Tennis Victoria Update 20/10/2020

Dear Affiliate

We now have the Restricted Activity Directions (13), 18 October 2020, which outline the detail of what is allowed in Metro Melbourne as of 11.59pm 18 October 2020.

A link to the Directions can be found here.

SUMMARY OF MAIN POINTS RELATING TO TENNIS A facility that is used predominantly for outdoor non-contact sport or physical recreation may open for the purposes of providing that activity. There is to be a maximum of 10 members of the public in the facility at one time – plus whoever is necessary to run the activities being offered/service the facility.¬† This means coaches and staff or volunteers running the facility can be present in addition to the 10 people on the courts at any one time.¬† Please note, however, the Directions specifically state that these additional people must be “…only the minimum number of employees or agents (of the owner of the facility) necessary to safely operate the facility…” If the facility is large enough, it is permitted to have more than 10 people at the facility, as long as each group of 10 is at least 100m apart. Of the 10 members of the public in the facility at any one time, each grouping of people on court – singles or doubles – must come from no more than 2 households. Everyone in the facility must practice physical distancing at all times by being 1.5m apart from one another. To use the facility, members of the public may not travel more than 25km from their usual place of residence (or their place of work if they have a permit to work in a permitted workplace). Toilet facilities can be open. Indoor facilities including clubhouses must be closed, unless to provide access to toilets. Equipment can not be made available for hire or shared use. Records must be kept of all members of the public using the facility. Food and drink facilities are not permitted unless they are defined as a separate caf√© or restaurant.¬† Please refer to guidelines for hospitality that cover the restrictions for these venues. Please ensure you liaise with your local council (LGA) before opening, it is likely they will require you to have a COVIDSafe Plan. ¬†There is no one format for these plans but the following link may assist you: COVIDSafe Plan TENNIS COACHING
Tennis coaches are advised to obtain a work permit.  Information about the Worker Permit Scheme can be found here.

Your local Tennis Victoria Representative will be happy to support you to reopen your facility in line with the Restricted Activity Directions (13).

We have updated the Guidelines and resources for Melbourne in the Tennis Toolkit, you can view them here.

Tennis Victoria  

Tennis Victoria Affiliation 2020/21

Dear affiliated Presidents and Secretaries,

I hope this finds you safe, well and back on the tennis court.  The last few months have been extremely challenging for the tennis community.   Once again, Tennis Victoria would like to thank everyone involved in tennis across the State for your ongoing support and for the safe way in which the return to tennis is being managed.  We have proven once again that we are better together, working towards a common goal to see more people playing tennis, more often, for life.

While continuing to support our community through the COVID-19 crisis and advocating to Government for a return to tennis and competition, we have also been working on our Affiliation Program for 2020/21 to support your club/association and sustain the sport for the long-term.  I would now like to update you on this work.

As you know, Tennis Victoria affiliation provides you with a range of services and programs to enable your club/association to thrive.  By affiliating to Tennis Victoria, not only do you receive these services and benefits but you also create a tennis community that is supportive, strong and better together.

Together we can provide opportunities for kids to pick up a racquet for the first time, or for adults to return to the sport they loved growing up.  Together we can lobby Government for funding and infrastructure for tennis.  Together we can offer programs, competitions, tournaments and schools support that benefits and reflects everyone in our communities and opens up the sport we all love.  Together we can produce players that we can be proud of to represent Victorians on the national and global stage.  

You can view all of the benefits of Tennis Victoria affiliation here.

We are aware COVID-19 will have hit some of our affiliates hard.  To assist you with your recovery we are freezing affiliation fees for 2020/21 at 2019/20 levels.  We are also offering payment plans to every affiliate to help you manage cash flow and ensure you are able to re-affiliate.

From 1 July you will be sent an invoice for 25% of your overall fee for 2020/21.  This will be due for payment by 30 September.  Payment will confirm your affiliation and secure your voting rights at the Tennis Victoria AGM in October 2020.

The balance of the fees will be invoiced from 1 January 2021 to be paid by 31 May 2021.  You will be able to pay this balance in instalments if needed. 

If your revenue has dropped, or is predicted to drop, significantly due to COVID-19 we will implement a process to assess a reduced fee to enable you to continue your affiliation. Your club/association may not yet know the level of impact from COVID-19 so we will work with you to make these assessments in due course. For now we simply ask that you pay 25% to secure your affiliation.

Your affiliation to Tennis Victoria is supporting you whilst helping to build the future of our sport.  We hope you will continue to join us and help us all be better together.

As always, please continue to contact our team with any questions. We’re always here to help.

Warm Regards
Ruth Holdaway
Chief Executive, Tennis Victoria

ERT Bank Account

Eastern Region Tennis

Bendigo Bank

BSB 633 000  Account No. 165 365 511.


ERT Washout Responsibilities

Junior/Senior Convenor or Home/Away Team Managers Responsibilities:

If courts are unplayable, your home washed out matches can only be entered into Club Zone in the ERT website during the following times, Saturday morning Juniors – 7.15am to 8.30am, Saturday afternoon Seniors ‚Äď 12 noon to 1.15pm, Sunday morning Juniors – 7.45am to 9.00am and Sunday afternoon Seniors (Summer only) ‚Äď 12 noon to 1.15pm.¬†¬† Advise players that are playing in your teams playing at home where a washout has been declared.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The system will automatically update the wash-out result.

If a washout is entered after 7.45am Saturday morning Juniors, 12.30pm Saturday & Sunday Seniors(Summer Only) and 8.15am Sunday morning Juniors you MUST also ring your opposition Convenor to notify them of the washout. 

Also check ERT Website to see if a washout has been declared for your teams playing away 45 minutes prior to the start of the match at the following times: Saturday morning Juniors Р7.45am, Saturday afternoon Seniors Р12.30pm, Sunday morning Juniors Р8.15am and Sunday afternoon Seniors (Summer only) Р12.30pm.   If it has been declared, advise players that are playing in the teams playing away where a washout has been declared.   No further action required.  If you enter the washout after these times you MUST ring your opposition Convenor.   If washout has not been recorded by home venue, travel to venue.