Newsletter of June 10, 2020
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June 10, 2020
DOUBLES PLAY HAS ARRIVED!!
The EPC Board has determined that the province’s launch of the Stage 2 recovery plan on Friday this week will include team play and our members will be allowed to play doubles.
The safety of the 30-minute changeover period between sessions, sanitation of hands and pickleballs, masks (to be worn when arriving, departing and while outside the playing area), monitoring and physical distancing protocols that everyone has grown accustomed to during singles play will still be in effect for doubles pickleball. So too remain the requirements to book no more than 4 (four) playing sessions in any weekly period and no “drop-in” players.
You will receive two Sign Up Genius email invitations tomorrow (Thursday, June 11) evening at 8:00 PM. One invitation for Royal Gardens and one for Jasper Park for the period June 12, 13 and 14. If you have previously booked spots in the June 8 to June 14 week, those spots remain booked. If you have not booked your four (4) maximum allowable spots for the week you may book up to four (4) spots tomorrow evening. The regular SUG email invitations for Royal Gardens and Jasper Park will resume on Sunday, June 14 at 8:00 PM.
Based on member feedback regarding byes, forty-two (42) spots can be booked for each session at Royal Gardens and seventeen (17) spots can be booked for Jasper Park. This will allow for “no shows” and give some players an opportunity to sit out one game in each six-game session.
Along with doubles play and again, based on member input, the EPC has decided to add to the Royal Gardens schedule, eight (8) sessions of evening play each week. The skill level-based, round robin sessions will run from 6:00-7:30 PM and 8:00-9:30 PM Monday through Thursday and will be tentatively planned to start the week of June 22. These evening sessions will require volunteer monitors working in groups of two people (one person to monitor a 90-minute session and the other to play and then switch roles for the second 90-minute session). Monitors will receive training for their first shift. If you are able to help with this job, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll gladly get back to you to schedule some dates.
It’s been a tough few weeks getting used to half-capacity singles play under physical distancing conditions and we want to thank all of the members for their support and understanding while the EPC Board waded through these turbulent waters. With the resumption of doubles play and the corresponding increase in capacity, we hope that we can finally bring the demand and supply for pickleball in Edmonton closer together.The EPC Board.
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