Pickledilly News

Recently a player was hit in the head while playing pickleball, resulting in an injury that required stitches. It is the fourth such incident that has occurred in the past few years at Odell Weeks. While we understand that accidents do happen while playing any sport, some can be prevented by using a little court/common sense. So how do we accomplish this?

* The most important thing is communicating with your partner. Calling out “mine” or “yours” is an excellent way of eliminating confusion and avoiding injury. This is especially true of overheads and shots down the middle. Remember, shots down the middle are usually the forehand player’s responsibility.

* Move in tandem with your partner. This allows you not only to play better PB, but lets you know where your partner is before striking the ball, thus avoiding accidentally hitting him or her instead of the ball.

* DON’T crowd your partner. Unfortunately, since men are usually the aggressors, they are the ones usually at fault. Let your partner hit his/her shot. If the aggressor doesn’t achieve a winning shot, you are both out of position and will probably lose the point anyway.

* Both of you should get to the kitchen line as quickly as possible. This allows you to know where your partner is and gives you a better chance of winning the point.

LET’S START THINKING OUT THERE AND NOT JUST REACTING. Have fun, win the point, and save your partner for another game. Thanks.

Warren, Paul, & Tony

 

The court designations for weekday mornings have been updated as of 01/12/2017..  Please see the guidelines for the new designations. (On the main menu, go to the "Information" tab and click "Guidelines" on the sub-menu.)

 

On November 19th, a group of Aiken Pickledillys participated in the Salvation Army's Kettle Kickoff held on Newberry St. in downtown Aiken.  The 10 players not only manned the table, but they introduced pickleball to interested people of all ages.  Well-known local residents, Jane Page Thompson and Lessie Price, stopped by to give the sport a try.  A big thanks to these players for introducing pickleball while supporting this worthy community event! 

   

 

The next rating sessions will be held on Thursday, December 14th and Tuesday, December 19th.from 1:00 until 3:00 on court 4 in gym 2.  Please contact Ron Nelson at ron@gforcecable.com if you would like to be rated.

 

We have added a new page to our website.  The "Tournament Results" page will contain news of our Aiken players who have participated in tournaments.  To access this page, go to "Tournaments" on the main menu and select "Results" from the drop-down menu.  

Congratulations to Mo Garcia for his outstanding performance at the Huntsman World Senior Games!  His story appears on the "Results" page.

 

Buying a new pickleball paddle?  Check out the grip size chart under the "Information" tab on the menu to see which size is right for you!

 

The staff at Odell Weeks has asked us to remind our players that the handicap parking spaces in their parking lot require the car have a handicap license tag or a handicap pass displayed on the rear view mirror in the car.  We ask players to please park in these parking spaces only if they have the proper signage displayed on their cars.  Remember that this privilege is only for the handicapped person, so a player who has a qualifying family member cannot take advantage of parking in a handicap space when the qualifying person is not with him/her. These spaces must be reserved for those in need of them.
 

 

Mo Garcia has a variety of pickleball paddles for players to try out and/or purchase.  Check out the new "Aiken Pickledilly" paddles in the photo below!  They are available for $45 each.   Mo can be contacted at 803-292-9420 or at Mog01@aol.com 

 

 

Pickledillys T-shirts available at the Odell Weeks front desk for $10. 

 

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