public park time etiquette

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  1. Mauvaise

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    Or got it and ignored it ;)


    As for the topic at hand: Unless there is a sign that states one person can not hold a court if two or more show up to play, then it is not selfish to use a public tennis court to practice (either with a ball machine or a hopper). Public courts (unless otherwise stated by signs from the city/park) are, and should be, first come first serve and you should only have to follow any time rules as posted.
     
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  2. tennis tom

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    Sounds like you need cheering up, watch this:

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  3. sureshs

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    ^^^ Seen similar ones before. I would rather play tennis instead.
     
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  4. NLBwell

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    Again, a single person. Not people actually playing tennis. Yes, a single person was not supposed to hold a court. After school/work, it was usually at least an hour wait for a court, if not 2 hours, with multiple groups waiting. A single person just practicing his serve would not be allowed to hold a court. It was the rare total jerk who tried to practice his serve for an hour with maybe 10 or 20 people waiting for courts. They were made to leave.

    Also, if people were waiting,you were supposed to play doubles. However, no one worried much about that rule. If it was a long wait and there was a couple people playing singles, you might offer to play doubles - they could stay longer and you didn't have to wait as long.

    (Oh, the joys of the tennis boom)
     
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  6. Drop Snot

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    At public parks the best policy is first come first serve and stay as long as you want as long as you're playing tennis. Rules that set time limits aren't fair because it punishes the people that planned ahead and got there early. People should be allowed to finish their matches or practice session.

    Time limits give people permission to put the blame on everyone else but themselves. A "play as long as you need to play" policy puts the onus on the late comer to either come earlier next time or have an alternate plan. This leads to a healthier point of view in my opinion with less anger directed at innocent parties.
     
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  7. stapletonj

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    "Your balls are probably spraying everywhere."

    I saw what you did there...

    In response to the last post, I respectfullly could not disagree more. I have a job, so I cannot just "get there earlier". Since I have a job I pay taxes. My tax dollars pay for that court. The guy or gal that sets up at 3:00 and stays until 8:00 PM screwing around or playing tennis, should not be able to monopolize the Court.

    Court time after work hours and before dark in playable weather is a scarce commodity. The courts are a government owned resource. IT is therefore well within the rights of the government to set reasonable rules for the use of the government owned resourse to allow the greatest good for the greatest number.
     
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  8. Cindysphinx

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    Yes, court time can be a scarce resource.

    What I don't understand is why some folks think they have a greater right to the resource and can just evict others?

    Do you think you can decide that someone is hogging a sweet parking spot? A shaded picnic table? A prime spot on the beach? Oh, you're entitled because you pay taxes? Well, so do I.

    Look. Government can set time limits. Parking meters are a good example. Metered parking is a first come first served fee-based allocation system for a scarce resource. It works if and only if there is aggressive enforcement.

    Since there can be no aggressive enforcement at public tennis courts, it is dumb to have time limits. It would work as well as metered parking without "meter maids".

    If you work and want to play tennis and cannot get to the courts first, best join a Club.
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Hi, future wife....
    I play on public courts.
    One of the dumbest rules is....4 players playing doubles have exactly the same time constraints as 2 players playing singles....
    That is idiotic! FOUR people get to play 1/2 hour after someone is waiting, just like a singles set.
     
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  10. Cindysphinx

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    Dearest future husband,

    By that logic, four people in a car should have the right to evict from a parking space two people in a car.

    By that logic, a family of 10 wishing to picnic at the lone picnic table in the park can dislodge a couple wishing to picnic.

    By that logic, a group with a huge beach tend and 8 chairs can tell a family of three with a small umbrella to vacate.

    Again, people should follow the *posted rules.* If there are none or if the rules do not address the size of the party hoping to use a scarce public resource, then there are no rules. That it might seem unfair to some is kind of beside the point.

    Now. Please do what proper husbands do and stop arguing with me. And take out the trash.
     
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    Mr.Lee, you're notoriously bad at being a husband. :)
     
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    There is no husband in the world that is considered good at his husbanding job by his wife.
     
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  13. Cindysphinx

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    You husbands need to kick it up a notch.
     
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  14. Tennisguy3000

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    At my home courts its 30 minutes wait time & two have to be facing one court to get one. If a court opens up you just have to be the first one there & your good to go. Vancouver BC Canada (11 free courts & 9 paid from dusk to dawn).

    Works quote well ;-)

    P.S. I have never seen a ball machine on the courts but I have seen people on their own practice serves (as I have).

    On a side note we have a great hitting wall with space to hit on it from both sides (4 people max). A great place to find hitting partners.
     
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  15. Tennisguy3000

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    I should also add that anybody who gives me directions to the next closest courts will be an immediate sit & wait from me on their court ;-)
     
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  16. Cindysphinx

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    Really? Why?

    I often refer people to the courts at the local high school because they are a great alternative some folks don't know about.
     
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  17. Tennisguy3000

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    I find that most of the time the people that do that are the ones that think they can stay on the courts all day without sharing. We have a group of regulars who play & think they own the courts & often tell people about the "other" courts in the city so they can stay & play where they are (how helpful they are lol).

    How would you feel if you sat down on a bench to wait for the allotted time to be up & someone told you that you can leave these courts & go and find the other courts down the road? I guess its all in how it is presented I guess ;-)

    Maybe a response like "that sounds like a good idea (other courts) why don't you go there now so you don't have to leave in 30 minutes after I wait for your court :)

    Edit: I should add that I have seen people try to intimidate others though the method of letting them know there are other courts around (usually older/bigger players to younger/smaller players).
     
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  18. LeeD

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    Upon further review, maybe CindyS is just a handful too much for most guys......
     
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  20. LeeD

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    CindyS, can we go out for demos?
     
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