Pickledilly News

The outdoor pickleball courts at Virginia Acres Park and Eustis Park will reopen on Saturday, May 30.  Gates are scheduled to be unlocked by 8 am.  A list of guidelines will be posted on the courts. When we receive a copy they will also be posted on this website.

Indoor pickleball at Odell Weeks will resume on Monday, June 1.  Only court reservation play will be allowed indoors, with a minimum of two, maximum of four people allowed on each court.  Weekday reservation slots will be 9am - 10:30 AM, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM, 12:30 – 2:00 PM, and 2:15 –  3:45 PM.  Only courts 1, 3, 4 and 6 will be available for play.  The middle courts (2 & 5) will be closed to facilitate social distancing.  

Reservation slots will be posted on the Sign-up Genius on Thursday, May 28th at 8:00 AM for the week of June 1-6.  There is play on Saturday, June 6th from 9:15am - 4:15 PM.  The screen asking for an access code will be removed when the courts are available for reservation.  YOU WILL NOT NEED AN ACCESS CODE IN ORDER TO RESERVE A COURT.   A player may only make/appear on two reservations for the first 24 hours after the courts are posted.  If there are still free courts on Friday morning at 8:00 AM, players may make/appear on one additional sign-up.  On the actual day of the play, a player may reserve any open court for that day.  

Players need to leave the courts promptly at the end of the time period so that city employees may disinfect the courts.  You should bring your own pickleballs.

Players will need to check in at the front desk and sign a new waiver. The check-in computer will be behind the desk with Jeana, who will manually check people in after they scan their cards. Check-in times will be a little longer than usual.

There will be no indoor or outdoor pickleball offered at Smith-Hazel from the time of reopening though August 14 due to day camp.

A complete list of the guidelines from the City of Aiken is posted at http://aikenpickleball.com/OWOpeningGuidelinesCOVID  

PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY.

Thanks in advance to everyone for following the guidelines so that we may continue to be given an opportunity to play indoor pickleball.

 

 

City of Aiken PRT Weeks Center Post Covid-19 Operations Procedures

In Accordance with USAPA Return To Play Guidelines

GENERAL GUIDANCE

  • Centers must exclude all citizens from facilities if they have been diagnosed with Covid-19.

BEFORE YOU PLAY

  • Be aware that although restrictions are eased when South Carolina moves from Phase One to Phase Two or Phase Three of the Phased Comeback, safety precautions must remain in place until there is a universal vaccine or effective treatment for the coronavirus.
  • City of Aiken PRT highly recommends competitive players ease their way back into play prior to competition. Given the layoff from competing, players will be more susceptible to under-training, over-use, and other injuries.
  • City of Aiken PRT recommends that you arrange to play with family members or others who live in your household or with individuals who are considered to be low risk. It is also recommended that you play with the same people each time.

DO NOT PLAY IF YOU:

  • Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC.
  • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Are a vulnerable individual and your state and region is in Phase One or Phase Two.
    • A vulnerable individual is an elderly individual and/or an individual with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.

PREPARING TO PLAY

  • All participants must sign a new annual liability waiver after reading thoroughly.
  • Virginia Acres Park outdoor pickleball courts will remain free and open to the public. City of Aiken PRT strongly encourages players to follow social distancing guidelines while outside.
    • Players should be courteous of others and allow other groups time to play.
  • City of Aiken PRT will allow reserved play in Odell Weeks Gym 2 on courts 1, 3, 4, and 6. Players must visit www.AikenPickleball.com and sign up for a time slot with a maximum of 4 players per court.  This schedule is subject to change.
  • A player can only reserve one time slot per day.
    • Time slots are 1.5 hours each with a 30 minute window between for sanitizing
      • 8:30 AM -10:00 AM
      • 10:30 AM - 12:00PM
      • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
      • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM   
  • Protect against infections:
    • Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer), or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, before going to the court. 
    • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles. Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats, and towels.
    • Bring a full water bottle to avoid touching a tap or water fountain handle.
    • Use new balls and a new grip, if possible.
    • Consider taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves.
    • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
    • Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there. If you arrive early, consider waiting in your vehicle.
    • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can.

