​Suncoast Pickleball Association

Byron Freso is an IPTPA Certified Pickleball Instructor and Senior Pro Pickleball Player. He has been playing pickleball for six years and has won many medals at the national and local levels. Prior to playing and teaching pickleball, Byron was an Open level racquetball player. He is also an outstanding volleyball and table tennis player. He was a college volleyball coach and also taught racquetball and table tennis.
Over the years, Byron has medaled in the following tournaments:
USAPA Nationals, US Open,National Senior Games,State Games of America, Huntsman World Senior Games,Grand Canyon Games
Byron brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding in the art of teaching to the game of pickleball. His goal in teaching is to have each student maximize their capability to learn and to grow from the experience.

Things to Bring:  Lawn chair, cooler, hiking shoes, sunscreen, playing cards or board games, water bottle, plenty of clothes, other outside gear. 

Famous Stone Gate into the Town of Montreat, N.C.

The Black Mountain Train Station

Wednesday, September 19th/26th:

7:30am-             Breakfast at Assembly Inn

8:00am-8:30am   Warm Ups

8:30am-10:30am  Video Taping for Groups 1-4  Pros # 5, 6, 7, & 8

                        Groups 5-8 Free 15 min private lesson with the Pros 1,2,3,4

10:30am-12:30pm Video Taping for Groups 5-8  Pros # 1, 2, 3 & 4

                        Groups 1-4 Free 15 min private lesson with the Pro 5,6,7,8

12:30pm-1:00pm  Lunch (box lunch)

1:00pm-2:30pm   Lobs, overheads, specialty shots startegies/drills w/ Pro #5

2:30pm-4:00pm   Lobs, overheads, specialty shots Play strategies w/ Pro #5 

5:30pm-8:00pm   Dinner on your Own in Black Mountain

                       (A list of great Black Mountain Restaurants will be given to you at check in)

Deb Harrison:  Confirmed

REFUND POLICY:  Full refund minus administrative fee ($50) up to July 24th, 2018.  A partial refund minus $400 of the amount you paid After July 26th, 2018.

                          There will be NO Full Refunds on August 19th, 2018 and after.  Participants should consider Travel Insurance!  CLICK HERE for Trip Insurance Info

​                          NEW REFUND POLICY for Revised Camp#1:   Cancellation fee will be $200 within 30 days of event and $400 within 10 days of event!

Schedule:             Is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.!!! 

To save the 3% paypal fee you can mail your deposit to:

Now thru April 30th, 2018 send to:

Suncoast Pickleball

2623 Bougainvillea Street

Sarasota, Fl  34239

After May 1st mail to:

Suncoast Pickleball

508 Azalea Ave

Black Mounatin, NC 28711

Tuesdays, September 18th/25th:

7:30am-              Breakfast at Assembly Inn

8:00am-8:45am    Warm Ups

9:00am-10:30am  Dinking Strategies/Drills with Pro #3

10:30am-12noon  Dinking Strategies while Playing with the Pro 

12noon-1:00pm   Lunch (box lunch)

1:00pm- 2:30pm  NVZ Strategies/Drills with Pro #4

2:30pm-4:00pm   NVZ Play with the Pro Strategies

5:30pm-             Dinner at the Assembly Inn

​6:00pm-9:00pm               Some Private Lessons may be available at the Gym (check with the Pro)

7:00pm-             Concert- The "Big Deal Band" from right here in Black Mountain! 

Friday, September 29th:

7:30am              Breakfast at Assembly Inn

8:00am-4:00pm   Private Lessons available at the Gym (sign up here)

8:30am-12noon   Pickleball Play- all groups on outdoor courts 

11:00am             Check out of Hotel

12noon              Play ends......Lunch own your own (At Montreat College store)

1:00pm              Hiking in Montreat or near Black Mountain, NC  (Transportation NOT provided)

4:00pm              End of Camp!!!

Meet the Pros for Camp #2:

John Sperling: Confirmed

Alcohol Policy:  All Alcoholic beverages are to be kept in designated areas.  Open containers are not permitted (place in your personal cup). Guests must maintain a                              responsible demeanor.  Public intoxication is not permitted.

