Austin, Texas Area Pickleball Training Camps
Sponsored by PickleballTournaments.com and Presented by PickleballCentral
Hosted At Horseshoe Bay Resort, A Four Diamond Rated Property in Texas Hill Country
3-Day Camp June 7-9, 2019 (Friday-Sunday)
3-Day Camp October 5-7, 2019 (Saturday-Monday)
Designed for players seeking only the highest-quality training program experience, Pickleball Central has partnered with Steve Dawson and the Horseshoe Bay Resort for these Austin area Training Camps. Each of these Training camps will be led by Coach Steve Dawson, one of the world's best pickleball players and instructors. He is a two-time US OPEN Pro Gold Medalist, Huntsman World Champion, Canadian National Champion, and multi-time USAPA Nationals Medalist. Steve has over 25 years as a tennis and pickleball teaching professional, and is co-owner of the Bobby Riggs Tennis & Pickleball Center in San Diego, CA . After a successful collegiate tennis career (two-time Big 8 Champion at Univ. of Oklahoma), Steve became a full-time tennis coach. Years ago, Steve developed a passion for pickleball, and quickly became one of the sport's best players.
The camps will be run using a program developed by Coach Dawson using his 25+ years of competitive training experience. These camps are designed for players rated 3.0-4.0 who are seeking a "play hard, compete hard, have fun" environment. All of the drills and skills are designed to translate immediately into competitive play, and each drill is based on a specific competition objective. The program is designed not only to improve your mechanics and shot techniques, it is designed to help improve your approach to game and match play - making you both a better player, and a more formidable competitor. Over three days, you will spend over 15 hours (plus optional open play time) in thoughtfully structured clinics, playing and competing with similarly skilled players. You should expect a lot of personalized instruction, as the instructor to student ratio is 8 to 1, and each drill is led by Coach Dawson and his hand picked 5.0 Guest Pro & staff instructors. The June 7-9, 2019 camp (Fri-Sun) is limited to 32 participants and will take place on the 8 newly constructed courts dedicated to pickleball. The October 5-7, 2019 (Sat-Mon) will have 56 spots available and use dedicated pickleball courts as well as temporary pickleball courts on adjacent tennis courts.
Our Pickleball Training Camps will focus on skill development, strategy, shot technique, practice methods, and mental preparation to improve your overall game. These programs are sponsored by PickleballTournaments.com, and administered by PickleballCentral so you can sign up with confidence. The team at Horseshoe Bay Resort have collaborated with PickleballCentral and PickleballTournaments.com to create the best possible program, so we guarantee your satisfaction with this training camp! You will receive world-class instruction at the renowned Horseshoe Bay Resort from nationally ranked players and guest professionals, in a supportive and upbeat atmosphere.
Unique to these camps is the use of a World Class Guest Instructor who will share unique insights into what it takes to succeed at the highest level of the sport. The Guest Pros (see which camps have which guest pros below) work closely with Coach Dawson so you will get access to an amazing amount of face-to-face time with some of the best players in the game.
Clinic Dates and Guest Pros
Clinic Date: June 7-9, 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Clinic Date: October 5-7, 2019 (Sat-Mon)
Guest Pro: Del Kauss – One of the top Senior Pro Pickleball players. Del is the 2018 National Men’s Senior Pro Doubles Champion, and the only Senior Pro Men’s player to be on the National’s medal stand 3 years in a row. Del is a 3-time US Open Gold Medalist and 10-time Nationals Medalist. In addition to being on one of the top players in the world, Del is a gifted pickleball coach and instructor. He believes in helping students improve their game by utilizing their own unique skill set to maximize their personal improvement. Hailing from Minnesota, he has been a high-level racquet sport athlete for over 30 years, winning state titles in racquetball, and being active in squash and tennis. Since picking up a paddle, he has become a “full-time” pickleball player.
Located approximately 1 hr from Austin and 1.5 hrs from San Antonio, the facilities for this camp are first rate. You can bring your Pickleball game to the next level while resting along the shores of Lake LBJ. The Horseshoe Bay Resort is an upscale, lifestyle vacation destination that will provide an unforgettable experience during your stay.
Horseshoe Bay Resort is an AAA four-diamond lake and golf resort
facility that offers luxurious accommodations, family-friendly amenities
golf, tennis and pickleball in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. A
variety of dining options, day spa, fitness facilities, fun activities
and live music options are a great way to complete your vacation and
training camp experience.
Conveniently located near several attractions including Enchanted Rock
State Park, Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve, the LBJ National Historic
Park, and several award-winning Texas vineyards, it will surely be an
experience of a lifetime! Camp Registrants will be provided a special
discounted hotel and resort rate, that you can use not just for the
weekend, but also if you want to arrive early, or extend your stay after
the camp. Discount code will be provided upon camp sign up.
The Horseshoe Bay Resort instructional staff has included some of the best pickleball players in the world including Dave Redding, a gold medalist in the USAPA Nationals, US Open, Huntsman World Sr. Games, National Sr. Games and many other local and regional events. The instructional staff for 2019 camp dates will continually be updated and currently include:
Matt Lazarine: Matt is the Director of Pickleball at Horseshoe Bay Resort, the Executive Director of the Greater Austin Pickleball Association, and a member of Team Pro Kennex. Holding a 5.5 skill rating, he is the highest rated Men's Doubles Player/Teaching Pro in the Mid-South Region. His accomplishments also include being an IPTPA Director and Master Teaching Professional, a 13-time Gold Medalist at USAPA sanctioned events, and a 2018 Mid-South Regional Men's Doubles (5.0) Gold Medalist.
On Court Pickleball Camp Itinerary:
9-12pm - Kitchen play progressions with competitive drills
a. dink technique and grips
b. straight ahead vs. cross-court
c. spins and short hops
d. dink placement
e. paddle awareness and feel
2-4pm - Ground stroke power, Defending ground stroke power
a. Legs and hips
b. Body weight transfer
c. circular vs. linear
e. Defending power
Optional open play with Horseshoe Bay teaching staff
9-12pm - 3rd and 4th shot progressions
a. 3rd shot options
b. hard vs soft
c. 3rd shot technique
d. 3rd shot placement
e. working your way up
f. no man's land
g. 4th shot intro
2-4pm Serves and Returns
a. Power serve
b. Lob serve
c. Spin serve
d. Moving through returns
e. Spinning returns
Optional open play with Horseshoe Bay teaching staff
9-12pm - Fun Shots and Games
a. Ernie progressions
b. Around the Post
c. Around the Post defense
d. Fake power drop shots
e. Disguises and Chin music
2pm-4pm - Tournament
a. Tournament preparation lecture
b. Preparing yourself
c. Mental toughness and visualization lecture
d. Tournament and awards presentations
Optional open play available.
Schedule Subject to Change
- Greater than 60 days eligible for a full refund
- 30-60 Days - 50% refund, or 100% transfer to another session
- Less than 30 Days - no refund, but can transfer to another session, space permitting.