Prescott Pickleball Association


The City of Prescott has approved the following individuals as instructors at the public courts. They are required to carry insurance and pay a commission to the city (since they are using public courts). Please contact and hire them directly.

Rick Bothel


IPTPA Level 1 Certified Pickleball Instructor

rkbothell@gmail.com

(928) 308-1861 (Cell)

I played competition tennis for 40 years.  During that time and more I taught and coached tennis privately, publicly, and at Prescott High School.  I learned quickly that “Technique is Everything”.  A person must know how to stroke the ball and how to move.  During my two years of teaching pickleball I have focused on techniques to help my students perform like accomplished players. I have video recorded others and me to analyze footwork and stroke production.  Yes, I watch the ball but still have mishits.  What does that mean?  Think shoulders.   I ask my students why are we here together today?  I listen.  I help that student with his/her specific needs.  “Rick, I’m a new beginner, can you help me?” Yes.    Do you want a general review?  Do you want to improve your backhand volley?  How about more advance doubles strategies?  I can help.  Do you want a competitive topspin baseline backhand ground stroke.  Good luck.  Without many years of competitive tennis, this is extremely difficult.  Stick with your mild slice.   I instruct using whole, part, whole methods.  I use guided practice.  I sometimes use “Inner Tennis/Pickleball.”   “Why won’t my serve go in?  I use all 10 serve pointers that I was taught last week.”  Yes, that’s why. 

Douglas Seefeld

PPR Certified Pro

prescottpickleballcoach@gmail.com

(920) 410-4109 (Cell and texts)

Professional Pickleball Registry Certified Pro

USA Pickleball Certified Referee & Registered Referee Trainer

We can focus your instruction for social play into tournament goals. You can request lessons on techniques, partnering, strategies and rules. I enjoy specializing in group lessons as this helps you learn with others, take drills home with you and really enjoy the game.

We'll look at your DNA (Defense, Neutral and Aggressive) positions and shot choices. Most points are lost by errors so defensive play is vital for success. The set-ups for winning shots can't be squandered. Be aggressive at the right time. The neutral shots can allow you to create opportunities or just play for fun. 

Former teacher at Willow Hills Baptist Church with Bob Atherton during the last 6 years of the club's existence. Prescott indoor Pickleball Association (P.I.P.A.) has invited me as instructor for their Classes. You may find me as an assistant with the PPA Novice & Intermediate classes, offered at no charge to our members.

Tournament play experience from the 3.5 to 4.5 levels. Registered referee trainer for USA Pickleball. Certified Referee with experience at all levels (3.0 through professional) in about 10 states. 

Curt Thon


IPTPA Level 1 Certified Pickleball Instructor

curt.thon@gmail.com


Started playing pickleball in 2015 after moving to the Prescott area.  Assisted with teaching lessons at Pioneer Park for PPA. Received instructor certification in February  2020.  Currently focused on small group and private lessons for new and newer players.



Jill Thyr 

PPR certified coach

Jill@livehealthwellness.com

(208) 964-3863 (Texting is the best contact method)


After playing D1 volleyball and 15+ yrs of coaching, I have been bitten with the pickleball bug! I am a 4.0+ player, PPR certified coach as well as a certified coach with Dynamic Doubles. I have enjoyed helping new players as they begin their pickleball journey and more experienced players play with their partners more effectively for tournament and league play.

My passion is to help players look at the court in a new way, enhancing the fun of playing doubles and being the player that is easy to play with to help win the situation. If you have played a little or a lot, and wonder why you are not winning the point, getting beat by players less skilled, or wondering where you should hit the ball, let me help you unlock the game through good teamwork, proper positioning, effective shot selection and boost your confidence that you are hitting the best shot for your team. You will learn to use the zones to your teams advantage, plan your winning strategy, and understand why that shot didn't work effectively for more fun, teamwork and confidence. 


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