Great news! As part of the phased plan to reopen New York we have been given permission to open our outdoor tennis courts. This outdoor tennis program will give you online reservation access to both clubs once all are open. 4 courts at Jefferson Valley and 6 at Briarcliff. If you registered already at Jefferson Valley, no need to register again for Briarcliff. These courts are available to members of both Jefferson Valley and Briarcliff, as well as Non-Members. To provide flexible summer options, you are not locked in and can choose not to renew after a month. There will also be no court fees associated with this Outdoor Tennis Program, however registration is required.
It is important for you to know that tennis will be a bit different than you’re used to during this phase of our reopening. We will be operating according to guidance given by New York State and the United States Tennis Association. As a result, the following guidelines are subject to change as these organizations respond to the ongoing crisis.
Club Fit Guidelines:
- Four players maximum per court* updated 5/23
- Outdoor Tennis Program Registrants Only – no guests or spectators permitted
- No walk-ons
- Once Registered, you can reserve specific times so you know that the court is yours to play on. Bookings are limited to one-hour time slots and must be made using the opens in a new windowClub Fit online reservation system. Click here for instructions.
- There will be no access to the Club Fit facility
- Bathroom facilities will not be available for use
- Hand sanitizer will be available on the courts for use
- All benches and score tenders will be removed from the courts
- Lights will be on for any night-time play
Member Code of Conduct:
- Please arrive at your appointed hour and leave promptly at the conclusion of the hour
- Tennis players must maintain the recommended physical distance from other groups while arriving, playing, and leaving the tennis courts
- A mask is recommended when arriving to and leaving from the courts when physical distancing cannot be maintained
- The use of gloves is recommended
- Do not share racquets
- It is suggested you use new balls for play
- Each player should have their own can of tennis balls clearly marked with their own initials and ensure that they are the only person to touch that tennis ball with their hands. Avoid touching your face.
- Players should stay on their side of the court and avoid changing ends
- Players should stay at least 6 feet apart to maintain physical distancing
- No ice/water coolers will be available. Players must bring their own water bottles.
- Avoid congregating and adhere to physical distancing protocolsPREPARING TO PLAY
- Protect against infections
- Wash your hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer), or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, before going to the court.
- Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles. Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats and towels.
- Bring a full water bottle to avoid touching a tap or water fountain handle.
- Use new balls and a new grip, if possible.
- When not actively playing, please adhere to all proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and facemask protocols.
- If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
- Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there.
- Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc., if you can.WHEN PLAYING
- 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).
- When playing doubles, coordinate with your partner to maintain physical distancing.
- Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid sharing food, drinks or towels.
- Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
- Maintain physical distancing if changing ends of the court.
- 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 racquet.AFTER PLAYING
- Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
- Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
- Do not use the locker room or changing area. Shower at home.
- No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.
- All players should leave the facility immediately after play.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. So here is an extra precaution you 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 racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.
Upon arrival, please plan on checking in for your court at the Club main entrance. Then enter the courts through the black gate to the left of the main entrance at Jefferson Valley. We ask that you follow the guidelines as presented in this letter so that we may remain compliant with the New York State phased reopening plan.
Tennis Hours of Operation:
Weekdays: 7am – 9 pm
Saturday: 7am – 4pm
Sunday: 7am – 9pm
Weekdays: 7am – 9 pm
Saturday: 7am – 9pm
Sunday: 7am – 4pm
Please remember to register for our Outdoor Tennis Program before booking a court. If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 protocol, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you in any way possible.