Pickleball Intermediate Clinic sessions are designed to transform beginning players into intermediate players by improving on specific skills. The student successfully completing the Intermediate Clinic can consistently play longer rallies, return medium-paced shots reliably, make all basic strokes, use shot placement with desired pace with some consistency, are beginning to anticipate opponent’s shots, can play lobs and dinks with limited success, and has improved aggressive/assertive play at the NVZ.
While there are many topics addressed in the Intermediate Clinic, these topics serve as an introduction of these techniques. Coached play at the end of each session will help the student improve effectiveness of those techniques for later use and help toward moving to advanced skill levels.
Level of Instruction: Intermediate – Adults. Candidates for the Intermediate Clinic should be able to engage in multi-shot rallies, play varying types of shots: including volleys, groundstrokes, dinks, drives and lobs.
Skills/Fundamentals Learned: Participants will learn:
• Drop shot, shot placement
• Spin (adding, reading and reacting to spin)
• Serves (drop, “standard”, backhand and spin serves).
• Specialty shots (Around the Post (ATP), Erne, Misdirecting shots)
• Team positioning (communication, responsibilities, stacking, playing the NVZ, responding to the lob)
• Playing style/philosophy
• At completion of the Intermediate Clinic, the student should be able to work toward a 3.0 rating. Practice and play against opponents of greater skill level will improve the student’s abilities and help to graduate to higher skill ratings.
Instructor: Archie Aquino has played tennis for several years rising to a 5.0 level tennis player. Using her tennis skills, she transitioned to pickleball and is recognized as an advanced player in the Parker Pickleball program, where she now serves as one of two pickleball instructors for the Parker Parks and Recreation Department. She is also a certified pickleball instructor through the USAPA. Along with English, Archie speaks German and Tagalog/Filipino.
David Lissy has been playing and teaching pickleball for over five years. David has an MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has written pickleball curriculum used in his camps and clinics. He grew up in the suburbs west of Chicago playing a multitude of sports including baseball, football, basketball, tennis, golf, table tennis, hockey, swimming, biking and running. David’s claim to fame during this time was winning his grade school’s table tennis championship! David’s main focus for teaching is to pass the enjoyment of the game along to new players.
Please contact Alfredo Negrin at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Equipment: Individual paddles recommended but are available for use, if needed. Please wear tennis shoes, athletic clothing and bring water.
Skip Dates: None
Pickleball: Intermediate Clinic (18+ yrs) W/S22 #39452