Obviously, Summer Tennis for 2020 is going to a "best we can do" attempt. In order to get approval from the school district to coach this summer, these are the policies and practices we have to have in place. We think we can still make the sessions we have fun and valuable, but they will require everyone to be a lot more organized and professional about how they approach it. That starts with reading ALL of this.
First, your parents must be okay with you playing. Off-season tennis is 100% optional and if you or your family are not comfortable with you participating, then you shouldn't. Many places have said tennis is one of the safest activites during the Covid-19 outbreak, but "safest" does not mean "100% safe". We'll do what we can to prevent spread, but we can't guarantee that no spread will occur.
A Liability Waiver or 2 will be sent out to people who sign up. Those need to be signed by a parent before players are allowed to participate.
So, starting with #1. Later on, I'm going to say that if you sign up for a class, you need to show up. That is NOT true if you are not feeling well or have any Covid-19 symptoms. If you have those - DO NOT ATTEND. Even if it's just iffy, play it safe. Symptoms include:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
We also recommend not signing up for our group sessions for 14 days if you have been on a plane or traveled to any crowded events, especially indoors.
We would appreciate it if you try to take your temperature before you come or at least every couple days just to be sure you aren't running a fever.
#2: I'd grade our players as a B- when it comes to listening and following instructions. That needs to move to at least an A- for the summer. There will be times when a coach tells you to stand one place and your best friend to stand 15 feet apart. You need to do that.
#3: Tennis Balls. Our goal is that people will have their own balls and only they will touch them. If a coach is running a drill or game, only the coach will touch those balls, including picking them up. If you are in a hitting or match-play session, you need to bring balls to play with. The coaches will have some for sale most of the time, but not always - please bring your own. See a long page about tennis balls here.
#4: If you haven't played at all in the past month, we would prefer if you try to play with a friend a few times before coming out with us. If that is not possible, let us know.
#5: Come prepared to play. We want you to touch as little as possible inside the court area. So, when you enter the courts, use your feet or tennis bag to open the door, not your hands. And, come
Dressed to Play, including having your shoes already on
Make sure our water bottle is with you and full - we cannot let people share water
Have any type of knee or wrist brace already on
Wise players will show up 10-15 minutes early and do some dynamic stretching and maybe jog a lap or two before.
#6: After you play. When you get home, you should:
We recommend you bring hand sanitizer to use as you exit the courts
Take a shower, or at least wash your hands and face well.
Wipe down/sanitize the parts of your tennis bag that you touch (zippers, handles, straps) and your racquet as well.
How the summer will work. We will start with what we call Phase 1, which is a little more cautious while people get used to following instructions and breaking habits like touching balls. During Phase 1, we won't have more than 4 players per court, with lots of times it is just you and one other player hitting or playing singles.
Each week, you'll need to fill out a sheet that says when you are available and send that to Todd. He'll assign you to 1-3 times for the week depending on coaching availability and good groupings for people. In the background, we will create "pods" of up to 8 players based on skill levels, and with some consideration given to your friends. You'll probably be on court with those player and the same 1-2 coaches for a few weeks, then it might switch up a bit.
Please show up for your session unless you aren't feeling well. And please show up on time. If you can't make a session or are not feeling well, contact Todd to find a sub for you.
Okay. I think that's it for this page. Your next step is to go to (and bookmark) this page: That is the page you fill out with your availability (instructions are on the page). Fill that out each weekend for the next Monday-Saturday week. If you don't have it done by Sunday evening, you may not get any classes for the week.
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