Upcoming Pickleball Clinics



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. $40 per player. (Play with Coaching session is $45 per player.)

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

CANCELLATION POLICY
No refunds for cancellations less than 48 hours from your clinic start time. If players have not pre-paid and cancel less than 48 hours from their clinic start time, you are required to pay the clinic fee. (Too many last-minute cancellations have forced us to establish a cancellation policy.)


LEVEL ONE CLINICS

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

JULY

Sat. July 31 | 9:00 to 11:00 am — 2 spots left

AUGUST

Sun. Aug 1 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Sat. Aug 7 | 9:00 to 11:00 am
Sat. Aug 7 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sat. Aug 14 | 9:00 to 11:00 am
Sun. Aug 15 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Sat. Aug 21 | 9:00 to 11:00 am
Sun. Aug 22 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Wed. Aug 25 | 9:00 to 11:00 am
Sat. Aug 28 | 9:00 to 11:00 am


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.

AUGUST

Sun. Aug 1 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm1 spot left
Sun. Aug 8 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Sat. Aug 14 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sun. Aug 22 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Sat. Aug 28 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sun. Aug. 29 | 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.

August

Sun. Aug. 8 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Sat. Aug. 21 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sun. Aug. 29 | 4:00 to 6:00 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. (This session is capped at four players per coach.)

July

Sat. July 31 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

August

Sun. Aug. 15 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Wed. Aug. 25 | 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.

no sessions scheduled


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

Current Playing Calendar

With Timmons Park closed all summer for major renovations, our organized playing calendar is changing.

Gower Park will see morning and evening play nearly every day of the week. Southside Park has weekly morning play. The Senior Centers in Mauldin and Simpsonville have organized play during the day. Sterling Community Center has indoor play on Thursday nights. While not listed on our organized playing calendar, you will most likely find morning and evening play at Pope Field in Easley. And, there are various other places where you will find indoor and outdoor play.

The next few months will be challenging. If you know of more organized play that is not listed on our calendar, please email John Moore.

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.

WINNING TEAMS
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.


PHOTO GALLERY
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…

MIXED DOUBLES

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


WOMENS DOUBLES

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


MENS DOUBLES

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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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:

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