THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE ONTARIO TENNIS ASSOCIATION

FAQs

 
How can I get in touch with OTA staff? Is the office open?

The OTA offices are closed until further notice. However, staff continue to work remotely and are available via email. Please visit the staff bios page for our contact information. 


We trust all of you are safe and taking the necessary precautions during this difficult time.

Does the OTA have any recommendations for a safe return to play?

Yes. A set of recommendations can be found here: https://www.tennisontario.com/pages/return-to-play

 

Please keep in mind that this is only a guideline for clubs and academies and their players. Ultimately, decisions pertaining to any recommendations are the responsibility of local health departments. The OTA will update this document whenever new information is available.

Are there any federal, provincial or municipal initiatives out there that will help businesses and/or their workers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic?
Because of the COVID-19 situation, the city has told me that our club opening will be delayed. Who knows if our club will even open this year? Does this mean that we will get a refund on the insurance amount we paid?

We have confirmed with the broker (through the insurance company) that unfortunately there are no rebates offered for the insurance.

 

Please keep in mind that the insurance you buy actually covers the club for an entire year..from April 1 - March 31 (and the cost is very inexpensive to get this coverage). Even though a club might not open on April 1 and might be closed before November (or may not actually operate), it still needs insurance in case someone has an accident during the times not occupied by the club.

 

Sadly, it seems if someone has an accident (even if it results because someone is doing something illegal), that person tends to sue anyone and everyone. Even if the lawsuit seems frivolous, it still has to be defended by those named in it (such as the club) meaning that legal costs are incurred (which someone has to pay). Even though a club may think the municipality has 100% responsibility in any given situation, the person suing can still name whomever they choose (such as the club).

 

What we hope to do is to use this year’s situation to exert some pressure on our broker later this year when it is time to negotiate next year’s rates with the insurance company (to see what can be done to make those rates better).

What is happening with clubs' OTA membership dues?

A: The OTA will be delaying the issuing of member invoices until clubs have re-opened.

When/where is the AGM being held this year?

A: On March 13, a memo was sent to Club Executives announcing the postponement of the AGM until Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Aviva Centre (max 1 representative per club). For now, this date still stands. However, we may need to further postpone and/or modify the AGM in response to the evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19.


OTA staff will immediately notify all Club Executives if there are further changes to the AGM in response to COVID-19.

What happens to my smash cage booking and other community event Iโ€™ve reserved with the OTA?
A: Events already confirmed will keep their reservation until further notice.
 
Can I make a new reservation for the Smash Cage at our OTA club event?

A: OTA clubs wishing to book the Smash Cage for a 2020 event can still do so on a first come first serve basis.  Community events may be subject to cancellation due to government/OTA restrictions at that time.

 

I am an executive at an OTA member club. How can I connect with other executives to see how their clubs are managing during these times?

In these unprecedented times, the OTA recognizes that tennis clubs have a need to now communicate with each other more than ever.

 

In order to help and support one another, we have created an online forum where our clubs can exchange ideas, brainstorm, and engage with fellow club executives on the unique challenges that clubs are currently facing. The forum is extremely user-friendly and allows for open ended discussions on a wide range of topics that will be of interest to all executives. OTA staff will also participate in the forum and will be available for specific questions and to offer feedback, as needed.

 

The OTA believes that the forum will be a valuable tool for its clubs and looks forward to having it widely used by their executive members. The forum can be accessed with the same credentials used to login for the online insurance.

 

Please click here to access the step-by-step instructions.

Our club usually hosts a number of OTA tournaments over the summer. Are these being rescheduled or cancelled?

A: The OTA is accepting tournament sanction applications for the 2020 outdoor season.  If the competitive structure is not in progress at the time of the event date, the OTA will notify the competitive structure and tournament director.  The OTA will work with the club stakeholder to reschedule the event for another weekend.  If the tournament is not able to run the club will not be held liable for the sanction fee. 

Iโ€™ve paid my competitive player fee, but all tournaments are canceled. Will I get a refund?

A: Given that we are unable to provide key services to our membership, we will extend the expiry dates on all competitor memberships (based on the number of weeks of suspended activity) effective the suspension of the competitive structure on March 14, 2020.

What is the status of my Rogers Ranking during this time?

The OTA has consulted with Tennis Canada and the Rogers Rankings have been "frozen". We will provide you with an update in the near future  regarding next steps specific to how we will manage the 52 week rollover once we reactivate our competitive structure (i.e. Determine the timing of tournaments dropping off from players' rankings).

When will the coaching certification courses resume?
There are many variables in play in order to answer this question.
For example, we need to wait until the host sites are actually open again.
If you have already registered for a course set to run in May, we will contact you very soon with an update on the status of the course.
If you wish to register for a course after May, please visit https://www.tennisontario.com/coaches/coach-certification/course-schedule.
If you wish to register for a Tennis Instructor course, we suggest you do this for the August or September course.
Can club tennis instructors still take the Safe Sport training?

A: The current COVID-19 pandemic has no effect on those who need to complete this.

They can still access the Respect in Sport modules, get their background checks done, etc. through the regular channels.
Can I book an OTA school program visit between April-June 2020?

A: OTA school program workshops and teacher training will begin taking new reservations on condition of school boards restarting.  Updates will be provided once the school boards have confirmed when they will restart.

 
 
 
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