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5-Week group lessons at Riverside Park!  Week 6 is for weather make-ups or open play.



Maximum of 8 players in each lesson.




Summer 2023

Pickleball level ratings and descriptions:
Skill Level Rating Definitions Level 1.0 - Beginner 



  • New—has minimal knowledge of the game.




Level 1.5 - Beginner 



  • Has taken at least one beginner lesson


  • Learning how to serve


  • Developing a forehand


  • Fails to return easy balls frequently


  • Learning to play the game, scoring and some basic rules




Level 2.0 - Beginning



  • Has participated in novice and beginning skills practice


  • Moves around the court in a balanced and safe manner


  • Gets some serves “in”


  • Realizes aspects of score-keeping, rules and where to stand on the court during serve, receive of serve, and general play


  • Has some basic stroke skills, backhand, forehand, volley but has obvious weaknesses


  • Familiar with where to stand in doubles play




Level 2.5 - Beginning/Novice 



  • Able to serve “in” more regularly


  • Knows the two bounce rule and demonstrates it most times


  • Knows where to stand on the court during serve, serve receive and general play


  • Is mastering keeping score


  • Aware of the soft game and occasionally tries to dink


  • Working on form for ground strokes, accuracy is variable


  • Makes longer lasting slow paced rallies


  • Sometimes lobs with forehand with varying degrees of success


  • Beginning to approach the non-volley zone to hit volleys


  • Court coverage is weak but is improving


  • Knows fundamental rules and can keep score




Level 3.0 - Beginning/Novice



  • Working to keep the serve and serve receive deep


  • Moves quickly towards the non-volley zone when opportunity is there


  • Trying to make flatter returns (where appropriate)


  • More aware of their partner’s position on the court and moving more as a team


  • Developing more power in shots


  • Beginning to attempt lobs and dinks with little success and doesn’t fully understand when and why they should be used


  • Demonstrates improved skills with all the basic shot strokes and shot placement but lacks control when trying for direction, depth or power on shots




Level 3.5 - Novice/Intermediate 



  • Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the rules of the game


  • Gets high majority of serves “in”


  • Able to serve and return serve deep


  • Hits to the weak side of opponent often


  • Demonstrates more strategies of playing during games


  • Works better with partners in communicating, covering court, moving to net


  • With varying consistency executes: lobs, forehand/backhand ground strokes, overheads, net volleys, and sustained dinking


  • Starting to use drop shots in order to get to the net


  • Knows when to make some specific placed shots in the game


  • Working on mixing up soft shots with power shots to create an advantage


  • Hits fewer balls out of bounds or in the net


  • Dinks mostly in opponents' kitchen and dinks lower over the net


  • Able to sustain dinking in the game


  • Has a moderate number of unforced errors



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Pickleball Lessons - Beginner (Thursdays) 
16 - 99 N/A Th  05/25/2023 - 06/29/2023
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Riverside Park
$60.00 Res, $70.00 Non-Res
 
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Pickleball Lessons - Beginner (Tuesdays) 
16 - 90 N/A Tu  05/23/2023 - 06/27/2023
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Riverside Park - Pickleball Court
$60.00 Res, $70.00 Non-Res
 
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Pickleball Lessons - Beginner (Wednesdays) 
16 - 99 N/A 05/24/2023 - 06/28/2023
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Riverside Park
$60.00 Res, $70.00 Non-Res
 
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Pickleball Lessons- Advanced Beginner (Tuesdays) 
NPB
16 - 99 N/A Tu  05/23/2023 - 06/27/2023
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Riverside Park - Pickleball Court
$60.00 Res, $70.00 Non-Res
 
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Pickleball Lessons- Advanced Beginner (Wednesdays) 
NPB
16 - 99 N/A 05/24/2023 - 06/28/2023
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Riverside Park
$60.00 Res, $70.00 Non-Res
 
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Pickleball Lessons- Intermediate (Thursdays) 
16 - 99 N/A Th  05/25/2023 - 06/29/2023
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Riverside Park
$60.00 Res, $70.00 Non-Res
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