PADEL COURSES FOR PADEL PROFESSIONALS
I have been working in the field of padel for more than 25 years. As a player, I started playing in the 90s when padel was professionally born in Argentina (and all over the world). I have ranked between the 8th and 13th positions of the Professional Padel Association (PAA) for 8 years. As a coach I have trained many of today's best players. After all my years of experience, in 2007 I had a new goal: to train future Padel instructors and coach those who are already involved in this profession. From that year till the present I continue to train teachers around the world.
All my courses were designed from my personal experience; I was able to do it after watching, trying things out, practising and working together with both beginners and the best players of the world.
I always say that I have experimented and applied everything I teach in my courses.
I teach following "my truth" which I have applied for many years and has brought me this far.
I did not start my career delivering theoretical lessons. My method comes from my personal experience and professional practice. This is a great advantage for those attending the course because I have only included those things that worked out well, disregarding those that did not prove that effective.
I have been training amateur and high performance players for 20 years and once I started designing my courses I felt that I had something to share and transmit.
CURRENT SITUATION OF PADEL AND TEACHING
Padel is a young sport so there is much work to do when it comes to training instructors. Many of the instructors nowadays are good players from different clubs who decide to start teaching. Apart from having a good level, it is important for players who would like to teach the sport to follow a methodology so that students can learn. My idea is to share my system and the methodology I have been implementing for more than 2 years to train all type of players, from amateurs to high level players.
Unfortunately, nowadays padel does not count with enough professional instructors that is why this has become a specialized job with good job opportunities, especially for qualified players. These qualified instructors will be better paid which is why taking courses to incorporate the necessary tools will have an impact on their income.
Having the necessary resources and tools to train advanced players will give you labour continuity and will put you in a privileged position among your colleagues.
Even though padel has developed the most in Spain and Argentina, it is now growing in other countries of Europe. This is leading to the padel boom of the 90s in South America.
COURSES ARE AIMED AT
Those people who have the teaching vocation and want to make it professionally.
Those instructors who would like to keep themselves updated so that they can stand out from other instructors and train high level players.
Those people who love the sport and would like to know the secrets of its technique and tactics.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO TAKE THIS COURSE
In order to take this course, you will need to be older than 16 years old, have a reasonable game level to control the ball and the basic technique.
PADEL INSTRUCTOR - Level I
After completing this level you will be able to work with children and and adults who are taking their first steps in the sport. You will be able to work with more advanced players to complement their work. On this level we will cover::
History and development of the sport.
General aspects to take into account.
Methodology and didactics.
Handling ball throwing exercises
Shots and their technique
Common errors and corrections
Basic situations and the development of the game
General knowledge of the sport
The didactics of teaching
Tactics and the important concepts of padel
Technical training on racquets
The fundamental personal aspects of the teaching professional
Lateral wall - Basic concepts
The back wall
Forehand and backhand turns to avoid getting cornered
Forehand and backhand turns for the two walls
The back and side wall
Recovering balls that hit the fence
General reading of the game from the back of the court
Forehand and backhand half volley
The service and the return of the serve
Defending against an opponent’s smash
Boos off the back wall
Drive volley and backhand
Body shot volleys
4 types of lob
Dealing with the direction of smashes
Basic point structure
Match situations and basic pairing complements
Handling ball throwing exercises
Ball control exercises
School for children
PADEL INSTRUCTOR - Level II
Apart from knowing the technical aspects in depth, a padel instructor also needs the tactical elements so as to develop a game system that suits his player’s needs' and works for all them. After taking this level, you will be able to work and train advanced players.
We will mainly focus on tactical aspects, special and advanced shots, combined situations and the communication between members of a pairing. We will also plan the game, try to foresee mistakes and work on them as we plan the classes and develop a programme that could later be put into practice by an instructor. Finally, we will see how to adapt the technique to your players' needs.
Shots with top and slice.
Scoring from a ball which comes high off the wall
Defending fast balls at the wall
Using the wrist for advanced and beginners
Special shots for right-handed players
Counter attack - Teaching how to move forward when receiving a smash
Anticipating and reading all the possible spins and the way to deal with them
Defending your opponent's viborita smash, fast smash and with spin
Anticipating volleys and smash shots
Learning how to read your opponent's play
How to decide on a strategy
Special shots against the wall
TACTICS AND STRATEGIES
Avoid moving backwards after hitting smash so that you are not uncomfortable
The counter attack from the back of the court
Tactics for professionals and beginners
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN MEMBERS OF A PAIRING
Playing a ball considering your partner's position
Communication between members of a pairing
The concept of playing as a block for an advanced level
Making decisions when your opponent forces you to break the block
Deciding when it is not convenient to go to the net
Playing with a partner who does not go to the net
SHOTS AT THE NET
High volleys to put pressure
Low volleys - Battle of volleys
Volleys with angles
Fast volleys - Concepts and tactics - knowing how to play to your opponents' spaces
Bandeja technique with a jump to get on the right place - Variations for directing the bandejas
Winning smash - Getting the ball out for 3 meters - Viborita - Technique and use
TACTIC ADMINISTRATION OF BANDEJA AND SMASH
ATTACKING FROM THE BACK OF THE COURT
Tontitas - technique and when to play them
Different situations and variants to attack from the back of the court
Moving to the net to smash a volley
PADEL COACH - Level III
In this level we will apply what we have seen in levels I and II.
I have been teaching my courses for years and I have noticed that when it comes to teaching, many instructors do not use all the tools they have acquired and not all of them have the right technique to teach certain shots.
In this course we will work on the court. We will deal with corrections, the technique and how to improve it.
