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Intermediate Drop-In Doubles


The Saturday / Sunday Drop-In Tennis program is continuing each Saturday and Sunday at the Phoenix Tennis Center. Here are the highlights of how it is structured and how it will be working:

1. It is a Co-ed program, meaning both women and men are welcome, and will simply play together...NOT specifically structured as mixed doubles pairs.

2. It is for INTERMEDIATE players....meaning solid 3.0's, 3.5's, and some 4.0 players (especially gals). Note: if you are a beginner-level player (2.0, 2.5, or a beginning 3.0) and would like to participate in a similar drop-in program at PTC, drop me a note. I'm hoping we can get such started before long. Similarly, if you are an advanced player (strong 4.0 and above) and have a similar interest, let me know. We might be able to get something organized that would work for you, as well. And, if you are a bit adventurous, come on over any Sunday, and we’ll do our best to arrange someone to play or hit with you. Basically, ‘everyone’ is welcome!

3. Essentially, this is a 'doubles' program. However, there is always the option of some singles play if such should be desired by some of the participating players...or made temporarily necessary by the # of players/courts on a given night. Mainly we follow the usual “drop-in” protocol of playing four games (each player serving once) and then changing partners and courts. Low-key, lots of fun, make new friends, meet new tennis buddies and potential future hitting mates!

4. The TIME on SATURDAY is 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and the cost is $3.50 per person. The TIME on SUNDAY IS 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and the cost is $4.00 per person, which covers courts and lights (as needed) at Phoenix Tennis Center for the two hours, plus provides a new can of balls for each court.

5. Reservations are NOT required; after all, it IS a drop-in program. You are welcome, however, to send a note to let me know to expect you. That is always nice. We often have courts[masked], or[masked], or[masked]-18. If needed, we can usually snag extra courts. Or, we just take turns sitting out for a short time. Occasionally, the courts we use AND the starting time might have to change…and on rare occasions, we might have to skip a week. It is always good to confirm!

6. No membership or registration is required. The only cost is the per-person $ for courts/lights/balls when you do attend. When holidays impact these Sunday sessions, we’ll vote on whether to meet or not. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write me. And again, whether or not Saturday / Sunday Drop-In Tennis at PTC is for you, please pass this invite along to anyone who might possibly be interested!!

See you on the courts!
Charlie Simmons ([masked])

for Saturday / Sunday Drop-In Tennis at PTC

Below is a summary of our ‘doubles rotation’ procedures—the most widely used procedures for Drop-In Tennis, now being used for our Saturday and Sunday sessions at the Phoenix Tennis Center. Simple and easy to follow, they are designed to allow everyone to enjoy multiple pairings--with frequent change of both partners and opponents--a great way to meet new friends and acquire new ‘tennis buddies’. Please read and follow them. __________________________________________________________________________

1. As players arrive, go to a court requiring an additional player. The first to arrive will occupy the eastern-most court—currently either courts 11, 15, 19, or 4 (if the new courts are being used). When there are four players on a court, new arrivals go to the next court and pick a partner. Make a point of learning names and introducing everyone. New friends and contacts are one of our goals, along with just ‘fun tennis’. 2. All matches are 'no-ad' and scored as 1,2,3,4. To start play, the team on the southern end of the court traditionally serves first. When a game is tied at 3-3, the next point determines the game winner. The receiving team may choose who will receive. Change ends as per usual, after the first and third games. When all players have served once, the match ends. The team with the majority of games won advances. If the match ends in a 2 games – 2 games tie, there is a one-serve tie-break. The team winning the spin of the racket can choose to serve or receive. The receiving team determines who will receive the serve. Winner of the tie-break advances. 3. All matches should end at approximately the same time. If a bit of waiting is needed, just continue play ‘for fun’. When play ends on all of the courts participating in the ‘doubles rotation’, the winners advance to the east and the losers move to the court to the west. 4. On arriving at the adjacent court, partners split up and get new partners from the other pair of players arriving at that court. All attempts should be made so a player does not play with the same partner more than once during the Drop-In session.

If you attend Saturday / Sunday Drop-In Tennis at PTC, please stay for the entire session unless there are an odd number of players, or an injury or emergency.

5. When there are ‘extra’ players (i.e. 1, 2, or 3) not making a ‘foursome’, they can be rotated into play at the end of each match cycle. While waiting, they are welcome to hit on any unused courts available

In addition to the above-described ‘doubles rotation’ procedures, sometimes players at PTC Drop-In Tennis would like to play ‘singles’. If that is YOU, speak to whoever is coordinating the session, and when possible, that can be arranged. Similarly, from time to time some players can be designated to simply stay and play on a court and not participate in the ‘doubles rotation’, in order to facilitate a team practice session, or for other reasons. Again, if this is something that applies to you, just speak to the session coordinator.

Any additional questions or comments are welcome. Send them to Charlie Simmons at [masked].

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