Odell Weeks Pickleball - will start at 9am (vice 0845) and end at 2:30pm every day in December, except on Friday, December 11th, which ends at 1130am.  Odell Weeks is closed for pickleball  November 30 - December 7, for their annual Christmas Craft Show.

New Players Clinic - will be on Friday, December 11th.  Check-in/Orientation/Court setup starts at 9am.  Sign up at the front desk.

Lessons - will not be available in December.  Hope to resume mid-January.

Drills with Little Mo - will have its last two sessions at Smth-Hazel in December:  Wednesday, December 2nd - Lobs;   Monday, December 7th - Specialty Shots. Click here to sign up.

Smith-Hazel - will have two courts available for court reservations next Monday and Wednesday from 10am-12pm, in addition to Drills with Little Mo.  Smith-Hazel will be closed December 13th thru the 20th.

Gregg Park - will continue to have play on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (9:30-1130am; 1130am-1pm) and Saturdays (9am-11am; 11am-1230pm).  It will be closed Friday, December 19th, but will be open on Saturday, December 26th.

Starting the week of November 16th, Gregg Park will have morning play on Fridays.  In addition, playing time each day has been slightly extended.  The new schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 0930-1130am; 1130am-1pm

Saturdays - 0900-1100am; 1100am-1230pm

At Gregg Park players are now allowed to make three court reservations after 8am on Thursday, and one additional reservation on Friday.  These reservations must include the first initial and last name of at least four players.  On Saturday or after, players can reserve any courts that are still available for the remainder of the week. These reservations must include the first initial and last name of at least two players.  

Players may go into the gym 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to set up the nets and dividers.  Please DO NOT arrive any earlier than that.  If there are walkers using the gym, DO NOT block their walking path with the dividers until the scheduled pickleball start time.

Odell Weeks Pickleball

Starting Monday, November 9th, drop-in play will be offered on courts 1 and 2 at Odell Weeks from 8:45 – 10:45 AM on days when pickleball is available. (Check the calendar for the complete schedule.)  No sign-up is required, although the sign-up will still be available for those that want to use it to determine whether others will be there..  Courts 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be open for reservations during that time period. 

From 11:00 AM until the end of the pickleball availability for the day, courts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 at Odell Weeks will be available for reservation.  Court 5 will remain closed so that those who are uncomfortable with playing on a court adjacent to other people will have the opportunity to reserve court 4 or court 6. 

Drills with Little Mo

The last five sessions with Little Mo at Smith-Hazel are available for sign up.  Smith-Hazel is going to be closed on Monday, November 16th, so the drill "3rd shot drop" has been moved to Wednesday, November 18th.  The last five drills will alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays.  Schedule for the remaining sessions is as follows:

New players - What is the best way to get started?  That's easy - attend a New Players Clinic  normally held once a month.  In addition, sign up for drills with "Little Mo".    See separate news articles or flyers on the Bulletin Board for details. 

In the meantime -  go online and type in "pickleball".  You will see sites for everything you need to know about pickleball to include videos on how to play the game.  Following that, go to the outdoor courts at Virginia Acres Park located behind Odell Weeks.  The courts are open from sunrise to sunset.  You should be able to borrow a paddle and balls from the front desk at Odell Weeks.  Hit back and forth with a partner until you are able to sustain a rally.  If you don't have a partner, hit against the walls that are adjacent to the courts.  Better yet, sign up for modified Open Play.  Make sure you have on tennis shoes - not running shoes.  

Next Step - If you find you enjoy playing pickleball and would like to get better, the next step would be to take a lesson with our teaching professional, Mo Garcia (mog01@aol.com).  Contact  Mo to schedule a lesson.  After that, Mo will refer you to Faith Loeb and Linda Blake who will invite you to their Free Practice Sessions and then try to include you in one of their playing groups.  

Our Website - The Aiken Pickleball website www.aikenpickleball.com has everything you need to know about playing pickleball in Aiken.  Check the "Calendar" tab to see locations, days and  times avalable to play.  Check the "Sign-Ups" tab and sign up on the "Partners List" for players looking for partners.  More important - call someone on the list.   

Cost -  It is free to play outdoors.  For residents of the City of Aiken, the cost for playing indoors at Odell Weeks is $2 per visit; non-ciity residents $3.  An annual pass with membrship is also available.  Check with the front desk at Odell for more details.

Silver Sneakers -  Silver Sneakers is a heallth and fitness program designd for addults 65+ that is included in many Medicare plans.  If you qualify, there is no cost to play pickleball or to use the fitness center at Odell Weeks.  Go online to www.silversneakers.com to check your eligibility. 

Important - If you have any questions or need assistance with anything related to pickleball (i.e. how to reserve a court), send an email to AikenPickledillys@gmail.com.

Welcome to our site!

Welcome to the website for Aiken Pickleball!  If you are new to the game and wondering how 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.

The game is easy to learn and really fun to play. It can be played on a variety of levels from casual to very competitive.  Pickleball 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 Activities Center on six indoor courts.  Go to the "Calendar" tab on the main menu for our current playing schedule.  In addition, we have four purpose built pickleball courts located behind Odell Weeks.  These four public lighted courts are available year round.

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

Come join us!

AIKEN PICKLEBALL IS GRATEFUL TO THE STAFF AND EMPLOYEES AT THE CITY OF AIKEN'S PARK, RECREATION AND TOURISM DEPARTMENT AND AT THE ODELL WEEKS ACTIVITY CENTER FOR THEIR SUPPORT TO OUR PROGRAM

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General guidelines 

In order to provide the best possible playing experience for everyone, the Pickledillys operate 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.   

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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