Back to Tennis - Adjusting Play
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. Read below to see what clubs around the section are doing to promote healthy practices for their members and employees.
- Make sure that your state and region allow tennis play.
- Be aware that facilities operate differently regarding procedures relating to types of lessons.
- Decide how many people you will safely allow on a court at a time.
- Control distancing by adjusting side-by-side courts to play on every other court.
- Consider singles play only.
- Remove benches.
- Restrict play with family members when you book courts.
- Teaching pros use exclusive ball hopper - not to be shared.
- Recommend that members do not touch any tennis balls during a lesson or clinic. Only teaching pros are to pick up tennis balls before, during and after the lesson. Members are to use racquet to move tennis balls.
- Allow time in between lessons for tennis pros to disinfect the area.
- End lessons early or begin lessons late to allow players to enter and exit without traffic.
- Request that that members arrive no more than ten minutes before lesson to limit foot traffic around the courts.
- Encourage pros to do a lot of live-ball drilling to encourage that social distancing guidelines are met at all times.
- Encourage teaching professionals use poly spots and throw lines to designate proper social distancing on the court. The pros are the only ones to touch the spots and lines.
- Allow players utilizing the courts to exit first before next players enter.
- Have players wear masks at all times except while playing.
- Have players open two cans of tennis balls that are numbered differently; one can for each side of the court. On the opponents' service game, use your racquet to pass the tennis ball.
- Have players avoid changing sides of the court when playing.
- Require players not to make physical contact at any time.
- Require players take all tennis balls and personal items with them when finished playing.
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