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MIDLAND AREA PICKLEBALL CLUB

MAP Newsletter MARCH 2019

 

NO PICKLEBALL


- On Monday to Thursday - Tay Shores PS -Spring break from March 11 to 14.

 
 Always check the following link for changes when and where we are playing:
http://www.midlandareapickleballclub.ca/calendar-of-events.html

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON PILOT LADDER PLAY STARTS IN APRIL
Submitted by Janet Gallin

The Basics

From 1:30 to 3:30 Saturday afternoons, from April 6 to May 25, 2019, we are piloting a pickleball ladder at the Rec Centre in Midland.

This play is for members only.  All members, regardless of skill level, are welcome to join the ladder.   You do not have to commit to play every Saturday, but it is not a drop-in style of play, so it works better if you can commit to play for at least half of the available weeks – and we ask that you let us know by March 15 if you are interested in joining the ladder. 

Players will be asked to commit to playing in any individual week, by notifying the coordinator by Thursday evening.  Of course, we understand that emergencies may arise. Players will be notified by Friday evening if they have been selected to play on Saturday.  Players will be expected to show up 15 minutes early to allow for the organization of the courts, so that we can use our court time for actual play.

The point of the ladder is to have an organized way to have players matched mostly with others of similar skill levels, while still mixing things up so you don’t always play with the same people. Your ranking on a ladder is based mainly upon your winning percentage (essentially, the ratio of points won to total points possible). This format of play is suitable for all skill levels, but the spirit of play may be a bit more “competitive” as players vie to move up the ladder. Play is still intended to be fun and conducted with good-sportsmanship and appropriate pickleball etiquette.

For those interested in the nitty-gritty, we set out more detail below.  The system may sound complicated, but the bottom line is that you just have to sign up, show up, play on your assigned court and write down your scores.  We take care of the rest.

More Details

For 6 courts, the ideal number of players on each day is between 24 and 30.  If more than 30 players want to play on a given Saturday, we will have to limit the numbers by selecting rotating players to sit out each week.

Each week, players will be placed on pre-assigned courts in groups of 4 or 5 in the order of their ranking on the ladder, with Court 1 being the top of the ladder and Court 6 the bottom.  All players will play doubles games in a round robin fashion with the other three or four players on their court, keeping track of their scores on a scoresheet.  Then, on each court, the top player will switch “up a court” and the bottom player “down a court”.  This means that in the second round robin, each court will lose two players and gain two new players. But because Court 1 can only move down, and Court 6 can only move up, those courts will only lose and gain one player.

Then a second round robin will be held.  If there are 5 players assigned to a court, a bye will be built in to the round robin play.  We think it will work to have games go to 11 (with no two-point difference) for 4-player courts and to 9 points for the 5-player courts.  Players on 4-player courts play 3 games each, while players on 5-player courts play 4 games each – so hopefully the actual playing time evens out. But we may have to adjust that thinking if games are taking too long to play in our allotted time.

At the end of the play, the score sheets from both round robins are submitted to the coordinator, who will recalculate the ladder standings, based on the days results. Over the weeks, your scores from each week are averaged to give you a cumulative ladder score.  The actual formula to create the ladder is built into a spreadsheet, which essentially assigns scores to people based on how many points they won out of the available number of points available, so a player who loses every game by 9 to 11 will be scored higher than a player who consistently loses 2 to 11.   There are also small bonuses built in for winning games and for playing on higher ranked courts.  We are borrowing the formula and spreadsheet from one that has been used with success by other pickleball clubs. 

The next Saturday, players will be assigned to each court based on the new ladder standings and the available players. 

Once a few weeks have been played and the ladder sorts itself out, regardless of which court you are playing on, you should end up playing with players at roughly the same level as yourself.

Our research has revealed that the ladder play starts to work more quickly and efficiently if you begin the ladder by roughly sorting the more advanced players at the top of the ladder.  We do not want to get into the business of subjectively ranking players, but heeding the advice of others with ladder experience, we propose that the players who regularly play in the Advanced court (when we have one) be randomly sorted at the top to start the ladder.  Similarly, the Intermediate players will then be sorted randomly, next in line on the ladder.   We are using a computer random number generator to randomly sort the players to start – so please do not be mad at us if you do not like your starting spot when we begin ladder play!   It is the random number generator, not us.   And after that, your play will govern which court you play on.

Contact us if you want to play in the ladder!

Please note, that once the ladder gets started, only players who have expressed an interest in the ladder will get regular communications about the ladder, so if you are interested in playing in the Saturday ladder pilot, or if you have any feedback, questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact the coordinator, Janet Gallin, at MAPladder411@gmail.com – preferably by March 15, if you wish to participate in the ladder.

 

BIG CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP FEES

- ONE TYPE OF MEMBERSHIP FOR ALL PLAYERS  @ $100 annually, due May 1, 2019. 
No additional fee for playing is charged.

The fee increase is due to recent developments with our club's liability insurance and we had to raise our club fee to accommodate for the added expense.

We continue to play Sundays all year round, except for Thanksgiving, Easter etc.
We play Wednesdays at NSSRC for the months of June, July and August as well.
And of course, we still have the school available while open on Mondays-Ladies night, Tuesdays-Men's night, Wednesdays-Mixed night, Thursdays-Beginner's night.


Doing the math:

- If you were to join us for pickleball every time we played (150 X) for one year, the cost would be 67 cents per session.

- If you were to join us for instance just twice per week (100 X) for one year, the cost would be $1.00 per session.

- If you were to join us just for six months of the year every time we played (64 X), the cost would be $1.55 per session.

 
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NO DROP-INS, unless they are visiting our members for a short period of time, who may then play for free as guests of that member.

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NEW MEMBERS (this includes Snowbirds) may start playing for free on April 1, 2019, provided they pay for an annual membership the first time they play in April.

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NEW TO THE SPORT players are welcome to try pickleball twice for free, by which time they should know if they like it or not and must buy an annual membership if they wish to continue.

encourage newbies to start at Tay on Thursday evening's beginner night.

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CAPPING OUR MEMBERSHIP at 75 players. 

Current members are automatically considered a member for the 2019-2020 season, provided they pay their membership fee by May 1, 2019.

We are trying to avoid overcrowding and having to wait a long time for a free court.
We don't want to happen something like in the picture below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Signing up by non-members is accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Send an email to helen.proctor@rogers.com to reserve your spot.
If more than 75 players wish to play, we will start a waiting list.

 

WHAT DID I LEARN IN THE LAST MONTH?

Some good etiquette rules we should all follow:

-  Don’t cross the court behind a match until play has stopped. It’s not only rude, but it can be very dangerous as well.

-  Don't play and keep away from the best player on the other team during recreational play just so you can win - they want to play too!

-  If you are asked to play with a group that is obviously of a lower skill level than you, graciously accept and play a game or two with them. They will likely appreciate your graciousness and understand that you want to get back to similarly-skilled players after the game.

-  If you are obviously the weakest player on the court, don’t take advantage of their graciousness by staying on the court for an indefinite period of time. More than a game or two will undoubtedly wear out your welcome.



Come play with us, we will pickle you!