Unlock Your Hidden Talent and Reach Your Full Potential

Expert Online Instruction
to Elevate Your Game

The Academy is a collection of mini-courses that you can buy individually
to help you achieve your pickleball objectives.

Whereas our popular year-long training course, The Pickleball System, provides a thorough foundation for your pickleball education, The Pickleball Academy is designed to give you a laser approach to improve individual aspects of your game.

Professional Coaching Anytime - Anywhere

The Better Pickleball Academy

Academy classes will teach you the techniques, strategies, and mindset YOU need to play your best through interactive online coaching sessions or convenient on-demand courses.

Transform your game with our expert guidance at your own pace, without expensive travel and on your schedule.

Tournament Game Plan
Tournament Game Plan

Learn how to best prepare to navigate the pressures of tournament play, optimize strategic decisions, cultivate a winning mindset, and prepare your body to achieve peak performance during the rigors of tournament play.

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Tournament prep program
Tournament Prep Program

Tournament play is not the same as regular local play. Nerves are different. Competition is more focused. Strategies need to be spot on. This combination of online and on-court instruction will equip you with the keys to unlock YOUR competitive edge.


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live pro match game study with tony roig
Live Game Study

In each LIVE Game Study, we break down recorded matches and identify what is done well and areas for improvement. There are TWO Summer sessions available:
Wednesday, June 19th 2024 at 4pm PT/7pm ET
Wednesday, July 24th 2024 at 4pm PT/7pm ET

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The Singles Course
The Singles Course

Do you know how to play singles? Not just how to hit the ball back and forth over the net with one other person. We mean understanding the strategies and tactics to play full court singles?

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The stacking lab
The Stacking Lab

Master-Level Pickleball Stacking for Competitive & Tournament Players. Stacking transcends mere side shifts; it's an advanced tactic that when mastered and dynamically applied, becomes your strategic

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Winning the Mental Game
Winning the Mental Game in Pickleball with Coach Pete Scales

Discover the strategies to achieve the optimal mindset for the most effective and enjoyable pickleball play.

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Unbeatable partner play
The Winning Edge: Unbeatable Partner Strategies for Recreational and Competitive Play

Master the Art of Doubles Play Even with the Random Pairings of Open Play.

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Beat the Bangers

Learn How to Control the Court and 'Beat the Banger'. Are you tired of feeling outmatched by power players, aka Bangers?

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Reduce unforced errors
Turn the Tide: 5 Ways to Reduce Unforced Errors and Win More Games!

Say goodbye to frustration and hello to the skill of adapting on-the-fly. You'll become the player everyone wants on their team.

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Boost your pickleball fitness
The 8-Week Pickleball Fitness Challenge

An 8 Week Challenge Crafted Specifically for Pickleball Players. Are you passionate about pickleball and committed to a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle as you age?

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CJ and Tony Pickleball Court

Let the leading instructors in the sport bring out your BEST pickleball

The Pickleball Academy has one singular purpose: to help you achieve your pickleball objectives. Whatever they are.

  1. Want to feel more confident on the court? We've got you covered.
  2. Want to understand pickleball strategy so you can execute it in real-time? This is one of our specialties.
  3. Want to learn a specific technique - stacking, lobbing, or defeating the hard hitter? Just pick the course that interests you.

The Pickleball Academy Guarantee

Just like every product that we offer, we are 100% confident that the Academy classes will improve your game.
If you disagree, we have a 90-day money-back guarantee. No Questions Asked.

Meet the Better Pickleball Coaches

There's no need to trust your game to a stranger. Plus...You Already KNOW and Trust Your Coaches


CJ Johnson

Hey, pickleball friends. CJ here. Playing your best pickleball goes beyond mastering efficient strokes. It requires a holistic approach that involves both the mind and body. Since I started coaching more than three decades ago, one thing has remained the same. I'm committed to helping students see their potential and to do everything I can to help them realize their untapped capabilities. In 2016 I started the Better Pickleball Channel. In addition to my pickleball expertise, I have logged many years of experience in helping enhance the performance of athletes across multiple sports. With my background as a PGA Golf Pro, PSIA Ski Instructor, and ISSA Personal Trainer, I help pickleball players achieve their best performance on and off the court. My years as an athlete and coach have given me a keen eye for discerning what can help you improve the most. My passion is to stand at your side as you continue to discover and grow in this amazing sport.

Tony Roig

Hello there. As an unabashed pickleball superfan myself, I look forward to sharing this awesome pickleball journey with you. Not only has pickleball changed my life as I've evolved into a Senior Pro Player, but I've also seen it radically enhance the lives of thousands of players. This is what keeps me doing what we do...helping pickleball players all over strengthen their relationship to this amazing sport. I've been called a master strategist and impactful pickleball content creator. And, yes, I've produced numerous videos for the In2Pickle YouTube channel, am host of the one-of-a-kind Pickleball Therapy podcast, and I even wrote a book, "Play Pickleball". But what most allows me to stand before you as your pickleball Coach comes as a result of my earning the highest pickleball coaching certification available...a Master Teaching Professional from the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association).

Tony Bio

Frequently Asked Questions

The Academy is an online platform that makes it possible for anyone to watch or listen to hundreds of video lessons taught by the world's best pickleball coaches.

Some classes are interactive, taught on Zoom where you are learning in real-time with your instructor.

Other classes are pre-recorded and available on-demand to view at your own pace.

Whether it's technique, strategy or the mind/body connection, the Academy offers the courses you need to play your best pickleball without having to travel hundreds  of miles and spend thousands of dollars. 

We are thrilled to hear you've been enjoying our free content on YouTube! It's a fantastic resource to get a taste of the value we provide. However, our Pickleball Academy courses go several steps further. Here's what sets our Academy courses apart:

  1. Structured Learning Path: Our courses are meticulously structured to ensure a comprehensive learning experience. The courses are designed to be step-by-step so you can progress in a logical and effective manner, which is something that sporadic YouTube videos don't offer.

  2. In-Depth Analysis: YouTube videos often provide broad overviews and high-level tips that lack in-depth guidance. Our courses dive deeper into the nuances of the subject, offering detailed analyses of techniques and strategies that are not covered in our free content.

  3. Exclusive Content: The courses include exclusive content that isn't available anywhere else. This material is designed to help you understand the intricacies of pickleball at a granular level.
  4. Accountability: Having access to a structured course means you can progress at your own pace without distraction. Take as much time as you need and review the materials as often as needed to implement the skills in the course. This framework is essential for consistent improvement.

Our Academy courses are designed to complement and build upon the knowledge you may have gained from our free content, giving you a more complete and enriched learning experience that can truly transform your game. If you're serious about taking your pickleball skills to the next level, our academy is the way to go!

It's a common question and a completely valid concern! While pickleball is indeed a physical sport that needs to be played on a court, there are numerous aspects of the game that can be effectively learned and honed online.

Learning to play your best pickleball is a blend of acquiring knowledge, understanding strategy, and preparing mentally, all of which can be done effectively in an online setting. When combined with physical practice, either through drills at home or on a court, you can experience a well-rounded improvement in your game.

In fact, many players find that it's easier to focus on new skill development off the court without the pressure to perform or think about implementing something new.

Here's how the Pickleball Academy makes this possible:

  1. Technique Tutorials: Our comprehensive video tutorials break down each shot and technique into easily digestible segments. You can watch these videos to understand the mechanics of each movement, which you can then mimic and practice on or off the court.

  2. Strategic Insights: Understanding the strategy behind pickleball is as crucial as the physical execution. Our courses delve into the tactical aspects of the game, teaching you how to anticipate opponents' moves, position yourself effectively, and make smart plays.

  3. Mental Training: A significant part of pickleball success is mental toughness and the right mindset. Our online classes offer guidance on focus, confidence, and psychological strategies to keep you sharp and resilient during matches.

  4. Drills and Exercises: We provide detailed drills that you can practice at home or on a court. These drills are designed to improve your skills incrementally and can be done solo or with a partner on or off the court.

