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Upcoming Event – AGM

The Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’) of Swansea Tennis Club is just two days away, Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 7 pm by Zoom online meeting.

To register for this event, go to ‘Events’ in the Court Reserve system (on computer or in the phone app).

Advance registration is required by midnight Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  All registered members will receive the details for the Zoom online meeting by email prior to the meeting.

If you are unable to attend the Swansea Tennis Cub Annual General Meeting on November 4, 2020, you may vote by proxy in one of two ways:   

  1. You can complete an online Proxy Form; or

  2. By completing the 2020 Proxy Form that is posted on the website.  To submit your pdf proxy, please scan or take a picture of it and send it to [email protected].  

Read the instructions on each form on how to assign your power to vote to any other Swansea adult member in good standing. The proxy must be completed/received by midnight November 3, 2020. 

Please be reminded that you or your assigned proxyholder must be present in person to vote.

For AGM materials and other information click here

Announced Nov. 2/20

 

Winter Tennis Open to Members & Friends

There’s been multiple queries on the Winter Tennis program at Aviva Centre/Tennis Canada. Some great info to share with all.

Schedules and playing styles are unique to everyone.  And with the club’s goal to have as many interested players participate on maximum court usage, we’re accommodating the following:

  1. Open to Guests.

  2. Interested guests should contact [email protected] for registration, payment options and other logistical items.  Please ensure guest includes in their email the name of recommending member.

  3. Members and Guests do not have to commit to any minimum number of sessions.

  4. Pre-organized groups of four can be accommodated.  Not all dates may be available but there are many to choose from.

We hope you’ll take a drive one Sunday morning or Wednesday evening and check out the great facilities.

Keep those queries coming in!

Announced Oct. 31/20 

 

Winter Tennis Dates

There are several winter tennis dates to choose from in Court Reserve.  

Court Reserve lists them into 4 categories in the ‘Events’ section (two sets for Sundays, two sets for Wednesdays).  We know this may not be the best visual but we are at the mercy of how the system works.  Another way to view available dates is to go into the calendar setting.

Below for your convenience, is a listing of all the dates available at Aviva Centre/Tennis Canada.

Secure your spot now!

Sunday 2020/2021           

Nov. 1, 8, 15 / Dec. 6, 20/ Jan. 24 /Feb. 7, 14 / Mar. 14

 

Wednesday 2020/2021   

Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 / Dec. 2,  9, 16 / Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 / Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 / Mar. 3, 10 17, 24 

 

Announced Oct. 29/20

 

Sign Up Now for Winter Tennis!

Winter tennis is on.

We reached out to ORC and Tennis Canada/Aviva Centre, both offered us dates.

However, due to the Province COVID restrictions, ORC informed us that they are not allowing guests into their club at this time.

We’re pleased to offer Swansea members several winter tennis dates at Tennis Canada/Aviva Centre.  This tennis facility is very close (approx. 23 mins) for those driving, free parking and is also accessible by subway.

To Register:

  1. You’d be helping us a lot with your cooperation and assistance in managing this great voluntary program by signing up for a minimum of 8 dates, booked in advance. There is a lot of back end administration that happens and by doing this, would help us decrease and streamline a great amount of work.
  2. Go into your Court Reserve account under “Events” or via “Calendar” page and choose any of the 2020/2021 Wednesday or Sunday options.
  3. Once you register (and for most of us this will be our first time using the payment system in Court Reserve) the payment profile page should automatically pop up after you’ve chosen your dates. If payment profile does not appear, go into the “Billing” / “Payment Profiles” section under your profile page.
  4. For the time being, we can only accept credit card payments. We’re sorry for the inconvenience but we are working on e-transfer option and will let you know when that is available.
  5. Tennis Canada/Aviva Centre requires all guests to sign and submit a waiver prior to entering their facilities, click here.
  6. Tennis Canada/Aviva Centre also requires guests to read and abide the following rules, click here. Don’t forget to bring your mask or face covering.

Aviva Centre/Tennis Canada located at 1 Shoreham Drive – Bubble Courts

Parking is free.

Once in the parking lot, and facing the tin building, the bubble is to the right of this building.

Format of play is Round Robin style – Doubles.