Barry grew up in Miami Florida playing football and baseball in the youth programs until the age of 13 when he discovered his true love tennis. Within two years he was ranked in the top 5 in the state of Florida and top 50 in the nation. At 18 he won the Florida State High School Championships at the number one singles position earning him many college scholarships. Attending the University of Illinois, Barry was ranked number one as a freshman getting to the finals of the Big Ten Championships. He then played professionally on the satellite tour in Europe and the United States. After a brief professional tennis career he returned to Florida to become the Director of Tennis at Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island. Continuing to play tennis tournaments he was ranked number one in Florida in the Men’s 25 and Men’s 30 division and number two in the men’s open division. At the age of 49 and after many years away from teaching and playing tennis, Barry found his new love Pickleball. He began playing indoors recreationally for the first 5 years and then discovered outdoor tournament play 2 years ago. Barry, has won numerous tournaments including 4 Florida Senior games in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. He won the Atlantic Regional Championships and in March Barry won a silver medal at the US OPEN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS in Naples, Florida. In 2018 Barry has won four money tournaments including the Gold Medal at the prestigious Texas Open. Barry looks forward to playing and competing all over the country showcasing the growing sport of Pickleball. 

LeeAnna Camper is one of Prolite's Top Pickleball Professionals and has competed in Nationals and the US Open over the past several years in the Open-Pro Division with very successful results!  

US Open 2016-Gold WD 35+
                         Silver 5.0 WD
US Open 2017-Silver MX Dbs 30+
                         Bronze WD 19+
She has also taken medals in over a dozen States nationally.
Lee-Anna has been teaching Pickleball for 3 years.

Originally from Virginia, she now resides in Houston Texas!

Gigi LeMaster:

The socials were excellent.  I came back to Sun City,TX and numerous players want to come next year!  I think Coach Russell did a fantastic job organizing the event-                                                                                                                     Darrius Plantz

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Montreat College Campus- Montreat, N.C.

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 Pickleball Camp is Sponsored in part by:

Jeff Shank has been playing Pickleball for 12 years and teaching for 8 years.

He is a Two Time Usapa Nationals Gold Medalist
2017 US Open finalist 5.0 men’s 50+ with Team Engage.

He has a YouTube author “100 Pickleball Strategies” and is a Lead Instructor Viva Pickleball Tours in Madrid Spain 2015.

Usapa Certified  Referee and Trainer

Usapa Certified Referee Evaluator.
Member Usapa Rules Committee

Paul Coletta:  Confirmed

The cost of the camp was terrific. I heard many people discussing how affordable it was and how much value we got for the price. This is so appreciated by the players!                                                                                                                Todd & Mindy Yoder

Voted the #1 Pickleball Boot Camp by all it's participants!!!   

It has the World's Top Instructors, Fantastic Meals, Super Fun Socials, Spectacular Smoky Mountain Views all in one exciting place - Montreat, North Carolina! (15 minutes from Asheville)

It's a chance of a lifetime to be top professional instructors and national champions including: 

 Gigi LeMaster, Deb Harrison, Tyson McGuffin, Steve Kennedy, Phil Bagley, Joey Farias, Scott Tingley, LeeAnna Camper, Byron Freso, Jeff Shank, John Sperling, Peter Hudachko, Laura Fenton Kovanda 

and from North Carolina, Paul Coletta!!!

New this Year....

Video Analysis, Personal Instruction and Pickleball Strategies!

