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New to Pickleball?

Updated 9/11/2021

MBPC is not currently organizing play at local courts, however, pickleball is a very social sport.  You'll find everyone is very welcoming.  Most play at public courts is "open play" and players rotate in an out with other players.  "Newbies" are welcome to drop in. Upon arrival, let other players know you want to learn to play pickleball and ask if someone can teach the basics.  Each location typically has a court with other beginners.  Ask them to point you in that direction.  To learn the basics of pickleball before going to the courts, watch the Pickleball Rules video and Pickleball 101 video.  Additional instructional information is below.

Pickleball Instruction

Below are some resources for those looking for structured pickleball instruction.

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Private Lessons

Vi Tran, MPC Tennis/Pickleball Instructor and Coach of the MPC Tennis Team, offers customized instruction for individuals and groups.  Clients of all levels of ability from beginner to advanced are welcome. 


For more information, contact Vi at:

Monterey Peninsula Collecge

Monterey Peninsula College offers courses on pickleball.  The course schedule is available here.  Select the Term (example: Fall 2022) then select "Physical Education" and lastly search the course description column for Pickleball.  Contact them for enrollment information.

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MBPC Free Clinics

MBPC periodically runs clinics where advanced members or guest instructors teach beginning and intermediate players.  Watch the Club Events Page for announcements of upcoming clinics.

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Online Training Videos

You-Tube videos are an excellent resource for beginner and advanced players alike.  Many of our club players are self-taught using the techniques, strategy, and drills that can be found online.  For beginners, the Pickleball 101 series by Joe Baker are some of the best videos.  The first one is below.

Pickleball 101​


New to pickleball and not sure how to play?  Confused about serving and basic rules?  Watch this short video to learn more.  Want more details?  Click here for an abbreviated rules summary or click here for the complete USAPA/IFP Rulebook.

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