Coaching Pickleball can feel overwhelming at times.
Being pulled in so many directions by your students. A player at the courts told them this or a YouTube video that. Now they are convinced that they need to switch gears.
We feel your pain. Like you, we are coaches who want to help our students deepen their understanding, and improve their play.
We're going to give you the tools and resources we use to make our jobs easier. (And no, it's not another certification that's going to take your time and money.)
Keep your eye on your email for an invite to our free coaching circle coming your way in early May 2023.
Looking forward to improving my teaching skills
I’m always looking for continued instruction to stay current and improve my coaching. Thank you for all you do.
Signing for PPR course. Really glad to see the you are offering this as I have learned so much from TPS.
PPR certified and want to continue to learn more ways to help seniors improve their game. Thanks.
Coaches never stop learning and need relatable teachers!
Coaching starters and advanced beginners at a city rec program.
Looking forward to your ideas
I help coach a weekly beginners class for 60+ seniors, as way to pay it forward, a constant stream of new folks
You guys are great! Best advice based on a solid understanding of the game.
I always love the tips from the both of you
I teach pickleball to middle schoolers and am ready to teach and coach privately this summer as I now have a coaching certification. I am always looking for a few good tips, perspectives and fun effective drills
I coach 4 Interclub Women’s teams here in our community (44 women total). We play other lake communities at the Intermediate or Advanced/High Intermediate levels for 10 weeks each Spring and Fall.
I have been coaching players who have been stuck at 3.0-3.5 at my local community by utilizing TPS principles and happy to say there has been a lot of progress made this season. I have also been impressed with how the TPS approach simplifies the game from the outset for newcomers to pickleball.
What does it mean to be a coach? I believe the anyone who can offer advice to folks that is taken seriously might be considered a coach. If they feel that they have benefitted from your advice, so much the better. I have received advice from both C J and you which I have have taken very seriously; I sincerely believe that I have benefitted from it. I continue to follow your advice. I will never be a much better player than I am now, as I celebrate 81 yrs. of life; however, I can still enjoy the game immensely, playing the game with folks 70 yrs. & more younger and more than 10 yrs. older. Keep encouraging all of us. Thanks for your coaching!
Hi Tony and CJ
I’m not a certified coach, but I am a pickleball enthusiast. I am presently teaching middle-school students at an inner city middle school (Academy Prep) which is extremely gratifying. I also run a “drills Monday” in the pickleball group I founded called “PKBL PLYGRND” (200+ members) at HCC in Tampa. I have many more ideas to evangelize what I consider a profound strength of pickleball. As a retired Anesthesiologist I see the power of pickleball as a physical and mental health benefit for all humans. It can compete with cardiac rehab in recovery from cardiac events. The obsession of pickleball can compete with the addiction of heroin; the community of pickleball can compete with gangs.
I’m excited to learn more about teaching pickleball.
I’m a volunteer who has helped many (over 50) newbies learn the basics of Pickleball, well enough to mix in with Rec games at our YMCA. I lead a group of about 6 other volunteers to provide weekly beginner group sessions (max 8 newbies at a time) for free.
I would like to someday be able and qualified to coach beyond introductory level!
Coached football and lacrosse, not pickleball, nor tennis.
I don’t consider myself to be a “coach”, at all — but I am helping beginners get comfortable with some basics, if they choose to venture into “Open Play”. Fortunately we’ve got a very robust Recreational group going now, so newbies can continue to improve without nasty comments from “some” of the advanced players. We do practice games, where advice and reminders are given. I encourage the newbies to sign up for lessons with our trainer and/or junior coaches (who can guide them through more of the complete skill sets of the game, which they are doing). A newbie asked me today, “Do you mind playing with us?” Not at all. I just want to PLAY! I also play with some Rec players that are at the same level (or above!) as the “advanced” group, but they play Rec because they’d rather just play for fun and not have to deal with sniping, arguing, criticizing, etc.
Always interested in learning new drills and tactics.
I volunteer with a local church group and give introductory lessons to new players for both members and anyone from the community interested in joining our Purpose Driven Pickleball group. We are currently attempting to get approval from the church to build courts on campus. Any advice? I find your information very helpful – thanks.
I would be interested in hearing more. I’ve thought about doing something similar. It would have so much potential for community building in the church and the community.
