We had a player hit in the eye today.  Ricochet of their partners paddle and hit them directly in the eye.  Fortunately the player was wearing safety glasses.  You can buy them online for less than $20.   Highly recommended.  You can even get prescription safety glasses online or from your local  Optometrist.

Drills with "Little Mo'' will start on March 20th, and be every Wednesday and Saturday morning thereafter until the end of May.  The drills will be held in the morning from 9-10am in Gym 2 on Court 4  at Odell Weeks (Drills on Saturday  915-1030am).   As in the past, each week will have a different theme.   Players may only sign up for one session per week.  Schedule as follows:

Come join Aiken Pickleball Inc for a March Spring Social and Court Play, Friday, March 22, 5-8 pm.  Dinner at Odell Weeks, rooms 1 and 2, 5:00 - 6:00 pm with indoor pickleball in Gym 2 from 6:00 until 8:45 PM.  People with the last names beginning with A to M bring heavy hors d’oeuvres & last names ending in N to Z bring dessert.   Silverware, plates, napkins, cups, water, ice tea, kitchen and ice machine will be provided/available.   Click here to sign up.

In March

Evening play at Odell until 830pm, Monday - Friday, last week of Feb, first week of March. Drop in court designation time also increased for first week of March.

Saturday, March 2, March Gladness, Round Robin at Gregg Park. Play starts at 9am .  
 
Saturday, March 9th, New Players Clinic at Odell.  Sign up at front desk.  Click here for more information.
 
Player Rating Session moved to Saturday, March 23rd.  Click here to sign up.
 
Drills with "Little Mo" start Wednesday, March 20th, and then every Wed & Sat until end of May.  Sign up at front desk.  Click here for more information.
 
March Spring Social and Play, Friday March 22nd.  Click here to sign up.
 
On the Horizon 
10th Annual Palmetto Doubles Invitational Tournament - July 31 - August 4, 2024,  Prize $ for Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles Opens - SAVE THE DATE!  Registration opening soon .  Discount for early sign up.
 

Registration will open March 1 for the 10th annual Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational.  This year's tournament is in honor of Loretta and Mikel Beckner, who started pickleball in Aiken in 2010.  We've expanded to 5 days and the tournament will be USAP sanctioned and include money events at the top levels.  Discount for early registration. For more information, click here.

 

                          

Aiken Pickleball - a 501c3 Organization

Welcome to the website for Aiken Pickleball, Inc., a 501c3 organization.  If you are new to the game and wondering how to get started, click here for answers to frequently asked questions.  Our intent is to promote the game of pickleball and to provide competitive and social pickleball activities. Our goal is to encourage sportsmanship and camaraderie through fun and exercise by playing the exciting and addictive sport of pickleball.  

On January 18th, 2023, Aiken Pickleball took the first step in becoming a non-profit organization at the request of the City of Aiken. This resulted in Aiken Pickleball, Inc (API) being awarded the contract to host the Palmetto Invitational Pickleball Doubles Tournament in August 2023 and again in 2024.  We also continue to manage the City's indoor pickleball programs at Odell Weeks and Smith-Hazel Recreation Center.   In addition, API manages the pickleball program at Gregg Park Civic Center in Graniteville, SC. Our request for tax exempt status was officially approved by the IRS on September 20th, 2023.  

Everyone that plays pickleball in the Aiken area is by default a member of Aiken Pickleball Inc.  The organization is run by volunteers and wouldn't exist without them.  Our many volunteers are the heart of our organization.

Pickleball is easy to learn and really fun to play. It can be played on a variety of levels from casual to very competitive.  The game offers players of all ages a good physical workout and the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people who share the passion that surrounds this exciting sport\.

We play at the Odell Weeks and Smith-Hazel Recreation Centers, Gregg Park Civic Center, and many other venues throughout Aiken.  Odell Weeks and Gregg Park both have six indoor courts.  Smith-Hazel has three indoor courts.  Everyone is entitled to make court reservations at these facilities.   Go to the "Calendar" tab on the main menu for our current playing schedule.  In addition, we have fourteen purpose-built pickleball courts located outside at Virginia Acres Park (behind Odell Weeks).  These public lighted courts are available year round.  

Odell Weeks is located at 1700 Whiskey Rd in Aiken.  The phone # is (803) 642-7631.

Gregg Park is located at 1001 A Avenue Graniteville, SC (just 5 miles from downtown Aiken).  The phone # is 803 663-7552

Smith-Hazel is located at 400 Kershaw St NE in downtown Aiken.  The phone # is (803) 642-7634

Come join us!

AIKEN PICKLEBALL IS GRATEFUL TO THE STAFF AND EMPLOYEES AT THE CITY OF AIKEN'S PARK, RECREATION AND TOURISM DEPARTMENT, THE ODELL WEEKS  AND SMITH-HAZEL RECREATION CENTERS AND THE GREGG PARK CIVIC CENTER FOR THEIR SUPPORT TO OUR PROGRAM

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General guidelines 

In order to provide the best possible playing experience for everyone, Aiken Pickleball operates under a set of guidelines. Normally we have three types of play spread throughout the available times each day.  These include drop-in play with all levels mixing together, drop-in play with courts designated by skill level, and court reservation play.  When courts are designated by skill level, we have different schematics (weekday mornings, weekday evenings, and weekends) based on the court usage for different skill levels during those times.  These designations are periodically reviewed and adjusted.   Aiken County players will be given a FREE SKILL RATING upon request.  Click here to sign up.

All players who participate in drop-in play by skill levels need to be rated by the committee.  Visitors may play for a brief period at the level the player representatives feel is appropriate.  Players who are visiting for a longer term and who have a rating at another location should check with the player representatives at that level to determine if that rating is acceptable for our local system.

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Guidelines for reserving courts via Sign-up Genius are available at the

"Sign-ups" tab

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