As the world leader in setting the standards for pickleball instruction, IPTPA recognizes that there are many players, USAPA ambassadors and others who are responsible for introducing the sport to new communities’ world wide. Many have never taught before and although they have the best intentions most haven’t been trained in how to teach. Many are lower level skilled players, which prevents them from passing the IPTPA skills test and getting certified as an IPTPA Teaching Professional. Yet, they love pickleball and helping other players. Perhaps you’re an experienced teacher from another sport but new to pickleball, the IPTPA Teach the Teacher Workshop is for you.
The IPTPA Teach the Teacher Workshop is your entrée to the IPTPA Teaching Curriculum. Our workshop is based on the IPTPA Handbook which outlines the appropriate skills, progressions, strategies etc. for the beginner thru intermediate player as defined by the IPTPA Rating System. Sample lesson plans were developed based on the latest sports theory. A list of appropriate drills to help reinforce each lesson are recommended as homework. All those completing the Teach the Teacher Workshop, will be awarded a certificate of completion. Those attendees who successfully demonstrate the proper ball feeding techniques during their on court teaching along with appropriate communication skills will be eligible for membership as an IPTPA Level I Instructor. IPTPA membership requires the annual payment of member dues. Once your dues are received you will be sent an access code to take the on-line written exam. Upon passing you will receive a certificate showing your designation as a certified level I instructor. A Level I Instructor is certified to introduce the sport to new communities and work with beginner players only.
Applicants must be at least 14 years of age to become certified as Level I or Level II instructors. Applicants under the age of 18 can become certified, but must agree to be mentored by a current Level II IPTPA instructor until the age of 18 at which time they can teach on their own. Any lessons that are taught by those under the age of 18, must be supervised by the mentoring Level II instructor. It is the applicants responsibility to reach out to a current Level II instructor to discuss the possibility of being mentored by them. A list of our instructors can be found on our website at www.iptpa.com under Certified Instructors.
The IPTPA handbook was produced with foreign country government bodies in mind. IPTPA recognizes the importance of producing a tool that is needed not only in the US but in foreign countries as well. New Pickleball Federations trying to gain recognition and or funding can partner with IPTPA to fulfill some of the qualifications most countries require.
IPTPA membership is comprised of the best players and teachers in the world. We are a not-for profit corporation whose mission is to certify and elevate the standards of the Pickleball Teaching Professional. We exist to serve the pickleball community.
Attending an IPTPA Teach the Teacher Workshop, is your assurance that the content you’re being taught has the highest seal of approval.