Squash Reopening Plan from 12 September 2020

Further to the Government statement on Wednesday and England Squash updated advice concerning the return to play, from Saturday 12 September, the squash courts will go back to full opening times for a trial period.

The court booking system will remain on ClubSpark with courts only available on the hour to allow 15 minutes handover for safe entry and exit of the building.

Please note that the changing/shower facilities will remain unavailable, so please arrive ready to play and leave the building after your match.

It is now possible for players to form a ‘bubble’ of up to 6 people and play full court. You will need to confirm to me by email who is in your ‘bubble’ prior to play.

However, there are certain rule changes and modifications to play. If you book a court it is under agreement that you will adhere to these guidelines in full.

1. Only two players on court at one time.
2. Play best of three games.
3. Play first to 11 points, sudden-death at 10-all.
4. Use ‘Sides’ as a way to maintain social distancing throughout the warm-up.
5. During each game, when the first player reaches six points, both players should wipe away excessive sweat, sanitise their hands and the ball. Repeat between games.
6. The same player to serve / touch the ball during each half of a game, and at the halfway point, switch servers.
7. Protective eyewear or visors are strongly recommended at all times.
8. Players must not wipe their hands on the court walls.
9. Players are not allowed to shout or raise their voice.

Hopefully, if the trial proves successful, we will be able to recommence the box leagues in October. Let me know if you have any queries.

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Email: dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk