Aiken Pickleball News

Just received word from the front desk that we can have pickleball tomorrow 9am - 415pm.  Schedule as follows

9-10am - drop in play mixed levels

10am-12pm - drop in play court designation

12-2pm - court reservations

2-415pm - court reservations

 

 

The next New Players Clinic at Odell Weeks will be  on Saturday, July 13th.  The clinic is for people new to the game of pickleball.  Sign up at the front desk to reserve a spot.  Maximum of 8 players - these clinics fill up fast so don’t delay.  Schedule as follows:  

915am  -  Check-in 

930am - 1030am  - Instruction 

1040 - 12 noon  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.  

Cost is $15 per person which includes the daily access fee.   Sign up and pay at the Odell Weeks front desk to reserve your slot in advance.  Maximum 8 players. Bring your receipt to the clinic.  

 

 

To help prepare for the Palmetto Doubles Tournament being held at Odell July 31 - August 4, there will be a  doubles strategy clinic on Friday evening June 28th from 6 - 7 pm.  We are calling it  Fabulous Friday as there is no evening play on Tuesdays between now and the tournament. The clinic is free and no sign up is required.  The clinic is for 3.0 - 4.0 doubles teams that have registered for the Palmetto and  everyone who is thinking about it even if you still need a partner.   Schedule for the evening of Friday June 28th as follows.

4-6 pm - Open play for everyone - all six courts 

6-7 pm - clinic on doubles strategy 

7-830pm - Open play for everyone - Court designation 

If you haven't already,  find a partner and sign up for the tournament.  Discount for early registration has been extended until June 15th.   We also need volunteers for the check-in & event desks, raffle & silent auction and lots of court monitors.  All of these positions come with an official T-shirt and a free lunch.  A volunteer sign up sheet will be available at the clinic. 

In the meantime players may now stay together with their partners during drop in play from now until the end of July.

 

 

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.  

 

 

Next Players Rating Session is Saturday, June 29th.  Click here to sign up.

 

The minutes for the Leadership Team Meeting held on June 3rd have been posted.  Topics discussed were - Need for shade on the outside courts -  The overwhelming success of Groovy Tuesdays - Fabulous Friday  our next free event  to be held on June 28th - a Doubles Strategy clinic for those players preparing for our Palmetto Doubles Tournament - and much more.  Click here to read the full report.

 

Over the past eight years, Barbara Dellamora and her daughter Elizabeth have enjoyed traveling the country together competing in Mother - Daughter races and checking off their list.  They just finished their 50th race, this one in Hawaii.  The two of them have  now completed a race in each of our fifty states.  Barbara, who is just one month shy of 80,  is also an avid pickleball player who is registered in our annual Palmetto Doubles Tournament which she has supported and previously taken home the gold medal.  Wow, way to go Barb!  What's next?

 

 

Now that the April clinics on Groovy Tuesday are over, what's the best way to keep improving?  Here are some options you might want to consider.

Lessons with Harve and Mo. Weekday, weekends and evening lessons possible.  Contact Mo mog01@aol.com  and Harve pbharve333@gmail.com  to schedule.

Drills with Little Mo when available.  Sign up at front desk 

Saturday Clinics with Harve  -  Sign up at front desk. 

Find a practice partner.  Go to our website and under signups select BEGINNERS LOOKING FOR GAMES.  There are fifty players listed with their contact information looking for someone to play with. 

Practice against a wall.  There are practice walls outside at Virginia Acres Park, located behind Odell Weeks next to the outdoor pickleball courts. Both Odell Weeks and Gregg Park have racquetball courts that are seldom use.  These are  great places to practice your serve, ground strokes, volleys, lobs and dinks without a partner.

Click here for a video on pickleball Wall Drills.  In fact, check out YouTube for instructional videos on almost  every aspect of the game of pickleball.  Notice that the video was made in a racquetball court.  If you put tape down (masking tape works great) don't forget to remove it when you are finished.

Drop-in Play.  If you can hit the ball over the net at least three times in a row with decent pace, you are ready for drop-in play, daily from  845-11am Monday thru Friday at Odell Weeks.     Also on weekends   No signup required.  But you need to know where to position yourself when your  side is serving or returning serve and  understand the two bounce rule. You also know to how to keep score. 

Finally - Find a partner and sign up for the Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational Tournament - July 31st - August 4th.  You are ready!

Remember, keep your eye on the ball;  aim down the middle between your two opponents; get to the kitchen and stay there; and most importantly  touch paddles at the end of a game and smile.  This is supposed to be fun!

 

 

A reminder from Gregg Park that they have a LOT of children around and that everyone needs to SLOW DOWN coming through the gate and in the parking lot.  Their security guys and maintenance director have stopped several people coming in for pickleball lately that have been speeding through the parking lot.  With the playground area and baseball fields there are kids all over the place and it would just take an instant for one to dart out in front of a car.  Thank you.

 

Reference Drop-in play at Odell. This is a comment from one of the regulars. QUOTE - I think the all the lessons and clinics you are doing is raising the level of drop-in play. Three of the games I played this morning were long and fierce-fun! UNQUOTE

 

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