Aiken Pickleball News

The next New Players Clinic at Odell Weeks will be  on Saturday, May 11th. The clinic is for people new to the game of pickleball.  Sign up at the front desk to reserve a spot.  Max 8 players - these clinics fill up fast so don’t delay.  Schedule as follows:  

1015am  -  Check-in 

1030am - 12pm  - Instruction & 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  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 to reserve your slot in advance.  . Bring your receipt to the clinic.  Participants will also be invited to attend a free two hour Practice Play Session the following Saturday, May 18th.

 

Over fifty players came out for the first Groovy Tuesday to celebrate National Pickleball Month.  Thirty-five players took over three courts for a free clinic by Mo from 5-6pm.  This was followed by free pizza, brownies and drinks - followed by more pickleball!  The donation box for Golden Harvest was also overflowing.  Thanks to everyone for making the evening a success.  

 
 
 
Check out our Facebook page for additional photos.

 

April is National Pickleball Month, and Aiken Pickleball, Inc. will celebrate with Groovy Tuesdays on the indoor courts at Odell Weeks Activities Center. Each evening will start with free clinics from 5:00 – 6:00pm on courts 4 and 5.  The other courts will have drop-in play, mixed level 4:00 – 6:30 PM, and all courts will have court designation play 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Evenings will include drawings for gift certificates for lessons with Mo, and complimentary  pizza and drinks.  And starting Tuesday, April 9th, each week there will be a raffle for a new Paddle. 

Canned food items for Golden Harvest Food Bank will also be collected during "Groovy Tuesdays".   Bring in 5 canned items and receive an additional ticket for a chance of winning a "Pickleball With A  Purpose" T-shirt.  A shirt will be given away at each Tuesday drawing.
 

Come join the fun - no sign up required.

The  City of Aiken is honoring April as National Pickleball Month and there will be be a meeting to honor this at the City office building on Monday 4/8 at 7 pm.  Everyone is invited to attend.  

Also happening in April - Youth Pickleball - every Thursday from 4-6pm, there are free pickleball clinics on the outdoor courts at Odell Weeks for ages 10-18.  Paddles are provided.  No need to sign up -  just come out and play!

 

In April

Drills with "Little Mo" every Saturday at Odell until the end of May. Maximum 6 players.  Sign up at front desk.    Click here for more information.

Groovy Tuesdays at Odell -  Free clinics, pizza and drinks, door prize, and raffles for new paddle every Tuesday the entire month of April.  No sign up required. Click here for more info.
 
New Players Clinic at Gregg Park, Saturday, April 20th.  Sign up at Gregg Park front desk.  Click here for more info.
 
Saturday - April 20th, Clinics with Harve - Sign up at  Odell front desk.  Click here for more info.
 
Next Player Rating Session Saturday, April 27th.  Click here to sign up. Slots still available.
 
In May
Saturday, May 11th, New Players Clinic at Odell.  Sign up at front desk.
 
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 is open .  Discount for early sign up. 

 
 
 

 

 

We have a new certified instructor - Harve Mobley.  He will be doing clinics Saturday afternoons at Odell Weeks for beginners, intermediate and advanced players.  Schedule for April clinics is as follows.   

Saturday - April 20th

11:30am - 1pm       Serves/Returns/Strategy (limit 4) new players

1:15pm - 2:45pm    3rd/4th Shots (limit 4) intermediate/advance 

3pm - 4:30pm          3 or 4 players and a pro session   (players form a group and sign up together)

Clinics are limited to four players.  Cost is $15 per session.  Sign up and pay at the front desk -  bring your receipt to the clinic.
Harve will also be available for private and semi-private lessons  pbharve333@gmail.com.   Check out his bio on our bulleting board. 
 
 

 

If you need help with anything, send an email to info@aikenpickleball.com 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 info@aikenpickleball.com and one of us will get back to you.  

 

 

Every Thursday evening from 4-6pm,  “Youth Pickleball' Clinics are offered for ages 10-18 at the outdoor pickleball courts located at Virginia Acres Park - Free!  If you would like to assist, just show up.

Each summer, the City of Aiken offers youth Summer Camp Programs (ages 5-9) - pickleball is one of the activities offered. In this regard, volunteers are needed to assist. Select 'Read More' below to see photos of the most recent junior pickleball clinic held in Gym 1.

April has been declared as is National Pickleball Month by USPA and the City of Aiken since March 2018. As part of National Pickleball Month Celebration, free Clinics are being offered every Tuesday from 5-6pm as part of "Groovy Tuesdays" for the month of April.  Just show up to assist and help yourself to complimentary pizza and drinks.

Aiken Pickleball Inc in collaboration with the City of Aiken and USPA-District Ambassador Mo Garcia are working with the Special Olympics Program (for Pickleball) every Thursday afternoon, from 4-5pm. Volunteers are needed to assist.   

Starting in May, there will be free pickleball clinics for the USC Aiken Pacer Life Program.  If you would like to help, contact Kathy Reiter for details -  jandkreiter@yahoo.com

All of these programs are conducted by Mo Garcia, the USPA District Ambassador for Western SC and head teaching professional and API - pro bono - in support of Aiken Pickleball.   If you would like to volunteer to support any of these activities please click here.

 

 

The minutes for the Leadership Team Meeting held on April 1st have been posted.  Topics discussed were - April being National Pickleball Month and our celebration with Groovy Tuesdays - with free clinics and drawings for door prizes; Court Time Allocation - results being everyone wanted something different and the majority saying leave it as us; Unused Courts - players not showing up and not canceling their court reservation; Invalid Court Reservations - people still having trouble entering the first initial and last name of two players; October 12 - date of proposed outdoor tournament for juniors; and much more.  Click here to read the full report.

 

 

in April and May the hours for pickleball on most weekdays at Odell Weeks will be from 845am-830pm Tuesday through Friday.  Mondays play stops at 2pm. Saturday hours will be from 915am-430pm.   Sunday pickleball will have three courts from 115-430pm. 

Tuesday through Friday, the hours for drop-in play will be from 845-10 am mixed level and 10am-12pm court designation.  Court reservations will be 12-2, 2-4, and 4-6pm.  Evenings from 6-830pm will be  drop-in play courts 123 and court reservations on 456.  

This will be the norm.  Check the calendar for actual times.

Note - if Drop-in play continues to use only half of the  courts, consideration will be given to converting two courts to early morning court reservations rather than having them sit empty.

 

 

 

Aiken Pickleball Inc is hosting a  New Player Clinic indoors at the Gregg Park Civic Center on Saturday,  April 20TH. Sign up closes at 5pm on Wednesday April 17th .  Cost is $10. Sign up and register at the Gregg Park front desk.   Schedule as follows:

830 - 9am - Check-in at front desk

9 - 10am  - New Players Clinic Instruction

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 bring something to drink.  Balls and paddles provided. Class limited to eight. Need minimum of three.  Sign up at the Gregg Park front desk.  Cost is $10 per person payable at the Gregg Park front desk.  Non-members are welcome to attend but must also pay a  $10 daily admittance fee.

 

 

 

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