What is a PepperRequest? A PepperRequest is when you ask a player to play with you. Locals know people and where to play. They will receive an email with your message and you must wait for their answer*. Once your request is approved, it's time to arrange the details with your Volley Catcher's friend about time, location, and games.
*If the VC player doesn't respond within 24hrs, we have follow-up support to facilitate the process.
Here are some tips to get you started with finding players and writing Pepper Requests.
Before you send PepperRequests, you may want to take the time to make yourself a great profile that represents who you are, your level and few videos of you playing to show your skills.
When you're ready, here's how to start looking for someone to share great games with.
1- Make it personal
There are a lot of ways to personalize your PepperRequest, but remember that the first step is to read every potential host's profile thoroughly.
2- Introduce yourself!
Don't send your resume and life history, just let your potential host know why you think he'll enjoy getting to know you. It could be as simple as a description of your trip and a mention of your hobbies.
Address your potential host by name. No one likes to answer to "hey you!"
3- Find common ground
When sending a specific PepperRequest, you should show your potential host that you've read his or her profile and find it interesting. There are reasons you've chosen him or her, so let them know! Tell them what you might have in common or what you think you can share with them. If their profile mentions guidelines, such as how much time they can spend with VC Members, let them know that you're ok with their rules.
Send your PepperRequest at a reasonable time--generally, one to four weeks in advance. It's difficult for hosts to plan for your request too far in advance or too last minute.
6- Arrival date
Give your host the most detailed information about your arrival time that you can. If your plans are still up in the air, that's fine: start a conversation with your potential host and figure out a time together.
7- Other players with you
If you're traveling with friends, always introduce them in your PepperRequest. If they're Volley Catchers Members, link to their profiles--and make sure those profiles are filled out, including photos and videos. It won't help you out if you're asking to bring two little gray ghosts!
8- Be polite
Always follow up. If a member is unable to accept your PepperRequest, send them a "thanks anyway" note. If a host accepts your Pepper Request, and you have made other arrangements, you need to let him/her know so that he/she isn't expecting you. Finally, if for any reason you need to cancel or change your travel plans, tell all your hosts right away! No one likes being stood up, particularly not by someone they haven't met yet.
9- Butter Set, Spike!
You're ready to find games! Once you've got your arrangements figured out, don't forget to be a grateful and polite!
Don't neglect the details when you're starting a PepperRequest!
So. Much. To. Be. Excited. About.
See you on the beach!