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Shuffle and Slide

This is an excerpt from Pickleball First Steps epub by Pictona Club & The.

Practice Activities

Shuffle and Slide

  • The students begin in ready position, facing the instructor.
  • The instructor gives one of four commands:
    - For “left,” the students slide to the left.
    - For “right,” the students slide to the right.
    - For “forward,” the students step forward.
    - For “backward,” the students open their hips and slide or shuffle step sideways.

shuffle and slide


Students need to know how to retreat when a ball is hit behind them.

  • Tell the class, “Do not move straight backward. The risk of falling is too high.”
  • Have students begin in the ready position.
  • Have the class practice opening the hips to pivot right or left in order to begin running sideways to go back to reach the ball.
  • Students should run only five steps sideways and then return to their original position.
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