For Open Play Only!
Determining Rotation to Play:
Courts will no longer be designated for different skill levels of play.
Paddle Saddles are to be used to determine how players rotate on and off the courts.
There are 3 paddle saddles: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced.
Players should self-assess their level of skill and use the appropriate paddle saddle.
After finishing a game, all four-player will come off the court and put their paddles in the appropriate Paddle Saddle.
Using the Paddle Saddle:
Determine which paddle saddle you are using (novice, intermediate, advanced).
Place your paddles in the saddle:
Above the “next” sign (if there are no paddles there), or,
To the immediate right of the “next” sign in the next available tube (if there are paddles above the next sign)
When four player remove their paddle from the saddle:
Move the “next” sign to the right so that the next four players know that they are next.
When the “next” sign is at the far right position, the sign will need to be moved to the far left (in the first position) and the process repeats.
Best NOT to do the following; they are downers and hurt relationships
Criticize opponents or your partner’s play.
Give suggestions or advice on partner’s or opponent’s style/technique of play unless asked or welcomed.
Coach players from off the court unless feedback is requested.
Argue about a line call – players call the ball the best they see it and this is ‘fun’ recreational play so keep it fun.
Walk thru the courts during play; wait until the play stops between serves.
Use abusive language; verbal comments of any detrimental nature during a game is unacceptable.
Gloating or applause for an opponent’s mistake; its unsportsmanlike
Remove a paddle out of the ‘slot’ it has been placed in by the owner – mix in with waiting players, be courteous to the players wishing to sit out a game or two.
Things to DO MORE OF; they are uppers and create friendships
Introduce yourself if you do not know one of the team players
Compliment your opponents or partner for a well-made shot. These are always acceptable.
Talk about “calling your shots” to eliminate confusion over whose ball it is to return
Be helpful to new players; be willing to share rules and strategy for novice players
Be courteous if players want to play up a level to test their skills
Use the paddle saddles; especially when there are several players waiting to play
Give feedback to RAPA board when you have concerns, questions or ideas
Volunteer to help out when there are duties to do to support RAPA
The most important rule is to HAVE FUN!