A. CTV News Feature On the Inaugural STPC Secondary School Pickleball Tournament, May 27, 2019
B. How the Game Got It's Name. This should set the record straight on how the game got it's name.
C. Sing Along To the "Pickleball Blues"
D. Equipment Suppliers
There are many suppliers of paddles, balls and accessories. However, there are very few suppliers in Canada. Importing from the U.S. is an option but it can be costly and may take longer. Here are our suggestions for the best places to buy equipment. Some are conveniently close and others are not but offer better selection.
NOTE: Check our Discounts page before buying.
Pickleball Depot (www.pickleballdepot.ca) in B.C.
OfCourts in London (https://ofcourts.com/). 10% discount for club members on all stock, 15-25% discount on selected paddles,
Ontario Pickleball Store in Chatham (http://ontariopickleballstore.ca/),
Bob's Racquet Works in Goderich (https://www.bobsracquetworks.com/)
Canadian Tire Store in St. Thomas
2022 Rule Changes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3YDKIwKVUY
2021 Rule Changes - There are 5 rule changes that every player should be aware of. For an explanation of
each change, the reason for the change & the impact it will have on the game please
International Federation of Pickleball Rule Book - http://ipickleball.org/rules/pbrules-ifp.pdf/
Basic Rules of Pickleball - https://www.pickleballcanada.org/basic_rules_of_pickleball.php
F. What's Legal - Paddles, Non-Volley Zone, Serve, Balls
Non-Volley Zone (Kitchen) - https://youtu.be/xGfLXDTzJck
G. Beginners - to understand the game, start with the videos in 1. to 5. below:
1. Part 1: Intro & Definitions click here
3. Part 3: Basic Rules & Gameplay click here
5. Everything You Need To Know About the Non-Volley Zone (Kitchen) click here
6. Top 10 Mistakes For Beginners click here
7. What Shoes Should I Buy (or Not Buy) For Pickleball click here
8. What Pickleball Paddle Should I Buy - this is covered in our lessons but for a great article click here. Be
sure to watch the video & follow the extra links
9. Line Calls - how to make correct line calls (determining if ball is in or out) click here https://youtu.be/rIqZCgR6_hQ
10. What's a paddle made out of : https://youtu.be/G6BzVEXBkwI or http://pickleballfire.com/2020/07/25/how-are-pickleball-paddles-made/
11. How To Choose a Paddle That's Right for You https://youtu.be/R6vMj912Cqw
12. What Shoes Should I Buy https://youtu.be/P0wFOk8FIyk UPDATE: Dedicated pickleball shoe now available - https://thevolleyllama.com/kswiss-express-light-review/
H. Instructional Resources
Coach Mo's website - http://pickleballcoach.com/forums/.
Pickleball Canada's Beginners Instruction program - http://pickleballinstruction.blogspot.com/
Prem Carnot - The Pickleball Guru - http://pickleballhelp.com/.
Gale Leach - The Art of Pickleball - http://www.galeleach.com/ .
The Pickleball Life - a blog that discusses all aspects of the game - skills, strategies, and techniques - http://applecountrypickleball.blogspot.ca/
3rd Shot Sports - Mark Renneson - www.thirdshotsports.com/
Prem Carnot's FREE 4 Part Video Series on Mastering the shot that all good players must have - the 3rd shot drop - www.freepickleballtraining.com
Video Guide on How To Referee Pickleball - https://youtu.be/M2QDfbI4ovg
b) STPC members may borrow any of the following resources from our club's resource collection
1. History of Pickleball - Book
2. The Art of Pickleball - Book
3. Smart Pickleball: The Pickleball Guru’s Guide - Book
4. Pickleball Zen: The Inner Game - Book
5. Mind Game: A Quantum Leap for Competitive Pickleball and Tennis - Book
6. Pickleball: Less is More - Book
7. At the Line: Pickleball - Book
8. USAPA Pickleball: 2018 Official Tournament Rulebook - Book
9. A Pickleball Playbook: A Guide for Instructors and Self-Instruction - Book
10. Pickleball 5.0 - Book
11. 20 Drills & Games to Play Better Pickleball - binder
12. Pickleball Clinics: Strategies & Techniques, by Coach Mo - DVD
13. Pickleball Clinics: Percentage Pickleball, with Coach Mo and Coach Matty - DVD
14. How to Play Pickleball: The Complete Guide from A to Z - book
I. Skills & Drills:
a) Learn The Proper Technique for Pickleball Shots - Watch these clips with a view to emulating the technique. Get your paddle
out at home & practice hit as you watch. If you have questions or need help feel free to ask at your next session.
