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Beginner’s Clinic – Oliver Woods Community Centre, Nanaimo
August 11 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
More information/register: 250.756.5200. Space is limited so register early.
Teach the Teacher Workshop - Nanaimo
Sunday, July 22 | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm | Cost: $220.00
For more information, also please read the syllabus from IPTPA.
Instructor: Brooke Siver
Group (Private) Lessons:
Can be scheduled for any available courts between Victoria and Campbell River, May thru October. Maximum of 4 players per court and a minimum of 8 participants per lesson.
Cost: $20.00 per person for a 2-hour clinic.
Instructor: Ken Holman (USAPA 5.0 Rated)
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Referee's Clinic - May 2018
Fuller Lake Pickleball Courts
Al Thomson, a USAPA Certified Referee and registered trainer, conducted a 3-hour referee's clinic for 13 participants on Saturday, May 26th The clinic was sponsored by PICKLEBALLBC and the Vancouver Island Pickleball Association.
Referee's Clinics - May 2018
Al Thomson (British Columbia's Referee-in-Chief) and Ken Holman put on two four-hour sold-out Referee's Clinics on Saturday, May 5th & Sunday, May 6th, under beautiful sunny skies, at McMinn Park in Saanich.
"Al and Ken, Thank you both for the time and effort you put into this wonderfully delivered session. I found it very beneficial; providing me a thorough introduction to the mysterious arts of scoring and controlling a game of pickleball." R.A., Victoria
"Thanks very much, Al and Ken. It was great today. I learned a lot and now need to practice!" T.M., Victoria
Beginner & Intermediate Clinics - January 2018
Ken Holman, Sam Recinos (USAPA pickleball Ambassador for Puerto Vallarta) and Claudia McLean were invited to the enthusiastic pickleball community of Ajijic (on Lake Chapala) to put on a pickleball clinic. A total of four clinics were successfully completed over a 2 day period.
The Ajijic Pickleball Club has a wonderful 6-court facility (see image) with another 6-court dedicated facility now under construction in the area.
Intermediate Clinic - July 2017
For those members of the SaltSpring Island Pickleball Club that missed the earlier clinic in May a second clinic was completed, at Portlock Park, on Sunday, July 16th. This time under sunny skies - 7 members attended. The clinic was conducted by Ken Holman & Claudia McLean.
"I have to take this opportunity to tell you how much it has helped me Ken - especially the paddle grip. Absolutely no elbow pain anymore and placing my fore finger on the paddle when dinking is a huge help. I also have to add, the ground shot, third shot and cross-court dink - your techniques all work! Thank you so much."
S.S., SaltSpring Island
Intermediate Clinic - May 2017
Twelve members of the SaltSpring Island Pickleball Club braved overcast skies at Portlock Park on Wednesday, May 31st to attend an Intermediate Clinic put on by Ken Holman & Claudia McLean. Although it rained during the final 15 minutes their spirits were not dampened!
"Thanks again for coming to Saltspring to conduct one of your fabulous clinics. I got great feedback right away... in spite of the rain!"
S.S., SaltSpring Island
Intermediate & Advanced Clinics
Organized by the Victoria Regional Pickleball Association, two clinics were put on at the Colquitz Middle School in Victoria, on April 29th - both were full with 24 participants in each. Instructors were Nancy Stern, Claudia McLean, Mike Bellis & Ken Holman.
Intermediate & Advanced Clinics - March 2017
Ken Holman was invited on a road trip by Sam Recinos (USAPA Ambassador to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) to help put on clinics in La Cruz (February 24th) and Barra de Navidad (February 26th & 27th).
La Cruz is a new club just getting started and have found themselves a great 3-court facility a few steps from the Marina. 18 players took the 2-hour clinic.
At Barra de Navidad, thanks to their Canadian born USAPA Ambassador (David Marshall), there is a thriving club with a large enthusiastic group playing on 6 courts, utilizing a pair of underused tennis courts. According to Marshall they had almost 400 players using their facility over the winter months! There was over 50 participants in two 4-hour clinics spread over 2 days.
Introduction to Pickleball - October 2016
Intermediate Clinic - June 12.2016
Intermediate Clinic - June 5.2016
At the Fuller Lake Pickleball Courts this successful 2-hour clinic was completed under hot and sunny conditions. There was a total of 10 participants, with players coming from Victoria, Duncan, Saltair, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Nanoose.
