We are sorry to hear of the passing of one of our players, Charles "Gil" Mullins. An obituary can be found in the April 15 edition of the Aiken Standard. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Just a reminder that we list upcoming tournaments on the "Tournaments" page of this site, which is accessible via the main menu. If you know of an upcoming tournament, let us know and we will be glad to list it.
We welcome all winter visitors. If you have been rated in another state or locale, and you plan to be in Aiken for only a few months, please contact one of the player representatives for that level. (Contact information for the representatives cn be found on the "Contacft us" page of this website.) A representative will play a few games with you to determine if your rating is in line with our local levels.
Congratulations to Bill, Al, Bobbi, Dick, and Ray, our honored guests at Friday night's social. These five players are all 80+ years old. We are so proud of them and hope that we are all playing pickleball at 80. We wish you many more happy, healthy years.
We have been told by the city that some nets are not getting taken down after last play each day. It is imperative that ALL nets be taken down each day.
Please check the calendar to see if you are the last session for that day and if there is anyone playing on the court after you. If you are the last one in the gym and a net is still up that you did not use you MUST take it down. In addition, we have been advised that there have been days when we did not stop playing at the end of our provided time. We must stop on schedule and take nets down promptly.
Thanks to everyone for doing their part so we all can enjoy the gym.
Rasheka Gaines was recently named as the Recreation Program Supervisor at Odell Weeks, replacing Chrissey Miller. Rasheka has been employed at Odell Weeks by the City of Aiken Parks & Recreation for many years, so her face is familiar to many of us! Our pickleball players and our program will surely benefit under Rasheka's supervision. Congratulations, Rasheka!
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 Diane Voss. 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.
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