Winners

When the kids are restless on a Friday evening and still keen to hit a tennis ball, they head to the Uptown courts to play Winners, a non-stop doubles-style point-play-off.

In order to play Winners, kids must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • They must be 10 years of age in this calendar year, or
  • They must attend a morning group lesson at any of these times: 10:45AM, 11:30AM or 12:15PM

Please note that for the safety of all players, everyone must wear proper tennis shoes or running shoes in order to participate. This includes the volunteer feeders as well.

If you’d like to volunteer to be a feeder, you can sign up at the Beach clubhouse.

Time:  Fridays from 7PM – 9PM
Location: Uptown courts

How the game is played: 

  1. Two players start on the far side of the court. They are the current Winners.
  2. The rest of the players form a single line behind the safety marker at the baseline on the opposite side of the court. These are the challengers.
  3. The next two challengers in line will approach the baseline and take on the current Winners.
  4. Each challenger team plays two points against the Winners.
  5. The feeder, positioned at the net post facing the challengers, feeds a ball to the forehand of the challenger closest to them and the point is played out.
  6. The other challenger is also fed a ball to their forehand and the second point is played out.
  7. For the challengers to become the Winners they must either (a) hit a winner, meaning a ball that lands in the court and is not touched by either of the opposing players; or (b) win both points.
  8. The feeder yells “winner” if either of the criteria in #7 are met so the kids know to run to the other side and become the new Winners. The feeder has finally say on what constitutes a Winner.
  9. If the challengers become the Winners, they have to run to the Winners’ position on the other side of the court while the feeder continues to feed the balls to the next team of challengers. The new Winners need to return the ball in time and keep the rally going. If they don’t, the new challengers replace them, and so on.
  10. The losing Winners join the end of the challenger line.
  11. If the challengers lose, they also return to the end of the line and a new pair of challengers play against the Winners.