Pickleballs must be provided by the players. When you leave the court, make sure you sign your name on the ball.
You can place bags, chairs, and water bottles inside the east fence. It is a good idea to label your gear. The south side of the pool will always be the first serve. All games must be played up to 11. SPC-designated times are not for singles. Courts are full. You must be at least 18 years old to accompany an adult. Prostitution and rough play are not allowed!
COURT ROTATION RULES
EASTSIDE (6 COURTS ORIGINAL)
Courts 1-2 and 7-9 You will be following a “2-on-2-off” rotation. To form a line, use the paddle rack located outside Court 1. Splitting is an option for all players. The winner should not be allowed to play in more than three consecutive matches.
Court 3.The Challenge Court. 2 on 2, with the winners staying together. As long as winners keep winning, they can stay. The paddle rack is located outside Court 3.
WEST SIDE (NEWER COURTS 6)
Courts 4-6, 10-12. At all times, the “4 on 4 Off” rotation will be followed. To form a line, place four paddles on the paddle rack located outside Court 10. Before you can go to the next open court, your group must contain four people.
Court 6Our Teaching Court. SPC and SRPD must have priority teaching pros Giving lessons or clinics. It will also be used as part of the “4 on 4 Off” rotation.
Courts 9 and 10These courts are also known as Public Courts. Non-members have access to these courts during club hours. Members may use them if there are no waiting members. The club cannot demand that the public follows our rotational rules.
- Do not underestimate your physical condition. Your game’s level will be affected by your age, ability, and experience. Do not try to make plays beyond what you can do. Be aware of your limits in exercise and tell others. If you have had a history of back pain, heart disease, or breathing difficulties, please let your teammates know. Make sure you have the right equipment and medicines.
- Hydrate before you feel thirsty. It’s too late if you don’t drink.
- Stretch before and during play.
- Stop playing if a ball is coming onto your court from another court.
- You should immediately shout “Ball on!” if you hit the ball into another court.
- If you are returning a ball to an opponent for service, make eye contact, and gently toss, roll or toss the ball over. Avoid hitting the ball with your back, or whacking it at another person. If you notice the ball on the ground behind someone, notify them immediately.
- Wait until they are finished before crossing an active court. Ask permission to cross their court.
- Take the ball off the court if it breaks.
- You must quickly remove anything that falls on the court.
- Extra balls, clothing, or water bottles should not be stored inside the fence. The courts are very tightly fenced so any items that get in the way of the fence can easily be tripped on.
- Keep an eye out for signs of weakness, dizziness, or a lack of concentration. If necessary, recommend a time-out.
- Tennis shoes (court) are best. Running shoes are not recommended as they can cause falls due to the raised tread. Stop playing with shoes that are not court-shoes or sandals.
- Stop playing if you’re near your partner and have an overhead slam chance to hit them. Let the ball go. You can lose the point. Don’t hit your partner. Be aware of their whereabouts.
- If your partner is unable to travel back safely, or if they are limited in mobility, YOU will cover the overheads. If the situation changes, you can let them take care of it.
- Turn and run backward when you are going backward to lob. A concussion caused by falling backward is the most common Pickleball injury. This is difficult to do correctly and should be practiced if it’s not already.
- Do not dive for the balls.
- All play stops if someone falls on the court.
- Do not play on a wet surface. These are dangerous. To check for a moist court surface, press down on your toes and twist your ankle. It’s not safe to play if you leave a “wet” spot.
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