Prescott Pickleball Association

A Paddle Above!

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

(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 "DJ" Seefeld

PPR Certified Pro

(920) 410-4109 (Cell and texts)

USA Pickleball Certified Referee & Registered Referee Trainer

Teacher at Willow Hills Baptist Church with Bob Atherton during the last 6 years of the club's existence. Currently a Prescott indoor Pickleball Association (P.I.P.A.) instructor for Advanced Classes. Assistant with PPA Novice and Intermediate classes, offered at no charge to the community.

Tournament experience from the 3.5 to 4.5 levels.

I'll be focusing instruction for social play into tournament goals. We will work with you 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.

Curt Thon

IPTPA Level 1 Certified Pickleball Instructor

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

(208) 964-3863 (Cell)

4.0+ player

I've transitioned to playing  pickleball after a D1 volleyball career and coaching for over 15 years in team, club, camp and clinic settings. I look forward to working with Prescott players to reach their pickleball goals as a group or individuals. 

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