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About noesariban

Pickleball Director at Indian Ridge Country Club, Palm Desert, CA.

Shot of the Week

Hi everyone!

Join me for the shot of the week clinic tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am (following Open Play). This is open to all levels, and we will use as many courts as necessary to maintain proper distancing!

Tomorrow’s shot of the week is: THE LOB!

Yes, I said it, the lob! I know a lot of you have heard me say “Don’t lob from the baseline”. Well tomorrow, I’ll teach when and how to lob effectively, as well as how to defend it!

Hope to see you out there!


January 1st Schedule Changes

Dear Indian Ridge Pickleballers,

Happy New Year! Although 2020 has been challenging and an adjustment for everyone in various ways, I’m thankful to be a part of Indian Ridge! We only had 1 person who tested positive for Covid-19 within the Pickleballers since I started working back in November, and we should all continue to be careful and mindful around other people. I am pleased that everyone is being responsible, keeping their distance, and wearing their masks, and glad we have been able to continue all operations on the Pickleball side of things! Let’s keep it that way moving forward!

Starting January 1st, 2021, there are a few of changes happening to the regular Pickleball Schedule.

  • Open Play times will be on Tuesday/Thursday 3pm-6pm, and continue on Saturday/Sunday 9am-11am.
  • Tuesday Balance Class and Thursday Agility/Strength Class have been combined into 1 class on Tuesdays at 9am (no longer 8:15am). I hope to see more of you there as it will start a little later in the day, and is essential to improving your Pickleball game.
  • Thursday mornings: I am creating a “Drill Like A Pro” session from 9am-10am. This is open to any level, and will just be a practice session where I show you how to approach practice and drilling in order to improve your game, no matter what level of play you are at.
  • Saturday Mornings (following Open Play) at 11am: I am creating the “Shot of the Week” Clinic where we will go over 1 specific shot every week, so that we can develop additional skills in your game that will help you improve! As with all clinics, only 8 spots available so signing up in advance is important.
  • The other regular Wednesday/Friday Clinic schedule will not change.

These changes will improve the current services offered for Indian Ridge Pickleball, and the schedule changes will help with the colder weather. Please see the updated flyer for all details, schedule, and rates.

I hope to see all of you at various clinics, classes, and lessons very soon!

Best wishes for 2021!!

Noe Sariban, Indian Ridge Pickleball Director

Open Play Saturday 12/4

Hi everyone!

Great job to everyone who took lessons and clinics this week! I felt there was some good progress out there among our players!

Tomorrow is Open Play from 9am-11am. I will be there to play with all of you, as well as dedicate courts per level.

Please note that Court 2 will not be available as they are starting the repair on the crack (the court will be unavailable until Wednesday).

I hope to see you all out there!


Pickleball Balance Class

Don’t forget to sign up for the Pickleball Balance Class on Tuesday at 8.15am! As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I often see Pickleball players who could improve their balance on the court. Being stable and balanced is one of the keys to improving your consistency with every shot!

In the Pickleball Balance Class, we will work on various exercises to challenge (and improve) your balance so that when the time comes, you are ready to get that tough ball, get back in position, and squash the competition! No matter how good (or bad) your balance is, it can always improve! This class will incorporate Pickleball specific movements with exercises to get you on the courts with more confidence!

I hope to see you Tuesday!


Open Play and Schedule this Upcoming Week.

Hi everyone!

We had a great turn out today for Open Play. I hope everyone enjoyed the new Saturday format with court designation for each level! I tried to make my way around every court and play with as many people as I could. If I did not get to you, I apologize, and hopefully I can play a few points with you next time!

Here is the upcoming schedule for Open Play this week (Thanksgiving Week).

Tomorrow (Sunday), Open Play is from 9am-11am. I will not be present and courts will not be level specific.

Tuesday: Open Play 4pm-6pm (no court designation)

Thursday (Thanksgiving): Open Play is 9am-11am – Turkeyball!!

Also don’t forget: this week is the start of the new clinic and class schedule (nothing on Thanksgiving).

Tuesday: Balance Class! Come challenge your balance with various Pickleball Specific Balance exercises in order to improve your stability on the court and improve your shot making!

Wednesday: 9am Beginner Clinic, 10:30am Intermediate Clinic

Friday: 9am Intermediate Clinic, 10:30am advanced Clinic

Sign up by calling the Health and Fitness front desk! Hope to see you all there!!


Open Play Tomorrow (Saturday 11/21)

Hello everyone! Just a reminder that tomorrow morning is Open Play from 9am-11am. Please remember that Open Play will be a little different for this season, starting tomorrow! Courts will be designated by level (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced). There will also be a Challenge court.

COVID-19: Please be mindful that the Pandemic is still a serious problem. Please follow our procedures to ensure everyone stays safe: click here for the Policies and Procedures for Pickleball.

