Pickleball Clinics & Lessons

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Our certified pickleball instructors and coaches are ready to serve you.

Fun, Instructor-Led Clinics

We offer a series of clinics for most levels who are looking to improve their game. Each series lasts for 4 weeks, meeting once per week. Any missed session can be made up at a later time, availability permitting; there are no refunds, credits, or exchanges to other programs.

Our True Beginner Series:

Covers the basics of pickleball for those who have very limited experience with the game.

You’ll get the most benefit with the complete series, but you may take them separately.

We will cover:

Week #1: fundamentals of playing, game rules, scoring, grips, knowledge of the court, basic strokes

Week #2: serving, return of serve, basic dinking and volleying from the kitchen

Week #3: forehand and backhand control

Week #4: dink rallying, volleying, serve control and basic game strategy

Price= $120 for four 1-hour sessions (No Guest Fees!)

Experienced Beginner Series

for the player who completed the True Beginner Series and is working to become an Advanced Beginner player.

Weekly Topics:

Week #1: Ready position, ball control, sustain a dink rally

Week #2: Serving & return of serve

Week #3: Forehands & backhands, hitting with direction, depth and consistency

Week #4: Ball control & transitioning, 3rd shot drop

Advanced Beginner Series:

for 2.5 players looking to breakthrough to 3.0. Take your game to the next level.

You’ll get the most benefit with the complete series, but you may take them separately.

Weekly Topics:

Week #1: Ready position, ball control, sustain a dink rally

Week #2: Serving & return of serve

Week #3: Forehands & backhands, hitting with direction, depth and consistency

Week #4: Ball control & transitioning, 3rd shot drop, and intro to advance game strategy

Price= $120 for four 1-hour sessions (Guests add $5/session)

Intermediate Series:

for 3.0 players looking to breakthrough to 3.5. Take your game to the next level.

You’ll get the most benefit with the complete series, but you may take them separately.

Weekly Topics:

Week #1: Non-Volley Zone: the soft game, advanced level dinking

Week #2: Advanced serving and return of serves,advanced game play strategies

Week #3: Transition zone, 3rd shot drops, and proper movement patterns to NVZ

Week #4: Non-Volley Zone: attacking and defensive recovery position

Price= $200 for four 2-hour sessions (Guests add $5/session)

Advanced Intermediate Series:

for 3.5 players looking to breakthrough to 4.0. Take your game to the next level.

You’ll get the most benefit with the complete series, but you may take them separately.

Weekly Topics:

Week #1: Non Volley Zone: Attacking

Week #2: Transition Zone: 3rd, 5th and 7th shot, advanced transition skills to NVZ

Week #3: Non Volley Zone: The Soft Game

Week #4: Serve, Return, advanced game strategies

Price= $200 for four 2-hour sessions (Guests add $5/session)

Advanced Series:

Master your shots and strategies with our 4.0 Series. Learn advanced techniques and tactics to bring variety and depth to your game arsenal. Each 2 hour class is designed to refine and polish techniques while discussing the tactics and strategies needed to take your game to the next level. Classes include drilling exercises and focused play scenarios.

Weekly Topics:

Week #1: Non Volley Zone: Attacking

Week #2: Transition Zone: Drops & Getting to the Net

Week #3: Non Volley Zone: The Soft Game

Week #4: Serve, Return, Mid-court & Strategies

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Pickleball Lessons

Do you learn better in a more personalized setting over larger groups, or have a specific skill set you’d like to improve? Our private, customized lessons are the way to go, whether you are solo or have 3 friends to join you.

These lessons are wonderful for beginners or experienced players who are more serious about their pickleball education. We’ll match you with the best PPR-certified pickleball instructor that meets your needs and learning style.

Private lessons pricing per hour, depending upon instructor (no guest fees for lessons):

1 Player = $80-$100
2 Players = $40-$50 per person
3 Players = $35-$45 per person
4 Players = $30-$40 per person

Interested in Lessons?

Jen Carara

Front Desk Manager

Jen graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Retail Management and a Masters degree in Education from Adelphi University. Her last position was as a Health Coach for Jenny Craig with a proven track record of success with sales and her clients!

In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, work out, play lots of pickleball, take long walks with her dog Leo, and play canasta with friends.

Pam Friedman

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Pam is a PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor, and 4.0+ experienced tournament player, having won gold medals at many events such as Philadelphia Open (4.0), Mercer Bucks Spring Class (2023) (4.0), 2021 & 2022 NJ Senior Olympics. She has been playing and instructing for over 5 years, after playing tennis for many years prior. She is a very visual teacher and makes sure that all players understand what she is teaching. If there aren’t happy faces on the court, she’s not doing her job!

When she’s not on the court, you can find her playing golf or spending time with her two dogs Mia and Lincoln, and her husband, Scott. Paddle up!

