Safety Code of Practice

1. Before play  check the court for stones, debris, cracks, or other objects which might cause trips, slips or other injuries. When play is ended please ensure that no cans, ball containers, lids/ring pulls or any other debris is left in the playing area.

2. Remove items that could cause you to slip or twist an ankle.

3. Leave sports bags and water bottles away from the playing area so as not to cause trip hazards.

4. During inclement weather conditions check for excess water and ice. Do not play in icy conditions.

5. Keep the court free from balls you could step on. Loose tennis balls should be gathered up and play stopped if  balls roll from another court.

6. Throwing racquets, net jumping and other horseplay is prohibited.

7. Be alert to on-going games as you enter the court area.

8. Watch games from outside the fencing or to the side of a court well away from the play

9. Beware of wearing jewellery and other objects which could cause injury in a fall.

10. Players wearing glasses should ensure that they have plastic lens or are non breakable.

11. Heat and humidity can be a serious concern. Drink water during the day and at practice or matches. Players should hydrate themselves frequently during practice and matches.

12. If ill or dizzy stop play.

13. During hot and sunny conditions players are encouraged to use sun block or cover skin areas.

14. If bitten or stung put ice or bee sting medicine on it. If you are allergic let us know at the beginning of the season and be sure to have your medicine nearby.

15. Proper warm-up is essential before strenuous activity takes place. Be aware of the potentially serious injuries if you do not follow correct procedures in stretching, and conditioning.

16. Tennis rackets come in all shapes and sizes. Players should use a racket of appropriate weight to avoid shoulder, wrist and elbow injuries. Knowing how to swing the racket and move your feet can prevent common injuries such as "tennis elbow." Tennis elbow is a repetitive-stress injury which can be very debilitating.

17. Always wear good shoes designed for tennis that are fit properly. Running shoes should be avoided.

18. In view of the remoteness of the club and especially during winter when darkness descends early, players should ensure that female players and juniors are never left alone at the conclusion of play.

19. Report all injuries, accidents and serious incidents to a committee member.

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