Pickledilly News

We are well underway in the new year for the Pickledillys.  We do have one open position that needs to be filled immediately. 

It would be nice to see some new faces volunteering in the Pickledillys group. In this position, there would be people to assist you as needed.

League Manager

  • Shadow Mo Garcia this fall season
  • There are  two seasons for league each year - Spring and Fall
  • Schedule dates for league play - arrange location and time of play
  • Manage the captains
  • Manage the Top Dog Sports website
  • Arrange location and time of play

We appreciate your consideration. iI you are interested in this position, please contact Nancy and Joyce at info@aikenpickleball.com  

 

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!

Lisa

 

 

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:

Date

Event

Comments

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.

 

****  This session is now full. ****

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.

 

For almost a year, this website has been accessible by using both www.pickledillys.com and www.aikenpickleball.com.  The second domain name was added because many newcomers could not remember  or misspelled "Pickledillys".  Since there is a charge for each domain name, the use of www.pickledillys.com will be discontinuted as of October 26th.  If you have bookmarks set for this domain name, please change them to www.aikenpickleball.com.  

 

USAPA has approved Mo Garcia as the District Ambassador for the Midlands District in South Carolina.  He is replacing Loretta Beckner.  He currently has 10 local ambassadors in the Midlands District reporting to him.  Mo will be working directly with the Regional Director, Joe Borrelli, who heads the newly aligned Mid-Atlantic Region.  

Mo will be a wonderful asset to USAPA in promoting pickleball in the Midlands.  Please give him your support whenever possible, as he takes on yet another pickleball responsibility!  Congratulations, Mo, and thank you!

 

For news from the Mid-Atlantic Pickleball Region, visit the website at http://midatlanticpb.com/.  The link may also be accessed from  this website by going to Information/Links.

 

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