June 6 2021
Bowmanville Tennis Club plans COVID-safe 75th season
This was the headline of the article that appeared on thestar.com Clarington Local on April14, 2021. The story featured our own Steve Spracklin.
June 6, 2021
A week ago, we received an email from the Ontario Tennis Association to let us know that they revised their OTA Recommendations for Ontario 3-Tier Reopening Plan for Outdoor Tennis. The text of their message reads as follows
|June 1, 2021 Hello OTA Member Club Executives; As a follow-up to the letter sent to you on May 20 concerning the announcement by the Government of Ontario allowing tennis to be played outdoors, which came into effect May 22, please find a revised version of the recommendations here. As mentioned, when we sent the original version of this document, it was released prior to having access to the full version of the Roadmap to Reopen document. A few of the recommendations required updates once the full details were made available. The changes are found in item numbers 4, 13 and 17. Of course, as has often been the case during this pandemic, the new Provincial regulations are sweeping in nature and are likely being interpreted and enforced differently by the municipalities and their regional health units. I’m sure many of you have already had first-hand experience in this regard. In an effort to encourage some consistency in the way they are interpreted and enforced, we have sent this document to all Provincial MPPs and 220 municipal contacts asking them to adopt them as their tennis policy. WE are also mindful of the fact that more revisions might be needed as we move forward in the reopening process. While we are grateful that the Province did open tennis earlier than they had originally planned, we recognize that some of the rules, particularly with respect to coaching and indoor play, still seem unfair. The OTA continues to lobby the authorities for change in these areas. Once again, we thank all of you for your tremendous efforts in providing an enjoyable and safe environment for your members to play in over the past year and are hopeful that we can all get back to normal in the coming weeks.|
James BoycePresident and CEOOntario Tennis Association1 Shoreham Dr., Suite 200Toronto, ONM3N 3A7
|Ontario Tennis Association | www.tennisontario.com|
If you follow the link it brings you to the very unwelcome news that no lessons are permitted in the period prior to Phase One of the Province’s reopening plan. At the moment that is June 14th. We agree with the categorization that
“some of the rules, particularly with respect to coaching and indoor play, still seem unfair.”
That in fact might be a somewhat mild way to phrase it. Be that as it may, pending further revisions to the provincial rules, lessons at the BTC will be suspended until The Phase One Opening (hopefully June 14, 202
John Morris On Behalf of the BTC Executive
If you have any questions or concerns please contact
Lindsey Park, MPP Durham
23 King Street West
Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 1R2
April 8, 2021
We have updated our Covid-19 Protocols as they stand at this time (they have been changed more than once during the drafting of the protocols). As the protocols change, updates will be emailed to the members, posted on the website and updated at the courts. The Protocols have been developed with the assistance of the Ontario Tennis Association, Public Health Ontario, and the Public Health Department of Durham Region.
It is extremely important that Members follow these Protocols and any updates that follow for the sake of continued tennis at the BTC and most importantly for everyone’s health and safety.
The Covid-19 Protocols apply to all participants at the Bowmanville Tennis Club, Members and guests of Members of the Bowmanville Tennis Club.
1) You are required to sign and return the BTC Covid Waiver before entering the courts. This needs to be completed only once. A copy of the waiver was emailed to Members and is available on the website or you can email us and ask for a copy. The waiver is required for each individual Member, adult or junior.
2) You must complete and pass the online Covid-19 self evaluation test prior to entering the courts. This needs to be completed each time you come to the courts. The test is required for each individual Member, adult or junior. You should either save to your device or email yourself a copy of the results.
3) All court usage must be booked on the Squashnut Booking System, (remember to include your guest’s name if bringing a guest) this is necessary in case there is a need for contact tracing.
4) All participants at the Bowmanville Tennis Club should familiarize themselves with the Bowmanville Tennis Club Covid-19 Guidelines and Safety Plan. These documents were emailed to the members and are available on our website and at the courts.
5) The online screening website is
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April 8, 2021
The Bowmanville Tennis Club as a member club of the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) is pleased to support their policy regarding Harassment and Abuse and their policy regarding Inclusion. To view these policies, please click on the appropriate link.
A reminder to keep using the Squashnut Booking System to book your courts and to see when some of the other activities are available. Remember to include your guest’s name if bringing a guest.
The information for paying your fees is on the Registration Form.
Forms and Covid-19 Protocols can be Downloaded from the
June and Denis at the Clarington Sports and Leisure Fair 2020. Photo by Mackenzie Gunn
CHECK YOUR CALENDARS – TBA, 2021 TERRY FOX RUN
Please participate in this year’s Terry Fox Run as a part of the Bowmanville Tennis Club Team. You can run/walk/bike for this worthy cause. If you are unable to do that, please make a cash donation to the BTC Team. The BTC Team has supported the Terry Fox Run for decades and our cumulative donations to date exceed $20,000.00, let’s have great support for another year. Hard copies of the donation form will be available in the cabinet at the courts closer to the date of the run.
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