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.
When Upstate Pickleball lists playing days/times on our Calendar we need to ensure someone will be there to help setup play and to welcome new players. Most of the places listed on our Calendar have people serving in those roles.
We have the opportunity to play indoors at Sterling Community Center from 9 am to 12 pm on Mon, Wed. and Fri. However, we need volunteers to serve as hosts for those days.
The Phillis Wheatley Community Center will be offering indoor Pickleball play on three courts from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 15. Again, we need volunteers to serve as hosts for those days.
email Eric Thomas if you are interested in volunteering.
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.
In the LEVEL ONE 2-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.
We also offer a LEVEL TWO Beginner Clinic. This is 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.
In our capstone 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.
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)
Upcoming Beginner Clinics
LEVEL ONE CLINICS
Monday, Oct. 21 | 5:45 to 7:45 pm
Thursday, Oct. 24 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday, Nov. 7 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monday, Nov. 11 | 5:45 to 7:45 pm
Monday, Dec. 2 | 5:45 to 7:15 pm
Thursday, Dec. 5 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LEVEL TWO CLINICS
Thursday, Nov. 14 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monday, Nov. 18 | 5:45 to 7:15 pm
NOTE: To attend a LEVEL TWO clinic, you must first take a LEVEL ONE clinic.
LEVEL THREE CLINICS
Monday, Oct. 28 | 5:45 to 7:15 pm
Monday, Nov. 25 | 5:45 to 7:15 pm
NOTE: To attend a LEVEL THREE clinic, you must first take a LEVEL TWO clinic.
Location: Timmons Park
121 Oxford St, Greenville, SC 29607 [map]
NOTE: We may move some weekday clinics indoors to Victor Gym (Greer).
Email John Moore
to reserve your spot in an upcoming clinic
Our Current Playing Calendar lists the venues, days and times people are playing Pickleball in the area. Balls and loaner paddles will be available for players at each of these listings. See you on the court.
NOTE: Recreation centers are usually closed on major holidays (and during inclement weather). Outdoor public courts are open for play (weather permitting). And if it’s colder than 50 degrees, then most players will likely stay home rather than play outdoors.
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.
Kudos to the winning teams!
It’s Tournament Time!
The 2019 Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash Tournament will be played on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.
It’s a round robin tournament for players aged 18+ at all skill levels. This tournament will be played outdoors at Butler Springs Park on 10 temporary courts (taped lines on quality tennis courts).
Mixed Doubles will be played on Friday and Women’s & Men’s Doubles will be played on Saturday. The cost is $35 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.
The 2019 Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash is pleased to be affiliated with State Games South Carolina.
Friday, Apr. 12 – Mixed Doubles
Saturday, Apr. 13 – Women’s & Men’s Doubles
Sunday, Apr. 14 is the rain date
Registration is Closed.
Registration deadline: Friday, April 5.
Current Player List (April 3)
Butler Springs Park (301 Butler Springs Rd, Greenville, SC 29615) [MAP]
First event $35, $5 for the second event
Mixed Doubles | Women’s Doubles | Men’s Doubles
(round robin format)
Onix Fuse G2 Outdoor ball
18+ | 50+ | 65+
(age as of 12/31/19)
* Tournament Director reserves the right to combine age and skill level events based on participation.
2.5/3.0 | 3.5 | 4.0 | 4.5/5.0
* 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 29, 2019 (5:00 pm) will receive a full refund. No refunds after March 30, 2019.
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, 14 will be a rain day.
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.
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.)
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
age: 19+/50+/65+ | skill: 2.5-3.0
GOLD | Katia Walters & Natasha Walters
SILVER | Nicki Dunn & Tricia Phillips
PICKLES | Debra Romaine & Anne Booth
age: 19+/50+/65+ | skill: 3.5-4.0
GOLD | Wendy Evans & Nancy Lenkowski
SILVER | Lora Mason & Karen Wolf
PICKLES | Betsy Donner & Doreen McDonald
age: 19+/50+| skill: 2.5-3.0
GOLD | Nicholas Golowich & Nicky Golowich
SILVER | Rob Claude & Scott Grove
PICKLES | Mike Allen & Ken Pankopp
age: 19+/50+ | skill: 3.5
GOLD | Joshua McClellan & Jacob Hill
SILVER | Robert Wilson & Greg Harabin
PICKLES | Dan Howes & Mike Vinson
age: 19+/50+/65+ | skill: 4.0-4.5
GOLD | Chad Cromwell & Chris Wolfe
SILVER | Dave Bailey & Art Worley
PICKLES | Joshua Cook & Seth Cook
age: 65+ | skill: 3.0-3.5
GOLD | Frank Kinder & Bill Cooper
SILVER | Dan McGonigle & Barry Baum
PICKLES | Gary Allen & Ken Klegon
Michelle Giles and Denise Newhouse took lots a great photos from the tournament and have posted them on Shutterfly for everyone to view and download the high-resolution images.
Here are are few choice pictures from the tournament. Enjoy.
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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: