Pickledilly News

We are pleased to announce that Mo has offered to add two more "Drills with Little Mo" sessions before the tournament!   These sessions will be held on Friday, August 30th from 12:00 - 1:00 PM and from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. The cost is $5.00 per person per session.  Please pay at the Odell Weeks front desk.

Sign-ups for these sessions will be added on Tuesday, August 20th between 8:00 and 9:00 PM at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aada929a7fa7-newplayer.  The topics for the sessions are as follows:

August 30th  noon – 1:00 PM - Directional Volleys at the net

August 30th 5:30 – 6:30 PM - Down the line service returns

 Thanks again to Mo Garcia for offering this opportunity! 




The outdoor lights at Odell Weeks have been repaired.


A waiting list has been established for mixed doubles as all levels are currently full. There is still room for a few more players in the Palmetto Doubles Invitational in Aiken, SC on September 6 - 8, 2019, for mens and womens doubles.  The Friday night social during the tournament is sure to be a good time. Players, volunteers, friends of Pickleball, and guests are welcome.   Mark your calendar for Friday, September 6, 7pm. The evening features dinner, raffles, and our one-and-only Kim Sharpton, of Paddle Up Sports, as the emcee. Players can add the event to their existing tournament registration. Guests and friends can also register for the social as non-players at this site. The cost for the social is $12 per person.  Click here  for more information on registration and how to sign up for the social.  

The social will be held at the Aiken Municipal Auditorium, 215 The Alley, in downtown Aiken.

The tournament is being held at the Odell Weeks Recreation Center, 1700 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803



For those of you that missed it, the first session with “Little Mo” on Friday, August 6th was a huge success.  The session was on volleys, and you could see how the players improved as they went back through the line the second, third and fourth time (in just the first 30 minutes).  What really made the clinic special was Mo Garcia’s feedback..   

The themes/shots for the next 6 sessions with “Little Mo” will be:

August 16th - Return of Serve, down the line (Forehand and Backhands).

August 23rd - Dink's with a purpose, hitting your target spots (Forehand and Backhands).

August 30th - Half Volley soft drop, Half Volley drives.

September 13th - Overhead smash, Volley snap at the kitchen.

September 27th - 3rd Shot drop (Forehand and Backhand) 

October (TBD) - - Specialty shots (Various Big Mo Shot choices)

The three remaining sessions in August are already booked!  .

Besides all of his expertise, Mo brings a lot of “stuff” to the clinic  -  “Little Mo” the ball machine - a hopper - bag of extra balls - cables - ball picker-upper.  Anyone attending the clinics please be on the lookout - so you can give Mo a helping hand bringing everything in from his car.  Thanks.

Again - great session - has everything a player could want in a clinic -  feedback and reps.   Best $5 you will ever spend on pickleball!

Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aada929a7fa7-newplayer and pay at the Odell Weeks front desk.  Please present the instructor with a receipt when you get to the gym.  Drills with "Little Mo"  are held on Court #1.


Celebrity Pickleball Players: Andre Agassi, Justin Trudeau, Andy Roddick, Phil Mickelson, John McEnroe, Elton John, Chris Rock, Bill and Melinda Gates, Kim Kardashian, Rocky Wahoo and the Sludgettes.

“Chicken and Pickle” is a restaurant serving chicken dishes where patrons can watch pickleball matches as they dine. Opened in 2016 in Kansas City and an additional one just opened in Wichita, KS.  


“98% of married couples who play pickleball as partners need marriage Counseling”.

“If we could just stop naming sports after vegetables, that would be Great”.

“I do not always hang out in 55+ communities, but when I do - they better have pickleball!”--- World's most interesting man.

Observations: We have a ton of players 70 years old and higher (at least three that will be 80 or are 80), that are outstanding players and fun to play with. See ‘em all the time. Take that, diabetes.


There will be Round Robins at the Wilson Family Y the next three Thursday evenings 6-9pm.  August 15th  - Womens Doubles, August 22nd - Mens Doubles and August 29th -  Mixed Doubles..  The Wilson Family Y is located at 3570 Wheeler Rd, in Augusta, GA.

Find a partner and register ASAP. Each event limited to 7 teams. Members $5. Non-members $10.  Silver Sneakers register at members.   All three Round Robins are “Open” (all ages/skill levels welcome). Medals for the winners!  Your event director is Caitlin Barry.    

Registration for all events is now open. Register at Wilson Family Y front desk or online at  https://thefamilyy.org/programs/22511492/pickleball/#division_2172847.

YOU MUST SECURE A PARTNER BEFORE SIGNING UP. Both partners must register individually.  Registration closes 2 days prior to event.

FORMAT - Each team will play a match against every other team. Match format is one game to 11 points, win by 1. (Format may be adjusted based on the number of teams registered.)




The minutes for the Leadership Team Meeting that was held Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5:30pm have been posted. Topics that were discussed included the need for more court monitors for the upcoming tournament the first week of September.  A waiting list has been established for mixed doubles as all levels are currently full.   To read the minutes in their entirety, click here.


The articles Lesson with a Difference, Drills with “Little Mo”, and Wednesday Clinics are the results of a meeting that took place last Tuesday between the Leadership Team and our certified instructors. The focus was on feedback received from various players on ways to improve lessons and clinics.  

We know that we can please some of you most of the time, most of you some of the time, and although it is probably an impossible task, we will continue to try and please all of you, all of the time.  But we can not do it alone - we need your feedback! 

If you see something that is wrong, or have suggestions on how things can be improved - please provide your positive feedback to the members of the Leadership Team  at  info@aikenpickleball.com.  That address forwards to all three Leadership Team members.  You can also provide input through your player representative.  Their photos and email addresses are displayed under the “Contact us” tab.  Thank you.



Starting Friday, August 9th, from 11am - 12 noon, there will be a new clinic entitled “Drills with Little Mo”.   “Little Mo” is the ball machine that can feed a pickleball every couple of seconds so you can groove your groundstrokes and work on your volleys and overheads. 

The best news is that Big Mo will also be there to provide you feedback and show you proper techniques. Cost is only $5 per person. The clinic is limited to a minimum of 3 players, with a maximum of 8.  You are guaranteed to hit more than fifty balls or your money back.

If there is enough interest, the clinic will be repeated again on Fridays throughout the month of August - same time 11am - 12 noon.  Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aada929a7fa7-newplayer and pay at the front desk of Odell Weeks.  Please give the receipt to your instructor when you get to the court.

  "Little Mo"


As we get closer to our upcoming tournament in September, several of you have asked about the possibility of scheduling your own  “A lesson with a difference”.   Starting this week, the instructors will be allotted more scheduling time for lessons and should be able to accommodate most requests.   Check with your pro.  

And more good news - rumor has it we are going to get another certified instructor.  More on this later.