TENNIS UPDATE – May 14, 2020 – Up-date during COVID-19
So what is happening in tennis, and more specifically the VTA?
This is the question so many are asking. As far as the VTA is concerned, at this time we are not able to start up our programs and activities as we need to reserve the courts at Marshall Field. Unfortunately, at present, we are not able to do so.
The good news is that the City is currently working with the BC Recreation & Parks Association that in turn is working with VIA Sport. VIA Sport has been tasked by the province to provide direction and guidelines for reopening sport in B.C. Tennis BC is also working with VIA Sport to assist in giving direction in this regard. So now you have what is happening behind the scenes.
We have been very fortunate in Vernon to have had the opportunity to use the courts at Marshall, Paddlewheel and Polson. The City has now announced that all pickleball and tennis courts will be open on May 15. The City has given the following direction, “Court users are reminded to maintain proper physical distancing, regularly clean their hands, avoid arriving early or lingering after play time, and to not gather in groups. If anyone is sick, they are asked to remain at home and not use public facilities.”
More good news. I am aware that the City is planning to start the Men’s and Women’s Morning Leagues. While these are Parks and Rec programs, they will need to have the courts reserved. Once a date has been set for the commencement of these programs, I will contact the City to see if we are also able to reserve the courts at Marshall. Once we are able to reserve the courts, we plan to hold a board meeting to discuss how we can move forward. This will also include setting up a date for our AGM and the format it will take.
I am sorry I am not able to give you specific information but I do believe that changes from the present situation will occur in the very near future.
Graham Cooper, VTA President
IMPACT OF COVID-19 VIRUS ON
OUR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
We are in unprecedented and unpredictable times. Now in Vernon, it seems things are changing on a daily basis. We are looking to follow the direction given by Dr. Henry and Tennis BC.
BOARD MEETINGS AND OUR AGM
Our board meetings and AGM scheduled for April 15, will be put on hold until further notice. Our board are still communicating with each other electronically.
ALL VTA ACTIVITIES WILL BE PUT ON HOLD
All of our VTA activities will be put on hold. We will be following the direction given to us by BC Health and Tennis BC. This will also mean that the ball machine and VTA material stored at Marshall Field will not be available.
COURTS AT MARSHALL FIELD
As all of our activities are on hold, we will not be reserving the courts at Marshall Field for VTA members. However, this certainly does not mean you cannot use the courts. Unless the City decides to close them, you can certainly play on them at any time.
WE WILL BE PUTTING ON HOLD OUR REGISTRATIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON
As we still need to have our AGM to discuss and approve our fees for the coming season, we will be putting on hold registering our members for this season until we know how long our season will be. As the majority of our membership fee goes to the rental of the courts, a shortened season will most likely mean a reduction in the fee. It really all depends on when we are able to start up our programs.
MORNING LEAGUES AND SOCIAL TENNIS CANCELLED
Members of the VTA organize the Vernon Parks and Recreation morning tennis programs. On Friday, March 20, Vernon Rec cancelled these programs.
ADVICE FROM TENNIS BC IF YOU ARE STILL PLAYING TENNIS
For those of you choosing to play on outdoor public tennis courts, we would like to remind our community to be mindful of the risk involved in touching shared tennis balls. We also recommend not re-using tennis balls from one session to the next. If you have any symptoms, please refrain from any kind of recreational tennis involving other people.
Should you wish to find out more from a tennis point of view we would suggest you go to this link http://www.tennisbc.org/tennis-bc-update-coronavirus-covid-19/ . For more general information and daily up-dates we would suggest https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/
WHERE WE HAVE BEEN AND WHERE WE HOPE TO GO
We were really looking forward to this coming season and still are once the present COVID-19 outbreak has been contained. Last year, there were 491 registrations in tennis programs, clubs and activities in Vernon. No, they were not all VTA programs but it was great to see the growth of our sport in our community. This growth has not just happened but has taken the time and effort of many people. Regarding the VTA, besides our members organizing morning programs with Vernon Rec, we also had leagues running for players who are 4.0 and above, a 3.5 group, and also for those who were at a 2.5 to 3.0 level. A very success singles ladder was also started up. Support was given to our beginning adult players with the Tennis Canada FAST Program plus weekly skills and drills sessions. Our junior development program has been very successful with 40+ young players taking part. In the Fall and Winter, we joined with Predator Ridge to offer young players in our community the opportunity to continue with their tennis. Our plan was to run at least one Roger’s Rookie Tour for them this year. Unfortunately, all of this is on hold but rest assure, once the COVID-19 outbreak is over, we will be picking up from where we have left off and offering further tennis opportunities in our community for all ages and abilities.
Stay healthy and self-isolate………and of course wash your hands. Keep in touch with each other.
VTA BI-MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
ARE AVAILABLE ON-LINE
– click on the link below
VTA Newsletter April 2020
VTA Newsletter February 2020
VTA Newsletter December 2019
VTA Newsletter October 2019
VTA Newsletter August 2019
VTA Newsletter June 2019
VTA Newsletter April 2019
VTA Newsletter February 2019
The VTA Newsletter is published bi-monthly all year long. Read it to keep in touch with what’s happening in tennis, even in the winter. Your input is important. If you have something to contribute to the Newsletters (i.e. interesting tennis fact, tennis news of interest to our members, tennis and healthy life-style news, etc.), please use our “Contact Us” icon and email it to our Newsletter staff.
NEW INFORMATION ON A 2020 SPRING TENNIS PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR TENNIS PLAYERS STARTING SOON.
Go to the Junior Tennis Program page on this website
to see all the information and to register for the program
VERNON TENNIS ASSOCIATION/ and COMMONS RACQUET CLUB
AT PREDATOR RIDGE
* SPRING JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM *
Presented by Instructor Graham Cooper
VTA SINGLES TENNIS LADDER – NEW!
The Vernon Tennis Association has started a Singles Ladder. This will provide an opportunity for those players interested in competing in singles matches to be ranked according to their results. Check out the new VTA SINGLES TENNIS LADDER on the Website Menus – learn about the registration process and the rules. You must be a VTA Member to participate in the ladder. The VTA Singles Ladder runs all year round. Play your matches on any courts you wish.