The ball machine is operational and available for use by club members, who have undertaken the ball machine clinic or received training on how to use the ball machine. If you have not learnt how to use the ball machine, you will need to contact the office.
Juniors aged between 10 and 14 may use the ball machine under adult supervision and providing the adult has received training. Juniors older than 14 may use the ball machine without supervision also providing they have received training.
The Ball Machine is a fantastic way to practice your shots. If you need to work on a shot it is often hard to get a practice partner to do this. Also if you have received coaching it is hard to go straight into a match without practice.
The cost of the ball machine is €3 per hour and tokens are available from Catherine in the office or behind the bar. The token box is located on the wall beside token box for floodlights. The token is inserted and key is dispensed which enables you to get ball machine out of container.
The ball machine can only be used on court 1 or court 4, with court booked in the normal way. The ball machine cannot be used during peak court times, that is after 7pm Monday to Thursday or from 9 to 11am on Saturday’s.
The ball machine should only be used when conditions are dry, when finished, the ball machine should be locked up and key returned to token box. Please note that there is CCTV cameras over the ball machine token box.
The ball machine is a valuable piece of equipment and we would ask members to take care of the machine and treat it with care, as ball machine should be available for enjoyment by all members. Please only use the balls provided. Guidelines on how to use the ball machine are in the links below and in the menu to your right.
Ball Machine Usage Guidelines
SAFETY: IMPORTANT WARNINGS!
WAIT 10 SECONDS AFTER SWITCHING THE POWER TO ON. WAIT FOR THE BEEP AND LET ONE BALL SHOOT OUT. THEN PRESS THE START/STOP BUTTON TO CONFIGURE.
- Do not insert hands or foreign objects into the machine at any time.
- If you are putting the balls into the top of the machine, ensure the power is off and empty the balls into the container from the basket only.
- Do not stand in front of the machine where the tennis balls shoot out.
- Do not operate when raining or if the tennis court is very wet.
- If a soft ball gets stuck in the machine, the machine will automatically shut down. Switch the power off and put away the machine. Please then bring the key back and notify the office.
- Once the balls have stopped shooting out of the machine for 5 seconds, power off the machine before collecting the balls.