Off season, the Marco Island Racquet Center looked more like a construction zone than a center offering tennis, pickleball and racquetball. Much to the delight of players, the MIRC is now fully operational and boasts resurfaced courts ready for play. The newly renovated courts at the Marco Island Racquet Center are now busy with activity offering daily play, lessons, drills, and clinics.
On Saturday, January 12, twelve enthusiastic pickleball players competed in Dink Wars with Jodi. The players were divided into two teams, BABs aka Bad Ass Blondes and SHIGs aka Smokin’ Hot Island Girls. Coach Jodi led the players through a series of drills and competition during the two-hour event. The Island Girls proved that they were indeed smokin’ hot defeating the Bad Ass Blondes with a total combined score of 22-14.
“Today was a lot of fun with 12 players. In season, Dink Wars is so popular that it fills up and has a waitlist as soon as I put out the sign-up sheet. I created Dink Wars as a fun event designed to connect players, promote good sportsmanship, and improve the level of pickleball play. Since I created this program over a year ago, I am filled with joy as I watch these players challenge themselves, gain new skills, improve their consistency…all the while, having fun and beaming with smiles,” explains Coach Jodi Pree. “Pickleball makes us all feel like kids again. Who could ask for a better way to stay active?”
Dink Wars with Jodi is held every Saturday morning from 10:30-12:30 at the Marco Island Racquet Center. Registration is required. Sign-up sheets, flyers, and program descriptions are available at the MIRC Pro Shop located at 1275 San Marco Road or call 239-394-5454 (MIRC Pro Shop) or call/text 239-302-9705 (Coach Jodi Pree) to sign-up or for more information.
About Coach Jodi Pree:
Since 2012, Jodi Pree has been very active as an official USAPA Pickleball Ambassador for Marco Island organizing, promoting, and instructing. Jodi Pree is a PPR Certified Pickleball Pro. She is a certified youth coach and member of PTR. This January, she is launching a redesigned Marco Juniors after school program where she is teaching the island’s youth tennis, pickleball and volleyball (her first love).
Pickleball With Jodi
Pickleball Basics: An intro into the highly addictive game of pickleball. Learn basic rules and skills. Mondays 11 AM-12:30 PM;12:30 PM-2 PM ($30 per person).
Beyond Basics: For those who know the basics but need to be more comfortable on the court and learn basic strategy & control. Tuesdays 11 AM-12:30 PM;12:30 PM-2 PM ($30 per person).
Skills & Drills: Designed to improve skills, consistency, and more advanced shots. Thursdays 11 AM-12:30 PM;12:30 PM-2 PM ($30 per person).
Dink Wars: Learn and practice how to be consistent with your dinks, touch shots and placement…then enjoy a fun ladder challenge to become a winner at dink wars and raise your level of play. Saturdays 10:30 AM-12:30 PM ($15 per person).
Private & Semi-Private Lessons: Have a brief consultation prior to your lesson and we will work together on a game plan to improve your game. Jodi will also follow-up with homework assignments and continuing education and encouragement.
By appointment. Flat rate $80 per hour total. Call or text Jodi Pree at 239-302-9705.
Marco Juniors With Coach Jodi: Building the foundation for overall health, athleticism and teamwork in an encouraging environment. Sign-up recommended, but not required.
Marco Juniors—Future Stars: An introduction to the basic skills of tennis, pickleball and volleyball. Future Stars (ages 5 up) focuses on balance, agility, coordination, cooperation, and respect for oneself and others. Mondays and/or Wednesdays 4-5 PM ($15 daily drop-in rate).
Marco Juniors—Rising Stars: Continues to build on the foundation of basic skills in tennis, pickleball and volleyball for children ages 7 and up. Program focuses on developing a lifelong love of sports as children improve their eye-hand and foot-eye coordination, agility, balance, strength, and endurance. Students learn proper stroke production and the rules of the games in a positive, fun and supportive environment. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 4-5 PM ($15 daily drop-in rate).
Marco Juniors—All-Stars: Developed for players already possessing the basics in tennis, pickleball and volleyball who want to play in tournaments or for their school teams. Conditioning, consistency, strategy, and competition are the primary focus. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 5:15-6:15 PM ($15 daily drop-in rate). Special group & private sessions are available by contacting Coach Jodi at 239-302-9705.