Get off the courts!

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by TTMR, Feb 17, 2013.

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Did I deal with this so-called 'coach' properly?

  1. Yes. Adult matches take priority over lessons on public courts.

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  2. Yes, but you should have gone further and called the police on him.

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  3. No, he had the courts: You should have waited until 11, found other courts or gone home.

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  4. No, he should have called the police on you. He had the courts and you forced him off.

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  1. omega4

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    Yes and in those classes you NEVER hear the words "there is no debate".
     
  2. TTMR

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    Oh yes, rather than discussing the issue head-on with the individual in question, it is better to brazenly photograph him and his students without his or their parents' consent, transmit those images, and possibly provoke him into calling the authorities or worse. Instead of being seen as someone who simply wants to play tennis, I might be seen as a lunatic or creep.

    Tremendous ideas right there.
     
  3. spot

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    If your goal was to avoid this possiblilty you failed miserably.
     
  4. omega4

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    I see you're not interested in winning "Mr. Congeniality of the TT Forums" again this year. It's all good. Neither am I.
     
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  5. Cindysphinx

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    I didn't say you shouldn't discuss the issue with the guy head-on. I said you shouldn't be a D-bag when you do so.

    Discuss. Then photograph. Keep the images; use them if you need them by showing them to Parks and Recs if they want to get to the bottom of this.

    If he calls the authorities, good. When the authorities arrive, tell them you want to discuss who the gentleman is with Parks and Rec, and you would like proof that he is running an unauthorized clinic.

    If any of the parents object to your photographing the class, say that you are documenting this unauthorized clinic and you plan to provide the information to Parks and Rec.

    Good lord. Since when can't you take cell phone pics of people playing tennis on a public court?
     
  6. fleabitten

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    I think you should have asked him if he reserved them with the city's parks and rec department. Here in ABQ, a coach can reserve them.
     
  7. omega4

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    I agree with the OP. I don't think it's wise to take pics of children just to make one's case over access to public courts.

    Likewise, I also don't think it was wise of the "coach" to send a couple of kids over to run interference with the OP.

    Personally, I think leaving children out of adult disputes is for the best.

     
  8. kylebarendrick

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    I'd just ask to see the permit. If he can't produce it, I'm taking the court.
     
  9. hammer

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    Where I live, the city hired an outside company to manage the tennis center and all other public courts in the public parks in the city. And we often schedule league matches at one of the public parks through the managing company if there are no open courts available in the tennis center.

    To help prevent what the OP encountered, signs are put up at least 24 hours in advance (by the captain) saying that the courts are reserved during that time. But we also always leave one or two courts open for others to play on.

    If someone wants even more proof, I can show them a website with court scheduling and I can also call the tennis center. And if that doesn't work, well, since we got the courts reserved for league matches, we more than likely outnumber them.
     
  10. trilix

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    Woow I didn't realise that club fees in the US are that expensive :-? Then I consider myself lucky to get full access to nice 5 outdoor and 4 indoor tenniscourts from April-October for 75 euros...

    Average prices for summer season in Belgium are around 100€.
     
  11. gavna

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    Remember this is in Winnipeg - CANADA - not part of the USA (yet:twisted:)......

    I'm more impressed that the OP playing and kids getting lessons in -20C weather last week!!!!!!
     
  12. goober

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    Last time I checked Winnepeg is in Canada.

    Club fees in the US vary greatly. Public tennis centers are pay as you go $3-4 for 1.5-2 hours with 12-20+courts. In many parts of the US there are plenty of free public courts that are in decent shape. I know people who play all year round where I live and never pay anything and never have a problem getting a court. Private can be as cheap as $40/month up to extremely high in places like NYC.
     
  13. omega4

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    Well, to be fair, most Americans think Canada IS an extension of the United States. Just kidding! I kid!

    Here in north Atlanta (Georgia), the Blackburn tennis courts charge about $2 USD per hour. But in some places where I vacation in South Carolina, I can find courts in MUCH better condition that are FREE to play on.

    And in Manhattan (New York City), the indoor courts were pretty expensive. That's why when I worked in Manhattan for 10 years, I never played tennis and just spent the money on greens fees playing golf instead.
     
