Learn to Play / Improve Skills
If you've not tried this fast growing sport… Starting April 22,2021, we have Free Lessons on Thursdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm at the Lower courts at French Park. See Where We Play for location details.
While drop-in attendance is allowed, sign up at the SLO Parks and Recreation website is recommended to ensure space is available.
Before coming to our Free Lessons, please view this short video describing the basics of Pickleball.
We will have all the equipment for you to start playing. Just come to see what the game is about.
If you are interested in buying a paddle, see some options on our Links page.
To see the most current USA Pickleball Association rules, click here.
Existing Players - Skill and Strategy Development:
For pickleball rules, skill development and strategy development tutorials plus play analysis of tournament players we suggest that you search Youtube.com.
Below are somewhat random examples of some of those tutorials.
Doubles Strategy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ceh-7DI1Y&t=5s
Doubles Strategy 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib5AJCtyodQ
Fast Game Strategy: https://youtu.be/TlcfSiCGshg
Non Volley Zone (Kitchen) Rule: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfLXDTzJck
Defeat Bangers: https://youtu.be/6sWfPiWCPos
For more tutorials and examples of play you can search from several groups have created YouTube sites with various videos. Here are a few of them:
PrimeTime Pickleball: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4trh-axJGxOpSwlvsUbHbg
Picleball Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvFEaERrkqf73DvJ5uN9WcQ
Third Shot Sports: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFXy3d28sy72PsyXMm8sZ2A
Pickleball Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PickleballChannel
Pickleball Diary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIq3rYxnbvaBPgMjIHH67w/videos
There are more, just search YouTube.