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The October Round Robin was a great success. Thank you to Nancy Vermilye for all her hard work in organizing this event, and thank you to all the court monitor volumteers who helped to make everything run smoothly.
Thank you also to all the players and subs. Everyone showed great sportsmanship and played hard. It was great to have players from Columbia and Augusta join us in this event.
Winners from the various divisions are posted below. For more photos, click here.
First place: Paul Deason - Yuriko Palermo
Second place: Mike Wells - Russell Crews
Third place: Carole Mouton- Jim Tegart
First place: Walter Suescum - Vivian Chi
Second place: Richard Pack - Nelson Spitnale
Third place: Chuck Buchanan - Michelle Bullington
First place: Mo Garcia - Luis Garay
Second place : Jeff Beckner - Jim Kabel
by Mike Beckner
We are pleased to announce that Diane Voss has agreed to assume the role of rating committee chairperson.
She will work with Ron Nelson to learn the necessary skills before taking over sometime before January 2019.
Ron, we all owe you an incredible debt of gratitude for the hard work and commitment you have provided to the Aiken pickleball community, especially in your role as chairman of the rating committee. Your work has been integral to our whole system of organizing the court structure and if we didn't have the rating program we would not have a cohesive program for designating our limited courts. Thank you so very much for your involvement and guidance.
For anyone who may be interested in traveling to the Charlotte area for pickleball on October 27th, check out the kickoff for this new facility.
The Aiken Y will host their first round bobin tournament on October 31st. See the flyer below for details.
The Aiken Y has added drop-in play for non-members on Wednesdays.
For details, go to https://thefamilyy.org/programs/22511492/pickleball/#division_2172373 and click on "Aiiken Non-member Drop-in".
Knowing the rules of pickleball is an essential part of the game for everyone from beginning players all the way through the pros.
We hope that each of you has already made an effort to become well acquainted with them.
To encourage everyone to know the rules, we are offering the choice of an Onix Pure outdoor ball, a paddle cover, a paddle handle overgrip, or a $5.00 discount on any new Paddletek Paddle to any player who scores 95% or better on the rules test.
Just go to https://www.usapa.org/rules-tests/ .and choose “Player Rules Quiz”, and take the test. You may take it as many times as you wish to obtain the target score. If you score 95% or above,
send your prize preference and a screenshot of your score to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your reward. Winners will be posted on the website. This offer is valid through October 31, 2018.
by Mike Beckner
Aiken hosted the sixth annual Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational tournament from 7-9 September and the tradition continues!
Attendees were from 8 States and one foreign country with a total of 196 skilled participants engaging in highly competitive and entertaining pickleball. We are indebted to the hard work of the tournament director, Lisa Miner, who was ably assisted by Mo Garcia, Keith Shaver, Nelson Spitnale and an enthusiastic support staff of volunteers from the Aiken “Pickledillys”. Employees of the City of Aiken, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department under the supervision of Pam Royal, Athletics Manager, supported the effort at Odell Weeks Community Center.
Sponsors included Scott Singer of Janney Financial Advisors, Mo Power Sport, G4 Power Products, Security Federal Bank, Suzy Haslup Realtor, Baker Family Dentistry, Onix, Paddletek and Pickleball Central.com.
Medalists from Aiken were Dennis Vermilye, John Fuller, Jeff Beckner, Walter Suescum, Mark Giddings, David Hoel, Nelson Swartzentruber, Jim Hughes, Jim Kabel, Keith Shaver, Josh Booth, Carlene Clark, Kathie Roberts, Barbara Dellamora, Rob Bromley, Marshall Read, Gene Murphy,Marian Garcia, Beverly Shaver, Vicki NcNair, Tony Quick, Chris Powers, Lisa Sanderson, Bel Madera, Diane Davies, Tracy Hallen, Sherri Vogel, Vince Brumfield, William Haller, Maria James, Michelle Bullington and Joyce Noland. Congratulations to all and continued success.
The tournament can only be categorized as an unqualified success and we look forward to next year’s tournament and hope to bring in many more visitors to take advantage of all that Aiken has to offer.
The 2019 Fall Pickleball League will begin soon. Below you will find some basic information regarding this season’s play. The major change is that we will NOT rely on the draft to determine teams. Captains will be responsible for their own rosters. If you are interested in participating, please respond to email@example.com. To register, click here. NOTE: This year, the league champions will be invited to participate in a statewide SC Pickleball League Championship which will take place at a time and place to be determined.
The league will run from October 19th – November 18th with possible make-up days in late November or early December. There will be 8 weeks of outdoor play with possible indoor play for some of the make-up days.
October 19, 21, 26, 28
November 2, 9, 11, 16
Friday evenings: 6:00 PM ladies; 7:00 PM mixed; 8:00 PM men.
Sunday afternoons: 2:00 PM ladies; 3:00 PM mixed; 4:00 PM men.
Number of teams
To be determined
Number of players per team
Proposed number is 27, but this is subject to change Team captains will be responsible for contacting and selecting their own players
Virginia Acres Park, Eustis Park, Woodside, The Reserve Club Locations without lights will be used for Sunday afternoon matches only.
Levels of play
2 lines at 3.0
1 line at 3.5
1 line at 4.0
Cost per player
$10.00 for the season