Each group of 4 will play for an hour and then rotate with a new group for the second hour.

Each participant must commit to the two hours for every date registered.

Please bring your own tennis balls.

An email with details and organized play groups with registered participants will be sent in advance of your chosen date.

 

Swansea contact is Alex Correia [email protected]

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Click here for details

 

Update – September 4, 2020

September brings forth change, change in schedules, change in season but holds more great days for tennis playing!

Court monitoring hours have changed, as follows:

  • Monday to Friday from 3pm – 9pm.

  • Weekends Saturday and Sunday 9am – 1pm and during public hours.

Swansea Tennis Club members have done a fantastic job adapting to playing tennis during this challenging, pandemic time. 

The waivers and online booking system were introduced with minimum issues.  A few refinements are necessary, based on experience to date (to be implemented over the next few days):

  • To complete a reservation, you will now have to enter shoe tag numbers

    • Numbers will appear on the scheduler for verification of who is on court

    • Only those recorded in the booking system can be on court

    • Members can and should edit their own bookings to reflect who is on court

    • “No tag, no play”

      • No sharing of shoe tags

      • Tags must be in shoe laces

  • No-shows have increased. Please cancel court bookings straight away, as soon as you know you will be unable to play for whatever reason. 

The result of not cancelling a booking in the system causes court under-utilization and is unfair to all members.

  • Cancel courts more than 3 hours in advance to avoid a no-show recording

  • No-shows are recorded and accumulated

  • Members with multiple no-shows already will lose their booking privileges for two weeks at the next infraction

  • Guests are still not allowed (due to pandemic regulations)

    • A new gate code will be distributed soon via Court Reserve

    • Gate code for members only – do not share it

      • Anyone who requires the code already has it

    • Open the gate for someone wearing a valid shoe tag instead of sharing the code

  • New signage is being installed at the courts

  • Friday Night Socials (and other similar events if/when they occur):

    • Priority on court is given to attendees who register

    • Book at least 24hrs in advance – enhance the experience for all

    • Facilitator has the right to refuse walk-ups if the number of attendees is already sufficient

Help keep our tennis courts looking fresh and clean, pick up after yourself please.

Lastly, don’t forget to submit your nominations, see August 28, 2020 message below.

Signing off with some tennis fun facts:

  1. Boris Becker is the youngest player ever to win a Wimbledon title. He is also the only unseeded player in history to win the prestigious title. He was 17 years old in 1985 when he won it.

  2. The shortest tennis match lasted a mere 20 minutes. It was played between Susan Tutt and Marion Bandy in 1969 at Wimbledon.

  3. Roger Federer has scored 11,365 aces to this day, placing him in the third spot on the list of most aces, while Ivo Karlovic tops the list with 13,599 aces.

 (Source: thefactfile.org)  

 

Kick up those heels and enjoy more love, tennis love!

 

Submit your Nominations – August 28, 2020

For us, your volunteer Executive Committee, it has been an honour to serve our Swansea tennis community and tackle the special circumstances of this year with so much support, kindness and patience from the members. 

We’re now focusing our attention to year end matters including planning and ensuring the smooth execution of our Annual General Meeting. 

Nonprofit organizations such as ours rely heavily on their board directors. The quality of the board of directors is a reflection of whether a nonprofit moves forward, backward or makes no movement at all. And Succession planning is a vital process for keeping the board refreshed, functioning best when the boardroom is continually filled with new and engaging ideas, vibrant personalities, and a variety of personal and business experiences.

A Nominating Committee has been appointed by the Executive Committee consisting of the following members:

  1. Friedrich Blase – Board Secretary & Interim Treasurer

  2. Rachel Doll – Member of Swansea

  3. Marc Johnson – Member of Swansea

The Committee is seeking nominations for the upcoming 2021 Swansea Tennis Season.  The criteria in selecting candidates from the nominee pool will include the right talent mix in terms of energy, skills, perspectives and diversity to address the needs of the Club.

Members who wish to put forth a nomination should submit for each nominee:

  • Nominee’s full name, address, phone number, and email;

  • Brief statement of why the nominee wants to serve on the Board at this time (including nominee’s qualities, skills, and passions).