I have years of competing in tennis leagues and coaching in other sports. A few years ago I became a P’ball addict I have an opportunity to coach 2.5/3.0 league teams in my 55+ community. Some things that are important on my list are good sportsmanship, how to treat a partner, making fair line calls, when to take time outs etc. My neighbors are so appreciative of all the time I spend on the court with them. With that said I love your coaching style and it has helped me tremendously. (I recently won a silver medal in my first 4.0 tournament) I will so appreciate any and all tips, tricks and drills that I can pass on. Thank you in advance .
Thanks for all your down to earth coaching. I’ve been a coach for 50 years in a variety of sports so when I took up pickleball it was natural for me to help out by teaching and coaching. I believe it is important to start where people are in their intentions, skills, strategies and goals. Your ability to help people self assess and then to offer them/us great progressions is right on.
Looking forward to your input.
Thinking of getting into coaching, but just really starting to learn and understand the “Complete Game” myself.
Would welcome the opportunity to attend your coaching sessions.
I like your style, suggestions about why we recommend what you’re skill development means and you’re easy to folllow. The combination of demonstrations on the PB Courts, white boards and computer illustrations really drives the PB teaching skill home.
Just recently got my PPR Coaching certification and I have four 8 person beginner classes each week. Would love to make sure I’m getting it right.
I am very interested in the idea of coaching and teaching pickleball. Wondering what level of player I should be to do so? Not sure this is for me, but I’d love to be on board and maybe learn how to take the next step with my pickleball journey.
I am currently working with 3.0 women and loving every minute of it.
Unofficially working to help newcomers understand positioning and some strategy at our local Y.
For the last 2 years, I’ve been supervising beginner drills for our club. This year we have enough interest tio begin drills for intermediate players
Coaching/mentoring beginners in Florida and Massachusetts. I’d love advice on the best steps to focus on.
I, too, supervise and coach all levels from beginners to advanced at the local Y.
The Coaching Circle sounds exciting!! Thanks for organizing it!
Organizing beginner and intermediate strategy lessons for our community Pickleball club
I’m not a coach but I really enjoy working with seniors wether they are transitioning from another sport or just want to know what Pickleball is.
No matter what skills they have I have learned more then I have taught. I just ask them to take a paddle and hit a ball. Don’t care wether the hit or miss because I explained that they just played the wonderful game of PICKLEBALL.
Count me in! Started a club for seniors, most who never heard of pickleball let alone held a paddle.
I live in a rural area and fell in love with the game. My introduction to Pickleball was a bit rocky as I was exposed to a gambit of “interesting” information as I began my journey. I started teaching beginners because I almost quit Pickleball before I really got started due to some of my early experiences. I learned from people who asked beginners to join them because they wanted people to beat up on. I chose to try to make the start of others’ journey happier and healthier. Life is far too short not to be fun.
Usually help be comers learn basics of the game. Help them improve. Talk about positioning. Serve and stay, return and run to begin being able to play open/ social play
I’m not a formal coach. I did not take any coaching classes and do not have any coaching certificates. However, I have given tips to quite a few (more than 20 new/beginner players) for free at my local pickleball park. Tips like, make contact of the ball in front; Hit the ball from low to high; use the body and leg (instead of the wrist or just the arms); Keep the paddle up high in front to block speed up shots; keep the serve deep, keep the return deep. etc. I love seeing improvements for new players. I would love to receive some Coaching information from you.
I coach as a certified pro. All levels up to 4.0.
I am a certified Pickleball Canada coach and I am focusing on teaching youth players on wonders of pickleball. Thanks for the forum to share here with you all
Introducing friends to the game!!
As a certified Level II ITPTA Instructor, I teach beginner and intermediate players and coach advanced teams how to be a team member. As a Certified Ratings Specialist, I assess player shot skills and strategies for strengths and weaknesses and tailor training programs to help players move from current to desired levels of competency. Coach is a term of endearment to me, and wherever I play my students greet me warmly and make an effort to show me that they remembered their lessons. 🥲
Where are you located?
use all the help i can get!
Coaching in Sweden!
