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New Pickleball Clinic and lessons both offered in mid-May
POSTED: 04/28/2014
Those who want to learn or improve their skills in the sport of pickleball have two choices during the month of May: there's a new two-session Pickleball Clinic featuring an American pickleball star and regular one-session lessons being offered at two different times and locations. Both options are being presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles.

The new Pickleball Clinic features USA pickleball guru Prem Carnot and will take place on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16, at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway near Gardner. "Learn to Win the Game" is the theme of this clinic, which will be a mixture of lecture and hands-on learning strategies to make you a better pickleball player. Beginners are welcome, but having a knowledge of the game will increase the benefits of this clinic. This clinic is offered at two different times at NCF. One session begins at 9 a.m., while the other begins at 1 p.m. For either time, the cost for two two-and-one-half-hour sessions is $60 per person.

JCPRD regular Pickleball Lessons are also offered at two times during May. One program will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park, while the other will begin at 10 a.m. at NCF on Thursday, May 22. The cost for one two-hour lesson is $7 per person for Johnson County residents or $8 per person for nonresidents.

Once you learn the game, pickleball courts are available weekly through a Drop in and Play program. At Matt Ross, pickleball courts are available each Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, courts will also be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays and at 9 a.m. Fridays for beginners only at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the New Century Fieldhouse. There is a suggested donation of $2 per person per day to play. No advance registration is required for this program.

To find the new Pickleball Clinic in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under sports. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “pickleball.” To find either Pickleball Lessons or Pickleball Drop In Play, browse first under 50 plus and then under sports. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “pickleball.”

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. Updated listings can be found on the district's website at

While the JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

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