Hey guys, today we're going to learn how to use amodified version of the kids game “Red Light Green Light” in order to win more points on serve.We've got a pretty cold and blustery day out there in Colorado, so my buddy Jack Jack and I aregoing to use the white board today to go over this strategy. So before we even serve… let's take alook at our whiteboard here… we're going to be the serving team up top, returners down therein standard position. Before we even serve, my partner and I are going to likely align tothe far left of our respective boxes. Let's say I am the server… I like to serve from there sothat it makes it easier to serve down the middle to my opponent's backhand, and then when thereturn comes back we're in great position to hit a forehand for our third shot, which is ourpreferred shot… if you like a backhand better.

You can align a little bit differently. We alsowant to go over which one of us we would like to hit the third, that's going to make thingsa little bit easier and clear up some confusion when that ball comes back. So if let's say I amdesignated to take the third… the ball comes back in the middle, I'm going to get ready tohit that third. We've identified my partner is going to be the non-hitter of the third or whatI like to call the disrupter, which we'll get to in a second and then we want to take a second tovisualize our first and third and maybe the fifth shot of the rally. Having a good idea before weeven serve about how we would like those shots to go makes it a lot easier and takes some pressureoff having to figure those things out on the fly. Finally I'm going to serve the ball and my numberone priority in serving is to serve the ball deep.

I want to make it more difficult for this returnerto make it all the way to the Non-Volley Zone before I get to hit my third, so serving deepis going to make that a little bit easier for me to have a look at the returner's feet. When Iget ready to hit my third… I like to consider this a “New School” third shot… and that isjust aiming for the feet of the returner while they're still in the transition zone and even ifhe closes all the way they're still going to need to hit a volley from below net level which worksout great especially because my partner and I are really good at playing Red Light Green Light!So I've hit that new school third over there… one other thing is when that return comes back wewant to make sure that we call it even though we had a general idea of which one of us was goingto take it let's be in a good habit with that.

Floating ball that comes back of saying “mine”and taking that ball… clear up any confusion there. So I'll hit my new school third let's saythe returner made it there to join their partner at the net. As I hit my new school third I'mgonna want my partner to move up just a couple of steps into the yellow zone and I'm going toask him to incline on a 45-year degree angle facing me but also getting a little peripheralview of that opponent who's directly across from him because that's where I'm going to be hittingthat shot. I want them to watch the trajectory of the ball off my paddle and I even open up myears when I'm in this position to listen to the quality of the shot… I'm just gathering datatrying to make a decision of how good that third is going to be to determine whether I'm goingto play red yellow or green light accordingly,.

And then the most important part is I'm goingto need to pick up some body language from this player right here… they're going to give it awayeverything that we need to know… for example you know if that player leans down that ball'swell below their knees they're going to dig that ball off the ground then you know we'redefinitely going to move up into the green zone, from there if they they lean in they get thatball about waist height, somewhere between their knees and their chest, we're going to goahead and consider that a yellow zone scenario right there we're looking to dig the next ballout and ideally get that ball at their feet, and then lastly, it (hopefully) doesn't happenall that often but if the returner on the other side… their body language looks like this, wedon't even want to be in the court let's get back.

Behind the baseline and take advantage of thefact that it's a wiffle ball and a glorified stick and these guys are going to have troubleputting that ball away if we're back here, but if either one of us had gone all the way upinto the green when this player has this kind of a shot then that's going to be a problem forour team and, honestly, if I hit that third up that high it's not really my fault, my partnerneeds to stay back in the red. So let's see a few examples of this in live motion, both adrilling scenario as well as some live play.
Coach Scott Fliegelman teaches the basics of “Red Light-Green Light” … a simple strategy for winning more points on serve. Enjoy 5 minutes of classroom style instruction, followed by informative and entertaining live action clips, which help bring the winning strategy to life.

Geared toward players somewhat newer to the game, and includes some important reminders for the more advanced and experienced as well.

Special thanks to these amazing Colorado pickleballers- Kim “KK” Moritz, Tad Frysinger, Taylor Oliver, Molly Carter, and Joanna Laubscher

About Scott- Scott shares his observations and tips as a highly ranked, 5.0+ pro player (2022 USA Pickleball Nationals Silver Medalist- Senior Pro Division), and as an IPTPA Level 2 teacher to more than 1,000 aspiring players of all levels.

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