What are training groups?
Training groups are the best available tools for rapid improvement. Each is a group of players at the same level who are all practicing the same skillset under the direction of a certified coach.
The coach provides a theme for the hour. The players then do a series of game-based drills during which the coach provides individual feedback.
Most of the players who attend our training groups tell us they get more benefit out of an hour in a training group than they do out of 10 hours of drop-in recreational pickleball.
Training groups are not only educational, they are also a lot of fun. Just ask the players who participated in them last winter and then went on to win medals in tournaments over the summer.
Cedarbrae Training Groups
200 Level Training Groups
At the 200 level, players are learning the fundamental skills required to play pickleball well. At this level, you will find players from novice to advanced. Regardless of their level, they are all working together to improve their fundamental strokes.
Nobody should consider 200 level groups as beginner groups. Any player at any level may have missed important development opportunities on their way to their current level. This is especially the case for players who jumped into playing pickleball without the benefit of professional instruction and now find themselves stuck and unable to advance any further.
The coaches in our fundamentals program can work with any player at any level to help them learn or improve their fundamentals. In many cases, a month or two refreshing fundamentals is enough to help players break out and achieve the level of play they know they should be capable of reaching.
300 Level Training Groups
At the 300 level, players have already spent sufficient time in the 200 level groups to learn the stroke fundamentals. Now they are learning the foundational movement drills that accompany the fundamentals. As they learn these drills, they are learning movement habits that allow them to play pickleball at a higher level.
350 Level Training Groups
At the 350 level, the training groups are stronger and more competitive. Therefore the drills are appropriately challenging and more competitive. In order to enter into groups at this level, it is essential that participants have learned the skills taught at the 300 level. If they are not proficient at the 300 level skills, they will not be able to feed well enough to participate in drill groups at the 350 level.
400 Level Training Groups
Our 400 level training groups are the gateway to high-performance pickleball. In order to enter into groups at this level, it is essential that participants have learned the skills taught at the 350 level. If they are not proficient at the 350 level skills, they will not be able to feed well enough to participate in drill groups at the 400 level.
This level features battle drills, which are training formats prized by pickleball players at the highest levels. Each battle drill trains players in an aspect of the game that is essential for competitive development. Sometimes called the games-within-the-game, battle drills isolate particular game situations in a way that leads to rapid development.
Build Your Own Group – Or Come and Play With Us
Whether you build your own training group, or join one of our ready-made training groups, there is no doubt that this is the very best way to develop.
Cedarbrae training groups run all year round. They are one of the many benefits of being a member at the Cedarbrae Community League Association.