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Outdoor Courts at the Malta Community Park, 285 Plains Rd, dedicated for Pickleball on:
Tuesdays 1-4pm
Thursdays 1-4pm
Fridays 9am-12pm




Outdoor Clinics held at Malta Community Park, 285 Plains Rd, Malta

Clinics are 90 minutes long, 60 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of play utilizing the skills you learned. Dates vary and are emailed monthly.



Instructors:  Gina Family, IPTPA Level 1 Certified Pickleball Instructor and Ed Koivula


More about Gina and Ed 

Gina Family has been playing and studying the game of pickleball for several years. She is a Level 1 certified instructor by the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association. Gina enjoys assisting and motivating individuals to learn and  improve their skills, discover new techniques and strategies, and achieve their goals in pickleball. Gina has also been a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor for over 30 years. 



Ed Koivula has been playing competitive tennis since 1990 and playing pickleball for seven years.  He is a 4.5 player that has medaled in tournaments at the local, state and international level. Ed enjoys teaching advanced players how to improve the mental and strategic elements of their game.  Ed taught tennis as a USPTR certified tennis instructor and is currently a NYS certified public High School coach.



Pickleball 101: 
Come and learn the fun sport of Pickleball. It is the fastest growing sport in North America. This class will give you the skills necessary to get started playing doubles Pickleball. You’ll learn the basic game overview, how to keep score, serving,  and returning the ball.  
(Beginners with no experience)



Pickleball 102: 
This class will take Pickleball 101 one more step. Participants will continue to work on their serve and return of service. In addition, you will learn basic court skill;  including shot placement, moving with your doubles partner, and when to move up to the NVZ or kitchen line.
Prerequisite: Pickleball 101


The Third Shot: 
Learn how the serving team can get to the net more effectively and neutralize play. This class will give you the skills to execute a third shot drive, lob or drop shot. 

Prerequisite: Pickleball 101 and 102 or already play and fully understand the game


Dinking: 
Learn how to control the court and have a blast doing it. You served, they returned service, you returned a great  third shot and made it to the kitchen line (NVZ). Now is the time for the dinking dance. This class will teach you how to dink, control your dink shots, and basic dinking footwork.
Prerequisite: Pickleball 101, 102, or already play and fully understand the game 

Groundstrokes: 
This class is for those with some experience playing and full knowledge of the rules of game play. The focus will be on improving the return of service. You’ll learn the basic steps of the forehand and backhand stroke.
Prerequisite: Pickleball 101 and 102 or already play and fully understand the game


Why a deep serve and return of serve are a MUST!
When you hit a short serve you’re giving a big advantage to your opponent by helping them get to the NVZ in a jiffy. When you send  back a short return of serve you’re also giving a big advantage to your opponent by inviting them to the NVZ. Learn how to strategically use the first two shots in pickleball to your advantage.
Prerequisite: Pickleball 101 and 102 or already play and fully understand the game

Lob retrieval and overhead smash
How to decide when to retrieve a lob or smash it. Learn how to safely turn your body to retrieve
Prerequisite: Pickleball 101 and 102 or already play and fully understand the game lob and how to correctly execute an overhead smash.



Forehand, Backhand and Blocking
This class is for experienced players with full knowledge of the rules of game play. The focus will be on improving the return of service by improving your stroke mechanics for your forehand and backhand.  You’ll also learn the blocking shot at the net to keep your opponents back.

Prerequisite: Pickleball 101 and 102 or already play and fully understand the game
 
Pickleball Strategy and Court Coverage
This clinic is for experienced players looking to take a new step. We will concentrate on the mental part of the game. Mental toughness and patience are essential skills on the pickleball court. Players will learn how to:


  •  Move with their partner to cover the court 

  •  Improve anticipation 

  •  Eliminate, create and use angles 

  •  Construct points

  •  Identify and exploit opponent weaknesses

  •  How to stay mentally tough and reset after each point



Work-Play Classes:
These classes are for the players that have acquired the basic skills and are looking to improve upon them and incorporate them more into their game play.
Dates and skill sets that will be worked on vary and are emailed out monthly.
      - First half of the class is work (mostly drills) pertinent to the skill set that is being 
         worked on.
      - Second half of the class is game play, rotating partners, to provide an opportunity 
         to carry your work into actual play.  The emphasis during play will be on the skill
         worked on in the first half of class.

Three and Me Lesson                                        $25 PER PERSON/ HOUR


The three and me lesson allows the teaching professional to play along in games with students allowing immediate feedback on shot selection, strategic decisions and court positioning. This is a very effective learning environment for all levels of players when working on doubles strategy and tactics. In addition, time will be dedicated to improving existing shots and developing new ones.  Content of the lesson will be developed collaboratively between coach and students. Three students are needed to run the lesson, so grab your friends and schedule a date with the community center.
Ed Koivula, Pickleball Coach


  • Reservations to be made directly Malta Community Center

  • Coach Ed will contact you to determine a time

  • 24 hour notice required to cancel lessons


Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
 
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Pickleball Strategy and Court Coverage 
F5-2020
18 and up  N/A  09/30/2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Malta Community Park
$15.00 Res, $17.00 Non-Res
0 seat(s) available
Prerequisite: Pickleball 101 and 102 or possess the skills thereof
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