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Court Schedule

 Set out below is the Lowlands Club Tennis Court Schedule 

  This Schedule sets out which activities take priority on the tennis courts at the times set out below - with the proviso that the following activities take 'super-priority' at all times:

  • Lowlands team matches against external opposition;
  • American Tournaments or similar sanctioned by the Tennis Committee;
  • LTA open days;
  • The Lowlands Open Tournaments;
  • The Lowlands Closed Tournament Finals Day;
  • Use of courts by the club's coaching staff as provided for below;
  • Formal team practice sessions supervised by the club's coaching staff.  

Mondays 6:30pm - 9:30pm: 

  • Intermediate members' club session - Courts 1 - 4.  Remaining courts not required for coaching are available to full and junior members for Open Play.

Tuesdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm: 

  • Open Play on all courts not required for coaching purposes or Lowlands team matches.

 Wednesdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm: 

 

  • Full members' club session - 6 courts (unless court 6 is required for coaching). 
  • Provided court 5 or 6 is not being used for the club session or for coaching, full members may commence - and play in its entirety - a summer closed tournament match on that court.
  • Court six can be used for singles play from 8pm provided it is not required for the Full Social Session
  • Intermediate and junior members may use courts not in use for the above purposes for Open Play; except that such courts must be vacated immediately should they be required by full members or for coaching.     

Thursdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm: 

  • Open Play on all courts not required for coaching purposes or Lowlands team matches.

Fridays from 5:00pm: 

  • Juniors – from 5-7pm juniors have exclusive rights to all courts. (Full and Intermediate players may only use courts at the discretion of the club coaches at this time.)

Fridays from 7:00pm:

  • Juniors - have preferential use of courts 4-6 including playing with parents who are club members. Courts 1-3 are available for Intermediate and Full member Open Play provided there is not a match taking place. When a match is taking place the team captain can decide which courts they wish to use and juniors will have preferential use of the remaining 3 courts.

Saturdays 9:30am - 1:00pm: 

  • Intermediate members' club session - Courts 1 - 3.  Remaining courts not required for coaching are available for Full and Junior Open Play.

 Saturdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm: 

  • Full members' club session - 6 courts (unless court 6 is required for coaching). 
  • Provided court 5 or 6 is not being used for the club session or for coaching, full members may commence - and play in its entirety - a summer closed tournament match on that court.
  • Intermediate and junior members may use courts not in use for the above purposes for Open Play; except that such courts must be vacated immediately should they be required by full members or for coaching.     

Saturdays 4:00pm - 6:30pm:

Open Play on all courts not required for coaching purposes or Lowlands team matches.

·        Social members will be able to use vacant courts at this time but will have to vacate those courts if coaches, full, intermediate or junior members need the courts.

 

Sundays 10:00am - 1:00pm:

  • Full members' club session - 6 courts (unless court 6 is required for coaching).  Intermediate and junior members may use courts not in use for the above purposes for Open Play; except that such courts must be vacated immediately should they be required by full members or for coaching.   

Sundays 4:30pm – 6:30pm:

 

  • Open Play - however social members can use any vacant courts, but will have to vacate those courts if full, intermediate or junior members need the court
Sundays 6:30pm - 9.30pm: 
  • Social Tennis members' club session - Courts 1 - 3.  Remaining courts not required for coaching are available to other members for Open Play.

Important Notes Accompanying this Schedule:


Meaning of Open Play (includes fixed fours/singles, and Tennis Committee Sanctioned tournaments:

 

·        Open Play periods are as stated above, plus at all other times not designated as club sessions. During Open Play, vacant courts will generally operate on a first come, first served, basis - i.e. if all courts are occupied and members are waiting to come on, courts must be vacated after completing the set in progress.  However, those already playing a Lowlands Closed Tournament match are permitted to complete that match.  When playing a set, knock up should be no longer than 10 minutes.

 Privately arranged external matches, box league, Shapla and Currie cup matches are bound by Open Play rules and players will be required to vacate courts after completing the set in progress, if other members are waiting for a court.

 Lowlands Closed Tournament matches started in Open play cannot be completed on courts designated for Club sessions without the agreement of members of the section affected.

 If not playing a set then the court should be vacated after 40 minutes of play, if all courts are occupied and members are waiting to come on.

You should only take possession of a court once all players in your game are ready to play.

 

·        Social tennis members are restricted to their designated sessions as above and Open Play weekdays 8:30am - 4:30pm and weekends 6:30pm - 9.30pm (4:30-6:30 if courts free)

 

Score Indicators:

  • As a courtesy to those waiting, the progress of games/sets completed must be indicated on each court at all times during both Open Play and club sessions.

 Court Usage:

All members are encouraged to review the online calendar showing dates of club matches and events.

 

·        Members are recommended to avoid busy periods for playing matches. This particularly includes weekday evenings when there are Intermediate section, Junior section and club matches requiring courts. Generally speaking, it is usually very easy to get a court during the following periods:

 

http://www.lowlandsclub.com/admin/editor_files/images/smileys/smiley1.gif  Weekdays during the day

http://www.lowlandsclub.com/admin/editor_files/images/smileys/smiley2.gif  Friday evenings after 7.00pm (when there is not a club match taking place)

http://www.lowlandsclub.com/admin/editor_files/images/smileys/smiley4.gif  Saturday evenings after 4:00pm

http://www.lowlandsclub.com/admin/editor_files/images/smileys/smiley14.gif  Sunday evenings 


Guests:

Members are discouraged from bringing guests during times of high court usage (e.g. Tuesday evenings and Thursday evenings) and in any event should restrict the number of times a particular guest is invited to 4 times within an annual period (guest fees are £2, £3 floodlit, £1 juniors at all times - and should be paid in advance).  If your guest would like to join Lowlands – please contact David Knight (david.knight@nhs.net).

 

Juniors:

  • Juniors have the same court access rights as other members during Open Play periods, but are encouraged to use courts as early in the evening as possible, e.g. between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Disputes:

 

·        Players would be expected to consult and abide by the court schedule.

·        In any situation where a dispute arises over court entitlement and agreement cannot be reached amicably, then the argument should not be prolonged but reported to the tennis committee, who can then take further action as deemed appropriate.

·        Any disagreement over the interpretation of this Schedule shall be mediated upon by the Tennis Captain.

·        The tennis committee will have the right to take action against players who breach the court schedules.

 

David Knight

Tennis Captain

Updated July 2016

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