Schedule changes on the tennis courts get students playing more

Ready for a match, Richard Elder, sophomore business major, stands in the Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center with racket in hand. Photo by Julien Khvang

Rebounding from more than a fall semester of mis-information, Chapman’s new tennis courts are finally filling out.

From the opening of the Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center, until two months ago, the wrong schedule for open recreational hours was posted online contributing to low student turnouts.

Prior to the changes, students and other visitors of the Chapman University website saw that the courts were only open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. When really, the courts were available from 8 a.m. to noon on those same weekdays and even from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Mondays and Wednesdays also ran from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the fall semester.

Now that the correct schedule is posted, more students are visiting the Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center’s recreational hours.

Among them is Michael Rapoport, a sophomore business major.

“I wish I had known sooner,” said Rapoport, “I would have been playing tennis in my spare time.”

While the incorrect schedule was posted, facility coordinator for the center, Marty Junor, was unaware that people were given the wrong schedule.  The times he kept the courts unlocked were prime for playing tennis, though not a lot of people were coming, he said.

Of those that did come, about 50 percent were students and the others were the public, according to Junor.

The unaccommodating, two hours, three times a week timetable was a relic left over from the tennis courts that used to exist where the, nearly completed, Keck Center for Science and Engendering now stands.  

The issue hadn’t come to the attention of the Athletics Department until Prowl inquiry prompted it.

“There have been a lot of moving parts with the brand-new facility so that is why there was a delay,” said Katherine Bell, Chapman’s Recreation Sports Manager.

A month after the actual schedule was posted, a lot more students and people in general have been using the recreational hours, Junor said.

The ratio of students to the public is now three to one, he reports.

Julien Khvang

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