I’m a USAP Ambassador, have taught hundreds of beginners, many of whom are now part of the Travel Teams we sponsor here in PGA Village, Port Saint Lucie, FL.( they also best me regularly in REC/OPEN play! Lol) Ambassadors are forbidden to charge for these lessons, but seeing my players improve and thrive and love the game, that’s the payback! We would love it if you guys could come into our gated community and give some advanced strategy GROUP lessons. Contact me anytime when you have a minute, know how busy you are. Thanks for the tips. Been a fan of yours for a LONG time!
I’ve been teaching PB for more than 6 years, but only recently obtained my IPTPA certification. I’m looking forward to your coaching mentoring.
Always interested in ideas to help my new students. (Players)
I coach 8 new players a month and like new ideas to try.
Drills / shots or strategies.
I am uncertified and coach intermediate players of our local club and surrounding clubs. I have an assistant coach and between the two of us, we are constantly working on drills and skills and always trying to make them teachable. So I am looking forward to this.
I was a successful tennis coach for 30 years because I’m smart enough to know, I’m not that smart. I love learning from other coaches. Now I get to take that philosophy to the pickleball courts.
I can tell you are an excellent coach just by that statement. It’s surprising how many coaches never learn that lesson.
PPR Coach constantly adapting my lessons to the ever changing aspects of the game. Would love to learn more fun developmental games/drills for larger groups. My clients are newbies up to intermediate players. I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and experience with us. I have personally learned a lot from both of you. Thanks.
Looking forward to any kind of tip to be a better coach. Thanks
I am a USPTA Certified Pickleball Coach as of last year and would love to learn more … and more. I have been following you two for a good bit and have really enjoyed and learned a lot from you already! Looking forward to more!
Need all the help I can get !!!
I am new PPR coach
I am looking forward to becoming a better coach. I enjoy your videos and can’t wait. Thanks for helping.
I’ve been certified almost a year. Thanks for your help!
Used your beginners pickleball resource in our Rec program. I also based the skills and drills sessions on the first 4 shots. Now people are asking for more advanced skills and drills. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
Hi CJ & Tony,
When I got connected with you both personally in October 2020 with VIP Pickleball. I knew all your content information needed to be learned so one could share this information. You know I took this to heart.
My 2022 goals caused me to become a USAP Ambassador in March.
In June 2022 I was certified with PPR as a coach with a pro grade on rules.
We developed an introduction to pickleball class and intermediate and advanced circiculum with our local parks and recreation. Since August we have over 100 folks get started or got them off on the right foot using the Pickleball System fundamentals.
I quote you both and promote The Pickleball System.
I am a product of the System.
Barry B n NC
Barry you are awesome!
Our church painted pickleball court lines on the parking lot and I bought a net and offered to show basics to those who have never picked up a paddle. Next thing you know I have a call list of twelve who want to play. So I guess I am a volunteer coach. Any advice is appreciated.
I am a lifelong student, always willing to find new ways to challenge my students. Appreciate all that you do to promote the sport among beginners and seasoned players alike.
Looking forward to seeing what else you can offer me.
I’ve coached volleyball, softball, and soccer. I’d like to help my friends who are new at Pickleball learn some skills and tactics so they can enjoy the game. I love playing and learning Pickleball, a game that’s fun for all levels!
You guys have helped me Coach my Pickleball students and have improved the fun and understanding the strategies of the game
Thank you for all the free content you provide to all of us!
I’ve coached youth basketball, senior women’s basketball, youth soccer, and high school girls tennis. I’ve coached pickleball for over 10 years. I’m a student of the game and look forward to continuing my education with you so I can continue to give back to the game I love.
I do some informal coaching through our local club. I’d appreciate suggestions or a framework for doing better! Thanks!
I’m a former school teacher so teaching is something I like to do, and I’m passionate about Pickleball so have worked with some newbies, run some ongoing drill sessions, and am beginning to do more and more to give back for all the free instruction I’ve had with our local club. Thanks for starting this new group!
I received a level 1 IPTPA certificate in 2019 and have taught many folks how to play. Any additional teach tools are always appreciated.
I am a PCI certified level 1 coach. I only teach beginners and new players for our Pickleball Club with 400 members.
IPTPA LEVEL I Certified Instructor. Been teaching for a little over 1 year. Love, love, love teaching beginners. I am always looking for better ways to teach good basics and safety.
