Pickledilly News

From Lisa Miner

I would like to thank every one of you personally for all the hard work you put in over the tournament weekend. The tournament was a huge success and that was thanks, in no small part, to each and every one of you. From the check in and event desks to the lunch room and the court monitors, all the comments that I heard were entirely positive. Congratulations!

The post tournament survey results are in and I thought you might like to hear some of the feedback that we got. The players were asked to rate their enjoyment of tournament on a scale of 1 to 10 and the average score was 9.17. That’s incredible. 88.1% liked the swag bag contents, there were some who were not keen on the shirt color but when you pick something that bright you know some will object. The lunch scored 4.2 out of 5 and having lunch provided was considered a big bonus. When asked whether they would return next year 78.82% said yes and 17.65% were undecided — again great numbers.

Finally here are a few of the comments from the survey:

"All the volunteers were fantastic."

“Thank you for a great weekend. The organizers and volunteer staff tried very hard to make it enjoyable. Give them all a big hug."

"I had a wonderful time, good organization with helpful and courteous volunteers. Kudos to all of you."

"Loved loved loved the staff of volunteers - made it all worth while."

"Best run tournament that I have attended EVER"

"Had a Blast one of best Tournaments I’ve played. ??"

"The staff working the tournament are extremely friendly.”

So thank you once again. When I see you I will try and remember to give you the Big Hug!




The 2018 Palmetto Doubles Tournament was a huge success!  Thank you to tournament director Lisa Miner, computer specialist Nelson Spitnale, and all of the other volunteers who made this outstanding event possible.

Chuck Buchanan has placed photos he took of the event under "Information/Photos" - or you can just click here. Thanks, Chuck, for taking these great pictures!

And congratulations to all the medal winners from the Aiken area.  Aiken again showed what  great pickleball program we have!


Please drop off any items found in the gym to the front desk. Jeana is very adept at tracking down the owners!


Starting on Tuesday, September 25th, clinics at Odell Weeks will resume with instructor Wojciech Adamek.  The schedule for these clinics is as follows:

Tuesday, September 25th – Intermediate clinic 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM and advanced clinic 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Wednesday, September 26th – Intermediate clinic 5:30 – 7:00 PM and advanced clinic 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, October 2nd – Beginner clinic 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM and intermediate clinic 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Wednesday, October 3rd – Beginner clinic 5:30  – 7:00 PM and intermediate clinic 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, October 9th – Intermediate clinic 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM and advanced clinic 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Wednesday, October 10th – Intermediate clinic 5:30 – 7:00 PM and advanced clinic 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, October 16th – Intermediate clinic 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM and advanced clinic 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Wednesday, October 17th – Intermediate clinic 5:30 – 7:00 PM and advanced clinic 7:00 – 8:30 PM

To reserve a spot, please call the Odell Weeks front desk at 803-642-7631. Payment of $15.00 per person must be made at the front desk prior to the class.

Wojciech and Mo Garcia will also be available for private or group lessons.  Please schedule these by contacting Wojciech (wademek97@aol.com) or Mo (mog01@aol.com) directly.  Indoor lessons will be held on Thursdays between 12:30 and 2:30 PM. Outdoor lessons may be scheduled for any agreed-upon time.


The USAPA Ratings Committee, the Board of Directors and the staff of the USAPA wish to thank everyone that has provided feedback. The USAPA, PickleballTournaments.com, and our contractors have been working daily to evaluate the system and adjust where necessary in order to ensure the ratings are as accurate as possible.  

We are now at the end of Phase 2 and are moving to Phase 3 - Refine, Appeal and Educate. Phase 3 UTPRs consists of player inputs, data scrubs and algorithm refinements from the Phase 1 and 2 UTPR releases. The initial goal was to be in Phase 3 by today, September 12. However, due to some extenuating circumstances, we are making the following adjustments to the roll-out plan:




Note: Throughout the updated implementation schedule, the USAPA legacy rating remains in effect.

September 30, 2018

The third release of player ratings. Phase 3 UTPR Release - Refine, Appeal and Educate.

This is the players foundation rating that will be used for calculating their dynamic UTPR going forward. 

October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Appeal Process Begins. Players will be able to appeal the Phase 3 UTRPs according to the Post Production Rating Release Appeal Process that will be outlined with the release of the ratings on Sept 30.

Players will continue to use their legacy rating during this time.

4-digit ratings will be updated weekly to reflect recent tournaments played (tournament must have used pickleballtournaments.com).

December 31, 2018

Final Production UTPRs released. This will also include the first quarterly release of the updated 2-digit skill rating.

Weekly updates of the 4-digit UTPR will continue and quarterly updates of the 2-digit skill begin. No additional player appeals will be accepted.

January 1, 2019

UTPRs become the official USAPA rating.

Sanctioned tournaments that open player registration after January 1 will use UPTRs.

Sanctioned tournaments that opened player registration prior to January 1 will use legacy ratings.

While we feel we are very close with the delivery of the UTPRs, this amended implementation plan was adjusted primarily for the following reasons:

  • Additional time is required to update the PickleballTournaments.com software.
  • Additional time is required to refine the ratings program which allows players ample time to appeal their rating according to the new appeal process (being announced Sept 30)
  • Additional time needed to educate tournament players and directors on the various ratings including what each rating means, how it is calculated, and how to use them.

