Odell Weeks pickleball guidelines


  • Please read the Court Etiquette article under the "Information" tab on our website.
  • When you arrive to play, please help set up a net standard before starting play.  Before you leave, please help take down a net standard unless there is someone waiting to play on your court.  Please do no assume that the court will be used laster in the day.  All courts use the paddle line up system to determine who goes on court next when there are more players than courts available.
  • When partners want to practice for upcoming tournaments, they may play together if their opponents agree.
  • No player should continue to play on the same court during drop-in play for more than 2 consecutive games (unless no one is waiting to play).  If there are many players waiting to get on a court, please consider playing games to 9 points instead of the regular 11, as this will speed up play and allow more players access to a court.  This should be done by agreement of the players affected.
  • Shout “Pickle” if a ball from your court goes into another court.  To prevent injury and to avoid hindrance to play on another court, do not go on to the other court to retrieve the ball.  Also, please do not simply hit a ball back that rolls onto your court from another court; pick it up and keep it or return it to a player on the court it came from, when that player knows you are returning it.
  • This website (www.aikenpickleball.com) contains our playing schedule calendar, handouts, news, andlLinks to all things related to pickleball.  Go to the “Contact Us” tab on the home page to send an email with any questions or comments you have about the Odell Weeks pickleball program or to have your email address added to our List Serve.  Positive and constructive comments are always welcome!
  • Please continue to exhibit the tenets of good sportsmanship, courtesy and friendliness for which Aiken Pickledillys are so well known!   All newcomers and visitors are welcome to our program!
  • If there is no one waiting for your court in Gym 2 when you finish playing, please take down the net and net standard, put ithem in the bag, and take them to the equipment room in Gym 2. Even if there is play scheduled for later in the day, please do not assume that your court will be used.  If there is any doubt, take the net down.  The staff at the front desk do not know our schedule, so they will not be able to tell you whether the court will be used later.


Pickleball courts set in Odell Weeks gymnasiums usually are quite close together, so we often use collapsible dividers between each pickleball court. In previous play, sometimes exuberant players have crossed over or through these dividers attempting to get a wide shot. This behavior represented an unacceptable safety risk for the player as well as others on the adjacent court. Accordingly, we established the “local rule” described below.

A player crossing a court divider is a fault.

  • Includes the imaginary line from divider to wall
  • Regardless of whether the adjacent court is occupied
  • Even if the ball is dead before momentum causes the player to cross divider (same as a kitchen fault)
  • Does not apply to merely reaching over a divider, nor safely retrieving a ball after a point has ended


At present, we have three formats for pickleball play:

1. Drop-in Play (DIP) - Mixed levels

2. Drop-in Play (DIP) - Court designation

3. Court Reservation Play (CRP)

The days and times for each format session are listed on our website under the "Calendar" tab.

A description of the guidelines for each play format follows:


1. DROP IN PLAY - Mixed levels

All skill levels mix together.  There is one paddle queue feeding into all six courts. This is co-mingling time to welcome and play with newcomers or play at another skill level to advance your game.  We encourage players to partner up in the most balanced way possible, ensuring the best game for all players.


2. DROP IN PLAY - Court designation

Players may play at their skill level determined by the Rating Committee as posted on our website.  The aschematics below indicate skill level court assignments.  Playere who do not have a reating should play on court 1 at all court diesignation sessions.   Visitors may obtain a temporary rating from a player representative.  



During these play sessions, all players may arrange for a group of four players to play together.  Reservations are required and can be made by using Sign Up Genius.  Instructions and a Link to Sign Up Genius are on our website for this purpose.   

Rating Process for Court Designation Play

All players who use the court designation system at Odell Weeks must obtain a skill level rating from the Aiken Pickleball Rating Committee (APRC).  The APRC will only rate people who play regularly at Odell Weeks.  There are no fees for this service.  

The Chairman of the APRC is currently Ron Nelson; the Head Coordinator is Nancy Rogers; the rest of the committee is composed of volunteers from the higher skill levels. The APRC only rates up to 3.5H. Players designated 3.5H who believe they qualify for a higher rating will be referred to Mo Garcia for evaluation and a special rating session. 

Ratings from other sources are not valid at Odell Weeks.  Even if the rating source is reliable, other ratings do not contain the low, medium, and high designations for each level that are essential for the Odell Weeks court designation system.  The only exception to this is the USAPA rating. For 4.0 and up players, the USAPA rating will automatically be used. For players 3.5 and below, this rating may be used at a player’s request.

When new players arrive, those with no previous experience will start play on Court 1.  New players with previous experience will start play on Court 3. Player representatives on the aforementioned courts may give these players a temporary rating. The temporary rating will be valid for court designation play, but only for three months.  After that, these players will receive an email from the APRC stating that they must obtain a rating in order to continue attending court designation play at Odell Weeks. A list of players currently eligible for court designation play at Odell Weeks can be found under the Home/People/Player List tab on this website.

Players without a rating and players with a temporary rating will be given the full-format rating that includes both drills and games.  Once a player has been rated there is a four-month waiting period before they can be rated again.  Players that have an Aiken Pickleball rating and want to move up in their level (i.e., low to high) will only have to play games.  Drills will not be part of the process.

Each month an article will appear on the Aiken Pickleball website announcing the date and time of the next rating session.  The article will include contact information and instructions on how to get scheduled.  Before signing up to be rated players should use the Skill Self Assessment Guide found on our website under the “Information” tab. Once a player signs up and is scheduled to be rated they will receive a copy of the skills expected  at a given level.

Gym 2 Court Designations