Return of Serve Strategy

Hard or lofty? Topspin or backspin? These questions and more will be addressed in “Return of Serve Strategy,” a Brown Bag Skills Session planned for Tuesday, April 21 at noon on Zoom.

Presented by Park City Pickleball Club, the event will offer an interactive discussion focused on what the pros do.

To join the Zoom meeting, click the link:

Meeting ID: 920 417 4666
Password: 851926

Deep dive into dinking

On Tuesday, April 7 at noon, Debbie Matamoros will offer a Brown Bag Skills Session on Zoom.

The presentation, “Deeper Dive Into Dinking Strategies,” will include discussions of placement strategy, when to add pace and when to be patient.

To join the Zoom meeting on April 7, click this link:
Meeting ID: 920 417 4666
Password: 851926

This “Deeper Dive” builds on the dinking skills session that Matamoros presented on March 31, available for review with this link:

The March 31 session also included instructions for making a rebounder board for home use. The only items needed are some tape and an MDF board (2-by-4-foot, half-inch-thick) from Home Depot. To make the rebounder, elevate the board to a height of about 33 inches from the ground. Then, place a piece of tape across the board at a height of 36 inches from the ground. Finally, measure 7 feet from the board and place a piece of tape on the ground; that will be your kitchen line.

Photo by City of Apache Junction

In case you missed it …

Pickleball pro John Sperling spent 90 minutes online with the Park City Pickleball Club on April 4. He donated his time for this exclusive presentation, in which he reviewed and discussed the techniques and tactics used in one of his most successful matches.

Sperling was very engaging, taking club members’ questions and getting everyone involved.

If you missed the live presentation, you can catch it on this video.

Learn from a pro

Pickleball pro John Sperling will conduct a free online clinic exclusively for the Park City Pickleball Club on Saturday, April 4 at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Club members are invited to join the event by clicking

Sperling is donating his time and expertise to present the clinic, which was arranged by PCPC board member Tracey Swenson.

Sperling is a professional pickleball player and instructor with over 30 years of teaching experience on the courts. He won medals at the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, at the 2018 AAU National Indoor Championships, and at the 2019 USAPA National Tournament.

He has served as an instructor for institutions including Grand Oaks Resort in Florida, the Country Club of Ocala, Engage Pickleball Academy, Bollettieri Tennis Academy, and Professional Pickleball Registry.

Sperling’s success on the courts began in his teenage years, when he achieved a top rating among young players in his home state of Michigan. While playing tennis for the College of DuPage in Illinois, he reached a collegiate ranking of No. 7 nationally. He also began his teaching career at that time, at a tennis club near Chicago.

The former tennis pro now combines his newfound love of pickleball with his longstanding expertise in teaching, as he leads pickleball clinics and workshops throughout the country.

In his spare time, Sperling likes to teach tennis and pickleball to underprivileged kids.

Virtual skills clinic: dinking

Even though we can’t get together and play, we can keep learning and improving our pickleball skills.

On Tuesday, March 31, from noon to 1 p.m., Debbie Matamoros and Tracey Swenson will offer a virtual skills clinic on dinking. The dink shot is the foundation of all the other shots. Learn and master the fundamentals of the dink shot and you’ll be on your way to improving your overall game. 

Wear your pickleball clothes, have your paddle and ball handy and if possible, be near a wall you can hit the ball against. We’ll gather online to watch a video on dink fundamentals and another on dink strategy from two of the best players in the world, stopping to imitate their form, try their recommendations and answer any questions.

To join this Brown Bag Skills Session, join the Zoom meeting.
Click here:
Meeting ID: 920 417 4666

For further information, contact Debbie Matamoros:
(310) 850-9554

Photo by Michael & Sherry Martin

World-class online clinics for members

Starting this week, we have a great lineup of online clinics and discussions to help ease the social isolation.

Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Kyle Yates, world champion

It all starts with an online clinic by current world champion Kyle Yates, organized by and presented exclusively for the members of Park City Pickleball Club.

We will be discussing a point-by-point breakdown of a U.S. Open gold medal match. Topics such as partner strategy, shot selection, movement and communication will be analyzed.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind event, exclusive to Park City Pickleball members, hosted by Eric Wheeler.

