I had a Dream...that our Combo Division would change

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Angle Queen, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Angle Queen

    Angle Queen Professional

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    ....and it did.

    For 2 years, I've run a 7.5 ladies weekday Combo. It's in the Summer. In the Mid-Atlantic. It's hot. It's Humid. It's Vacation Time. It's hard to get players. We played on Tuesdays. The (former) "Senior" 4.0s played on Tuesday. At the same time.

    IT WAS HARD TO GET PLAYERS.

    So, after two years of pulling my hair out, wrangling a seemingly unnecessarily large roster just to field 3 lines of doubles...I'd said I was done.

    But I reached out to some of the other captains and asked if we could come up with something that might just work. A dozen or so emails later and we formulated a plan. It got sent it to our local league coordinator.

    Lo and behold!!! They listened. And they've changed the "play" days around so there's no conflict with the new 40+ Division for any NTRP. Yippee, Skippee!!!

    Now, some of you might think this isn't that big of a deal. But I live in an area where things just don't change. They don't.

    Guess I didn't really need to start a thread but I couldn't think of a better place to encourage other players and captains to advocate for a better tennis experience. It can happen. Build your connections, develop a realistic plan and make yourself heard.

    /rant over
     
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  2. Overdrive

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    I believed that this was a thread by Cindy for a moment... :cool:
     
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  3. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    You have given me hope, AQ.

    Our 4.0 40+ season has been a nightmare. Started with 20 players.

    Once the season schedule was released, we saw that all of our matches were at 9 pm at distant locations. Two players dropped out.

    Ever since, it is a scramble to get 8 women to play. People are on multiple teams. They take vacations. They get hurt. They have family emergencies.

    So long as the league requires the 40+ league to be five courts, I will not captain. None of the smaller facilities can give us five courts, which relegates us to the 9 pm time slot far away.

    My plan was just to take that team to 8.5 combo next year and pass on 40+. Maybe I should kvetch instead?
     
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  4. Chelsie1

    Chelsie1 Rookie

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    The 3 line format for 4.0/40s in VA is working out real well. Adding another two lines for the post-season shouldn't be that difficult. That 9 PM, weekday trek out to G-town is ridiculous. Don't give up Sphinxy! Can anyone say boycott? :)
     
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