CSPC Pickleball



Dear Russell Tennis Center future member

Were so excited to have the opportunity to serve you as pickle member. We are grateful to Connie for give us the opportunity serve you. I know that Connie is grateful as well for working with her this last year. We look forward to getting to know and serve you

Our tennis club is new to pickle ball. We currently have two courts that can be used for training and practice. We are in the process of building two additional courts by March 2022. Russell Tennis Center was established in 1975 and is one of the oldest clubs in North Carolina. We currently have 120 members

Our pickle ball membership is $50 per month. Nonmember can play for a special rate of $7 per person for 2 hours

For more details about the club and pickleball please reach out to Russell Tennis Center at 



Patrick R. Mlauz

Club Manager Russell Tennis Center 





Intermediate Clinic:  10-12pm. $40 pp minimum of 3  Develop yourself beyond a 3.5 player with skills and drills to bring you to the next level. Hone your third shot drop, develop game strategy, consistency, and placement.  Want a harder serve to return, and give your opponent challenging returns? Be a part of this clinic to get your game to the next level.


   Beginner Clinic 3-4:00

     ($37 pp, minimum of 3). $5 off RR to follow Players will work on various skills each week: Dinks, serves and returns, transition and third shot drop.

    Pickle with the Pro 4-5:30

    ($15 per session, $10 if participated in prior beginner clinic).   May purchase pkg of 6 sessions for $70.

Summary~ Round Robin format with players rotating with other partners in doubles play.  Coach present to give pointers and strategy during play.

 Anytime – Lessons or group sessions – $35 pp (1 person 30mins, 2 people 1 hr, 3/4 people 1.5 hrs, 5 + people 2 hrs)

 Weekend Round Robin Open Play:  Saturday’s and Sundays: 10-12 pm. [If you plan to attend these regularly we might need someone who can open the gate]

      $7 per person

Players to come and match up play on their own.  Beginners-Advanced Players.

 Payments – cash, check, online or venmo (will be shared later today) . Note if you become a Charlotte squash club member you can attend the round robins as often as you like, you only pay for the Wednesday sessions, lessons and clinics

 Some people have not yet paid for some Fall activities or paid the incorrect amount eg $7 for Wednesdays. Please attend to this at your earliest convenience, appreciate it!

 Upcoming Holiday Party:  Dinks and Drinks! SAVE THE DATE – pickleball and FUN

December 8 following Pickle with the Pro. 5:30-8pm

Court Rental rates are $16 per hour (Summer), and $28 (Winter)

Paddle Rentals are available for $4 per paddle. Demo paddles may be available to be used for your first few visits. Paddles are for sale at the pro shop in CSPC


Coach Barb pbproonthego@gmail.com

Coach Connie conniesquash@gmail.com 

Pickleball Coaching Camp July 14-16, 2021

Charlotte Squash and Pickleball Club will be hosting an exciting Pickleball Coaching Camp from 14-16th July 2021.  Pro coach Mark Price from Rome Georgia will be visiting Charlotte NC for three days to deliver a high quality coaching experience.

Mark is originally from Chester, England where he has worked as a Professional Sports coach for the last twenty years coaching racket sports including squash, tennis and badminton.  Since moving to the USA he has become a PPR Certified Pickleball coach and coaches full time across Georgia and the South East.  Currently, Mark is the two time Georgia State Champion and is playing Pro Singles across the USA.  His Coaching camps are educational, fun & creative for players of every skill level. We work to a 1:8 ratio so that every player has individual attention and time with the instructors.

Director: Pro Coach Mark Price

Cost: $250 pp / Cost includes 3 day Camp, dinner the first night & sports psychology session on Friday.

Details: 2 groups: Good beginners – Intermediate GB-I, Intermediate – Advanced I-A, determined on first day assessments.

Schedule: July 14-16 2021:

  • Wednesday / 4:30pm-8:30pm / Welcome, meet and greet (All skill levels)
  • Thursday / 4:30pm-6:30pm (level GB-I) / 6:30pm-8:30pm (level I-A)
  • Friday / 4:30pm-6:30pm (level GB-I) / 6:30pm-8:30pm (level I-A)
  • Friday 8.30pm Mental strength training session.

