Pickledilly News

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.  



Open play on Monday will be on courts 1,2,3 & 5 from 9am-12pm.  Please respect the players on court 4, when entering and exiting court 5.  Thank you.



Select "Read more" to see "What's happening in June"

June 1 - Registration opens for the. Palmetto Tournament in September.   For more information, go to http://aikenpickleball.com/2021Tournament.

June 2 -- Registration opens for the mixed doubles round Robin to be held at Gregg Park on July 17.  For more information, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aada929a7fa7-october

June 7 - Leadership Team Meeting - 530pm at Odell - Click here to read the minutes from the meeting.

June 11 -  Drills with Little Mo start at Gregg Park -  Friday evenings from 6-7 pm.  Click here to  sign up.

June 12 - New Players Clinic at Odell - Call the front desk at 803 642-7631 to reserve a slot.

June 16 - No indoor pickleball at Odell

June 19 - New Players Clinic at Gregg Park - Click here to sign up
June 26 - Round Robin at Odell -   Click here to sign up.

June 28 - Skill rating session at Smith-Hazel - Click here to sign up

Other items -

Pickleball at Smith-Hazel is only available on Monday mornings for all of June and July because of kids summer camps.

Eight (8) outdoor lighted pickleball courts now available at Virginia Acres Park located behind Odell Weeks. 

No evening play at Odell on Tuesday and Thursday.

Because of summeer camps, there will be no weekday play at Gregg Park -  June 21-24; June 28- July 1; July 19-22; and July 26-29.  



A round robin is scheduled for Saturday, July 17th at Gregg Park Civic Center (an indoor facility).  This will be a mixed doubles event where you sign up with a specific partner and play one game to 11 against every other team in your division.  Each division (3.0 and below, 3.5, and 4.0 and above) is limited to a maximum of 8 teams. 

Click here to sign up

The cost is $10 per person.  Payment may be made by mailing a check made payable to Ron Nelson tot 140 Fox Trace, Aiken, SC 29803, or via Zelle to AikenPickleballbanking@gmail.com  

4.0 and up Mixed doubles - 8 Teams - 7 rounds - first to 11 win by 1

0830-0845am - Check-in and court setup

0845-0900am - Orientation and warm-up

9am - start play

3.0 and below Mixed Doubles - 8 teams - 7  rounds - first to 11 win by 1

1145am-12noon - Check-in

12-1215pm - Orientation and warm-up

12:15pm- start play

3.5 Mixed Doubles - 8 teams - 7 rounds - first to 11 win by 1

3-315pm - Check-in

315-330pm - Orientation and warm-up

3:30 pm - start play

Medals will be awarded for first, second and third place in each division. Onix Fuse balls will be provided..  Registration closes at 8:00 pm, Sunday, July 11th.  If you have any questions send them to info@AikenPickleball.com



by Loretta Beckner

Stacey Dezelon, along with her husband, Rich, moved to Aiken in 2010 and lived here for 5-6 years before moving back to Maryland.  Sadly, Stacey passed away on May 24th following a two year battle with cancer.  She was 54 years old.

In 2010, the City PRT gave Mike and Loretta Beckner permission to hold a pickleball demo at Odell Weeks.  Loretta met Stacey at a meeting and approached her about learning the sport of pickleball in order to play in the demo match.  Stacey and Rich were not only enthusiastic about the idea, but they picked up the sport quickly.  After helping the Beckners with the demo, they remained active players and supported the pickleball program as much as possible.

Stacey will be remembered for her fun, vibrant and caring personality.  She will be missed dearly by all of us who were fortunate enough to know her.  Rest in peace, Stacey.


The minutes for the Leadership Team Meeting that was held Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 5:30pm at Odell Weeks, have been posted. Topics that were discussed included an update on drop-in play at both Odell and Gregg Park; the New Players Clinics at both facilities;  an update on the tournament in September; and much more.  Go to Forums or click here to see the full report.



Because of Summer Camps, there will be no indoor pickleball at Gregg Park on Tuesday and Thursday the weeks of June 21-24; June 28-Jul 1; July 19-22; and July 26-29.  There will be play Saturday mornings and Wednesday and Fridays evenings during those weeks.  



Aiken Pickleball is hosting a no frills open play Round Robin on Saturday, June 26, at Odell Weeks on Courts 1-6.  RR is open to the first 24 that sign up.  Check-in and court setup is from 9-930am.  Warm-up and start play at 930am.  Finished by 1230pm

Format - Random draw - play to 11, win by 2 - winners move up and split; losers move down and split.  Total six games.  No medals, no charge,  just bring one Onix Fuse orange ball.  Click here to sign up.


Great turnout on Monday.  Normal rotation for open play is winners stay and split, losers sit.  Winners sit after playing two games.  When there are more than 6 players waiting, play to 9.  When there is a large overflow like there was on Monday, please play to 9 and do four off, four on. 



REFEREES WANTED!  Are you Interested in being a volunteer referee at Aiken’s Palmetto Doubles Tournament September 10 -12?  Willing to help the referees but don’t want to be a referee?  If so, please let David Hoel know (davidfhoel@gmail.com).  Training sessions will be provided. Certification or previous referee experience is not required.