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I organise a tennis tournament every week. Its 12 people, mixed doubles, different permutations every 40 minutes. When I was away it was difficult to find anyone willing to organise it in my absence. People weren't even prepared to organise buying balls or deciding permutations.

I used to get a lot of stick that so and so won't play with so and so, or somebody else isn't trying. Some don't like particular courts, others complained someone else had taken their place when they were away. Some are alleged to call balls out when they're in and others are alleged to cheat on scoring.

We are talking grown adults here. Average age 60+. There is no prize for winning.

After several bust ups and flaming rows I just started to lay down the law. If you didn't like it, you didn't have to play. There hasn't been a problem since. People have even volunteered to run it while I am away.

So much for egalitarian, participative, decision making. I do a draw, and then I cheat to try to keep the parings as even as possible. No one has complained since. Dictatorship rools

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