Drop-In Procedure

Check the Calendar of Events for times.

Description: A Drop-In session is one in which players drop in, without advance reservations, to play other Drop-in players. There are two types of Drop-in sessions:

  • A 2-3 hour block of time reserved each morning, on all courts, for all players.
  • A two-hour block of time reserved on selected days, on selected courts, for Drop-in of specific skill levels.

Check the “Calendar of Events on GPC Website for times/days.

Eligibility: Players must be Grand Pickleball Club members or guests* in order to play in the Drop-in sessions.  Residents (including Renters) will be welcomed for a maximum of three Drop-In sessions before they must join the Club.

* Overnight guests of club members may play at “Drop In” as long as they are accompanied by the member. The member will need to go to the monitor station and sign in their guest. The guest must wear a guest badge while playing. The guest must be at least 16 years old to play. Monitors will need to make sure all guests have signed in and are wearing a guest badge.

New Drop-in format effective Monday November 22, 2021

NEW DROP-IN TRIAL RULES For 9 AM 

1. Drop-In will begin promptly at 9am. If there are no paddles up or players waiting, then those players already on the court may continue playing. However, if there are players waiting, then the court must be vacated at 9am.

2. Each skill level has been given their own set of courts (2.5 – 5.0), as well as 1 Challenge court (Exception: 2.5 level will play on the 3.0 challenge court). Players may play Up or Down within a .5 level of their current skill for both the challenge court and drop-in courts. In other words, if you are a 4.0 level player, you may play on the 3.5, 4.0 or 4.5/5.0 courts. ALL COURTS WILL BE LABELED for each Skill Level and Challenge Court, as well as RULES for both Drop-In and Challenge will be posted.

  • 2.5 – COURTS 1, 2 (Challenge Court 3)
  • 3.0 – COURTS 3-8 (Challenge Court 3)
  • 3.5 – COURTS 9-14, (Challenge Court 14)
  • 4.0 – COURTS 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22 (Challenge Court 16)
  • 4.5/5.0 – COURTS 17, 19 (Challenge Court 19)

3. Challenge Courts: Players may challenge teams on this court. A team may win up to 2 games in a row, but must then come off the court. Four new players would then start the next game. Place paddles in holders at court to challenge.

4. DROP-IN RULES: We have chosen NOT to use the Saddle Paddle Wheels. Instead, we will be using the “Winners and Losers” format where there will be “ONE” built-in PADDLE HOLDER for each skill level at their pod of courts. When a game is finished, the players come off the courts, the two winners place their paddles in the next Winner holders available, and the two losers place their paddles in the next Loser holders available. Those two players will then split the next time they play on the same court if they are still together. Four new players will go onto a court, every time a court opens up in your pod.

WINNER / LOSER PADDLE HOLDER PLACEMENTS:

  • 2.5 – Between Courts 1 & 2
  • 3.0 – Between Courts 7 & 8
  • 3.5 – Between Courts 9 & 10
  • 4.0 – West fence of Court 21 (Large area)
  • 4.5/5.0 – Front of Court 17

5. Only four players will be allowed to be on any court at any given time, par an emergency. Viewers or friends must sit and watch from outside the courts.

6. No “Organized” group play will be allowed during Drop-In. If you find this is still occurring, please feel free to email the club stating the situation.

7. If a court is empty, “any” skill level may play on that court. However, if those skill-level players come at a later time (as some do still work), they are allowed to have that court.

Northwest Side Serves First:  By local convention for our drop-in games, the northwest side of the court will serve first.  Remember that the team that serves first just gets one fault before turning the ball over to the opponents.

Name Tags:  It is the responsibility of all Club members to wear their name tags during drop-in. Guests must wear a temporary guest badge provided by the monitor.