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SWMPC Announces Tournament Schedule

This year our club is hosting three tournaments:

  • May 31, June 1-2: Schooner Days Pickleball Tournament as part of the Eden Prairie’s Lions Club Schooner Days Event
  • July 4th: City of Eden Prairie Hometown Celebration
  • August 1-4: The 2019 USAPA Middle States Regional PIckleball Tournament

We will offer both Clinics and Tournament Play for each event – So come to LEARN AND PLAY!

And for those of you who do not or can not play – VOLUNTEER! Give back to our great sport and support our club members.

Watch for detailed announcements for each tournament – COMING SOON!


SWMPC Brings You More Clinics – Join Rachael for Skills and Drills

Beat the MN Winter Chills.
Join Rachael for Skills & Drills!

Friday March 15th from 12-2 at Champion’s Hall in Eden Prairie.

2 solid hours of fun, strategic drills targeting technique and decision-making skills. Advanced beginner-intermediate players welcome. Courts will be divided up by skill level.
Cost is $40.

ALSO, The Last Clinic of the Winter!

Rachael will also be offering her signature 3-day clinic Mon. March 18-Wed. 20th.from 12-2 pm. This very popular in-depth clinic will build upon proper stroke techniques, as well as strategies to play high percentage Pickleball.

Beginner-Intermediate players welcome. Courts will be divided up by skill level. Cost is $120 for the 3-day clinic.

Here’s what 2 students have said about Rachael’s recent clinics:

” Rachael brings so much more to her coaching than just technical skills. A wider approach that is, in many ways, soulful/spiritual. ”
” Rachael, your clinics have been so wonderful. I feel blessed to have met you, blessed to have learned from you. I look forward to taking clinics with you in the future.”

Secure a spot by emailing Rachael at: [email protected] she will then contact you with payment information via Paypal or to send a check to:

Rachael Kroog
9900 Kell Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55437


The elementary physical education teachers from the Edina School District spent the morning of Tuesday February 19th at Champions Hall playing and learning about the game of Pickleball with the idea they can add it to their curriculum.

Several SW Metro club members who were on hand helped out explaining the rules and simple strategies of the game. And some members joined in and played a game or two with the teachers.

Thanks to all those who helped out!

Lookout everyone, the younger crowd is headed our way…..

SWMPC Presents More Clinics – PB&J (Pickleball & Jam) with Rachael. Spread The LOVE.

Pickleball Coach Rachael Kroog wants to take your game to the next level.

Back by popular demand, SW Metro Pickleball Club presents clinics by Rachael Kroog Champions Hall (7000 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie). Take advantage of your club membership to improve your game with 3 days of instruction from one of Minnesota’s best!

Rachael Kroog is a storied MN player who learned to play from her very talented father, Fred. Rachael holds a double certification by the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) and the PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry). She is also a ranked 5.0 professional player and a State and National Pickleball Champion and is sponsored by Engage Pickleball.

What’s in your pickleball tool box? This clinic will have plenty of skills and drills to improve your play.

  • Have fun
  • Reduce your anxiety by calming your mind
  • Increase your consistency, power and control through:
  • Peace, patience, placement and lots of perfect practice

Rachael will offer 3-day clinics Feb. 27, 28 and March 1st for 2 different levels of players.

Clinic#1 PB&J 101- for beginners/advanced beginners 12:00-2:00 (Feb.27th-March 1st)

Clinic#2 PB&J 201-for intermediate players 2:15-4:15 (Feb.27-March 1st)

  • Clinics are limited to 8 players, so you will have plenty of personal attention. These clinics will fill-up quickly, so please respond right away!
  • To reserve a spot, please email Rachael at [email protected]. Please indicate which clinic you are interested in.
  • Your spot will be confirmed once you pay online at [email protected].
  • Cost for 3-day clinic is $120
  • Includes: Court fees and three 2-hour sessions of instruction, drills, analysis and supervised play

As a way to give back to the community, a percentage of the money made from lessons and clinics is earmarked for Rachael to provide free musical programs for our elders in senior living communities.

She is also available for private and semi-private lessons.

From Rachael- “I love the Wizard of Oz quote… It’s not where you go, it’s who you meet along the way.

I’m looking forward to partnering together on our pickleball adventure and developing new skills and friendships along the way”.

Rachael Kroog

[email protected]



Join Del and Linda Kauss, two Nationally ranked Pickleball players as they cover shots and strategies for winning Pickleball.

February 13

1:00 to 3:00 at Champions Hall

16 people, $40 per student

Del is the current National Senior Pro Doubles Champion, And a 3-time US Open Champ and a National Senior Games Champion.  

Linda is a Huntsman World Senior Games Champ, a National Senior Games Champion.  

This clinic is for 3.0 and above players

Reserve your spot by e-mailing Del at: [email protected]

Confirmation will be sent after you pay via online Paypal payment ([email protected]) NOT check product box

Del and Linda are also available for private lessons for 1 to 4 people. Email for more details.

PB Clinics Friday January 11th at Champions Hall in Eden Prairie – 2 options

Taught by Brian Astbury and Rachael Kroog (IPTPA certified pro instructors and 5.0 players).

We are here to help you with your technical and tactical play as well as strokes and strategies of how to play high pickleball. Choose session #1 or #2 based upon your skill level.

Session #1 – Jan. 11th from 12:00 to 2:00 for novice players (2.5 and below)

  • emphasis on net play: playing 2 inches behind the NVZ line, hitting solid volleys and un-attackable dinks
  • ground stroke basics for the serve and return
  • 3rd shot drop intro

Session #2- Jan. 11th from 2:15-4:15 for intermediate players (3.0-4.0)

  • forcing errors from your opponents at the net through ball placement and patterns
  • decision making based on the pace of the ball and height at point of contact
  • 3rd shot drop against a variety of returns (deep vs. short, fast vs. slow, high vs. low)
  • transitioning from the baseline to the net

16 people per session- $40 per student

1st – Reserve your spot by emailing Brian at [email protected]. Please specify which clinic you are interested in when you email. Ph# 612-859-7175

2nd – Confirm your spot when you make your Paypal payment at [email protected] or mail a check to:  Rachael Kroog 9900 Kell Ave. S. Bloomington, MN. 55437

Payments (Paypal or check) must be received by Jan.1st, 2019


Brian has won medals locally at Miracle Ear, 4th of July, Middle States Reg. as well as The Rockford Spring Fling and The National Pickleball Championships.

Rachael has accumulated over 100 medals including golds at The Huntsman World Senior Games, Fall Brawl, National Senior Games, MN, WI, TX and AZ State Games, US Open and The National Pickleball Championships. She is double certified as a professional instructor through IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) and PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry).


All 90 members who ventured out to the annual SW Metro Holiday Party at the Chanhassen Recreation Center, had a fun evening of food, Pickleball, socializing, prizes and best of all giving to those in need. We collected 140 Toys for Tots and $235.00 in donations from members. Along with a $200 donation from the club, we ensured that many children will have some joy this holiday season. We should all be happy we are lucky enough to be able to contribute to help our neighbors who aren’t quite as lucky as we are.

We thank our generous donors, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Scheels, Hiawatha Golf Course, Carbones, Streetz, Gamma and Willy McCoys for donating our raffle prizes. It is always fun to hope to win a prize isn’t it? Never gets old!

Happy Holidays to all! See you on the court!