Glossary

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Drop-in Play

Drop-in Play may be defined differently at different venues. Therefore we will refer to our terminology called "Group Play" and "Reservations".

"Group Play" is for times that are open for anyone to join games and rotate using a Paddle System (waiting line system)

"Reservations" refer to a specifically booked time slot and court assignment reserved for a specific person or group of people.

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Group Play

Group Play is a defined time for any players to join games. The spirit of Group Play is that everyone gets to play with different players in a recreational and fun setting. If all courts are taken, there is often a "paddle system" where you may group your paddle with other players' paddles to join a waiting line to take the next available court. Typically, after you finish a game, you will leave your court to the next group waiting, and you can join the "paddle system" (waiting line) defined by the venue.

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Open Play

Open Play may be defined differently at different venues. Therefore we will refer to our terminology called "Group Play" and "Reservations".

"Group Play" is for times that are open for anyone to join games and rotate using a Paddle System (waiting line system)

"Reservations" refer to a specifically booked time slot and court assignment reserved for a specific person or group of people.

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Reservations

"Reservations" refer to a specifically booked time slot and court assignment reserved for a specific person or group of people.

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Welcome Court

Many pickleball players are intimidated by going to open play/drop-in play at pickleball venues alone or when they are unfamiliar with the local rules. The trademarked 365Dink Welcome Court™ is designed to create a go-to point for new players and members to be together. It’s a designated court at a 365Dink affiliate venue, where new players and guests can meet, play, and become familiar with the sport and the venue's pickleball etiquette. Every 365Dink affiliate venue will be provided with Welcome Court™ signage, so the court can be easily located by new players and guests.