Open Play times and other things….

With the 100′ days upon us, we first asked folks about their interest in shifting the Tuesday/Thursday Open Play times from late afternoons to mornings at 8am. A heavy majority favored this change. Then it was asked if Saturdays and Sundays would also be changed to 8 am, so we asked all of you to let us know your preference. Again, most favored a 8am start time.  So, as majority rules, we’ll make the changes, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, 4/23. However, the Open play times will be from 8am to 11am all days, so those of us who like to “sleep in” some monings can arrive at 9am and still have plenty of play time.

Another issue that’s come up regarding Open Play during this pandemic is the concern of mixing with different players and the desire of some groups to play only among themselves to minimize risk. While this is understandable, a level of mixing has always been encouraged in the Open Play guidelines, even while respecting the freedom to play with those you chose. So, as sort of a compromise, let’s try some new ways of playing pickleball on as low-risk-basis as posible, even with some desirable player mixing going on.   One of those ways, Play-Your-Own Pickleball or PYOBall,  was mentioned in a prior blog posting: 

“Oh, if you, like me, are concerned about maintaining self-distancing and no-touch-other-things, courts 6 &7 will have the net bottoms up 3.5 inches so you can roll your pickleball under it, as suggested weeks ago in the message below. You may want to join me in following that practice to minimize exposure. Let’s try it!”

“Regarding the “PYO ball” idea, which would have each player use their own ball (the same brand for all four players) when it’s their turn to serve, has its challenge: returning the ball to that server when it’s out of play, in such a way that no other player touches the ball.  ..but what should work readily is to merely hit the ball on a roll back to the server’s side. This was easy to do if the net bottom is raised about three inches.”

We’re hopeful you’ll try out this PYOBall game on courts 6 &7 this week. We’ll be there to help.