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Victoria Regional Pickleball Association, founded in 2016, to organize the quickly growing sport that was invented in a backyard in Washington State, are offering clinics at Colquitz Middle School.

The intermediate clinics are two hours in length and review the fundamentals offering suggestions to quickly improve your game. Instructor Ken Holman (5.0), will discuss strategy and the importance of the first three strokes of a point, how to execute those strokes and look at the “net game” including doing something called, “dinking”.

For the more advanced players, there’s a unique opportunity to learn from three of the top players on the Island: Nancy Stern (5.0), Mike Bellis (4.5) and Ken Holman (5.0).

This three-hour clinic will cover the fundamentals plus advanced techniques, strategy and positioning with suggested drills to quickly improve your game.

Invented during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge, Island, Washington, near Seattle, Pickleball is a court game that utilizes aspects of table tennis, tennis and badminton. It resembles a large version of table tennis in that participants use large, solid paddles that are much like table tennis paddles and use a hard surface, like a driveway or the end of a cul-de-sac. Today, the game has moved into gymnasiums but is also played in outside courts.

How to register for the clinics:

Priority registration and pricing are offered to VRPA members on a first come, first served basis. VRPA priority registration opens at 9:00 AM, Feb. 26 and closes at 5:00 pm,

March 7. AM – $20; PM – $35

General registration for non-members will also be welcome, on a first come, first served basis, for any unfilled spots starting at 9:00 AM, March 8. AM – $30; PM – $50