WHEN PLAYING

  • Remain at least six feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
  • City of Aiken PRT strongly encourages players to bring their own pickleballs. The front desk will be able to provide sanitized pickleballs if needed.
  • You should consider not playing doubles, which could lead to incidental contact and unwanted proximity. If you do play doubles, avoid all incidental contact, NO Chest Bumps, and NO whispering to each other from a close distance to strategize. 
  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, or towels.
  • Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Try to avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
  • Stay on your side of the court. Avoid changing ends of the court.
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break. 
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet

AFTER PLAYING

  • Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
  • Do not use the locker room or changing area. Shower at home. 
  • No congregating on the sidelines or in the lobby after playing. Players should leave the facility after play.
  • Staff will sanitize tables, chairs, and nets inside the gym with Lysol spray between scheduled playtimes.

 

 

City of Aiken PRT post-Covid-19 annual liability waiver  (To be signed before playing)

Participant Waiver, Release, Indemnification of All Claims & Covenant Not to Sue

NOTICE:  THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT. Read this document carefully and in entirety. By signing this agreement, you give up your right to bring a court action to recover compensation or obtain any other remedy for any personal injury or property damage however caused arising out of myself, my spouse, and my child’s participation in City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) Programs, now or at any time in the future.

Acknowledgment of Risk

I hereby acknowledge and agree that myself, my spouse, and my child’s participation in PRT activities comes with inherent risks. I have full knowledge and understanding of the inherent risks associated with PRT participation, including but in no way limited to: (1) slips, trips, and falls, (2) aquatic injuries, (3) athletic injuries, and (4) illness, including exposure to and infection with viruses or bacteria. I further acknowledge that the preceding list is not inclusive of all possible risks associated with PRT participation and that said list in no way limits the operation of this Agreement.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Warning & Disclaimer

Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a mean to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in PRT programs or accessing PRT facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19.  PRT in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in PRT programs or accessing PRT facilities.

Photo – Video Release

The participant is allowed to participate in any way in this program, related events and activities:  therefore, I agree that participant’s likeness may be photographed or videotaped and that such image may be published in an outlet used to promote or publicize the program/activity.

Waiver, Release, Indemnification & Covenant Not to Sue

In consideration of myself, my spouse, and my child’s participation in PRT programs, myself, my spouse, and my child, the undersigned participant, agree to release and on behalf of myself, my heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, and assigns, HEREBY DO RELEASE PRT, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, agents, representatives and insurers (“Releasees”) from any causes of action, claims, or demands of any nature whatsoever including, but in no way limited to, claims of negligence, which myself, my spouse, and my child, my heirs, representatives, executors, administrators and assigns may have, now or in the future, against PRT on account of personal injury, property damage, death or accident of any kind, arising out of or in any way related to the use of PRT facilities/equipment or participation in PRT programs whether that participation is supervised or unsupervised, however the injury or damage occurs, including, but not limited to the negligence of Releasees.

In consideration of myself, my spouse, and my child’s participation in PRT, myself, my spouse, and my child, the undersigned participant, agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS Releases from any and all causes of action, claims, demands, losses, or costs of any nature whatsoever arising out of or in any way related to my PRT participation.

I hereby certify that myself, my spouse, and my child have full knowledge of the nature and extent of the risks inherent in PRT participation and that myself, my spouse and my child are voluntarily assuming said risks.  I understand that myself, my spouse and my child will be solely responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury, property damage, or death, myself, my spouse, and my child sustain while participating in PRT and that by signing this agreement myself, my spouse, and my child I HEREBY RELEASE Releasees from all liability for such loss, damage, or death. I further certify that myself, my spouse and my child are in good health and that I have no conditions or impairments which would preclude my safe participation in PRT.

