Pickledilly News

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!

 

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

 

 

The Pickleball Channel recently posted one of the greatest points ever played.  To watch this amazing point, click here

 

New outdoor pickleball courts are now available to the public at Eustis Park (located on Edgefield Ave., N.W, between Morgan Street, NW and Church Street NW.) There are 4 purpose built courts there and they are open during park hours (dawn to dusk). There are two courts available (multi-purpose) at Kalmia Hills (Westcliff) Park (3311 Summit Drive). These two courts are superimposed on the two tennis courts. The height of the net (34 " in the center) for pickleball may be achieved by sliding the strap in the middle of the tennis net to the right or left until the desired height is achieved. There are no lights at this park so play is during daylight only. Neither location presently provides paddles or balls so bring your own.

Click here for a map of places to play pickleball in Aiken.

Photo below: Kalmia Hills Park

Photo below: Eustis Park

 

 

Three nets and 12 court dividers have been transferred from Gym 2 to Gym 1 and should be used there any time Gym 1 appears on the calendar as the place to play. The equipment is stored in the storage room to the left of the stage (as you face it) and the key to the storage room (key #22) may be checked out at the front desk. Once play has finished in Gym 1, the equipment should be broken down and stored and locked in the storage room for the next playing date in Gym 1. Balls should be obtained from the front desk and left with the equipment for future use. There is no longer a need to schlep nets/dividers/balls back and forth from Gym 2. 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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