  14. breezybee

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    You are absolutely correct. I'm in Winnipeg. There is about 4 feet of snow on the ground and it's well, well below freezing. The originator of this thread is not playing tennis here. He's not referring to indoor courts either as there are only three indoor court locations and none are public.
     
  15. breezybee

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    I'm in Winnipeg and I'd love to know where these magical outdoor public courts are that aren't covered in four feet of snow and have some sort of weird tropical system over them that doesn't require me to wear my parka.
     
  16. beernutz

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    Shhhh, don't spoil the surprise.

    This is not OP's first foray into Troll country and I'm sure it won't be his last. Unless you find his trolling technique more interesting than I did, add him to your Ignore list and live a happier life.
     
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  17. slowfox

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    OP did say "the other day" which can be interpreted in various ways. Maybe it was 3 months ago which technically is the other day...
     
  18. TTMR

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    Please note that I never claimed to have played in winter.
     
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    Troll thread.
     
  20. TTMR

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    No, actually. The incident happened last fall but I only decided now it was worth posing to TW for opinions. I like to take time to contemplate these matters on my own before inviting the community into my thought process. Yes, I did say it occurred "the other day" but only to make it appear more relevant. It might have seemed absurd to complain about something that happened months ago.

    Some people are much too swift with the troll allegations. This forum is not overrun with trolls, although I admit there are many. It is still well moderated but with a freedom for fun and jest. There's no need for a witchhunt.
     
  21. OrangePower

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    If you really were looking for considered feedback then perhaps you should have laid off the derogatory rhetoric.
     
  22. breezybee

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    Last fall huh? Ok, if you say so. I'd still like to know where these courts are. I disagree with your statement that the clubs are obscenely priced. Deer Lodge for example is $142 for the summer. That's not cheap, but it's not insane. Also, I belong to one of the outdoor clubs and I've never had trouble getting a court except for a couple of weekends in June when I've had to wait 20 minutes or so.
     
  23. beernutz

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    Classic troll mistake - providing too many details that can be checked or verified. Can you comment about this assertion: "95% of the public courts in my city are unplayable; they usually have fixed "nets" made of wire mesh, fading boundary lines, potholes galore (much like the roads) and holes and openings in the back and side fences"?

    What I bet you are going to get is d.e.a.d. (deflect, evade, avoid, deny) air in response to your request for more information.
     
  24. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It took you nearly half a year to process what happened in one morning?
     
  25. OrangePower

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    Off-topic, but actually, that is pretty cheap and a great deal! See the other active thread about court costs in SF for example.
     
  26. breezybee

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    I think it's reasonable too. It's probably the cheapest club in the city. The most expensive outdoor club is about $350 for the summer. That being said, our playing season is probably quite a bit shorter than SF. The clubs usually open sometime in May and close some time in October.

    Most of the courts that are in parks, community clubs or at high schools are in bad condition, as mentioned above - not 95% though. There are some public courts in really good condition and I know all of them which is why I'd like to read the OP's response.
     
  27. MomentumGT

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    He needed more time to make up a "cool" story. lol
     
  28. Cindysphinx

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    What a hoot!

    Yep, if you decide to ask about something that happened months ago, everyone knows it is necessary to claim it happened "the other day." One could never omit the time reference entirely, or say instead "one time."

    Seriously, ya gotta keep your story straight. I can help you with that.

    When someone first nailed you on this thread by noting that it is way too cold for outdoor tennis in your area, you could have slipped the noose with "Oh, I moved to Texas but never got around to changing my TT profile."

    You're welcome.
     
  29. TTMR

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    Frankly, if anything I felt I was restrained in my verbiage regarding the coach and his dinosaur technique. Those kids' parents were being taken advantage of. In no way would I let my child be taught tennis from a blubbernecked buffoon. Fortunately, the kids did get a free lesson in actual tennis from real players who actually know how to play the modern game.

    Like I said, I am a very introspective, contemplative individual. I like to take time to examine my experiences and search for a more transcendental perspective. When that sadly yields little insight, I bring others into my journey in order to broaden my horizons.

    Easily 95% of the ones I've attempted to use look like an obstacle course. Perhaps I am exaggerating a touch, but they are unplayable.