Each nomination shall be submitted to the Nominating Committee at:  [email protected]

DEADLINE: Submit nominations by Monday, September 21, 2020

The Nominating Committee will interview nominees during at a mutually beneficial schedule time. Nominees are encouraged to be available and participate in these interviews.

The Nominating Committee will report to you its activities, including its list of nominees, which at the discretion of the Executive Committee, may or may not be in excess of the required number of vacancies and ensure inclusion of this report in the notice of Annual General Meeting be sent to all members. The Nominating Committee will make every effort to come to a consensual proposal for nominations.  Members may nominate themselves or other members.

All queries, submissions, and any correspondence related to this matter should be directed to [email protected]

 

Mid-Season Update at Swansea TC – Aug. 6, 2020

We hope you’re having a great tennis season so far. 

It was a bit of a rocky start earlier this year for all of us, lots of unknowns yet being on the courts quickly brings back that familiarity, a little sense of “normalcy”.

A few helpful tips and housekeeping reminders:

  1. A big shout out to our court attendants, Anton, Rudy and Nikolas! They’ve been doing a great job.  Helping us all through the multiple phases of COVID rules, distribution of tags, signing of waivers, maintenance and frequently wiping down commonly used surfaces, transitioning to online booking all the while engaging with us and attending to the various club needs.  WOW! That’s a lot so far. 

  2. Court attendants are also there to carry out club rules. Including confirmation of shoe tags, court reservations etc.  Please respect them and their requests, they are there to ensure a safe and fair environment for everyone.

  3. Respect others at all times – no abusive language or behaviour will be tolerated and if necessary, may be brought to the attention of the Board. We’re all there to have fun and enjoy a great experience.

  4. No sharing of shoe tags.

  5. No Guests – City of Toronto current COVID rules does not allow us to invite guests. Court Monitors will be enforcing this, if you bring a guest, your guest will not be allowed to enter the courts and play.   We know this is not convenient nor is it fun for us to enforce it.  However, if you are looking for players, there are various alternatives:

    • Go onto the member portal on our website, “find a game”. You will see many players’ posts looking to practice, hit, or play games.

    • Sign up for Adult Round Robin Tennis taking place every Friday night 7pm-10pm. Log into Court Reserve and register under the “events” tab.

    • Adults and Juniors can sign up for fun ladder box games, which begin at the 15th of every month. You can do this via the member portal.

    • Let the court monitors know you are looking for a round of tennis, they will take down your information and they’ll connect you with others.

    • All of the above is a great way to meet other club members and play tennis.

  6. Looking to upgrade your tennis skills or get in a hitting session workout? Consider private coaching tailored to your needs with our highly credentialed club tennis professionals. Both Ben (416) 995-2237, [email protected] and Pavle (416) 474-0088, [email protected] are available for private and semi-private lessons to help members improve their skills and knowledge.  

          Kids Junior Summer camps are currently running with morning and afternoon                  sessions depending on age.  Check for availability here

           NOTE: Registration for Adult and Junior group programming including group                     clinics is currently on hold/suspended. We will advise and update the status via               email, the Club’s website and membership portal.

  1. The gate code cannot be shared with anyone, ever.  If someone is presumed to possess the code, they will already have it via an official communication.  If there are no court attendants or members waiting for courts and you want to be helpful, let people (members should have valid shoe tags) onto the courts by opening the door for them rather than communicating the code.  Sharing of the code will result in revocation of your booking privileges and multiple infractions will trigger a membership status review.

  2. Please do not leave your garbage behind; pick up empty tins, tin tops, plastic waste or other items. Leave a clean tennis court for the next round of fellow players.

  3. No more than 3 tennis balls per court. NOTE: Court 4 is a training court, multiple tennis balls are allowed there.

  4. Drinks are available for sale – $1 for water and $2.50 for Gatorade.

  5. A few tennis tips:

    • A good tennis racket is different for everyone – worth some research, ask a professional

    • Practice with different hitting partners

    • Take some lessons

    • Warm-up and cool-down

    • Stay hydrated

    • One point at a time

    • Keep calm and serve

Enjoy the rest of summer good times!

