We are going to try a variation of last year’s Open Play, taking the HOA’s social distancing requirements into account.

The lights on courts 9 – 12 will be on in the mornings starting at 6:00 o’clock.  These courts will be used as OPEN from 6:00 a.m. until 7:45 a.m.  Due to the earliness of the morning and social distancing need, we are altering last year’s Open Play concept.  This variation of Open Play is a combination of Open Play and Challenge courts.  This new Pilot will also ease the concern that players may come down as an individual player and not have anyone to play with if all other players are in pre-determined groups of four.  This new Pilot has been successful in numerous other clubs around the country.

There will be CAC members at the courts for the first few days to help everyone understand the following procedure.

  1. Four (4) players will play on any of the 4 courts (9-12)
  2. Additional players who want to play against/with the players of that court will put their paddles in the fence of the court they want to play.
  3. If there is only one paddle on the fence, 3 of the players who have just finished may return to that court.  If there are 2 paddles in the fence, the 2 new people will take on the winners of the previous game. If there are 3 paddles in the fence, one person from the previous game may play again.  If there are 4 paddles in the fence, then the new set of 4 will replace the 4 previous players.  Each court is independent, so players will need to choose which court will allow for the best games for all players.
  4. All players must exit the court while determining who plays next. It is the responsibility of those from the previous game to decide who stays on the court to play the next game.
  5. Players who win can only play a maximum of 3 games in a row.
  6.   All games will be to 11, win by 1.

To make this a success, we will need players to challenge players who will allow for good competitive games.