Prescott Pickleball Association
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.
PPR Certified Pro
(920) 410-4109 (Cell and texts)
Professional Pickleball Registry Certified Pro
USA Pickleball Certified Referee
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.
You may find me as an assistant with the PPA Novice & Intermediate classes, offered at no charge to our members. Espire Sports has invited me to teach at their facility. We can come to your development courts or use the Prescott High School courts for lessons.
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.
PPR Certified Coach
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.
PPR Certified Instructor
(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.