Pickledilly News

Please take care while storing the court dividers and nets.  When putting the long short dividers away, do not break them down.  If they are taken down frequently it wears out the Velcro and they won't stand up.

As for the nets, please be careful with the center poles.  We are having to replace these at an alarming rate.

Appreciate your consideration. 

 

 

Odell Weeks - City basketball starts in November which means a little less court time for pickleball play at Odell Weeks.  On most days play will start at 845am and end at 230pm.   There is no evening play - no lesson slots on Fridays - no indoor play on Saturdays - no play on Election Day, November 3rd - and a 10am late start on Wednesday, November 4th.  Odell will also be closed  November 11-17, for floor maintenance.  Odell is open on Sunday, November 1st, at 1pm, for both Open Play and Court Reservations.  Check the schedule.   There will be approximately fifty (50) court reservation slots available each week, so making a court reservation should not be a problem (unless the SUG goes down again).  On that note, we would like to thank everyone for being so patient. 

New Players Clinics will be on Friday, November 6th, starting at 0845 and 0950.  See separate news article and/or flyer on Bulletin Board for more details.                            

The Drills with "Little Mo” at Smith-Hazel are filling up and are better than ever. There are still  slots open for next Monday’s session.  Click here to sign up.   You can pay for the drills at the  front desk - OW  or SH. 

Lessons will be available at Smith-Hazel on Wednesdays from 10-12.  There are two one hour slots available.  Contact your favorite instructor to schedule. 

Morning open play at OW is doing well.  Hours in November will be from 0845-1045am, Monday through Friday.   Starting Monday, November 2nd, Open Play will be on courts 1 & 2.  Court #3 will be available for court reservations.  When there are lessons or clinics on court 1, open play will  be on courts 2 & 3.

Courts 2 & 5 - We are also considering allowing groups that play side-by-side to use courts 2 or 5 for their second court.  Logic being that the players are queuing together anyway.     There are eight feet between courts, more than enough for social distancing between other courts.  This will be discussed at the next Leadership Team Meeting schedule for  Monday, November 2nd.

Face masks are required for entry and exit at Odell Weeks, Smith-Hazel and Gregg Park.

 

 

"Little Mo" is back!  The drills with "Little Mo" will return on Monday, October 19th, and every Monday thereafter until the end of December.  The drills will be held at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center located at 400 Kershaw Street in northeast Aiken.  There will be two sessions with the same theme back-to-back 10-11am and 11am-12pm each Monday.

Cost is $10 per person per session. Due to social distancing each session is limited to a maximum of six players (minimum of three).    Players can only sign up for one session per day.  Payment can be made at the Odell Weeks or Smith-Hazel front desks.  The receipt must be presented to the instructor at the time of the drill.    

Click here to sign up or select “Little Mo at SH” under our Sign-up lists.  The first five sessions are now available for sign up.  If you have signed up for a session and will not be able to attend, please remove your name from the sign-up.  Players who do not attend and who have not removed their names at least 24 hours in advance will still be required to pay for the session.  Failure to pay for missed sessions will make that person ineligible to sign up for future sessions. 

As in the past, each week will have a different theme.  

October 19 - Return of Serve, down the line (Forehand and Backhands).

October 26 - Dinks with a purpose; hitting your target spots (Forehand and Backhands).

November 2 - Half Volley soft drop; Half Volley drives.

November 9 - Overhead smash; Volley snap at the kitchen.

November 16 - 3rd Shot drop (Forehand and Backhand)

November 23 - Drive topspin Volley

November 30 - King/Queen of the court, (Doubles)

December 7 - Drop, Chip, Drive.

December 14 - Lobs

December 21 - Specialty shots (Various Big Mo Shot choices).

Face masks are required for entry into Smith-Hazel.  The card  you use to access Odell Weeks will allow you entry into Smith-Hazel.  

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 2.0 or a 4.0.
Each player normally hits about 8 balls in a row and then rotates    If they go over fine, if not it is still fine.  Mo is there to show everyone the proper technique
The best news is, after players hit about 50 balls you see a tremendous improvement.  This is one of the reason these drills are so popular.  Highly recommended to improve your game no matter what level you play.  Best $10 you will ever spend on PB

 

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

We can help you with making and editing court reservations, adding your name to the Partners 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 signupgenius is locked down requiring an access code 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 or text to info@aikenpickleball.com and one of us will get back to you.  

 

 

On Friday,  November 6th, our teaching professionals will conduct two New Players Pickleball Clinics on Court 1 in Gym 2, at Odell Weeks  at 0845 & 0950.  Cost will be $15 per person.  Sign up and pay at the front desk.  

Due to social distancing, this offering is limited to 4 players per session. Each clinic will last 50 minutes.  Balls, Paddles, Gloves and sanitizer will be provided.

Face masks are required for entry into Odell Weeks.

 

 

Aiken County Voting & Elections Absentee Voting will be held at Odell Weeks from 9 AM – 4:30 PM, October 26-30.  The central parking lot will be overflowing   Remember, there is additional parking in the back.

 

The minutes for the Leadership Team Meeting that was held Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 5:30pm via Zoom have been posted.  Among some of the topics that were discussed - 

Expanded hours of  Open Play at Odell; Success of the New Players Clinics held on Saturday, October 3rd; Results from the survey on whether we should have tournament play; and the biggest news item of all - the return of "Little Mo".  Go to Forums or click here to see a copy of the entire minutes.

Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 5th, at 5:30pm via Zoom.

 

 

There is now a sign on the wall in the closet showing where to place nets that need to be repaired.  It also requests that you notify Ron Nelson via text at 803 474-7390 or send an email to info@aikenpickleball.com

Thank you.

 

 

When arriving at Odell Weeks to play pickleball, please do not enter the gym until five minutes before the time of your reservation.  This will give the people playing on the court before you a chance to leave.  The only exception is if you have the first reservation of the day.  In that case, you may enter 15 minutes before your reservation time in order to set up the net.

When you are playing at your reserved time, and there is someone scheduled behind you, stop playing at your allotted time and exit the gym as soon as possible.

The point of having 15 minutes between reserved slots is to allow social distancing.  The previous group should exit before the next group enters to minimize the number of people you come in contact with. 

Face masks are now required when entering and exiting Odell Weeks.  They may be removed for playing pickleball.  Please remember to sanitize your hands before putting your mask back on after playing to avoid transferring germs from your hands to your face.

 

At the recent Mid-Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament held at Myrtle Beach, September 24-27, several players tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.  If you played at the Myrtle Beach Tournament, please quarantine yourself for 14 days.

Thank you.

 

 

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