Men’s Winter League Update

Sep 12, 2020

From the league organiser:

The SWAS Men’s WINTER League currently is allowed to re-start from Sunday 13th September providing that all clubs ensure they follow both Government rules/ advice and LTA guidelines.

It is vitally important that you ensure all the players selected for the match do the following:

PRE-ATTENDANCE SYMPTOM CHECK

Anyone attending a competition in any capacity should undergo a pre attendance self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in tennis if they, or someone they live with, have symptoms of COVID -19, currently recognised as any of:

– A high temperature
– A new, continuous cough
– A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

Officials and competition organisers should keep a temporary record of all those on site for the competition for 21 days, in a way that is manageable, and assist Test & Protect with requests for that data if needed

Full LTA Guidelines are available here

New restrictions announced last night 8th Sept, comes into force from Monday 14th September. These rules “generally limit groups ‘even outside’ to no more than 6 people”, but fortunately with exceptions, which includes some team sports. So for now Team Tennis is still allowed, but of course is subject to future restrictions.

I highlight the following topics, not necessarily in priority order, but as presented:

Travelling to matches

Government Instruction is that people from different households, outside their bubble should not share transport, but a view was expressed that travelling in pairs MAYBE acceptable if for example – they both wear face cover/ have vehicle window(s) open/ passenger sits in rear of vehicle. Your Club / captain to agree if acceptable, it is not for this WL Committee to decide.

Maintain social distance

Avoid arriving too early before match start time.
No skin to skin contact (high 5’s, fist pumps, even avoid talking into the tennis ball!!).
No handshakes before / after play, rackets taps OK rather than elbow bumps).
Spectators, discouraged, but max 1 participant per player.
Swap ends on opposing sides of the net.

Clubhouse

All players to avoid the use of the clubhouse by arriving changed where possible and do not use showers afterwards
If rain delay, the real options are use an umbrella or return to your vehicle.

Captains should make a prompt decision about postponing the match on the day of the match or during a rain delay.
Toilets can be used, but the player should ensure thoroughly Covid Safe practice in terms of hygiene and hand washing / sanitising is adopted.
NO socialising indoors inc. NO post match refreshments to be served.

(Note hot/ cold drinks between rubbers/ after the match ARE allowed provided they are served outside).
Players should be socially distanced (i.e. 1metre + rule) IN GROUPS OF MAX 6 people, so in reality 2 separate groups of 4 layers.

Match Tennis balls

Good news is that the LTA advised that after the change of Rubbers, replacement new tennis balls ARE NOT required, but that all players should wash/ sanitise their hands when re-starting (Inc NOT handling other court’s tennis balls, but to use their racket or tennis shoe to roll back the ball).

Match results

This season the decision had already been made that if both teams agree, a match card does not need to be completed if the scores AND PLAYER Names are input directly on to Mydivision.com.
Please note that for TEST and TRACE rules, all names must be retained for 21 days so Mydiv needs those names recording NOT TBA / NOT LISTED and if any spectators present their name(s) should be recorded manually.

SUMMARY

So in summary the LTA message is that League Tennis is allowed IF your tennis club and the match players have agreed that your Tennis Club is “Covid safe”.