Instruction and Rules


Learn to play Pickleball...

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    2017 Newbee Class
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    2017 Newbee Class
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The Smashers Club conducts a FREE 3 wk Clinic site (club: "Solivita Smashers Pickleball")
for information and to sign up for Newbie and Skills Clinics

Clinics are held monthly (except July, August & December)

The classes are held at the Palms Pickleball Courts at Solivita on Tuesdays from 10:30 am - Noon.

The classes begin on the first Tuesday of each monthEquipment is available for students. 

Please register to ensure enough instructors & equipment...  
​Registration will be confirmed with class details. 

Skills Clinic - Registration

Skills Clinics are  held on the third Wednesday of the month at Freedom Park
From Noon to 1:30 pm. Registration Required! 
Log in to site for updated times and information and how to register.

Mondays 4:30 - 6:00 pm at Freedom Park

Players interested in participating should report to the Pergola outside court #4 . Practice sessions will use court 6 & 7 to take advantage of the wall for some drills and additionally on courts 4 & 5 if needed.

This is a "DROP-IN" clinic. No registration is necessary, however, we ask students who attend to "sign-in" so we can contact them about future instruction opportunities. ​

Steve Almes, who proposed these sessions, will also work with students in "practice stations" that will be designed to practice particular skills: serves, returns, dinks, drop shots, backhand, and more. Other instructors will assist him in teaching specific drills. 

The practice sessions will divide players by skill level to provide the best opportunity for improvement of all students. Participants will also "play" incorporating the skills they have practiced with critique of court position and strategy.

A focus for these sessions is development of the "soft" game, incorporating off-speed shots, third shot drop shots, blocks and dinks. Also there is emphasis on CONTROL - making the shot in the direction and speed intended. But one session doesn't make this happen. Students who continue to practice and drill will have positive results over time.

Any questions or suggestions, please contact us by email at


Many members have found instruction resources on-line to share. We will provide links to some videos. Check out the links and send in any that you found helpful.

Ready Position at the NVZ (Deb Harrison)

Learn to Volley (Brian Staub)

Blocking - 2 Ways  (Sarah Ansboury)

Instruction and drills on 3rd Shot executionTion (Brian and Matt Staub)

Pickleball 411 - Pickleball Channel is an on-line media channel dedicated to Pickleball. It includes instruction and videos of competition. The Pickleball Channel is out of The Villages, but is also affiliated with the USAPA and covers tournaments throughout the country and National competitions, like the US Open Pickleball Championship held in Naples, FL in April, 2016. Videos may be accessed on Youtube or players may subscribe (free) to regular updates. 

Additional Instructional Video links
Rules of Pickleball
IFP - International Federation of Pickleball
The official Rules of Pickleball are maintained by the IFP. The USAPA is a member and reviews and modifies the rules as required.
Click on the  Link below to view or download the Rules from the USAPA site. 
Rules of Pickleball