Pickle Jam starts this Friday.
We are concerned about the spread of illness just as many players have communicated to us in recent weeks.
With that in mind, here are the steps, changes, and ideas we have implemented and suggest to make an event of this size as safe as possible.
REDUCTION IN PLAYER COUNT
Initial cap on players was 250. We reduced that to no more than 200. It’s looking like we will end up with about 175 players.
OUTSIDE CHECK IN
We will be holding check in outside during peak periods at multiple tables to spread players out.
ADDITION OF STRUCTURED EVENTS
We have added more events to the schedule. (VIEW THE SCHEDULE) Players can still play all they want, but we’re hoping that these events (which players will have to sign up at the venue starting on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.) will help spread people out throughout the day.
FOOD TRUCK FROM 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ON FRIDAY
Rather than having a catered BBQ dinner on Friday night, we are now having an Argentinian food truck that will serve players either lunch or dinner. The menu will be the same for both meals. Each player will get a ticket to present to the truck for their meal.
PICNIC LUNCH FROM 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ON SUNDAY
We will provide a sack picnic lunch on Sunday for all players. It will be full of yummies that will be easy to eat while sitting outside on the lawn or on a chair.
OUTSIDE SEATING for MEALS
There is limited outside seating for meals. We encourage local players to bring a lawn chair to sit outside during their meals and break times. Maybe bring another chair and make a new friend!
VENUE LOCATION, INFORMATION + SIZE
Eagle Tennis Club is located at 1650 E. Riverside Drive in Eagle, Idaho. It is huge at over 90,000 square feet. We will have 24 pickleball courts on 12 tennis courts, so the courts will have lots of room between them. Our player to court ratio for the event is just over seven players per court. And not all players are on the courts at one time.
MASKS and HAND SANITIZER
We will have multiple bottles of hand sanitizer placed throughout the venue.
Masks are optional but encouraged.
Eating and resting between games outside is looking good so far. For those of you coming from out of town, you’re in for a treat. Early fall is a special time of year in the Treasure Valley.
Take the time to take a quick stroll down the nearby Boise River Greenbelt and view the beautiful fall colors. The Greenbelt is just 1/3 of a mile away… Once you’re on it, you can walk for miles and miles…
READY FOR SOME OUTSIDE PLAY?
When you’re ready for some fresh air, you could put together a group of picklers and go to the nearest large court complex at Hobble Creek Park where there are 12 dedicated courts less than four miles away.