Spin to Your Serve.
One of the things I love about pickleball is creating fun mixers and events
that will bring a load of players from within the club or facility to participate. Nothing like food, fun, and pickleball! These are opportunities to retain the players you have and to invite other facilities that have pickleball programs to the mixers. A mixer is not just about pickleball, it is getting to know players and enjoying time off the court together. Think out-of-the-box for entertaining mixers. They could be charity events, raising money for special projects, or great holiday get-togethers. See our Mixers page to get ideas and even use our flyers!
HOW to Create a Program
After all the introductions, demonstrations, advertisements, and exposure to pickleball in the community, it is time for actual lessons to begin. The basics of ground strokes, volleys, overheads, and serves coupled with teaching grips and techniques that will improve the skills of the beginner are most welcomed. Players whom complete a beginner group could be moved to a different skill group depending upon their abilities. Advanced beginners need to learn how to place their shots, how to dink, and how to move together as a team while intermediate players concentrate on increased pace, depth, and placement. A consistent dink, and a well-executed soft 3 rd shot are necessary characteristics of an advanced intermediate player. Two important ingredients are necessary for beginning and further development of a pickleball program. A core group of people playing the game with exuberance spills over into the lives of new people they meet. And a qualified pickleball pro or teacher who provides and equips players with the skills they need to have fun while playing the game.
You can always use cones - and a friend!