Question: I am a new player. What is the best way to get started?
Answer: Attend a New Players Clinic (NPC) normally held on the first Saturday of the month at Odell Weeks and on a separate Friday at Gregg Park. After attending the NPC you will be invited to attend a Players Practice Session normally held a couple of weeks after.
Next - check the Aiken Pickleball website for Looking for Games - players looking for people to play with. It is located under the “Sign-ups”tab on the main menu of the Aiken Pickleball website at www.aikenpickleball.com, Add your name and contact information. Look at Jane Doe for an example.
After that - come to drop-in play at Court 1, Gym 2 at Odell Weeks - daily from 9-11am, or Gregg Park on select Fridays from 930-1130am. No signup required. Make sure you have on tennis shoes - not running shoes. If you find you enjoy playing pickleball and would like to get better, the next step would be to take a lesson from one of our teaching professionals. Their contact information is on the Homepage of the Aiken Pickleball website, left hand column. In addition, sign up for drills with "Little Mo" if they are being offered. See separate news articles or flyers on the Bulletin Boards for details.
Learn the rules - For a quick quiz on the rules of Pickleball click here of go to the Information tab on our website and select the Aiken Pickleball Rules Quiz.
Answer: 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-city residents $3. An annual pass with membership is also available. Check with the front desk at Odell for more details. Click here for information on Gregg Park.
Answer: Silver Sneakers is a health and fitness program designed for adults 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 to www.silversneakers.com to check your eligibility.
Question: How do I get on the Aiken Pickleball email mailing list?
Answer: Click on the “Green PickleBall” located on the left side of the Home Page and enter your contact information.
Question: When do the courts become available to reserve for the following week?
Answer: On Thursday mornings at 8:00 AM (give or take a few minutes).
Question: Where do I get the Access Code to Sign Up to reserve a court?
Answer: If you are at a screen on Sign-up Genius asking for an access code, that means the courts are frozen because the sign-up has been (or is being) updated for the next week and it is not yet time to post them. Please do not ask for an access code. That screen will be removed when the courts are posted. You will then need to refresh your screen.
Question: How do I see the January's calendar page for next year?
Answer: From the local calendar, click on the referee located on the top right side of the calendar. That will advance you to the next month and into January of the next year.
Question: There are two lists (the green ball and the active players). What is the difference?
Answer: The “Green ball” list is a Google group list. It is for anyone who has asked to be on there who want to receive email updates. The active player list is people that play regularly at Odell Weeks. Some might be missed, but everyone who is processed through the system (clinics and ratings) is on there. It is the list at http://aikenpickleball.com/player-list-public. To get added to the players list go to a beginners’ clinic, get rated, or contact the Website Adviser and make a request to be added (if you play at Odell). The list is cleaned up periodically and players that are not active are removed.
Question: Why log in?
Answer: The Aiken Pickleball website is available for anyone to look at. Only players on the active players list at Odell can log in after they obtain a User Id and Password from the Website Administer. Logging in provides access to additional player information, such as other players’ email addresses and biographic information. It also allows you to add your own photo and bio data. You only have to login once - so try it.
Question: Is there anyone I can contact if I need help with anything or have further questions.
Answer: Yes - If you have any questions or need assistance with anything related to pickleball (i.e. how to reserve a court, etc.), send an email to AikenPickledillys@gmail.com and someone will get back to.