Tyson McGuffin -Head Tennis & Pickleball Pro Peak Tennis Hayden

Tyson grew up in a small town in town called Lake Chelan in Washington state. I am 5.5 Tennis played and a professional Pickleball player. I am the Director of Tennis and Pickleball in Spokane. My hobbies are spending time with my son, going for hikes or nature walks, enjoying the sun by the lake, music festivals and checking out new breweries. Here is a list of some of my achievements-
-Silver at Nationals in 2016 (Pro & Age Singles) 
- 5th at 2016 USAPA Nationals (Pro Doubles)
-Silver at 2017 Rocky Mountain PPF (Pro Doubles)
-Gold at 2017 Bend PPF (Pro Singles)
- Silver at 2017 Canadian Nationals (Pro Doubles)
- Silver at 2017 TOC  (Pro Singles)
- 2017 Men's Open Singles National Champion

Gold Medalist/Champion 2017 US Open.  Former collegiate tennis player (Spring Hill College) where he played #1 singles, and led the Badgers to back-to-back division titles.   John was the Director of Tennis at the Country Club of Ocala for the past 20 years before leaving for a career in the pickleball world.  He has had the privilege of teaching, playing, and instructing some of the top national tennis players.  John is now the Director of Pickleball at the Grand Oaks Resort where he brings his expertise in playing and teaching to help elevate his student’s game. 

Peter is a 5.0 player and has been a part of the Pickleball community for over 5 years, competing and teaching.   He is a certified instructor through IPTPA. His passion is teaching the game of pickleball to all levels of players.

Peter is the 2015 USAPA Tournament of Champions Men's Open Doubles Bronze Medalist.
2018 30+ US Open Silver medalist in both men’s and mixed doubles.
2016 Canadian Nationals Men's Open Bronze Medalist, and the 2016 Bend, Oregon Men's Open Doubles Silver Medalist.

Loved the blocks of time with each Pro and that we rotated. I thought the player to pro ratio was perfect!     Dana Franks

Suncoast Pickleball Boot Camp Registration Form

Each Player MUST complete the form below and ​Click SUBMIT 

It will then take you to paypal where you can pay by credit card or paypal.  An additional 3.1% fee will be assessed or you can mail me a check to:

Suncoast Pickleball- 508 Azalea Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711


When:             Sunday, September 16th through Friday September 21st, 2018- Camp #1

                    Camp#1-Moved to October 28th-November 2nd, 2018 due to hurricane Florence

                    Sunday, September 23rd through Friday September 28th, 2018- Camp #2


Where:            Beautiful Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina

Address:         401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757  Phone: (828) 669-2911

Ability Levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 & 4.5 rated players and above.  See Player List below.

Limited to:      First 48 players Camp#1 and 64 Players Camp#2 (Register Below)  

Ratio:             1:8 player to Pro Ratio!!!

Facility:          Ten (14) outdoor courts and Four (4) indoor courts

Deadline:         August 31, 2018 but sign ups will go quickly so register today!

Deposit:          A $400 pp deposit is required at Registration.  Balance is due in July-on or before July 25th, 2018

REFUND POLICY:  Full refund minus administrative fee ($50) up to August 18th, 2018.  There will be NO Full Refunds on August 19th and after.  A partial refund minus $400 of the amount you paid After August 19th. New refund policy for rescheduled camp- $200 cancellation fee 30 days before event, $400 within 10 days!
The Daily Schedule is below.  This will be like no other camp you've ever attended.  I'm paying thousands of dollars to make it more personalized with personal videos                                 you can take home, free one on one private lesson with focus on strategies, shot selection and decision making in mind. You're going to love it!!!  Now that's how you                                 improve!  

Cost:               $550 Instruction Only (Includes shirt & lunch daily)

                      $650 Off Campus rate for the entire week (includes meals & socials)

                              Instruction and Off Campus limited to first 12 players to sign up!

                      $850 Per person (based on double occupancy) for the entire week

                      $1,100 single room rate for entire week

                      $1,400 Couples with one non-participant (includes room & meals for both)

                      $1,700  Couples

Includes:        Lodging for 5 nights, all meals- except Wednesday isout on the town dinner and is on your own.

                     (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), daily strategies & drills from the Pro's,

                     Two days of Video Analysis, group and individual instruction with the Pros!!!

                     One hour Private Lessons are available for an additional cost ($100/hr or $60 1/2 hr for up to 3 players)

                     NOTE:  A valuable part of this camp is being videoed.  After the camp you can view your video using a special code.  If you don't want to get videoed, please let                                                    me know on the comment section of the registration form and you'll be deleted from the video schedule.  

