COVID-19

At Summer Smash Tennis, the safety of our students, families, and coaches is always our first priority. We understand that many students and parents may have concerns regarding COVID-19 and its potential effects on Summer Smash classes and programs.

In developing a COVID-19 action plan, Summer Smash is actively monitoring and following the guidance of public health agencies across Canada. These include the Public Health Agency of Canada and WorkSafe BC, as well as guidelines issued by Tennis Canada. This may result in the decision to cancel programs in the interests of ensuring safety.

As an organization, we are hopeful that our collective efforts will help flatten the curve. This is a constantly evolving situation and we would like to thank all of our students and parents for their understanding and patience during this difficult time.

FAQ

1. Can I currently register for a Summer Smash Tennis program?

 

Registration is not currently open for any of our camps or classes offered through the following centres: 

  • Kerrisdale Community Centre

  • West Point Grey Community Centre

  • Mount Pleasant Community Centre

  • Dunbar Community Centre

  • West Point Grey Academy (WPGA)

2. I am hoping to register for a Summer Smash Tennis program - will these programs be running?

 

We are currently waiting to hear from our location partners at Kerrisdale CC, West Point Grey CC, Mount Pleasant CC, Dunbar CC, and WPGA as to whether summer programs will be permitted to run.  

 

Our full intention is to run programs this summer and we are being as innovative as possible to make that happen.  The decision as to whether programs will be allowed to run is ultimately at the discretion of our location partners.  

 

We will update this page and our social media as soon as we hear whether specific locations or weeks this summer are able to run or not.  

3. Is Summer Smash Tennis offering private lessons during this time?

 

Yes! We are currently offering a limited amount of private and small group lessons. These are available for booking directly through Summer Smash Tennis. To book a private or small group lesson with a Summer Smash Coach, please fill out our Private Lesson Request Form and we will be in touch with you shortly to schedule your first session.

 

4. What is Summer Smash Tennis doing regarding safety at camps and private lessons?

Before Play

Precautions

  • Students must stay at home if they:

    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or someone who is suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days

    • Have flu-like symptoms

    • Are in a high risk health category

 

Drop-off

  • Parents dropping-off students will be asked to wait at a designated drop-off area away from the court entrance and will be invited into the court space by coaches so as to stagger arrivals

 

Student Briefing

  • Social distancing and hygiene rules will be communicated in advance to students, parents, and administrators

  • Any student experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms will be expected to immediately notify coaches and separated from the lesson

  • Expectations regarding health policies will be enforced by coaches and administrators
     

During Play

Spacing

  • Arrival and departure of students will be staggered to create a buffer between groups when entering and exiting the court space

  • All activities will comply with social distancing recommendations issued by the federal and provincial governments

  • Social distancing rules will be continuously reinforced to students

  • Court space will be divided and delineated to ensure adequate space for students and coaches during activities

  • Break areas will be distanced appropriately and marked with tape or chalk

 

Equipment

  • Only coaches will be permitted to touch balls, ball hoppers, court markers, and other on-court equipment

  • New rackets in plastic packaging will be available for purchase

  • Disinfected rackets will be available to borrow 

  • Students will be asked to bring their own refreshments and will be provided with new water bottles in the event that they forget their own

 

Sanitization

  • Coaches and students will have access to hand sanitizer while on court

  • Coaches will remind and encourage students to wash their hands and adopt proper hygiene practices before, during, and after each session

  • All surfaces will be cleaned frequently, including door handles, benches, baskets, raquets, and balls

  • Coaches will sanitize hands after each activity and wash hands after each session

 

Monitoring

  • Coaches will be required to monitor their own health and the health of students and report any COVID-19 related symptoms to the administration

After Play

Pick-up

  • Parents picking up students from the courts will be asked to arrive as close as possible to pick-up time, and to wait at an appropriate distance from the court entrance

 

Equipment

  • All equipment and surfaces will be disinfected after each session 

  • All borrowed equipment will be disinfected after each session

Safety Measures 

Instructions for Students

Before Play

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds prior to the session

  • Clean your equipment with disinfectant or soap, including your racquet and water bottle prior to the session

  • Make sure you have enough water before leaving your home to avoid having to touch taps or water fountain handle

During Play

  • Maintain 2-metres of distance from other players and coaches

  • Avoid all physical contact, such as high fives, with other players

  • Stay in your designated space

  • Follow court marking for movement when rotating positions

  • Only rotate positions once the coaches tell you to do so

  • Do not touch other students’ equipment

  • Do not share your equipment with other students

  • If you must cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow

  • Avoid touching your face or any surfaces while on court 

  • Do not touch any on court equipment, including balls, targets, or court markers

  • Sanitize your hands with hand sanitizer following coughing or sneezing, touching your face, or touching any on court equipment or surfaces

After Play

  • Wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds following the session

  • Clean your equipment with disinfectant or soap, including your racquet handle and water bottle following the session