We use a grading system at LYC to try to make sure that everyone plays most of their games with other players at a similar level of experience. Roughly, the grades are:
A – very experienced or league players
B/B+ – skilled/experienced players
C/C+ – less skilled/experienced and social players
As a visitor, you decide what grade you would like to start at, based on the above guidelines. We recommend starting at a lower grade and then adjust your grade if you feel you are not being suitably challenged. Once you become a member, there is a more structured system of grading, details of which you can find on the Grading page.
When you get to the front desk, let us know that you’re visiting and the grade at which you wish to start. You will issued with a board magnet with your name and grading, which you then place in the “queue” on the magnetic board. The person at the front of the queue will be called to pick players for the next game.
Generally the procedure is to pick players in the queue that are of a roughly similar grading. e.g. if you are graded as a B player, you will choose C+, B, or B+ players for the next game, always trying to get a good balance of grades from the players in the queue so that the game is evenly matched. If you are a C grade player, you will choose either C or C+ players. If you are an A grade player, you will choose B+ or A players.
If it is your turn to pick players, move the 4 magnets you have chosen into the holding position, and then when the next court is available, the 4 names will be called out by somebody near the board.