Player Development

Player Development Programs

Lessons and Clinics

The Calgary Pickleball Club offers a variety of instructional clinics, lessons, and camps for members of all skill levels – from beginner to advanced. There are classes and sessions offered every month. CPC members will receive emails when the registrations open along with directions on how to sign-up using our on-line program software. CPC members can also arrange their own lessons with certified instructors on our club list.

Learn to Play Introductory Clinics

New CPC members who are beginning players can take part in a free three-hour introductory clinic. Bring court shoes. We provide the paddles, balls, and instructions. You will learn the basics of the game including the different strokes, basic strategies, the rules, and have an opportunity to try out their new skills while playing. This is for new members and is free with your membership. There is no cost.

Look for a new series of sessions every month on the main page of this website. You must be a CPC member to access the online sign-up program.

Novice Mentored Play

If you are new to pickleball and still learning the game, CPC offers an opportunity to improve your skills with help from experienced players. The Calgary Pickleball Club sponsors a series of “mentored” pickleball sessions for novice players. The mentored novice sessions are for players who completed a CPC Introductory Clinic and want to play with other new players, with the support of a higher skilled mentor.

Look for a new series of sessions every month on the main page of this website. You must be a CPC member to access the online sign-up program.

Beginner and Novice Lessons

If you are new to the game of pickleball, here is your chance to improve your skills. The lessons are designed to help CPC members who are new to the game and will be led by CPC certified instructors. This is for players who have taken a CPC introductory clinic and have played a minimum of 10 games. Sessions will cover the basics of the ready position, dinking, serves and serve returns, forehand and backhand groundstrokes, volleys, lobs and smashes, and basic playing strategies. The cost is $80 per participant.

Look for a new series of sessions every month on the main page of this website. You must be a CPC member to access the online sign-up program.

Intermediate Lessons

These are for CPC members who are intermediate players who have been playing at a 2.5 to 3.0 level and will be led by CPC certified instructors. Players must have the following skills/abilities: 1. can consistently serve and return serves to the back third of the court. 2. dink forehand and backhand at least 5 out of 10 in a row. 3. control forehand and backhand groundstrokes. 4. attempt 3rd shot drops from the back-3rd court and/or transition zone. 5. sustain short rallies. Sessions will cover: the ready position, dinking with purpose, effective serves and serve returns, forehand and backhand groundstrokes, volleys, lobs, and smashes, playing strategies for good team play.

Look for a new series of sessions every month on the main page of this website. You must be a CPC member to access the online sign-up program.

Ball Machine Practice

CPC is offering two-hour sessions with ball machines on three courts at Cedarbrae Community Centre, 11025 Oakfield Dr. SW. This is a practice session intended to give players the opportunity to improve their skills using ball machines. Sessions will include drills on return of serve (ground strokes), third shots - drops and drives, blocking and punch volleys, forehand and backhand dinking, and overhead smashes.

Look for a new series of sessions every month on the main page of this website. You must be a CPC member to access the online sign-up program.


Our Instructors

All Calgary Pickleball Club approved Coaches are fully certified IPTPA* Teaching Professionals and accomplished pickleball players.

*The International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) is the world leader in developing teaching standards in the sport of Pickleball. When an instructor meets those standards they are awarded a certification.

Pickleball Canada has also recently introduced the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for pickleball. The first phase of this program is called Instructor 1: Introducing Pickleball. For a listing of NCCP certified coaches in Calgary, click here and enter Calgary in the City box.


CPC Approved Coaches

Click on an Instructor's first name to see their Bio, Experience & Qualifications.

IPTPA Level 2 Certified Instructors

Colin MacDonald, colinmacdonald.halifax@gmail.com

Rande Mergerenn, fireescape.rande@gmail.com

Kevin Stanley, kevinstanleycoach@gmail.com

Maggie Verity, maggieshawverity@gmail.com

Bill Lane, gwlane@telusplanet.net

Valerie Leder Medvedic, leder.consulting@shaw.ca

Peter Llewellyn, peter@peterllewellyn.com


IPTPA Level 1 Certified Instructors

Greg Alexander, gjalexander@shaw.ca

Sharon Dupuis, sbdupuis@shaw.ca

Stephen Hansen, hansensa@telus.net

Jean Llewellyn, jean@jeanllewellyn.com

Mel Louie, gmelpb2004@yahoo.com

Jennifer Martin-Pope, jcmartin-pope@shaw.ca

Carl Patzel f8nbethere@gmail.com

Dean Plouffe, deane.plouffe@gmail.com

Sherry Richardson, sherryrichardson307@gmail.com

Robert Savard, cdog1151@gmail.com (Does not offer private lessons)

Fred Spence, fred.g.spence@gmail.com

Peter Teppler, pteppler@telus.net

Claire White, cehw50@gmail.com

Lyanne and Tom Wong, lyannewong168@gmail.com , tomwong@telus.net



SKILL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Click here for a summary of Skill Level Requirements.