Pickleball is a game that combines the aspects of tennis, table tennis (Ping-Pong), and badminton. It’s known to be fun, easy-to-learn, and a low-intensity game that can be played by people of all ages and abilities.
We offer two levels of instruction (see below) with professional Donald Van Dyne.
All participants should wear tennis shoes (not running shoes) and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated during game play.
About our Instructor:
Donald Van Dyne is a Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR)- Certified PRO; the Director of Pickleball D3 Management Systems and the Lead Clinician and Pickleball Program Manager at The Mill Works in Westford, MA. He directs all pickleball operations to include private, semi-private pickleball lessons and clinics, daily open-play pickleball sessions (Monday-Friday from 6am to 4:00p), organizes and supervises tournaments, leagues and pickleball special events. In addition Donald is a tournament medalist, the Senior state champion in Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, a Level 1 Referee, and a USA Pickleball Association Ambassador. Donald works to create a safe, encouraging, and fun learning environment for pickleball beginners to tournament contenders and coaches’ players of all levels to prepare for recreational and competitive play. Donald emphasizes the mechanics and strategy of pickleball. Along with coaching, Donald is skilled at designing operational systems for pickleball membership, court assignment and program management. Donald’s goal, through his collaboration with existing and new pickleball clubs, is to provide opportunities for new and seasoned players to have greater access to court time. Donald looks forward to sharing his pickleball passion with you soon.
The BEGINNER PROGRAM is for individuals that have never picked up a pickleball paddle or that have limited court time. This program will give a student the opportunity to build their game from the ground up before developing bad habits or poor stroke mechanics. You will learn the rules of pickleball, how to keep score, the difference between a drive, drop and dink and how to hit a groundstroke, serve, volley, soft shot, overhead, lob and the 3rd shot drop. This course is essential for all new players that want to have more fun learning and playing pickleball. All equipment will be provided during a class session including paddles, nets and balls. All you need to do is register, show up, wear tennis shoes (not running shoes) and be prepared to have fun and learn.
The INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM is for a player that is greater than a 3.0 but not yet a 4.0. If you have never taken a lesson or have questions regarding court awareness, stroke development (drive, drop and dink), or shot selection this program is designed for you. The program will review your shot mechanics and focus on how to deal with bangers, how to tactically transition to the non-volley line, your consistency, court positioning, footwork, paddle control and basic knowledge of stacking and poaching.