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PICKLEBALL SCHEDULE:

4 Consecutive Weeks 

Sessions in July and August Only

Adult Beginner

Hello and welcome to the fastest growing sport in the country. This beginner course is the perfect place to start playing Pickleball! You will learn the essentials of hitting groundstrokes, dinks, volleys, serves and overheads, learn to keep score, familiarize yourself with pickleball terminology while having a great time and getting a good workout in. No prior experience is necessary to join this class. To register for a 4 week- session, click on your desired class to complete the registration form online.  

 

Adult Advanced Beginner
This is the ideal class for those that have played a little Pickleball but need to start developing consistency from their groundstrokes, serves, returns, dinks and volleys. You are going to love the unique combo of drills and structured playing situations. To register for advanced beginner, players must have prior experience playing pickleball a couple times, knowledge of scoring, and a basic understanding of the sport. To register for a 4 week- session, click on your desired class to complete the registration form online.  

Adult Intermediate
Now that you’ve become a Regular on the courts, it’s time to really develop your Kitchen game, 3rd shot drops and add some power, depth and control to your strokes. This class will give you that competitive edge while continuing to offer all the fun that Pickleball  provides. To register for Intermediate, players must have experience playing pickleball/ tennis or another paddle/racquet sport for 1+ years, knowledge of scoring, and understanding of doubles strategy/ teamwork and communication on court. To register for a 4 week- session, complete the registration form online.

Adult Advanced Intermediate
This class is for those that are starting to separate themselves from the Pickleball Pack.
We will help you stay above the competition by teaching you a few essential specialty shots as well as some advanced doubles strategy and a real focus on the Non-Volley Zone.  To register for Intermediate, players must have experience playing pickleball/ tennis or another paddle/racquet sport for 2+ years, shots with both topspin and slice, knowledge of scoring, and an understanding of doubles strategy/ teamwork and communication. (Pickleball Level 3.5+, UTR 3.5 +, NTRP 4.0+). To register for a 4 week- session, click on your desired class below to complete the registration form online. When registering for this Advanced Intermediate Class, players will complete a follow-up questionnaire to determine if this class is the correct level for them.

 

Junior Beginner 
Hello and welcome to the fastest growing sport in the country. This beginner course is the perfect place to start playing Pickleball! You will learn the essentials of hitting groundstrokes, dinks, volleys, serves and overheads, learn to keep score, familiarize yourself with pickleball terminology while having a great time and getting a good workout in. No prior experience is necessary to join this class. To register for a 4 week- session, click on your desired class to complete the registration form online.  

Junior Advanced Beginner Ages 13-17 
This is the ideal class for those that have played a little Pickleball but need to start developing consistency from their groundstrokes, serves, returns, dinks and volleys. You are going to love the unique combo of drills and structured playing situations. To register for this, players must have prior experience playing pickleball a couple times, knowledge of scoring, and a basic understanding of the sport, or have experience playing tennis, either on a team or through group/private lessons. To register for a 4 week- session, click the link below to complete the registration form online.

Junior Competitive Ages 11-17 

For those Juniors that have already reached the more advanced levels of Pickleball. We will combine Technical Coaching, with Fast-Paced drills, Doubles Strategy and Supervised Match Play. To register for JR Competitive, players must have experience playing pickleball/tennis or another paddle/racquet sport for 2+ years, can hit shots with both topspin and slice, have an understanding of doubles strategy/ teamwork and communication. (Pickleball level 3.0+, UTR 1.5 +, NTRP 3.0+). To register for a 4 week- session, complete the registration form online. 

 

Friday Evening Junior Pickleball Party (Ages 11-17) 5-7 p.m. •  $10

Our Teen Party is a cool way to kick off your weekend with a Friday Night Hang at the Pickleball courts. Let's play some Pickleball, play some music and maybe sneak some playtime on our phones when the coach isnt watching lol. Seriously, we will be focusing on playing Pickleball, having fun and making friends. Players will rotate playing in games with each other while a Pickleball Pro runs a fun drill/game court. All levels are welcome to join and courts will be divided according to player’s levels. Players can register on a weekly basis. To register for our Friday Evening Junior Party, players will need to create an online account on Court Reserve by clicking HERE.
Once you have an account, you may go ahead and register for this weekly event by clicking on the date you’d like to join. 

Friday Night Adult Social • $10

Pickleball is the perfect sport to combine fun and friends, and that’s exactly what our Friday Night Social will be. We can add some music and refreshments to the mix and see what happens. It’s Summer! It’s Friday Night! Players will go through a standard warmup with each other. After the warmup, players will be mixed around playing in official pickleball games. Players can expect to play at least 3 doubles games.  A Pickleball Pro will run a fun drill and game court as well. All levels are welcome to join and courts will be divided according to player’s levels. To register for our Friday Night Adult Social players will need to create an online account on Court Reserve by clicking HERE.
Once you have an account, you may go ahead and register for this weekly event by clicking on the date you’d like to join. 

Adult Supervised Match Play • $10

Our Adult Supervised Matchplay on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. is  the ideal way to pick up some game-changing tips while playing Pickleball. This two hour class is  for those that just love to play the sport. A Pickleball Pro will be there to keep an eye on the courts and provide coaching where we see an opportunity or where it is requested. We will also help to divide up the players according to level for optimal play. To register for our Saturday Morning Adult Supervised Matchplay, players will need to create an online account on Court Reserve by clicking HERE.
Once you have an account, you may go ahead and register for this weekly event by clicking on the date you’d like to join. 

 
 

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are available for booking to work on both technique and tactics.  To book a private lesson, please email richard@empiretennisacademy.com 

Private Lesson Pricing
Individual Private Lesson • 60 minutes • $55
Package of 5 Individual Private Lessons • 60 Minutes • $255
Group Private Lesson (2 - 4 players) • 60 minutes • $75
Group Private Lesson (2 - 4 players) • 90 minutes • $90

Richard Levine

Richard Levine is very excited to be joining the Empire Tennis Academy Team as our New Director of Pickleball. Richard hails from the NYC Metro area, where he played Tennis at Ramapo High School in Rockland County and then Division 1 at Hofstra University on Long Island. Richard was one of the first 25 people to receive a degree in Professional Tennis Management at Ferris State University in Michigan. After completing his degree, he moved back to New York where he was the Head Pro of the Tamcrest Country Club. After two years at Tamcrest, Richard became the Co-Owner and Director of the Columbus Racket Club on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. While at Columbus Racquet Club Richard also coached the High School Team at Columbia Prep, where he was named the High School Coach from 1997- 1999. Richard sold Columbia Racquet Club and moved onto becoming the Director of the Woodstock Tennis Club. In 2001, Richard moved to Florida and became the Director of Racquet Sports at The Beauclerc Country Club/ JCC of Jacskonville from 2001 - 2013. During his tenure at the Beauclerc Country Club, Richard helped lead several of his adult doubles leagues to win numerous First Coast Championships, and had also received an International JCC Award for Innovative Programming. After 25 yrs in the tennis industry, Richard shifted gears and opened and still currently runs an Entertainment Company as a Singer/DJ/Entertainer. With all of his years coaching/playing tennis, Richard transitioned to becoming an avid Pickleball player and coach. Richard became passionate about everything Pickleball and has used his 25 years of coaching tennis stroke mechanics and high performance doubles coaching to provide players with unique technical, tactical and mental insight to bring quality instruction to players in the Jacksonville area over the past several years where the Pickleball scene is booming, and he is excited to join the Empire team as a Pickleball Specialist and spread the popularity of the sport to the Greater Rochester Area.  You can reach Richard at richard@empiretennisacademy.com.