Upstate Pickleball celebrates Julia Hall

Julia Hall is a giver in this world. She has selflessly welcomed and taught so many people in the greater Greenville area how to play pickleball. She plays the role of sister, mother, grandmother and friend to all of us who play pickleball in the Upstate. Julia turned 79 recently.

Upstate Pickleball celebrated the goodness of Julia at Gower Park with a surprise birthday party. Here’s a snippet of that celebration…

Julia Hall wrote us the following “thank you” note…

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The 2018 Spring Smash was Smashing

Wow!! That was fun.

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.

Player Survey
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.

Next year’s Spring Smash will be part of the State Games South Carolina.

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.)

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2018 Greenville Spring Smash Tournament

This weekend is the Greenville Spring Smash Tournament at Butler Springs Park. 120 players are signed up and the action starts Friday at 10:30 am. Weather is looking nice for Friday but Saturday looks to be cool and possibly wet. (Sunday is our rain date if Saturday is too wet to play.)

Here’s the current tournament schedule. See y’all this weekend at the Spring Smash.

2018 Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash Tournament

The 2018 Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash Tournament will be played on Friday, Apr 6 and Saturday, Apr 7.

It’s a round robin tournament for players aged 19+ at all skill levels. This tournament will be played outdoors at Butler Springs Park on 8 temporary courts.

Mixed Doubles will be played on Friday and Women’s & Men’s Doubles will be played on Saturday. The cost is $30 for the first event and $5 for the second event.

Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism is hosting the tournament and Upstate Pickleball will be handling tournament director duties.


Friday, Apr. 6 – Mixed Doubles
Saturday, Apr. 7 – Women’s & Men’s Doubles

Sunday, Apr. 8 is the rain date

Registration is closed:

Butler Springs Park (301 Butler Springs Rd, Greenville, SC 29615) [MAP]

First event $30, $5 for the second event

Mixed Doubles | Women’s Doubles | Men’s Doubles
(round robin format)

Onix Pure 2 Outdoor ball

Age Categories*:
19+ | 50+
(age as of 12/31/18)
* Tournament Director reserves the right to combine age and skill level events based on participation.

Skill Levels*:
2.5 & 3.0 | 3.5 | 4.0+
* Unsure of your skill level? Refer to this Pickleball Skill Level self-assessment sheet (.pdf). Or, ask an experienced player for their assessment of your skill level.

Players Needing Partners:
If you are in need of a partner, please email John Moore with the following information: Name | Age | Skill Level | Event Needing a Partner.

The current list of Players Needing Partners can be accessed here.

Cancellations before March 23, 2018 (5:00 pm) will receive a full refund. No refunds after March 23, 2018.

Inclement Weather Policy:
This is an outdoor tournament. There is no indoor facility back-up plan. If weather is a factor we will do all we can to play matches. There are no refunds if the tournament is impacted by weather. Sunday April 8 will be a rain day.

2017 Greenville Spring Smash Photos

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Beginner Pickleball Clinics on Sat. Feb. 3

Taking waitlist participants.

UPSTATE PICKLEBALL is running two clinics for Beginners to learn how to play Pickleball on Saturday, Feb 3rd. Each morning session is limited to 12 participants and the cost is $15.

Clinics are sold out BUT we are accepting waitlist participants. Get on the waitlist by sending an email to John Moore.

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Daytime Play at Victor City Gym in January

Victor City Gym [map] will be open for Pickleball play on Tuesday mornings throughout January from 9:00am to 12:00pm. (It’s for seniors 50+ but they will not be checking IDs at the door).

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Upstate Pickleball Clinic on Sat. Jan 20

Our Jan. 6th clinic is SOLD OUT.
Our Jan. 20th clinic is SOLD OUT.

Be on the lookout for future clinics.

To win GOLD at your next Pickleball tournament you’ll need to start with Sterling… Sterling Community Center that is.

On Saturday, Jan 20th at 9:30am, UPSTATE PICKLEBALL is running a (second) CLINIC to take your Pickleball game to the next level. This clinic at Sterling Community Center will be led by Brandon Walters and limited to 12 participants. The cost is $30.

Reserve your space by sending an email to John Moore.

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Introducing Piranha Pickleball

Upstate Pballers… if you’ve seen Michelle Giles playing lately then you’ve seen her wearing a fierce Piranha Pickleball hat.

Piranha Pickleball, that’s the name of Michelle’s side hustle Pickleball business. Besides selling hats, she is also selling Pro-Lite Paddles. Michelle has demo Pro-Lite paddles for you to try out. They include the Titan, Groove, Rockstar, and Blaster. For more information, read below.

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New Playing Days and Times at Victor City Gym

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Fall + Winter Hours at Gower Park

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New Demo Paddles and Academy Steps Up

If you’ve played recently at either Gower Park or Sterling Community Center then you may have noticed three new demo paddles from Selkirk.

Selkirk is one the most respected Pickleball paddle brands. Many of the top pros play with Selkirk paddles. Three players have already played with the 30P Epic paddle and felt it improved their game so much so that each one is buying the paddle. (Special thanks to Selkirk for donating these three paddles to Upstate Pickleball.)

Speaking of buying paddles, consider going to Academy Sports to buy your next paddle. This photo is from the Academy on Woodruff Rd. Obviously, Academy is stepping up their Pickleball merchandise.

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