    I've never looked into a summer club because where I lived in other cities I could always find an acceptable public court. I also fear joining a club and then not having anyone to play with, as I often have to go long stretches without playing due to lack of willing partners. Winter clubs in Winnipeg are exorbitantly priced but I guess that is to be expected given that tennis is irrelevant here.
     
  30. spot

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    I think this was implied from the rest of your post.
     
  31. tennis tom

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    From your previous post it sounds like Coach was teaching sound tennis fundamental technique, Eastern grips for topspin, a good place for beginners to start. All the grips and shots are necessary to learn, see Fed and Pete. Were they the "real players" you were referring to? The coach was pretty progressive having a TV monitor on the court to show the kids classic techniques used by all the greats through tennis history.

    Is that you in your icon? I've been wondering about that, if you look like that it may be why you're having trouble finding hitting partners. Can you explain what that's all about--just wondering?

    Well, good luck in your quest to write The Great American TW Thread Starter. I will keep working on my reply to your thread through the year. By fall it should be perfected, consider this a rough draft. I'm looking to you for help with this.

    P.S., Did you ever contact the Rec Dept to see if The Coach had a permit for all the courts? I realize this may be premature, since it's only been about six months since the incident.
     
  32. beernutz

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    Zing!

    5 chars
     
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    Never seen an introspective person let things, such as insults, fall so easily out of one's mouth. No wonder he has problems finding people to hit with.
     
  34. IA-SteveB

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    Not that this bump will help, but this thread needs to die.
     
  35. tennis tom

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    NO, this should be a sticky. It's a great cross-over thread, should be used by guided meditation classes to invoke introspection="Focus on the 'blubberneck"--now visualize that this is the source of all the energy in the universe--the sun derives it's warmth from the 'blubberneck'--it is the source of all power and being--all great thinkers gathered their inspiration from the 'blubberneck'--Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Walt Disney."

    Namaste'
     
  36. Cindysphinx

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    I agree with TennisTom, 'cause that was priceless. You do good work, TennisTom.

    Bump!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  37. MeHere2PlayTennis

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    Agree with tenniscasey, this makes you look bad.

    These can't be the only courts. So why not go somewhere else? Honestly if he is teaching, keep track of balls is enough to find another court.
     
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    This is entertaining. Someone suggests "hey, you should try to be less of an ass maybe" and you response is "What? I'm actually much more of an ass than I've shown but that was me holding back."

    Oh. Ok then. Carry on.
     
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    No, the real players were my friend and I, who provided a real display of modern tennis for those kids that were paying attention, in lieu of the coach's fraudulent instruction.

    Yes, I've transformed my head to quite literally resemble a tennis ball. Few others here can claim such dedication to their craft.
     
  40. IA-SteveB

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    You were making up for your inept social skills by blessing these kids with your tennis prowess? Kudos to you. Talk about delusions of grandeur. lol
     
  41. slowfox

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    I applaud you, sir. Well done.
     
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    Yes yes I agree. Goat worthy post. Blubberbutt had it coming. He really should not take over all the public courts.
     
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    "He needed more time to make up a "cool" story. lol"


    and now he needs to go make us all a sammich......
     
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    Thank you. Back when I was in prison, the courts in the yard were often full, yet I never had someone confront me in such an antagonistic manner as this blimp. I guess he is just another one of those tennis crazies you hear about.

    Frankly, after much reflection, I've made peace with it. I guess I'm just too much of an idealist, expecting public courts to be shared in a co-operative manner.
     
  46. IA-SteveB

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    Heh. I think you were exactly that as far as the majority was concerned.
     
  47. cork_screw

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    This guy isn't teaching for free. That's silly. Who cares if they're kids. This guy isn't running charity. He's running a business. Try to do that out here in New York, we NY'ers will give you a piece of our mind and we'll put up a good fight.
     
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    I would have seriously just said **** it and started playing and took one of the courts. If he gives me trouble, just give him trouble right back. If this "coach" wants to be an ass, just be an ass right back. He is selfish and he's trying to hide it behind the "kids" category when he's basically selling his time. You meet a lot of people like that out in Los Angeles.
     
  49. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    You don't need to remind OP for that.
     
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    Quite interesting. I happened to do a contrast article on this as an undergrad for a soc elective. The number of prisons in North America with tennis courts can be counted on one hand. Which one were you in?
     

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