The road to an automated rating is not easy and we understand that accuracy in a player's rating is critical for quality tournament play. Your patience and understanding during this growth phase is vital to the future of our sport. While change is always difficult, we are fortunate to have this opportunity to implement this system now rather than in the future when participation levels have doubled or tripled in size.

Click here for the Player Ratings Summary.


The next rating session is scheduled for October 5th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM on court 4 in gym 2.  If you would like to be rated, please e-mail Ron Nelson at ron@gforcecable.com to reserve a slot.


The rating process has been updated.  To view the current process, go to "Information/Guidelines" on the main menu, or just click here.


Seven Oaks Park will partner with Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission for the Lexington County Senior Sports Games to host a Senior Pickleball Tournament at Seven Oaks Park on Friday, September 21 starting at 9:00am.  The registration form is below, 


 See below for information on the Connestee Falls Pickleball Tournament, which will be held on September 27th - 29th.  For additional information, click here.

 Connestee Falls Pickleball Club

8th Annual Student Scholarship Fund Pickleball Tournament

September 27, 28, 29, 2018


Place:                Connestee Falls Pickleball Complex     Main Gate Address: 21 Connestee Tr, Brevard, NC 28712

Date:                  Thur, Fri, Sat  September 27 – 29, 2018

                             3.0 M&W – Thur  3.5,4.0,4.5 M&W – Fri  All Levels Mixed – Sat  Rain Date - Sun

Time:                 8:00 am Check-in and Warm-up

                            8:30 am Welcome and Start


Entry Fee:         $40 per player for 1st event, $15 per player for 2nd event

Entry Deadline:                                  Tuesday, September 4, 2018


                                                                                                                                           *As of 12/31/2018

Format:             Round Robin Skill Based, 4 Level – 3.0,3.5,4.0,4.5 and above, *50 and over Tournament

                            Doubles – Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Teams


Medals awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each level

                             Pickleball courts will be available for practice Wednesday, September 26, 2018

                             Snacks and water will be provided during the tournament

                             50/50 Raffle benefitting Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund Program


Bracket & Format Changes:  Based on the number of entrants signing up for each skill level, Tournament Directors reserve the right to adjust brackets and/or the format in order to ensure an optimum number of games for every player.


For additional information please contact: Doug Balne     cfpickleballclub@gmail.com


The Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund Gala was a tremendous success last year, and we expect a sellout of tickets again for this year’s event. The 2018 Gala is Friday, September 21st. If you would like to be guaranteed tickets for this year’s Gala, please indicate the number of tickets at $35 each and add to your total submitted on your tournament registration form.


We also encourage you to make additional donations to the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund as well. Additional contributions of any amount are welcomed.


The Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund is a section 501c (3) non-profit and your fee may qualify for a deduction for federal income tax purposes.


 Connestee Falls Pickleball Club

8th Annual Student Scholarship Fund Pickleball Tournament,  September 27, 28, 29, 2018

*Player Registration Form

*Each Player Must Fill Out A Separate Form


PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY                                                                                                    CIRCLE ONE              MM            DAY              YEAR

Name: _____________________________________   M / F   DOB____/____/________  Skill Level ________


Address: __________________________________________________________________________________




Phone: (______)_______-_____________  Email: ________________________@_______________________


DIVISION(s) TO ENTER – Please check the division(s) you are entering:

MEN’S Doubles:         3.0  (   )      3.5  (   )      4.0  (   )      4.5 & Above  (   )

WOMEN’S Doubles:  3.0  (   )      3.5  (   )      4.0  (   )      4.5 & Above  (   )

MIXED Doubles:         3.0  (   )      3.5  (   )      4.0  (   )      4.5 & Above  (   )


(    ) Entry Fee $40 * (    ) 2nd Event $15 * (    ) Gala Tkts - #___ $35 each

(    )  $__________  Additional Donation To Connestee Falls Scholarship Fund

Total Enclosed:  $__________________ 

*Please make checks Payable to: Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund Program

  Return Registration, Check, and Signed Waiver To: Lora Mason, 57 Echota Lane, Brevard, NC 28712



Partner’s                                                                                                                                  CIRCLE ONE                MM            DAY              YEAR

Name: _____________________________________   M / F   DOB____/____/________  Skill Level ________


Partner’s                                                                                                                                   CIRCLE ONE               MM            DAY              YEAR

Name: _____________________________________   M / F   DOB____/____/________  Skill Level ________



In consideration of the acceptance of my registration for the Tournament, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, or any others who may claim on my behalf, covenant not to sue, and hereby waive, release and discharge the Connestee Falls POA, and anyone acting for or on Connestee POA’s behalf, from any and all claims of liability for injury, loss, or damage of any kind or nature, arising out of or sustained in the course of my participation in the Tournament. This Release and Waiver applies to all claims, foreseen or unforeseen, including negligence and breach of statutory or other duty of care (including that owned under the Occupier’s Liability Act).



Player’s Name (PRINTED)


___________________________________________________        _____________________

Player’s Signature                                                                                                                      Date



Emergency Contact:  ______________________________________________

                                                          Name (PRINTED)





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