Pickledilly News

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 - to be determined.

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


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

Tournament Directors: Lisa Miner or Sally Fuller Tournaments@AikenPickleball.com

Please visit our website at AikenPickleball.com for further information.


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.


We are making some changes to court reservation availability and process. 

 1.  We have changed the pickleball calendar so that beginning February 8, we will have 6 more courts available for court reservation on Thursdays in February. The schedule will be 9-10 Drop In Play - Mixed, 10-11:30 Drop In Play -Court Designation, 11:30 -1 Reserved Courts and 1-3:00 Reserved Courts.

 2. We will return to making courts available on Sign-up Genius a full 10 days in advance. As part of this transition, on Thursday, February 1st we will open courts for the following week (the week of Feb. 5) as we have been doing in January but make courts also available for the week of Feb. 12. After that, the Thursday opening of courts will be just for the week starting 10 days out.


Dear USAPA Members,                                                                  

We are pleased to present the 2018 USAPA\IFP Official Tournament Rulebook! This revised rulebook has been 2 years in the making and is a result of countless hours of volunteer time from the USAPA Rules Committee and careful review by the USAPA Board of Directors. In this finished product, we feel that significant strides have been made including:

  • Clarification of many rules through better wording.
  • Addition of an index.
  • More pictures/diagrams.
  • Reorganization of many chapters for better overall flow.

The new rules go into effect January 31, 2018. If you are participating in a sanctioned tournament that overlaps this date, the tournament will be using the updated rules.

To aid in recognizing and understanding the key rule changes, we are also releasing the 2018 Major Rulebook Revisions document. This document is not intended to cover every wording change, but is designed to guide you through the significant rule

For the 2018 USAPA/IFP Rulebook click here

For the 2018 Major Rule Revision document click here

You may also access these documents directly by going to the USAPA website and
navigating to Rules and Referees – USAP/IFP Rulebook.

A hard copy of the new book will be available for purchase ($9.50 + shipping) at the
USAPA Store (click here) starting January 29, 2018.

We appreciate your membership and continued support of the USAPA.
Thank you,
USAPA Board of Directors and Staff


We are beginning a pilot program called Reserved Mixed-Level Play. This is reserved court play that will allow lower level players to play higher level players of the same skill-level rating (eg. 3.0L, 3.0; 3.0H). We will have two of each level mixed with, or playing against, two of a higher level.

This is different from morning mixed-level play in that players will know in advance that they are guaranteed matches with opponents of a specific level. For the pilot program, we will have players from the 3.0 and 3.5 levels. We can only accept players who have been rated by Odell Weeks. We are hoping to expand to other levels after we have tweaked the process.

This is the brainchild of Dick Diemar, who will take the names of all who are interested and schedule the courts in Gym 1 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The courts and levels will be as follows: 

January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28:  3.0L - 3.0H - 6 players each date 
February 1, 15, March 1:  3.5L - 3.5H - 12 players each date 
Please email Dick directly at richdiemar@yahoo.com and include your name, contact number, level, and date requested. (We know some of you already responded to an earlier outreach - please respond again). Players will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. If there is significant interest, players may be assigned to a time in a later month. 
Nancy and Jim  


Rasheka Gaines was recently named as the Recreation Program Supervisor at Odell Weeks, replacing Chrissey Miller.  Rasheka has been employed at Odell Weeks by the City of Aiken Parks & Recreation for many years, so her face is familiar to many of us!  Our pickleball players and our program will surely benefit under Rasheka's supervision.  Congratulations, Rasheka!


To all Pickledillys and pickleballers at Odell Weeks Center in Aiken: 

Happy New Year. We'd like to pass on a few reminders as we work to keep the maximum number of courts operating smoothly for our large number of players, especially during the winter months. 

1. Reserved Courts/Sign-Up Genius: As we provided in a broadcast message to all players in November (see http://www.aikenpickleball.com/CRPSchedule), we are experimenting with a process for court reservation that allows us all to reserve courts beginning on the Thursday prior to the week when courts will be used. In fairness to all, don't hold a court until you have agreement from four players to play on that particular day and time. Please note also that opening the courts through sign-up genius is a manual process - on each Thursday we must sit down at a computer and make them available to all. It is always done on a Thursday (fortunately so far no unforeseen circumstances to prevent that), but the exact time does change depending on availability of the volunteer scheduler. Thank you for your understanding. 

2. Court Designation: As you know we are attempting to get all our players rated so we can best distribute courts during "designated court" playing times. The more players at a certain level who actually come to play on a regular basis, the more courts that will be assigned to that playing level during designated court time. If you are not shown on our website as a rated player (see http://www.aikenpickleball.com/player-list-public), please schedule a time to be rated or re-rated through our rating process. The upcoming rating schedule is posted on our website (see http://www.aikenpickleball.com/January2018Ratings). Currently, it happens to be every Wednesday (in addition to one Friday) in January. Contact Ron Nelson to get scheduled and/or to ask questions. If you are not rated, you are assigned to play on the 2.5 court(s) until you are rated. Anyone with a temporary rating that has expired must get re-rated. Note that you may be available for an "express" rating that can be used for previously rated players. Above all, please be courteous of all players - we ask that you don't put them in the uncomfortable position of asking you to leave one court to move to another. If you are uncertain, please refer to the website under "Guidelines" (see http://www.aikenpickleball.com/guidelines) or to the charts that are posted on the pickleball bulletin board in the Gym 2 lobby. 

3. Command of the court: We have some excellent players who seldom lose depending on their opponents on a particular day. Please remember if there are players waiting, you can stay on the court for only two games and then you must get back in the queue. Thanks for your understanding. 

4. "I just want to play.": We know, and have heard from several of you, that you wish there were no guidelines so you could just walk in at any time to play with anyone on any court. We try to get close to this by providing the first hour of most every available day for open play and by setting aside reserved courts most days. But we also know this doesn't work for everyone. We strive to find an optimal solution for sub-optimal conditions - there are too few courts and there are just too many of us that like to play pickleball! 

5. "How can I get things changed?": Please know there is a pickleball leadership team that meets monthly to address difficult issues (see 1 thru 4 above) and to make the pickelball experience in Odell Weeks and greater Aiken the best it can be for all of us. We likely don't think of all possible solutions. Here's where you come in. Please provide your skill-level representative (see chart at.http://www.aikenpickleball.com#OrganizationalChart) your thoughts on how we can make it better. We will listen. 

Until we have unlimited courts and times to meet every situation and schedule, we hope you will understand we have one of the best pickleball situations for a community of our size of anywhere around. Imagine if we were relegated to only outdoor courts during this current cold spell. Until it's perfect, we thank you for your understanding and perseverance.

Jim and Nancy


USAPA has recently realigned our pickleball regions, and the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Region will include South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Tennessee, Kentucky and Washington, DC. 

This new region was formed by the continued growth of pickleball not only in our region, but along the whole east coast.  South Carolina has formerly been part of the Atlantic South Region.

The new alignments will take effect on January 1st.  Joe Borrelli (Raleigh, NC) will be our Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and Helen White (Washington, DC) will be our Assistant Regional Director. 



The minutes of the December 2017 meeting have been posted.  To read them, go to Formum/Leadership team on the main menu, or just click here.


To see the latest ASR Newsletter, click here.