To minimize operating costs, the tennis club does not employ an attendant to administer the day to day operation of the tennis club facilities. Instead, we operate on an honor basis through a set of fixed rules that define how and when the courts will be used.
Court Time for Sanctioned Club Activities
The executive committee will establish the court time schedules for sanctioned club activities each year. The committee further empowers any paid member to arbitrate court time conflicts based on the PRIORITIZED list of sanctioned activities listed below:
The sanctioned club activities as established in these first six prioritized activities will function as scheduled by the executive committee and will not be subject to bumping by any lower priority use. The schedules for these activities will be published to ensure the court time is available for these important club events.
Note: If playing a league makeup game, please remember to sign on to the court reservation board with your start time and a note saying that it is a league make up game so that others are aware.
Court Time for Casual Court Use
In addition to the formal club sanctioned activities, the casual use of the courts by paid members and the public in general will be governed by the PRIORITIZED list of activities listed below:
The casual use activities established in these last three prioritized activities will provide bumping rights as a means of arbitrating court time conflicts. Bumping is a process that allows a higher priority casual court use activity (7 is highest, 9 is lowest) to bump a lower priority court.
To ensure this process runs smoothly and is as fair as possible, casual use players should sign onto the court reservation board with their start time. When other players arrive and all courts are in use, they will use these start times to determine if and who they are entitled to bump.
While bumping sounds like a nasty thing, it is surprising how INFREQUENTLY it needs to be invoked. As a courtesy to players who are about to be bumped, the court in question must be notified of your intent to invoke your bumping rights, to allow their match to end in a controlled fashion. You should then sign onto the court time reservation board with your start time and then take ownership of the court.
The following scenarios define the bumping process:
Bumping Rights for Adult/Daily Members
As a fully paid member, your use of the courts has the highest casual use priority. Bumping of lower priority courts will be conducted in the following order:
Adult/Daily members are guaranteed a minimum court time of 30 minutes as established by their start time on the reservation board, and are required to relinquish the court to other Adult/Daily members within 15 minutes when requested to do so.
Bumping Rights for Junior Members
As a subsidized paid member, your use of the courts has the next highest casual use priority. Bumping of lower priority courts will be conducted in the following order:
Junior members are guaranteed a minimum court time of 30 minutes as established by their start time on the reservation board, and are required to relinquish the court to other Adult/Daily/Junior members within 5 minutes when requested to do so.
Bumping Rights for Public Use Players
Public use players have no bumping rights. They are
entitled to use the courts on a first come first serve basis providing a
free court is available for use. The must however vacate the court
within 5 minutes when requested by any Adult/Junior/Daily club member.
Adult and Junior members can be identified by a Kincardine Tennis Club
tag normally worn on their shoe laces and daily members can present
their dated sales receipt for that day’s court use.
NOTE: If you fail to sign on to the court reservation board with your start time, then the minimum court use of 30 minutes is waived, and the notification period is reduced to 5 minutes.
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