The USA Pickleball Association is announcing the postponement of the USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships in Hoover, AL.  The inaugural tournament has been rescheduled from June 7-14, 2020 to June 5–13, 2021.   

 With the uncertainty of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis your tournament team felt compelled to make this difficult decision for many reasons. Most importantly was the concern for your safety and the safety of others around you.  We anticipated over 600 players from all over the country as well as many volunteers and spectators.  We anticipate registration to open for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships on January 10, 2021.  We look forward to seeing you again on a pickleball court soon.
 
What does this mean for you the tournament player and registration for the 2020 USA Pickleball National Championships in Indian Wells, CA? You will be able to register for the 2020 USA Pickleball National Championships during the lottery registration which will begin on August 1, 2020. 

Below is an update on Aiken city facilities:

AIKEN, SC – The City of Aiken will extend and continue the following implemented measures and procedures that are aligned with guidance from the Department of Health and Environment Control (DHEC) regarding COVID-19. These extended measures are in response to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster’s executive order issued March 28 and will be in effect through April 12, 2020.

 

 

 

What’s the USAPA’s stance on the COVID-19 situation?  

On March 12, 2020 USAPA launched an official COVID-19 Statement Page regarding the situation. All official statements are found on this page.

A Short Explanation by Jonathan Smith, Yale University

Hey everybody, as an infectious disease epidemiologist (although a lowly one), at this point I feel morally obligated to provide some information on what we are seeing from a transmission dynamic perspective and how they apply to the social distancing measures. Like any good scientist I have noticed two things that are either not articulated or not present in the “literature” of social media.

Specifically, I want to make two aspects of these measures very clear and unambiguous.

First, we are in the very infancy of this epidemic’s trajectory. That means even with these measures we will see cases and deaths continue to rise globally, nationally, and in our own communities in the coming weeks. Our hospitals will be overwhelmed, and people will die that didn’t have to. This may lead some people to think that the social distancing measures are not working. They are. They may feel futile. They aren’t. You will feel discouraged. You should. This is normal in chaos.

Welcome to our site!

Welcome to the website for the Aiken Pickledillys!  If you are new to the game and wondering how 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.

The game is easy to learn and really fun to play. It can be played on a variety of levels from casual to very competitive.  Pickleball 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 Activities Center on six indoor courts.  Go to the "Calendar" tab on the main menu for our current playing schedule.  In addition, we have four purpose built pickleball courts located behind Odell Weeks.  These four public lighted courts are available year round.

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

Come join us!

THE AIKEN PICKLEDILLYS ARE GRATEFUL TO THE STAFF AND EMPLOYEES AT THE CITY OF AIKEN'S PARK, RECREATION AND TOURISM DEPARTMENT AND AT THE ODELL WEEKS ACTIVITY CENTER FOR THEIR SUPPORT TO OUR PROGRAM

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General guidelines 

In order to provide the best possible playing experience for everyone, the Pickledillys operate under a set of guidelines. Currently 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.    

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

1) When you reserve a court, place at least a first initial and full last name in the comments block.You must have at least four people committed to playing on the court BEFORE you make the reservation.  Any one person can reserve only 2 courts in a time block, even if you have 12 or more players. 

2) Please be considerate of your fellow players and choose to attend either drop-in play or court reservation time, but not both on the same day. It is not allowed for a player to be included on two court reservation slots on the same day.  A player may not appear on a court reservation more than three days in a week for the first 24 hours after the courts are posted..

3) If a court has not been reserved on the day that it is available, it may be reserved by two people for singles.  

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