Just received word from the front desk that we can have pickleball tomorrow 9am - 415pm.  Schedule as follows

9-10am - drop in play mixed levels

10am-12pm - drop in play court designation

12-2pm - court reservations

2-415pm - court reservations

The next New Players Clinic at Odell Weeks will be  on Saturday, July 13th.  The clinic is for people new to the game of pickleball.  Sign up at the front desk to reserve a spot.  Maximum of 8 players - these clinics fill up fast so don’t delay.  Schedule as follows:  

To help prepare for the Palmetto Doubles Tournament being held at Odell July 31 - August 4, there will be a  doubles strategy clinic on Friday evening June 28th from 6 - 7 pm.  We are calling it  Fabulous Friday as there is no evening play on Tuesdays between now and the tournament. The clinic is free and no sign up is required.  The clinic is for 3.0 - 4.0 doubles teams that have registered for the Palmetto and  everyone who is thinking about it even if you still need a partner.   Schedule for the evening of Friday June 28th as follows.

4-6 pm - Open play for everyone - all six courts 

6-7 pm - clinic on doubles strategy 

7-830pm - Open play for everyone - Court designation 

If you haven't already,  find a partner and sign up for the tournament.  Discount for early registration has been extended until June 15th.   We also need volunteers for the check-in & event desks, raffle & silent auction and lots of court monitors.  All of these positions come with an official T-shirt and a free lunch.  A volunteer sign up sheet will be available at the clinic. 

In the meantime players may now stay together with their partners during drop in play from now until the end of July.

In June

Fabulous Friday - June 28th, Doubles Strategy Drills.  No sign  up required.

Saturday, June 29th, Players Rating SessionSign up to be rated.

In July
Saturday, July 13th, New Players Clinic at Odell.  Sign up at Odell Weeks front desks
 
10th Annual Palmetto Doubles Invitational Tournament - July 31 - August 4, 2024,  Prize $ for Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles Open Divisions. -  Register now.   

On  the Horizon

Saturday October 12th, Youth Tournament - 18 and below  - outdoors at Virginia Acres Park. More details to follow .  Save the date.

Registration is open 3 for the 10th annual Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational.  This year's tournament is in honor of Loretta and Mike Beckner, who started pickleball in Aiken in 2010.  We've expanded to 5 days and the tournament will be USAP sanctioned and include money events at the top levels.   For more information, click here.  To purchase tickets to the Friday evening social, click here.

If you're not sure what level to sign up for, talk to Mo or Harve about it.  You do not need any kind of official rating in order to sign up.

USAP membership dues will increase from $35 per year to $60 per year on July 1. Sign up before then to avoid the increase!

 

                          

Aiken Pickleball - a 501c3 Organization

Welcome to the website for Aiken Pickleball, Inc., a 501c3 organization.  If you are new to the game and wondering how to get started, click here for answers to frequently asked questions.  Our intent is to promote the game of pickleball and to provide competitive and social pickleball activities. Our goal is to encourage sportsmanship and camaraderie through fun and exercise by playing the exciting and addictive sport of pickleball.  

On January 18th, 2023, Aiken Pickleball took the first step in becoming a non-profit organization at the request of the City of Aiken. This resulted in Aiken Pickleball, Inc (API) being awarded the contract to host the Palmetto Invitational Pickleball Doubles Tournament in August 2023 and again in 2024.  We also continue to manage the City's indoor pickleball programs at Odell Weeks and Smith-Hazel Recreation Center.   In addition, API manages the pickleball program at Gregg Park Civic Center in Graniteville, SC. Our request for tax exempt status was officially approved by the IRS on September 20th, 2023.  

Everyone that plays pickleball in the Aiken area is by default a member of Aiken Pickleball Inc.  The organization is run by volunteers and wouldn't exist without them.  Our many volunteers are the heart of our organization.

Pickleball is easy to learn and really fun to play. It can be played on a variety of levels from casual to very competitive.  The game offers players of all ages a good physical workout and the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people who share the passion that surrounds this exciting sport\.

We play at the Odell Weeks and Smith-Hazel Recreation Centers, Gregg Park Civic Center, and many other venues throughout Aiken.  Odell Weeks and Gregg Park both have six indoor courts.  Smith-Hazel has three indoor courts.  Everyone is entitled to make court reservations at these facilities.   Go to the "Calendar" tab on the main menu for our current playing schedule.  In addition, we have fourteen purpose-built pickleball courts located outside at Virginia Acres Park (behind Odell Weeks).  These public lighted courts are available year round.  

Odell Weeks is located at 1700 Whiskey Rd in Aiken.  The phone # is (803) 642-7631.

Gregg Park is located at 1001 A Avenue Graniteville, SC (just 5 miles from downtown Aiken).  The phone # is 803 663-7552

Smith-Hazel is located at 400 Kershaw St NE in downtown Aiken.  The phone # is (803) 642-7634

Come join us!

AIKEN PICKLEBALL IS GRATEFUL TO THE STAFF AND EMPLOYEES AT THE CITY OF AIKEN'S PARK, RECREATION AND TOURISM DEPARTMENT, THE ODELL WEEKS  AND SMITH-HAZEL RECREATION CENTERS AND THE GREGG PARK CIVIC CENTER FOR THEIR SUPPORT TO OUR PROGRAM

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General guidelines 

In order to provide the best possible playing experience for everyone, Aiken Pickleball operates under a set of guidelines. Normally we have three types of play spread throughout the available times each day.  These include drop-in play with all levels mixing together, drop-in play with courts designated by skill level, and court reservation play.  When courts are designated by skill level, we have different schematics (weekday mornings, weekday evenings, and weekends) based on the court usage for different skill levels during those times.  These designations are periodically reviewed and adjusted.   Aiken County players will be given a FREE SKILL RATING upon request.  Click here to sign up.

All players who participate in drop-in play by skill levels need to be rated by the committee.  Visitors may play for a brief period at the level the player representatives feel is appropriate.  Players who are visiting for a longer term and who have a rating at another location should check with the player representatives at that level to determine if that rating is acceptable for our local system.

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Guidelines for reserving courts via Sign-up Genius are available at the

"Sign-ups" tab

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