Pickleball Lessons FAQs

What to Bring to Pickleball Lessons

  • Clothing: Please wear something comfortable and stretchy to class. Please do not wear jeans. 
  • Hats: Wearing a hat with a bill is helpful in protecting your face. If an errant ball is coming towards your head, it is more likely to hit the bill of the cap than your face. Wearing a hat with a bill that is  dark on the underside will help reduce glare. 
  • Shoes: Please wear non-marking tennis shoes or court shoesRunning  shoes and walking shoes are discouraged due to increased injury risk (rolling your ankle). Sandals are prohibited.
  • Water: Hydration is important, please bring a water bottle. Bottle filling stations are available indoors, and water fountains are available outdoors.
  • Snacks: After exercising for a bit you might feel the need for nutrients. UW Health Sports Factory has vending machines in the lobby. At the outdoor courts, feel free to bring a piece of fruit or a light snack for breaks.  
  • Indoor lessons: A hat, and a towel or wristbands for sweat. Bleachers are provided for breaks.
  • Outdoor lessons: A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a towel, and a chair (for breaks).

What to Expect at Pickleball Lessons

  • Class Size: Class sizes are small with a maximum of eight students. This allows for personalized attention so you aren't lost in the shuffle.
  • Equipment: Paddles, balls, and training aids are provided.
  • Players: You can expect to meet other players of similar skill level, and make new friends.
  • Exercise:
    • Light cardio to warm your muscles (5-10 minutes)
    • The day's pickleball curriculum
    • Cool down stretching (5 minutes) 


The curriculum is based off of the Professional Pickleball Registry method of instruction and all classes are taught by a Certified Pro. 

Beginner Lessons

  • Lesson 1: safety, game rules, serving, and dinking
  • Lesson 2: ground strokes: forehand and backhand. Return of serve (receiving team)
  • Lesson 3: third shot, swinging volley (serving team)
  • Lesson 4: lobs with an emphasis on defending and safety, and overheads

Pickleball Paddles

  • Paddles: All paddles, balls, and training aids are provided at lessons.
  • Demo paddles: Demo paddles are available during lessons, so there isn't a need to purchase a paddle before class. Many people make the mistake of purchasing a cheap paddle on Amazon, only to end up replacing it the very next month. 
  • Purchasing a paddle is like buying a pair of shoes. You try the shoes on your feet before you buy them. In this regard, a paddle is the same; play with a paddle before you purchase it. 

About the Instructor

I am Jenn Selchow, and I learned to play pickleball in high school P.E. class. I picked the sport up again in 2009 when Rockford experienced a movement to grow the sport in the Forest City. In 2010, I founded Northern Illinois Pickleball which is a non-profit through the Rockford Park District Foundation.

I've instructed countless people over the last decade and enjoy getting people off their couch and on an active lifestyle journey.  I decided to take instruction to the next level and became a Certified Pro through the Professional Pickleball Registry. I is available for private, semi-private, and group pickleball lessons. I believe that lessons are Education vs. Effort. Lessons are 10% education (instructor) and 90% effort (student/drills). I share the knowledge to educate you, empower you, and make you successful on court.  

  • Private lessons are one-on-one
  • Semi-private lessons are up to four people
  • Group lessons are 5+ people