“Club Skill Level Round Robin” Play Guidelines

For this play, players must be members of the FOS Pickleball Club (FOSPC).
A “Round Robin” is a structured form of play and organized by FOSPC skill level. It is
designed so that all players are playing against people of roughly equal ability, which
makes play the most fun and reasonably competitive.

Everybody should follow the guidelines listed below. We encourage players to meet
new people, introduce themselves and mix up play when possible.

Skill Level Designation

Existing FOSPC members already have a skill level indicated on the
membership listing (https://fospc.com/membership-listing/). You should play
at your designated FOSPC Skill Level. New and existing players should
periodically review the “FOSPC Skill Level Ratings” document to ensure they
are assigned the correct skill level on the membership listing. For new players
or new members of the FOSPC, after reviewing the “FOSPC Skill Level
Ratings” document, just send Mark Welshinger an email
(welshinr@gmail.com) and he’ll add your skill level to the membership listing.

Players can move up/down on their skill level at their discretion, but the skill
level ratings should be fairly stable. If you move up/down, please let Mark
Welshinger know.

Players should participate in the appropriate skill level.

Skill levels for “Club Skill Level Round Robin” Play:
2.5
3.0
3.5+ (3.5 and above)
Ladies = All skill levels allowed to play
(Note: we may add 2.0 skill level to the FOSPC schedule if needed)

As an example, Round Robin play will be designated on the FOSPC Hold My Court
schedule as “Club 2.5 RR.”

Becoming Familiar with “Club Skill Level Round Robin” Play

A “Round Robin” is structured form of play. In the time allocated to each Round
Robin session (2 hours), the Round Robin will consist of either six or seven
games, each with a different partner and against a different pair of opponents. It
is designed so that all players are playing against people of roughly equal
ability, which makes play the most fun and reasonably competitive for the
majority of players.

Round robins are played with a specific number of players over a 2-hour time
span.

If three courts are being used for a particular skill level, the FOSPC will have 15 players playing (3 courts x 4 players, plus an extra 3 players). By having 15 players, this allows players to have some “bye” games for resting. If two courts are being used for a particular skill level, the FOSPC will have 11 players playing (2 courts x 4 players, plus an extra 3 players). Again, by having 11 players, this allows players to have some “bye” games for resting.

Attachment 1 contains examples of Round Robin play using three courts, while
attachment 2 contains examples of Round Robin play using two courts.
(Links to Attachments at top and bottom of the page.)

Round Robin Play Using Three Courts: Games will be played to 11. For this play, as noted above, the FOSPC will have 15 players playing. Attachment 1 shows the chart for 15 players, but also shows the charts for 14, 13 and 12 players in case there are no-shows for play. Assuming there are seven games to be played, to have the games played within a 2-hour timeframe, each game would have to be limited to approximately 17 minutes. To allow time for changing courts in between games and also a little bit of warmup time, the FOSPC rule is that games will be limited to 15 minutes in length. If the game is not over at the 15-minute point, whatever team is ahead at that time will be declared the winner.

Round Robin Play Using Two Courts: Games will be played to 11. For this play, as noted above, the FOSPC will have 11 players playing. Attachment 2 shows the chart for 11 players, but also shows the charts for 10, 9 and 8 players in case there are no-shows for play. Assuming there are seven games to be played, the FOSPC rule is that games will be limited to 15 minutes in length. If the game is not over at the 15-minute point, whatever team is ahead at that time will be declared the winner.

Guidelines for Managing Play

The FOSPC will have volunteers that have agree to be Round Robin Captains
for each “Club Skill Level Round Robin” play.

For instance, the FOSPC will denote scheduled times for Club RR 3.5+, Club RR 3.0, Club RR 2.5 and Club RR Ladies (all skills). Each of these categories will have an assigned Round Robin Captain.

Using SignUp Genius, the Round Robin Captains will be responsible for
sending out emails inviting ALL of the players for their particular skill level to
participate in a scheduled “Club Skill Level Round Robin.”

Players will note the email and decide if they want to play during that particular time slot. If so, the player must sign up for that time slot, again using SignUp Genius. It’s a first come, first serve type situation.

Once a player has a confirm slot to play in a particular round robin, the player
must arrive at least 15 minutes early and sign their name into the schedule
sheet (lineup). Each player will be assigned a number from the schedule sheet
(lineup).It’s imperative that you arrive early. Late arrivals may be replaced or simply
not allowed to play.

Once assigned a number, the player will refer to the round robin chart to determine which court the player is playing on and who their partner will be.

Summary
In the time allocated to each Round Robin session (120 minutes), the Round
Robin will consist of either six or seven games, each with a different partner
and against a different pair of opponents.

When you arrive, you will be assigned a number. Your number remains yours
throughout the session and dictates which court you play on, with whom you
are playing with as a partner, and against which opponents.

Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before the Round Robin is scheduled to start.