Newsletter #2022-1, Apr 4

Season Opening April 5 

The plan is to open the courts April 5 if the weather cooperates.

There are no Covid restrictions at this time, although Covid-19 is widely circulating in the community.  Members are asked to use common sense and not come to the courts if you have any cold or flu symptoms.  Hopefully, the club will put in a full season.

I would also ask that if you have been playing at the courts, and subsequently find out you have Covid-19, either by rapid antigen or PCR tests, please be courteous and inform any other people you were playing with.  The Club doesn’t need to know unless you require contact information for the other people you were playing with.

The membership drive is on, and a copy of the registration form is attached.  Print out the form to sign it, and either scan it, or take a cell phone picture to return to info@kincardinetennisclub.com.  Payment can be made by etransfer to the same email address, or contact myself, Eva Pyszczynska, or Teresa Spreitzer if you want to pay by another method.  Our contact information is on the website.

Membership provides priority access to the courts over non-members.

Pickleball Schedule 2022

The Municipality of Kincardine (MOK) has negotiated with the club to have pickleball on the tennis courts for a yet to be determined time-frame.  MOK Council accepted the arrangement at the April 4 Council meeting.  This is meant to be a stop-gap agreement until new outdoor pickleball courts are opened.

The Lions Club are raising money for a new “all wheels” park to replace the existing skate park at the Davidson Centre.  The old skate park footprint is to become an outdoor pickleball facility.

The 2022 arrangement is as follows:

  1. The schedule for pickleball is Tues, Thurs and Fri from 8:30 to 11:00 AM.
  2. Two pickleball courts will be setup on tennis court 3 with portable nets and taped lines.  The tennis courts will not have pickleball lines painted on.
  3. The pickleball equipment will be stored in a box beside the tennis shed.
  4. Tennis Courts 1 and 2 are still available for tennis during these times.
  5. MOK is entirely responsible for the pickleball program, and will have to install and maintain the lines and equipment.  Hopefully the lines will remain intact.  Last year the lines were removed twice without authorization.
  6. Pickleball players are not tennis club members.  Therefore if pickleball players are on the courts outside of the above times, and there are no courts open, they have to yield to tennis club members.

The pickleball schedule was chosen to disrupt tennis as little as possible, based on past playing patterns.  The website will display the pickleball schedule.  Please provide any feedback you have regarding the pickleball sessions you encounter.

Other MOK News  

The MOK presented the tennis club with a draft five-year lease agreement for the courts.  The agreement has not been accepted by the club yet.  The club doesn’t agree that a lease is the right kind of agreement.  A lease implies that the club has access control to the courts, which has never been exercised in the past.

The Hanover Tennis and Pickleball Club has a lease and doesn’t allow any non-members to play on the courts.  Other clubs were consulted and they either have either Use of Grounds or Stewardship agreements, or they don’t have any agreement at all.

The club has already paid for liability insurance and named MOK as an insured party.  Therefore, a major agreement condition has already been satisfied.

Court Maintenance 

The courts appear to have weathered the winter well.  The outline of the pickleball tape is still evident on court 3.

Benches will return to the courts in May.  The tables, windscreens, and umbrellas should make a return this year for the first time in 3 years.

Group Play  

Sign-up doubles will remain on Mon, Wed, and Fri from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.  Jerry Dvorak has agreed to continue to coordinate this group.  Email Jerry at jsdvorak77@gmail.com to join the group.

Drop-in doubles from 6-8 PM won’t begin until May 3 when the weather warms up.  This year drop-in doubles will be on Thursday nights, if the Tuesday session is rained out.  Drop-in doubles works just like it sounds, just drop in and you will be paired with different partners to play as long as you want.

Tennis Instruction 

The club and the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) are subsidizing a Kincardine high school student to enroll in a Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) instructor certification course at the end of April.  The goal is to provide instruction for new players, of any age, in Kincardine.  More details will be provided in future newsletters.

Final Note

The club is being fairly optimistic opening this early, but I suspect there is going to be a lot of demand for court time given that we have endured the pandemic for over 2 years.

Call or email me if you have any questions or comments.