Category Archives: Pickleball News


“Pickleball in no time”

Learn the fundamentals of Pickleball, fast!
Coach: Dean Rudrud

  • Proper grip is critical
  • Fundamentals of good strokes, get ready, the turn
  • A consistent serve leads to good strokes
  • How to volley for success
  • How to hit your overhead and effective lobs
  • Everyone can move better, we will show you how
  • Understanding the scoring, rules and culture of pickleball

Each 90-minute class is $20, or register for the entire three-week series for $50.

Session #1 – Monday, October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, 10:00am-11:30am

Session #2 – Wednesday, October 25th, November 1st, November 8th, 10:00am-11:30am

Week 1: Stroke correctly, from the beginning. Learn to serve well. “High hands” are the key to good volleys. Play practice games.
Week 2: Review strokes, volleys and serve. Introduce the overhead and lobs.
Week 3: Review strokes, volley, serve and overhead. Practice games, scoring, and learning the rules.

This teaching series will get you off to a great start, to playing better pickleball. If you have been playing a while, and you are not satisfied with your skills, this fundamental series will help you to become the player you know you can be.

To register, contact Paul Olson at [email protected]

Pickleball and Sweet Corn

Saturday, August 5th, 10:30am-6:00pm, Round Lake Park in Eden Prairie –  Come and play open pickleball, take lessons, participate in drills, and feast on sweet corn. The CORN FEED is sponsored by the Eden Prairie Lions Club, who is becoming involved with the Southwest Metro Pickleball Club’s efforts to promote and expand dedicated pickleball courts in our area.

OPEN PICKLEBALL: free from 10:30 til 6PM; just come and play

BEGINNER LESSONS: noon to 1:30 and 2 to 3:30PM; $15/session at the event

INTERMEDIATE DRILLS: noon to 1:30 and 2 to 3:30PM; $15/session at the event

To register for Lessons and Drills, contact Stan Mustanksi at [email protected] indicating Beginner or Intermediate and the time desired. Or just show up and register at the event. Balls and paddles provided.

CORN FEED: all you can eat fresh roasted, buttered corn, hot dog or sloppy joe, and chips $10.00, children $7.00.

All you can eat corn only $8:00

Beer, water, soft drinks sold separately.

Please be sure to thank the Lions at the Pavilion for their efforts in having pickleball at their Lions events and supporting pickleball growth in our area.

We also need 6-8 volunteers to help tape the courts, set up and take down nets. To volunteer, contact Stan Mustanski at [email protected].

Staring Lake pickleball facility on fast track? Maybe

A 12-court pickleball complex at Staring Lake Park might be a thing.

At the July 11 Eden Prairie City Council Meeting, Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation Director Jay Lotthammer opened an update on pickleball by reminding the council of a 12-court pickleball concept at Staring Lake Park that was introduced in 2016.



Please join the fun at these two Grand Opening Ceremonies. Four new dedicated courts in Chanhassen and eight new dedicated courts in Richfield. Enjoy great pickleball, food, drinks and refreshments. Mingle with fellow players, local officials, SW Metro Club leaders, Park and Rec VIP’s and local media outlets. Don’t miss it!

Chanhassen: Roundhouse Park; Tuesday, June 20th at 6 pm
6900 Minnewashta Pkwy, Chanhassen, MN 55331

Richfield: Washington Park; Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 to 7 pm
7600 17th Avenue, Richfield, MN 55423

Summer clinics provided by Eden Prairie Community Center

The Eden Prairie Community Center will be providing summer clinics and drills at Franlo Park beginning in June. Three types of sessions will be offered based on skill level. When registering, be sure you’re registering for the appropriate session.

New player clinics:

Recreational skills clinics:

Intermediate drills:



About 25 people came to experience play on the newly refurbished courts at Garden Park in Edina, 5520 Hansen Road. They were most appreciative of the steps taken by the City to provide more quality locations to play pickleball.


Bob Campbell presented a check for $100 to the City of Edina from the SW Metro Pickleball Club to help offset the cost of four new nets. Accepting the donation are City of Edina representatives, Donna Tilsner and Eric Boettcher, Recreation Supervisors.