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CTPA PB-1: Beginners Class


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Course # 8203 Sun., Feb 17
Course # 8204 Sun., March 24
Course # 8202 Sun., April 28
Course # 8205  Sun., June 2

Program Fee:  $48.  Resident Discount Fee: $43.
This is a great introduction to pickleball. Learn scoring, terminology, and rules. The class focuses on basic grips, ground strokes, serves, and returns. Participants play to learn the rhythm of the game and discover how much fun it is. Includes a pickleball and paddle to take home with practice instructions, as well as a $25 credit to use for a Social or Competitive CTPA membership. This course also includes assigned court times for practice as well as one free indoor pass during open session for beginners.

To see the Class Student Agenda for PB-1, click here.

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CTPA PB-2: Learning the Soft Game

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Course # 8207 Sun., May 5

Program Fee: $45.   CTPA Member Fee: $25.
So, you think that power is the name of the game for Pickleball? The game of Pickleball combines both power and finesse.  Most beginners attempt to power all their shots past their opponents. But just watch any professional Pickleball match and you will see over 90% of the time the players hit a soft third shot just over the net. Then it is followed by a series of short shots (dinking) within the NVZ. Why is this strategy employed by all advanced players?  This course, ideal for beginners to 3.0 rated players, will answer this question and will place you on the path to the next level.

Your instructor, Barry Watkiss, a 4.5 rated tournament player, will explain and demonstrate the skills required to master the soft game.  You will have the opportunity to practice these skills and take away many drills that you can use to practice on your own. A brief review of the serve, and return of serve, will be included with the demonstration of the “third shot”, dinking, and the lob shot.

Non-CTPA members will get a credit of $25. to use for a Social or Competitive CTPA membership.

Learn more about class instructor Barry Watkiss

To see the Class Student Agenda for PB-2, click here.

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CTPA PB-3: Tactics and Strategies       

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Course # 8208  Sun., May 12

Program Fee: 
 $45.  CTPA Members: $25.   
This is an advanced class for those who can land 95% or more of their serves and returns along with having a consistent third shot. Instructor James LaRosa, a 4.5 Tournament Player, leads this class. This will be a Strategies & Tactics class adapted for players rated 2.5, 3.0, or 3.5. James developed a whole new agenda to help people improve their games. That includes foot positioning and movement from one spot to another. While touch and stroke remains very important to pickleball, many players can improve by understanding the game’s strategy. Pickleball is less about making winning shots than it is about avoiding mistakes. Participants will learn how to measure mistakes and how to avoid making them, as well as the importance of the soft game.

Non-CTPA members will qualify for a $25 credit on a CTPA Social or Competitive Membership current rate. 

Learn more about class instructor, James LaRosa

To see the Class Student Agenda for PB-3, click here.
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