There are two separate topics I want to update you on:
The recent change to the lottery rules by and large was accepted and understood by those participating — 75% of the players were not affected by this change. However after careful consideration the Board agreed to modify it’s rule change to the following:
Players may play in up to three different groups twice a week.
With this slight change, 90% of the players are not affected by the rule.
Updates to the procedures and rules are done to improve the management of the process, and to insure it continues to be fair to all those participating. The current changes were not the first, and likely will not be the last.
The club was recently informed by the Community Association of an existing rule that may affect the way you build your lottery group rosters: providing use of one’s Activity Card to another person (resident or guest) to allow access to a Sun City amenity is a $375 fine per the Community Association Rules.
In other words — “borrowed” CAM cards are strictly prohibited by the community and the pickleball club has been reminded of this.
Sub-committee for Court Utilization and Balance
I requested in our January Board meeting that a Sub-committee be formed to develop a proposal that provides a more balanced use of our courts that accommodates our club members and their various play structures — Lottery (permanent court reservations) Chelsea (manual court reservations) and Open Play.
The Sub-committee is made up of two board members and five club members representing a cross section of players representative of our structures of play.
What has come from their initial evaluation is a clear need for Club Rated Play, mixed, and gender specific as well as the need for more options of play in the evenings. Serious consideration is being given to 90 minute time slots during the primetime hours and 2 hour time slots during the afternoons. This change alone would streamline the rostering issues for lottery groups, and put everyone in compliance with the CAM card restrictions.
The sub-committee has been tasked with presenting their proposal for Board review at the February Board meeting.