Club sessions and playing standards

Club Sessions are those times when there will normally be a committee member or senior club member present to organise the players into sets. Adult Members and Nominate Juniors can just turn up during these times and can mix in and play doubles without having to make prior arrangements. It is at these regular, organised sessions that the majority of members play their tennis.

To ensure all members of all abilities get the best out of their attendance at club sessions, it is important that members are aware of their level of ability and attend those sessions which are suitable for their level of play.

Below is a description and summary of the regular weekly club sessions. If you are uncertain which club session to attend, click on the Ability Guide. Ignore the Ratings but look at the descriptions of Starter, Recreational and Intermediate.

Beginners & Improvers Club Night: Wed 6:00 - 9:00

Standard: Starter/Recreational
The Beginners & Improvers club night provides an opportunity for those adults receiving regular coaching to put into practice what they have learnt. It has also developed into a club session for those who are less competitive than those who attend some of the other sessions as well as for those who have played before but are a bit rusty. You’ll also find a few more experienced players joining in and helping with tips on positioning, court etiquette, etc.

Friday Evening Club Session: Fri 6:00 - 9:00

Standard: Recreational and higher
This is an all inclusive session where you may well find beginners, improvers and team players. The emphasis is on enjoyment so don’t panic if you think you won’t be up-to-the-mark as weaker players are usually paired with the better players to make the sets as even as possible.

Club Afternoons: Tues & Thurs 2:00 - 4:00

Club Morning: Fri 9:30 – 11:00
Standard: Recreational and higher
This is where you can enjoy social tennis and a cup of tea and cake. The average age maybe a little higher at these sessions but don’t be fooled, you’ll still get some feisty tennis!

Tuesday Evening Club Session: Tues 6:00 - 9:00

Tuesday Evening Club Session: Tues 6:00 – 9:00
Standard: Intermediate and higher
Tuesday evening is probably the strongest of the Club Sessions, although Thursday night, match practice, obviously attracts the club’s best players. Play is competitive whilst still having fun.

Thursday Match Practice: Thurs 6:00 - 9:00

Standard: Intermediate and higher
The committee has agreed that a more formal regime of match practice should take place on Thursday night. This is to ensure that a high standard of play is regularly available in order to encourage, in particular, our higher team players to participate in the session. Participants in match practice on Thursday nights will be mainly Regular Team Squad Players. Other Club Members established as at least intermediate standard are welcome to come along but on the understanding that priority will be given to match practice and providing challenging opposition to match pairs. As well as giving team pairs a chance to practice together before the next match, it will also provide an opportunity for captains to evaluate pairings for the future. Thursday night match practice will start promptly at 19:15, at which point all games will stop for pairs to be formed according to the Team Captains’ or their delegated representatives’ instructions. Match pairs will be expected to be able to play 2 sets before re-engaging in more social club play.

Note: At match practice new balls are normally provided and these, along with those used in home matches, are recycled through subsequent club sessions. Match players pay for these balls through the £2 match fee charged to all adult members representing the club in local league matches.

   Click for ability guide.

These guidelines are relevant mainly at busy times, such as on Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday evenings but could equally be applied at other times particularly when there are solitary
players waiting. It’s all common sense really but the committee welcomes feedback from anyone who has suggestions of how such a system could be improved.

  1. Who plays next – Time of arrival in the car park will determine who is next in line.
    However, when the courts are full and there are more than 3 players waiting, any fours which have
    been pre-arranged from those waiting will go on next followed by the new arrivals. If no fours
    have been pre-arranged, the new arrival will go on with players selected from those waiting – an
    encouragement to get those waiting to organise themselves for a quick turnaround.
  2. Selecting players – To avoid confusion, when selecting players by picking from a bunch of
    racquets, the selection will be for who will play rather than for who will sit out, unless clearly
    stated otherwise beforehand. In either case, common sense should prevail and some manual
    juggling will be allowed to avoid repeated fours.
  3. Deuce – To ensure a rapid turnaround of players when (a) the courts are full and there are players
    waiting or (b) there is a single player waiting, a committee or other senior member will announce
    that a Silver Deuce is to be played. This is a sudden-death point on the second deuce as opposed to
    a Golden Deuce which is sudden death point on the first deuce. The receiving pair decides who
    receives service on the sudden death point. Note that if 2 or 3 players are waiting and there is a
    spare court, they have the option of playing singles or a three. When no players are waiting and all
    players present agree, they may decide to play a full deuce.

Thursday Match Practice – Normally starts at 7.15pm although Ladies match practice may
start at 6.30pm to suit the players. It is for teams playing matches at the following weekend. At least one
court will always be available for non-team players. Those not playing in the match practice will follow
the club session guidelines above.

  1. The Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed captains are authorised by the committee to organise their match
    practice how they see fit. This includes taking team players from social fours to ensure a timely
    start, involving non-team players, male or female, to make up the numbers and allowing new
    partnerships to play consecutive sets.
  2. A full deuce should be played to simulate match conditions and provide a realistic match practice
    as we recognise that the success of our teams can be a major factor in attracting new members.