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 See below for information on the Connestee Falls Pickleball Tournament, which will be held on September 27th - 29th.  For additional information, click here.

 Connestee Falls Pickleball Club

8th Annual Student Scholarship Fund Pickleball Tournament

September 27, 28, 29, 2018


Place:                Connestee Falls Pickleball Complex     Main Gate Address: 21 Connestee Tr, Brevard, NC 28712

Date:                  Thur, Fri, Sat  September 27 – 29, 2018

                             3.0 M&W – Thur  3.5,4.0,4.5 M&W – Fri  All Levels Mixed – Sat  Rain Date - Sun

Time:                 8:00 am Check-in and Warm-up

                            8:30 am Welcome and Start


Entry Fee:         $40 per player for 1st event, $15 per player for 2nd event

Entry Deadline:                                  Tuesday, September 4, 2018


                                                                                                                                           *As of 12/31/2018

Format:             Round Robin Skill Based, 4 Level – 3.0,3.5,4.0,4.5 and above, *50 and over Tournament

                            Doubles – Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Teams


Medals awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each level

                             Pickleball courts will be available for practice Wednesday, September 26, 2018

                             Snacks and water will be provided during the tournament

                             50/50 Raffle benefitting Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund Program


Bracket & Format Changes:  Based on the number of entrants signing up for each skill level, Tournament Directors reserve the right to adjust brackets and/or the format in order to ensure an optimum number of games for every player.


For additional information please contact: Doug Balne     cfpickleballclub@gmail.com


The Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund Gala was a tremendous success last year, and we expect a sellout of tickets again for this year’s event. The 2018 Gala is Friday, September 21st. If you would like to be guaranteed tickets for this year’s Gala, please indicate the number of tickets at $35 each and add to your total submitted on your tournament registration form.


We also encourage you to make additional donations to the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund as well. Additional contributions of any amount are welcomed.


The Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund is a section 501c (3) non-profit and your fee may qualify for a deduction for federal income tax purposes.


 Connestee Falls Pickleball Club

8th Annual Student Scholarship Fund Pickleball Tournament,  September 27, 28, 29, 2018

*Player Registration Form

*Each Player Must Fill Out A Separate Form


PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY                                                                                                    CIRCLE ONE              MM            DAY              YEAR

Name: _____________________________________   M / F   DOB____/____/________  Skill Level ________


Address: __________________________________________________________________________________




Phone: (______)_______-_____________  Email: ________________________@_______________________


DIVISION(s) TO ENTER – Please check the division(s) you are entering:

MEN’S Doubles:         3.0  (   )      3.5  (   )      4.0  (   )      4.5 & Above  (   )

WOMEN’S Doubles:  3.0  (   )      3.5  (   )      4.0  (   )      4.5 & Above  (   )

MIXED Doubles:         3.0  (   )      3.5  (   )      4.0  (   )      4.5 & Above  (   )


(    ) Entry Fee $40 * (    ) 2nd Event $15 * (    ) Gala Tkts - #___ $35 each

(    )  $__________  Additional Donation To Connestee Falls Scholarship Fund

Total Enclosed:  $__________________ 

*Please make checks Payable to: Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund Program

  Return Registration, Check, and Signed Waiver To: Lora Mason, 57 Echota Lane, Brevard, NC 28712



Partner’s                                                                                                                                  CIRCLE ONE                MM            DAY              YEAR

Name: _____________________________________   M / F   DOB____/____/________  Skill Level ________


Partner’s                                                                                                                                   CIRCLE ONE               MM            DAY              YEAR

Name: _____________________________________   M / F   DOB____/____/________  Skill Level ________



In consideration of the acceptance of my registration for the Tournament, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, or any others who may claim on my behalf, covenant not to sue, and hereby waive, release and discharge the Connestee Falls POA, and anyone acting for or on Connestee POA’s behalf, from any and all claims of liability for injury, loss, or damage of any kind or nature, arising out of or sustained in the course of my participation in the Tournament. This Release and Waiver applies to all claims, foreseen or unforeseen, including negligence and breach of statutory or other duty of care (including that owned under the Occupier’s Liability Act).



Player’s Name (PRINTED)


___________________________________________________        _____________________

Player’s Signature                                                                                                                      Date



Emergency Contact:  ______________________________________________

                                                          Name (PRINTED)





Thank you Aiken Region Pickleballers! We have had a great response to my note asking for volunteers. We had a critical date error in the previous email so first I want to correct that. 

Practice courts are available on Thursday, September 6th for most of the day. Additionally on Friday, September 7th during the afternoon there should be some courts available. 

The gathering with dinner is on Friday, September 7th. 

Additional exciting news about the gathering - we have arranged for a band to play after dinner from 8 pm until 10 pm in the Alley. 


We now have 188 players registered so room for not many more. Register at https://www.secure.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=1654 and for help send email to Registration@AikenPickleball.com.


1) Court Monitors 

We have had so many people volunteer for check in and lunch that we are overflowing with help. I have asked some of those people to consider being a court monitor instead. We still need court monitors for Saturday and Sunday both morning and afternoon sessions. 

