Many PB groups have etiquette guidelines and it would be beneficial for us to have them also. This is a draft of our proposed guidelines. Please review them and email Mike Delaney (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your comments and suggested changes. Thanks!
1. Introduce yourself to your partner and opponents before play starts.
2. Compliment all players on great shots and volleys.
3. Opponents call your shots in or out. You may disagree but it’s their call. Get over it.
4. Tap paddles after each game, say ‘thanks’ or ‘great game,’ keep it positive.
5. Gently toss, roll or lob the ball to the next server so he/she doesn’t have to chase after it.
6. Banter is part of the fun, especially if you know the other players. Be sensitive with unknown players.
1. Does your partner ignore basic strategy, make same mistakes repeatedly, and so on? Suck it up! Remain positive. It’s just a game and it only lasts a few minutes.
2. Want to play a certain style, stacking for instance? Ask your partner if it’s okay. Don’t dictate. Nobody elected you team captain did they?
3. Unsolicited coaching and advice is irritating. Zip it!
4. Tap paddles between serves. It feels good, builds team spirit.
1. Never tell someone they’re not good enough to play on a particular court or at a particular venue. It’s terrible sportsmanship.
2. Everyone prefers playing at or near their own skill level and getting a good workout but that’s not always doable. See number 4 under Court Usage.
3. Help beginners improve. Ask if they’d like you to coach them when you play together. Tell them about training and strategy info on national and local websites.
1. 4 off/4 on is the standard when all courts are in use and players are waiting.
2. Challenge courts are okay when no one’s waiting. Winners split up and play a second game, losers cycle out. Winners of first game cycle out after game two.
3. Never place you paddle ahead of others already in the queue.
4. Want to play with certain people? Place your paddles together at the end of the queue and have others skip past you until you’re the next foursome.
5. Monitor your paddle in the queue and be ready to play when the time comes.
6. Put your name on your paddle so if you’re distracted, your name can be called when it’s your turn. It’s a smart thing to do anyway, keeps paddles from getting lost or adopted.