OPA Lessons & Skills and Drills

Intro to Pickleball (Pickleball 101)

Want to learn how to play the fastest growing sport in North America?  Don’t know the rules?  No problem!  Don’t have a paddle? No problem! We are taking the first 10 registered participants in our Pickleball 101 class.

This class is a 5 week series of lessons for beginners.

Instruction will be provided by Bill Simon.  Bill is certified as an instructor under the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association. In fact, he is one of only a handful in the province.

Please note:  Non-marking gym shoes and protective eyewear are required.  Paddles and balls will supplied by the OPA.

St. Remi, Kanata Directions
January 8 – Feb 5 MON7:00 – 9:00 pm5 Sessions$2510 playersRegister
Feb 12 – Mar 26MON 7:00 – 9:00 pm 5 Sessions $25 10 playersRegister
No play on Feb 19, March 12


VIOLET
I know the rules of pickleball.
I know how to keep score.
I have proper service technique.
I can rally at least 5 shots in a row.
I can handle moderately paced shots.

Violet – Pickleball 201

Finished with Pickleball 101?  Feel like you understand the game but aren’t quite ready for one of the City gyms?  Then this class is for you!

The focus of Pickleball 201 is to prepare you for “the real world of pickleball.”  Instructors are hand selected from Ottawa’s outstanding community of players to help you with the next steps to elevate your game.

This course will take you beyond learning what the “kitchen” is and show you tips to have more fun on the courts.  Basic strategies will be practised on where the best places are to serve (and return serve) and how to attack and defend your opponents in order to help you feel more comfortable in your skills and gameplay.

This class is limited to the first 6 registered participants!

Please note:  a paddle, non-marking gym shoes and protective eyewear are required.  Balls will be supplied by the OPA.

St. Remi, Kanata Directions
January 8 – Feb 5MON7:00 – 9:00 pm5 Sessions$256 playersRegister
Feb 12 – Mar 26MON 7:00 – 9:00 pm 5 Sessions $25 6 playersRegister
No play on Feb 19, March 12


BLUE
I usually serve the ball in the court.
I can rally successfully from the baseline or the net
I can dink at least 5 shots in a row
I can handle all but the fastest shots.
I get to the net as soon as possible.

Blue – Skills and Drills

Looking to elevate your game from Blue to Green?  Come learn from some more advanced OPA players!  This is the class for you if you are working on developing a consistent deep serve (and return), a 3rd shot Drop as a way to slow the game down, keeping the ball low to prevent your opponents from attacking, adding pace to the ball when the opportunity presents itself.

Elisabeth Bruyere, Kanata Directions
January 13 - Mar 24SAT3:00 - 5:30 pm8 Sessions$2812 playersRegister
No play on Feb 17, March 10, 17

 



GREEN
My serve is consistently deep in the court.
I sometimes use the third shot drop with some success.
I try to dink whenever I have the chance.
I can keep the ball low.
I can put pace on a high ball.
I have some good put away shots, so watch out!
I sometimes have trouble getting to those drop shots.

Green – Skills and Drills

Looking to elevate your game from Green to Yellow?  Come learn from some more advanced OPA players!  This is the class for you if you are working on your 3rd Shot Drop, trying to slow the game down when you play “Bangers” and court specific positioning to maximize your style of play.

Saint-François d’Assise Directions
January 14 – Feb 4SUN9:00 - 11:30 am4 Sessions$1412 playersRegister
Feb 11 - March 25SUN9:00 - 11:30 am4 Sessions $1412 playersRegister
No play on Feb 18, Mar 11, 18


YELLOW
I try to serve to my opponent’s weaker side.
I use the third shot drop appropriately .
I have moderate success dinking with placement and purpose.
I can put away the ball if you leave me a high one.
I’m pretty fast, so don’t even try to drop shot me.

Yellow – Skills and Drills

Looking to elevate your game from Yellow to Orange? Make use of the one court facility specifically picked with these small group sessions (6 players max) in mind!  Players will lead and develop drills to spend extra time working on the skills that will take them to the next level.

This is the class for you to make your 3rd shot Drop even more consistent, polish the skills you need the most work on and develop a kitchen game that turns up the heat on your opponents. Come learn with fellow like-minded and similarly skilled OPA players.  

Des Pins, Gloucester Directions
January 11 - March 29 THUR6:30 - 9:30 pm11 Sessions$38.506 playersRegister
No play on March 15


ORANGE
I can serve with accurate placement and depth.
My third shot drop is 80% consistent.
I can dink comfortably with accuracy and strategic placement.
I have a variety of put away shots, even on a low ball.
I can handle fast exchanges at the net.
I can pressure you to pop the ball up and hit a winner.
If you dink it wide, I might get you around the post!

Orange – Skills and Drills

Looking to elevate your game from Orange to Red? Make use of the one court facility specifically picked with these small group sessions (6 players max) in mind! Players will lead and develop drills to spend extra time working on the skills that will take them to the next level.

This is the class for you if you have almost all of the skills and tricks in your bag and just need to improve your consistency and iron out a couple of minor (important) details in your game.  Perhaps you need to work on blocking smashes and drives from the kitchen, maybe your spin shots need a finishing touch to make them perfect, or perhaps you could use some extra reps with different partners to prepare for your next tournament – whatever you need, this is the group for you to make those final adjustments to your game.

Des Pins, Gloucester Directions
January 10 - March 28 WED6:30 - 9:30 pm11 Sessions$38.506 playersRegister
No play on March 14


RED
I can serve with placement, power or spin.
I can consistently hit an effective third shot drop, drill or spin shot.
I can dink all day long with accuracy, spin and variety.
I can handle fast exchanges at the net and can often retrieve smashes.
I move effectively with my partner, switching sides if necessary.
I know how to develop a point and exploit your weaknesses.
I can cover the whole court.

Red – Skills and Drills

Looking to turn pro? Think you can make some money playing pickleball?  Prepare to mix it up with the best Ottawa has to offer in the pickleball scene.   Make use of the one court facility specifically picked with these small group sessions (6 players max) in mind!   Players will lead and develop drills to spend extra time working on the skills that will take them to the next level.

Des Pins, Gloucester Directions
January 8 - March 26 MON6:30 - 9:30 pm10 Sessions$35.006 playersRegister
No play on Feb 19, Mar 12
 
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