  5. Flexibility to Practice Anywhere: You don't need a pickleball court to work on the skills you learn online. Learning a new shot? Watch the video and go practice in front of the mirror.  

  6. Preparation for Court Time: When you do get to a court, you'll be better prepared and can make the most of your time there. The lessons you learn online will ensure that your practice is focused and effective.

Online learning is so much more than simply watching videos. It's a convenient way to way to learn new skills from a trusted resource.

We have successfully taught thousands of students online and are experts in constructing courses in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step manner, that yields results on the pickleball courts. 

Each lesson is designed to help you understand the concepts in the course and know exactly how to develop the on-court skills you need to achieve your playing goals.

One of the best parts of online learning, and much different from on-court instruction, is you can go back to the information again and again. Take your time and implement it into your game. 

In the description of each course, you will see if the course format is on-demand or live and interactive.

Live Classes are delivered on Zoom.

On-demand courses are delivered using online learning software accessible on any internet-enabled device. On-demand courses have closed captions and transcripts for each video. There is also an AI assistant to help you answer questions. 

Students will have one year to access the course as frequently as they would like to ensure they can add the skills to their game.

Not at all! If you have a basic understanding of using the internet and can watch a YouTube video, you already possess all the skills necessary to navigate and benefit from the Pickleball Academy courses.

Our platform is user-friendly, and you'll be provided with simple, step-by-step instructions on how to access and use all the course features.

Plus, our support team is always ready to assist you if you have any questions or need help along the way.

All you need is a reliable internet connection, and you're set to start your pickleball learning journey with us!

Once you purchase a course, you'll have access to it for a year. This means you can revisit the material as often as you like, refreshing your skills and reviewing strategies at any point in your pickleball journey.

Live sessions are real-time, interactive classes that you can join via Zoom. During these live sessions, you'll be able to see and hear your coach as they teach, just as if you were on the court.

You'll have the opportunity to ask questions directly and engage in discussions with your fellow classmates.

It's a dynamic, collaborative environment that allows for personal interaction and a shared learning experience, all from the comfort of your own space.

For those not familiar with the Pickleball System (TPS), let's break down the differences between TPS and the Pickleball Academy.

- The Pickleball System (TPS): Think of TPS as a comprehensive, immersive program designed to provide you with a 'graduate degree' in pickleball. It's a full curriculum that encompasses all aspects of the game. TPS is a guided year-long class that begins twice a year, in March and September.

- The Pickleball Academy: On the other hand, the Academy offers specialized standalone classes that address specific areas of the game. These are perfect for players who may not be ready for the full commitment of TPS but still seek to improve particular skills or understand certain concepts, like mastering the third shot drop or learning about stacking strategies.

Both TPS and the Academy are designed to meet players where they are in their pickleball journey. While TPS is a structured, comprehensive step-by-step path to improvement, the Academy allows for targeted learning, with the option to focus on specific skills or techniques that you feel need the most attention.

In summary, the Pickleball Academy is an extension of our educational offerings, providing additional, focused training opportunities for those who are either not ready for the all-encompassing approach of TPS or who are looking to supplement their learning with specialized classes.

At Better Pickleball, we strive to meet players where they are and offer choices that best fit your individual learning needs and pickleball aspirations.

Thousands of players just like you have transformed their pickleball skills with our online courses.

We are so confident that our classes can help you achieve your pickleball goals we provide a no-questions-asked 90 day money-back guarantee on all of our Better Pickleball courses.

If you decide that a course isn't the right fit for any reason, simply reach out to us within 90 days of your purchase at support@betterpickleball.com, and we'll refund your money.

Absolutely! You are welcome to purchase multiple courses at once. This can be a great strategy if you want to plan your learning journey ahead of time or if you're keen to dive into several areas of your game without interruption.

If you find that you would like to take several classes, you may want to consider the Pickleball System. The System is a comprehensive, immersive program designed to provide you with a 'graduate degree' in pickleball. It's a full curriculum that encompasses all aspects of the game. TPS is a guided year-long class that begins twice a year, in March and September.