June 9, 2020
Dear KTC Community Members,
Doubles play is set to resume on Saturday, June 13 !!
With the Ontario government now easing some additional COVID-19 related restrictions in most of the province, including Kingston, we are pleased to announce that KTC will be open for doubles play beginning this Saturday. We ask all members to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines by keeping two meters away from other players and staff members at all time, and to wash/sterilize your hands before and after play. There are hand sanitizers on the table as you enter the club as well as a wall-mounted unit on the fence next to the gate as you exit courts 4,5 and 6.
The Bittersweet Saga of the Painting of Courts 2 and 3
Late last week, a small crew of KTC volunteers tackled the grueling job of measuring, taping and painting temporary lines on Courts 2 and 3. This huge team effort was organized and led by Jocelyn Purdie, ably assisted by Flame Eadie, with several volunteers literally on their hands and knees for hours helping out.
Then just 48 hours later, out of the blue, the club received word that the professional painting contractor, scheduled to come late in July, had a cancellation and would be available to do the permanent paint job this week!! They actually arrived from Hamilton to start work today. So the beautifully drawn temporary lines saw only three days of play, not the 30 or 40 days we had anticipated.
Our thanks to Jocelyn, Flame and crew for this tremendous job on short notice. Among those who volunteered their time to prep the court and paint the lines were Viki Andrevska, Julie Hoffarth, Gord McCrae, Alma Thayer, Susan Marlin, Gordon Boyd, Alexei Poustovetov , Dave Stocks, Lynne Hanson, Tim Smith, Bud Nelson, Doug Bowie and our dedicated stewards Dana, Jack and Luke. Thanks to all and apologies and thanks to anyone we've missed. As Julie said, "So many hands. The intentions were so good." ❤
We're sorry that the fruits of your hard labour were enjoyed for just a short time. But we hope you agree that it was the right call to seize this opportunity to get the courts professionally painted sooner rather than later. By next week – likely Wednesday – Courts 2 and 3 will be in pristine shape and ready for play, some five weeks ahead of schedule.
We apologize as well to members who have been inconvenienced or had bookings cancelled by the on-again off-again play on Courts 2 and 3. In a week’s time, the club will resume full play (including doubles!) on all courts, including 5 lighted, which will allow more playing time for everyone!
KTC Camps to take a breather, sadly, but we’re working on alternatives
After careful deliberation, the KTC Board has made the difficult decision to cancel our regular junior tennis camps for 2020. The safety and health of our young campers and instructors was uppermost in mind in coming to this decision.
We believe that too much responsibility would have fallen to our young instructors (typically high school students) to ensure social distancing and safe play with potentially scores of campers on site at the same time.
This announcement will come as a great disappointment to many families and campers. The junior camp program is one of KTC’s great traditions. It develops sportsmanship and tennis skills in our youth and is an important way in which KTC gives back to the Kingston community. Many campers go on to become instructors, and life-long members. It is deeply regrettable that this long-standing junior program will be interrupted this year because of the coronavirus.
On a more positive note, the Programs Committee is hard at work exploring alternative junior programs that can be run safely and responsibly, within Canadian tennis and government guidelines. These will likely be designed for a smaller number of campers with previous tennis experience. Families who have already registered children for the 2020 season will be given priority for the limited number of spaces available.
If you have already registered for junior tennis camp, you have the option of having your fees refunded in full at this time, or you can wait to see if your child might be eligible for the alternative camp program. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate all of those currently registered.
Please consult the Kingston Tennis Club website for updates. Let us know if you would like to receive a refund at this time either by cheque or by e-transfer (preferred). Email us, or call the club at 613 542-2467.
In our club-opening KTC - Planning for Play guidelines, tennis play for juniors under 13 was limited to play with an accompanying adult. We are now easing this restriction for KTC family members, allowing children as young as 10 to play tennis together.
KTC Tournaments – An Update
The mixed doubles tournament that was scheduled for June 24th will be postponed until later in the season. We are currently looking at other scheduling options including a possible September tournament or combining the mixed event with the Ladies' & Gentlemen’s Doubles Tournament, likely during the second or third weekend of September. Since doubles play has been slow to start this season, teams will now have more time to practice before the final mixed tournament. Our Kingston Open Singles Tournament is still a go for the July 24 weekend.
- As a courtesy to our stewards, we kindly ask members to book their weekend evening court times no later than 4 pm on the day of the game (Saturday or Sunday).
- Since courts have been extremely busy over the past couple of weeks, we remind members to provide sufficient notice of cancellation if you are not able to use a court you have booked (at least three hours in advance).
Member and guest waiver for COVID-19
The club has been advised by the Ontario Tennis Association that their insurance policy, which KTC carries, does not cover any COVID-19 related illness or event. Clubs have been strongly advised to require members to sign a waiver releasing them from liability arising from loss, injury or damage to members, guests and others who are using their tennis facilities. The waiver covers COVID-19 as well as other inherent risks to one’s health or safety while playing tennis at KTC: the explicit inclusion of COVID-19 is the only addition to the waiver that every member has already accepted at registration. These waivers are available for your signature in the clubhouse and we ask that you sign one or bring your signed copy the next time you come to the Club.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Play tennis!
Donna, Cole, Taco - KTC Communications
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