Pickleballers looking to heighten their chops will have the chance to achieve those dreams during a June 25 workshop the municipality of East Ferris is hosting in partnership with Taylored Pickleball Academy. The clinic runs for one day only, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and all the action takes place at the outdoor courts located at 390 Highway 94 in Corbeil.
Cameron Taylor is one of the co-founders of Taylored Pickleball Academy. He is also the head instructor. His home court is the Georgian Triangle Pickleball Club in Collingwood, a club he helped establish. When not teaching clinics, Taylor keeps busy competing in pickleball tournaments across Canada and the United States.
Now he’s coming to Corbeil with a variety of clinics to partake in, for all skill levels. Space is limited for each session, so advance registration is suggested. Clinics range from $25 to $65, and players can sign up on Taylored Pickleball Academy’s website.
The day begins with an introduction to the game, a session designed for beginners or for those curious about the pickleball but never made the leap. All equipment will be provided for players, and the hour and a half session has room for 12 participants. Registration costs $25.
There are two other workshops with the more advance player in mind, and each cost $35. One session is “designed for players who are looking to work on their skills and confidence before entering open game-play,” the Municipality outlined in a recent release.
Players will also have a clinic dedicated to improving their game near the net, and the final event of the day is a mini-bootcamp dedicated to “beating bangers.” What’s a banger? A banger mocks the soft game and revels in driving the ball with as much force as they can muster as often as they can. Bangers are the antithesis of dinkers, those players who try to slow the game down, play more softly, and maintain a defensive position.
There is much debate as to which position is superior, and a wise pickleballer may agree finding a balance between the two is the best road to success. But all agree the banger is a challenging foe. Hence the workshop. This one is three hours long, from 1:30 to 4:30, and is intended for intermediate players. The goal is to help participants control “the pace of the ball” and eventually “take back control of the court.”
David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.