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! 

   

 

Four Pickledilly players participated in the Whiskey Road Race on November 12th, 2016. The race benefited the Cumbee Center in Aiken which provides domestic violence and sexual assault crisis services.

Pictured are Judy DeGregorio, Beverly Bonnet, Denis Bonnet, and Beverly Edwards.  Great job!

 

Fun was had by all who turned out for the social on November 4th.  The exhibition match played by Tony, Guillermo, Josh, and Jordan was a smashing (or should we say dinking?) success.  Afterward everyone enjoyed the wide variety of delicious food provided by our members.  Thanks again to Nancy Vermilye for organizing this.

For pictures of the social, click here.  Thanks go to Chuck Buchanan for taking the photos.

 

 

On November 5th, Augusta, Georgia pickleball players joined those just across the river in Aiken, South Carolina for a friendly day of Round Robin play.

Aiken’s group, the Pickledillys, have been playing at Odell Weeks for over four years, whereas Augusta players are newer to the game. Most Augustans learned to play at the Wilson Family Y where pickleball was introduced last year. It was a thrill for Augusta players to be invited to spend a day playing with veteran players on their six beautiful courts at Odell Weeks Recreation facility.

Event organizer, Nelson Swartzentruber, had the wisdom to keep the focus on “social” by not keeping records of scores or games won. Therefore, there were no “losers” or “winners”…well, except for those who won door prizes, which included three Franklin paddles! Additionally, utilizing a random partner format, every team consisted of one Georgia and one South Carolina player, with a new partner for every game. After nine rotations and lunch together, we had all made new friends from across the river!

Augusta Ambassador, Anne Rheins, is grateful to Loretta and Mike Beckner, Aiken Ambassadors, as she has depended on them through every step of development and growth of Augusta Pickleball. She hopes the Across the River social is just the first of many events that bring these two wonderful groups of people together.

 

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.

 

Mid-Atlantic Open Pickleball Tournament

Arlington, VA

Several Aiken Pickledillys participated in the first Mid-Atlantic Open Pickleball Tournament held at the TJ Community Center in Arlington, VA on October 1st and 2nd.  There were 275 players from 19 states, and play was held on 17 courts.  

Those players who made the trip to the DC area are Josh Booth, Jordan Goetzman, Tony Quick and Loretta Beckner.

Josh and Jordan competed fiercely through 5 matches in the 4.5/5.0: 19+, 35+ MD bracket.  It was not in vain as they earned a silver medal in their 35+ age group!  Well done, guys!

On Saturday, Tony paired up with Cliff Young to compete in the 4.0: 60+, 70+ MD bracket.  They had a 1-2 record in the bracket. On Sunday, Tony partnered Janet Green from Farmville, VA, in the 4.0: 60+, 70+ MX bracket, and they had an amazing ride to the final before losing their first match.  Since both teams each had one loss, they then played a game to 15 to determine the gold medal winner...and Tony and Janet came out the victors!  Impressive since they had not played together before!

Loretta learned to play pickleball in the TJ Community Center while living in Falls Church, and she partnered Wendy Sparrow, who happened to be the friend who introduced her to the sport before moving to Aiken!  Wendy and Loretta played in the 4.0/4.5:  50+, 60+ WD bracket and ended up winning the silver medal in the bracket and the gold medal in their age division.  Great job, Loretta! 

Our Aiken players made a great showing given the strong competition at the tournament.  Congratulations to all!  

Josh and Jordan

Tony and Janet

Loretta and Wendy

 

Approximately 25 people attended the inaugural pot-luck luncheon on September 22nd.  

There was very good food and great conversation.  The next lunch social will be on October 5th.  

 

Lori Comshaw, the personal trainer at Odell Weeks, is offering conditioning classes for pickleball players on Thursdays, starting in the month of August.  This is a wonderful opportunity to work on balance, flexibility, joint range of motion, strength and stamina.  Take a look at the flyer by clicking here and contact Lori if you are interested in signing up for one or more of these classes.

 

 

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