Pickledilly News

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!

 

It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Lisa Miner and Sally Fuller as the new directors for the Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational Tournament 2018. 

They are already hard at work. Mo Garcia and Keith Shaver will continue to mentor them through the process to assure a seamless transition.  Nelson Spitnale will once again be the technical director responsible for operating the Pickleballtournaments.com  software.  Please join us in welcoming Lisa and Sally to this position, as we look forward to another successful tournament.

 

 

 

Due to the importance of accurate ratings for court designation, we will no longer have an NR (not rated) category on the players' list. We would like all players to get rated to help us know how to allocate courts. Ron Nelson and his team will be working over the next 3 months to rate anyone who would like to be rated. If you would like to be rated, please email Ron at ron@gforcecable.com

Players who have not been rated by January 1st, 2018 will be placed in the 2.5 rating slot until they have a formal rating.

If you have any questions please email Nancy Vermilye at vermilye01@msn.com.

 

The City Recreation & Parks has approved Wojciech Adamek as a pickleball instructor at Odell Weeks. He is currently helping Mo Garcia give his Beginners Clinics and Intermediate/Advanced Drills at Weeks.  Wojciech is also available to give group clinics and private lessons.  Welcome aboard, Wojciech!  

To e-mail Wojciech, click here

 

 

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