I am a PCI certified level 1 coach. I only teach beginners and new players for our Pickleball Club with 400 members.
Like a couple others, I don’t presume to be a coach or present myself as one, yet because of what I’ve learned in the System several novice players keep asking me for what the call “coaching.” So, I meet with them to explain the framework, objectives, steps for development, and drills.
Yes, I have been teaching Beg and Adv Beg for 15 years as a USAPickleball Ambassador and in recent years for Chesterfield, Va Parks and Rec. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for my own game for I love to bring this sport to new players, it changes their lives! Anything I can do to help them more will be wonderful.
Working the System is something I am doing just for me….:-)
Thanks for all you do!
I am a certified PPR coach and have been playing for 10 years. I have attended 20+ pro clinics in that time span. The game is evolving and I need to keep up. Love your videos. Thanks for all that you do for the Pickleball Community. ❤️ See you on the courts.
I’m a newly certified level 1 coach. I have been asked by many to help them before I was certified, and enjoyed sharing what I knew at the time. I have recently started the Pickleball System, and I am excited to share this fantastic way of approaching the game to new and early intermediate players.
I have clinics set up as early as this week, and have secured a position as an overseer to a public facility to bring along anyone that needs/wants the assistance. I will be recommending the “System” to anyone that is eager to learn the fundamentals, from the ground up, literally. Thanks for giving me the tools, and in helping to build my confidence toward my coaching skills!
I am a long time tennis player who is now having the most fun introducing tennis players to pickleball. It is so much fun it should be illegal.
Yes, been coaching since 2019. PPA certified pro
You guys are always one step ahead! I was going to reach out and ask for advice, as I have volunteered to run some beginner clinics at our new township courts. So many of the things I have learned have been through In2Pickle, The Pball System, and The Pickleball Therapy podcast, and I wanted to make sure that it is okay to share the ideas that have been the most helpful to me.
Thank you for being so generous with your time and knowledge!
After playing pickleball for about 10 years, I invested in TPBS last year and finally got serious about learning the game! Since then, I have become a ASA Pickleball Ambassador and, with other volunteers, in our area, have founded Pickleball In Education, Inc., a 501C3 nonprofit which has the primary mission of getting the 40 high schools in the Northern Kentucky region to embrace pickleball and to teach it to the 30,000 students they have enrolled. We collect donations and sponsorships to assist us in providing nets, paddles and balls to each school as well as providing Teach The Teacher instruction (from Mark Renesson) to enable them to expose their students to the very fundamentals of the game to they can join in the fun!
I coach informally where I play at our community center, and love teaching the game to new players such as family and friends. I am taking a PPR certification course in 2 weeks. I would love to be kept updated on what you have cooking!!!!
Also love the pickleball system. I feel that my game has improved so much by understanding the framework of the game better and letting everything develop from there. Thanks for all the help you have given and a great pickleball system.
I have been a mentor/ assistant coach for
novice and beginner groups since 2019. I recently finished my Level 1 IPTPA CPI which will allow me to lead sessions. Any help to improve my teaching is welcomed
As a PPR certified coach for almost 4 years, I am looking forward to new information to share with my students. Include me in on your new offering.
As a PPR certified coach for almost 4 years, I am looking forward to new information to share with my students. Include me in on your new offering.
I mentor beginners weekly and also help run intermediate 4 day clinics at our 55+ community here in Northern California.
The system helps help others the right way, light bulbs constantly go off.
I have friends who want to learn to play.
“Coach” may be a strong term to describe what we do as we learn as much from the folks enrolled in the program as they do from us. My wife and I Volunteer at local YMCA’s and introduce Seniors and Youth to the basic’s of Pickleball. It is truly a two-way street as we always obtain additional wisdom from the Seniors and a fresh perspective from the Youth players as we try to learn what works best for each session. So, not only has TPBS been key to our development as Players but it has also been the source for many new players starting off on their own PB Journey in a great fashion. It has been a true opportunity of a lifetime and an absolute thrill to watch people of all ages go from “what’s PB?” to holding their own in local Open Play. We are very grateful to CJ & Tony for giving so much back to the game, they are our inspiration and we look forward to growing in new directions with them as our Coaches!
