The round robins are a big favourite among St. James members. They are a great way to just turn up and get a game. Our supervisor will set you up to play doubles with three other people of around the same ability. After half an hour, everyone rotates and plays with new partners. The play is always lively, but the objective is to have fun, meet people, and get some good tennis.
Many of our members have been coming to round robins for years, but they are also very popular with new members who are getting to know the club for the first time. We often adjourn afterwards to Bank St. for drinks or a bite to eat, and everyone is welcome.
We have a great program of round robins in 2017, first one beginning Sunday, April 30th. Here is the schedule:
|Monday Evening - Mixed doubles||8 - 10 pm|
|Thursday Evening - Mixed doubles||8 - 10 pm|
|Sunday Morning-||10 - 12 pm|
|Weekdays Monday to Friday - Early Birds (self-organized)||9:30 - 11:00 am|
How it works
On arriving at the club, tell the supervisor-on-duty that you are here for the Round Robin and give your name. The supervisor assigns players to the courts. All courts are used. If more than 16 players show up, then the first round is first-come-first-served.
Every 1/2 hour players rotate. The supervisor calls everyone in and reassigns players to new courts.
The supervisor tries to set up the groups with the following in mind:
- When there are more than 16 players, rotate the sitting-out so that everyone gets an equal chance to play.
- Put players of similar levels together BUT at the same time try to mix up the players so that the groups are different each round as much as possible.
- Check with the players to see if anyone is leaving before the next round, and then work out the match-ups before the round begins, in order to avoid delays.
Players should recognize that they might end up from time to time in groups with mixed ability.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out. There is no skill level requirement, but the ability to get serves in (at least some) is important to make the games work.
The Round Robins tend to get busy in June and sometimes 25 or more players will attend, which means a lot of sitting out. However the numbers drop off in July as people go away, so don't be discouraged! A good idea is to arrive early (15 min or so) to be sure of getting in the first round.