As I said before, being a court monitor is fun. It puts you up close and personal with all the action. Someone sent me email asking me what you have to do, so here is a brief summary. It is not hard! 

Basically you are assigned a court. You get a clipboard from Nelson before each match. You take it to me and I call the players. You meet them on court and stay while they play. The only thing you do during play is time the time outs and change of ends. We give you a stop watch. Then they give you the score to write down. You record it. They sign and you take it back to Nelson. Then you get the next one.

It is a great way to get a little bit of exercise and a court side view of some great pickleball. 

I know the time slots are a bit long, but we are prepared to let people “buddy up”. So you could split a session with someone else. All that we ask if you do this is that you stay until your buddy arrives, and you let us know what you are doing! So this way you could do a shorter session or work around other time commitments. In that case send email directly to me: LJ@LisaMiner.com 

Otherwise to sign up please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084ea4a628aaf49-court

2) Referees

We will train new referees and would also love to have more experienced people too. Please send email to LJ@LisaMiner.com if you are willing to try! 

Remember - all volunteers get lunch on the day of work and a volunteer t-shirt. As an added bonus this year, volunteers will be able to use the courts on Thursday August 6th during the practice sessions. On that day the indoor courts will only be available for volunteers and registered players.

Lisa Miner


For almost a year, this website has been accessible by using both www.pickledillys.com and www.aikenpickleball.com.  The second domain name was added because many newcomers could not remember  or misspelled "Pickledillys".  Since there is a charge for each domain name, we will soon be discontinuing the use of www.pickledillys.com.  If you have bookmarks set for this domain hane, please change them to www.aikenpickleball.com.  


Please check out the August indoor playing schedule recently posted on our website.   

General Court Availability: We really get a great bump in court availability in August. We have court time every day except August 3rd. Beginning on the 17th, we have all 6 courts available to us every day, including the mornings.  And we have evening playing time until 8:45 every weekday. 

Clinics and Lessons: Beginning on the 15th, we have expanded clinic and lesson offerings. Every Wednesday beginning on the 15th, we have both daytime AND evening clinics. Every Thursday beginning on the 16th, we have lessons available from  3:00 - 6:00 PM.  Within those Thursday hours you can request a lesson devoted to team strategy -  especially timely for those who will be participating in our own Aiken Tournament beginning September 6. For all clinics please sign up at the front desk at Odell Weeks.  For lessons please contact the instructor for availability and reservation of time, then stop at the front desk at Odell Weeks to pay.   No lessons will be reserved until payment is received by Odell Weeks.

Speaking of our Aiken Tournament:  Haven't signed up yet?  Hurry before slots are closed.  For 3.0 players who may not have tried tournament play, this is a fabulous way to do so in a comfortable and familiar environment. Goody bags and lunch included. IT'S A BLAST!     

Thanks.  Nancy and Jim 


Palmetto Doubles Invitational Tournament

September 7 to 9, 2018

Odell Weeks Recreation Center

To all Aiken pickleball players,

The Aiken tournament has been a huge success in recent years primarily because of the support of the Aiken pickleball community. This support comes from both registering to play and from volunteering to help make the tournament a fun event for all involved. So please consider both playing and volunteering.

1. Players

Please don't put off registering.  An event of this size is a rare local opportunity. It draws people from all over the southeast.  Many think, before their first competition, "I'm not good enough for tournament play."  But no worries...you will register at your level (3.0, 3.5, 4.0 etc) so that you compete with players of similar skill level!  Even if you don't have a partner, you can still register.  You will automatically be added to a "Needs Partner" list and you can add the details of your partner later. The tournament gives you a chance to play against new people and your registration includes a tournament shirt, lunch for each day you play, and other giveaway items.

To register for the tournament go to 


If you have questions or need more information or if you are having any issues with the software you can contact:

Lisa Miner - Tournament Director - LJ@LisaMiner.com

Mo Garcia - Advisory Panel - mog01@aol.com

2. Volunteers - Referees

There are a number of different ways in which you can assist with the tournament. All medal matches in our tournament are assigned a referee and referees are always available to resolve questions in other matches. Our head referees are Dave Bailey and Loretta Beckner. Mo Garcia will be our Rules Official. They need volunteers to be referees. Some of you have experience as referees and we would love you to step forward again. If you do not have experience but would like to try it, our team will be happy to train you so that you can feel confident by tournament time. Players may also sign up to be referees and we will ensure that you do not have any playing/refereeing conflicts.

If you are interested in refereeing or would like more information, contact Lisa Miner LJ@LisaMiner.com

3. Volunteers - Court Monitors

We have 9 courts in use during the tournament and each court is assigned a monitor. That person directs the players to the court and helps get the game organized. The court monitors do not have to call lines, keep score or make any game decisions. We run two sessions per day, morning and afternoon. Exact times will depend on the number of players registered each day. To facilitate this process, we have set up registration for court monitors on Sign Up Genius. If you would like to volunteer to be a court monitor, please follow this link:


Select a day and time (morning or afternoon) and enter the required information when prompted. If you are flexible and could do either morning or afternoon, please select a day and sign up in the “Flexible” slot. Similarly if the time you would prefer is full, please sign in the “Flexible” slot. As we get closer to the event, some people may find they cannot fulfill their original commitment and we will need substitutes. You will be contacted to confirm and for training, etc. 

