Tennis Courts To Re-open Wednesday, May 20th
Due to construction, enter from the west side door.
Tennis, if played properly, can be a great opportunity for members to relieve stress, socialize with others and provide much-needed exercise. Of primary importance is taking every precaution to help keep all participants safe. Although there is no specific evidence that tennis balls can spread COVID-19, we know that contamination by respiratory droplets from an infected person can potentially survive on hard surfaces up to three days. If you choose to play tennis, be sure to practice these safety tips and recommendations.
The following restrictions will be enforced:
- Singles play only permitted at this time (no doubles play).
- Try to stay at least 6 feet apart from the other player. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
- Play only with family members or others who live in your household or with individuals who are considered to be low risk.
- Stay on your side of court. Avoid changing ends of the court.
- Use your racket/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
- Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
- If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racket.
- No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregating after playing.
USE FOUR BALLS OR SIX BALLS
Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as virtually any hard surface can transmit the disease. Here is an extra precaution members can take to keep safe when playing tennis:
- Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball.
- Take one set of numbered balls, and have your playing 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 racket head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.Further guidelines and recommendations can be found on the USTA website link.
Tennis Court Information:
To obtain a key to the tennis courts, members in good standing and guests may go to the business office or purchase a key for $5.00.
The PMC Tennis Club is currently non-active. Click here for information about the Tennis Club.
On Thursday, May 21, Pickleball will be available for play with these restrictions from the US Pickleball Association, and they will be enforced.
Correction to an email blast that was sent out: The US Pickleball Association put out the guidelines that I changed to read that ** only singles (one-on-one can play or people who live in the same household) and also added **no spectators at this time. I was asked who makes the decision to open or close the facilities, and I want the membership to know that the general manager is following the governor’s directive and all of us are doing our best to keep our community safe from COVID-19.
To clarify: single play means one-on-one and people in one household only can play pickleball together.
- Make sure that your state, regional and local authorities satisfy federal criteria.
- If your courts are open and available for play, adhere to safety precautions established by the CDC and the facility.
- ** Single play, no doubles at this time or with only family members or others who reside in your household.
- **No spectators at this time.
- Wash your hands with soap and water and bring personal-use hand sanitizer to the courts.
- Clean and wipe down your paddles and water bottles. Do not share paddles or any other equipment or clothing.
- Bring a full personal-use water bottle(s) and avoid touching or using public water fountains.
- Bring tissues or a handkerchief for contained sneezing and coughing or consider wearing a mask.
- Consider wearing gloves to the courts and avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc.
- Also consider wearing gloves during play to avoid picking up pickleballs with your hands.
- Use new pickleballs and a new grip or fresh tape on your paddle handle if possible.
- Coordinate with your play group so that each person serves with a different-colored ball. If multiple colors are not an option, use a sharpie and prominently mark personal pickleballs with your initials.
- Adhere to social gathering and distancing policies according to local, state and federal authorities. Limit your distance to 6 feet or more to other players.
- Avoid contact with others, such as hand shaking and high fives.
- Adhere to CDC guidelines by not touching your face (after handling a ball or paddle).
- Consider using hand sanitizer between games.
- Wash your hands after each match.
- Use your paddle and foot to pick up pickleballs and transfer them to your opponent. If utilizing a raised net, hit the ball under the net to your opponent. Avoid changing ends of the court.
- Maintain proper social distancing from other players in between games and during time outs.
WHEN PLAY HAS ENDED
- Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after your match is over.
- Avoid post-play socializing.
- Thoroughly wash your paddles, grips, pickleballs, towels, clothes, bags, water bottles and other items you have used or touched.
- Remember, even though the courts are opening, we are still under a Stay at Home Order, so please adhere to the rules above and have fun.
Pine Mountain Club Tennis Court Rules
Courts are reserved for PMC members and their guests. Guest cards must be obtained in advance.
PMC members who want to use the courts after the office is closed can purchase a tennis court key for $5.
Please turn the light off before leaving the court.
PMC members are responsible for their guests. There is a court reservation sign-up sheet when needed.
Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 8 through 11 must be accompanied by someone 15 or older.
Tennis shoes with non-scuffing soles must be worn.
Everyone must wear shirts.
The only beverage allowed on the court is water in non-breakable containers. Food is not allowed on the courts.
If others are waiting, please remember that there is a time limit to play (typically 1 hour).
Excess noise, radios, yelling or profane language are not allowed.
Roller blades, roller skates, skate boards and bicycles are not allowed.
All debris is to be removed when play is finished.
Court gates are to be kept closed at all times.
Throwing of any foreign materials on the court is prohibited.