The City of Prescott has approved the following Prescott Pickleball Association members 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. 

Curt Thon

IPTPA Level 1 Certified Pickleball Instructor

(928) 350-7257 (Text)

Did you know the first rule of pickleball is to have fun? Since first picking up a paddle in 2015 I have tried to share the game with anyone who wants to learn how to play, and am currently working to grow the pickleball program in three local communities.

If you are making too many unforced errors, understanding court zones and how to select your best shot may help. Too many players make the mistake of attacking the wrong ball. Be patient and play defense until you have the opportunity to score.

If you want to improve your skills, and start to have years of enjoyment on the courts, contact me. Private lessons available for single players or couples. For small groups of 3 or 4 newer players, I have a 4 lesson program designed to build your skills and get you on the courts with confidence.

Joe Borzello

(928) 379-9576 Call or text

Multiple gold medals in 4.5 mixed and men's doubles.

My goal is to enhance your pickleball knowledge concerning all aspects of the game. I can help you break any bad habits you may have and we can work on proper technique including footwork.

Learn when, where and how to place various shots and how to play in your bubble. We'll cover blocking, groundstrokes, serves, returns, speed ups and so much more. 

Want to win more points or are you having trouble with any part of your game? Contact me and we'll work on it.

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