How Beginners can start playing Pickleball

#1 Get a basic understanding of the rules

Grasping these 3 basic concepts before you do anything else will give you a major head start.

There’s a bit more to it than that, but those are the three most unique rules in pickleball when compared to other sports. I highly recommend you watch this video by Pickleball Pro and awesome content creator Kyle Koszuta (That Pickleball Guy) at least once before proceeding. Definitely subscribe to his newsletter and channel. 

#2 Ask your local club or organizer about programs for beginners.

Clinics are a great way to start. If you are adventurous, you can jump right into a league or anything listed as beginner.
Usually, they will have a paddle to let you demo (be sure to ask!), so even though a clinic may cost a few bucks, you won't need to invest in a paddle just yet, and it will be well worth it.

beginner programs near me

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#3 Visit a local park

If you want to take it a little slower, you can always visit a local park and observe first. Usually, the local community is very friendly and will help you get going. Strike up a conversation and be ready to play as someone may even lend you a paddle.

You could always bring a paddle and potentially jump right in. At busy parks there is typically some kind of line you get in by putting your paddle in a rack, or stack.

most saved courts near me

10 Broadway Ave
Sayville,
NY
11782
314 Wolf Hill Rd.
Dix Hills,
NY
11746
Veterans Park Bellrose Ave
Northport,
NY
11768
51 Old Country Rd.
Melville,
NY
11747
47 Powell Ave.
Bethpage,
NY
11714
286 Hawkins Rd.
Centereach,
NY
11720
101 Muncey Rd.
Bay Shore,
NY
11706
148 Smithtown Blvd.
Nesconset,
NY
11767
5789 Middle Country Rd
Wading River,
NY
11792
299 Rosevale Ave.
Ronkonkoma,
NY
11779

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You could also try these well established court finders: Places2Play, Pickleheads, Pickle Play App, or Google “pickleball court near me”.

#4 Reach out to a local coach

Get comfortable and progress extremely quickly with instructors dedicated to spreading the game of pickleball and helping you play your best out there. Private instruction and attention is invaluable at any point in your development in any discipline. So even though pickleball may seem simple, you will progress amazingly fast if you go this route.

These folks will also often be able to hook you up with other people, programs and paddles to help you get going.

Teaching Pros nearest me

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Hempstead,
NY
PPR certified coach putting out very positive content as "DESPICKLEBALL ME", who is also advocating for PB in The Philippines.
frank-milillo-pbcoach-tn
Rockville Centre,
NY
PPR certified coach and owner of Long Island Pickleball Pros. Offers lessons, clinics and more in Nassau County, NY.
MatthewKrivitskyPickleball
Long Beach,
NY
PPR Certified Instructor based in southern Nassau County, putting out fun content as Not Guilty Pickleball. A social media ambassador for the game offering lessons and clinics.
DeanPapakonstantis
Port Washington,
NY
Pickleball Coordinator and popular instructor at SPORTIME Port Washington. Dean is a 4.5+ level tournament player (and frequent champion) offering lessons, drilling & clinics.
davidradish
Port Washington,
NY
Pickleball Director for Sportime Port Washington and IPTPA certified instructor. Runs Nassau-Suffolk Pickleball Facebook group & numerous pickleball events around Long Island.
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Bethpage,
NY
PPR Certified Coach based out of SPORTIME Long Island Offering Lessons and Clinics
AndrewLaCortePickleballInstructor
Old Bethpage,
NY
PPR Certified Professional pickleball instructor who runs the US Academy of Pickleball in Old Bethpage, NY.
Zev Asch Pickleball Instructor
Woodbury,
NY
IPTPA-certified coach based in Woodbury/Syosset. Extensive multi-sport and educational coaching & teaching experience. Focused on safety, skills & fun.
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Melville,
NY
PPR Certified Instructor based in central Long Island with access to court inside a church.
david-goodman
Melville,
NY
IPTPA Certified Instructor offering events, clinics & lessons in central Long Island, NY. Runs Playground Athletes Pickleball.

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#5 Get a paddle!

The best way to select a paddle is by demoing them from clubs, your friends, local ambassadors, and pickleball retailers, so you know what you’re getting into. Keep in mind many people & businesses have allegiances that may color their suggestions. At the end of the day, if you like the paddle, and you don’t mind paying the price, it does not have to be a huge decision, and you will likely have an opportunity to get another one one day soon. Still, here are some things to think about. 

Top paddles under $100 from a very well-respected, independent paddle reviewer

Be sure to follow The Pickleball Studio and use their discount codes if their review helps you choose a paddle.

Check back soon as we are building this area to include suggested paddles, more reviews, discounts, local and online stores, etc.

Hope this helps you discover the wonderful sport of pickleball! See you on the court!

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