Update as June 12, 2020

As the Executive of the SHTC, who are responsible for the operation of the club, we have had long discussion about running the club this year. We have chosen to decline to sign the permit from the City of Toronto for the following reasons:

 1) :The North York Tennis Association, of which we are a mandatory member club, recommended against clubs signing their permits because:

    • The permit contains a clause requiring the Club Executive to indemnify the City of Toronto from harm and damages, which makes the Club Executive legally responsible;
    • There is no insurance coverage for any COVID-19- related matters, (because it doesn’t exist);
      • Therefore, we, as the club executive, would be personally responsible, and our personal assets would be at risk.

 

2) Strict operating requirements outlined in the permit and the City’s Guidelines, (see attachment).City of Toronto Tennis Community Club Court COVID-19 Guidelines – June’20

o   To fulfill these requirements, we determined that it would have been necessary to do the following:

§  Keep detailed membership and playing records of every member for possible contact tracing purposes;

§  Hire court monitors to work whenever the courts were open, keep the courts closed and locked when there was no monitor;

§  Install some kind of on-line court booking system to avoid crowds of people showing up at the courts – (no lingering around the courts is allowed);

 

3) Unsuitable financial considerations, with a probable large loss for the season:

o   Expect lower revenue due to:

§  Needing to reduce our usual membership fee because part of the season had already been lost;

§  Fewer members, as many people would have already found other places to play (e.g. Mayfair, free public courts), and would not join;

·      It looks very likely that there will be none of the usual doubles leagues (ICTA, NYTA) that many members join for;

§  Probably no rental revenue from NYTA for use of our courts for lessons

o   Higher costs in the current pandemic environment, such as:

§  Hiring competent court monitors – not ineffective minimum wage high school students;

§  Paying an online court booking and record keeping system;

§  Supplying hand sanitizer and other PPE for members and monitors;

o   We would have to pay the annual permit fee (normally $2,888, but possibly pro-rated); no need to pay if we do not accept the permit

o   As you know, the club has been saving up for years for a much-needed resurfacing of the courts, and we are close to doing this. It was not felt to be prudent to incur a big money-losing season, which would jeopardize our ability to resurface the courts. We have plans to do this in the near future.

 

4) :Several other NYTA clubs, some much bigger than us with more resources, have also rejected their permits and are not operating this year for similar reasons:

o   Don Mills, Hillcrest, O’Connor Hill, Parkway Valley, Bayview Village, Gwendolen, Newtonbrook, Tournament Park


As we have not signed the permit to operate this year, the City of Toronto has the option to open the courts and let them be used by the general public, just like other public courts in Toronto. As the Club Executive, we feel that suspending our normal club operations this year is the best course of action, as that would eliminate our personal liability and responsibility and still let people play. The NYTA is negotiating with the City of Toronto to lessen the responsibility on the volunteer Executives of community clubs, and the situation is constantly changing. We will keep abreast of all new developments and let you know of any changes of plan.

We hope that things will be back to normal in 2021, when we intend to operate the SHTC as usual.

 The current 2020 Club Executive was elected at the SHTC Annual General Meeting on October 27, 2019, a meeting which every member of 2019 was invited to attend, and sent a proxy form to vote. We are the authority, as recognized by the NYTA and the City of Toronto, to operate and govern in the best interests of the SHTC as we see fit. A new Executive can be voted in at the next AGM. This is how every community tennis club within North York and the City of Toronto operates. There is no mechanism to change the Executive outside of the AGM.

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SHTC June 09, 2020 – Closed for 2020

The club was sent a permit by the City of Toronto which outlined required COVID-19 conditions.  Our executives reviewed and determined that the personal liability, along with the operational requirements made stewardship by this volunteer group a non-starter for this year. This  Toronto Star article   details the situation affecting all tennis clubs. From an SHTC club perspective, this means no organized play.  Team leagues (NYTA, ICTA) have been informed SHTC will not be participating this year.
The City will determine how the courts will be used this season.  The executive is looking forward towards a much better 2021.