Ready Position - at the net https://youtu.be/hHR24Fa6lUY NOTE: Use the ready position anywhere on the court when waiting for a ball to be returned
Vary your serve: 1. high & deep 2. power serve 3. soft angled serve - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lgkeru0nwg
Return of Serve - https://www.pickleballteachers.com/videos?category=Return%20of%20Serve
Third Shot Drop - https://www.pickleballteachers.com/videos?category=Third%20Shot%20Drop
Overhead Smash - https://www.pickleballteachers.com/videos?category=Overhead+Smash
OR Half Volley Pickup - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrgCsK9Q9PQ
BONUS - How To Keep Score: http://www.pickleburg.com/info.php?pnum=20
b) Sample Drills:
Note: Use these drills to improve your game. You can pick & choose from the list. To learn the proper execution of a particular shot refer to part a) above. Suggestions for new drills are welcome.
Serve – 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. Serve & Catch. Switch sides. Targets can be placed on the court. Player can also vary the type of serve (see Serve in part a) above
Serve & Return of Serve – 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. Hit serve & hit return of serve back. Catch the ball on the return of serve & repeat.
Targets on the floor is optional. Hit return deep to the middle of the court with arc on the ball.
Third Shot Drill – 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. Each team of 2 – feeder stays at NVZ line. Feeder throws or hits ball whichever works better. Partner hits drop shots into the NVZ
starting at NVZ line & moves back a little further for each return until reaching the baseline & then starts moving back up to the NVZ line. Players then switch jobs.
Dinking – 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. Dink back & forth between partner. Ball must bounce in NVZ.
Count number of consecutive dinks with no errors OR try dinking 2 balls at a time between 2 players. This is more difficult but excellent for hand/eye co-ordination.
Dinking – 4 players, 1 ball., 1 team/court. Dink the ball back and forth. Cannot dink two balls in a row to
same player. Work on angled shots & shots to backhand. Can play a game to five & start over.
Overheads – 4 players as a team/court, 2 or more balls. 1 hitter, 1 feeder, 2 receivers.
A (Hitter) stands about half way back
NET B (Feeder)
C (Receiver in front of baseline) D (Receiver in front of baseline)
B tosses high balls high to the hitter (A) & A alternates overhead smashes to C & D who stop balls
& return them to B. Everyone rotates after 6-8 hits.
a) 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. Feeder in no man’s land tosses or hits ball to hitter at the baseline. Hitter hits lob to opposite baseline. Try top spin lob (see internet clip in a) above.
b) 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. 2 players at NVZ line start dinking the ball. After several dinks one
player hits lob over partner’s head.
a) 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. One player at NVZ line. Feeder is near baseline. Hit fairly hard balls
from baseline to player at net who drop volleys the return into NVZ.
b) 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. Mid-court volley & half volley. Play “war”. Easy at first and then
harder. Keep ball as low as possible. Object is to keep the ball going not to beat the other player.
Backhand & Forehand – 2 players, 1 ball, 2 teams/court. Play half court with partner. Practice forehands & backhands separately or mix the two together. Occasionally
switch partners with other team to hit diagonally across court for variety. Focus on placement cross court & down the line
Game Situation: Consider playing a game where a skill is mandatory e.g.
3rd shot must always be a drop shot into the NVZ or it’s a fault
return of serve must be deep & 3rd shot must be a deep lob
cannot hit same type of serve consecutively
all shots in a game must be hit with a backhand to the opponents backhand