We will set different objectives in order to correct or hone shots and work on game situations.
We will apply a game system that will allow us to work on corrections during the matches.
PROFESSIONAL COACH - Level IV
We will work on training methods for advanced and professional players.
This includes the technical, tactical and mental aspects so that you are able to maximise your players' abilities. Among other things we will on:
-How to lead a team, coach and analyse matches and videos.
-Using psychology and dealing different situations between the members of the pairing.
You will also learn how to set objectives to correct or improve the different shots and advanced game situations.
SPECIAL SHOTS TECHNIQUES, THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENTS TO LEARN HOW TO PLAN A STRATEGY AND ANALYSE A MATCH.
COACHING - PAIRING FOLLOW-UP - PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS - ANALYSING MATCHES - TECHNICAL TESTS FOR PLAYERS.
INSTRUCTIONS AND OBJETIVES - THEMED EXERCISES TO WORK ON DIFFERENT GAME SITUATIONS, TACTICS AND TECHNIQUE.
HOW TO PLAY MATCHES IN CLASS WITH ADVANCED PLAYERS.
STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE
The complete programme is made up of 4 levels which cover all the technique variations and tactics of padel, moving from the basics to high level competence.
Each level consists of three days of intense training.
The four levels are complementary and follow a sequential order. It is essential and compulsory to take the first course Instructor - Level I in order to attend the next course, Instructor – Level II, Coach – Level III and Professional coach - Level IV.
This is because level II would be too advanced for those players who do not have a long experience in teaching or for those who have never taken any other teaching course.
The idea is to attend each one of the four levels, following the sequential order so that the information is clear. In fact, the four levels follow a sequential order and it is very important to work on all concepts in a progressive way.
It is important to mention that the level I am not a beginner's course but the base of my teaching method where all the techniques and concepts of padel will be taught.
Many professional players and former players have taken this course. This has helped them to start knowing the didactics and the teaching methodology. A good player has the advantage of knowing the technique, how to show it and what decisions to make. However, many times they do it intuitively.
When it comes to teaching, even though previous experience is really useful, you need to know the methodology, why and how students learn. All the necessary methodology is included in the programme for level I. A good instructor should not only know the technique; he should also know how to transmit the teaching methodology and achieve the player learn.
Many good players have asked me to start directly on level II but it is on level I where they were given the necessary tools that will help them become good teachers.
There are many instructors who have taken a course in the 90s where the sport was not that known in Argentina. At that moment, you had to let the ball bounce after your service; that is to say you were not allowed to volley after your service. This was the boom of padel in Argentina. Lots of players started teaching at that time but they never took any updating course after that.
Some others have taken a course with another trainer or with the federation.
It is true that they have some training but that does not mean that the content of their training coincides with my game system. I realize that every time I train instructors who have previously taken other courses: they tell me that there are many differences regarding concepts and methodologies.
This is why I cannot take another course you may have taken before as an equivalent to my methodology even when both courses are sponsored by the same institution.
When it comes to training instructors, there is no unification of concepts or methodologies. I have just developed my own teaching system based on my career experience.
I will only allow a few exceptions to the sequential order described above; I will base this decision on my personal knowledge about a certain player or I may ask them to provide the following information:
- Previous experience as padel instructor (club where he works and since when)
- Number of instructor license.
- Institution and date of the course.
- Name of the person who taught the course and signed the certificate.
- Institute or Federation that sponsored the course.
- Information about previous courses.
- The candidate will also need to answer some questions.
If after gathering all this information I consider the candidate is ready to take the course for level II, he will be able to do it after sitting for an exam which will include all the topics studied on level I. In order to do this, the candidate will need to take a leveling course. I will then send him the course material from the Instructor course - level I and we will agree on a date for the exam. This date will have to be prior to the beginning of the course Instructor - level II.
The Argentine Padel Association (APA) certifies all my courses so, those passing them will become coaches with official and internationally acknowledged certification.
Official course and system of the AAP- Uruguayan Association.
Brazilian Padel Confederation - COBRAPA
SWEDISH PADEL FEDERATION Svenska Padelforbundet.
APA OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION AND SEQUENTIAL ORDER
In order to get the APA certificate of the course Padel Instructor - Level I you need to take and pass the final exam.
Only those people who take and pass the first course (level I) will be able to sit for the the next exam (level II).
In the same way, you need to be a certified instructor in order to sit for the coach exam.
Nevertheless, passing the exam is not a requirement for starting the next level.
In order to get the certificate candidates have to::
- ATTEND THE COURSE
- PASS THE WRITTEN EXAM - Basic concepts - game rules - technique - mistakes and corrections - tactical situations. -
- PASS THE PRACTICAL EXAM -It consists of throwing low balls - correcting mistakes - knowing how to show the shots - teach a class.
Once you complete the first course, you will receive via e-mail a file containing the technical gestures that will be evaluated.
The date of the exam will be approximately two months after the end of the course. In this way you will have enough time to prepare yourself, experiment and assimilate what you have learnt.
If you do not pass the exam, you will have another possibility, free of cost, so you can go over all the topics learnt and sit for a new exam. In this case, you will be told what the weak points in your exam were so that you know where to focus. You may be required to sit for the make up exam in another place or city because it may not be in the same physical place where the course was taught. This will be subjected to the current courses and examination schedule.
If you do not pass the makeup exam, you will have one last opportunity. In this case you will be informed about the cost of the exam. If you fail this last exam, you will need to attend the course again.
Technical handbook (it includes some pages to take down notes)
Certificate of attendance
Support material for courses.