Return To Play Guidelines
Dear USTA South Carolina family, Beginning June 1, USTA tennis play can begin as facilities and program providers can accommodate. Coronavirus has affected the world, our country, our state, and our local communities in different ways. Each area of our state is unique in their levels of comfort regarding tennis play.
The suspension of USTA Sanctioned products and events listed below will be at the discretion of our local program providers and facilities. Please check with your local USTA SC program provider for updates regarding play.
• Adult and Junior Tournaments
• USTA Adult Leagues
• USTA Junior Team Tennis
• USTA Social Leagues
• Team Challenges
• Team Tournaments
• USTA School Programs
• Tennis on Campus
• Wheelchair Tennis
The determination has been made to cancel all USTA SC championships, including USTA SC League State Championships, USTA SC Junior Team Tennis State Championships and Tennis on Campus State Championships.
USTA South Carolina will continue to monitor this evolving situation. We care deeply about our tennis community, your health and well-being. The USTA highly recommends that all players and facilities adhere to the “Playing Tennis Safely” guidelines, as well as all local health and safety regulations when returning to play. If you have any questions about the cancellation of our championships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the Safe Play Guidelines, and to monitor updates from USTA South Carolina, visit: http://www.southcarolina.usta.com/news/covid-19_updates/.
To monitor updates from USTA National, visit: https://www.usta.com/en/home/usta-covid-19-updates.html
If you have any questions, you may reach out to your local program provider, or any of the staff at USTA SC. We are here to assist the South Carolina tennis community.
James McKissick, President, USTA South Carolina
Jennifer Gregg, Executive Director, USTA South Carolina
The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. We therefore believe it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than others. The USTA has created a "Playing Tennis Safely" document, that has been developed with its Medical Advisory Group and its Industry partners. The document provides extensive guidelines for the safe return to the courts and is available on our website. By following these guidelines as well as those of local governments and health agencies, facilities and players will be able to make informed decisions as to when play can recommence. Please note that the local decisions on phased opening will not apply to USTA-sanctioned programs. These programs will remain suspended until at least May 31 as previously announced.
The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing.We therefore believe it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than in others.
The Federal Government issued guidelines on April 16 for “Opening Up America Again” at WhiteHouse.gov/OpeningAmerica.By following these guidelines as well as those of local governments and health agencies, facilities and players will be able to makeinformed decisions as to when play can recommence.
If you live in a community where stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders have been lifted or modified, and if your locality meets thestandards in the Federal Guidelines, then tennis, if played properly, can be a great opportunity for you to relieve stress, socialize withothers and provide much-needed exercise. Of primary importance is taking every precaution to help keep all participants safe.
Because tennis does not require any direct person-to-person contact, players can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that
tennis offers so long as you practice social distancing by keeping six feet apart from other players to ensure you are in a safe exercise
environment and follow other safety recommendations included here.
Although there is no specific evidence that tennis balls can spread COVID-19, we know that contamination by respiratory droplets from an infected person can potentially survive on hard surfaces up to three days. If you choose to play tennis, be sure to practice these safety tips and recommendations.
BEFORE YOU PLAY
• Make sure that your state and region allow tennis play, satisfy the Federal Government’s gating criteria (as outlined in the “Opening Up America Again” guidelines) and have entered Phase One of the Phased Comeback.
• States and regions with no evidence of a rebound and that satisfy the gating criteria a second time may proceed to Phase Two of the Phased Comeback, in which all individuals, when in public recreation areas, should maximize physical distance from others.
• Be aware that although restrictions are eased when your state and region move from Phase One to Phase Two or Phase Three of the Phased Comeback, safety precautions must remain in place until there is a universal vaccine or effective treatment for the coronavirus.
• The USTA Medical Advisory Group highly recommends competitive players ease their way back into play prior to competition. Given the layoff from competing, players will be more susceptible to under-training, over-use and other injuries. The USTA strongly recommends at least three weeks of on court and off court conditioning before competition begins.
• Arrange to play only with family members or others who live in your household or with individuals who are considered to be low risk.
• Do not play if any of you: