Back to Tennis - USTA Middle States
In collaboration with local facilities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia, USTA Middle States is sharing best practices displaying what some organizations are doing to stay safe while reintroducing tennis during the COVID-19 pandemic. These may be helpful for those opening their facilities or planning tennis programming for the public. Players and facilities are also encouraged to read through the Playing Tennis Safely Recommendations for both players and facilities.
When considering these best practices, the most important thing is to follow any and all policies put forth in your state and/or local municipalities.
Reopening consistent with state and local laws
During this challenging time of pandemic restrictions, facilities and organizations play a key role in protecting the health and safety of their employees. Planning is critical.
To assist in these efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) produced a checklist for large businesses. It identifies important, specific activities large businesses can do to prepare. Many of these will also help in other emergencies.
The CDC has also published two ‘Decision Trees’ to assist employers in making decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are the two documents that may help tennis organizers make the decision of returning to the workplace or running youth programming.
First and Foremost - Follow State and Local Laws
COVID-19 Updates by State: Delaware - New Jersey - Pennsylvania - West Virginia
With clubs across the section beginning to slowly reopen, many are placing new guidelines that players and employees must follow to ensure the safety of everyone at the facility. Click below to see what clubs around the section are doing to promote healthy practices for their members and employees.
With summer camps and clinics starting to re-open, it is important to still follow COVID-19 guidelines put in place by each organization and state and local guidelines. Below is the CDC’s guide to camp operations. Other recommendations can be found HERE when considering how to run a summer camps or clinic as safely as possible.
Below are samples of waivers you can use to protect yourself and your staff when reopening, as well as recommendations from some of our facilities and players. Please consult with your local law office before using the waivers.
- General Use & Release Waiver
- Release & Waiver (Participant Content)
- Facility Use Agreement
- Notice to Terminate Force Majeure Template
Parks and Recreation Guidelines
USTA Recommendation Documents
- Guidelines for Playing Tennis Safely: For Players
Printable 8.5x11 document for display
- Guidelines for Playing Tennis Safely: For Facilities
USTA Programming Recommendations
- ADULT TENNIS LEAGUES
- ADULT TOURNAMENTS
- JUNIOR CIRCUIT
- JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS
- SOCIAL LEAGUES
- TEAM CHALLENGE
- USTA WHEELCHAIR TENNIS
COVID-19 Cleaning Supplies and Services
This is a sample list of suppliers, not an endorsement. Due to increased demand, some products may not currently be available. NOTE: In order to buy more products at a cheaper rate, we recommend partnering with local clubs to purchase high-volume items.
Industrial / Janitorial Suppliers
Professional Cleaning Services
On top of available cleaning supplies, professional cleaning services that specialize in tennis clubs are also available. If interested, please contact a local cleaning company and ask for a quote.
vikingpure.com - Sanitizing system for facilities and equipment (used by some clubs in our section).
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Back to TennisMay 29, 2020In collaboration with local facilities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia, USTA Middle States has produced best practices to display what some organizations are doing to stay safe while reintroducing tennis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
USTAMS Coronavirus UpdateMay 28, 2020The United States Tennis Association Middle States Section is working closely with local and national partners to continually monitor and adapt to the evolving situation associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More