The results of the pickleball survey are in! Thank you to Tony Quick for the great job he did on analyzing and presenting all the data. Click here to see the results.
Twelve high school exchange students from Munich, Germany arrived in Aiken, SC on April 1, 2017, as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). They are staying with host families who have students at Aiken High School. We were asked to introduce pickleball as one of the activities for the students while they are here.
A group of Pickledillys organized the April 3rd event. The German students, along with their American counterparts and members of the host families, came to Odell Weeks for a short talk and pickleball demo. Afterwards our players each teamed up with a student to teach them how to play. They jumped right in and embraced the sport! We then hosted a southern BBQ for everyone. During the social, each of the German students was presented with a paddle that Mo Garcia designed to commemorate the occasion and the GAPP program. Following the BBQ, the students returned to the gym and continued playing pickleball for another couple of hours!
We enjoyed this unique opportunity, not only to share our sport with younger people, but to promote good will and friendship between our countries while playing pickleball.
Click here for pictures of this event.
Thank you to Pickleball Central for being one of the sponsors of the upcoming Palmetto Invitational Tournament. Pickleball Central, which is an online store selling everything related to pickleball, continues to offer our players a 5% discount on their orders. They also give Odell Weeks a 5% credit on each order. Just put in the discount code CRODELL when placing your order. It is a win/win for everyone, and helps pay for pickleball supplies at Odell Weeks. Check it out at www.pickleballcentral.com.
Tony and Josh shared this article on PGA player Daniel Summerhays and his love of pickleball. It's very interesting and includes a little of the history of the sport. To read the article, click here.
The Aiken Pickledilly Rating Committee is comprised of Ron Nelson, Paul Leibstein, Nelson Spitnale, Mike Beckner, and Doug Lilly. These sessions are for new players who desire a rating for social play and for those wanting to be re-rated. If you are happy with your current rating, then there is no need to be rated again.
If you have questions on being rated, you may contact the committee members through the contact page
Why not considering joining USAPA and supporting the sport we all love to play?
They have recently lowered their rates (adults - 1 year/$20) and also have added more benefits (listed on the application). Part of the application fee goes towards grants that we ambassadors can apply for when starting programs in new venues. What a wonderful way to give back to the sport!
Click here to access the application.
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
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