Free Indoor Beginners Pickleball Clinics

Following the success of its January pickleball clinic, Ocean Pines will offer additional introductory clinics for beginners interested in learning America’s fastest-growing sport.

“The instructed clinics will help to cultivate court confidence while giving beginner players a better understanding of the basics of pickleball,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “The sport, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong, is family-friendly and accessible to almost everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability.”

Clinics will be held on Fridays, Feb. 23 and March 9 from 5-6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. At the end of each clinic, beginners are welcome to stay and practice what they have learned. The gym is reserved for pickleball players on Fridays from 1:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The clinics are free, and preregistration is required – call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 or email John Hanberry at jhanberry@comcast.net.

Ocean Pines will also offer indoor clinics for intermediate players at the community center on Fridays, Feb. 16 and March 2 from 5-6 p.m. The clinics will be taught by Jackie Kurtz and will focus on dinking drills.  There is no fee for the intermediate clinic, but the regular indoor play fees do apply:  $2 for Ocean Pines pickleball members; $3 for non-member Ocean Pines residents; and $5 for nonresidents.

Ocean Pines pickleball courts and programs are open to the public; membership is not required to participate. Information regarding additional recreational programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide, is available at www.OceanPines.org.

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