LTA COVID Playing Protocol



The following are guidelines and protocols for the use of HTC courts during the Covid-19 pandemic. The documents below are the latest LTA Guidance.


LTA Player Guidance lta-guidance-players-covid-19.pdf
LTA Coach Guidance lta-guidance-coaches-covid-19.pdf
LTA Venue Guidance lta-guidance-venues-covid-19.pdf

Below is the Haddenham Tennis Club protocol which shall change to reflect the latest Government and LTA guidelines.


Hygiene and Safety

The clubhouse is not accessible for the duration of the crisis and therefore toilets and hand washing are not available. Please wash your hands thoroughly at home before going to the courts and bring a hand sanitiser with you.

Before leaving home to play tennis, all participants should undergo a self-assessment sympton check for any Covid-19 symptons using the information on the NHS website.

The courts will remain temporarily unlocked during the day, so that they can be accessed without touching anything.

Court benches and bins have been removed.

A First Aid box will be available inside the noticeboard near to the entrance.

Floodlights cannot not be used, so court play will finish at c 21.00 Hrs each day.

Note that to support NHS Test and Trace, courts must be booked using our online booking system, just turning up and playing is not acceptable.


Play

Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible - meaning that four people from different households can play doubles.

Coaches sessions are permitted and are limited to groups of no more than 6 adults (including coach) or up to 15 children (plus coaches).

Players are advised to limit their interactions with anyone outside of the group they are attendind the court with (e.g. players on another court or in a different coaching group).

Players should continue to maintain social distancing from those that they do not live with or are in a supported bubble with.

If players wish to, they can choose to use their own marked tennis balls. If you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch the face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required).

Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible - use your racquet/foot to return them as those players may have decided to use their own balls.

Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or nets where possible.

Common sense is required to ensure that the two metre distancing is in force when changing ends or entering / leaving the court.


Booking Courts
The online booking system must be used for all play. Full instructions are on the "How to Book" page. Each booking will be for one hour which includes any time allowed for changeover where the two metre social distancing rule must be complied with.


Coaching
Blaise can be contacted directly on 07490 960402 for 1:1 coaching on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-8.00pm. He will be following the LTA guidelines for coaches which can be read here.

The situation is constantly changing so this information should only be uses as guidance. The latest Government & LTA guidance always takes precedence and individuals must take responsibility to keep up to date.

Best wishes to keep safe and happy tennis playing from your committee.

LTA Player Guidance lta-guidance-players-covid-19.pdf
LTA Coach Guidance lta-guidance-coaches-covid-19.pdf
LTA Venue Guidance lta-guidance-venues-covid-19.pdf