Heritage Village Tennis Guidelines During COVID-19

SUMMARY These guidelines are presented to summarize local, state, federal, and USTA guidelines regarding safe tennis play during COVID-19. We are relying on all neighbors to adhere to these guidelines so that our neighbors can play safely and the courts will be able to remain open. At any time, all local and state guidelines and regulations will supersede any guidelines contained herein. Participants using the tennis facilities in Heritage Village are personally responsible for knowing and abiding by all local and state guidelines and regulations.

Current guidelines and regulations can be found in the following links:

Tri-County Health Department

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

South Suburban Parks and Recreation Tennis Guidelines

USTA Playing Tennis Safely Recommendations

COURT GUIDELINES

1. Maximum of 10 people combined on two courts within a single fence enclosure. The three fence

enclosures include:

a. Courts 1 and 2

b. Courts 3 and 4

c. Courts 5 and 6

2. It is recommended that players enter the court using the gate located closest to the court of play.

3. Follow all social distancing guidelines and crowd size requirements in accordance with local and state

mandates.

4. Tennis professionals (“Pros”) should follow the most recent SSPR recommendations for conducting

lessons. These include, but are not limited to:

a. Tennis balls and equipment will only be handled by the Pro.

b. Participants may be assigned a hopper for pick-up or Pro will pick up all balls.

c. Pros will sanitize carts and baskets after each lesson or drill.

d. Balls will be sanitized daily.

e. No serving during group lessons/drills unless each player is assigned their own balls.

f. Pros will adhere to social distancing recommendations regardless of activity being taught.

g. Court markers will be used to strategically place participants who are not actively playing.

h. Pros will coordinate drills to avoid lines with a reduced number of participants.

PLAYER EXPECTATIONS

1. Do not play if you have a fever, do not feel well, or are exhibiting any symptoms of the

coronavirus.

2. Wash your hands with soap and water (20 seconds or longer) or use a hand sanitizer (bring your own)

before going on court. Wash hands and use hand sanitizer regularly throughout play.

3. Bring your own racquet and equipment (water bottle, wristbands, grips, hats and towels). Do not

share equipment. Clean and wipe down your equipment frequently. 4. Bring a full water bottle to avoid touching a tap or water fountain handle. 5. Bring new balls for play if possible. 6. Consider taking precautions such as wearing a mask or gloves. 7. If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve. 8. Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be on site. 9. Avoid touching gates, fences, benches, tables, etc. 10. Leave the court within 5-10 minutes of your game ending. 11. Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court. 12. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place at the courts. No congregation after playing.

WHEN PLAYING 1. Try to stay at least six feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact with them (such

as shaking hands or a high five). 2. Consider not playing doubles, which could lead to incidental contact and unwanted proximity. If you

do play doubles, avoid all incidental contact (e.g., handshakes, high fives, closely whispering, etc.). 3. Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment. Wash your hands or

use hand sanitizer promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose, or mouth. 4. Avoid sharing food, drinks, or towels. 5. Use your racquet/foot to pick up the balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands

to pick up the balls. 6. Stay on your side of the court, avoid changing ends. 7. Remain at least six feet apart from other players when taking a break. 8. If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet. 9. All players should leave the facility immediately after play.

USE 4 OR 6 BALLS A tennis ball may transmit the virus, as virtually any hard surface can transmit the disease. These are extra precautions you can take to keep safe when playing: ● Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball or use a different brand. ● Take one set of numbered balls, and have your partner take a set of balls from the other can. ● Proceed with play, making sure to pick up your set of numbered balls only. Should a ball with the

other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your

racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.



STATEMENT FROM USTA COLORADO ON RETURN TO PLAY

 

Play at your own risk.
Throughout this pandemic, USTA Colorado has provided links and updates to members and member organizations re: USTA National ‘recommendations’ for facilities and players related to COVID-19. These USTA national materials stress the importance that everyone adhere to State and Local regulations and guidelines, as these take precedence and must be followed. As such, tennis facility representatives are making decisions (based on their respective local regulations) and these may vary from one site or jurisdiction to another. Please be aware of and abide by those decisions and policies; and be respectful of other players’ safety concerns. As with all public activity, there is an assumption of risk that each player takes on when choosing to participate. Obviously, if you are not feeling well or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you are concerned with your own health during the pandemic, please do not participate until such time as you are healthy and feel more comfortable.