                                ALSO:      King/Queen size rooms are reserved for couples.  Private rooms will be twin beds with one person.  Once rooms are full, some rooms may share a bathroom.

​Socials:                   Social activities will be planned each evening!!!

Inclement Weather:  We have a Gymnasium and "The Barn" available!!!  Yippee!!!

Note:              For the couples (one non-participant) package, spouses can visit beautiful Black Mountain, NC                        

                            (2 miles away) - Plenty of Shopping OR visit Asheville (17 miles away) or hike the many trails in the area! 

About the Area:   Montreat/Black Mountain is located 17 miles east of Asheville and hosts an old time Country Store, Hardware store along with plenty of great resturants and shopping!!! Asheville Airport is a convenient 30 minutes away!!!  Of course Ashville is known for it's great breweries, Mt Mitchell, Grove Park Inn, the Fabulous Biltmore and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!!!

B & B's & Hotels in the Area:  If you plan on stay before or after the camp, you can call the Assembly Inn.  If they are sold out, here are some great suggestions for you:

4-5 Star Bed & Breakfast Places are:  The Monte Vista, The Red Rocker, Arbor House and The In Around the Corner (all in Black Mountain) 

Hotels: Super 8 Motel & Quality Inn (In Black Mountain) and Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Fairfield Inn, Extended Stay in East Asheville (12 miles away)

NOTE:  There is no Shuttle Service to the Camp but Uber is about $30 from AVL Airport.

The Assembly Inn at Montreat Conference Center

Phil Bagley was born and raised in Massachusetts and resides in The Villages, Florida.  He and Brian Stuab have won several USAPA National Men's Doubles Championships from 2012-2016.Soccer, Basketball and Baseball Background. Been playing Pickleball for 10 years. IPTPA Teaching Certification
2013 National Champion Men’s Doubles Open w/ Brian Staub
2012-2014 Nationals 35+ Men’s Doubles Champion w/ Brian Staub
2014 Nationals 35+ Mixed Doubles Champion w/ Jen Lucore 
2010 Nationals 35+ Men’s Doubles Finalist w/ Coach Mo
2014 Tournament Of Champions Men’s Doubles Finalist w/ Brian Staub
2014 Nationals Men’s Doubles Open Bronze w/ Brian Staub
2016 USOPEN 45+ Men’s Doubles Champion w/ Brian Staub

The Black Mountain Town Hardware

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See who has already signed up by clicking here

Scott Tingley: 

Strategic Video Camp Fees

You do such an amazing job with this.  Great location, great instruction and very well organized!                  Mary Whited

Joey Farias:

Thursday, September 28th:

7:30am               Breakfast at Assembly Inn

​8:00am-8:45am    Warm Ups

9:00am-10:30am  Mid- Court Strategies/Drills (being Aggressive or not) 

10:30am-12noon  Play with Pro utilizing these strategies w/ Pro # 6

12noon-1:00pm    Lunch (box lunch)

1:00pm- 2:00pm   Doubles Strategies, Court Positioning, Communication, Getting along, etc-Pro#7

2:00pm-3:00pm    My (The Pros) Favorite shots I use during matches - Pro #8

3:00pm-4:15pm     Pro Exhibition Matches

5:30pm-              Dinner at the Assembly Inn

​6:00pm-9:00pm             Some Private Lessons may be available at the Gym (Check with the Pro)

7:00pm-             ​​Country Line Dancing by Coach Russell in "The Barn" 

                        OR Texas Hold'em/Card Games (Bring your own cards)- Assembly Inn        

Steve Kennedy:

Steve Kennedy was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He’s been playing pickleball for 3 years and teaching tennis for 27 years.  He is a multiple medal winner in singles and doubles. He is currently one of the top senior players in the country and is a member of Team Engage.  He has a pickleball academy in Davie, Florida and his passion is sharing the sport with others. 

