Our Mountains & Meadows Pickleball Club takes a rather unselfish approach to training. We strongly believe in helping newcomers develop their skill levels in the sport – so much so that we will actually dedicate precious court space and our own playing time to these players to teach beginners the fundamentals of the game. Following even a brief orientation (sometimes as little as one game), we will often integrate the newcomers into games with our regular players to further fast-track their development. This is in high contrast to what we have witnessed around the country where beginners are often told “You can come back to play with us when you get better.” However, from a practical standpoint, in a small community with limited opportunities for learning Pickleball skills, we, the more experienced players feel it important to invest a reasonable amount of time in “player development,” even if it means we sacrifice “some” competitive playing time with our fellow peers.
The net result of this approach has been an impressive growth rate from just several players a few years ago to a current level of approximately 70 players spread over several towns with populations of 200 to 2,000 people.
To further enhance player development in the past we have had, and will continue to schedule, “New Player Nights” to which we invite members of the community to try out the sport of Pickleball with free instruction for players of all ages and abilities. (Click on GALLERY to view some of these events.)
Periodically special events will take place specifically for newcomers to the sport. In the meantime, new players are welcome to attend any of our sessions - instruction will be provided by a seasoned player after which you will be introduced to the game with our regular players.
Meadows Valley Mentors
As part of our youth development program, Mountains and Meadows Pickleball Club members
dedicate a full day to training Middle and High school students from Meadows Valley School District on their annual field trip to MeadowCreek Golf Resort. View photo gallery below.
In 2014, 56 students took advantage of this training to learn about and play Pickleball, all at no cost.