Santa Rosa Table Allocation System
Note: This is a fair-for-all table usage system that can be used to ensure that all players have equivalent access to table time. It is based on a system devised by the Santa Rosa (California) Table Tennis Club.
When a player arrives, he adds himself to the bottom of the Waiting List (which will be a pad of paper).
Each player waits his turn.
When a table opens up and everyone’s name above him is crossed off, it is his turn to play. He then can choose to do one of the following:
- ask another idle player to play for fun for 20 minutes*,
- ask another idle player if they want to practice for 20 minutes,
- delay playing (if he’s still tired, or wants to wait for someone who is already playing).
If a player delays, it’s the next player in line’s turn and he has the next spot.
Once the player and a partner/opponent get their turn on a table (to play a match or practice) both players shall cross their names off the list.
A player who is asked to play or practice may decline the invitation.
All matches are 3 out of 5.
When a match (or 20 minute practice session) is over, BOTH players leave the table, return to the front, and add their names to the bottom of the waiting list.
* If playing a match, a brief warm-up period is allowed – approximately 2 or 3 minutes is reasonable. If players abuse the system and “warm up for 10+ minutes, they will be expected to wrap up their match when a total of 20 minutes is up.