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Opening Up FFG Pickleball Again!

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The undersigned residents of Fairfield Glade request that the Board of Directors for the Fairfield Glade Community Club allow pickleball to be played on the courts at the racquet center effective May 1st or earlier.

In the executive order issued by Governor Lee, there was allowance made for sports like pickleball and tennis to be played. See text below:

d. Engaging in outdoor activity, provided that persons the Health Guidelines to the greatest extent practicable, including, but not limited to, driving or riding in a vehicle, walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, golf, tennis, or other sports or recreational activities that can be performed while maintaining the aforementioned precautions or utilizing public parks and outdoor recreation areas; ….

We can safely play pickleball while maintaining social distancing guidelines by implementing these procedures.

1) Social Distancing

a-The dimensions of a pickleball court are 20 X 44 which allows 880 sqaure feet to be used for only 4 players, or 220 sq feet for person. This allows for adequate space for social distancing.

b- To further enhance social distancing and follow the government guidelines of a maximum number of 10 people, we would support the temporary closing of half the pickleball courts at the racquet center. This would allow for 2 courts on each side and would only allow a maximum of 8 players playing on each side.

c- Players will not congregate under the covered pavilion before or after games.

d- Courts will be reserved using the current on line scheduling system. A maximum of 2 courts per person (per session) will be allowed to be reserved to limit number of players.

e- No drop in sessions will be scheduled since those would be harder to regulate the number of players.

f- Only current residents of FFG will be allowed to play on the courts.

g- All players will wash their hands before and after each game. The game balls will also be sanitized before each game.

2) Court access

a- If no employee will be present, suggest a Smart Lock with blue tooth technology be used to secure the courts. A code would be used to access the courts and be changed on a daily basis and only be communicated to the persons reserving the court.

3) Payment of fees

a- Until an electronic payment system is implemented by FFG the person who reserved the court would be responsible to collecting fees from players. Collect players name, preferred member card number and number of hours playing pickleball. Information would then be turned into the designated person/place to record payment of fees.

4) Any person showing symptoms of a flu like illness will not be permitted to play.

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