WARM UP AND SKILLS

SCHEDULE INFORMATION

This session is designed for intermediate players want to really fine-tune and improve their game by playing with our advanced group. Drills like drop shot, drives, and cross-court dinking, followed by some mentored games.

Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-8:00PM (6 courts reserved)

Lessons come courtesy of Instructor Ralph Wood – Certified NCCP Instructor.

No registration required – just show up! 

Day pass fee of $10 for non-members.

Lesson Plans:

Skills & Drills – 2024 Season/Sessions 1 to 8 

These sessions provide purposeful drills to enhance player ability to select and then perform the proper technique on a regular basisDrills are part of the learning process to help players improve actual game performance. 

The sessions will cover both the tactics (the why) and the techniques (the how) associated with the following skills: 

Serving (variations), returning, dinking (Lift/Neutral and Push/Aggressive), volleying (attacking and counter attacking), dropping, driving (including hybrids). resetting, lobbing (and Lob Retrieval), and (OH) smashing. 

NB.  It is assumed that most, if not all, of the participants have functional ground strokes and will be able to take part in cooperative drills that require a moderate degree of control in delivering balls to their practice partners. 

Session #1-Aggressive Dinking  

To deliver unattackable dinks and dinks that put pressure on the opposition, players need to develop patience, “soft” hands, considerable paddle control, an ability to deceptively redirect a pickleball, and the tactics associated with lift and push dinksThis and other related topics will be covered in this intensive session aimed at improving both your dinking knowledge and skill. 

Session #2-Effective Volleying at the NVZ (Non-Volley Zone) 

Fast hands help, but the key to effective volleying at the NVZ is anticipation, quick decision-making and the correct technique when executing block, punch/push, roll and swing volleys.   Participants will learn how and when to use the various volleys with the objective of applying pressure to keep the serving team back from the NVZ. 

Session #3 Third Shot Options  

While the serve is the first step in transitioning the serving team from the baseline to the NVZ, players can not safely transition without executing effective drops and drives.   And while defensive third shot lobs can neutralize difficult returns and sometimes cause errors, they are relatively ineffective in helping players acquire the NVZThis session will review the third shop options, when they should be used and how they should be executed. 

 

Session #4 & #5Master the Transition Area  

Effective and efficient movement through the transition area requires considerable skill and teamworkStatistics clearly show that the serving team fails to transition from the baseline to the NVZ much of the time, making scoring difficult and unlikelyParticipants will learn the tactics and techniques needed to master the transition area/zone. 

Session #6-Keep’m Back (from the NVZ)  

The return team has a decided advantage over serving team because of their superior court position (ie, when both players are at the NVZ). To maintain this advantage and win the rally, the return team should (a) keep the serving team back with attacking shots, (b) put pressure on the serving team to force them to return attackable balls, and (c) at the appropriate time, execute a put away shot to win the rallyParticipants will take part in drills and modified games aimed at acquiring shot selection and technical skills needed to sustain pressure on the serving team and keep them from successfully reaching the NVZ. 

Session #7-Who Covers the Middle?  

One of the major principles adhered to in pickleball is respect the ‘x.  That is to say, the player who is diagonal from the approaching shot should take the ball. This does not mean that teams should refrain from poaching, it simply means that the initial responsibility for taking the ball lies with the player who is square to the shooterThis session will provide participants with situations where court position and ball placement dictate which partner should take the ball It will also cover some of the strategies and techniques used to initiate attacks and counter attacks at the NVZ. 

Session #8OH Smash and Lobs 

Pickleball lobs can either be defensive or offensive. Regardless, the overhead smash is the most affective way of dealing with a lobParticipants will learn when and how to execute lobs and how to effectively defend against them, even when the opposition manages to place the ball behind the defending team.