Player Testimonies

Deb was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts.  Home of Cedar Junction formerly known as Walpole State Prison!  Her sports of choice in the good old days were Field Hockey, Basketball, and Softball.  She went on to major in Physical Education at The University of Massachusetts and was Captain of the Field Hockey Team and selected to the United States Field Hockey Squad from 1968-1972.  Chatham High School in the state of New York was her first teaching position.  She was responsible for ALL activities including all the sports she loves to do PLUS cheerleading and gymnastics.  Deb received her masters degree from East Stroudsburg State College in Pennsylvania then proceeded to coach/teach at Pine Manor College in Boston, Mount Holyoke College in Northhampton, and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.  Prior to moving to The Villages in 2005, Deb co-owned a jewelry store on Cape Cod for close to 20 years and coached and taught tennis at various racquet clubs in Massachusetts.
Deb is the author of “Intense Pickleball Camp”Take it to the Next Level.  She is also the creator of the ongoing instructional series on You Tube with over 90+ episodes devoted to improving your skill components: picklepongdebyoutube.
 Currently, she enjoys teaching Pickleball in the Villages and loves being able to offer intense Pickleball workshops throughout the country as a traveling clinician.  Pro-Lite Sports Inc. has selected Deb to represent their endeavors.  As a Pro-Lite Pro she has offered workshops with Nationally acclaimed player Simone Jardim.   She has traveled to San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and all parts of Florida, (Jupiter, Clearwater, Englewood, Sarasota, Piper's Landing, Riverbend)            Email contact picklepongdeb@gmail.com.

Lake Tomahawk- Black Mountain, N.C.

Meet the Pros for Camp #1:

I learned pickleball in 2011 and worked my way thru the skill levels to reach the PRO level in 2013 when I won both events in the first ever professional Tournament of Champions with the biggest prize purse ever paid out at that time for a Tournament. 2017 US Open Women’s Doubles Age 30+ Champion 2017 US Open Senior Pro Women’s Doubles Champion 2017 USAPA Women’s open Senior Champion. 4-Time US Open Champion 12 Time Nationals Medalist. I have medaled in all the major tournaments since 2011. 5 Time International Champion - Canada, Finland, The Netherlands When I’m not playing in tournaments around the country/world, I spent my time teaching/coaching as a Certified International Teaching Professional I volunteer teaching pickleball in the local Dysart High School District. USAPA Ambassador USAPA Certified Referee. Member of the Engagepickleball Pro Team.

Mondays, September 17th/24th:

7:30am-            Breakfast at Assembly Inn

8:00am-8:45am   Check In/Warm Ups at the courts

9:00am-10:30am Serve & Return Strategies/Drills with Pros #1

10:30-12noon     Serve/Return Play with the Pro using Strategies (same group)

12noon-1:00pm   Lunch (box lunch)

1:00pm- 2:30pm  3rd/5th Shot Strategies/Drills - Advancing to the Net Pro #2

2:30pm-4:00pm   3rd/5th Shot/Advancing to Net Play with the Pro using those Strategies 

5:30pm-             Dinner at the Assembly Inn

6:00pm-9:00pm               Some Private Lessons may be available at the Gym (check with the Pro)

7:00pm-             Referee Session at "The Barn"            

SUBMIT BUTTON will turn DARK GRAY if you completed the form correctly with all the *required fields and then automatically take you to paypal where you can pay by paypal or credit card!

After years of tennis and mountain biking, Paul discovered pickleball about 8 years ago while living in the San Diego area. He was fortunate that the area included some of the top players in the country, and he soon began playing the tournament circuit nationwide. After retiring, Paul and his family moved to Flat Rock in western North Carolina. The regional area has a vibrant, growing pickleball community. Paul plays at the WNC Pickleball Club, a private club in south Asheville. He has taught at major clinics as well as giving private lessons and is an IPTPA-certified instructor.
A partial list of his major tournament wins includes:
2015  USAPA Nationals, Mens Doubles 65+, Gold
2013  National Senior Games, Mens Singles 60-64, Gold
2013  USAPA Nationals, Mens Singles 60+, Gold
2013  Huntsman World Senior Games, Mens Doubles 60+, Gold
2013  Huntsman World Senior Games, Mens Singles 60+, Gold
2012  USAPA Nationals, Mens Doubles 60+, Gold
2011  USAPA Nationals, Mens Singles 60+, Gold
2011  Huntsman World Senior Games, Mens Singles 60+, Gold

       Pickleball Boot Camp #1

               New Date due to Hurricane Florence

​ October 28th-November 2nd, 2018

   Now accepting applicants 

                 Complete a Reg Form below!!!

