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[tennisbiz] Re: Setting up a rotation for a tennis group

From: Kjell Petterson <>
Date: Tue 10 Sep 2002 07:27:26 -0400

Dear 'M.C.'

The book you refer to was called 'Easy On - Easy Off' and was probably
published some thirty years ago. There have been several similar - and
better - books published since then, but to the best of my knowledge they
only address 'social round robins' of perhaps four to eight rounds.

 If you want a schedule for 'group play' for a whole season (often around 35
weeks), some call them 'leagues', you can use some computer program, like my
'ROTATION', do it yourself, or have someone do it for you.

What you want to accomplish is a balanced schedule with as little repetition
as possible. If you have people sitting out, ideally you want to space it
out in a pattern that e.g.lets each player play three weeks, sit out one,
play three, etc, rather than sometimes playing two weeks and sitting out two
weeks in a row.

Next, if it's doubles, you want to balance the partnerships, so that you
ideally don't play a second time with the same partner until you have played
once with everyone else.

Just sit down with a piece of paper and try to make these things come out
well - on second thought, make that many pieces of paper! Obviously, the job
is different for singles schedules, 'regular doubles', and 'two-group
doubles' (=mixed, etc.).

If you want to read about ROTATION, go to www.kjell2,com/soverview.htm and
follow the links under 'Round Robins and 'Leagues'. Clubs and other tennis
sites typically use ROTATION, and some may make 30 - 50 schedules each

For specific questions, please, send an e-mail to . I
promise you a prompt response,

Kjell Petterson


Received on Tue Sep 10 2002 - 06:58:35 CDT

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