Friday, May 29, 2009

Pickleball A Game for All

By Coach Pickleball Promoter

Editor's Notes.

This blog is aimed at players new to the game of Pickleball particularily students. There are outlines teachers, recreation directors and coaches can use to teach the game of Pickleball. I am pleased that this material is linked to the USAPA website and material from this blog is on the website of Pickleball Canada. I have used my experience as a teacher to put together these lessons. I will be the first to admit I am a better teacher than player.

"This is truly, a game for all"
This blog attempts to put together a series of web-based sessions that will take the place of a book. Using past experience in preparing educational materials for web-based learning, I have put together a series of beginning pickleball articles for use by beginner coaches, teachers, students and players of all ages who want to learn the basics of pickleball. The beauty of using web-based learning is sessions can be interactive and updated regularly.

I have located and researched as many websites as possible and put them together in one spot. By creating links to websites such as and, beginning players and anyone teaching the game for the first time can click and learn more. These articles are designed to teach the basics of the game of pickleball to new players. My hope is that teachers will have students go online, read the material, and watch the videos before they go to the courts.

All sources of information are acknowledged and players can go to sites to read and watch videos of material covered with the click of a mouse. Materials can be printed for student use or teachers and coaches can tell students to visit the site for review. I know from experience that many learners are visual, so I have included as many pictures and videos as I could find.

I believe that newbies want to get playing quickly and do not want too much “chalk and talk”. Quick instruction and practice, then review and practice are the key to successful lessons in pickleball.

The order of the articles/sessions changes as I add new material. I have provide a list of topics at the end of this posting and all readers can click on a particular topic to find out more about that aspect of the game. Since readers will be at different levels and coaches want material for different topics, you can just click on a topic and go directly there.

Several of the beginnig topics are followed by a quiz for use by teachers with students. Adults may wish to try the quiz to test their knowledge.

This material is for the sole use of coaches, teachers, and players. It is NOT for publication without the consent of the writer. If you like it use it, but acknowledge the source.

I hope players and teachers find this information useful. Please feel free to forward comments to help me improve each session by clicking on comments or e-mailing your thoughts to

I would like to thank George Brewer of The Villages, FL. for introducing me to the game of Pickleball in 2005. It was George's sense of humor that made the game fun to learn and practice. Thanks to George, I am addicted.

Another person who influenced me to go further was Neal Nightingale from Sun City Center, Fl. He took up the game at 72 years young and developed a passion for it. Neal just turned 80 and is still playing. He encouraged me to get involved with the usapa and to coach others. I worked with Neal to teach a lesson at my club in Florida and I went on from there. Neal, thanks for giving me the confidence to teach others and become an ambassador of this great game.

Lastly, I met Coach Mo last February and immediately knew I had to do what he was doing for Pickleball. Dick "Mo" Movsessian is the best coach in the game in my opinion and most important he does it all for the love of the game. Many of my ideas are influenced by all the aforementioned individuals but I find myself referring more and more to Mo. "More and More Mo!" I call it creative stealing and you know what, he is thrilled to share.

Thanks to these find gentleman for sharing with me and I hope others will learn what you have taught me in these sessions. Thanks George, Neal and Mo.


I hope you find the following articles/lessons/sessions useful. If these help one teacher or coach introduce the game to student, I will consider my time well worth the effort.

  • The Basic Rules of Pickleball

  • Positioning and Scoring in Pickleball

  • The Proper Forehand Technique

  • Executing a Good Backhand

  • Playing at the NV Line

  • Turning Practising Pickleball Shots Into Fun
  • 1 comment:

    badmiyagi .s said...

    Pickleball is fun and exercise. However, I find some areas of extreme frustration. Mainly I find a lot of players forget the score or whose turn it is to serve etc.
    I get more tired from trying desperately, and constantly to keep them straight on all of these things. These are not all older players because it has caught on with the younger age groups. I believe it's because of all these numbers thrown in to the mix, kinda like a series of lottery numbers.
    I sometimes tell them that if they say all three numbers correctly, it's like hitting the jackpot!
    The fix for this is simple. First serve, second serve and service over can only help alleviate this problem.
    The other thing is everyone on the far side of the court insists on calling the lines. At some point you have to trust that players would be honest enough to call them correctly and honestly. That's what sportsmanship is,and they do that in tennis and badminton all the time. Why not in Pickleball? All of these take away from Pickleball's image as a sport and make it just a game. Can someone comment on all of this and give an opinion and make some suggestions to smooth out these rough edges. Such a waste of time.
    Look, I do understand that not everyone is competitive. Even so would it not be advisable to learn the proper way to play the game. It would be a shame to lose out.
    I still enjoy playing and try not to let it take away from the enthusiasm and awareness I bring to where I play.