New Players Clinics - 9am & 10am, Saturday, October 3rd.  Sign up at the front desk.  See separate news article for more details.  

Open Play expanded - Starting October 5th, modified Open Play will be every day, Monday thru Satruday, from 9-11am on courts 1 & 3.  Sign up is still required.   There will also be modified open play on Wednesday and Friday evenings on courts 1 & 3, from 6 - 8:45pm.

First of all, it is a great way for beginners to become acquainted with the game of pickleball.  Court #1 is normally designated for beginners so players just starting to take up the game can play together. It is helpful to have at least one experienced player who is willing to help with some of the basics of pickleball such as, how to keep score,  where to stand when your side is serving or receiving serve, basic playing strategy and the non-volley zone. These players - a maximum of six - will queue adjacent to court one.

The rest of the players will queue adjacent to Court #3. Again, with a maximum of six players per court.  Because of social distancing, players should remain and rotate in their own group.    Normal rotation is - winners split - losers sit.  If you play two games in a row, you should sit if other players are waiting. That is the plan. What actually happens will depend on how many players sign and show up.  And that is the difference between modified and regular open play - you must sign up in advance.  You can't just drop-in.  The great thing about open play is you get to meet a lot of nice people, and that is how friendships are formed.  Enjoy.

New players - What is the best way to get started?  That's easy - attend one of the two New Players Pickleball Clinics  being offered on Saturday morning, October 3rd.   See separate news article for details. 

In the meantime -  go online and type in "pickleball".  You will see sites for everything you need to know about pickleball to include videos on how to play the game.  Following that, go to the outdoor courts at Virginia Acres Park located behind Odell Weeks.  The courts are open from sunrise to sunset.  You should be able to borrow a paddle and balls from the front desk at Odell Weeks.  Hit back and forth with a partner until you are able to sustain a rally.  If you don't have a partner, hit against the walls that are adjacent to the courts.  Better yet, sign up for modified Open Play.  Make sure you have on tennis shoes - not running shoes.  

Next Step - If you find you enjoy playing pickleball and would like to get better, the next step would be to take a lesson with one of our teaching professionals, Mo Garcia (mog01@aol.com) and Megan Hollenbeck  (meghollenbeck@gmail.com).  Lessons are normally given indoors on Fridays at Odell Weeks.  Contact  one of the instructors to sign up.  After that, an instructor will refer you to Faith Loeb and Linda Blake who will invite you to their Free Practice Sessions and try to include you in one of their playing groups.  

Our Website - The Aiken Pickleball website www.aikenpickleball.com has everything you need to know about playing pickleball in Aiken.  Check the "Calendar" tab to see locations, days and  times avalable to play.  Check the "Sign-Ups" tab and sign up on the "Partners List" for players looking for partners.  More important - call someone on the list.   

Cost -  It is free to play outdoors.  For residents of the City of Aiken, the cost for playing indoors at Odell Weeks is $2 per visit; non-ciity residents $3.  An annual pass with membrship is also available.  Check with the front desk at Odell for more details.

Silver Sneakers -  Silver Sneakers is a heallth and fitness program designd for addults 65+ that is included in many Medicare plans.  If you qualify, there is no cost to play pickleball or to use the fitness center at Odell Weeks.  Go online to www.silversneakers.com to check your eligibility. 

Important - If you have any questions or need assistance with anything related to pickleball (i.e. how to reserve a court), send an email to AikenPickledillys@gmail.com.

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.

Do to lack of interest, open play at Gregg Park has been reduced to one court.  Maximum of six players allowed, and SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED.  Slots will 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9:00 -10:30 am on Saturdays.   THIS IS NOT DROP-IN PLAY.  You must be signed up to play prior to arrival at Gregg Park Civic Center.  The sign-up slots will be added on Thursday of the previous week.  Courts 3, 4 and 6 will be reservation courts.

Face masks are required for entry in to Gregg Park Civic Center and temperatures will be taken at the front desk.

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. 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.   

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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