WSPA (Ch 7) recently aired a story about Pickleball with a focus on our Beginner Clinics.
Perhaps your friends play Pickleball. Maybe you’re a tennis or racquetball player looking for a new challenge. If you have a fun-loving attitude and an ounce of athletic ability, then Pickleball is the sport you need to start playing.
There are three levels to our Beginner Clinics with each level helping you to build upon the skills you are learning.
Intermediate Clinics are also available to help players improve their understanding of strategies needed to win points.
Paddles and balls will be provided and participation is capped at 12 players for each clinic so that everyone will receive individualized coaching time. $35 per person.
Instructors: John Moore (bio) and Sandy Halkett (bio)
Location: Indoors at Victor Gym in Greer, SC (map), unless otherwise noted
In the LEVEL ONE two-hour Beginner Clinic, you’ll learn how to effectively hit the ball, maintain a rally, keep score, the rules and basic game play. At the end of this clinic, players will have the foundational knowledge and skills to start playing Pickleball
Wed. Mar. 10 | 8:30 to 10:30 am Wed. Mar. 10 | 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Wed. Mar. 10 | 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Sun. Mar. 21 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm Wed. Mar. 24 | 9:00 to 11:00 am Sun. Mar. 28 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm
LEVEL TWO CLINICS
LEVEL TWO Beginner Clinics are for players who have taken the first clinic and want to build upon their foundational game. We’ll take you through a variety of drills to improve all the shots you need to become a skillful player. We’ll also improve your court positioning and teach you how to outsmart your opponents.
Wed. Mar. 3 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am Wed. Mar. 17 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am Wed. Mar. 17 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Sun. Mar. 21 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm Sun. Mar. 28 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm
NOTE: To attend a LEVEL TWO clinic, you must first take a LEVEL ONE clinic.
LEVEL THREE CLINICS
In the LEVEL THREE Beginner Clinic, you’ll gain a greater ability to force your opponents to make a mistake by learning how to hit un-attackable shots and by developing a third shot drop. You’ll also improve your forehand and backhand groundstrokes. Plus, we will teach you advanced doubles play strategies while giving you constructive in-game coaching advice.
Wed. Mar. 3 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
NOTE: To attend a LEVEL THREE clinic, you must first take a LEVEL TWO clinic.
PLAY WITH COACHING
In this clinic you’ll receive in-game coaching on how to minimize mistakes to maximize your ability to win points. Coaches John Moore and Sandy Halkett will breakdown why points were lost and how points were won. Strategy, shot selection, court positioning, teamwork, and more will be analyzed. Ideal for novice to intermediate players.
Wed. Mar. 24 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
BREAKING BAD HABITS
This 2-hour clinic teaches you the most common bad Pickleball habits and how to break them. Coaches-turned-Therapists John Moore and Sandy Halkett will give players “tough love” on the court and counsel you to make your Pickleball game healthier. This clinic is ideal for intermediate players.
Location: Victor Gym (indoors) 108 S Line St, Greer, SC 29651 (map)
NOTE: These clinics are indoors at Victor Gym (Greer), unless otherwise noted.
With the coronavirus pandemic, expect all indoor city, county and private facilities to be closed for the foreseeable future. Outdoor public parks are open for pickleball play.
UPDATE: May 10 | Upstate Pickleball is going to wait to list organized play days/times/locations on our calendar until more of the pandemic dust settles. Until then, we recommend you organize small groups to play at days/times/locations of your choosing.
Fox Carolina News recently aired a story and published an article on Pickleball that features beginner players from a summer clinic. If you live around Greenville, Upstate Pickleball would love to get you playing Pickleball.
Rain played havoc on the 2019 Greenville Spring Smash. We made a tough decision in canceling Mixed Doubles. We also endured two rain delays to get in Women’s & Men’s Doubles play on Saturday. Players were patient and understanding throughout and the competition on the courts was intense.
Friday was a great day for pickleball with lots of cool sun and hot action on the courts. Rain on Saturday forced us to play on a chilly Sunday but everyone was a trooper and played on. Thankfully, temperatures rose above 50 degrees by noon time.
It was great seeing 122 players bring their classy competitive spirit to the tournament. It was also great to see so many new friendships being made. Pickleball people are the best.
The Spring Smash had 14 divisions from Mixed to Men’s to Women’s. Interested in seeing the winning teams? Click here for a nifty two-sheeter listing all the Gold/Silver/Pickles winning teams.
We snapped LOTS of photos during the tournament. There are over 1,200 pictures in our photo gallery. We’ve grouped the photos by day and skill level to make it easier for you to pore over. These photos can be downloaded and used as you wish.
A huge thank you goes to Michelle Giles, Denise Newhouse, Sandy Halkett and John Moore for snapping all the photos.
If you played in the Spring Smash, please take a few minutes to respond to our Player Survey. Your perspective will help us design a better tournament experience. (Thanks.)
2019 Greenville Spring Smash Tournament
We are absolutely doing another tournament next spring. While we haven’t settled on the dates for the 2019 tournament, we do have a special announcement.
This is a tremendous opportunity for us to be part of a larger statewide sports festival. Just think, you could be the State Games South Carolina Gold medal winning team next year. (That’s cool, eh?)
We will certainly share more information about this exciting State Games South Carolina opportunity as we finalize details for the 2019 Spring Smash.
Thank You Joni and Rhiana
A massive amount of thanks goes to Joni Dilworth and Rhiana Barrera from Greenville County Parks & Rec. They’ve been instrumental in handling so many of the details needed to make the Spring Smash tournament happen. Without Joni and Rhiana, there would not be a tournament.
THANK YOU Joni and Rhiana!!!!! (And, I hope you’ve finally warmed up from Sunday.)
The inaugural Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash is in the books. Over 130 players participated in the tournament. Rain almost washed out Mixed Doubles play on Friday but the sun shined and matches were played despite 20 mph wind gusts. Ah, but Saturday… glorious day for Pickleball. Little to no wind and lots of spring sunshine.
Here are the medal winners…
age: 19+ | skill: 2.5-3.0 GOLD | Michelle Giles & Steve Nelson SILVER | Susie Taft & Ted Riley PICKLES | Nancy Vermilye & Dennis Vermiyle
age: 19+ | skill: 3.5+ GOLD | Emma Winiski & David Kimbrell SILVER | Wendy Evans & Steve Johnson PICKLES | Tara Walters & Joshua McClellan
age: 65+ | skill: 3.0 GOLD | Anne Booth & Ken Weitzen SILVER | Marilyn Barnett & Ron Huston PICKLES | Kathy Bergeron & John Hesson
age: 65+ | skill: 3.5 GOLD | Doreen McDonald & Bill McDonald SILVER | Nancy Radar & Bill Radar PICKLES | Judy Holland & Doug Allen
A news crew from WYFF News 4 showed up on Tuesday night (Sep 6) at Victor City Gym (Greer) to do a story on the growing popularity of Pickleball in the Upstate. The segment aired on the 11 o’clock newscast.
Cathy Hailstone gets lots of on-camera time and does a fantastic job sharing the Pickleball gospel. Tom Boyer also gets some on-camera time and many other Upstate Pickleball players make one-the-court appearances. Click below to watch: