Playing Tennis during COVID-19 – Level 3 and Level 4 Update

Playing Tennis during COVID-19 – Level 3 and Level 4 Update

16th October 2020

From midnight on Thursday 15th October, counties Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan moved to Level 4 status of restrictions aimed at fighting the transmission of COVID-19.

The rest of the Republic of Ireland remains at level 3 with some additional measures required by Government.

Following the receipt of guidance from Sport Ireland yesterday evening, Tennis Ireland has developed detailed protocols for clubs during Level 3 and Level 4.

In relation to the use of indoor courts during Level 3, we had anticipated that new guidance from Sport Ireland would be forthcoming, but we understand that it has not been signed off at central Government level as of yet. If we receive this additional information, we will communicate it to you along with updated protocols.

The full documents can be downloaded via:

TI Level 3 Protocols

TI Level 4 Protocols

In summary, for both Level 3 and Level 4 the following protocols apply;

  • Tennis Clubs must continue to operate with an assigned COVID-19 Officer and committee responsible for managing issues and queries relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Clubs must implement and manage a court booking system to assist with contact tracing.
  • No Tennis is permitted on indoor courts and air domes with the only exception being for designated High Performance Players* (See definition below)
  • Open Tournaments, Inter Club Leagues and Internal club competitions are to be postponed.
  • Outdoor play should be casual in nature with a heightened emphasis on social distancing and hand hygiene. Doubles play is allowed in both Level 3 and Level 4.
  • Coaching can be delivered outdoors only (the only exception for indoor coaching is for High Performance Players*)
  • Coaches are asked to limit sessions to pods of 6 players per court with a maximum of 4 players on court at any one time.  To ensure social distancing, players should remain in their designated areas of the court during sessions. This applies to adults and juniors.
  • A pod of 8 red ball players can be coached on one court. Players should, in so far as possible, remain in their own section of the court to assist with social distancing.
  • Members and staff with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away from the club.
  • Physical distancing rules must be observed by members at all times in the car park, clubhouse and on the court. 
  • Players are required to play and train in their home county only and not travel across county borders to play.

Additional recommendations for Level 4

  • It is recommended that Clubhouses should limit access to essential personnel only.
  • It is recommended that players are asked to arrive in Tennis attire and be ready to play and to leave the premises immediately afterwards and to shower at home.
  • Toilets can remain open subject to cleaning protocols being in place and a one in one out policy applying.

Ends

* A High Performance Player is defined as covering those who are:

  • Professional sports people and those who participate within professional competition
  • A member of a high-performance team funded by Tennis Ireland e.g. Davis and Fed Cup, Team Ireland programme recipients
  • Those who compete at major international events including European and World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Grand Slams, ATP, WTA, ITF Men / Women’s World Tour
  • It should be noted that Sport Ireland have outlined to us that nationally ranked junior players are not considered to be high performance players under the exception.