Aiken Pickleball News

If you need help with anything, send an email to and someone will get back with you. 

We can help you with making and editing court reservations or adding your name to the "Looking for games" list, among other things.   What we cannot tell you is the access code.  That is for our use only.  After 8 pm Wednesday evening, the Sign-up Genius is locked down, requiring an access cod,e while the new time slots for the following week are being added.  The signupgenius is then unlocked after 8 am Thursday morning and an access code is no longer required.  But if you need help with anything else send an email to and one of us will get back to you.  



In June

Player Rating Session - Click here for additional information and to reserve your slot. Need minimum of four players to have a session .

Funday Monday at Odell Weeks,  0845-11am -   Click here for more information.  No sign up required.

Friday, June 9th, no evening play at Gregg Park
New Players Clinic at Odell Weeks, Saturday, June 17th.  Click here for more information.  Clinic is full.  
Summer Smash at Gregg Park, Saturday, June 24th.  Registration still open for 3.5 Mixed doubles!  Click here to sign up.
Wednesday Drills with LBJ, start June 28th.  Click here to sign up.  One slot remaining.
On the horizon
Palmetto Indoor Doubles Tournament,  August 4-6Registration is wide open!.  Click here to sign up.



Our new teaching instructor, Lisa Barrett-Johnson, a.k.a. LBJ,  is offering a series of eight  Drills with LBJ every Wednesday evening from 6-730 pm, starting June 28th,  at Gregg Park.   Drills will be a different stroke each session using a ball machine to feed while LBJ instructs on proper technique.  One slot remaining   Click here to sign up.   Schedule for first four drills as follows:

June 28 -  Many Happy returns… Practice returning serve, where to return, why we hit certain returns and their effectiveness.

July 5 -  “LOB-ster”  A session of practicing lobs and why it’s a great shot to have.

July 12 -   Overheads - Why they don’t always have to be bullets!

July 19 -   3rd shot drop.  Practicing the third shot drop and why it’s such a dang good shot.

Cost is $15 per person per session. Each session is 90 minutes limited to a maximum of six players, minimum of three.  Payment should be made at the Gregg Park front desk.  The receipt must be presented to the instructor at the time of the drills.  Non-members are welcome to attend but they must also pay a $10 daily facility fee.   Note - Annual membership at Gregg Park is  $20 for Seniors (Age 65 & up) and $65 for Adults (Age 23-64) .

If you sign up but are a no show and do not pay - you will be prohibited from signing for any further sessions in this series. 


Aiken Pickleball lost a great friend yesterday. Nelson Swartzentruber passed away yesterday after battling a rare form of leukemia. Following is a link to his obituary Nelson you are going to be missed.


Lisa Barrett-Johnson, a.k.a. LBJ, is our new certified teaching instructor at Gregg Park effective June 1st, 2023.  In a couple of weeks, Lisa will be offering  Drills with LBJ on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm at Gregg Park.  Separate news article to follow with more details and info on how to sign up.  She will also be available for lessons at Odell Weeks on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons.  For more information, to see a photo and contact details select Read more

A new transplant to the south (six years) and a former Wall Street trader from New York, Lisa came to Georgia as a longtime tennis instructor. The first day she saw a group playing pickleball she was hooked. The rest is history, as they say .

Certified to teach for over four years and an avid pickleball tournament participant,  Lisa has won over 75 medals in the past few years.  With a love of the sport and a penchant for exercise (a ten time marathon participant) she is super excited to be teaching at Odell Weeks and Gregg Park, and looks forward to bringing back some laughter to the sport!   Her focus is on strategy, how to be defensive, and turning defense to offense. She feels you don’t have to be the best person on the court, you have to be the smartest!   

 LBJ will  assist Mo with New Players Clinics at Odell Weeks and conduct her own New Players Clinics at Gregg Park.   Email address is 


Thank you to everyone who came to the celebration of the new courts at Virginia Acres Park. And thank you to Mike and Loretta Beckner and the pickleball pioneers (also known as the Pickledillys) who started us on the road to being the thriving pickleball community that we are today.

Pickleball pioneers Jean Durkee, Sharon McMichael, Mike Beckner, Loretta Beckner, Ron Nelson, and Nelson Spitnale

Mike and Loretta Beckner


The next New Players Pickleball Clinic at Odell Weeks will be on Saturday, June 17th. The clinic is for people new to the game of pickleball. Clinic is full. Schedule as follows:

845-9am - Check-in at front desk

9-10 am - Instruction

10-11 am - Practice Play

Clinic will include proper court position, how to keep score, how to make the transition from tennis and other racquet sports to pickleball and much more. Players should wear tennis shoes and bring something to drink. Clinic will be held indoors on Courts 1 & 2 in Gym 2, at Odell Weeks. Balls and paddles provided. Maximum 8 players. Cost is $15 per person which includes the daily access fee. Sign up and pay at the Odell Weeks front desk. Bring your receipt to the clinic.

Note: Fee also covers attendance at the New Players Practice session to be scheduled later.


There will be a celebration of the new courts at Virginia Acres Park at 4.30 pm on May 23. Aiken Pickleball Inc. would like to show our appreciation to the City for building the courts and would be delighted to see our pickleball community show up to mark the occasion. 

After the outdoor celebration, we will move inside for a potluck social at 5pm. All are welcome. To sign up for the potluck, click here

We want to give special thanks to Mike and Loretta Beckner, who introduced pickleball to Aiken 13 years ago and changed our lives for the better. We are deeply grateful to the people who first showed up to support Mike and Loretta, some of whom are still actively involved in making pickleball a fun experience for everyone. The pickleball pioneers, who were also known as the Pickledillys, included Ron Nelson, Jean Durkee, Sharon McMichael, Bobbie Atwell, Leigh Maund, Maggie Ward, John Cox, Rob Bromley and Nelson Spitnale.  

Our district ambassador, Mo Garcia, has worked tirelessly with the City to provide the initial 8 outdoor courts as well as the latest addition of the six outdoor courts at Virginia Acres Park. Thank you, Mo!


The Aiken/Savannah Lakes Mini-Scramble featured a round robin arrangement for a total of 7 games employing Men’s, Women ‘s and Mixed Doubles. Savannah Lakes Village Pickleball players were Bob Massie, Joe Locke, Bryan Conner, Chuck Wiegert, Anne Hiney, Brenda Briggs, Tracy McGraw, and Julie Elmore. Aiken Pickleball players were Ben Stephens, Rob Harrington, Mike Howard, Jay Wilson, Heidi Abele, Dianne Floyd Peg Sharp, and Christy Pritchard. Great play and camaraderie!


Aiken Pickleball is hosting a free New Player Clinic indoors at the Gregg Park Civic Center on Saturday,  May 20th.  Click here to sign up. Schedule as follows:

830 - 9am - Check-in at front desk

9 - 10am  - New Players Clinic Instruction

There have been delays checking in so please arrive early and be patient. Thanks

10 - 11am -  Practice Play

In this sixty minute clinic you will learn everything you need to get started playing the sport of pickleball.  Please wear tennis shoes and athletic attire, and bring something to drink.  Balls and paddles provided. Class limited to eight.  

The April.29th clinic cancelled.