Aiken Pickleball News

Drills with "Little Mo'' will start on March 20th, and be every Wednesday and Saturday morning thereafter until the end of May.  The drills will be held in the morning from 9-10am in Gym 2 on Court 4  at Odell Weeks (Drills on Saturday  915-1030am).   As in the past, each week will have a different theme.   Players may only sign up for one session per week.  Schedule as follows:

March 20 & 23 - Return of Serve, down the line.

March  27 & 30 - Dinks with a purpose; hitting your target spots 

April 3 & 6 - Half Volley soft drop; Half Volley drives.

April 10 & 13 - Overhead smash; Volley snap at the kitchen.

April 17 & 20 - 3rd Shot drop 

April 24 & 27 - Drive topspin Volley

May 1 & 4  - King/Queen of the court, (Doubles)

May 8 & 11 - Drop, Chip, Drive.

May 15 & 18 - Lobs

May 22 & 25 - Specialty shots (Various Big Mo Shot choices).

Skill Levels do not matter in Drills with Little Mo.   Players rotate hitting balls fed by a ball machine.  Doesn't make any difference if you are a beginner or an advanced player. Each player hits approximately five-eight balls in a row and then rotates.  "Big Mo" will be there to show everyone the proper technique.

Cost is $15 per person per sixty minute session.  Each session is  limited to a maximum of six players (minimum of three).    Register and pay at the Odell front desks and present the receipt  to the instructor.

For those of you that don't know, "Little Mo" is a ball machine.  "Big Mo" is Mo Garcia our head teaching professional.  

 

 

The next New Players Clinic at Odell Weeks will be  on Saturday, March 9th. The clinic is for people new to the game of pickleball.  Sign up at the front desk.  Schedule as follows:  

9-915am  -  Check-in 

915-1015  - Instruction

1015-1130am-  Practice Play 

Clinic will include proper court position, how to keep score, how to make the transition from tennis and other racquet sports to pickleball and much more.  Players should wear tennis shoes and bring something to drink.  Clinic will be held indoors  in Gym 2, at Odell Weeks. Balls and paddles provided.  Maximum 8 players.  

Cost is $15 per person which includes the daily access fee.   Sign up and pay at the Odell Weeks front desk. Bring your receipt to the clinic.  Participants will also be invited to attend a Practice Play Session the following Saturday, March 16th.  This session is free.

 

     Have some nice items in the lost and found at Odell. 

     Soon to be tossed out. 

     Check with the front desk to claim.

 

There is some extra court time for pickleball  the last four days in February  - 
845am - 830pm
:   

Monday, February 26         Tuesday, February 27       
Wednesday, February 28        Thursday, February 29 

 

If you need help with anything, send an email to info@aikenpickleball.com and someone will get back with you. 

We can help you with making and editing court reservations or adding your name to the "Looking for games" list, among other things.   What we cannot tell you is the access code.  That is for our use only.  After 8 pm Wednesday evening, the Sign-up Genius is locked down, requiring an access cod,e while the new time slots for the following week are being added.  The signupgenius is then unlocked after 8 am Thursday morning and an access code is no longer required.  But if you need help with anything else send an email to info@aikenpickleball.com and one of us will get back to you.  

 

 

Come join Aiken Pickleball Inc for a March Spring Social and Court Play, Friday, March 22, 5-8 pm.  Dinner at Odell Weeks, rooms 1 and 2, 5:00 - 6:00 pm with indoor pickleball in Gym 2 from 6:00 until 8:45 PM.  People with the last names beginning with A to M bring heavy hors d’oeuvres & last names ending in N to Z bring dessert.   Silverware, plates, napkins, cups, water, ice tea, kitchen and ice machine will be provided/available.   Click here to sign up.

 

 

Registration is about to close for Aiken Pickleball's March Gladness round robin tournament. Still have slots open for women's 3.0 doubles under 50. This event is being held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Gregg Park Civic Center in Graniteville, SC. Gregg Park is 10 minutes from downtown Aiken.   Registration fee is $25 and includes one event. Pickleball Brackets will add a $5.00 service fee at checkout.  The daily admission fee for non-members of Gregg Park will be waived for both participants and spectators.
 
Events are as follows. The format is Round Robin.
2.5 – Women's scramble. Sign up as individual and play one game with each of the other players in the division. Lengths of games will depend on how many players sign up.  Starting time 12 noon.
3.0 – Women's doubles (12-49 and 50+): Sign up with set partner.  Both start at 3pm
3.5 – Mixed doubles (12-49 and 50+): Sign up with set partner.  Both start at 9am
4.0 and above – Mixed doubles: Sign up with set partner.  Starting time 12 noon.
 

 

Next Players Ratings Session will be held on Monday March 11, starting at 9am in Gym 1.  Click here to get on the waitlist.  There is a good chance the max limit will be expanded. Those  of you that are signed up don't forget to take the Aiken Pickleball Rules Quiz.   

 

 

Minutes for the  Leadership Team Meeting held on February 5th, have been posted.  Jeremy Crow, our new 3.5H players' representative was introduced.  There was a long  discussion about Drop-in play and  Court Designation.  Bill proposed that court designation be changed to Levels 3.0 and below on courts 1-3 and Levels 3.5 and above on courts 4-6.  Everyone agreed.  Other topics discussed were the upcoming Round Robin at Gregg Park and the need for volunteers; the Pacer Life program; our partnership with Aiken Senior Life Services in running the Palmetto and donations; the March Spring Social and pickleball play on Friday March 22 (sign up now available) and much more.  Click here to read the full report.  

 

 

From 10-11am skill levels 3.0 and below on courts 1-3; skill levels 3.5 and above on courts 4-6.

 

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