A shootout is one of the most fun and competitive formats for organizing Pickleball play. The general format for a shootout is that four players are assigned to a court, and there are a minimum of three courts playing. The players play three games to 11 in each round of play. The players rotate partners after each game to 11, so that everyone on the court has been paired with everyone else after the three games the round is complete. The total points scored for each player are totaled at the end of the round. The player with the most points moves up a court, and the player with the least points moves down a court. On Court #1, players only move down and on the last court, players only move up. When everyone has completed the First Round, the Second Round of play begins with the new players on each court. The total points scored from all rounds and for each player are totaled at the end of the day. Additionally, fractional points are awarded for games won on different courts. In other words, wins on Court #1 are valued slightly higher than wins on lower courts. Each player’s points and additional points are totaled and accumulated over weeks of play to form a Ranking of players from top to bottom. Each week the Rankings determine which courts players start on; with the top-ranked players on Court #1 down to the lowest-ranked players on the last court. The beauty of the shootout is that regardless of which court you are playing on, you are playing with players of the exact same level as yourself. Thus, the games tend to be very competitive.
It should be noted that it can be very difficult to get just the right number of players to show up to have 4 on each court. So, what tends to happen is that shootout captains allow odd numbers, and then if necessary they assign 5 players to courts starting at the lower courts. With 5 players on a court, one player has a bye for each game, and the players play 5 games to 9 points in each round.a
A “Round Robin” is a structured form of play that is organized by skill levels. It is designed so that all players are playing against people of roughly equal ability, which makes play the most fun and competitive for most players. When you arrive you will be assigned a number. Your number remains yours throughout the session and dictates which court you play on, with whom you are playing as a partner, and against which opponents.
Round Robin Format
If the division has 8 players then you will play 7 games with different partners and against different opponents for each game. Each division will have 2 courts identified for their use and we can host up to 3 divisions for each starting time. Players will self- rate for their preferred division that they will enter. The winning player in this round-robin format is chosen based on win-loss records. If there is a tie, then the tie is broken by point differential (to note, point differential means the numerical gap between points scored and points allowed). If a tie remains after point differential, then the tie is broken by head-to-head point differential (in other words, the point differential is based only on those games (if any) where the tying players played against one another). If there is still a tie, then the final tiebreaker is by point differential against the next-highest player.
A mixer is a “pick a number” round-robin format that is ideal for getting to know new people. It is for a less competitive feel and more for a social environment. You can do as many rounds as you would like depending on the time allotted and the number of participants for court usage.
To execute the “pick a number” round robin, each player chooses a ball at random that determines the court that they will play at. Each player is “on their own” and will generally play with a new partner and against new opponents each round. The session will conclude after each person has played with each partner. The process will restart and players will go to a new court for the next session.
Welcome to the “new” pickleball competitive style of play. Think about MLP and how you get to see different teams playing each other in different formats of scoring and tactics. In the Cortez Pickleball League there are no investment groups or rich entrepreneurs backing your play, so just plan to have some fun with different people on your team and work on your “bark” against your opponents.
We will have a month-long league where players determine the best date/time for their teams to play against each other for 3 matches on 2 courts. The League will be made up of 16 players and 4 teams who will play each other over 3 weeks to determine 1 st through 4 th place in the standings and then the top 2 and bottom 2 will conclude with a championship round for bragging rights.