SPORTIME Global Guidelines - Effective 12/22/2021

SPORTIME employees are committed to providing our members with the finest athletic and social settings, and the very best programs, instruction and amenities for tennis, sports, camps, health and fitness. We pride ourselves in our high degree of hospitality, integrity, social awareness and attention to detail. We strive to achieve operational excellence and to provide our members with intimate, welcoming and comfortable environments. We take great pride in our facilities.  

As the global health crisis caused by COVID-19 continues, our focus remains supporting the health and wellbeing of our employees, members and customers. While some COVID-19 related guidelines and protocols have now been discontinued, some have been re-started, and others have been modified or expanded at this time. The following guidelines are currently in place across all SPORTIME facilities and will be updated as we receive new directives from governmental and other health agencies and organizations. 

Notwithstanding all the precautions that SPORTIME will take, due to the nature of the virus, risk of contracting COVID-19 remains. Please be safe, respect others and follow all protocols. 

HEALTH SELF ASSESSMENT & RELATED ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Self-Assessment

All Staff, Adult and Junior Tennis and Sports Players, Fitness Users, Parents/Guardians and Guests 

Prior to coming to a SPORTIME Club, to use SPORTIME facilities, to participate in SPORTIME programs and services, and/or to spectate, or to work, if a SPORTIME employee, all individuals, and, in the case of juniors, their parents/guardians, should confirm the following:

  1. I/My player(s) has not experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 10 days:
    • Fever of 100.4° or above
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Any other signs of illness
  2. I/My player(s) have/has not tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  3. I/My player(s) have/has not been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 10 days, or, if I/my player(s) have/has been in contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 10 days, I/my player(s) am/is fully vaccinated and am/is asymptomatic, or have/has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months and am/is asymptomatic.
  4. If I/my player(s) have/has arrived from another State or Country within the last 24 hours, I/we have adhered to the New York State mandatory travel guidelines. Click here to view the guidelines.

If an employee/player/guest/parent is not able to confirm statements 1-4 above, then such person(s) should not come to a SPORTIME club until such time as they are able to confirm all four statements, and should contact their SPORTIME location for further instructions or requirements before returning.

Acknowledgements

By entering SPORTIME premises to use SPORTIME facilities, to participate in SPORTIME programs and services,to  spectate and/or for any other reason, or if a SPORTIME employee to work, all individuals, and, in the case of juniors, their parents/guardians, agree to the following:

  • I am aware of the inherent risks of my and/or my player(s) participating in activities at SPORTIME, including possible exposure to COVID-19 and other contagions.
  • I and/or my player(s) will respect others and abide by all of the precautionary guidelines and protocols put in place to protect us and to protect other SPORTIME players and employees.
  • I assume all risks related to my and/or my player(s)’s participation in SPORTIME programs and services.

VACCINATION & PROTECTIVE FACE COVERINGS

Tennis and Sports Members / Participants / Guests / Spectators

  • All members/participants/guests/spectators must wear protective face coverings indoors at SPORTIME facilities, at all times, when not actively participating in activities on racket-sports courts (red ball tennis players will be required to mask on-court), although we support those who choose to mask on-court out of an abundance of caution.  Masking is currently required in fitness centers, on rinks and fields, and when engaging in team-sports training and play, and in SPORTIME transport vehicles, all regardless of vaccination status. 
    • SPORTIME Randall’s Island only: pursuant to New York City Executive Order, all staff and members/players/guests/spectators, ages 5 to 11, must provide proof of receipt of at least once vaccine dose until January 28, 2022, on which date proof of full vaccination is required, and those ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated (two weeks subsequent to their final prescribed COVID-19 vaccine shot) in order to access indoor facilities, including indoor fitness spaces, other than for “very quick limited purposes” such as using the bathroom, picking up food, paying a bill or changing in a locker room. Such individuals will be required to provide proof of vaccination, and, for those ages 19 and older, a second form of identification, one-time; vaccination status will then be saved in our club management system. Individuals ages 4 and under may access indoor spaces without proof of vaccination, since they are currently unable to be vaccinated. 
  • Neither those who have been vaccinated, nor those who have not been vaccinated, are required to wear face coverings outdoors on SPORTIME campuses. 
  • Gaiters, Buffs, bandanas and N-95 masks with exhalation valves (these valves protect wearers but do not block the release of particles that could impact those around the wearer) are not acceptable face coverings for use in SPORTIME facilities or vehicles.

