Monday, May 16, 2016

Lottery Edition

Seasonal Reservations
Current seasonal reservations will end on May 31. The lottery for the 2016-2017 season will open on June 1, and close on July 15. If you’re on the email list for this newsletter, you’ll receive notification on June 1 that the lottery signups are open. If you're not subscribed to this newsletter and you'd like to receive the seasonal email, please send a request to tennis@ci.oswego.or.us.

What is the Lottery?
The bad news: there’s no cash prize. The good news is: you won’t get stoned to death like in that Shirley Jackson story you read in high school. The other good news is that the lottery is your opportunity to purchase a standing court reservation for approximately 20 weeks, from September 1-January 18. You have the option to renew your time from January 19-May 31.

 How Does it Work?
While the lottery is open, between June 1 and July 15, fill out the signup form. The form will not be available until June 1. You will be asked for the names of two people who will be available to receive a phone call on July 20-21. One of those people can be you, if you’re available. The other person could be your spouse, playing partner, someone in your group, or anyone who can make the decision about which time slot you’d like. When you submit the form, you’ll receive a confirmation email.

When the lottery closes on July 15, we draw names and the phone calls begin on July 20. If yours is the first name drawn, you (or your designated person) will receive the first call and have first pick of available times. Then the second name will be called. You get the idea. It’s very important that you and/or your designee(s) are available to take the call. Once you select your time, you provide a credit card and we charge you the normal hourly rate ($20) for the reservation. You pay for the 20-ish weeks up front.

FAQ
A few things to note:

1.      We don’t refund seasonal reservations, but we will work with you to find a new time if it turns out the one you chose won’t work after all.

2.      Your seasonal reservation includes holidays. If you purchase a seasonal on Sundays, that includes Christmas Day in 2016. You don’t have to use the court, obviously, but that day is included in the reservation, and you are certainly welcome to use it if you choose.

3.      You are responsible for accessing your reserved court. If your reservation falls on a holiday and the Tennis Center office is closed, or if it’s outside normal office hours, you will definitely need a card key. It’s a good idea for at least one person in your group to have a card key, anyway, because the door could be locked due to staff illness, inclement weather, or other unforeseeable events.

The lottery is by far our most popular offering. This is your opportunity to guarantee yourself a court in those dark, rainy months when indoor court time is hard to come by.

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