New times!

Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 1:00pm at Lay Park! Come out and play!

  1. New times for the new season – Beginning with Monday, Oct 21st, we will switch to our “cool weather” times.   We will gather at 1pm and begin play when we have enough people to start.   This is different than before because we will not require that you be there earlier so that you can start promptly at 1pm.   This should allow folks to have lunch and not feel stressed about having to arrive 15-20 minutes early, so they won’t miss out on the first game.   We’ll hope to begin play around 1:15pm or so but, you can start playing whenever you want with whomever is there for you to make a game if you choose.  There will be no “ending time” – play as long as you want.
  2. Grooming the courts is completely optional.   We greatly discourage raking – even the term “raking” is inappropriate because all anybody really wants to do is “smooth” the surface.   Please do not use leaf rakes on the terrain!   If you don’t have anything else to use and you prefer to smooth the surface, please use the backside of the rakes to smooth.    After consulting with other members of our club and other clubs, we believe that our surfaces will begin to “heal” if we cease “plowing” them with the tines on the rakes.   Our past methods have resulted in the lifting of the large stones onto the surface and makes play less enjoyable for everyone.   It is quite rare that one would ever need to use a tool of any kind – just smooth out the divots with your feet and the piste will play much better.
  3. Everybody deserves a choice.  “Select” vs. “Melee” for choosing teams:   The term “Select” means that you choose which player(s) to be your teammates.  “Melee” means a random selection in which you play with whomever is chosen for you.   Every player can decide for themselves whether they want to participate in the melee – you don’t have to give a reason or explanation for your decision.    We will be trying out a few new versions of melee selection that we’ve seen or heard about – cards, chips, etc.   There are dozens of ways to make random selections so, we probably won’t use the old “boules in the ring” thing again for a while.   Most importantly, you get to decide.   We believe adults can handle this quite well and get your games going on your own.

It’s your club – tell me what you think about this and if you have other ideas or suggestions.   I want to hear from you!

sportsdirector@athenspetanque.org

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