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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!