Pickledilly News

Submitted by Tony Quick

Sunday was a great day. Brenda and I, with the dogs, drove up to the mountains to do a Pickleball clinic with Sarah Ansboury in Brevard, NC. 

The weather on Sunday proved to be perfect. It was sunny and cool. We appreciate the work that Deb Richter did to set up the clinics. Our group did a 2 ½ hour clinic in the morning and then I did another hour clinic in the afternoon. Sarah’s slogan is Balance, Breath, and Believe. My two biggest take aways were playing with Balance and to stop playing tennis on the Pickleball court.


The following article appeared in the Aiken Standard.  Please use extra caution when parking or playing in the back. The authorities are thoroughly investigating this and public safety is of the utmost concern to them.

Click here for the full article. 


Line calling is definitely one difficult aspect of playing pickleball. While we realize there is no perfect solution, we also understand that some players are not sufficiently versed in the “line calling rules”. We have provided Section 6 “Line Call Rules” as designated by the USAPA on our website. It is only 3 pages long and we encourage you to read it paying particular attention to rules 6.D.2; 6.D.5; 6.D.6; 6.D.9 and 6.D.10.

Please abide by these rules and refrain from any violent outbursts, the use of abusive language, and any type of physical encounters. People who engage in any of these activities will be promptly referred to Weeks and reprimanded, which could conceivably mean the loss of playing privileges at any of the Aiken Recreational facilities.


The Leadership Team: Tony, Warren, Paul



6.A. Served balls that clear the non-volley line and land on any other service court line are good.

6.B. Balls in play (except on serve, see 6.A) that land on any court line are good.

6.C. A ball contacting the playing surface outside of the baseline or sideline, even though the edge of the ball overlaps the line, is considered out of bounds. (revised April 1, 2011)

6.D. Code of Ethics for Line-Calling. Pickleball is played according to specific rules. It also requires a code of ethics for line-calling responsibilities when performed by players. The line-calling responsibilities of players are different from those assigned to referees or line judges. The officials make impartial judgment calls with all players’ interests in mind. The player, when assigned line- calling duties, operates under the principle that all questionable calls must be resolved in favor of the opponent. The basic elements are:

  • 6.D.1. Players will call the lines on their side of the court (excluding the non-volley line, if being called by a referee).
  • 6.D.2. The opponent gets the benefit of the doubt on line calls made. IFP Official Tournament Rulebook 24
  • 6.D.3. Spectators should not be consulted on any line calls. Spectators may be prejudiced, unqualified, or not in position to see the call, and therefore cannot participate.
  • 6.D.4. All participants should strive for accuracy in making line calls.
  • 6.D.5. No player should question an opponent’s call unless asked (except that any player may appeal a call to the referee in an officiated match). A player should ask the opponent’s opinion if the opponent was in a better position to see the call. An opponent’s opinion, if requested, should be accepted. The opinion of a player looking down the line is more likely to be accurate than one looking across the line.
  • 6.D.6. Don’t call a ball “out” when you are looking across the line unless you can clearly see the space between the line and the ball as it hits. The player’s depth of field judgment, based on the laws of parallax, prevent accurate judgment in these cases.
  • 6.D.7. All “let” or “out” calls must be made “instantly”; otherwise the ball is presumed good and still in play. “Instantly” is defined as calling “let” or “out” prior to the ball being hit by the opponent or before it has gone out of play. Section 6: Line Call Rules 25
  • 6.D.8. Any ball that cannot be called “out” is presumed to be “in.” The player cannot claim a “let” (replay) because the ball was not seen. The opponent’s opinion can be requested, and, if the opponent says the ball was “in” or the opponent could not see it, the ball must be declared “in.”
  • 6.D.9. Players should not request a “let” (replay) because they were not sure the ball was “out” or “in.” In this case, benefit of the doubt goes to the opponent.
  • 6.D.10. In doubles play, if one player calls the ball “out” and the partner calls it “in,” then doubt exists, and the ball must be declared “in” (except that any player may appeal a call to the referee in an officiated match).
  • 6.D.11. Line calls should be promptly signaled by hand or voice, regardless of how obvious they may seem.
  • 6.D.12. If, while the ball is in the air, a player yells “out,” “no,” “bounce it,” or any other word to communicate to his or her partner that the ball may be out, it shall be considered player communication. If the ball lands in, play will continue. If the out call is made after the ball has hit the playing surface, it shall be considered a line call and play shall stop. 


The results of the pickleball survey are in!  Thank you to Tony Quick for the great job he did on analyzing and presenting all the data.  Click here to see the results.   


Twelve high school exchange students from Munich, Germany arrived in Aiken, SC on April 1, 2017, as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP).  They are staying with host families who have students at Aiken High School.  We were asked to introduce pickleball as one of the activities for the students while they are here.

A group of Pickledillys organized the April 3rd event. The German students, along with their American counterparts and members of the host families, came to Odell Weeks for a short talk and pickleball demo.  Afterwards our players each teamed up with a student to teach them how to play.  They jumped right in and embraced the sport!  We then hosted a southern BBQ for everyone.  During the social, each of the German students was presented with a paddle that Mo Garcia designed to commemorate the occasion and the GAPP program.  Following the BBQ, the students returned to the gym and continued playing pickleball for another couple of hours!

We enjoyed this unique opportunity, not only to share our sport with younger people, but to promote good will and friendship between our countries while playing pickleball.

Click here for pictures of this event.



Thank you to Pickleball Central for being one of the sponsors of the upcoming Palmetto Invitational Tournament.  Pickleball Central, which is an online store selling everything related to pickleball, continues to offer our players a 5% discount on their orders.  They also give Odell Weeks a 5% credit on each order.  Just put in the discount code CRODELL when placing your order.  It is a win/win for everyone, and helps pay for pickleball supplies at Odell Weeks.  Check it out at www.pickleballcentral.com.



Tony and Josh shared this article on PGA player Daniel Summerhays and his love of pickleball.  It's very interesting and includes a little of the history of the sport.  To read the article, click here.


The Aiken Pickledilly Rating Committee is comprised of Ron Nelson, Sally Fuller, Paul Leibstein, Nelson Spitnale, Mike Beckner, and Doug Lilly. These sessions are for new players who desire a rating for social play and for those wanting to be re-rated.  If you are happy with your current rating, then there is no need to be rated again.

If you have questions on being rated, you may contact the committee members through the contact page   


The siocial held at Trio's on Friday, February 3 was attended by 31 people. The venue, wait staff, and food was wonderful.  It was a great time with good conversation with good friends.



Why not considering joining USAPA and supporting the sport we all love to play? 

They have recently lowered their rates (adults - 1 year/$20) and also have added more benefits (listed on the application).  Part of the application fee goes towards grants that we ambassadors can apply for when starting programs in new venues.  What a wonderful way to give back to the sport!  

Click here to access the application.