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Middle States

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.

 

CDC Business Checklist

Considerations for Youth Sports

 

The CDC has also published two ‘Decision Trees’ to assist employers in making decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First and Foremost - Follow State and Local Laws

COVID-19 Updates by State: Delaware - New Jersey - Pennsylvania - West Virginia

 

TENNIS INDUSTRY UNITED (TIU)

The tennis industry has come together to analyze the needs and concerns of all involved in our sport, collaborating on programs that can provide both immediate and longer-term support.  TIU has assembled a list of resources focused on financial assistance and relief, in order to make accessing the potential help easier and quicker.  They will continue to provide more information and resources throughout this crisis as they are developed.

Webinars

Podcasts

Facility Resources

Additional Resources

 

 

Here are two documents that may help tennis organizers make the decision of returning to the workplace or running youth programming.

Workplace Decision Tree

Youth Programming and Camp Decision Tree

 

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.

 

Back Indoors - Now What?

Back On The Court Activities

Promoting Healthy Practices

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Adjusting Play

Maintaining Social Distance

 

 

Summer Camps and Clinics

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.

 

Back to School

School Reentry Considerations

K-12 Physical Education, Health Education and Physical Activity -

K-12 Physical Education, Health Education and Physical Activitiy -

 

 

Resources

 

Health and Safety

This information is not intended as advice, only as a model.  Please seek advice from your legal and/or medical advisors.

 

Waiver Templates

Below are samples of waivers that facilities may use.  These are not intended to provide legal advice.  They are intended as models only.  Please seek advice of your legal advisors.

 

Parks and Recreation Guidelines

 

USTA Recommendation Documents

 

USTA Programming Recommendations

 

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 facilities in our section).

thermastrike.com - Sanitizing for tennis carts and balls. (used by some facilities in our section).

 

 

 

 

 

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