There are play times on the court schedule for Round Robins. These allow players to play competitively within their level. A Round Robin is a pickleball doubles’ game in which each person plays all the other players in the group of four. For example, players A&B play C&D in the first game, then A&C play against B&D in the second game. This continues until all players have partnered with all the other players in the game. Scores are kept, and a final round is held for the players with the most wins/points. Check the current schedule to see when your level is playing. Just show up at the courts 15 minutes before your scheduled play time and sign in.
The Saturday Scramble is a fun, social “non-competitive” series of Round Robins. The formats of these games can change from week to week; however, the most often used format is to take a player of a lower rating and match them with a higher-rated player.
Teams are eliminated after losing two games, and the scramble goes on until there are only two teams left. Those teams then play with a referee and line judges just like a real gold medal match, and the winner of that finial game wins a burger at the two-times-a-month pickleball sponsored “Burgers on the Patio”. You may only win burgers once a season.
At ORI, we have a rating system for those players that want to be rated. This rating allows players to play with others of approximately their same skill level during most scheduled play times.
Once a week, normally on Wednesdays, we have a Shootout. It is run the same way the Round Robin is played; however, your team of four players is pre-selected and the score of each game is recorded on TrackItHub, which is a computer program that tracks and calculates Shootout scores to determine ratings. TrackItHub has much more to offer and an explanation can be found on their website. www.trackithub.com.
This is how the scoring works: During the Shootout, you normally play the first set just like a Round Robin. Let’s say that A&B won the first game with eleven points, and their opponents received eight points. Both teams record their scores using the TrackItHub program. During the second game, A&C score eleven points and B&D score eight points. These points are recorded as well. In the third game, A&D score nine points, and B&C score eleven points. The final of the first round of the shootout is A 31, B 30, C 30, D 25 points. The individual score is the percentage of possible points each player scored. In this scenario, A had 31 of 33 possible points for a 93.9%, rating score B had 90.9%, C 90.9% and D 75.7%.
A second round is played, and those scores are recorded and totaled. In this case, if A scored only 27 points in the second round, A’s score would have 60 of a possible 66, so A’s average for the day is 88.8%. All the other players’ scores would also be calculated using both sets of games. TrackItHub does all the work. You just provide the scores.
After the first two matches, the highest scoring player moves up a level to play with the next higher level group, and the lowest scoring player moves down to a lower level.
The weekly scores a tabulated over twenty weeks, and then the oldest score is dropped. Players may move up or down based on the Shootout ratings.
You can find the rules of pickleball on the USAPA website. www.usapa,com
ORIPA Rules on the Court
The pickleball club expects good sportsmanship and proper behavior on the courts. Respecting the schedule and leaving the courts after your assigned time so others may play is expected. In the event that a scheduled group doesn’t fill the courts, others may utilize the other open courts.
Paddles on the Fence
In most of the Next-up and Open play times, we use a method called “paddles on the fence” to identify who plays next. Players line their paddle in designated spots on Courts 1 through 3 and another spot on Courts 4 through 6. It works on a first paddle rotation.
Rotating On and Off a Court
When a game ends, the next two players on the fence come in to play the winners. The winning team should split up unless the next two players allow them to stay and play together. During busy times, please limit the number of games on a court to three.
If the courts are extremely busy, the next four players take the court, not two. The rule of thumb is, if there are eight or more people waiting to play, it’s four players on/four players off.