This post is part of our effort to communicate ongoing practices letting everyone know what is happening at the Tennis Center and what we are accomplishing on a daily basis to lessen the health risks.
We have signs up about the importance of best practices.
Court reservations should be made using Kourts.com app or calling the tennis center (770) 919-8602.
2. CLOSING EARLIER & NO RANDOM ACCESS
During this pandemic our closing time is earlier. At this time the whole park is closed at 8:00 P.M. therefore the courts are closed at 7:30 P.M. (Mondays thru Thursdays) and 6:00 P.M. (Fridays thru Sundays)
All of our gates are locked or roped off and access to the courts is limited. Only those playing tennis are permitted on the court. Only staff open and close the gates so there is no random access.
At the current time no more indoor classes are being held. Classes are being rescheduled on inclement days at a later date.
The tennis center building will remain locked until further notice.
The tennis center bathrooms are closed to tennis patrons at this time.
There are bathrooms open in the park which are sanitized regularly by the City Of Marietta. Those restrooms are located below the old pro shop behind X Court.
3. SPRAY & WIPE DOWN BLITZ!
Wipe down blitz! Everything that could be touched we are wiping down. We are wiping and spraying gates, nets, benches, score boards and umpires chairs after every usage. All railings and door handles are cleaned.
Soap and sanitizers are available for the players to use.
Please wash your hands before coming to drills and after leaving.
4. DO YOUR PART AND STAY APART!
We want everyone to keep good social distance when coming to play.
A great bit of the normal tennis activities and programs are now limited at the LPTC. Smaller numbers of players on each court and privates are now the norm. Hitting lessons and ball machines are great ways to improve.
No more than 4 players on a court at a time is the new standard.
We have more staff and lower class numbers.
We work hard to put less players on courts and in every instance possible will leave one court open in terms of spacing.
All court assignments ands reservations are done on Kourts.com and records of play are kept in that manner.
The courts are sanitized after each reservation.
We are 6′ at a minimum apart on the drill courts.
Player – player drills as opposed to line drills are what we use. This is the basic model of coaching we are known for all along. We believe players progress better and with solid fundamentals thru doing these types of drills. We never have been big on line drills.
Coaches have become excellent at being able to instruct players from a distance. Using the right words to communicate to the players and using simple and solid concepts is the key to having this type of coaching work. Our Coaches are excellent at it.
At the completion of the drills the players need to leave immediately.
If any players remain the coaches remain until the parents arrive.
6. FUZZY BALLS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT!
We spray and clean the balls for each usage.
We keep the balls separate for each group and coach.
We use mowers to pick up the balls.
But in all honesty the best defense against the virus and the tennis ball comes from the sun. Latest research explains that while the virus can remain on hard surfaces for up to three days this is on indoor surfaces. Outside in the sunlight the virus dies in 30 seconds or less. So between sanitizing the balls and leaving them in the sun to dry our tennis balls are some of the cleanest balls around!
7. AFTER DRILLS & WISE PLAY!
Do NOT come to the LPTC to play if you have any of the symptoms of the Corona Virus (see CDC Guidelines) or are not feeling well. It is that simple.
Wash your hands before playing.
Bring and use your own equipment. Do not lend equipment or use anything that is not yours.
Do not arrive earlier than needed for drills.
Come at your scheduled time to drill and not to hang out.
Leave the court immediately upon finishing play.
Avoid touching net, fences and gates as much as possible.
Avoid contact if playing doubles.
Stay on your side of the court.
During this time period if the kids are not practicing then they need to leave.
Parents must pick up their kids immediately after drills are over.
There is to be no hanging around by players before the drills and after the drills. If they are on site to practice that is fine but no hanging around the courts and other common areas.
Coaches stay with their players until their parents arrive to pick them up. Kid stays – Coach stays!
Right now we will start with just these wide open divisions. The early response has been amazing. But we are still not sure what the final count will be so we are combining the 16’s, 14’s, and 12’s together into one big division. If we get a large draft we may then subdivide the divisions.
Boys’ 16 to 12 & Under Team Competition
Girls’ 16 to 12 & Under Team Competition
(Friday evening will only be used if rain is in the forecast. Could do a Monday too if the rain is heavy.)
6-8 teams 4-5 players per team (total 24-32 players) “Davis Cup” Ties between teams will consist of 2 Singles and 1 Doubles Match all played simultaneously(# of teams TBD based on
Super Zoom Draft Registration) Super Zoom Draft (HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS WEEK!) teams drafted by either Player/Captains or Coaches. TBD
The ZOOM DRAFT will be scheduled later this week. We will let you know when we have it ready.
*Players must register for the draft by 12 midnight Saturday, May 2nd, 2020. To register contact Jennifer Weber at email@example.com or call her at 678-687-5662.
To register for the draft it does not cost anything. Once drafted then the entry fee will need to be paid in order to guarantee your spot on your team.
2 singles and 1 doubles (2/3 full sets, regular scoring).
2 Weekends May 15-17 and May 22-24 are planned for this but we may not need all of the dates to complete.
(Rain dates – Fridays and Mondays evenings based on forecast and working it out among the players and coaches.) TBD
Play starts each day at 9:00 AM except the Fridays and Mondays.
If the Fridays and Mondays are used then we would play after 5:00 p.m.
Coaching just like Davis Cup or NCAA collegiate play will be allowed at all times from the benches or other safe areas.
Player/Captains or Coaches set line-ups:Round #1Ex. Team A player #1 plays Team B player #1; Team A player #2 plays Team B player #2 and Team A Doubles plays Team B Doubles.
Example: Tentative Schedule Week #1 (Tentative and subject to change)
Team A vs. Team B (Courts 1-3)
Round #19:00 AMmatches (players go directly to court-assigned)
Lunch The tentative plan is for teams to be assigned a picnic area for “social distancing”.
Lunch provided- Chick-Fil-A sandwich, carrot/celery stick/dip, apple, bag of chips, dessert, water bottle or bring your own lunch.
·Round #2 1:00 PM
Rules and Misc (Subject to change):
No officials-players play fairly and honestly.
Prizes – as an example: each player on winning team will receive a $50 gift card (Ex. Amazon, I Tunes)
Rules for “social distancing” need be observed to at all times.
We would really prefer only one other family member attend.
Cost for both weekends $75. Once drafted you must pay by phone by calling Jennifer at the Laurel Park Tennis Center. 770-919-8602
Presented by Tennis Dynamics and The Laurel Park Tennis Center!
For 2020 we are beginning the Marietta Grand Prix in February! The first is on February 29th, 2020 and the second is on March 21st, 2020! You can sign up by going to the USTA’s Tennislink website and finding the date there and completing the registration online. Or you can call the LPTC to get more information about this and other tournaments hosted at the tennis center throughout the year.
There are 12 events throughout the year and each event is held on a Saturday.