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SHTC May 31, 2020 update

We understand the expectation about playing, especially after the
public announcement and the opening of some clubs today (those clubs
will be part of another jurisdiction, not overseen by the City of
Toronto).  Unfortunately, the situation is not that simple for us.  The
City of Toronto is still working with the North York Tennis Association
to address concerns raised by NYTA member clubs.  We cannot obtain a
permit to operate until that first step is done. There will be
conditions which the SHTC executive will then evaluate against our
ability to fulfill.  There are still a few steps to be completed before
we can make a final statement as to the club’s position this year.

Seneca Hill Tennis Club Executive.

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SHTC May 18, 2020 update

An announcement was  made by the Ontario Premier on Thursday May 14th that playing tennis will be allowed starting on Tuesday May 19th.
Unfortunately  It will not be this Tuesday May 19th . ALL community clubs are still waiting for guidance from the City of Toronto and OTA (Ontario Tennis Association) on how to maintain a safe environment for all players before, during and after playing tennis. Also, we are waiting for ICTA (Inter-County Tennis Association) and NYTA (North York Tennis Association) as to if  there will be doubles leagues this year, and what rules will be applied.  This season will be definitely be different from any that we have experienced In the past.
Thanks for your patience. As soon as we have news and guidelines we will keep you posted via email and our website.

Seneca Hill Tennis Club Executive

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SHTC 2020 Update

The City has mandated that all community tennis clubs must remain closed until June 30th to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

As a result the Club Opening date, ICTA and NYTA leagues have been put on hold. We will continue to monitor the situation. Once we hear from the City we will let you know what our plans are for the remainder of the season.

Practice Physical Distancing and Wash your Hands!

From
SHTC Executives

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Singles Ladder

The ladder will run for the entire season, and there is no cost to join.  Please e-mail davidwagman7@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

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Club Round Robin

Join us for Doubles Round Robin at the club on Sunday, June 2 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

No Registration required – it’s free!

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Opening Day – May 11, 2019 (Saturday)

Come and join us for Pizza and Drinks from 11am to 2pm

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2018 Club Tournament Results

Congratulations to David Wagman for both his enthusiasm, and for winning the Challenge Ladder and Singles Tournament this year at the club.  David didn’t lose a singles match the entire season.  Great job David!
Congratulations to Zack Li and Henry Jiang for winning the Men’s Doubles Tournament this year.
Note that the winner of the Mixed Doubles Tournament was still undecided at this point.  Lastly, there unfortunately was little interest in a Ladies Doubles Tournament this season.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Challenge Ladder and the Club Tournaments this season!

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ICTA and NYTA Final Season results

What a season for a small club with the many teams!
Intercounty League:
  • SHTC #1 (Captain – Andrew Fan, Co-captain – Vicki Young) finished in first place in the B – Central East division out of 7 teams, promoted to the A division in 2019.
  • SHTC #2 (Captain – Boris Wang, Co-captain – Yu Liang) finished in first place in the B – East division out of 7 teams, promoted to the A division in 2019.
    • Furthermore, Boris’s and Yu’s SHTC #2 team won 3 rounds of playoff matches to make it to the finals at the Aviva Centre, meaning that they were the 2nd best team out of 58 total B teams. Congratulations for a great season!  See “Galleries” for pictures
  • SHTC #3 (Captain – Andy He, Co-captain – May Li) finished in third place in the C – East division out of 7 teams.
  • SHTC #4 (Captain – Gavin Gao, Co-captain – Jenny Yang) finished in third place in the B – Central East division out of 7 teams.
NYTA 40+ League:
  • SHTC Men’s (Captain – Yi Zhou, Co-captain Boris Wang) finished in sixth place out of 10 teams.
  • SHTC Mixed (Captain – Danny Pivnick, Co-captain – Andrew Fan) finished in second place out of 7 teams.
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