"Thanks so much for the lesson Ken. It was enjoyable and hopefully I can change a few bad habits with practice ++. I really appreciate you taking the time to show us the drills."
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"Thanks for such a fun, informative 2 hrs!"
P.A. Powell River
"Our players really enjoyed the clinic and came away with greater knowledge of the game. Hope you will be able to come back for another clinic."
R.L. Powell River
Intermediate Clinics - May 22.2016
At the Fuller Lake pickleball courts two 2-hour clinics were completed, given by Ken Holman. There was a limit of 8 participants in each clinic, both were full, with players coming from all over the south Island.
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"Thank-you for the terrific lesson yesterday ... very informative, well delivered and we look forward to incorporating it into our games!"
LB & GH, Victoria
Referees Clinic - May 24.2015
There were 15 participants in an extremely successful Referees Clinic held at the Fuller Lake pickleball courts on Sunday, May 24th. The Island pickleball community now have 15 referees that are willing and eager to put their new-found skills to work. Thanks to Terry Esch, Claudia McLean and Ken Holman for putting on the clinic.
"Ken: Thank you for providing your expert knowledge and sage advice from your experience as a pickleball referee. I feel confident after the information you provided and in having the literature to follow-up upon the myriad of rules and regulations.
As a participant I just wanted to let you know that your instruction was clear, concise with just the right amount of reading/listening material coupled with hands-on practice.
Thank-you also to Terry and Claudia who assisted in making this ref clinic the success it was."
"Thanks so much for a valuable referee clinic. I practiced today and now feel confident about doing it in a tournament"
"Thank you for running such a great clinic; learned lots and the instructors were very patient & knowledgeable".
Beginner Lessons - June 5.2016
There were a total of 11 participants in an "Introduction To Pickleball" clinic held at the Fuller Lake pickleball courts on Sunday June 5th. Thanks to Claudia McLean & Ken Holman for putting on this successful clinic.
Ken Holman resides in Chemainus during the summer months (May through October). During the winter months (November through April) he has been the Teaching Professional at a 16-court pickleball facility in Southern Arizona and currently helps to conduct clinics in Mexico.
Ken has been involved in racquet sports most of his life. He is a certified (Tennis Canada) tennis instructor and currently has a 1745 tournament rating from the U.S. Table Tennis Association.
In pickleball Ken has a 5.0 skill level tournament rating from the USAPA.
Group (Private) Lessons:
Can be held on any available courts between Victoria and Campbell River, between May and October. Maximum of 4 players per court and a minimum of 8 participants per lesson.
Cost: $20.00 per person for a 2-hour clinic.
Beginner Lessons: Participants will learn:
~how to grip the paddle
~how to hit ground strokes
~how to volley
~how to serve
~how to keep score
~the rules, and most importantly………..
~how to have fun playing pickleball!
Intermediate Lessons: designed for 3.0, 3.5 & 4.0 rated players whose game has stalled and would like to move it to the next level, and for those players who are hampered by arm or shoulder injuries as the result of poor stroke mechanics. The lesson reviews the fundamentals, offers suggestions to quickly improve your game, discusses strategy and the importance of the first 3 strokes of a point, how to execute those 3 strokes, and a look at the 'net game' including dinking.
For players looking to enhance their skills or learn the basics, Ken will structure the lessons to fit your objectives. Focusing on such things as technique, stroke mechanics, court awareness, drills and strategy.
Cost: Rates for a 1-hour lesson (based on using courts located at Fuller Lake, Chemainus):
Private lesson (recommended) – $40.00 ($25.00 half-hour)
Semi-private lesson (two people) – $50.00
Group lesson (three or more people) – $60.00
"I enjoyed your excellent lesson. Your expertise, clarity and patience in improving my forehand and backhand strokes and in returning lobs and overheads were much appreciated."
"I played SO much better the next morning. I was getting lots of low balls over the net! Thanks so much for the help. Amazing what bending your knees will accomplish."
M.S., Green Valley, AZ
"Thank you so much for the clinic today. It was excellent for us - really helpful. Thanks for taking the time, for sharing your deep knowledge, and for your gentle ways. Much appreciated."
J.P. & G.L., Osoyoos, BC & Green Valley, AZ
To schedule a lesson please contact Ken at email@example.com