Austin, Texas Area Pickleball Training Camps
Sponsored by PickleballTournaments.com and Presented by Pickleball Central
Hosted At the Austin Tennis & Pickleball Center in Austin, TX
3-Day Camp October 4-6, 2019 (Friday-Sunday)
Head Pro: Steve Dawson (see bio below)
Guest Pro: Del Kauss (see bio below)
About BOOST Pickleball Intermediate Training Camps:
These camps are designed for players seeking only the highest-quality training program experience, Pickleball Central has partnered with two-time US Open Gold Medalist Steve Dawson of the World Famous Bobby Riggs Racquet and Paddle center and the Austin Tennis & Pickleball Center for these Austin area Training Camps.
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 the Coach Dawson and his hand picked 5.0 Guest Pro & staff instructors. Space is limited to 40 participants and will use 8 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 Pickleball Central so you can sign up with confidence. The team at the Austin Tennis & Pickleball Center have collaborated with Pickleball Central and PickleballTournaments.com to create the best possible program, so we guarantee your satisfaction with this training camp! You will receive world-class instruction from nationally ranked players and guest professionals, in a supportive and upbeat atmosphere.
Unique to these camps is the use of both a highly trained and experienced Head Professional Instructor along with a Proven Championship Winning Caliber Guest Pro Instructor who will share unique insights into what it takes to succeed at the highest level of the sport. The Head Pro is certified to teach this program by Steve Dawson. The Guest Pros (see which camps have which guest pros below) are hand selected by Coach Dawson and are familiar with his approach to teaching winning pickleball. The result is 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 Pros
Clinic Date: June 7-9, 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Head Pro: Dave Redding - Dave is the Head Menís and Womenís Tennis Coach at Harding University in Searcy Arkansas. Before taking over at Harding, he was the Tennis Director at Northwood Club in Dallas for 28 years, and was the first tennis professional in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex to embrace pickleball and bring it to the country club scene. David is both an accomplished pickleball player and instructor. He has won gold medals in singles, doubles, and mixed at tournaments all across the nation including, USAPA Nationals, US Open, Huntsman World Sr. Games, the National Sr. Games, and many other local and regional events. He has also conducted pickleball clinics in Texas, Arkansas, and Colorado as well as given numerous private lessons. His most cherished accomplishment thus far though in pickleball is having the only perfect score in the Pickleball Central skills challenge at the 2017 USAPA National Tournament.
Guest Pro: Del Kauss Ė One of the top Senior Pro Pickleball players. Del is the 2018 National Menís Senior Pro Doubles Champion, and the only Senior Pro Menís player to be on the Nationalís 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 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 ďfull-timeĒ pickleball player.
Clinic Date: October 4-6, 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Head Pro: Steve Dawson - Steve is 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.
Guest Pro:Del Kauss (see bio above)
About the Venue
Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Austin and the Austin-Bergstrom Airport, the Austin Tennis & Pickleball Center is the largest public tennis and pickleball center in Austin and the surrounding areas. Featuring Austin's only outdoor pickleball courts, you can bring your pickleball game to the next level day and night under the best court lights in Austin.
Austin Tennis & Pickleball Center address:
7800 Johnny Morris Rd
Austin, TX 78724
The city of Austin is not only the capital of Texas, but is also known as the Live Music Capital of the World. The city is pulsing with culture and entertainment with stunning outdoor settings, culinary adventure, hundreds of music venues and an energetic arts scene. In addition to the lively city atmosphere, there are 14,000 square miles of Hill Country, with vineyards, breweries, historic towns, and museums. Whether you're "live it up" or "laid back" you can find something in Austin perfect for the soundtrack of your life.
The Austin Tennis & Pickleball Center's instructional staff for 2019 camp dates will continually be updated and currently include:
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 available
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 available
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.