Recreation

Sports Fields Rain Out Policy

Municipal Tennis & Pickelball Courts reopen!


As of Friday, May 22, municipal outdoor tennis courts and municipal pickleball courts in Hamilton have reopened. All users must continue to maintain two metres of physical distance from other users and should remember to practice good hand hygiene.

Tennis Club Re-Opening Guidelines

These guidelines are meant to provide a basic outline for organizations that operate tennis clubs on behalf of the City of Hamilton to follow in crafting their own protocols.

Mandatory Actions

Physical / social distancing

  • Players, volunteers, and staff must be 2 metres apart at all times, including while performing season opening cleaning and setup, waiting for court time, court changeovers, and celebrations (e.g., no high fives or hand shakes);
  • A maximum of five people per court will be allowed (e.g., 2 players per side and one coach);
  • Doubles players must reside in the same household;
  • Provide a buffer between scheduled court times to prevent congregating and allow for cleaning of high touch surfaces;
  • Cancel events such as tournaments or lessons if unable to ensure appropriate physical distancing and equipment handling; and
  • Remove all tables and chairs from common areas to discourage congregating.

Access

  • Players, staff, and volunteers must not visit the club if they:
    • Are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or any known COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and/or flu-like symptoms in the previous 14 days;
    • Have been outside of Canada in the previous 14 days; and/or
    • Are considered vulnerable or at risk (e.g., elderly individuals or those suffering from a chronic medical condition).
  • If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19, they should be told to self-isolate at home, encouraged to complete Ontario’s self-assessment tool and to call their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or Public Health Services (905-974-9848) for an assessment; and
  • Public health will provide advice regarding any other measures that the tennis club or setting may need to take to reduce the risk of transmission

 Cleanliness and Hygiene

  • Have a plan for sanitizing all high touch surface areas at the start and end of each day, as well as between matches on all courts;
  • Make readily available hand sanitizer to encourage hand hygiene;
  • Forbid sharing of personal items (e.g., racquets, towels, etc.)., except amongst household members; and
  • Clubhouse washrooms may be opened if the organization:
    • Can ensure sufficient physical distancing (e.g., one person at a time, space to pass when entering and exiting, etc.); and
    • Has a plan in place for ongoing enhanced cleaning after each use.

Communication

  • All members must be contacted before re-opening re: guidelines and if any new guidelines are introduced.

Record Keeping

  • A record of ALL visitors (including staff, volunteers, and players) must be kept (preferably using an online tool) to assist Public Health in the investigation of a positive case of COVID-19.

Additional resources

Pickelball Club Re-opening Guidelines

These guidelines are meant to provide a basic outline for Pickleball Hamilton (which operates the pickleball courts at Hill Park on behalf of the City of Hamilton) to follow in crafting their own protocols.

Mandatory Actions

Physical/social distancing

  • Players, volunteers, and staff must be 2 metres apart at all times, including while performing season opening cleaning and setup, waiting for court time, court changeovers, and celebrations (e.g., no high fives or hand shakes);
  • A maximum of five people per court will be allowed (e.g., 2 players per side and one coach); and
  • Doubles players must reside in the same household.
  • Provide a buffer between scheduled court times to prevent congregating and allow for cleaning of high touch surfaces;
  • Cancel events such as tournaments or lessons if unable to ensure appropriate physical distancing and equipment handling; and
  • Remove all tables and chairs from common areas to discourage congregating.

Access

  • Players and volunteers must not visit the club if they:
    • Are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or any known COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and/or flu-like symptoms in the previous 14 days;
    • Have been outside of Canada in the previous 14 days; and/or
    • Are considered vulnerable or at risk (e.g., elderly individuals or those suffering from a chronic medical condition).
  • If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19, they should be told to self-isolate at home, encouraged to complete Ontario’s self-assessment tool and to call their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or Public Health Services (905-974-9848) for an assessment; and
  • Public health will provide advice regarding any other measures that the pickleball club or setting may need to take to reduce the risk of transmission.

Cleanliness and Hygiene

  • Have a plan for sanitizing all high touch surface areas at the start and end of each day, as well as between matches on all courts;
  • Make readily available hand sanitizer to encourage hand hygiene;
  • Forbid sharing of personal items (e.g., paddles, towels, etc.)., except amongst household members;

Communication

  • All members must be contacted before re-opening re: guidelines and if any new guidelines are introduced.

Record Keeping

  • A record of ALL visitors (including staff, volunteers, and players) must be kept (preferably using an online tool) to assist Public Health in the investigation of a positive case of COVID-19.

Additional resources

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In an effort to help reduce unnecessary and expensive repairs and maintenance to City owned sports fields, fields will be considered unplayable if the following conditions exist: 

  1. Visual ponding of water on the surface of the field/diamond
  2. Water sponging up around your feet when walking on the field/diamond

If either of these conditions exists, then the practice will be cancelled, or game rescheduled.

Poor weather conditions leading to cancellations will result in a credit on the Permit holder’s account. The credit will accumulate throughout the season and will be applied to the following season’s contract.

If a user group arrives at a field/diamond where these conditions exist, the user group will be asked not to play on the field/diamond by League Administrators, Game Officials and/or City staff.

In situations where City staff and/or Officials are not present, the League will ensure the Policy is adhered to. Several factors must be considered, including the safety of the participants, the possibility of liability through accident or injury, and the unnecessary expense of field/diamond repairs and maintenance.

If a group ignores the “unplayable” conditions, the following consequences may occur:

  • The permit holder will be required to pay for all damages to the field/diamond arising from abuse to the facility where the permitted group is proven responsible.
  • The permit holder will be held liable and responsible for accidents or injuries incurred because of unsafe conditions.
  • The permit holder will have their permit suspended or revoked for any future use of a field/diamond controlled by the City of Hamilton.

The Recreation Division staff will ensure all sports groups have received the Rain Out Policy. They will email the policy to the groups in May for notification purposes.

  • For Mohawk Sports Park, contact Park staff at 905-546-4401 by 1 pm weekdays and 8 am on weekends to determine field/diamond playability.
  • For all other locations, please contact Facility Bookings at 905-540-5590 between 2 to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

On weekends and statutory holidays Park staff will contact user groups when weather is predicted to affect playability but the responsibility also falls on the Permit holder to contact the City for possible cancellations due to inclement weather by following the process under the rescheduling section.

  • The Recreation Facility Booking Clerks will contact Permit holders via e-mail, phone or fax of City cancellations received during office hours.
  • After office hours, Park staff will contact Permit holders but it is also the responsibility of the Permit holder to check the status of the diamonds/fields prior to the start of their games.
  • Cancellations will be posted on this page.
  • If Park staff closes a field/diamond after business hours or on weekends, they will contact Facility Bookings by 10 am the following business day so that Permit holder’s accounts can be adjusted accordingly.
  • During the week: Permit holders who have not utilized a field/diamond due to rainout conditions, must send an email (a written confirmation) to [email protected] by 12 noon the following day during the week.
  • During the weekend: Where the game was scheduled for the weekend and not utilized due to rainout conditions, the permit holder must notify Facility Bookings by email to [email protected] by 12 noon the following Monday.