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OUR COACHES

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Whether you have never played Pickleball, or you are a seasoned player, having a coach is beneficial to your game. New players will develop good habits to build on, and those who already know the game can fine tune their skills with the helpful suggestions of a certified coach. To hire a coach, select your coach from the information provided below. Contact your coach directly. Together, you will decide on date and time. Your coach will inform you of his or her fees, explain how payments are made, and schedule your session. Your coach will reserve the court. You may be offered the opportunity to receive your coaching at another facility, or out door court.

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Coach Melissa Ballenger

Pickleball was first brought to my attention at a family reunion in Nebraska in 2018.  My first lessons were with the Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation at our local YMCA. I’ve played most days since.  I am a certified coach through Pickleball Professional Registry, (PPR),  Level 1 International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (ITPTA), and Dynamite Doubles, (DD).  I am also a USAPA Pickleball Ambassador.

 

It is my goal to provide beginners with a solid foundation, and assist intermediate players to fine tune their skills.  I provide Dynamite Doubles strategies for those who would like to improve their skills as a partner while playing doubles.

 

Whether you intend to play for recreation, or for serious competition, a solid foundation will save you from having to unlearn bad habits as you progress.  Practicing good habits will help you to improving your game more quickly.

 

All equipment is provided for beginners. Try out this sport prior to investing in paddles and balls.

BEGINNERS WILL LEARN: 
Learn how to avoid spills and other types of injury to yourself and others.

COURT SAFETY: Learn the importance of maintaining balance. 
 

BASIC RULES & SCORE KEEPING 
 

POSTURE:  A correct posture will prepare you to respond quickly and accurately to whatever shot comes your way. It will also express your enthusiasm; show your opponents you know what you are doing.
 

COURT POSITIONING:  You will be shown the most advantageous positions to start the game and where to move from there.

SKILL DRILLS:  As I observe your style of play, I will introduce you to drills and drill type games to improve upon your game and develop your skills while adding even more fun.

INFORMATION: I provide my students with the information they need to set and achieve their pickleball goals.

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Coach Dotti Berry

About Coach Dotti aka Coach B, the Pickleball MindShift Coach

Dotti is a 4.0+ DUPR rated player, on/off court coach and Certified Teaching Professional in the following:

  1. PPR, the Professional Pickleball Registry.  


  2. DDCC, Dynamite Doubles Certified Coach with Pro/Coach Helle Sparre

  3. IPTPA (Sept, 2023) - International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association


Coach B’s speciality on court is strategy and court awareness for doubles play.  She emphasizes learning/implementing the building blocks for how to construct a point and create the perfect 4 (serve, return of serve, 3rd shot & 4th shot) so that a player can move beyond unforced errors and experience a higher level of satisfaction in rec or tournament play.


Coach B helps you go from 3.5+ to your dream level without more drilling by unlocking your mental golden handcuffs. This off court training translates to more joy and higher performance and results on the court.

Coach B’s tag line is “born to coach” and she’s been doing that for over 45 years.  She formerly coached women’s basketball at the University of Kentucky and worked with elite athletes in both the ABL and WNBA.  Her business was Small Business of the Year in the U.S. for ASI (Advertising Specialities Institute). In the field of bio energy for improved blood flow and faster recovery, she has worked with Pro players Tyson McGuffin, Callie Smith, Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters, and Sarah Ansboury in addition to coaches Nicole Havlicek and CJ Johnson.

WORK WITH COACH B:

Dynamite Doubles - Discover how to play Partner Pickleball. 

Connect with Coach B ONLINE

  • Scan purple QR Code on this page to see my website with programs and services

  • PFFW (Pickleball Forum for Women) - a FB group of almost 7000 women*     

  •  PHH (Pickleball Happy Hour) online the first and third Wed of each month,                             

    • Interviewing Pros and bringing together everyday women who play pickleball, rec or tournament)

  • Pickleball Escapades - Clinics, events & unique daring adventures to exciting destinations.

  • Pickleball Unites - transcending differences that separate us through the sport of pickleball, collaborating to bring together people and resources for “give back” experiences that transform your heart and soul.

     

CONTACT COACH B
Text/call me for most efficient way of contacting me: 360-305-0909   

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Empower

Pickleball Stories that Inspire

These stories illustrate how pickleball is connecting, engaging, electrifying, and transforming women’s lives.  EmPOWERed women, sharing their stories, are EmPOWERing both women and men in the process.

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