Remember the events are organized as follows:

Friday September 7, Men’s Doubles 3.0 60+, 3.0 70+, 3.5 60+, 3.5 70+

Friday September 7, Women's Doubles 3.0, 60+, 3.0 ,70+ 

Saturday September 8, Mixed Doubles

Sunday September 9, Men’s Doubles 3.0 19+, 3.0 50+, 3.5 19+, 3.5 50+, 4.0 to 5.0 all ages

Sunday September 9, Women’s Doubles 3.0 19+, 3.0 50+, 3.5 to 5.0 all ages

Don’t forget, all volunteers get a free Volunteer Shirt and lunch on the day of duty.

Thank you for signing up,

Lisa Miner

Tournament Director


USAPA has approved Mo Garcia as the District Ambassador for the Midlands District in South Carolina.  He is replacing Loretta Beckner.  He currently has 10 local ambassadors in the Midlands District reporting to him.  Mo will be working directly with the Regional Director, Joe Borrelli, who heads the newly aligned Mid-Atlantic Region.  

Mo will be a wonderful asset to USAPA in promoting pickleball in the Midlands.  Please give him your support whenever possible, as he takes on yet another pickleball responsibility!  Congratulations, Mo, and thank you!


The USAPA Board of Directors, the USAPA Ratings Committee, USAPA staff, and the staff from PickleballTournaments.com and PickleballRatings.com are pleased to announce that the much anticipated USAPA Tournament Player Ratings (UTPR) will be released Monday, July 9, 2018. This is a major step for our players, membership and the sport!

We understand you may have many questions about your new UTPR such as "How are ratings calculated?," "How will ratings be used for tournaments?," "My rating is much lower than it was under the previous system, why?" To best answer these questions, we have developed a UTPR FAQ that we encourage you to read carefully.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you have read through the entire FAQ, if you still have questions send an email to: RatingChair@usapa.org.

This project has been a major commitment and top priority for everyone involved. As you can imagine, we have encountered many obstacles in our journey to provide an accurate and fair rating system for all tournament players. Unlike the old ratings program, the new USAPA Tournament Player Rating System is fully automated. In order to ensure a solid foundation, we are launching a Player History Review Phase. The player review phase is designed to have players actively help to ensure that we have player history as accurate as possible. Correct historical data is critical in order for the system to provide accurate ratings. During this time, we are asking all USAPA member tournament players to carefully review his/her tournament history for errors including:

  • tournament results
  • listed partners
  • divisions played
  • missing tournaments or events

This is a key step in the process that will aid in the most accurate delivery of initial ratings possible. To view your personal tournament history being used to calculate your new ratings, click here. (Member login required).

If you identify a specific issue, such as the ones described above, please report the issue along with any details in an email to: MatchReview@PickleballTournaments.com. Please understand that we will not begin reviewing these errors until Tuesday, July 10. We appreciate your patience during the launch of the ratings. We will be carefully reviewing and responding to all reported errors and we anticipate it will take approximately 2 - 3 months to work through all of the reported issues.

During the Player History Review Phase, the ratings published on Monday, July 9, 2018 will be the new ratings used for all future tournament registrations including the 2018 USAPA National Tournament. Please keep in mind it is possible during this time that your rating may adjust slightly. This may occur even if none of your results change, but something with a partner or an opponent's history can impact your rating. During this time, whatever your rating is at the time you register for a tournament, that is the level you may play. Remember, you can still choose to play up in a higher skill level.

The USAPA Board of Directors wishes to say a special "Thank You" to PickleballTournaments.com, PickleballRatings.com, and the USAPA Ratings Committee for their dedication to this project. We also wish to thank the USAPA membership for their continued support!

Jack Thomas, USAPA President


For news from the Mid-Atlantic Pickleball Region, visit the website at http://midatlanticpb.com/.  The link may also be accessed from  this website by going to Information/Links.


We are pleased to announce that the USAPA has recently approved Chuck Buchanan as the new USAPA Pickleball Ambassador for Aiken, replacing Mike Beckner.

Chuck has been an active player for over six​ years with the Aiken Pickledillys. He recently retired from full time employment and now plans to devote some of his time fostering and nurturing pickleball in Aiken. With the sport pretty well entrenched in Aiken, Chuck hopes to focus on introducing the sport to local high school phys ed programs and to growing the sport in the Aiken County Parks and Recreation system.

Please welcome Chuck as your new ambassador and support him in his efforts to grow pickleball in the CSRA!


Hello Everyone,

The City of Aiken Parks and Recreation Department has increased fees for multiple activities that will go into effect July 1, 2018. Please view the current fees versus new fees listed below.


Current Fee

New Fee


Daily Pickleball           

(Residents and Non-resident members)



July 1, 2018

Daily Pickleball (Non-residents)



July 1, 2018

Annual Pickleball Membership (must have a non-resident membership before purchasing)



July 1, 2018


Rasheka Gaines

Recreation Program Supervisor

City of Aiken Parks and Recreation