Pickledilly News

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 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.

 

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
changes.

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

 

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. 

 

 

To see the latest ASR Newsletter, click here.

 

All Odell Weeks players are encouraged to get a skill rating.  These ratings are free, and are used to determine court distribution for court designation play. 

To request a rating at the 1.0 - 3.5 levels, contact Ron Nelson.  For ratings at the 4.0 - 5.0 levels, contact Tony Quick or Mo Garcia.  These individuals may be contacted by clicking on the "Contact us" option on the main menu of this website.  

 

Steve Miner has been named as the USAPA local ambassador to North Augusta. He will also promote pickleball in Edgefield County.  Steve has been playing pickleball at Odell Weeks for over two years, so many of you know him.  North Augusta and Edgefield County have good potential for new pickleball venues and players, so it is exciting that Steve plans to grow the sport in these areas.

 

Welcome aboard, Steve, and thank you for volunteering your time in making pickleball even more popular in our Midlands District!

 

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