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80,750 users in over 1,100 regions

PlayTime Scheduler continues to expand to new cities and players. We add about 150 new users every day. We love hearing from pickleballers all over the world about how the site makes their lives easier and more fun! If you need a little help spreading the word about this tool in your local area, check out our free promo kits below.

Selkirk Labs: The Future Arrives 2.22.22

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New Features Added!

We're always listening to your feedback and continue to improve the site whenever possible. Here are some of the new features just launched this week:
  • Ability to invite non-registered players. Now it's easy to ask friends to join your invite-only sessions, even if they aren't currently a PlayTime Scheduler user. When creating your invite list, use the Email search box to see if your friend is already registered. If not, you can still add them to the list, and they will receive an email inviting them to sign up for your session.  
  • Option to hide player skill ratings. We heard from some groups that they prefer not to use skill ratings. When creating a session, you can now check a box for "Don't use skill levels." The calendar bubble will show 2.0-5.0 (indicating all levels welcome) but ratings will not be displayed next to attendee names.
  • 24-hour vs 12-hour time display. To better accommodate our international users (or those who simply prefer using military time) we've added this as a user preference under My Account > Calendar.
  • Ability to email players on a session you created, even if you aren't attending. Previously, you had to be signed up for a session to email the other attendees.
  • Ability to view session logs on past sessions. (Power Users only)
  • Ability to email the players of your past sessions. (Power Users only)
The list of planned enhancements is long, and we're as eager to get them built as you are to start using them! Of course, if you want to get access to all the features we currently have to offer, upgrade your account to Power User for just $35/year. Your premium subscription helps fund future rounds of development.

Regular Joes vs. the Pros!

Ever wondered how you'd fare against the top pickleball players in the world? Jared Paul and Jason Aspes from The Kitchen (4.0's on a good day) had an ongoing debate about how many points they’d score if they ever had the chance. Well, they got it. First up, Lauren Stratman and AJ Koller. This is LUNCH GAME. Watch now.

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Top 10 Regions: Most Signups Per Player

These regions averaged the most signups per player last month.
  1. La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
  2. Northern Nova Scotia, NS
  3. Gabriola Island, BC
  4. Livonia, NY
  5. Prairie du Chien, WI
  6. PNS Fundy Region, NS
  7. Addison County, VT
  8. NOCO - Greeley Eaton & Evans, CO
  9. Battle Creek, MI
  10. Healdsburg, CA

Winter Pickleball Players in Etobicoke:  Passionate or Off-Kilter?

By Marc Petruccelli

PlayTime Scheduler Regional Admin & VP of Etobicoke Pickleball Association in Ontario, Canada

What should pickleball players do following an epic snowfall, when COVID has shut down all indoor courts? If you’re in Etobicoke, you grab a shovel – lots of shovels – a snow blower or two, ice picks, some brooms and, well, you shovel the courts.
Monday, a mid-January snowfall dumps 36cm (14") of snow in Toronto. First, you spend 3 hours shoveling your own driveway that evening. Then you rest.
Tuesday morning, you grab your gear and join your fellow 60- and 70-somethings to spend five hours shoveling five tennis courts in Central Etobicoke.
And when you’re done? First, you make snow angels. Then, you play pickleball – of course!
Passionate? Off-Kilter? Perhaps a bit of both? Happy to be playing and playing to be happy. 

For the love of Pickleball.

Mike's been a huge help in managing our third largest region – Greater Boston, Massachusetts. Whenever players have a question, Mike always takes the time to write a detailed response. He's been a big advocate for PlayTime Scheduler, helping local parks departments and players understand the benefits of the tool. We asked Mike a few questions about his experiences.

How long have you been playing pickleball and where did you learn to play?
I started playing pickleball in June of 2016 when my wife and I took a beginner class that was offered through our town’s recreation department. The class was taught by our regional pickleball ambassador, who we ended up becoming good friends with, and I have helped him organize several local tournaments over the years. We still play with some of the people that we met in that beginner class.

When did you first join PlayTime Scheduler as a regional admin?
I started setting up the Greater Boston region in September 2019. I learned about PlayTime Scheduler when I was looking for places to play while I was in Denver earlier that year. When I got back home, I discovered that there was nothing on PlayTime Scheduler for the Boston area, so I submitted a request to add the Greater Boston region. By default, I became the regional admin, and I’ve just kept with it ever since.

What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a regional admin?
It’s been satisfying to see how the local pickleball community has used the site to communicate amongst players and organize sessions on their own, independent of the times that are scheduled by the town recreation departments. Boston is surrounded by many smaller towns and cities, each of which has their own recreation department. Before PlayTime Scheduler was available, most of the opportunities to play were limited to fixed times scheduled by those local recreation departments. Now, players are able to organize groups on their own and know that enough people will show up to play. Some of this was happening before through email lists and things like Doodle polls, but PlayTime Scheduler has made it easier. I think having PlayTime Scheduler has helped fuel the growth of pickleball in the area, especially at a time when most local recreation departments were not able to offer programs during the pandemic. The region started with just a dozen or so court locations that I was aware of and had played at, and now we have a total of 100 locations and over 2800 players signed up. 

What’s the biggest challenge?
One of the challenges is making sure that people understand that PlayTime Scheduler is a scheduling and invitation system, and not a court reservation system. Also, some people when they first sign up on the site don’t understand how the system works, so I end up having to send the occasional email explaining various aspects of using the site. Ensuring that new court locations are listed accurately can sometimes be a challenge, but using Google Maps satellite views usually lets me “see” what’s there, and each town’s website usually has the information needed to confirm the address and the facilities at public parks.

What advice would you give to a new region considering setting up PlayTime Scheduler?
Get the word out to your local community of pickleball players by handing out flyers or posting them at pickleball venues. I made up a simple one-page flyer that explained what PlayTime Scheduler is and provided the URL. The business cards that PlayTime Scheduler provided were also helpful for getting people to check out the site. Set up areas within your region that make sense geographically and add the court locations that you know. As more people join, they will suggest additional locations that you aren’t aware of.

Can You Help Spread the Word?

When it comes to pickleball, we've always believed "the more, the merrier." The same goes for PlayTime Scheduler – as more players sign up, the more fun it is to use. If you need help getting more players on board in your area, we have a few tools for you below.

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