Pickleball at the Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center

Just in time for fall, we have a new indoor facility to play Pickleball. The Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center [map] will have four indoor courts for people of all ages. Dates and playing times will change monthly until 2019 when a set schedule will be determined. The October Playing Schedule is below…

1:00 to 4:30

Monday, Oct 1
Thursday, Oct 4
Monday, Oct 8
Wednesday. Oct 10
Monday, Oct. 15
Wednesday, Oct 17
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Thursday, Oct. 25
Monday, Oct. 29

Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center
310 W Curtis Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681

Many Upstate Pickleball players have been instrumental in making this happen. Thank you Steve Johnson, Tom Bates, Gary Allen, Don Daniels, Jim Buehl, Wayne Levens, and others.

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Fall Donation Drive

Pickleball is growing big-time in the Upstate. It’s an affordable game to play but there are expenses that need to be covered in order for us to enjoy having balls, paddles and other equipment needed.

It costs us about $150 a year to maintain both the Upstate Pickleball website and the online Playing Calendar. The price for balls adds up when each one costs about $2.75 each. We try to have 70 balls to play with at Gower Park and that costs us about $200. There are other venues where we supply the balls so the costs goes even higher. The price for having demo paddles at venues also adds up.

For the past year, we’ve been using the money collected (minus gym rental fees) from people paying to play at Sterling. We’ve also conducted a few Beginner Clinics with 100% of the money (minus gym rental fees) going to support Upstate Pickleball.

Our funds are getting low. We could use your financial support.

Please consider donating money to help improve your Upstate Pickleball experience. All money donated will go towards buying new indoor/outdoor balls, demo paddles, maintaining our website and other equipment/tools.

Our goal is to collect a minimum of $600 during our Fall Donation Drive. (We will be overjoyed if we can collect $1,000.)

There are two ways you can make a donation: credit card or cash.

Upstate Pickleball has an online store where you can make a $10, $25 or $50 donation. You can pay online using a credit card at this secure link:


Cash is also accepted. If you prefer to make a cash donation, please give the money to one of the following players: Fran Franke, Sandy Halkett, Dan Howes, Joe Montgomery, John Moore, Eric Thomas and Eric Thompson.

Thank you for considering making a donation to Upstate Pickleball. The more money we collect, the better we will be able to grow the game in the greater Greenville/Spartanburg area.

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Beginner Clinics in September

September Beginner Clinics are SOLD OUT
Expect more Beginner Clinics in October

Upstate Pickleball has three Beginner Clinics happening in September at Sterling Community Center (113 Minus St. Greenville 29601).

Monday, Sep 10 (12:00 to 1:30 pm)
Wednesday, Sep 19 (12:00 to 1:30 pm) SOLD OUT
Friday, Sep 21 (12:00 to 1:30 pm) SOLD OUT

In each 90-minute clinic, you’ll learn how to hit the ball, keep score, the rules and basic game play. Participation is capped at 8 players for the clinic so that everyone will receive coaching time. $25 per person. At the end of the clinic, players will have the foundational knowledge and skills to start playing Pickleball.

Interested players should email John Moore to reserve their spot in an upcoming clinic.

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Spartanburg Senior Sports Classic Pickleball Tournament

Here’s a Pickleball Tournament in our backyard for players aged 50+ on Wed. Oct. 3 in Spartanburg. Events include: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. There’s a $20 registration fee and the deadline to register is Fri. Sep. 28.

CLICK HERE or below for more…

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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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