Beginning any new sport, even pickleball, has its share of difficulties. This section is organized so that you could actually learn the sport yourself, as well as teach others.
This gives the history of the game and briefly shows how the game is played. This is an essential if you are trying to learn the game from this information. It’s also pretty good to give as prework to any group you will be training as well. (Suggestion – give ’em this link one week before training – no more or less.)
Conditions for Beginner Training covers the extra things an instructor should think about and do in organizing a beginner training class – besides simply conducting the training.
This is the actual course outline for Beginner Training.
This goes beyond the Beginner Training in showing and teaching basic serve(s) and returns.
This covers basic ground strokes, and assumes no previous racquet or paddle skills. This is the class beyond Beginner Training where ground strokes are VERY briefly covered.
This is the third critical skill for Beginners to learn and they should get acquainted with it immediately…or at least soon after the “basic” Beginner’s Training Course.
(How to mentor 2.0-level beginning players in a round robin format)
This is the form all students in all classes should fill out. Beware of being fooled by the high numbers you get. It’s rare to get a bad evaluation. They know you are volunteering to do this and are grateful. But encourage and look for the additional comments and be instructed by those for future work.
NOTE: this section is still under construction. It will add in a few enhancements for beginners such as drills, specialized equipment, etc.
That said, really, all a beginner needs is a paddle, two or three balls, good shoes and a water bottle, a place to play and a few others to play with and the knowledge gained in the “Just Beginning?” link above. Just for fun, compare this in your mind with somebody who, say, decides they want to learn salt-water fly-fishing or aerial-drone photography. Talk about a sport for our times. Limited space, equipment, cost, learning curve, and maximum fun. Pickleball rocks.