 

New Members – Next Steps After Registration

Once you’ve received confirmation of payment, your account username and password, please contact the Communications Director at [email protected] for new member details and next steps.

 

Friday Night Round-Robins are back!  – July 23, 2020

This is an excellent opportunity for all of you looking to meet new and returning members and enjoy an evening of friendly, adults only, round-robin tennis!  Below are several notes/reminders as we move forward:

  1. Socials will take place from 7pm-10pm. Please do your best to join us at 7pm, but if you arrive later, we will certainly do our best to accommodate you.

  2. Registration for each social opens on the Saturday prior, on our new booking system https://app.courtreserve.com/Online/Portal/Index/6306, and will follow a first come, first serve policy. If you are unable to attend, please ensure that you cancel your registration 48 hours in advance.  A failure to attend without proper cancellation means that you may be unable to play the following week.

  3. While all skill levels are welcome, these socials are best suited for those at the intermediate level who are interested in a friendly evening of round-robin tennis.

  4. Before registering, consider the risks associated with attending such an event. If you are in a high-risk category and in contact with people that are, are feeling ill, and/or have a degree of concern playing with/against members outside of your family and/or social circle, please do not register or cancel your registration.

  5. Here are City of Toronto guidelines for tennis courts during Covid: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/8e3d-tennis-public-court-covid-19-guidelines.pdf.

  6. Lastly, it is important to adhere to club rules and appropriate tennis etiquette at all times https://swanseatennis.com/club-rules/. These events are meant to be fun, light-spirited with a friendly level of healthy competition, all the while getting to know other members.

We hope you’re able to join us, and look forward to seeing you on Fridays!

 

Doubles play now allowed!

The City of Toronto is now allowing doubles at community tennis clubs.  The City recommends that doubles partners be from the same household or social bubble. 

All other Covid related precautions remain in place, including the instructions to stay home when ill, to stay at least 2 metres away from other people and players, to practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Version 3 of the City guidelines can be found here.

July 17, 2020

 

Online Court & Events Booking Live Now and Friday Night Socials Announcement – July 12, 2020

Swansea Tennis Club has implemented online booking for courts and online registration for events.

This will bring about several changes, so please read more about this new system and instructions on how to register, details on our website at https://swanseatennis.com/court-reservations/

IMPORTANT:  You must initially set-up a user account on the Court Reserve system, connecting your valid shoe tag # to your account.   Shoe tags are required to play, so make sure your tag # is in the online booking app and that you are wearing it on the courts.

Friday Night Socials are back!

For all of you looking to meet new and returning members for the purpose of enjoying an evening of friendly, adults only, singles round-robin tennis, we have great news! 

We are resuming our Friday night socials, physical distancing style, on Friday, July 17th, from 7-10pm. 

While all skill levels are welcome, these socials are best suited for those at the intermediate level.  We invite you to register and include your skill level (beginner, intermediate or advanced).  After you register, we will then match you against players of a similar skill level and notify you of your exact playing times.  Due to the limits of physical distancing, registration will follow a first come, first serve policy and consist only of singles play, for now. 

To register, login into your Court Reserve account , click on events tab, scroll the list til you find “Friday Night Round Robins”.

We know many of you are looking forward to getting on the courts, so if you are unable to attend, please ensure that you cancel your registration at least 48 hours in advance.  A failure to attend means that you will be unable to play the following week. 

We look forward to seeing you Friday! 

 

JUNIOR SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS

Summer Camps will begin on Monday July 6, 2020.
Click here for camp dates and information.  Also, please refer to the June 9 message “Important Lessons Update: Message from Swansea’s Head Tennis Professional“,  posted below, for the status on other lesson programming.

 

Membership at Swansea Update – June 30, 2020

Currently, Swansea Membership is at full capacity.  However, you can add yourself to the waiting list and once we have an opening, we will contact you with next steps. 

https://www5.tennisclubsoft.com/swansea/home/reportView.do?id=510  

Due to COVID restrictions and City compliance rules, we are not able to provide an estimate of when we will be able to add new members. 

Thank you for your interest in our club.

