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Unlike other tennis clubs, we do not ask for ongoing commitments or USTA ratings. But we will guarantee a fun evening of tennis. All newbies and returnees are welcomed equally with the regulars – we are all here to play, practice and have fun.

**Please bring $5 to cover court costs.**

Meet us at the Tennis Shack or ask for the Pat/Meetup courts. We will play (mostly) doubles and will make every effort to assign players to achieve competitive matches. We do ask that you are a little flexible: you may play some sets with partners and opponents either above or below your level. Please be competitive with players at or above your level and generous with those below; you will have multiple partners and opponents through the night.

We play on the Mira Costa Tennis Courts from 7pm – 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you are available, please join us afterwards at a local pizza joint for food/drinks and pleasant conversation.

Manhattan Beach Tennis has become a fun yet competitive evening among an ever growing circle of friends. As the number of regular and occasional players has grown we have implemented a similarly growing set of guidelines to ensure a common and respectful culture. These guidelines more formally state our mutual implied expectations. Thank you for your participation and cooperation in implementing and promoting these guidelines. Your efforts make Manhattan Beach Tennis such a successful and smoothly functioning Meetup.

********* Tennis Etiquette ***********

*** Politesse ***

* Introduce Yourself * - Although many players show up week after week, we sometimes forget a name or we may even have learned the name incorrectly. It's not a sin, but rather a courtesy to frequently introduce yourself to your partner and your opponents and to ask for their name(s).

* Shake Hands * - We are all here in the spirit of good fun and good competition. Shake hands (or fist bump) with your partner and your opponents after every “set” to show your appreciation for their participation in that spirit by just showing up to play. No matter how good or bad they are, or you are, if they didn't show up, you couldn't play.

* Respect Other's Space* - Notwithstanding the above, respect each other's desire for space. Some people are "huggers" while others want to set limits on everything from hugs to a pat on the back. And then some people wish to eliminate ALL touching. Don't assume everyone shares your space needs. Ask for consent before rushing in.

* Give Compliments * - The best way to promote a friendly game is to compliment your opponent on a great shot. Encourage both your teammate and your opponents. In this format your opponent will soon be your teammate. Get on their good side now so you can later play better as a team.

*** Scoring ***

* Server Scores * - The server should call the score before EVERY first serve. It's late, we are all tired, and it is easy to lose track of the score, especially when we play so many games. Call it EVERY time so that maybe one of the four of you will remember for the next serve.

* Score Please? * - It's late, we are all tired, and it is easy to forget to call the score. If you don't hear the score announced, call “Score, please?” This politely reminds the server of their primary responsibility to keep track of the score.

* Discussions * - The score has been called, and NOW is the time for any questions or discussions. It's late, we are all tired, etc, etc. Don't wait until deep into the game when you have forgotten the details of the points that led to that score. Stay on the same page and minimize confusion.

*** Line Calls ***

* In or Out? * - Let's be clear: The rules state that the ball is “IN” if ANY portion of the ball touches or even kisses ANY portion of the line. Our etiquette states that the ball is “IN” if there is any doubt.

* Calling In/Out * - The receiving side calls the ball “in” or “out”. If you don't hear someone say “Out”, then assume it's “in” and keep playing. If it's actually “out”, then the calling side will stop hitting and declare the point. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to correct your teammate if they call a ball “out” when it's actually “in”. If either player says it's “out” then it is “out”.

* Be Polite * - While we want to make sure the calls are clear, we don't want to annoy our opponents. This is a friendly game. If the point or serve is obvious to you, it may not be obvious to your opponents. Point up to the heavens if the ball is “out” or point to the ground or make the “safe” sign if the ball is “in”. By the way, “Out” has a much better connotation than “Fault”. This isn't Wimbelton.

* Errors * - Stop play once the ball is called “out”. If during play a side calls “out” but it actually falls “in”, then the other side is immediately awarded the point. (Example: an opponent hits a lob to my back line. I call it “out” before it hits, but it falls “in”. I groan, stop play, and award the point to my opponent.)

