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Melissa is a certified pickleball coach.  She has over four years experience teaching beginners and coaching level one players.  Her certifications include level one with PPR, IPTPA, and Dynamite Doubles.  


Big Rock Beginner Pickleball Course  are held on the first three Tuesdays each month from 10am to noon.  The fee is $125 per person.  The course is limited to six participants.  A nonrefundable $25 deposit will be collected upon registration with the $100 balance due the first day of class.  Occasional evening or weekend classes can be arranged.

You will learn the correct technique for basic shots, score keeping, and drills you can practice on your own. To register, or for questions, please contact Melissa Ballenger at

Skill Development Clinic  2.5 to 3.0   Thursday, June 13th, 9am to 4pm.  The course is limited to eight participants.  The fee is $125 per person.  A nonrefundable $25 deposit will be collected upon registration with the $100 balance due upon arrival for the clinic.  


The Skill Development Clinic’s primary goal is to ensure newer players develop good habits including safe play and overall improvement.  Correct form, a variety of shots and coordinating with your partner will be covered.  Salad and sandwich buffet lunch will be provided by the Ballengers in their home at Big Rock Pickleball. 



Gary is available to teach any level, day's, evenings, and weekends private lessons, semi private lessons  for 2 to 4 people

Presently filling spots on Tuesdays at Big Rock Pickleball

Level 3.50 – 4.0 Players:   2pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm

Level 4.5 Players:   6pm-8pm

Contact Gary at (609 760-0034

Gary’s years of experience coaching high level tennis players and more recently pickleball pros has made him a

sought-after coach for those who are serious about improving their skills. 

Whether you are aiming to bring home a medal, or just want to shine in your recreational game, Gary is the one to assist you in the journey.

We are honored to have this caliber of coach teaching at Big Rock Pickleball.  Gary is the perfect combination of professional, personable, confident, and humble. 

John and Melissa Ballenger

Big Rock Pickleball


Gary (on right) providing

one on one instruction
















Gary with some of his students

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