Paddle Rack Instructions
Ken Rand and Jerry Como were kind enough to build the racks that are hung on the fence at EER, but there seems to be some confusion about how the racks should be used, so please take a moment to read this before your next Open Play session.
First...let's understand the goal of the system. The purpose of open play is to mix players of various skills. This event is more social than competitive. We want to foster community here. We want the more experienced players to get to know the newer players and help them along. We want the newer players to know they have a place that they can come play against better players and not feel like they're holding them back. It's open play...it's all about fun, so leave your reservations and your ego at the gate, and just come play for fun!!!
To do this, we use a paddle "stacking" system that does two primary things:
Mixes players of various skills.
Ensures that you don't play with or against the same player more than once consecutively. This is part of the social aspect; mix it up.
Trust the system! If you take a minute to understand how it works, I think you'll have more fun.
So how does it work?
As players arrive and the courts fill up, anybody who is waiting for a court should place their paddle in one of the racks. Look at how full the racks are, and put your paddle in the rack with fewer paddles. The W/L rack labels have nothing to do with initial paddle placement. But once there are 4+ paddles on each side, then just try to even out the number of paddles as new players arrive...but do not move paddles after they're in the rack. The sliding mall marker will let you know where to pull paddles from.