 

 

Important Lessons Update: Message from Swansea’s

Head Tennis Professional – June 9, 2020

We’ve had to modify our lessons and camp plans accordingly to the new Covid 19 rules. Please carefully review the following information.

We hope most of your questions will be answered/addressed below. We apologize for any inconvenience; and appreciate your understanding as we navigate through this challenging time.

We look forward to serving you!

Private and semi-private lessons are now available. Wing Armstrong has decided to wait until a later date to begin coaching for safety/health reasons.

Adult group lessons are temporarily suspended. We will advise everyone when we can proceed, cancel or modify them.

Junior spring lessons were cancelled. We would prefer registrants to apply the credit to future lessons if they run. Refunds are available. However, please be aware that the club loses the processing fees.

Summer camps are on hold. We will notify everyone as soon as the government makes a decision about running them. Please be aware we are required to alter numbers of campers; the fees may have to be adjusted. As for now, we just don’t know what we can run or if at all.

Fall adult and junior lessons are on hold. We don’t know if we can run them yet and have to wait for the government announcements.

Stay safe and enjoy your tennis!

Ben Armstrong

Head Tennis Professional

[email protected]

 

Co-ed Singles Box Ladder – June 8, 2020

This year we’ll be operating a “Box Ladder” and encourage you to join as a way to meet other members, socialize (at a distance), play, and win prizes, particularly as we attempt to get back to “normal!”  

The “Co-ed Singles Ladder” is now set up in the members portal, for you to register.  Beginning on June 15th, or shortly thereafter (please be patient as we negotiate a new normal) players of a similar skill level will be placed in small groups and will play each other over the course of each month. At the end of each month (the 14th), the top players will move up to a higher box, while the bottom players will be re-designated. Remember that the point of the tennis ladder is to play competitively against people that are of your own skill level.

This format is effective for all skill levels.  Please note that if you can’t participate in this month’s box ladder, you can register by the 14th of each subsequent month.  Only one registration is necessary for the entire season.  If you would like to participate in our ladder, please complete the following steps:

 

  1. Go to the following members portal and login to your account: www5.tennisclubsoft.com/swansea

 

  1. Under “Register for Programs, Lessons, Camps and Events,” there is a link to “Register for Adult Programs.”  Click on the “Co-ed Singles Box Ladder” at the top of the page and register for yourself and/or a family member. 

 

  1. In the “Additional Information” box please indicate your tennis rating, from 1.0-6.0, based on Tennis Canada’s Self-Rating Guide: https://www.tenniscanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Self-Rating-Guide-English.pdf.  While it may be difficult to assess your exact rating, please give us your best estimate. 

 

  1. Click on “Continue to Checkout” and pay the $10 fee to participate. This small fee ensures that only people that will actually show up and play join the ladder, and will be used towards prizes. We accept credit card and interac e-transfer. 

Once you have completed these steps, we will approve your registration in the system, and place you in a group according to your rating.  A further announcement will follow, but in the meantime, here is a link to our Box Ladder Rules: https://www5.tennisclubsoft.com/swansea/home/reportView.do?id=735

 

At our Swansea end of season event, we’ll not only celebrate the end of our season, but also distribute various prizes including for those who have ranked at the top of their respective skill levels, are the most improved, etc.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact us at [email protected] 

 

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the courts this season!

 

Update – June 2, 2020

A reminder to bring identification when picking up your tags and sign the waiver in front of court attendants, Rudy and Anton. They will have copies available on site.

Note we’ve had to update the waiver, please read it in advance of signing. You can access this and the City of Toronto Guidelines for Tennis Clubs in the message just below.

Tag pick up dates:

    • Tues. June 2 – Fri. June 5              3pm – 9pm

    • Sat. June 6 – Sun. June 6               9am – 2pm

    • Mon. June 8 – Fri. June 12            3pm – 9pm

    • Sat. June 13 – Sun. June 14           9am – 2pm

    • Mon. June 15 – Fri. June 19          3pm – 9pm

 

Prepare for Official Club Opening Soon!

First and foremost, thank you for your patience!   It has been challenging for all community tennis clubs across the city to open;  we’re not the first but we’ll definitely not be the last.   If all goes as expected with the final stage of the City permit process, courts will be open on Tuesday, June 2, 2020; we cannot guarantee this but we’re working hard behind the scenes to make this happen.

