Pickledilly News

We are sorry to hear of the passing of one of our players, Charles "Gil" Mullins. An obituary can be found in the April 15 edition of the Aiken Standard. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

 

Registration is now open for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament.  For more details, see the flyer below.

 

With added court availability at the end of morning play beginning in March, we have added some new 1-hour slots called "Drilling and Singles". This slot will give players the opportunity alone or with others to work on specific areas of their games. Instructors will NOT be attending these sessions; this is for players to work on skills independently or in groups. Players will also be allowed to use a court for playing singles during this time.  

 

The City of Aiken is beginning construction at Eustis Park and wants to make sure all of the pickleball players are aware of this. The site demolition and construction is currently underway. Users of Eustis Park must park in designated parking spaces on Edgefield Avenue. Please be cautious of construction work zones along the perimeter of the park.

 

Just a reminder that we list upcoming tournaments on the "Tournaments" page of this site, which is accessible via the main menu.  If you know of an upcoming tournament, let us know and we will be glad to list it.

 

We welcome all winter visitors.  If you have been rated in another state or locale, and you plan to be in Aiken for only a few months, please contact one of the player representatives for that level.  (Contact information for the representatives cn be found on the "Contacft us" page of this website.)  A representative will play a few games with you to determine if your rating is in line with our local levels. 

 

 

Congratulations to Bill, Al, Bobbi, Dick, and Ray, our honored guests at Friday night's social.  These five players are all 80+ years old.  We are so proud of them and hope that we are all playing pickleball at 80.  We wish you many more happy, healthy years.

 

 

 

Reserving Courts

In our regular effort to tweak our extremely popular court reservation system to best accommodate the majority of interested players and keep courts fairly reserved, the leadership team is making the following changes, effective with the sign-up period beginning February 15.  You do not need to make any changes to courts reserved through February 16.

1. When you reserve a court, place at least a first initial and full last name in the comments block.
2. Any one person can reserve only 2 courts in a time block, even if you have 12 or more players.
3. Note that during the Thursday process of bringing the courts online for player sign-up, there will be a short period of time when the sign-up screen will not be accessible. Players attempting to go to the sign-up site will reach a screen stating that you need a security code to display it. Do not attempt to get a security code. This is part of the built-in process and is an automated message. Please check back a short while later for the opening of the normal sign-up process.
4. As always, do not reserve a court until you have at least 4 people committed to playing at that particular date and time. Since we instituted court-reservation play almost 2 years ago, courts were not to be "held" by anyone in the hope of finding four players. It is extremely unfair to those who have a group committed to play but might be blocked from doing so by a held court.

Thank you.

Jim and Nancy

 

Thursday, September 6th - Sunday, September 9th, 2018 

Odell Weeks Recreation Center
1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken, South Carolina 

Indoor Tournament 

Skill Level / Age Combination

Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles

We are pleased to announce that registration for the tournament is now open on PickleballTournaments.com.

Events will be Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles with the following skill level / age brackets:

3.0 (19+, 50+, 60+, 70+)  3.5 (19+, 50+, 60+, 70+)

4.0 (19+, 50+, 60+, 70+)  4.5 (19+, 50+, 60+, 70+)  5.0 (19+, 50+)

This is a double elimination tournament. In the event that insufficient teams are registered in a category, the tournament directors may default to a round robin competition for that category.

Tournament Ball - Onix Fuse yellow indoor ball

Tournament fee is $45 for one event including tournament shirt. Players may register for a second event for $5 extra. Lunch is provided for players on the day(s) of their event(s).

A social and dinner event will be held on Friday, September 7th from 7 pm to 9 pm at a cost of $12 per person.

Event Dates

Practice — Thursday, September 6

Women’s Doubles 3.0 60+, 3.0 70+ — Friday, September 7

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

Mixed Doubles all brackets – Saturday, September 8

Women’s Doubles 3.0 19+, 3.0 50+, and all brackets 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 — Sunday, September 9

Men’s Doubles 3.0 19+, 3.0 50+, 3.5 19+, 3.5 50+, and all brackets 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 — Sunday, September 9

Contacts

Registration: Nelson Spitnale or Lisa Miner Registration@AikenPickleball.com

Tournament Director: Lisa Miner Tournaments@AikenPickleball.com

 

We have been told by the city that some nets are not getting taken down after last play each day.  It is imperative that ALL nets be taken down each day. 

Please check the calendar to see if you are the last session for that day and if there is anyone playing on the court after you.  If you are the last one in the gym and a net is still up that you did not use you MUST take it down. In addition, we have been advised that there have been days when we did not stop playing at the end of our provided time.  We must stop on schedule and take nets down promptly. 

Thanks to everyone for doing their part so we all can enjoy the gym.

 

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