The Longboat Key CAT II had a record number of 333 senior tennis playing entrants, several of whom played singles + doubles or two doubles age groups, which all created scheduling nightmares for the tournament runners.
What lessons can we learn from this episode?
Whose responsibility is it?
- In “the old days,” match times were posted on the wall; players checked them and showed up the next day. And if there were changes in start times, the tournament desk called the players to inform them.
- Today, we have morphed into a gray area with match times being posted online and all players being expected to have access to internet to check the frequent changes that are being made. (like Larry Albritton was defaulted out of the 70 singles).
- I believe it is the tournament’s responsibility to inform players of changes in posted start times.
- If there are not enough local, club volunteers to help with this task, I am confident many of us tournament players who have traveled to the site would have free time and be more than willing to help.
The Round Robin format
- I feel that this format is a great improvement on the opportunity for scheduled, quality matches.
- For players like me who have traveled two hours and spending upwards of $1,000 to participate, being guaranteed matches on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday makes my planning and expense much more worth the effort.
Playing multiple age divisions
- This is what is creating scheduling nightmares for the tournament staff.
- When someone has entered two age divisions in doubles, it is just inviting scheduling conflicts – especially when those matches would normally be played in the afternoon and the winter sunset is at 5:30 p.m.
- I would suggest that players be allowed to enter two events – only if it is one singles and one doubles.
My understanding is that this tournament, at least, will be making two changes next year: players will be told the time of their next match when reporting scores; and players will be able to enter two categories, as long as one is singles and the other is doubles.
What are your thoughts??
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