Come join us at Pictona for one of our most popular events, a Pictona Scramble!
You can sign up via the Pictona member online app here, or contact the Welcome Desk at 386-310-7067.
What is a Scramble?
A scramble is an organized style of play that allows participants to move up or down a “ladder” based on whether their team wins or loses a game.
How are players placed in a Scrambles?
Scrambles are open to members and non-members, and are limited to 40 participants. There is no cost to members. Non-members will need to pay the day pass rate to play.
The initial starting positions for the first scramble of the season will be determined by a staff member or participant who is knowledgeable about the participants skill level. If a participant is unknown, they will be contacted and asked to self-rate and will be placed at an appropriate starting position.
For following weeks Scramble, the finishing position of the participants from the previous week will be used to establish starting positions. If a participant drops out of the next week’s scramble, all other participants are moved up one slot. Participants who sign up and did not participate in the previous week's Scramble will be placed in the open spots at the bottom of the ladder. They will enter the ladder based on a first come first served basis.
Weekly Scrambles will include 5 games that are of 12 minutes in length, play to 11, win by 2. ne between games a 3 minutes break is allowed for hydration and court rotations. For the final round the Championship game on Court 24 will not have a time limit.
Court 9 will be designated as the low court and court 24 will be the top court where Kings and Queens will be crowned each week!
How do players rotate after each game in the Scramble?
Participants will be assigned their partners and starting courts before each Scramble begins.
After the completion of the first round of games players will rotate as follows:
Loser will move down a court, except for court 9 where the losing team will remain.
Winners will move up a court except for the winning team on court 24 who will remain.
To decide game partners a member from each team will put a 1 or 2 behind their back. If the players have picked the same number, they will play together. If they have picked differing numbers they will play with the other person from the opposing team.
The two teams that will not split are the winning team on court 24 and the team that is moving up to challenge the winners on court 24.
When all 5 games have been played, participants will record in the Scramble binder the court on which they played their last game and whether they were a winner or a loser. This finishing place will then be used to establish the following weeks starting positions as stated above.
What if there is a no show or the number of participants is not a multiple of 4?
A roll call will be conducted by a designated Volunteer Lead Scrambler before the beginning of each Scramble. If there is a no show at roll call, then all current participants will move up one slot in the ladder.
If this leaves 3 players at the bottom court they will play cutthroat pickleball. The two players with highest score at the end of 12 minutes will be deemed the winners and move up to the next court
If there are 2 players left on the bottom court, they may choose to play full court singles or skinny singles. Both players will move up.
If there is one player left on the bottom court, they will have a bye. In the next rotation the losing team moving down will have to decide who will take the bye and sit out.
An effort can be made by the group to try and recruit additional players in the facility as needed to try and get to multiples of four for the scramble. Additional players can be added to the bottom court after play begins to also try to get to multiples of four.
When will Pictona Scrambles begin, what days will they be played on and will there be different skill levels?
The Winter Scramble season will begin January 3rd, 2022 and will run for 10 weeks ending on March 6th, 2022.
Scrambles will be offered on the following days and times for various skill levels:
Monday 8.15am-9.30am Women's Scramble 3.0-3.5 Skill Level
9.45am-10.45am Women's Scramble 3.5+ Skill Level
Wednesday 8.30am -10.30am Open Scramble 3.5+ Skill Level
Thursday 6pm-8pm Open Scramble 3.5+ Skill Level
Sunday 10am-11.45am Open Scramble Novice Skill Level
An Open Scramble indicates that either men or women may sign up. The scramble may not be a true mixed event unless there is an equal number of males and females playing.
Do I have to play every week?
No, you do not have to sign up for all 10 weeks (although we hope you do!) However, if you skip a week you will be bumped down to a lower court in the ladder when you return to play.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up for all 10 weeks or the specific days you want to play via the Pictona member online app here, or contact the Welcome Desk at 386-310-7067.
Registration for the 2022 Winter Scramble Season will be available starting Monday December 6th, 2021.