Things to remember:

  • Please mute yourself when not speaking. Everyone will start muted, but I’d like to have a round-table format if possible.
  • Do not have background noise (like a TV) when you are unmuted
  • Try to turn on your video camera. It’s more fun seeing everyone rather than just a name
  • Utilize the onscreen chat if you have a question for Kyle. Direct it toward me and I will ask him some questions at the end.

Just click the above text and the meeting should open up for you.

Tuesday, March 31, noon-1 p.m.
Brown Bag Skills Session

Spend your lunch with Debbie Matamoros and Tracey Swenson as we watch instructional videos from the pros.  Have your paddle handy as we try out some of the techniques taught.
Join Zoom Meeting for Debbie’s clinic by clicking
Enter meeting ID: 920 417 4666

Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

Review and discuss technical and mechanical videos broken down by Eric Wheeler and his guests.  We will break down points of recorded matches and discuss all things pickleball.   

Click THIS LINK to join Eric on Thursday night.

Additional online content you may want to check out:

Pickleball Kitchen and podcasts hosted by Barrett Kincheloe at

The Daily PB Drop hosted by Mark Renneson at

I hope this helps you cope with living inside for the next week.  Feel free to share any feedback or ideas as we continue to move this program forward.

– Greg Leitzke
President, Park City Pickleball Club


Virtual Pickleball Summit

Are you stuck indoors, looking for something to do while staying safe at home?

The Virtual Pickleball Summit may be exactly what you’re looking for.

The Virtual Pickleball Summit is a free, three-day event that began March 23 and continues on March 24 and March 25, online from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each day.
Nicole Havlicek was the first presenter kicking off the event, alongside host CJ Johnson from Better Pickleball.
There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

For the full agenda and insider tips after the event, register at:

The goal of the Virtual Pickleball Summit is to help pickleball players cope with time away from the courts by learning new skills, creating new habits to play better, get healthier, and lessen injury risk when they return to pickleball. There are 10 presenters scheduled over the three days, covering a wide array of topics.

CJ Johnson is hosting the Better Pickleball Summit.

Friday night social

When the pickleball games end, the fun doesn’t have to stop.

That’s the idea behind Park City Pickleball Club’s Friday Night Pickleball Social on Feb. 28.

We’ll start out with open play for all skill levels, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the MARC. Then, we’ll move on to enjoy food and drinks together at a nearby restaurant. It’s a chance to continue those courtside conversations and get to know your fellow players outside of pickleball.

The location for food and drinks has yet to be determined; please RSVP by email at so we’ll know how many to make a reservation for.

Participants will pay the MARC drop-in fee of $8, plus their own food and drinks.

For questions, text Debbie at 310-850-9554.

Pickled Pink

Myrna Lueck of Heber Valley Pickleball Club can't wait to show her team spirit.
Myrna Lueck of Heber Valley Pickleball Club can’t wait to show her team spirit.

The Park City and Heber Valley pickleball clubs are teaming up against cancer, as part of the third annual Pink Park City ski day on March 28 at Canyons Village.

The mountain will be covered in pink, complete with pink-themed parties, pink decorations, and hundreds of pink-clad skiers and snowboarders. All proceeds raised will support research for all types of cancer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Members of both the Park City and Heber Valley pickleball clubs are invited to join the “Pickled Pink” team for a $35 donation (lift ticket not included).

There will be live music, a costume contest, photo opportunities, food and drink, deck parties, giveaways and prize drawings. Capping it all off will be the Rally for Hope Parade, with participants skiing down the mountain together in a celebration of life.

Members of the “Pickled Pink” team don’t have to ski or snowboard to participate. Team shirts will be available soon at an estimated cost of $15. The plan is for members to purchase shirts large enough to wear OVER their jackets, so everyone looks the same on the mountain.

To register for the event, go to and sign up with the team “Pickled Pink.”

For further information, contact Steph Tagge at or Myrna Lueck at

Valentine’s Day social

PC MARC is inviting you to play some pickleball, munch on some Valentine’s Day treats and connect with other players on your level at the annual Valentine’s Day Pickleball Social.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the PC MARC Bubble. All levels are welcome. Players will rotate through an open-play format.

Cost of the event is $12 per person. The registration deadline is Feb. 12; to register, visit