2021 TENNIS RULES AND REGULATIONS

We are pleased to welcome our tennis members for the 2021 season. A key to open the driveway gate and tennis gate was mailed to tennis members the week of March 22. If you are the last to leave, please lock both the tennis court gate and driveway gate upon exiting.

 

2021 Opening Notes:

  • Advance Reservations Required at sunvalleyswimclub.com/reserve

  • Courts 2 and 3 will be open by Saturday, March 27

  • Court 1 will open sometime in April, following crack repairs (need to wait for warmer temps for the materials to adhere)

  • There are some cracks on Court 2 that are safe for play but may affect ball bounce; will be repaired following Court 1 repairs

 

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: 2021 rules have been modified for safety, to enable social distance, and to comply with government and public health mandates. Rules may be added and/or changed as conditions evolve. Changes will be emailed to members and posted on the Sun Valley website and at the courts. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting Sun Valley Swim & Tennis Club, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

 

We are committed to keeping Sun Valley a safe place for tennis members to stay active outside, with required distance. We are counting on each person to act responsibly and appreciate your cooperation. Questions or Concerns? office@sunvalleyswimclub.com.

 

Spot checks will be conducted and member privileges may be revoked for non-compliance.

 

FACE COVERINGS

  • Masks required on the SV grounds for ages 2+, including walking to/from assigned court.

  • Masks are not required during singles tennis play, provided players maintain a safe 6 ft distance from others.

  • Masks are required during doubles play, unless all members of the group are from the same household.

  • Masks not required during one-on-one private lessons, provided a safe 6 ft distance is maintained.
     

TENNIS COURT USE

  1. Tennis courts are for tennis playing only. No stickball, street hockey, roller blades or bikes allowed. No spectators allowed. Members present but not playing must remain on grassy area outside the courts and maintain minimum 6 ft distance.

  2. COURT TIME MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE (see below). 

  3. ONLY MEMBERS MAY USE THE COURTS. NO GUESTS ALLOWED.

  4. Tennis Courts 1 & 3 are open for singles or doubles, Court 2 is open for singles only.

  5. Social Distance: maintain 6+ feet distance from any person who does not reside in your home at all times: while interacting with opponents, during warm-up, play, changing sides, dispute resolution, congratulations, and water breaks.

  6. STRICT LIMIT of 4 players on courts 1 & 3; limit of 2 players court 2.
    Strict limit of 10 persons inside gated tennis courts at any time
    (max 14 during tennis programs run by Sun Valley staff)

  7. Singles & doubles play allowed between all club members. Mixed household doubles partners allowed w/ masks + distance.

  8. Players should stay on their side of court and avoid changing ends.

  9. Review and follow USTA’s guidance for Playing Tennis Safely and Safety Guidelines.                           

  10. Bring your own tennis balls and racket. Use of lesson balls is not permitted. Sun Valley does not provide rackets.

  11. Proper footwear (non-marking sneakers) must be worn on the tennis courts at all times.

  12. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when on Sun Valley property.

  13. Hand sanitizer is available inside tennis courts. Please use before and after play (during as necessary).
    Disinfecting wipes will also be available. Please wipe high-touch surfaces when you are done (gate latch etc.)

  14. Stay home if you or any member of your household is sick, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in last 14 days. Self report if you or a household member tests positive for COVID-19.

  15. COVID-19 waiver required to use the tennis courts.

  16. Do not leave anything on the courts. Bring out everything you bring into the courts.
     

COURT RESERVATIONS

  • Courts must be reserved in advance on Sun Valley website.

  • To promote fair use, bookings may be made one week in advance only.

  • Each person is limited to two court reservations on the calendar at any given time.

  • Playing time is limited to one hour (if court is open after play you may make another reservation to extend play).

  • Players should come to the facility no more than 10 minutes before reserved time. Please depart promptly.

  • Anyone waiting must maintain proper distance: 6 feet and not in front of the gate.

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

  • One-on-one lessons only, or up to three only if players reside in same household; Court 3 only.

  • You must schedule directly with the tennis pro AND book Court 3 via reservation website.

  • Only instructor may handle balls and equipment. Ball machine strongly encouraged.

  • All other rules apply: minors must be accompanied by parent/guardian; 6 foot distance required and strongly recommend instructor remains on opposite side of net.

 

TENNIS PRACTICE WALL

  • Advance Reservations must be made for the practice wall as well.

  • Each person is limited to two practice wall reservations on the calendar at any given time.

  • Limited to one person on each side of the practice wall (one person on Side A, one person on Side B). Multiple people per side only permitted if from same household.

  • Must maintain 6+ feet distance from other people who do not reside in your home, when practicing or waiting.

 

BASKETBALL COURTS

  • Opening Soon – masks will be required during play and further rules are forthcoming.

 

GUESTS

For now, use of the courts is restricted to members only (no guests permitted).

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

  1. All persons using the tennis facilities do so at their own risk.  Parents are responsible for their children at all times. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by parent or guardian while on Sun Valley property.

  2. Sun Valley Associates, Inc. assumes no responsibility for any accidents or injury in connection with tennis facility use, or for loss or damage to personal property.

  3. Tennis equipment may only be touched by the tennis pro and will be cleaned frequently. Ball machine encouraged for lessons. Use of unnecessary equipment such as throw-down lines will be avoided.

  4. No chairs will be left in or outside the courts.

  5. A replacement key is available for $5.00. Please contact the Manager for a replacement key if you lose yours.

 

YOUR HEALTH

  • Stay home if you are sick (or if anyone in your house is sick) and avoid close contact with others.

  • If you are an older person or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from other people.

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds (use hand sanitizer when washing is not possible).

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Clean frequently touched items/surfaces with household cleaning spray or wipes.

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.

  • Notify Sun Valley right away if you or a family member is diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

Visit these websites for updated information and guidance:

 

 

THE GENERAL MANAGER CAN REVOKE COURT PRIVILEGES FOR THE HOUSEHOLD IF ABUSE OF RULES OR COURTS ARE SEEN OR REPORTED.

 

updated March 22, 2021 and subject to change

COURT RULES & ETIQUETTE

In addition to the official tennis rules, we would like to remind you that it’s also important to be mindful of court etiquette, a set of unofficial rules that signify good tennis sportsmanship. Please know and abide by the following rules which will ensure a better playing experience for all members.

  1. Please wear appropriate attire on court. Shirts must be worn, non-marking shoes only.

  2. Speak quietly while on court. No profanities, yelling or screaming at any time.

  3. Cell phones must be silenced.

  4. No food, drinks (other than water and sports drinks) or chewing gum on courts.

  5. Do not play with the brooms, squeegees or displace the chairs and whiteboard.

  6. Please keep the courts clean by picking up all balls and throwing away any trash.

  7. Never walk behind a court when a point is still in play. Wait until the point is over and ask permission, then cross as fast as possible.

  8. Do not retrieve a ball from another court while their point is still in progress. Please wait until they finish their point and let them know a ball is on their court.

  9. If you are around the tennis courts but not playing, please keep noises to an appropriate level and respect members who are playing.

  10.  Always be safe. Do not participate in any behavior that would risk injury to anyone else, such as throwing or hitting balls when not asked to, throwing your racquet or any other object on or off the court.

  11. Have fun! The entire objective of playing tennis, aside from being good aerobic exercise, is to have fun. You can follow these rules of etiquette and still have a good time on the courts - the players on adjacent courts will appreciate it.

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