Location: Charlotte Squash and Pickleball Club, 7125 Providence Square Drive, Charlotte NC, 28270. (The squash club is across the carpark – at 705 International drive.  This will be available for your camps, showers, AC etc)

To reserve your place, register on the link below. Registration contact: Connie.pickleball@charlottesquashclub.com 

LINK: Register HERE for the Pickleball Coaching July 14-16, 2021


CSPC Summer Multisport Camps 2021

This summer we are also offering Mulitsport Camps with a combination of: pickleball; squash; squash57; squickle; speedminton; ping pong; soccer squash; and badminton. 

This summer’s Mutlisport Camp coaches are: STEVEN HARPER; EVAN SHUVO; and CONNIE BARNES. 






Pickleball is becoming the fastest growing sport in the country and is now available at Charlotte Squash Club, International Drive, Charlotte. We have 4 outdoor Pickleball courts and 4 inside squash/ Squash57 courts.

Charlotte Squash & Pickleball Club (CSPC) offers Open Play, Special Events, Leagues, Clinics, Lessons, Court Rentals and Tournaments. We also sponsor free clinics, general information and other resources to help grow and promote Pickleball for all current players…and future players.

Charlotte Squash Club is located at 705 International Drive, Providence Square, Charlotte NC. Charlotte squash Pickleball Program is located across the carpark at 7125 Providence Square.

Contact Pickleball Director Coach Connie Barnes at: conniesquash@gmail.com


Charlotte Squash & Pickleball Club offers membership and guest participation. All members will receive free Open Play rates as well as priority for registration for Open Play, Special Events, Leagues, Clinics, Court Rentals and Tournaments. Non-Members will be allowed to play for $10 on their first 3 visits to Charlotte Squash & Pickleball Club and then they will need to sign-up for membership.

Membership: Current special – $40 per month

Open Play: Current special – $5 per person

Membership Type Cost Length
Basic $60 1 month
Add family member (25% off) $45 1 month

Register for membership by emailing Coach Connie for the application form then sending the completed form to him with receipt and get you organized to play!

Pay on this link by changing the ‘1’ to the desired amount http://charlottesquashclub.com/product/payments/

Open Play

Open Play is available on most days of the week and some weeknights and weekends at various times. Register by contacting Coach Connie. Pre-registration for all Open Play is strongly recommended. Players pre-registering will have priority over walk-in players. There will be a maximum number of players allowed per each Open Play session to allow all players to maximize their playing time. Open Play sessions are scheduled for 2 to 4-hour blocks of time. No payment is required to pre-register and players can arrive at any time during their session time but should clear the courts at the session end time. Players pre-registering and not showing up and not canceling at least 60 minutes prior to the start of the session will still be charged the normal open play fee.

Charlotte Squash & Pickleball Club accepts Cash, Checks and Credit Cards (for purchases over $15) when you check-in. Open Play is FREE for Members, $10 for nonmembers, and pre-registration is recommended to guarantee you a spot in your preferred Open Play sessions.

All players must follow the normal CSPC Club Open Play rules and are not allowed to play with the same players all night and “take over” a court. Players wanting to play with their own group on their own court should consider renting a court or two. Court Rental rates are only $16 per 1 hour

Walk ins

Contact: Coach Connie


Court Rentals are possible for squash and Pickleball courts at CSPC. All court rentals must be reserved and paid for in advance. Multi-court rentals and special private events are also possible with advance planning. A maximum of 6 people is allowed per court rental without prior approval.

Court Rental rates are $16 per hour (Summer), and $28 (Winter)

Paddle Rentals are available for $4 per paddle. Demo paddles may be available to be used for your first few visits. Paddles are for sale at the pro shop in CSPC

Pay on this link http://charlottesquashclub.com/product/payments/

 Special Events

Special Events are organized programs, games or play formats during normal Open Play times such as Ladies Day, Dink & Drink, Challenge Courts, Pool Play and other games and play formats. Most Events are part of the normal Open Play fee and pre-registration is encouraged. Our most anticipated events are our Glow in the Dark Pball sessions!