I further certify that I am of lawful age and otherwise legally competent to sign this agreement and that I have legal capacity to act as the parent/guardian of my child.  I further understand that the terms of this agreement are legally binding and certify that I am signing this agreement, after having carefully read it, of my own free will.

 

_____________________________          ________________________________           ____________

Participant Name (Print Clearly)            Participant or Parent/Guardian Signature          Date

 if participant is under 18                     

 

 

The minutes for the Leadership Team Meeting that was held Monday, May 4th, 2020 at 5:00pm have been posted.  The meeting was held using Zoom Video Conferencing Software. 

Topics that were discussed include an update on the Gregg Park Round Robin which has been postponed;  an update on the Palmetto InvitationalTournament scheduled for Friday, September 11th - Sunday, September 13th, which is now open for registration; and a general discussion on possible reopening of the pickleball courts at Odell.    Go to Forums or click here to see the latest information.

 

 

Gregg Park will start to reopen its facilities on a limited basis on May 26thThe initial reopening will not include pickleball.  We will keep everyone posted on when that will happen when we know more.  Below is the official statement on the reopening from Gregg Park:

Gregg Park Civic Center will reopen to the public Tuesday, May 26th on a limited basis. From May 26th-June 15th, Gregg Park will be open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-7pm, closed on Sunday. Members will have limited access to the weight room, cardio room, and gymnasium. There will be no Pickleball and Basketball at this time. Outdoor facilities will be limited to the walking track. Exercise classes will resume June 1st on a limited basis. In adherence to accelerateSC, Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there will be one entrance and exit door, mandatory temperature checks at the door by a GPCC staff person. Temperature must be below 100.4 for anyone entering the facility. There will be added signage and other guidelines to follow inside the facility. Please respect these social distancing guidelines as we reopen. We are excited to have you back and hope to return to a more normal schedule in the near future.

 

The Mixed Doubles Round Robin that was scheduled for June 28th, has been postponed.  We are working with Gregg Park to schedule a new date.  We hope to be able to do this in August so that mixed doubles teams will have the opportunity to use this as a warm-up for our yearly Palmetto Doubles tournament that will take place in September. 

  

 

Click here for Awesome Pickleball Drills for 2 people.

These are COVID-19 Approved provided that you follow all appropriate guidelines for safe play. The two players in the video are from the same household, definitely COVID-19 Approved. These games are a good way to get back into the swing of things as we move out of social distancing.

 

 

Registration for our annual Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational Tournament is now open.  Tournament is scheduled to be held at Odell Weeks from September 11-13, 2020.  Click here for additional information and to register.

Please keep the dates open as there will be a call for volunteers as soon as the current COVID-19 crisis is resolved.

 

This is an entertaining video that says what a lot of us are feeling.  Thanks, Rasheka, for sharing it with us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKjfsp74Wck&feature=youtu.be

 

A free summit JUST for pickleball lovers is kicking off on April 20.  Since the courts are closed, The Picleball Summiit is  bringing pickleball into your home.  The Summit is bringing together pickleball pros and coaches, health, wellness and gear experts.  Whether you are a 4.5 player or just picked up a paddle, there is something for everyone.  It will cover things like 

- Poaching - When to Poach and the Benefits of Poaching

- Who’s Got it? Covering the Court Through Geometry

- The Art of the Ernie

- Everyone Wants to be a Referee, They Just Don't Know it Yet - Being a Referee will Improve your Game

- Training With Intelligence: How small Things can make a difference when it comes to Practicing

- CBD for recovery and wellness

And so much more.  The best part? It’s totally FREE!  Get your FREE ticket and join us April 20-22 at https://ThePickleballSummit.com

Terry Schwab | Co-Founder

T | 310.906.9614

 

Click below for an excellent video for the Pickleball Community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lyaSyo_axk

The aim of this presentation is to explain to a general audience what we know about the spread of the COVID-19 virus and how that knowledge is relevant to the decision whether or how to continue to play the sport we all love.

 

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