Think I have sold a lot of “Beginner’s Guide to Pickleball “. Teaching beginners and intermediate level.
Thank you Dish. Hope to see you when I’m in Tampa.
IPTPA level 1 certified coach.
I coach beginners and intermediates for the Clear Creek Metro Rec District in Idaho Springs, CO and in the Denver area. Looking forward to learning more about this great game.
I’m not a certified coach but I have been sharing your material with new pickleball players in my community. We play twice a week indoors. Sunday afternoons we devote an hour to learning the fundamentals of pickleball through drilling but also understanding the framework of the game- to use your words!! As a teacher, it is nice to watch everyone improve their skills as well as build their confidence as they step on the court.
You have shared so much information with me, I’m excited share it with others and look forward to learning more from you both through coaching sessions. I watch your videos over and over in the system and never get tired of learning something new each time!
Thank you CJ and Tony
I’m a better coach than player and I love helping people. Twenty hours a week I sit at the front desk in the middle of six indoor courts and watch people of various abilities play . Since joining TPS I have quite a different perspective on the game. I love your videos and plan to watch them multiple times.
I coach high school varsity tennis. I informally coach pickleball because I always want everyone to play the best that they can and I very much enjoy seeing people improve and having even more fun on the court! I also an “analyst” by nature so I am very excited about TBS. Plus, CJ and Tony are wonderful coaches and they are providing exactly the kind of information I have been looking for. My goal is to truly understand the game and improve my play along the way. My dream is to become a certified pickleball coach. Thanks CJ and Tony for offering this opportunity for coaches. I really appreciate it!
Will have my Level II IPTPA certification by the end of April.
I’m not a teacher or coach, but I love to help get newbies started. Our Public Radio station has pledge drives every year to raise money for station operations and donors can select from premiums as a thank you. The premiums are donated by other listeners. The station sets the donation amount. I decided to brave up and I donated beginner lessons for 4 for 4 hours, by a non certified pickleball enthusiast, me ! Someone donated $144. to the station, and chose my donated PB lesson premium! Can’t wait to meet them and share the game and pass on the CJ and Tony information, Fun – damentals!
I love learning new things and sharing what I’ve learned with those who want to learn. Though I have no credentials in coaching, I’ve introduced several friends and neighbors to pickleball and helped newbies with understanding court positioning. With my established pickleball pals, I try to introduce them to drills in hope of finding future drilling partners.
I am not a certified coach, but have helped a number of ‘seniors’ learn the game at our 55+ community. I have played pickleball for 2+ years and have taken several lessons. I currently teach a “Pickleball 101” and a “Pickleball 201” training session, but would really appreciate some guidance as to what/how to cover the basics. Thank you for doing this!
Coaching 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 in senior community
IFP Certified Instructor (level 2). I am the pickleball instructor at a large indoor sports facility near Milwaukee. I am always looking to improve my coaching skills and knowledge to better help my students achieve their goals.
IPTPA level 1 certified coach. Love teaching people the game of pickleball. I avg. playing 3 times a week and have been playing for 5years.
Teaching and mentoring mostly beginners. Want to step up to coaching capabilities.
PPR Certified PB Instructor – 2 years.
Hi CJ and Tony, I’m an IPTPA Level 1 Certified Instructor. I’ve subscribed to your program recently and thoroughly enjoy the content, flexibility, and instructions provided by your course so far. I’ll be working toward my Level 2 IPTPA certification over the next few months as well as getting PPR certified. I have about 25 people that I instruct regularly and I’m currently working with some country clubs in my area that are interested in pickleball instructions for members.
Hi CJ AND Tony. I am not a “coach” however I have started a movement call LET’S DO IT!!!! This was born out of my desire to help fight obesity and co-morbidities in the African American community following Covid. I am teaching them the game of pickleball to inspire them to just move. Likewise I teach the game at inner city Recreation centers to train em up in the way they should go and hopefully they will not depart. I would love to learn different skills and techniques as I also take this opportunity to build my skills with motivated drill partners.
Thanks to you two to always look upon us and for the always better practice for this beautiful sport.
I am coaching the beginners and the beginners plus at our city pickleball club in Granby. I am a fan of all the technical aspects and happy to provide the reasoning behind actions. Always amaze to discover more. Looking forward to hear from you.
