RULES & GUIDELINES OF PLAY
RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR PICKLEBALL COURT PLAY
ARIZONA TRADITIONS PICKLEBALL CLUB
Purpose: The following rules and guidelines are meant to assist the purpose of the AZT Pickleball Club, which is “to provide a fun, healthy, recreational activity for all AZT residents (owners & renters) and their house guests.” (Article II- Purpose, of the AZT Pickleball Club Bylaws)
The Rules and Guidelines Committee considered the following issues: court usage, court schedule, Ladder League, court conduct, guidelines regarding homeowners, renters, visitors, house guests, and all associated dues and fees, making certain we adhere to the AZT Pickleball Club ByLaws.
Court Schedule for Pickleball Club Members:
Monday thru Saturday 7:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M. all year round.
Court Schedule for Homeowners, Renters, and Guests: Court 6 is an open court to homeowners, renters and their guests during club play hours. All homeowners, renters, and their guests may play on any of the courts after 11:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M., and any time on Sunday, as per HOA policies. The pickleball courts are property of all AZT residents (owners and renters) and are there for all to enjoy. All non-club members who come to play pickleball shall be encouraged to donate money to the club to help defray the cost of balls.
Court Play Time During Club Hours: As a way for all members to have an allotted time to play during club play, and when the courts are full, with more than 8 players waiting, please put your name on a sign-up sheet and use the following process:
2in-2out: When the first game is over the losers would leave, put their names on the sign-up sheet, and as other players leave the courts, they too would add their names to the list.
The next two players on the list would be the next to play. They would cross their names off the list when entering the court. The winners would split unless agreed upon by all players to stay together. When this game is over, those having played two consecutive games would leave the court, and put their names on the sign-up sheet, along with the losers of that game. This process continues through the end of each game with each player being able to play two consecutive games except for the first round when the losers leave the courts.
4in-4out: If more than 12 players are waiting to play when a game is finished, and all courts are being used, when a game ends, all four players should leave the court and add their names on the sign-up sheet. The next four players on the list would play next, crossing their names off their names as they go onto the court, and then add their names to the sign-up sheet when they leave. This same process of 4 out and 4 in should be used on the days when Ladder League is being played, especially when there are more players than courts available.
Posted Pickleball Rules: Court Rules, posted on a bulletin board are as follow: 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. They are also posted online at AZTpickleball.com. Club Members Only Play Monday thru Saturday. Please adhere to these guidelines.
No Street Shoes on Courts WARNING: Eye Protection Recommended
No chairs on Courts No Animals on Courts Drinking water only on Courts No smoking around the Courts
Tournament Play Guidelines: Players staying with non-members must have wristbands. The Club must be notified of dates here in AZT and play dates in advance. During Grand Canyon and Nationals Tournaments only, practice play of club member and partner is allowed one week prior to and during week of Tournament.
Additional Rules and Guidelines:
1. Please pick-up after yourself. Throw away your own coffee cups, empty water bottles, wrappers, etc., or take them home when you leave the court area.
2. Court Conduct – good sportsmanship should be adhered to at all times, as well as refraining from the use of bad language.
3. Court Shoes – only non-marking gym shoes or court shoes are to be used on the courts (street shoes are prohibited).
4. Visitors and Guests – visitors and house guests invited to play, must be accompanied by a resident (homeowner or renter), unless a wristband has been obtained at the Community Office. As members of the Pickleball Club we are to follow the AZT HOA guidelines regarding visitors and house guests. The gate guard must be notified of any visitor or house guest.
5. Equipment – only regulation paddles and balls allowed on the courts (chairs, rollerblades, skates, skateboards, bikes, etc. are prohibited).
6. Children and Youth – all children and youth are to be accompanied by an adult while using the courts. Pickleball Club members are encouraged to ask children and youth who and where their parents or grandparents are, and to let them know they are to be with them here at the courts.
Membership: All resident (owners, renters, spouses, significant others) shall be eligible for full membership in the AZT Pickleball Club. (See Article V, Dues & Membership of the AZT Pickleball Club Bylaws) Annual dues shall be required to be eligible for full participation as a member of the AZT Pickleball Club, including play during club court times, playing in Club Tournaments, League Ladder play, socials, and other club activities. This includes anyone new wishing to join the club for any period more than three and less than six months. (See Club Assessments, Dues and Fees). Waivers must also be signed and dated. Each member in good standing shall have one vote at club meetings.
Social Members: Any resident wishing to be a “non-playing social member” without voting rights may do so for a small annual fee. Social members may participate in all club socials and other club activities.
Summer Guests and Visitors: During the summer months of June, July, August, and September, pickleball clubs/groups from neighboring senior communities may be invited at the discretion of the Board to play during club time, allowing club members priority on the courts. Liability waivers must be signed and dated. The gate guard must be given the names of the guests and visitors.
Training Classes: Training Classes are held as scheduled at no charge to beginners. Paddles and balls will be available for Training Class only. When classes are over, the list of players names and phone numbers should be given to the Treasurer (responsible for membership) for follow-up. All members are encouraged to assist in training classes when they are held, and to be a “Pickleball Friend” in helping beginners become acclimated to the game and becoming members. Beginners attending club training class are encouraged and may play during club time for a period of two weeks, but then must become a member to continue to play during club time. However, Court 6 is an open court to beginners, homeowners, renters, and their guests during club play hours, per HOA policy.
House Guests: Club members may invite a house guest to join them in playing pickleball during club time, as long as the club member is with them at the court, and allows club members priority on the courts. This includes a house guest for a few days, but for not longer than four (4) weeks. Wristbands are required to be worn by any house guest when the club member , homeowner, or renter does not plan on being with the guest at the pickleball courts or other common areas of the community (pool, pool tables, bar, tennis courts, Neighborhood Center, baseball field, etc.) Club members, homeowners, and renters are responsible for obtaining a wristband from the Community Center with a refundable deposit of $10.00.
Renters: Renters who are here for three (3) months or less, shall be required to pay a participation fee and must sign a liability waiver before play. They may participate in all club activities and meetings. (See Club Assessments, Dues, and Fees)
Visitors and Guests from neighboring Communities: All residents (owners, renters, spouses, significant others), including club members, may invite visitors and guests to play from neighboring communities any time after 11:00 A.M., Monday through Saturday. And all day Sunday. The gate guard must be notified about the guests or visitors.
Live-in Guests: A house guest that lives with a resident (homeowner or renter) shall be considered a renter and eligible for full membership in the AZT Pickleball Club upon payment of club dues. (See Assessments, Dues, and Fees) They shall be eligible for full participation as a member of the AZT Pickleball Club, including play during club court times, playing in Club Tournaments, Ladder League play, socials, and other club activities. Waivers must also be signed and dated before pickleball play.
Pickleball Participation Liability Waiver: As a participant on the Arizona Traditions pickleball courts, all beginners, guests, visitors, and members agree to legally waive, release, and discharge any claims for damages for personal injury, death, or property which an individual may have or which may accrue to that individual as a result of participation in any activity associated with the Arizona Traditions Pickleball Club (as stated on the waiver form). Waiver must be signed and dated before pickleball play.
Name Badges: When an individual becomes a Pickleball Club member, they are issued a name Badge, which is to be worn or be present with the Club member during club play. The current year must be punched on the name badge to indicate that the club member is in good standing.
Paddles and Balls: Official paddles and balls are to be used at all times on the pickleball courts. Balls are provided by the AZT Pickleball Club. Members are responsible for their own paddles. Paddles are available for purchase through the club, as well as other distributors.