Dealing with different abilities/seriousness of level of play
There are generally speaking 3 broad groups of players in our club (once they get over the beginner level):
Recreational players - Intermediate level players who are interested in a less serious style of play.
Competitive players - Intermediate level players who are interested in a more serious/competitive style of play, with attempts to play third-shot drops, lengthy dinking games, use of strategic power etc.
Advanced players, who would be ranked as at least high 3.5 players - verging on 4.0.
See the following link: https://www.usapa.org/skill-assessment-sheets/ for helpful skill assessment explanations.
While there are benefits to players with different skill levels playing with one another, we believe it is also important to make sure that players of all abilities have sufficient opportunities to play games at a suitable competitive level.
The busiest time of the year is usually between March and May, when the snowbirds return, but the outdoor courts are not yet open, and we want to try to make sure that court time is also allocated fairly. We have heard concerns that by allocating a court for advanced players, that they are being given more court time, but we do not think this is the case. Please keep in mind that while there may be fewer players waiting for the advanced court, they are waiting for only one court. Also if there are not enough advanced players to make the court allocation fair, some of the stronger Intermediates tend to move up to that level.
Here is what we are going to try for the spring of 2018:
On one side of the curtain:
On the other side of the curtain
The executive of the club does not want to get into the business of telling people where they can and can’t play You can self select for which court you wish to play on, but please try to be respectful of the concept that more advanced/competitive players should have the opportunity to play with similarly skilled players. On the other hand, advanced and “more competitive” players should respect the fact that the club as a whole benefits when more skilled players also play with people who might not be at their level as it helps all players develop their skills.
Players can move back and forth from one type of court to another during the course of an evening if they wish, provided that in doing so they do not jump the queue in the court that they are joining.
Obviously, there can be some flexibility so that if a court is not being used and other players are waiting to play, then the court can be reallocated (for example if players are waiting to play on the competitive side, and a court is empty on the recreational side, then the competitive players should use that extra court.) The club executive members can help with issues such as this as they arise.
Playing with specific people
When the courts are full, there generally will be racks to place paddles to indicate the next players up, but if you want to play with a specific group of people, you can group your paddles together and play together when a court becomes available. But if you want to play with a specific foursome, you can’t put your paddles in the rack to line up to play, until all four players are available to line up. In other words you can’t “hold a spot” for someone until they are off the court and ready to play, and you can’t jump the queue to play as a foursome. In practice this means that players who wish to put together a specific foursome to play with will have to wait a little longer to play if the courts are busy.
Beginners will be encouraged to come to Thursday nights at Victoria Harbour until they learn the basics of the game, but if beginners do come on Rec Centre nights the executive may put together a group to assist beginners, and ask for the use of a court for a short time to give them an introduction to the game. All players are also encouraged to include and help beginner and novice players.
Respect and Resolution of Disputes
Please treat your fellow players respectfully. If disputes arise between players and you are unable to respectfully resolve the matter amongst yourselves, please approach a member of the executive to make a decision. That executive member may or may not choose to consult with other members of the executive. Once the executive member makes the decision, please respect the decision even if you disagree with it. You should feel free to follow up with the president (Helen) by email if you think there is a broader problem that needs to be resolved, but the decision of an executive member should be accepted as final on the night of play.
Feedback and Suggestions
We are open to suggestions and to refining the system as necessary. Please feel free to discuss any concerns with any member of the executive.
Helen Proctor - President & Treasurer
Don Crandall - Vice President
Garry Morehouse - Community & Media Relations
Kathy Ball - Secretary
Janet Gallin - Executive member-at-large
NSSRC (NORTH SIMCOE SPORTS & RECREATION CENTRE)
527 Len Self Blvd, Midland, ON, L4R 5N6.
We play Sundays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM all year round (Drop-ins are welcome at $5.00 per session).
There are 6 indoor courts divided in half by a curtain.
There are a some days when the gym is not available to us, be sure to check our calendar regularly.
Click on the following link: Calendar of Events
We require you to sign in every time you play BEFORE you start playing and pay $5.00 (drop-ins only).
The sign-in sheet will be located nearest the gym doors.
HOW TO ENJOY PLAYING IN OUR CLUB AT NSSRC
A. LESS THAN 24 PLAYERS
If there are free courts, play with whoever and wherever you wish.
Mix in with everyone if desired.
If you prefer structure, follow the guidelines below in B.
B. 24 TO 32 PLAYERS - 1 rack for all
First game - 4 players start a game.
2 winners stay on, split up and 2 new players will join them.
In all consecutive games, 2 players who have not played twice in a row yet stay on, split up and 2 new players will join them.
In other words, each player plays 2 games in a row, regardless of who won or lost the game.
Players who played twice in a row must exit the court and place their paddle back in rotation.
Regular games to 11 points.
C. MORE THAN 32 PLAYERS - 1 rack for Winners and 1 rack for Non-Winners
All 4 players come off the court, 4 new players go on.
Game ends when one of the teams reaches 9 points.
No 2 points difference.
Playing with specific people
If you want to play with a specific group of people, you can group your paddles together and play together when a court becomes available.
But if you want to play with a specific foursome, you can’t put your paddles in the rack to line up to play, until all four players are available to line up.
In other words, you can’t “hold a spot” for someone until they are off the court and ready to play, and you can’t jump the queue to play as a foursome. In practice this means that players who wish to put together a specific foursome to play with will have to wait a little longer to play if the courts are busy.
Adjustments to these guidelines may be made at a moment's notice.
Let us all try to follow these guidelines, thank you!
If there are players you don't wish to play with, then don't, just pass your turn or move your paddle back a few spaces.
Garry Janet Kathy Helen Don
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Last updated: November 15, 2018