Pickledilly News

USAPA has recently realigned our pickleball regions, and the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Region will include South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Tennessee, Kentucky and Washington, DC. 

This new region was formed by the continued growth of pickleball not only in our region, but along the whole east coast.  South Carolina has formerly been part of the Atlantic South Region.

The new alignments will take effect on January 1st.  Joe Borrelli (Raleigh, NC) will be our Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and Helen White (Washington, DC) will be our Assistant Regional Director. 

 

 

All Odell Weeks players are encouraged to get a skill rating.  These ratings are free, and are used to determine court distribution for court designation play. 

To request a rating at the 1.0 - 3.5 levels, contact Ron Nelson.  For ratings at the 4.0 - 5.0 levels, contact Tony Quick or Mo Garcia.  These individuals may be contacted by clicking on the "Contact us" option on the main menu of this website.  

 

Steve Miner has been named as the USAPA local ambassador to North Augusta. He will also promote pickleball in Edgefield County.  Steve has been playing pickleball at Odell Weeks for over two years, so many of you know him.  North Augusta and Edgefield County have good potential for new pickleball venues and players, so it is exciting that Steve plans to grow the sport in these areas.

 

Welcome aboard, Steve, and thank you for volunteering your time in making pickleball even more popular in our Midlands District!

 

Due to the importance of accurate ratings for court designation, we will no longer have an NR (not rated) category on the players' list. We would like all players to get rated to help us know how to allocate courts. Ron Nelson and his team will be working over the next 3 months to rate anyone who would like to be rated. If you would like to be rated, please email Ron at ron@gforcecable.com

Players who have not been rated by January 1st, 2018 will be placed in the 2.5 rating slot until they have a formal rating.

If you have any questions please email Nancy Vermilye at vermilye01@msn.com.

 

The City Recreation & Parks has approved Wojciech Adamek as a pickleball instructor at Odell Weeks. He is currently helping Mo Garcia give his Beginners Clinics and Intermediate/Advanced Drills at Weeks.  Wojciech is also available to give group clinics and private lessons.  Welcome aboard, Wojciech!  

To e-mail Wojciech, click here

 

 

The Pickleball Channel recently posted one of the greatest points ever played.  To watch this amazing point, click here

 

New outdoor pickleball courts are now available to the public at Eustis Park (located on Edgefield Ave., N.W, between Morgan Street, NW and Church Street NW.) There are 4 purpose built courts there and they are open during park hours (dawn to dusk). There are two courts available (multi-purpose) at Kalmia Hills (Westcliff) Park (3311 Summit Drive). These two courts are superimposed on the two tennis courts. The height of the net (34 " in the center) for pickleball may be achieved by sliding the strap in the middle of the tennis net to the right or left until the desired height is achieved. There are no lights at this park so play is during daylight only. Neither location presently provides paddles or balls so bring your own.

Click here for a map of places to play pickleball in Aiken.

Photo below: Kalmia Hills Park

Photo below: Eustis Park

 

 

Nancy Racki shared the following link to a good video on the proper way to pack a net into the bag provided.  

Let's all give it a try.  It will probably save some wear and tear on our equipment!  

Click here to see the video.

Thanks, Nancy!

 

Ron Nelson enjoyed some lively pickleball today with his son (Ron) and his grandson (Ron).  Since there is not yet an R4 on the court, Dick Keeler filled in as the fourth.

 

 

Thank you to Pickleball Central for being one of the sponsors of the upcoming Palmetto Invitational Tournament.  Pickleball Central, which is an online store selling everything related to pickleball, continues to offer our players a 5% discount on their orders.  They also give Odell Weeks a 5% credit on each order.  Just put in the discount code CRODELL when placing your order.  It is a win/win for everyone, and helps pay for pickleball supplies at Odell Weeks.  Check it out at www.pickleballcentral.com.

 

 

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