Top 5 Tips
April 28, 2012 in How Tos
How to Become a Frequent Player
Racquet Network was created in 2004. Since then, we have had many years over which to observe who is and who is not successful at becoming a frequent player. Below are our five best tips for succeeding and becoming a frequent player.
Tip 1 – Be Real
Other services claim to have tens of thousands of members, but in actual fact they have tens of thousands of spam accounts cluttering their databases. Here at Racquet Network, our staff work hard to weed out spam accounts and make sure that every member is a real person. Our members are equally vigilant when it comes to spam. They are suspicious of accounts with no photos and fake user names.
Our most successful frequent players are genuine about who they are. They use a real name, they post a photo of their smiling face and they complete all seven pages of their player profile. If they are part of a ladder or a league, most even post a phone number so that other players can reach them.
Players who look like they are hiding something don’t do well in our network. Player profiles without photos are usually ignored. So are profiles in which the user has filled out only the basic information required during registration. If you are seriously about playing with us, take this tip seriously.
Tip 2 – Smile
The photo that each player chooses for their profile is important. Nothing in our experience is more effective than a close up of a smiling face. More than anything else, players want to see your eyes. So avoid long shots, hats, sunglasses or anything else that prevents people from seeing your eyes.
Tip 3 – Join Groups
If you want to play games, report scores and start earning Pro Shop Credits, you will have to join competitive leagues and or social ladders for your sport in your city. Once you do that, you can start reporting scores immediately.
Bonus Tip – Friend every player on the leagues/ladders you join. That helps you figure out quickly who is responsive and who isn’t.
Bonus Tip – Only players with completed profiles are permitted to belong to SOCIAL LADDERS and COMPETITIVE LEAGUES. Incomplete accounts are deleted from these groups daily as part of our regular maintenance. In order to avoid wasting your time, be sure to complete your player profile (first name, last name and photo) before joining social ladders and/or competitive leagues.
Tip 4 – Report Scores
If you want to play frequently, you need to break in and start friending and messaging other players quickly. Once you start playing and reporting scores through our competitive leagues and social ladders, other players will start to take you seriously.
Bonus Tip – As you start playing, be sure to share your scores on Facebook. There are millions of inactive players out there looking for somebody to play with. By sharing your scores on Facebook you will help grow our network and increase everybody’s chances of finding suitable partners.
Tip 5 – Be Social
Active players on our social ladders rise to the top by having played with three or more opponents over the past 30 days. The more they play, the higher they rank. Internal studies of Racquet Network players show a clear correlation between rankings and invitations to play. The higher players are ranked on our social ladders, the more often they are invited to play.
Bonus Tip – The most active players in our network are all found in our competitive leagues. However, competitive leagues are created in cities only AFTER the social ladders take off. If you are in a city with competitive leagues and you want want to be a frequent player, we recommend joining those first. If no competitive leagues exist in your city, we recommend joining a social ladder and playing there until enough people are registered to support the creation of a competitive league.
To sum it all up: be genuine about who you are and don’t be shy about contacting other players. Everybody is here for the same reason: we all want to play. Start by completing your profile. Then join a group that interests you and start reporting scores.
Remember that the first person to join a group ends up with more friends (and more Pro Shop Credits) that the last one to join. So don’t be afraid the be first.
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