*** Bring A New Can Of Balls ***

* Everyone Participates * - Please bring a fresh (new) set of tennis balls to every event you attend. Only one person will open a new can on each court, but you may be selected as that person. You can buy balls at the tennis shack at a reasonable price.

* When To Open * - Please do not open a can prior to the start of formal play. Warm-up with any old set of balls, and indeed you will likely have more than three balls on the court during warm-ups. This allows time to move players around to facilitate appropriate match-ups.

* Who Opens * - After the teams have been established, one side will spin a racquet and the other side will call to determine serve. The winning side will then spin a racquet to determine who opens the new can of balls. The “winner” opens a new can of balls. As a reward they will decide who will play forehand and who serves first.

* Leave The Balls * - Leave each new set of balls on that original court during all rotations. (Do not take the balls with you as you rotate.) Leave the balls on the tray next to each net so that they are easy to find. You may retrieve your set of balls at the end of the night.

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Tuesday Tennis in Manhattan Beach

1901 Valley Dr

The Manhattan Beach Tennis Courts at Live Oak and Manhattan Heights are open. The Mira Costa courts are still closed. However, the new COVID-19 rules PROHIBIT DOUBLES PLAY & ROTATING PARTNERS. Therefore, if you wish to play, you will need to match up for SINGLES PLAY with a partner from the list of players who wish to attend (below). Contact your desired partner by clicking on their name and then sending them a Meetup Message. Once they have accepted your invitation and agreed upon a location and time, you will then MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS. Reservations can ONLY be made online. If you wish to play for two hours, then EACH of you will need to make a 1-hour reservation for succeeding hours (e.g. 5pm - 6pm and 6pm - 7pm). Courts close at 7pm. Make reservations online at https://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/tennis I recommend that you remove your name from the list once you have made your reservations. Otherwise, you may be bombarded by people who also want to play. GUIDELINES FOR PLAY: • Singles play only • Reservations will be for 50 minutes to allow plenty of time for players to vacate before the next reservation arrives. • Players may reserve a maximum of 1 - one hour reservation per day • Players should arrive no more than ten minutes prior to their reservation time. • Upon arriving, please check in to the office. • Players should bring their own water and hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to wash hands frequently. • No equipment is to be shared between players. • Each Player will bring their own tennis balls and racquet to play with. • Each player will mark their balls with clear and unique markings • Players will only serve and touch their own tennis balls. • When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racquet, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice. • At no time will any player need to touch or hold another player’s tennis balls. • Players are encouraged to not switch ends while playing. If switching does take place, then cross over on the opposite sides of the court. • Players are asked to leave the facility immediately after play. No congregating. • Modifications to existing reservations may be adjusted up to 2 hours prior to the scheduled reservation time • No lessons permitted.

Tuesday Tennis in Manhattan Beach

1901 Valley Dr

The Manhattan Beach Tennis Courts at Live Oak and Manhattan Heights are open. The Mira Costa courts are still closed. However, the new COVID-19 rules PROHIBIT DOUBLES PLAY & ROTATING PARTNERS. Therefore, if you wish to play, you will need to match up for SINGLES PLAY with a partner from the list of players who wish to attend (below). Contact your desired partner by clicking on their name and then sending them a Meetup Message. Once they have accepted your invitation and agreed upon a location and time, you will then MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS. Reservations can ONLY be made online. If you wish to play for two hours, then EACH of you will need to make a 1-hour reservation for succeeding hours (e.g. 5pm - 6pm and 6pm - 7pm). Courts close at 7pm. Make reservations online at https://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/tennis I recommend that you remove your name from the list once you have made your reservations. Otherwise, you may be bombarded by people who also want to play. GUIDELINES FOR PLAY: • Singles play only • Reservations will be for 50 minutes to allow plenty of time for players to vacate before the next reservation arrives. • Players may reserve a maximum of 1 - one hour reservation per day • Players should arrive no more than ten minutes prior to their reservation time. • Upon arriving, please check in to the office. • Players should bring their own water and hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to wash hands frequently. • No equipment is to be shared between players. • Each Player will bring their own tennis balls and racquet to play with. • Each player will mark their balls with clear and unique markings • Players will only serve and touch their own tennis balls. • When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racquet, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice. • At no time will any player need to touch or hold another player’s tennis balls. • Players are encouraged to not switch ends while playing. If switching does take place, then cross over on the opposite sides of the court. • Players are asked to leave the facility immediately after play. No congregating. • Modifications to existing reservations may be adjusted up to 2 hours prior to the scheduled reservation time • No lessons permitted.

