Upcoming Pickleball 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 in 2020.

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.

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.

Intermediate Clinics are also available. The PLAY WITH COACHING session gives you in-game coaching on how to minimize mistakes to maximize your ability to win points. The BREAKING BAD HABITS session identifies the most common bad Pickleball habits and how to break them.

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

To sign-up for a clinic, email John Moore


Sun. Sep. 13 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm — SOLD OUT
Tues. Sep. 15 | 5:45 to 7:45 pm — SOLD OUT
Wed. Sep. 30 | 9:00 to 11:00 am

Tues. Oct. 6 | 5:45 to 7:45 pm — outdoors (Southside Park)
Wed. Oct. 14 | 9:00 – 11:00 am
Wed. Oct. 21 | 9:00 – 11:00 am
Tues. Oct. 27 | 5:45 – 7:45 pm — outdoors (Southside Park)


Wed. Sep. 2 | 9:00 to 11:00 am
Wed. Sep. 2 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tues. Sep. 22 | 5:45 to 7:45 pm — SOLD OUT

Wed. Oct. 7 | 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Wed. Oct. 14 | 9:00 to 11:00 am
Tues. Oct. 20 | 5:45 to 7:45 pm — outdoors (Southside Park)

NOTE: To attend a LEVEL TWO clinic, you must first take a LEVEL ONE clinic.


Sun. Sep. 27 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Wed. Oct. 21 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

NOTE: To attend a LEVEL THREE clinic, you must first take a LEVEL TWO clinic.


Wed. Sep. 16 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tues. Sep. 29 | 5:45 to 7:45 pm — outdoors (Southside Park)
Wed. Sep. 30 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – SOLD OUT

Tues. Oct. 13
| 5:45 to 7:45 pm — outdoors (Southside Park)
Wed. Oct. 28 | 9:00 to 11:00 am

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.


no clinics scheduled

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.

Email John Moore
to reserve your spot in an upcoming clinic

2020 Greenville Smash

The 2020 Greenville Smash Tournament has been rescheduled and will be played on Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10.

It’s a round robin tournament for players aged 18+ at all skill levels. The tournament will be played outdoors at Northside Park on 12 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 $40 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, Oct. 9 – Mixed Doubles
Saturday, Oct. 10 – Women’s & Men’s Doubles

Sunday, Oct. 11 is the rain date

Registration begins Monday, July 13.


Registration deadline: Friday, Sep. 25.

Northside Park (101 W. Darby Rd., Greenville, SC 29609) [MAP]

First event $40, $5 for the second event

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

Onix Fuse G2 Outdoor ball
Dura Fast 40 Outdoor ball (4.5+ skill levels)

Age Categories*:
18+ | 50+ | 65+
(age as of 12/31/20)
* 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 | 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 Sep. 25, 2020 (5:00 pm) will receive a full refund. No refunds after Sep. 25, 2020.

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, Oct., 11 will be a rain day.

Current Playing Calendar

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.

Winter hours for Timmons Park organized play begins Monday, Dec. 9. MWF play changes to an afternoon start time (12:30). Saturday play start time stays the same (9 am).

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.

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.)

2017 Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash Recap

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.

*** View all photos on Shutterfly ***

Pickleball is Growing in Popularity in the Upstate

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: