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Court Sharing Procedures

Using the White Board at the Mattamy Cycling Centre (Velodrome) 

* Structured "Win/Lose" Court Sharing
* Unstructured "Bring Your Own Group" Court Sharing

Structured "Win/Lose" Court Sharing

The following court sharing procedure has been developed by the Milton Pickleball Association. It attempts to accomplish several things:

* Ensure an equitable amount of court time is made available to all drop-in players,
* Ensure players of all play levels can play within the category of play that they   choose and feel comfortable,
* Provide a method for a mix of player interaction within the various play levels.
* Courts/gyms will not be segregated by play level as – a court is a court is a court.

The Board
The “White Board”, located between the three gymnasiums at the Velodrome, is lined in a grid of 24 squares. The flow to complete the board is down from the left – next column to the right - then down – repeat. 

Each main square has two smaller squares. One called the “Level Indicator Box (LIB)” and the other the “Win/Lose Box (WLB)”

The Procedure

A player, ready to play a game, will approach the board and determine…

1) What play level do I wish to play? Novice/Beginner (N), Intermediate (I) or Advanced (A)?
2) Has someone already started a box with a letter in the Level Indicator Box (LIB) matching my chosen play level?

         YES – I will add my name to that box (up to 4 names)
 
          NO – I will start a new box by writing my play level (N, I, A) in a new LIB and add my name.

When the next court becomes available the next completed foursome on the board will cross their names from the board and take the court for a game.

Mixing It Up 
In order to keep the same 4 players from repeat-playing, the winners from the previous game that arrive at the board will add their name to a new box and add a “W”(inner) to the WLB. The next 2 players will add their name to the next new box and add an “L”(oser) to the WLB. The next set of winners and losers will add their names to the appropriate boxes where there are already names. In this example, if Brian & Abdul were the winners from their game, they will add their names to the box with Bill & John and wait for the next available court. 

Keep in mind, boxes will not always be started with two names. There may be uneven numbers due to players either coming off a game or just arriving/departing for the day, causing a new court box to be created with only one name. The method for adding names remains as described above. 

Unstructured "Bring Your Own Group" Court Sharing

The following court sharing procedure has been developed by the Milton Pickleball Association. It attempts to accomplish several things:

* Ensure an equitable amount of court time is made available to all drop-in players,
* Allows groups of players to choose to play together.  Great for players within the    same play level to play together, which can be a benefit for tournament        preparation or skills development.
* Individual players (not part of an organized group) are welcome to attend and join up with other individual players to make up a group(s).
* Playing within groups is not required, however, groups are permitted to play just amongst themselves.
* Courts/gyms will not be segregated by play level as – a court is a court is a court.

This procedure is a complete departure from the Win-Lose procedure and gives players a chance to “choose” who they wish to play with but continues to ensure that court time is shared.

The Board
The “White Board”, located between the three gymnasiums at the Velodrome, is lined in a grid of 24 squares. The flow to complete the board is down from the left – next column to the right - then down – repeat. 

Each main square has two smaller squares. One called the “Level Indicator Box (LIB)” and the other the “Win/Lose Box (WLB)”.   For this procedure the sub-boxes will not be used.

The Procedure

Players within a group will add their names to an empty box.  Larger groups may use this opportunity to mix things up between other members of their group.

When the next court becomes available the next complete foursome on the board will cross their names from the board and take the court for a game.  

NOTE: On those occasions when all courts are not being used due to low attendance, there is no requirement for groups to use the board. Also, because this procedure does not require the mixing up of players, if there are open courts, less than four players may use a court until the point when all courts are full. At this time the White Board is to come into effect and court sharing resume.