Last update June 6, 2018

Player Development

Community Coaching
As a community service, the Sunshine Coast Pickleball Association provides coaching at no cost to new players. We believe in player development, and we are prepared to invest our time and energy to help players enhance their skills. We also give our time to new players who come to the schools and the arenas to learn to play the game. We are as passionate about introducing the game to Sunshine Coast seniors as we are to kids and adolescents.

Qualified Pickleball Canada Instructors
We are pleased to report that PCO (Pickleball Canada Organization) recognizes 4 of our members as ‘Qualified PCO Instructors.’

This designation applies to Alinda Buckler, Karen Renfrew, Tom Pinfold,

and John Bell who are always keen to work with you to improve your game, and your overall playing enjoyment.

​​How We'll Help Improve Your Game

For members of the Sunshine Coast Pickleball Association (SCPA), a formalized program of instruction is available within a “clinic” format for various skill levels. Structured clinics are available on a semi-private coaching basis (4 players per court for 1.25 hours of training). We strive     to conduct one session per quarter for all members.

We expect a great deal of interest in this development program, and as such, member sign-ups for the clinics will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Each clinic will be structured and organized according to player needs and experience. We anticipate sessions for 2.0-2.5, 3.0, and 3.5+ skill levels.

This program has been developed by John Bell who earned his coaching credentials at that other net game, but now applies his 20 years of court experience to advance the art of pickleball. SCPA clinics will focus on six primary components:

Fundamentals of the Game


Footwork and Balance

Game Strategy

Baseline Strokes and Serve

Volleys, Dinks and Overheads