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Enforce court no show rules at UT

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The majority of squash players at UT have begun to notice a growing and troublesome trend: more and more, people are reserving courts, and then not showing up to play. The already limited facilities for squash at UT cannot continue to be used so inefficiently, without seriously hindering our ability to both enjoy, and grow, our great sport. The persons signing this document request for Rec Sports to use their existing court reservation IT infrastructure to enforce a policy that already exists on the books, that is, persons who habitually no-show on their courts should lose their court reservation privileges. We suggest that the first two offenses should generate warning emails, and the third offense should end the offender's reservation privileges for the semester. We also suggest that, prior to initial enforcement, a two week grace period should be enacted. Many of us have fallen out of the habit of "claiming" our courts properly upon arrival. Also, it may be difficult to communicate the policy change to all players. Thus, for the grace period, players should receive an email explaining the new policy when they fail to claim a court they have reserved. If feasible, we would also like to enforce a 24 hour cancellation policy. An obvious loop hole, for those who wish to reserve courts unscrupulously, is to simply cancel in the hour prior to their time slot. We feel any cancellations within 24 hours prior to court time should also be treated as a "no-show." Finally, if the reservation system requires significant oversight from a person to enforce this policy, then the officers and members of the Squash Club are more than happy to help however we can. Thank you for your time and consideration. Respectfully, Alex Elium Engineering Scientist Applied Research Labs at UT

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