Gyms / Fitness Centers / Group Exercise Studios / Performance Centers

  • Gyms/fitness centers/group exercise studios/performance studios:  Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals are currently required to wear protective face coverings at all times when using indoor gyms, fitness centers, group exercise studios and performance centers.
  • SPORTIME Randall’s Island only:  per NYC Executive Order, those ages 5 to 11 must provide proof of receipt of at least once vaccine dose until January 28, 2022, on which date proof of full vaccination is required in order to access indoor fitness spaces. Those ages 12 and over must show proof of full vaccination (two weeks subsequent to their final prescribed COVID-19 vaccine shot) to access indoor fitness spaces. Individuals ages 4 and under may access indoor fitness spaces without proof of vaccination, since they are currently unable to be vaccinated.

Employees

All employees must wear protective face coverings indoors, at all times, when not actively participating in activities on courts, with the following caveats:

  • Unvaccinated employees must wear protective face coverings indoors on courts at all times (note: per NYC Executive Order, employees at SPORTIME Randall’s Island must be vaccinated, unless they are unable to be, due to medical or religious reasons, or to disability).
  • SPORTIME transportation service drivers and chaperones must be vaccinated, and must wear protective face coverings at all times when in vehicles. 
  • All employees must also wear protective face coverings indoors when coaching red-ball tennis programs, and when coaching Volleyball Club and other sports programs, regardless of vaccination status.

Spectating Alternative

While SPORTIME strongly discourages guests and spectators at this time, our buildings are open to those who follow all applicable vaccination and masking requirements. SPORTIME has installed geographically limited and password protected (for the safety and privacy of our players and staff) live-streaming capability on most of our tennis and sports courts, turf fields and rinks. We have made this substantial investment so that parents, family members and friends can easily spectate remotely, either from their cars in our parking lots, or from other areas immediately adjacent to our clubs. Log on to your club's home page for access and click here for more information.

FACILITIES

Eating / Drinking / Dining

  • Eating indoors, on or off-courts, rinks, fields or in fitness spaces, is prohibited, except at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, where sit-down dining is offered. Drinking indoors is only permitted on courts, fields, rinks, and in fitness spaces.
  • SPORTIME Randall’s Island only:  pursuant to NYC Executive Order, those ages 12 and over may use indoor, sit-down dining spaces only if they are fully vaccinated (two weeks subsequent to their final prescribed COVID-19 vaccine shot), and those ages 5 to 11 may do so if they have received at least one vaccine dose, until January 28, 2022, on which date full vaccination will be required. All sit-down diners must wear face coverings at all times when not actively eating or drinking, and must make best efforts to distance themselves from others. Vaccination is not required to “take out” food and beverages from the Cafe.

Bathrooms / Locker Rooms

Bathroom and locker room facilities at SPORTIME clubs are available for use by customers and employees. Members, guests and employees who use the facilities, regardless of vaccination status, should limit their time spent in them, maintain physical distance from others, and wear face coverings whenever possible. Saunas and steam rooms will remain closed until further notice.

 

Nurseries

Where offered, this service will be unavailable until further notice.

Protective Barriers

All SPORTIME facilities have protective Plexiglass barriers installed at reception desks and other customer-service counters, as well as in offices.

Indoor Air Quality & Safety

What matters most in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, and other airborne illnesses, is that fewer people share larger, and more open spaces, so that the airborne virus, if present, is quickly diluted, both by the sheer volume of air and through abundant air circulation. That is why tennis and sports courts and fields are such good places to exercise safely, as detailed below. 

  • Each of SPORTIME’s indoor tennis courts, sport courts, or turf mini-fields, whether in a building, or in an air-structure, is about 150,000 cubic feet (6,000 to 7,000 square feet). These are massive spaces (e.g. 750,000 cubic feet in a five court building) in which a very substantial volume of air is constantly diluted and replaced with fresh air. 
  • SPORTIME is running our air circulation systems, including our HVAC systems, or our high capacity exhaust fans, 24/7, regardless of temperature demand, to maximize air-circulation and replacement. 
  • In our air-structures (“bubbles”), the air completely changes roughly every one to two hours, depending on weather conditions and air-structure pressure. Perhaps more important, at the 7 feet level in our air-structures, where players are breathing, air is replaced roughly every 9-36 minutes. 
  • In our steel buildings, the air is completely circulated roughly every 37 minutes, with 20%-30% of that air being fresh at all times.
  • In our clubhouse and office spaces, we have upgraded our HVAC systems to include the highest MERV rated filters available for our systems, most of which are now MERV 13 filters. 
  • We have installed portable room air cleaners with HEPA filters in smaller spaces and offices.

TRAINING

Staff Training

All SPORTIME staff members, including all full-time and part-time employees, and all tennis, fitness and sports coaches and camp counselors, undergo rigorous training on all COVID-19 related protocols and standard operating procedures, and receive additional training when such protocols and procedures are updated.

 

Last Modified: Dec 22, 2021