Tennis Guidelines for Play

During the CoronaVirus Pandemic

Guidelines for Tennis at AECC - updated 29/09/2020

Guidelines will be updated as government and LTA advice changes

  • Self-Isolation on return from Holiday
  • Self Isolation if you are sent home from school
    • If you are sent home from school as a result of someone in your bubble testing positive then you must self-isolate according to government guidelines
    • This means that you will not be allowed to attend the club to play tennis or socialise during this time
  • Play - Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles. The booking system accepts four names.
  • Court Booking - you may now book one session of play a day on the booking system - up to seven days in advance. The system allows you to book either a 30, 60 or a 90 minute session - click here for details on how to use the feature:
    • Please do not book to play consecutive courts with the same person especially at peak time on the artificial clay courts. If there is a court free once you have played for your session, then book that court and move onto it.  The maximum booking period is 90 minutes
    • Please do not leave half hour gaps between bookings, once we have the facility to choose the length of a booking.
      You will be able to select the length of your booking via a drop-down menu
    • Please cancel your court if you have booked and decide not to play
    • Please ensure that you enter the names of ALL the players on court.  If you do not know who will be playing at the time of booking, please go back and adjust your booking
  • Coaching - We continue to offer 1:1 coaching sessions and groups.

The following rules have been developed to safeguard health and maintain social distance while minimising contact with physical items that may be shared:

  • DO NOT play tennis if you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus
  • You MUST book a court on-line BEFORE you turn up at the club.  Booking guidance is given on this link:
    • DO NOT turn up at the club without booking
  • Only play for your allotted time:
    • Please arrive no earlier than your start time
    • Please leave 5 minutes before your allotted end time to allow the next group of players clear access to the court
  • DO NOT interact with anyone outside of the group you are attending (e.g. players on another court or in a different coaching group)
  • DO maintain social distance from all other players or staff on site:
    • DO use opposite ends of the net when you change ends
    • DO NOT gather together with others before or after play
  • DO NOT touch the tennis court gates:
    • All gates to courts facing the cricket pitch will be left permanently open
    • DO not close them
    • The gates to the car park from courts 1-3 will be left locked
  • DO wash your hands before you leave home to play and also when you return home
  • DO use hand sanitiser or wipes before and after play:
    • Please bring your own if you can
  • DO minimise contact with any hard surface in or around the tennis courts:
    • DO NOT adjust the height of the nets (we have removed tennis net measures and the net winders).  The height of the nets will be measured regularly.
    • DO put your belongings (bag, water bottle, spare racquets etc) away from others
  • DO brush the artificial clay courts AFTER you play.  We have put hand sanitiser dispensers next to each drag mat an line brush station.  Please use the hand sanitiser before and after brushing the courts
  • DO be considerate to others:
    • DO NOT turn up at the club until your allotted time-slot. If you do arrive early, then stay in your car.  Cyclists and walkers should keep social distance and ensure they are not blocking others from entering or leaving the courts
    • DO allow others to leave the court you have booked before you go on court
    • DO leave the court promptly just before your hour is up
  • Juniors:
    • For children of primary school age a chaperone must be present by the court when the junior members play
    • The chaperone must stay outside the court at all times and only enter in case of an emergency
    • The chaperone and the juniors must abide by social distancing at all times
  • DO NOT use courts 7 or 8:
    • These courts have been allocated to the coaches and will be locked at all times when not in use
    • The coaches are most at risk at the club as they will be in contact with others several times a day (albeit at a distance)
    • It is imperative that there is minimal contamination on any surfaces around those courts, e.g. on benches, the net or the coaches storage box
    • We recognise that there will be times when these courts will be empty but we need to look after our coaches
  • DO contact Ruth Samuels – Tennis Chairman, if you develop symptoms of Covid 19 or test positive for the virus. This will allow the club to contact players who were at the club at the time you had played.

FAQs

Question

Why do we need an on-line booking system?
Answer

The tennis committee have worked hard to ensure that the procedures we are implementing safeguard everyone’s health as well as following government and LTA guidelines.  This means that we are striving in every way to avoid contamination between people from different house-holds.

  • The use of the white board requires:
    • Use of common pen and whiteboard surface being used by many members
    • Congestion of players at a single point for reserving courts
    • Players waiting around unnecessarily if courts are not available
    • Players travelling unnecessarily to the Club if courts are not available

Hence our decision to implement an on-line booking system This is also the LTA’s advice

And we need to know who has attended the club for tracing purposes if required if someone subsequently tests positive  or has symptoms of CoronaVirus
Question
How do I book a court?
Answer
Follow the instructions on the Court Booking Guidance page of the web-site
Question
I don’t have the technology to book a court
Answer
Please ask a fellow tennis member to book a court for you.  The tennis committee can also help.
Question
I don’t receive emails from the club
Answer
This may be because:

  • Your email address is incorrect on the club's membership database
  • OR you have opted out of receiving newsletters

Send the membership administrator your correct email address and ask to be included in all emails / newsletters.  The address is membership@aecc.org.uk
Question
How many courts can I book?
Answer
You may now book one session of play a day on the booking system - up to seven days in advance. You can book either a 30, 60 or a 90 minute session:

  • Please do not book to play consecutive courts with the same person especially at peak time on the artificial clay courts. If there is a court free once you have played for your session, then book that court and move onto it
  • Please do not leave half hour gaps between bookings, once we have the facility to choose the length of a booking.
    You will be able to select the length of your booking via a drop-down menu
  • Please cancel your court if you have booked and decide not to play
  • This will allow fair access to the courts for everyone.  The booking system will be ‘policed’.

Question

If I have played for my booked session, but we haven't quite finished our match, can we carry on playing?

Answer

If courts are free, then you can carry on.  However you MUST book another court or the same court.  We need to know who is at the club for contact tracing, and also to avoid someone booking that court and turning up while you are still playing
Question
I’m a squash member. Can I play tennis?  In the week before lock-down I was allowed to do so.

Answer  
Squash players can play from 15th May onwards – please follow the guidelines for booking courts

Question
Can I bring a guest to play? And how do I pay?
Answer
Guests can play from 15th May onwards – please follow the guidelines for booking courts and paying guest fees

Question
Should we drag the artificial clay tennis courts after play?  I’m worried about contamination from others
Answer
The drag mats and line brushes have now been put back on court. Please sanitise your hands before and after dragging the courts or using the line brushes.  Courts should be dragged after play.
Question
How do I avoid players waiting for a court?
Answer
If you arrive at the club by car, please wait in your car until your booking time commences. If other players are congregating around court entrances please ask them politely to move away so you can gain access.  If there are others waiting to go on court, please wait 2m apart just as you would when queuing for a supermarket.  Please start the queueing line at least 2m away from the gate so that players can exit the courts easily

If you arrive at the club on foot or by bike, please arrive ‘just in time’ for your game. And please observe social distancing as described above.