Ace of the Courts is an opportunity for male or female advanced/intermediate players to enjoy fun competitive pickleball games on Friday mornings each week. To participate, you should have a skill rating of 3.5 or higher. If you are unsure of your rating, check the USAPA website for definitions of player skill ratings. Just answer the Ace of the Courts question in your Pickleball Canada profile and you will be included in the invitations. Play should begin by the end of July. There is no commitment to play every week.
Each week an invitation will be sent to those members on the list, and Ace of the Courts will be organized based on the number of players who want to play. The first 18 players who sign up will be included in the event. An email will be sent to the players confirming the details.
Four courts are reserved on Friday’s, 10 am to noon. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to set up the nets. Ace of the Courts is organized as follows: A deck of cards is distributed to players, containing 4 Aces, 4 Kings, 4 Queens and 4 Jacks (based on 16 players) with 2 Tens if there are 18 players. The 4 Ace players will play on Court #1, 4 King players on Court #2, 4 Queen players on Court #3, 4 Jack players on Court #4. If the 2 Tens are used, these players will sit out the first game. The players with the red cards play together against the players with the two black cards. The teams play one game to 11, winning by one point, and the set is finished when all games are done or 15 minutes has expired.
The winners on Court #1 stay on that court and split up as partners, the players that lost move to Court #2 and split up as partners. The winners on Court #2 move to Court #1 and split up, while the players that lost move to Court #3 and split up. The winners on Court #3 move to Court #2 etc. If there are 16 players, the players that lost on Court #4 stay and split up. If there are 18 players, the players that lost on Court #4 sit out the next game and the extra players move to Court #4 and split up.
At the end of the session, the Ace of the Courts are the winners of the last game on Court #1. This could be different players each week depending on who participates.