Nimbledon’s Tennis is played in half-hour intervals starting at 9am and changeovers occur on the hours and half-hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
When there are more than 16 members wanting to play, we created the “First on- First off” list on the whiteboard.
The steps listed below are followed when the courts are fully occupied and members are awaiting their turn to play.
- As soon as you arrive, put your name on the whiteboard.
- Just before the first “changeover” one member counts the number of members who are waiting to play. That is the number of members who should come off the courts before the next playing period stars.
- Check marks are placed, consecutively starting from the top of the whiteboard list, against the same number of names. These are the specific members who should come off the courts before the next playing period starts. An underline is placed below the last name of the check marks to show the starting point for the next changeover.
- The changeover is announced. Play should stop and we should go through our usual “Winners split and move, Losers stay and split routine”.
- The names with check marks are called out. These are the members should come off before the next playing period starts.
- The members who have been sitting out then randomly replace those who are coming off.
- Just before the next changeover one person counts the number of people who are sitting out and the routine starts all over again. This time the first check mark is placed against the first name below the underline from the first changeover. Again, the number of consecutive check marks must equal the number of people who are waiting to play.
- An underline is placed against the last of the check marks to show the starting point for the next changeover.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Put your name on the whiteboard as soon as you arrive.
- If you leave before the morning’s play ends, erase your name from the whiteboard.
- Although the white board list should be started by the first person to arrive it does not really come into use until the courts are full.
- When a changeover is called please stop playing and start the “Winners move and split, losers stay and split routine”. Speedy changeovers will help to keep play as continuous as possible.
- When the changeover is called, listen to find out if your name has been called out as someone who should come off before the next playing half-hour starts.
Q. “I am due to go onto the courts at the next changeover. Which court should I go to?
A. There is no order for which court you should join – it is left to your own judgment. A routine could be established but the extra detail might be cumbersome and we lose playing time.
Q. What if I arrive mid-way through a playing half hour, how long should I wait before I get a game?
A. If there are less than sixteen members waiting to play when you put your name on the whiteboard, your first chance to play will come at the next changeover time. If there are more than sixteen members waiting to play your wait time will be until the second changeover time.
Q. I have just gone on to play and after one half hour my name has been called out to come off. How can this happen?
A. It can happen. When we have more than eight members waiting to play at two consecutive changeovers then someone – (9 waiting means one person, 10 waiting means two members) will be called off after only one half hour of play.
Q. What is the “Winners move and split, Losers stay and split routine?”
A. At a changeover, on all courts, the couple who are ahead in score move to the next courts, the couple who are ahead in score move to the next c ourt (1 to 2; 2 to 3; 3 to 4; and 4 to 1) and split to play against each other during the next period. Similarly, on all courts, the couple who were behind in the score stay on the same court and play against each other during the next period.