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Court Bookings & Rules – From April 26th 2021

ONLY MEMBERS CAN BOOK A COURT. Before booking a time to play, please view and listen to our slide show for best practices on returning to Tennis Safely with COVID 19.

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To book a time slot please click the plus sign at the bottom of the schedule. Please ensure you have read and familiarised yourself with the rules relating to COVID 19 fully before booking a slot. They are shown beneath the booking system schedule. It will be taken as your acceptance of the rules once you have confirmed a booking.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST ENTER BOTH OR ALL NAMES. Please ensure that all names are entered in the booking slot. This is for contact tracing purposes in the event it was needed. Your time slot will not be allowed go ahead unless ALL names of those who will be on court are entered. You can add them to the notes section if more than two.

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Please note MEMBERS ONLY can book a court.

To access the courts in Level 5, a player must:

  • Be a current member or a participant on an approved Tennis Ireland Programme
  • A parent/guardian must accompany any player under 16 years and must stay and supervise them for the duration of play Parents supervising children should be limited to one. No Children after 7 pm in evening.
  • Not be subject to a quarantine restriction as per the Department of Foreign Affairs Travel protocols. For more information visit https://www.dfa.ie/travel/traveladvice/coronavirus/general-covid-19- travel-advisory/
  • Have not been around someone with symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 10 days
  • Not be displaying COVID-19 symptoms
  • Live within the county in which the club is located or within 20km of their home if crossing county boundaries
  • Have a pre-reserved playing time
  • Players should, ideally, bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with them and keep it in their pocket of bag for use.
  • Players are to enter the club through our old entrance gate opposite the car park. Please lock our gate if you are the last person leaving the club.
  • Players should ensure that they utilise toilet facilities in their own home prior to arriving at the club as toilet facilities will not be available.

Social Distancing Behaviours

To protect against infection:

  • Players must refrain from handshakes and high fives
  • Keep 2 metres away from other people at all times
  • Do not share food, towels and drinks
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand-sanitiser when available, before and after eating, after going to the toilet, sneezing and coughing
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissue
  • in your own bag and bring it home with you
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Keep your distance from people who are obviously sick. Try not to touch any surfaces, but if you do sanitise your hands as soon as possible

Attending Tennis Activities

  • Limit of 3 bookings per week per family.
  • Pre book your court online using the Court Bookings Section on the website- if you have any issues please contact either Carol Keavey, Sinead Brown or Giuliano Davenport.
  • All players, and not just the player making the booking, should be included in the booking notes. If there is a change to who is playing, it is advisable to make sure the booking is updated.
  • Please Cancel a booking not used to allow for other members to use the slot. Cancellation of slots can take place 5 mins before play.
  • Players should travel to the club alone, or only with a member of the same household
  • Arrive and leave as close as possible to when you are due on court
  • Courts are allocated into 30minute slots with Maximum time on court of 1.5 hour
  • Play should be limited to singles only during this phase of the reopening. The only exception for doubles is if playing partners are from the same household. Further doubles play will be considered in future
  • No spectators allowed just supervising parents
  • Players should arrive ready to play as their will be no access to any of the club house facilities
  • Club night and junior club nights to be suspended for this period.
  • Coaching A pod, up to a maximum of 6 Junior players (u18 yrs), can be coached per court.
  •  A maximum of 4 junior players (u18 yrs) can operate on the court at any one time while remaining in their own sections of the court with up to 2 other players rotating in and out as required.
  • A pod of 8 players per court is allowable for red ball activities, subject to social distancing protocols being implemented
  • Adult (Over 18 yrs) coaching activities must be limited to a maximum of two households per court. Players must remain in their own sections of the court

Tennis Balls

  • Players should clearly mark their own tennis balls – however, if they choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure they do not touch their face during play, and should clean their hands before play and immediately afterwards (using sanitising gel if required).       

When Play Finishes

  • Once play has finished players should leave the club promptly
  • Hands should be washed and sanitised as soon as possible
  • Ensure equipment is cleaned thoroughly after use. Tennis balls can be sprayed with a disinfectant
  • If a player becomes unwell after playing, they should first contact their GP/HSE and then inform their club. The club will then follow advice provided to them by the HSE on the next steps
  • Members should be encouraged to remind other members of the guidelines, in a gentle way, when they witness poor practices. Repeated poor practice should be reported to the club as soon as possible      

If you would like you can find more information on the Tennis Ireland website

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