Look at this Exciting Schedule planned for the Week!!!

Same format for both camps!!!

Phil Bagley: Confirmed

Personable interaction with the pros on and off the courts are remarkable, fun and encompasses the friendliness of our sport!   Jane Wenzel

Byron Freso: Confirmed

I have nothing but raved about the camp since returning home.  Thanks for a tremendous experience-        Steve Schmelzer

Scott Tingley was one of the lead instructors at this year's 2017 U.S. Open in Naples, FL.  He has been working as a private Pickleball coach in the Punta Gorda area and has done group clinics around the U.S. His abilities and teaching techniques help students feel comfortable on the court and has earned him the privilege of serving as an IPTPA Certifier for Instructors.  It is Scott’s passion to assist students as well as instructors to sharpen their own abilities to achieve what they need to take their passion to the next level.

Jeff Shank:

Tyson McGuffin:

Barry Waddell: Confirmed

Lee-Anna Camper:

Registration NOW OPEN- March 1st, 2018

Sundays, September 16th/23rd:

12noon-5:00pm   Camper Check In & Registration (at Assembly Inn)

12noon-5:00pm   Play on the courts

3:00pm-5:30pm   Hotel Check In at Assembly Inn

5:30pm              Dinner at the Assembly Inn Dining Hall

6:30pm              Group Picture (wear your camp shirts) in "The Barn"

6:45pm               Introduction of Pro Instructors at "The Barn"

7:00pm              Pro Exhibition Matches at "The Barn"

Map of the Area

I currently live in Tucson, Az but I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. I am 30 years old and converted to pickleball after playing tennis since I was 6 years old, starting actual lessons and competitive play when I was 8. I come from a high level tennis background where I played Division I tennis and competed internationally as a world ranked junior tennis player. I injured myself in late 2009, which in turn ended my professional tennis aspects. I was introduced to pickleball in November of 2015 in Lansing, Michigan by Dan O’Toole and DJ Howard. Dan O’Toole was actually my first tournament partner in a small local tournament and that’s what really hooked me. And it didn’t hurt that my first day on court I was playing with Simone Jardim and Corrine Carr Siebenschein. The willingness for other tournament players to just help out in anyway they could was amazing. It was a completely different vibe than my usual tennis tournaments and I loved it. I am ITPTA and USPTA certified and currently the Director of Pickleball at Tucson Country Club in Tucson, Arizona.  I also travel around the US, Mexico and Canada doing clinics, running tournaments and promoting Pickleball.    Some of my Pickleball accolades are:
2016 US. Open Men’s 5.0 - Gold Medalist
2016 US. Open 19+ Mixed Doubles - Bronze Medalist
2016 Michigan State Games Singles 5.0 - Gold Medalist
2016 Michigan State Games Men’s 5.0 - Gold Medalist
2017 US. Open 30+ Men’s - Gold Medalist
2017 US. Open 30+ Mixed - Silver medalist
2017 US. Open Men’s Doubles Pro - Bronze Medalist
2017 State Games of America men’s singles 5.0 – Gold Medalist
2017 State Games of America Mixed Doubles 5.0 – Bronze Medalist
2017 Northwest Regional PPF Men’s Pro - Gold Medalist
2017 SoCal Summer Classic Men’s Open Singles – Bronze Medalist
2018 USAPA Southwest Regional Men’s Doubles 5.0 – Gold Medalist2018 USAPA Southwest Regional Mixed Doubles 5.0 – Bronze Medalist

Pickleball Boot Camp #2

September 23rd-28th, 2018

            SOLD OUT 
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Peter Hudachko: 

Full Payment is required at Registration:  

NO Down Payment required for waiting list participants