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Keep basketball court open during peak pick-up hours

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To YMCA management:

We are again delighted to see the children playing hoops at the Presidio YMCA as they do every year. We belong to the gym precisely because many of us either have kids or love the game of basketball in a way that we encourage kids to play it.

Most of the guys who play belong to the YMCA specifically because we can play hoops. We pay $70-90 for individual and family memberships instead of less at a similar quality facility that offers only machines, weights and group classes. And most of us make the Presidio Y our only gym.

A group of us has been playing pick-up hoops during the week after work and weekend mornings for years. We play after work until early evening and on weekends because it works with our work schedule to our professional and personal later evening commitments.

Historically the kids’ games have occurred a couple days a week until about 6. This year it’s every day until 7:30. We have players who coach who were told that at the coach’s meeting that you added 1,000 kids to the program. This is great but it has implications, which were not properly communicated to members.

The net result is the gym for the people on this petition is the gym is not that much different than 24 Hours or single Crunch memberships below $50. Currently, the wait times to play during the few open slots for pick-up that work for some members have tripled from 20 minutes to over an hour. Furthermore, the expanded hours for kids league this season was not properly communicated to members besides a posted sheet that incorrectly listed league times. 

At this point we do not want you to take away a benefit from the kids. We’d prefer not to go looking for other gyms with more accessible hoops options. We do however request that, starting with next season, you please revert to a schedule that accommodates the 30+ members who pay for YMCA membership in order to use the basketball court. Our request is to please end the kids league at 6pm on weeknights and start at 11am on weekends. If extending past 6pm or starting before 11am, we ask that you keep one side of the court available for pickup basketball and at least have 2 nights during the week that members can still play pick up. We also ask that you proactively communicate changes to the pick-up schedule via e-mail to members. 

Reverting the schedule starting next season and communicating occasional schedule changes to your loyal members is the right thing to do and will provide for a more sustainable setup. We prefer to continue supporting the Presidio YMCA community and hope you agree that keeping us around is good for your business and for the community. 

We look forward to hearing from you about next steps.


Presidio YMCA Pick-Up Members

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