Marco Island, Florida: Dink Wars with Jodi!

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).

From left: Missy Kaut, Jane Clark, Renetta Ramsdell, Amie Schick, Kathy Tearney, and Sharon Cornolo.

Gail Cizek and Kathy Conover celebrate after a hard-fought victory.

Winning team, Smokin’ Hot Island Girls, from left: Missy Kaut, Renetta Ramsdell, Sharon Cornolo, Dawn Kuhn, Beverly Fineberg, and Karen Blum.

Beverly Fineberg and Karen Blum boasted the most wins of the day.

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.


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