Greetings Everyone! We hope you have been making adjustments to our “new normal” and are staying safe. Your presence on the courts has been missed and we’ve been looking forward to returning to our play sessions. Some people have been playing recently and others have continued to be precautionary. As preparations to return are being made, rest assured that your safety and well-being is a top priority. Resume playing when you feel comfortable to return but know that sessions will be available. Take care everyone and stay safe and healthy.

New “OLTA and Friends” channel on GroupMe

First, we’re happy to announce the launch of our GroupMe messaging platform! GroupMe is a fun and easy way to share information and chat with members of the group. We implemented GroupMe to address the need for text notifications, as well as create a collaborative environment.

OLTA will use GroupMe to provide event information, weather delays/cancellations and any last minute announcements. Group members can chat, request others to play matches and more. You can access via phone or computer, as well as control the amount of notifications you receive. 

To join, click this link and follow the prompts! To learn more about GroupMe visit their Support page

Returning to the courts: New format

The OLTA Board also voted last week to resume our normal play sessions beginning Sunday, May 31! 

Tennis is a sport we all enjoy but we must take precautions to help keep everyone safe. That said, the play format requires some revision and a structured process. If you are feeling ill in any way — no matter how slight the symptoms — stay home to protect everyone! 

The new format is as follows:

  • Each session will be limited to 16 participants. This includes members and guests.
  • Advance registration is required. We have set up links to register for each session. Although OLTA sessions usually consist of doubles, singles are now an option due to court availability and required planning. Participants can select if they want to play singles, doubles or either/no-preference during the registration process. To allow for equal participation, members and guests can only register themselves and only register up to two weeks in advance.
  • Waitlists are available. If a session is full, up to five participants can be put on a waitlist. Waitlisted participants do not have a reserved spot until they receive email confirmation that a spot has become available.
  • Cancellation is requested 24 hours in advance. If you are unable to attend, please cancel via the registration system in order to allow waitlist participants to participate.

To register for a session, click your desired day and complete the form. The links are also posted to the Play section of the OLTA website. 

Registration will be closely monitored. If participants are found to violate these guidelines, it may be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and play may be suspended.  

Once you arrive at a facility:

  • Check in with a Board member to receive two cans of balls** and court assignments (do not congregate outside the facility or inside/around the pro shops) 
  • Players must keep at least 6’ distance from other players and are advised to wear face masks until they arrive on court
  • No more than four people can be on a court at any time
  • Temperature checks will be taken as an additional precautionary measure

**Yes, you read that right! Since we have been on lock down and want to keep everyone safe, OLTA will provide tennis balls for the remainder of the season!

While we want everyone to be safe, it’s important to remind folks that everyone is playing at their own risk. The USTA published a safety article to help guide players. In addition, OLTA players and guests agree that OLTA is free from any/all liability, including financial responsibility, for injuries, illness, or any other harms.

Again, we’re all trying to make this work the best way possible. We’ll all need to be flexible as things progress. Thanks to everyone for their compliance with the new process and look forward to everyone on the court. 

If you have comments or ideas, please email us