“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]

‘Twas a dark and stormy morning…

but we would not be denied! Today was the end-of-season picnic for the SW Metro Pickleball Club’s Summer Ladder League. In spite of a morning of continuous rainfall, a small army descended on Pioneer Park around 1:30 this afternoon, towels in hand, and by 2:30, we were playing pickleball.

After mopping up the courts, a variety of potluck foods were shared, and then we played some pickleball, a rapid-fire “three strikes” last-man-standing rally. The final four (all winning medals) were Mo Ali (silver), Joey Wagner (gold), Keith Randklev (gold), and Cindy Ronin (silver).

Trophies were also awarded to the overall league winners:

Daytime league:

  • Joe Benolken (gold)
  • Dianna St.Aubin (silver)
  • Sandy DeZellar (bronze)

Weekend/evening league:

  • Mo Ali (gold)
  • Howard Greenspan (silver)
  • Amy Lofdahl (bronze)

Congratulations winners!


Club Board Member Bob Campbell visited a German Club this month in Augsburg, near Munich. He met the club president at the US open this past April in Naples FL and she invited Bob to play with their club.  They are making an effort to help integrate Syrian refugees though sports.  So he got to play with two young Syrian men and an Arabic woman. Very interesting and challenging to explain the game when he only spoke English.  In the beginning the Arabic woman was not smiling but in the second hour it was all smiles!  Thanks Bob for representing SWMPC and the USA well!

Fitness Challenge – Win A Paddle!

Did You Know

that you take between 2,000 and 2,500 steps during an hour of pickleball? For an average adult, that’s comparable to walking a mile!

We’ve all heard the recommendation to try to get 10,000 steps every day. Why? Because it’s an easy, attainable goal that keeps you active and moving for a good portion of the day. We all know that activity is a good thing.

Who’s Up For A Challenge?

We’re issuing a challenge to all of our members. The challenge is simply – take steps, win prizes.

You’ll need a fitness tracker of some kind; a Fitbit, Garmin, Polar, or another wearable device, or a step-counting app on your phone.

You’ll also need to create an account on, and connect your fitness tracker to that account.

Once you have an account on, find and join the SW Metro Pickleball Club Fitness Challenge.

Two Ways To Win

The challenge begins October 1st and continues through October 31st. Your fitness tracker and the inKin web site will keep track of your steps, you just have to move. Play lots of pickleball! Walk. Run. Dance. Just keep moving!

The person with the OVERALL HIGHEST STEP COUNT at the end of the challenge will win a SW Metro Pickleball Club t-shirt. That’s one way to win.

But wait, there’s more! How about a new pickleball paddle? Each club member who joins the challenge is eligible for a random drawing to win one of this year’s Miracle Ear tournament paddles.

  • joining the challenge gets you one entry in the drawing
  • get 155,000 steps (5,000 per day) by October 31st, get a second entry in the drawing
  • get 310,000 steps (10,000 per day), get a third entry
  • get 465,000 steps (15,000 per day) or more, get a fourth entry

The drawing will take place at the club’s holiday party in December, winner must be present to accept the prize.

Annual Club Meeting Sept. 29

We have a great meeting planned! Don’t miss it!

Friday, Sept. 29, Chanhassen Rec Center, 2310 Coulter Blvd, Chanhassen, MN 55317

Details & Highlights include:

4-6PM: Open Pickleball, outdoor and indoor courts

6-6:30PM: Light meal and refreshments

6:30PM: Business Meeting

FREE SW Metro Club Pins

FREE New Edition TipBits Books

Drawings for Great Pickleball Prizes

Fun Pictorial Club History Presentation by Jerry Maas

Election of New Board Members

Board members are elected for a two-year term and are limited to two consecutive terms. The Board is nominating new and returning Board members for approval by Club members who vote at the Annual Meeting. Club members may also nominate other Club members who have agreed to serve if elected, at the meeting or by going to the Club website and emailing the Club President or Vice-President.

Retiring Board Members

  • Jeff Conradi-Vice President
  • Al Kramer-Secretary

Returning Board Members

  • Dennis Gallaher – incumbent returning for second year of second term
  • Bruce Boje – incumbent returning for second year of second term
  • Dave Allan – incumbent returning for second year of second term
  • Bob Campbell – incumbent returning for second year of first term

Board Members to be voted on (3 open positions):

  • Diana St Aubin –  Board nominee member to fill vacancy
  • Nancy Devitt –  Board nominee member to fill vacancy
  • Phyllis Rae Hanson – Nominee member to fill vacancy

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Longtime Club Member Ed McGaa, left this earth Friday, August 18 at 3:15 to meet Our Heavenly Father. Soaring with the eagles now.

Ed was one of our very early supporters and a very early member of SW Metro.  He was proud of his Indian heritage and proud of being from South Dakota.  He had a table/booth at the Crazy Horse monument in Custer, South Dakota where he sold books and some hand made jewelry.

Ed was also a Marine fighter pilot whom flew many missions in Viet Nam. Not a mention a good pickleball player who won Gold at the Minnesota Senior Games in 2011.

Rest in peace dear friend.