Glenn Hillman

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

A former Director of Operations Glenn has found a second career doing what he loves and is passionate about— coaching and instructing pickleball. Born with a racquet/paddle in his hand, Glenn has gone from paddleball to racquetball to pickleball. He is a 4.0 PPR Certified instructor who excels in strategy, court vision, and point development, and looks forward to passing along these skills to others..

Joe McCluskey

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

With experience as a First Responder, lifelong competitive athlete, and working within a pickleball club, it has enabled Joe to interact and instruct players of various levels. With a focus on sound fundamentals and techniques, Joe constantly works hard to create a fun, informative, and safe environment for his students to thrive in.

Ralph Shearer

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Ralph is a PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor and 4.0+ player. He is an intermediate and advanced level Pickleball Clinic Specialist, and former USTA tennis player and instructor. Ralph’s pickleball proficiency and enthusiasm helped his son Derek train to become a PPA professional tour player. Check out Derek Shearer Pickleball on YouTube! Ralph is also a Team Engage Advocate.

Steve Lehrman

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Steve is a certified instructor and competitive pickleball enthusiast. His focus is on private lessons and group clinics. Steve is also a Team Gearbox Advocate

Chuck Seeley

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Chuck is the Team Leader for Morning Kickstart, a great way to get your mind and body ready to play pickleball. Chuck is a PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor, 4.0 level player, and has been active in pickleball since 2013. He has a desire to pay it forward, helping others learn and elevate their own game. Chuck continues to be a student of the game, grasping new ideas and concepts from his mentors and stronger players, and has created his own unique program. Are you Pickle-Ready, like Chuck?

Susan Kapit

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Sue is the Team Leader for Leagues, responsible for ensuring we have multiple options for instruction and competitive play. Sue has twenty years of league director experience and is a former D1 tennis player at WVU. Sue still plays tennis and has played at National Tennis Competitions. Sue has been playing competitive pickleball for the last 6 years and has won numerous Gold medals in Women's Doubles & Singles and is the current NJ Senior Olympic Singles Gold Medalist. Sue is a 4.0 Pickleball player.

Sue has been teaching Pickleball for the last 3 years and whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, when you are with her, the focus will be on proper technique and fundamentals, while learning to love the sport and having fun. Her goal is to make sure your full potential is realized. When Sue is not teaching pickleball, she is playing pickleball or tennis. When not on the court you can find her spending time with her family and giant dog, Chewbakka.

Scott Forest

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Scott is the Team Leader for Clinics, helping to create all of the content for our instructors to ensure we deliver some of the best training possible. He is a USAP Ambassador, PPR and IFP Certified Pickleball Instructor, 42+ years of sports coaching, US Center for SafeSport trained, 4.0+ player, and a tournament medal winner.

While coaching singles or doubles, Scott’s primary focus is with form, mechanics, and balance, for repeatability. He has a strong interest aimed at individuals concentrating on high dynamic energy and strategic play. A disciple of “Focus and Motivation Sports Psychology,” Scott believes in a very Zen approach with a smooth execution.

Greg Del Favero

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Greg is the Team Leader for Ladders, ensuring that all of the Ladders programming runs smoothly. He is a USTA National Champion and Mercer County Community College All American in tennis. Greg has also won pickleball gold medals in men’s and mixed tournaments. Greg is an intermediate and advanced level pickleball clinic specialist, and a 4.0+ player. Greg is a strong proponent of cerebral pickleball, and among his on court mantra are less is more, calm, take your time, lift, and GOOOOOD!

Joel Phillips

Associate Head Pro

Joel has been playing at the professional level for the past 3 years and has many medals at the open level, including winning the New York City open 5.0 bracket in 2023. He was an early adopter in the area when he first picked up a paddle 7 years ago. Joel loves working with all levels and is especially excited to help intermediate and advanced level tournament players move up the ranks, helping them work on live game situations to adjust strategies and techniques.

Joel's favorite thing about pickleball is the people. "We are a growing group of amazing humans that come together to play the greatest game around.

Jeff Onuschak

Director of Pickleball Programming

Our Head Pro and Program Director, Jeff Onuschak is a state-recognized master teaching professional. He has taught over 2,000 pickleball enthusiasts how to play and improve their game. Jeff has been teaching pickleball for 34 years, and prides himself on providing conventional and non-conventional approaches to teaching pickleball, while providing private and group lessons, pickleball camps, and drill and skill sessions for beginners to advanced players.

Jeff's lessons maximize time on task as well as teaching to the individual learning style of each participant. His lessons are "high energy" and structured to get the maximum amount of reps in for each session.It is not unusual for a student to hit 800+ balls during a lesson with Jeff. Jeff can put any stroke deficiency "under the microscope" for reinforcement while also teaching for student success. He is also a Team Diadem and Team Selkirk Advocate and a demo agent for numerous paddle companies.