Remember that there is a court etiquette to follow for each court during Open Play to ensure everyone gets an opportunity to play:

If 4 or more players are waiting, and play on a court ends, all players on that court are replaced by the first 4 players waiting.

If 1 or 2 players are waiting to play, and play on a court ends, the winners on that court split and stay and the losers are replaced by the waiting players, with these exceptions:

  • (1) if the winners have played two consecutive games on the court, then the losers stay on the court, unless the losers have also played two consecutive games on the court;
  • (2) the waiting players can elect to challenge the winners (unless they’ve played 2 games on the court);
  • (3) if 3 players are waiting, one of the two winners comes off the court.

Challenge Court:

Anyone of any level can come challenge the winning team on this court. The winning team remains on the court. If they win 3 games, the winners have to come off the court, and 4 new players come on. If 4 players are not available to come one the court, the winners may stay. If 3 players are waiting, one of the winners stays on the court.

I will be there all morning tomorrow to ensure everything is as smooth as possible!

I hope to see you all out there for some great Pickleball!

Noe Sariban

Indian Ridge Pickleball Director

Schedule Confusion

Hi Indian Ridge Pickleballers!

I’ve had a few questions this week regarding the schedule moving forward. So I just wanted to clarify everything for all of you. The new schedule begins this coming week, and will be consistent throughout the entire season. Here it is:


  • 8.15am-9am: Pickleball Balance Class
  • 4pm-6pm Open Play


  • 9am-10:30am: Beginner Clinic
  • 10:30am-12pm: Intermediate Clinic


  • 8.15am-9am: Pickleball Strength and Agility Class
  • 4pm-6pm: Open Play


  • 9am-10:30am: Intermediate Clinic
  • 10:30am-12pm: Advanced Clinic

Saturdays: 9am-11am: Open Play

Sundays: 9am-11am: Open Play

I am available for private lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm, and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm.

To book Clinics, Classes, or Lessons, call the Health and Fitness Desk at 760-772-4432 or you can also contact me directly using the information posted on the flyer below.

Official Pickleball Schedule starting 11/21/2020

Hi Indian Ridge Pickleballers!

Please see the flyer for all the details for this season’s Pickleball Schedule, as well as the rates for Clinics, Lessons, and Classes. This schedule will be effective starting this coming Saturday 11/21/2020.

For details on the clinics and classes offered, please visit

I look forward to a great season with all of you!


2020/2021 Season Info!

Hello Indian Ridge Pickleballers! It was great to meet a lot of you today at Open Play. I tried to make my way around all the courts and meet as many of you as I could, but I’m sure I missed some of you. If so, hopefully we can meet soon!

For the week of 11/16/2020, clinics will be on Tuesday and Thursday. After that Please be aware that the permanent schedule (for clinics and classes) posted below will begin the week of 11/23/2020.

Below you will find all the current information you need for this 2020/2021 season at Indian Ridge. I am thrilled to be part of this club and I think it will be a great season!

First, please know that I have updated the entire website with current information for this season. So please visit for all Pickleball related things at Indian Ridge!

This season will likely be a little different than previous ones since it is my understanding that this is the first season Indian Ridge has a Full Time Pickleball Director. I’d like to thank Rod and all the other ambassadors who have helped with the transition so far. You have done a great job and I think I’ll be able to to build on your past efforts to improve the program!

So, let’s get into it…

Unfortunately… COVID-19 is still very much present! It is important that everyone playing at Indian Ridge (members and guests) are on the same page regarding the Policies and Procedures related to Covid-19. Remember, the main goal is keep everyone safe, and in turn maintain a healthy program so that we can avoid shutting everything down. In order to accomplish this, we all have to work together. I have added a Covid-19 Policy and Procedures to the website, and it is the expectation that everyone follow these procedures around the Pickleball courts. You can find the information at this link:

Weekly Calendar (starting 11/23/2020): I have created a weekly calendar that will be the template for the whole season. Other events may be added as we go, but this will give you an idea of the routine in place for Pickleball. Here is the link for the calendar:

Clinics and Classes: There will be 3 different clinics each week:

  • Beginners (Wednesdays 9am-10:30am)
  • Intermediate (Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm, and Fridays 9am-10:30am)
  • Advanced (Fridays 10:30am-12pm)

I will also be offering two classes: Pickleball Balance Class (Tuesdays 8.15am-9am) ; and Pickleball Strength and Agility Class (Thursdays 8.15am-9am)

For more details on Clinics and Classes, please visit this link:

For information on Rates for Clinics and Classes, please visit:

Open Play:

This season, Open Play will be structured a little bit differently. We will have designated courts for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced play. There will also be a Challenge Court during open play. For more details on Open Play (including times and court details), please visit this link:

I look forward to a great season! See you on the courts very soon!

Noe Sariban