When Will Tennis be Back?

This is a summary of the club's current policy on the Arguello Courts, as of May 14, 2020.

1. Courts will remain locked, unless a qualifed supervisor is present to monitor play, per county regulations as of Monday, May 11.

2. SVTA tennis pros will conduct private lessons, or semi-private with both players as household members. Clients cannot touch balls with their hands.

3. At the discretion of the SVTA staff, they may let outside players onto the courts, if play follows rules of the county.  

4. COUNTY RULES:

  a. singles play only OR

  b. doubles play allowed between members of the same household, as proven by standard ID (licenses with same address). 

  c. Players use fresh can of balls for each server.  Only one player handles a set of balls.  Balls are returned using racquet or feet only, not using hands.

WHY this court policy? 

 Because the county rules require "active monitoring", as in checking ID of doubles players, making sure that balls are new and not shared by singles players. Supervision will also probably include mediating claims for court time.  Our club is not equipped to do this monitoring, or online court reservations, or mediation among perhaps contentious players. 

So where can you play tennis?

   Santa Clara County has opened their public courts.  Check online for details. Keep in mind that this county is Covid Central for the Bay Area, and you should not travel more than 10 miles for recreational purposes.

      Redwood City is looking at setting up staffing, online court reservation, and charging their standard reservation fee ($20/hr).  They estimate it will take them several weeks to implement. 

    Private clubs have a monetary incentive and the staffing to open their courts. Call up your Bay Club tennis buddies and get an invite.

Thanks for your help.  Let's hope the county rules change as soon as it is safe, and we will modify these plans accordingly. We are looking forward to offering many playing opportunities for all our members.

Norcal and USTA News

Many of you have heard NorCal plans to raise the fee for joining a NorCal USTA team by $25.  The fee is currently $29 and it will increase to $54 for the 2021 season. There is a lot of background to this issue, which was sent out in an email to all members recently.  So far, the SCTC Board has given support to this proposal:

1. Gather support from member organizations such as SCTC to secure a meeting with NorCal to gain more information on this additional fee.  This starts with basic question such as the rationale for the additional fee and how the funds will be used/distributed.

Other actions are being considered, including a boycott of Norcal teams.

SVTA News 

We're eager to get back on the court with you as soon as possible but in the meantime, we wanted to share a really cool opportunity with you. 

The tennis industry has created an opportunity for tennis coaches to recoup some of the lost income we've incurred, while at the same time allowing you to grab an incredible offer of more than 30 online tennis instructional courses from the best coaches on the planet.

The total value of the courses if purchased separately is nearly $4000, and you'll only pay $99. And the best part is 100% of the money comes here to SVTA to help our local pros who have been unable to work.

 You can learn more about these courses and this opportunity at this link: 

Tennis Courses Offer - More info here.  To register, please click here 

Stay safe out there and we hope to join you on the court soon.

Aaron Elbert and The Silicon Valley Tennis Academy Team

www.svtennisacademy.com

Tel: 650-419-5505


Drop In Tennis is canceled until further notice. Patience...

Practice your serve with a bucket of balls, hit with a ball machine, or play only with someone already in your household.  Hey, pretend it's raining - go watch some tennis videos to improve your game! Look at the SVTA offer.


Team Tennis is canceled for the 2020 Season. Registered players should have received a refund.  Check with Laureen Cortez laureentc@yahoo.com