Return to Tennis Guidelines on 26 April
Tennis Ireland protocols are outlined in the guide document – please click here. You are reminded to be familiar with and follow the guidelines in full the so that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is minimised.
Key things for 26 April
- Online booking in advance is required. All player names are required for contact tracing. Link for how to book courts If you change your opposition, you must update your booking. Cancel if you cannot play, in good time so that other people can enjoy the courts.
- Courts are open to members only from across the county or within 20 km of the clubhouse (sorry no guests allowed).
- Members must not play if they are restricted by Government guidelines on international travel, quarantine or have or suspect they have covid 19 symptoms etc.
- Singles play and same household doubles play are allowed. The same household should be on the same side of the court.
- Under 16s with a parent/guardian present and 16-18s during off peak hours. If you are supervising your children – only 1 adult per child or 1 parent may supervise two children.
- The junior coaching programme is permitted. Tennis Ireland guidelines are allowing junior coaching in pods of a maximum of 6 Junior players (u18 years) or a pod of 8 players for red ball activities.
- Adult (over 18 years) coaching activities is allowed but limited to a maximum of two households per court. Our adult coaching programme is deferred for now but will return as soon as we can.
- Internal ladders are allowed so we will look to get these back up and running.
- Toilet facilities (and access to lights) are open but otherwise the club house and other indoor facilities are closed.
- If entering the clubhouse please wear a mask. You will need your smart card to access the building.
- Please do not congregate near the entrance or lobby downstairs for the lights. Cards can be provided to one nominated person in a group to enter the clubhouse to turn on lights.
- Toilets. IAvoid using the club toilets where possible. During school hours while Greystones Community College are on the premises please use the staff toilet (men) and the upstairs disabled toilet (women). After school hours please use the downstairs entrance.
- The Club office is open 9-1pm Monday, Wed and Thursday. Please contact the office by email email@example.com or call 012876505.
Arriving, playing and leaving…..
- Players should arrive in time for their match and should leave once completed.
- Players should travel alone to the club (unless with someone in your household) and if using public transport comply with Government guidelines.
- Sanitize your hands using one of the dispensers near the court before and after play.
- Be sensible – arrive not more than 5 mins before play. Wait in your car if you are early and know what court you are on. Go to the court you have booked at your allotted time. One-way entry to courts in operation. Leave promptly.
- Observe social distancing going to and from the courts.
- Observe physical distancing on court, particularly when taking a break, on change of ends and entering and exiting the court. Players should change ends at opposite sides of the net.
- No handshakes or high 5s. Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid touching things unnecessarily – that means the fence, the poles, the gates, the signs, the net, your opposition, and their equipment etc.
- Practice respiratory hygiene when coughing or sneezing by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue – bring used tissues home, sanitize or hand wash.
- Do not share food, towels, drinks or other equipment with people outside your household.
- Bring everything you brought with you to court home.
- Ideally bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it.
- Respect everyone else’s time. Finish promptly at your allotted time for the next players to enjoy tennis
- Preferably use your own clearly marked tennis balls when you play. However, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play, during play (Particularly after serving) and immediately after finishing (use sanitising gel if required).
- Replace balls if someone suspected of having COVID 19 comes in contact with them.
- Consider spraying balls with a disinfectant spray at the conclusion of play. Using new balls on a regular basis is encouraged.
- Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible – use your racquet / foot to return them.
Comply to stay safe….
The Committee would be grateful for your compliance with these measures so we can keep the club open.
Remind others gently if you witness poor practices taking place.
Repeated poor practice should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Club reserves the right to take further action such as limiting your ability to book a court and/or membership suspension.
If you become unwell after playing, contact your GP/HSE and then inform the club by emailing email@example.com. We will contact the HSE and undertake contact tracing through our booking system.
Dealing with a suspected case
The Covid 19 Committee
Conor Woods – Club Manager and Chair of this Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kai Evans – Junior Captain – email@example.com
Ailish Byrne – Club Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org