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"I just took the Intro Pickleball course with Shannon and loved it! I had been meaning to get started with this for a while, and I had a great time. Shannon is a thoughtful and patient teacher while also being friendly and welcoming. Can't recommend enough!" -- Chester I. Yelp! Review

- OVER 400 5-STAR MEETUP REVIEWS!

- CERTIFIED IPTPA PICKLEBALL INSTRUCTOR!

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT JOY CRAZY™ PICKLEBALL?

Joy Crazy™ Pickleball is all about creating a supportive, welcoming community of newer pickleball players. My name is Shannon Diffenderffer and I have a master's degree in adult education and I am a Certified IPTPA Level 1 PickIeball Instructor. Each week I love to teach new players the joys of pickleball!

A cross between tennis, ping pong, and badminton, pickleball is enjoyed by players from a wide range of ages and physical abilities. I myself have a couple of chronic conditions, yet still enjoy the game.

Warning: You might become a little "Joy Crazy" about pickleball once you try it!"

WHAT IS TAUGHT IN A "JOY CRAZY™" PICKLEBALL CLASS?

I offer three types of group sessions through my company, Joy Crazy™, LLC, and all sign-ups currently take place via this "Joy Crazy™ Pickleball" Meetup Group.

I offer:

  1. Introduction to Pickleball - A 90-minute class, which gives a brief but thorough overview of the sport to brand-new players. It is often described as a great "onboarding" class because you will learn not just about how to play the game, but a bit about the "world" of pickleball and how to navigate in it.
  2. Boot Camp - A 3-week skill-building series, Boot Camps help new players develop the foundation needed to play with confidence. The “Intro” class (above) is a required prerequisite for the Boot Camp classes.
  3. Daisy Doubles - Round-robin play sessions are a chance to play pickleball games and meet new people in a welcoming, supportive setting. (To ensure everyone has a good experience, you *must* have previously attended one of my classes so that you are familiar with my "joy advocacy" philosophy, along with etiquette and safety expectations.)

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WHY SHOULD I LEARN PICKLEBALL WITH YOU?

I have been a K-Adult educator for over 20 years. I discovered pickleball in 2018 and was instantly hooked. Years ago, I was a YMCA Adventure Trip Leader, teaching everything from rock climbing to canoeing. After overcoming a work-related back injury during the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to pivot my career back to my "recreational roots." I am now a Certified IPTPA Level 1 Pickleball Instructor. I began this Meetup group in July 2022 and immediately began receiving 5-Star reviews. In part, because I create a welcoming environement for new players and teach using a variety of tools that help students remember what they have learned.

I named my company "Joy Crazy™, LLC" because I believe we need to be our own "joy advocates" and pickleball is an activity full of laughter and smiles. My focus is on introducing - or "onboarding* - new players to the world of pickleball, giving players the "inside scoop" often missed in other introductory classes, along with a host of resources via my frequently updated website at JoyCrazy.com.

My pickleball sessions are designed to lift your pickleball game, as well as your mood -- no matter the obstacles you face -- in a welcoming, judgment-free space. I encourage you to become your own "joy advocate" and take a class. I LOVE watching players of all ages rediscover the "child in them."

I look forward to meeting you and hope you will become a little “Joy Crazy” for pickleball like me! ☀️

WHAT IF I ALREADY PLAY PICKLEBALL?

If you already play pickleball the Introductory Class is still required to participate in the Boot Camp and Daisy Doubles sessions as it teaches not only the rules of the game, but position etiquette, history, equipment use, and safety. Consider taking the Intro class with a friend or family member who you want to introduce to the sport, whether you're looking for a good refresher or to "fill in the gaps" of your pickleball knowledge (the rules are updated yearly). Most people find they pick up something new from my Intro class even if they have been playing pickleball for some time.

MEDICAL NOTE:

Pickleball can be a fast-paced sport. Prior experience in racket sports or athletic activities is helpful, but not required. If you are recovering from an injury, struggle with balance, or have a chronic condition that may impact your play please check with your doctor first. I want to make this as barrier-free as possible, send me a direct message (DM) with any accommodation needs.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY:

By signing up as a member of the Joy Crazy™ Pickleball (JCP) MeetUp group and/or attending any event, you and your guests or minors (if applicable) accept that pickleball is a physical activity and fully assume all risks associated with such participation, including accident, illness, or injury including travel to and from the event. You agree to be responsible for your own safety and equipment; and realize that obstacles on the property, non-group members, and inclement weather, may be present.  You and your successors agree to hold all Organizers and other JCP members harmless in the event of equipment loss or damage, injury, illness, or death.

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