Aiken Palmetto Doubles Tournament Update

Palmetto Doubles Invitational Tournament

September 7 to 9, 2018

Odell Weeks Recreation Center

To all Aiken pickleball players,

The Aiken tournament has been a huge success in recent years primarily because of the support of the Aiken pickleball community. This support comes from both registering to play and from volunteering to help make the tournament a fun event for all involved. So please consider both playing and volunteering.

1. Players

Please don't put off registering.  An event of this size is a rare local opportunity. It draws people from all over the southeast.  Many think, before their first competition, "I'm not good enough for tournament play."  But no worries...you will register at your level (3.0, 3.5, 4.0 etc) so that you compete with players of similar skill level!  Even if you don't have a partner, you can still register.  You will automatically be added to a "Needs Partner" list and you can add the details of your partner later. The tournament gives you a chance to play against new people and your registration includes a tournament shirt, lunch for each day you play, and other giveaway items.

To register for the tournament go to 

https://www.secure.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=1654.

If you have questions or need more information or if you are having any issues with the software you can contact:

Lisa Miner - Tournament Director - LJ@LisaMiner.com

Mo Garcia - Advisory Panel - mog01@aol.com

2. Volunteers - Referees

There are a number of different ways in which you can assist with the tournament. All medal matches in our tournament are assigned a referee and referees are always available to resolve questions in other matches. Our head referees are Dave Bailey and Loretta Beckner. Mo Garcia will be our Rules Official. They need volunteers to be referees. Some of you have experience as referees and we would love you to step forward again. If you do not have experience but would like to try it, our team will be happy to train you so that you can feel confident by tournament time. Players may also sign up to be referees and we will ensure that you do not have any playing/refereeing conflicts.

If you are interested in refereeing or would like more information, contact Lisa Miner LJ@LisaMiner.com

3. Volunteers - Court Monitors

We have 9 courts in use during the tournament and each court is assigned a monitor. That person directs the players to the court and helps get the game organized. The court monitors do not have to call lines, keep score or make any game decisions. We run two sessions per day, morning and afternoon. Exact times will depend on the number of players registered each day. To facilitate this process, we have set up registration for court monitors on Sign Up Genius. If you would like to volunteer to be a court monitor, please follow this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084ea4a628aaf49-court

Select a day and time (morning or afternoon) and enter the required information when prompted. If you are flexible and could do either morning or afternoon, please select a day and sign up in the “Flexible” slot. Similarly if the time you would prefer is full, please sign in the “Flexible” slot. As we get closer to the event, some people may find they cannot fulfill their original commitment and we will need substitutes. You will be contacted to confirm and for training, etc. 

Remember the events are organized as follows:

Friday September 7, Men’s Doubles 3.0 60+, 3.0 70+, 3.5 60+, 3.5 70+

Friday September 7, Women's Doubles 3.0, 60+, 3.0 ,70+ 

Saturday September 8, Mixed Doubles

Sunday September 9, Men’s Doubles 3.0 19+, 3.0 50+, 3.5 19+, 3.5 50+, 4.0 to 5.0 all ages

Sunday September 9, Women’s Doubles 3.0 19+, 3.0 50+, 3.5 to 5.0 all ages

Don’t forget, all volunteers get a free Volunteer Shirt and lunch on the day of duty.

Thank you for signing up,

Lisa Miner

Tournament Director