Updated Pickleball Rules – Effective July 20th

Please understand this is a fluid situation, we are receiving updated information on a daily basis; please read the entire email.

    • Doubles Play is now allowed while always maintaining six feet of distance.
    • All pickleball will be played on courts 5 & 6, all tennis will be played on courts 1 thru 4.
    • Play times for both clubs:
      Open daily 9 am to 12:00 pm and again from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, when a court monitor will always be present to ensure compliance.  The courts will be closed for play from noon until 4:30 daily, and after 7:30 PM. Failure to comply may result in the courts being locked.
    • Everyone may only sign up once per day.
       
      You must have a reservation to play and all players must be listed in your reservation.

The new reservations will go into effect Sunday evening, July 19th   Any existing reservations outside the allowed time slots will be removed.
 
Cut off time for same day reservations is 8:30 am.

When making a reservation on the same day as you wish to play you are required to sign up using the “Book a Court” application before 8:30 am on that day.

No walk on players allowed, only those players signed up will be allowed on the court.
 
PLAYING PICKLEBALL:
Players will sign up for courts utilizing the online reservation system: https://villagestennisclub.org/book_a_court/
Currently, we are using volunteers to monitor courts (see below). During this time, we may cancel players reservations to ensure an approved monitor is playing during that time slot. You will be notified if this impacts your reservation.

You are still required to use only Villages approved Pickleball paddles and Villages approved balls.
 
Playing time is limited to one hour and twenty minutes. There must be at least 10 minutes of open time between reservations to allow players to exit and enter the courts without traffic through the gates. If you reserve 9 am stop play at 10:20 am.  Reserve play at 10:30 then stop play at 11:50, etc.
 
Guests/family are not allowed, Villages residents only
No shaking hands or bumping elbows.
Players shall leave the courts promptly at the end of their assigned period. 
No drop-in play, no lessons, and no more than 4 players on a court.
Complete guidelines and rules will be posted at the Tennis Shack, and on the Pickleball Website

No benches to be used and water fountains are closed
 
Court monitors are now required
Monitors will make sure we are wearing a mask upon entering and exiting courts.  Once play has started you may remove your mask while always maintaining the 6′ social distance. 

Monitors will make sure all players are maintaining 6’ social distance during play. Failure to do so will result in playing with masks, so please comply. 

Monitors will make sure you have a reservation and that all players’ names are on the reservation.  Each morning before 9 am the court monitors will pick up the paper copy of the reservation list and check off your reservation.

Attached is a link for a job application with the Villages.  They are looking to hire court monitors.  Please use this link or contact Mary Tatum in Community Activities at 408-223-4643
https://careers.jobscore.com/apply_flow/standard_applications/apply?acc_id=abP9Qy6s4r6lWSdNDWqL8o 

In the meantime, we have identified Pickleball members who will volunteer until the Villages finds the staff it needs.   If you are willing to help with this, please email Anahid Gregg.

Thank you,
Bill Pomeranz, President Pickleball Club

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