What we can guarantee is laying out the groundwork to prepare for official club opening soon.

We’re moving ahead with shoe tag distribution for paid members.  To get your shoe tag, members must read and sign this Waiver in exchange for a tag:

    • Please read waiver and City of Toronto Guidelines https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/8e17-tennis-community-club-court-covid-19-guidelines.pdf  in advance of picking up your tag;

    • Bring an unsigned copy of the waiver at the time of shoe tag pickup;

    • Waivers must be signed in front of court attendants.  Along with your tag, you’ll also receive a hard copy of the City of Toronto – Guidelines for Tennis Community Clubs during COVID-19;

    • Bring ID – shoe tags will only be given to paid members with identification and registered in our files.  Waivers must be signed by registered members only.  In the case of those with junior memberships, a guardian must sign waiver and pick up tag on their behalf.

Also, please read the club’s new rules posted on our site https://swanseatennis.com/club-rules/

 

Court attendants will be handing out shoe tags starting Tuesday, June 2, 2020 on site.  You’ll see them in a tented area by the courts.  Pick up your tag on one of the following dates and times:

 

    • Tues. June 2 – Fri. June 5              3pm – 9pm

    • Sat. June 6 – Sun. June 6              9am – 2pm

    • Mon. June 8 – Fri. June 12            3pm – 9pm

    • Sat. June 13 – Sun. June 14          9am – 2pm

    • Mon. June 15 – Fri. June 19          3pm – 9pm

It is important to sign the waiver and pick up your tag by no later than June 19, 2020.

No waiver, no tag, no play

A new gate code will be communicated with the tags. 

A reminder that the gate code cannot be shared with anyone, ever.  If someone is presumed to possess the code, they will already have it via an official communication.  If there are no members waiting for courts and you want to be helpful, let people (members should have valid shoe tags) into the courts by opening the door for them rather than communicating the code.  Sharing of the code could result in revocation of your booking privileges.  

We will be moving to online booking this season, more details will be communicated in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, to reserve your court, sign up using your tag number (not by name) on the chalkboard on-site.   Court attendants will be taking photographs of the board for tracking purposes per City guidelines. 

Lastly, we’d like to introduce our court attendants; Anton Lewis and Rudy Mulenda.  They’re very excited to help out the Swansea tennis community and look forward to meeting you all.    Please give them our warmest Swansea welcome.

 

Ready, set, play!

 

 

Programs and Lessons Update – May 31, 2020

Our coach and youth camp organizer, Ben Armstrong, is not only a tennis expert—he also has a graduate degree in health science!  As a result, Ben will use his best judgement with regards to the safety and health of our members, his staff and himself when deciding what programming can return, and when.  Of course, we all must abide by the City of Toronto Public Health guidelines as well, which are subject to change as the pandemic situation evolves.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to updates from Ben as services return.

 

 

Update as of May 24, 2020

Public courts are open in the city. However, community clubs such as ours are still awaiting the processing of City permits, submitted months ago and for city staff to physically un-padlock the courts.

City Tennis Court rules posted are:

  1. No doubles permitted. Singles play only

  2. Give other players space while waiting for your turn to play

  3. Bring your own tennis balls, uniquely identify them, and only touch your tennis balls

  4. Avoid touching common areas (the net, fences, poles, gates, etc.)

  5. Regularly clean or sanitize hands, and avoid touching your face

  6. Play safe and have fun

We believe they will be posting this signage at our courts as well. Additionally, please read and respect Swansea’s new Club Rules and Procedures posted on the club’s website, https://swanseatennis.com/club-rules/

Membership is still open, so please let others know they are welcome to join.   Also, we plan to provide a further discount to current members and apply it to 2021 memberships due to COVID disruptions.  Since the full scope of that disruption is still unfolding, the extent of the discount is to be determined. We will communicate more details once we are better able to assess the full impact.

We cannot officially operate as a Club until we receive our permit, hopefully it’s only for the next few days.   Information about shoe distribution will be sent out soon.

Thank you for your patience as we eagerly work towards the reopening of our club!