FYI. THE COUNTY PARKS COMMISSION REQUIRES AN EVENING PASS TO PLAY UNDER THE LIGHTS AND THEY ARE ENFORCING IT ALTHOUGH NOT CONSISTENTLY. JUST BEWARE YOU MIGHT BE ASKED TO SHOW YOUR PASS OR FORCED TO LEAVE. I HAVENT HEARD OF ANYONE RECEIVING A FINE BUT BE FOREWARNED.
Format: We play doubles and/or singles games with an interesting format:
* Warm-up: We begin our game by warming up through knocking some balls. This also fill the waiting time nicely for others who for some reason are running behind. Suggested time is around 10-15 minutes, with 1 minute for serves practice.
* Introduction: we huddle to get to know each other especially the first timers. In introduction we cover name, where we live, what we do, tennis rating if we know or level such as intermediate, anything else, suggestions, improvements, feedback etc. Also players give the contribution to the host.
* Teaming/Pairing: Then we pair up to play doubles. Players can pick their partners for the day. Ladies get a chance to make their choices first. Attempt is made to have the balanced teams to have the good tennis.
1) Set-up: Stronger teams take the corner left-most "Champs Court". Last game Champs can take that court. Next courts are taken by intermediate level players, and finally beginner level players and players playing singles at the very end.
2) We play 1 set and follow the standard rules of pure tennis.
3) First-Ball-In (FBI) is only for the first set of the day. Maximum attempts 10.
4) Sides are rotated on every odd number of games such 1, 3, 5 etc.
5) In case of 6-6, the set is settle through tie-break.
6) The scores are to be spoken out loud by the server after every point, so that there is no confusion or conflict during or at the end of the game.
* After Set:
- The winner pair stays together and either moves up or continues to play against the new challengers, who are the winners on the right side of the next court.
- The losers move down to the left, split and form new pairs, hoping to find winning combination.
- Ultimately there is one pair who stands out as the "Champs of the day" if no more challenger pair left. That is the official ending of the tennis day, though players can stay longer to play more among themselves.
* Social: Depending on the mood and liking of the group, we can go out to eat, drink, and chit-chat somewhere close-by after the game.
$1 for the day OR $30 for the whole outdoor season. Waived for those who open new balls.
Ample of parking in the park.
As an alternate, you can also park in the parking lots # 4 & 5 of Middlesex County College and walk to the courts by crossing the rail-roads gate.
Miscellaneous other stuff:
* Players get tips by other players if they are open to improve their games. There is a healthy friendly environment and nobody should feel offended.
* Bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
* Please bring a can of new / practice balls to play on hard Courts.
* Meetup will be canceled in cases of bad weather or rain as it is out-door tennis.
Bring your friends. All levels from beginners to advanced are welcomed.
Detailed directions of Thomas A. Edison Park:
For GPS: Mill Rd & Patrol Rd, Edison New Jersey 08837
- Highways: From NJ Turnpike, take exit 10 and then Rt 514 West. From Garden State Parkway (GSP) take exit for Rt 287. From Rt 287 > take Route 1 South > Bare left onto Main St., Route 531 (do not get on Route 1) > follow to end > make right onto Woodbridge Ave. (Rt. 514).
- From Woodbridge Ave. (Rt. 514) take the exit for Mill Rd.
- Pass Middle-sex County College on the left side.
- Make 2nd left into park. Do not go inside the college main gate which is at the light.
- Make another left in the park and cross the soccer fields on the right side and a baseball field in the left side.
- At the very end of the park, there are 2 sets of courts. The first set has 4 courts. The second set has more courts, where we meet by default.
Make new friends, improve your game, have fun along with a great work-out!