Clinics & Lessons

CSPC hosts various Pickleball Clinics each month. Find a clinic that works for you, bring a friend or 2. Please review the available Clinics below and register with Coach Connie after paying on the link and forwarding the receipt with your details and time/ day of clinic. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all Clinics. For Private Group Clinics, please contact Connie Barnes.

Pay on this link http://charlottesquashclub.com/product/payments/


Cost – $35

Pay at http://charlottesquashclub.com/product/payments and send to Coach Connie with your name, clinic  date and time [Nonmembers add $10]

Private LESSONS are available at CSPC at various times most weeks. Private Lessons are $60 per hour or $35 for 30 minutes. Private Lessons can be booked with Coach Connie  *please advise your preferred dates and times and your skill level and the areas of your game you would like to improve and we will do our best to schedule a custom lesson for you.*

Semi-Private LESSONS are available at CSPC at various times most weeks. Semi and Tri private lessons are available $40 pp.

Leagues & Tournament

SPC offers various Pickleball Leagues, Tournaments, Round Robins and Other Competitive and Fun Events throughout the year. Updates will periodically be posted on this webpage, however, for full information contact Coach Connie.

Pickleball Basics

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. The format of play can be singles or doubles, with doubles being the most popular. The governing body for Pickleball is the USA Pickleball Association. Visit their website USAPA.org for complete Rules, History and Other Information.

Courts & Equipment

The pickleball court is the same size as a double’s badminton court and measures 20 X 44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped like a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone NVZ in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”).

When playing pickleball, each player will need a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from wood, however today’s paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials, including aluminum and graphite. Players will also need a net and a pickleball. The ball itself is unique, with holes through it like a wiffleball and there are different ball models intended for indoor and outdoor play. The ball travels at 1/3 the speed of a tennis ball and is usually white or yellow in color. New bright color balls are also gaining in popularity.

CSPC has several pickleball paddles, other equipment and supplies available at our club for you to try out and purchase. Paddles are also available for rent and custom orders can be handled for all the top brands of paddles.



Connie played Squash at State grade level in Australia for 15 years before arriving in Bethesda in 2002. An inaugural member of TPAC The Professional Association of Coaches and a US Squash representative, Connie is one of only 50 Level 2 coaches in the US. Connie’s passion is junior squash and she has taken her DC program from a handful of juniors in 2002 when she arrived to over 150 players. Connie and her husband Rod have developed a strong program of elite and intermediate players with many having continued to play in college. The program at Charlotte includes internal and external leagues, lessons, clinics, camp, High School and a Middle School leagues. Connie moved her focus to Pickleball in 2020 and has a cadre of adults and juniors at her Md club. She is delighted to extend not only Pickleball but also Speedminton, Table tennis, 1 wall Handball among other sports to her offerings at Charlotte Squash and Pickleball Club.

Contact Connie at: Conniesquash@gmail.com or Connie’s cell (301) 807-9905

Barbara, Pickleball Coach

Barb was a competitive tennis player growing up in Dayton, Ohio and played Division I tennis for the University of Cincinnati. Working as a R.D., she realized her passion for teaching and had a side hustle teaching tennis to children and adults for over 30 years, but when she walked onto a Pickleball court nearly 3 years ago, she was hooked! During the Covid pandemic, she settled in Hilton Head Island and learned under the top ranked Pickleball professionals in the world at the 24 court facility in Palmetto Dunes. She completed her certification to be a Certified Professional Pickleball Professional in May, 2021 through the Professional Pickleball Registry and has been teaching ever since!

Services include:

  • Lessons and clinics: 1-2 hours, maximum 1:8 pro:student teaching ratio
  • Round Robins
  • Tournaments
  • After-school programs
  • Team Building activities
  • Neighborhood Socials