Club Night Play

Club Night Play is ALWAYS Doubles, unless a court is free or numbers are uneven, then three/five rotation or singles are allowed. Players at club night must have a basic understanding of the game and be able to serve and rally.

When players arrive at club night, it is first on the court in order of arrival. Players play 6 games, and the rule is winners move up a court, and the losers move down a court. (Winners from court 1 stay where they are, as do the losers from court 3). This method of play accommodates up to 12 people. Once there are 13 or more players wanting to play at club night, we adapt to the Peg Board System...

Peg Board System

For club nights with 13 or more players, we use a peg board system for a fair and easy rotation of players, and it works like this:

  • Each member has their own peg with their name on it. As players arrive, they place their pegs in the queue to play (this is a section at the top of the board).

  • When a court becomes available, the player at the front of the queue (far right) picks three others from the next 7 in the lineup of pegs to play. They are then placed in the appropriate court section while they play a set (We play 6 games).

  • At the end of the 6 games, the players return their pegs to the back of the queue. The two winners go first (winners spin for which peg goes before the other), followed by the two losers, and so on.

Using the peg board system allows for a fair and hassle-free rotation of play on a club night. You should not end up playing with the same three players all session. As tempting as this can be for 'established' players, it is unfair to other players and goes against the etiquette for club play. If your four has just come off the court and there are only four or five players in the queue, it would be a good idea to wait for another court to finish so that players can be mixed up a bit to ensure that everyone gets a game.

It is generally good etiquette to pick the players who have been waiting the longest but also try to pick an even set. For example, it is not normally a very good idea to put two strong players against less advanced players—neither will thank you for it! However, it would be better to have a strong and intermediate player paired together to make the set more even and, therefore, as enjoyable and competitive as possible. If you are a new member and picking a suitable four seems daunting, do not be afraid to ask for guidance.

Club members are expected to follow these rules. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask a member of the Cawood Tennis Club Committee.