Pickledilly News

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Byron passed away peacefully on Friday, June 23, at 9:30 PM.  He was with his family and is at peace now.  

Byron enjoyed playing pickleball almost every morning until he became ill.  He will be sorely missed.  His daughter would like to come to the social on Friday, June 30 to meet his pickleball friends.  In her words,"Pickleball and the people there changed his life.  After his wife's passing he was very depressed until he found pickleball."  

There will be no service for Byron in Aiken.



​The Atlantic South Region is promoting referee training this year. 
The first step is to develop a state-wide directory of both interested and known referees.  Bob Nibarger has agreed to post this new referee directory on his web page until such time the USAPA develops their own page.  This link is:
Please contact Bob​ Nibarger at ncpickleball@gmail.com if you are interested in either referee training or being in the new referee directory.


​Karen Parrish, Atlantic South Regional Ambassador


Nancy Racki shared the following link to a good video on the proper way to pack a net into the bag provided.  

Let's all give it a try.  It will probably save some wear and tear on our equipment!  

Click here to see the video.

Thanks, Nancy!


Ron Nelson enjoyed some lively pickleball today with his son (Ron) and his grandson (Ron).  Since there is not yet an R4 on the court, Dick Keeler filled in as the fourth.



On Saturday evening, May 20, USAPA Ambassador Mike Beckner, ably assisted by Marie Tewkesbury, Jim Kabel, Walter Suescum and Tom Wolfe, conducted a pickleball demonstration at the Cedar Creek tennis center. 

Organized and coordinated by Cedar Creek residents Sandy and Ross Staiger, one of the tennis courts was taped off to accommodate a pickleball court.​ Approximately 40 residents ​from​the Cedar Creek community attended the event.

After a short overview of the history and basic rules of the sport, the demonstrators played a game to show the technique of the serving motion, different shots and strokes involved in the game and some basic strategy.  Once that was completed, interested residents took to the court to try out the sport.

Very positive feedback was received for the demonstration and there is no doubt that pickleball has great potential at Cedar Creek! 

Submitted by Mike Beckner
USAPA Ambassador, Aiken


The Aiken Standard published a great article on Josh and Jordan's pickleball goals and experiences.  To read the article, click here.


Employees from 9 Aiken businesses entered the Corporate City Cup competitions this year, which were held at Odell Weeks on May 17th.
A total of 13 teams competed in the pickleball doubles matches.  The finalists were employees from Security Federal Bank.  Josh Booth and Roy Lindburg defeated their colleagues, Jordan Goetzman and Helen Sons.  The evening's competition was lively and competitive and included employees who were playing pickleball for the first time!
A big thanks to the Aiken Pickledilly player volunteers who refereed the games:  Diane Voss, David Hoel, Theresa Feiner, Ron Nelson and Mo Garcia.


Check out this highlight reel from the Gold Medal Match at the Dink for Pink Tournament in Leland, NC, earlier this year. 

Our very own Josh Booth and Jordan Goetzman played in the match.  Enjoy watching this highly competitive match with every pickleball shot possible on display!

Click here for the video.


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.


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.