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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.
First and Foremost - Follow State and Local Laws
COVID-19 Updates by State: Delaware - New Jersey - Pennsylvania - West Virginia
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.
Here are two documents that may help tennis organizers make the decision of returning to the workplace or running youth programming.
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.
- Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020
- Net Generation Tennis at Home Videos
- Summer Camp Play Plan
- Summer Camp Coaching Recommendations
- Social distancing C.A.M.P. Activities
- L.I.T. Camp Activities
- Covid-19 Tracking Form
Back to School
School Reentry Considerations
Health and Safety
This information is not intended as advice, only as a model. Please seek advice from your legal and/or medical advisors.
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.
- 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
- Recomendaciones Para Instalaciones Y Programacion
- Consejos Y Recomendaciones Para Los Jugadores
- Jugar Tenis De Forma Segura: Volantes
USTA Programming Recommendations
- ADAPTIVE RETURN TO PLAY
- 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 facilities in our section).
thermastrike.com - Sanitizing for tennis carts and balls. (used by some facilities in our section).
Sixteen Years and CountingAugust 07, 2020Sally Gibson, The Tennis Coordinator at Oxford Club of Pittsburgh, began running USTA Tournaments in 2004. She keeps things fun, but it doesn’t mean she takes her job lightly. In mid-July, Oxford Athletic Club in Pittsburgh hosted the USTA Middle States Level 5 Championships — one of the first junior events since the COVID-19 shutdown. Read More
Back IndoorsAugust 07, 2020With indoor tennis facilities beginning to open, safe practices continue and clubs and facilities are making sure their members know it. We brought representatives from many of the indoor facilities throughout the Middle States Section together virtually to share their concerns and solutions as players begin to head indoors. Read More
Back on the CourtAugust 06, 2020With facilities reopening and with everyone honoring healthy practices, now what? We have gathered examples of activities for camps, schools, etc. Read More