Howdy CJ an Tony
you guys has taught Me so much, I look at this game in a whole different way, and my coaching and game has improve due to your training.
Thank you guys
PPR Certified Coach
Thank you Odell. We just showed you the way. You’re the one who put in the work! Congrats
Just Trying to help open things up here in the Uk
This is great! You’re right, coaching certificates are time consuming and expensive. I’m a retired teacher and really don’t
need to be taught how to teach, but what to teach and how to be effective with this sport.
Looking forward to this.
Hey guys!! …Working on my Ph.D. in education, and am a PPR pro, coaching pb 2 full days/week currently.
I’ll look forward to coaching tips !
I am a lacrosse coach and pickle enthusiast. If anyone writes tips and articles reach out to me and I will invite you to my Pickleball editors group on Linked IN. Free to join. Awesome content.
Active certified PPR Coach. Always happy to add to the toolbox.
I am a PPR Certified Coach and look forward to getting some new tips to try.
I am a PPR Certified Coach and look forward to getting some new tips to try. I really enjoy your videos.
IPTPA Certified, Level 1 and certified to teach Dynamite Doubles. Teach beginners and advanced beginners for the Palm Creek Pickleball Club.
Yes I Coach 2,5 and 3.0 players wishing to move up 8n their ratings.
Thanks so much. I’m a PPR Certified Coach and live in a 55 community with almost 800 members in our club. We have weekly drill classes, intro classes, beginner classes and mentoring sessions. It’s great to stay on top of new teaching techniques!
I am not PPR Certified but I have been playing pickleball for ten years.
I have been teaching a weekly class at the Arapahoe Community College Fitness Center in Littleton Colorado.
I have picked up some tips from your videos and Pickleball Summit presentation and others.
Looking forward to learn more tips.
Looking forward to it.
Retired health/physical education teacher and football/basketball coach. Several beginning players at our local senior center asked me to introduce them to the game. I’ve been following your program for awhile now and you both do an excellent job coaching/teaching the game of pickleball. Any coaching tips would greatly be appreciated.
IPTPA Certified and now playing pickleball exclusively.
Tennis background and was certified by the USPTA.
Began playing in 2021, joined and completed the pickleball system in 2022, and became a certified pickleball coach this year. Looking forward to what CJ anTony have to offer us.
I give lessons for beginners, “Learn To Play Pickleball” and love it when they “catch” the game. It is rewarding working with beginners. I believe that drills help your strokes and your pickleball game.. Before open play time I try to have some time for “Skills ‘n Drills”. Looking forward to any tip you will share with us. Enjoy your videos, youtubes and podcast info. Thanks.
Experienced, Certified Pickle Instructor teaching beginner/intmdte/advanced with a specialty in individual training. Also a successful ‘driller’ for hire. Stay ‘current’ in pickle teaching/trends. Thank you for all that you do to enhance the lives of others with your coaching/training and outstanding communication skills.
IPTPA Level II Certified coach
One year coaching 6 years playing the game
6 years coaching pickleball and 45+ years basketball and baseball.
Looking forward to learning
Coaching beginner players of all ages.
I am PPR certified to teach beginners & have been teaching for about a year & a half. Just as I enjoy learning ways to improve my game, I also want to learn ways to improve my teaching skills.
This is a great opportunity for us coaches to continue learn methods to improve our teaching this great game of Pickleball. Thanks for making this happen.
Formally, I coach beginning players at the local senior centre. Informally, I encourage emerging players to get out as frequently as they can and I attend as many of those sessions as I can to help and encourage. The response is gratifying, sometimes overwhelming. My students think I am very patient but they don’t even know how hard I work at being patient. Is it worth it? For me, yes!
I try to put a paddle in anyone who shows the slightest interest about pickleball. Usually they get hooked.
Tks you guys, for all you do for the love of the game!
Looking forward to your instruction
I do a PB 101 at our senior center twice a year. Two hours in classroom day 1 then at least two hours on court the next day for drills, practice and game situations. I use several of the concepts CJ and Tony promote and the folks are impressed. I direct them to their site for follow-up and additional info. Several folks have stayed with the sport and have a great time socializing. Most of them don’t get too involved in strategy or tactics but they have lots of fun.