Tuesday Tennis in Manhattan Beach

1901 Valley Dr

The Manhattan Beach Tennis Courts at Live Oak and Manhattan Heights are open. The Mira Costa courts are still closed. However, the new COVID-19 rules PROHIBIT DOUBLES PLAY & ROTATING PARTNERS. Therefore, if you wish to play, you will need to match up for SINGLES PLAY with a partner from the list of players who wish to attend (below). Contact your desired partner by clicking on their name and then sending them a Meetup Message. Once they have accepted your invitation and agreed upon a location and time, you will then MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS. Reservations can ONLY be made online. If you wish to play for two hours, then EACH of you will need to make a 1-hour reservation for succeeding hours (e.g. 5pm - 6pm and 6pm - 7pm). Courts close at 7pm. Make reservations online at https://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/tennis I recommend that you remove your name from the list once you have made your reservations. Otherwise, you may be bombarded by people who also want to play. GUIDELINES FOR PLAY: • Singles play only • Reservations will be for 50 minutes to allow plenty of time for players to vacate before the next reservation arrives. • Players may reserve a maximum of 1 - one hour reservation per day • Players should arrive no more than ten minutes prior to their reservation time. • Upon arriving, please check in to the office. • Players should bring their own water and hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to wash hands frequently. • No equipment is to be shared between players. • Each Player will bring their own tennis balls and racquet to play with. • Each player will mark their balls with clear and unique markings • Players will only serve and touch their own tennis balls. • When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racquet, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice. • At no time will any player need to touch or hold another player’s tennis balls. • Players are encouraged to not switch ends while playing. If switching does take place, then cross over on the opposite sides of the court. • Players are asked to leave the facility immediately after play. No congregating. • Modifications to existing reservations may be adjusted up to 2 hours prior to the scheduled reservation time • No lessons permitted.

Tuesday Tennis in Manhattan Beach

1901 Valley Dr

The Manhattan Beach Tennis Courts at Live Oak and Manhattan Heights are open. The Mira Costa courts are still closed. However, the new COVID-19 rules PROHIBIT DOUBLES PLAY & ROTATING PARTNERS. Therefore, if you wish to play, you will need to match up for SINGLES PLAY with a partner from the list of players who wish to attend (below). Contact your desired partner by clicking on their name and then sending them a Meetup Message. Once they have accepted your invitation and agreed upon a location and time, you will then MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS. Reservations can ONLY be made online. If you wish to play for two hours, then EACH of you will need to make a 1-hour reservation for succeeding hours (e.g. 5pm - 6pm and 6pm - 7pm). Courts close at 7pm. Make reservations online at https://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/tennis I recommend that you remove your name from the list once you have made your reservations. Otherwise, you may be bombarded by people who also want to play. GUIDELINES FOR PLAY: • Singles play only • Reservations will be for 50 minutes to allow plenty of time for players to vacate before the next reservation arrives. • Players may reserve a maximum of 1 - one hour reservation per day • Players should arrive no more than ten minutes prior to their reservation time. • Upon arriving, please check in to the office. • Players should bring their own water and hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to wash hands frequently. • No equipment is to be shared between players. • Each Player will bring their own tennis balls and racquet to play with. • Each player will mark their balls with clear and unique markings • Players will only serve and touch their own tennis balls. • When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racquet, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice. • At no time will any player need to touch or hold another player’s tennis balls. • Players are encouraged to not switch ends while playing. If switching does take place, then cross over on the opposite sides of the court. • Players are asked to leave the facility immediately after play. No congregating. • Modifications to existing reservations may be adjusted up to 2 hours prior to the scheduled reservation time • No lessons permitted.

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