March 1, 2021 Club Update

01 March, 2021
March 1, 2021 Club Update

MEMO:                        Club Update

FROM:                          Danny Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer

TO:                                 OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre Members & Program Participants

DATE:                            March 1, 2021


Dear Member & Program Participant,


Earlier today Premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney, and Chief Medical Officer, Deena Hinshaw, announced Alberta’s Stage 2 reopening plan.  As part of today’s announcement, the Government is further easing restrictions on sport and recreation facilities in the province.


Alberta will move cautiously to Step 2 of the four-step framework to ease restrictions while maintaining measures to limit the spread across the province. The province also updated measures on physical fitness and training. Click here for more

Province- wide Mandatory Restrictions – Revised March 1

Team sports are not permitted

·        No sports games, competitions, team practice or league play of any kind is allowed.

Individual and group fitness activities are permitted, with restrictions:

·        All indoor fitness must be scheduled or by appointment – no drop-ins allowed.

·        Low intensity individual and group exercises are now allowed without a trainer.

o   Low intensity fitness includes activities not focused specifically on cardio, that have a low depth and rate of respiration.

o   Examples include: barre, pilates, stretching, tai-chi, low intensity yoga (e.g. hatha, yin), light weightlifting, indoor rock climbing.

·        High intensity activities are permitted for one-on-one or one-on-one household training only, with a trainer.

o   High intensity fitness is often focused on cardiovascular activities that have a high depth and rate of respiration.

o   Examples include: bodybuilding/heavy weightlifting, aerobics, rowing, Zumba, bootcamp, circuit training, cross fit, dance fitness, high intensity interval training, kickboxing, spin, power yoga, swimming etc.

·        Gym, studio, and fitness centre operators should use their best judgement in identifying what category their group exercise classes fall into based on these examples.


Safety requirements:

·        One-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of 3 metres distance between pairs of trainers and clients (aka sessions) in the same facility.

·        Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.

·        Trainers must remain masked during the session. Clients are not required to wear a mask while doing high intensity exercise.

·        Regardless of the type or intensity of exercise, trainers and clients must be separated by 3 metres at all times.

·        More than one trainer and client ‘pair’ are allowed into the facility, studio, rink, court, pool, ice surface, etc. with restrictions

o   Each trainer and client pair must stay 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.

o   Each trainer can only interact with their assigned client, and each client can only interact with their assigned trainer.

o   No interaction between clients or between trainers is allowed.

o   No ‘cycling through’ multiple trainers as in circuit training.


Today’s announcement does not provide specific guidance on the sport of tennis. However, it is clear that tennis can be played at low to moderate intensity levels. The level of intensity will vary based on the type of activity (casual or competitive play, doubles or singles) and amongst various age groups and levels of play. Studies have shown that for every second of play, a player rests between 2 to 5 seconds. Therefore, intermittent intensity from playing tennis is diminished by periods of active rest. Added to this, the inherent social distancing in tennis and the size of our facility make the sport one of the safest activities to play during the pandemic.


Based on the information available and our interpretation, we will allow the resumption of singles and doubles play (from members of any household) effective tomorrow March 2nd.  Should we receive additional information or guidance from the province, we will advise our membership.


At this time, we will hold-off introducing adult group lessons or leagues until further information is obtained. It is our intention to run these programs beginning in April (spring session).


Here are a couple of club updates:

Ball Machine:

With the easing of restrictions in Stage 2, the Alberta Tennis Centre will resume charging the ball-machine rental fee starting next week, March 8th, 2021.

Return to Regular Hours of Operation:

With today’s announcement we will return to full/regular hours of operation starting on Monday March 8th, 2021. The hours of operation will be:

·        Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Adult Spring Program Registration:

Our spring adult program registration is now open. Spaces are limited.  Our spring session begins April 6th, 2021 to June 27th, 2021. There will be two adult sessions during the spring adult program.


Junior Spring Program Registration:  

Our spring junior program registration is now open. Spaces are limited. Our spring session begins April 6th, 2021 to June 27th, 2021


Junior March Break Camp Registration:

We will offer a March Break Holiday Camp for junior players aged 4 – 14 years of age from March 29th – April 1st. Registration will begin on March 3rd, 2021 and spaces are limited. The 4-day camp details are:


Date: March 29th, 2021 to April 1st (4-days)

Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Program Details:






Mini Tennis

4 to 7 years

9:00 am – 12:00 am

$175.00 + GST

4-day camp

Progressive Tennis

7 to 9 years

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$175.00 + GST

4-day camp

Skill Development

8 to 14 years

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$225.00 + GST

4-day camp


Registration opens online on March 3rd, 2021. Spaces are limited, registration is on-a-first-come-first-served basis. Registration is online through our Jegysoft platform. To register visit

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming more of our members back starting tomorrow.  As always, I will share any other correspondence and guidance I receive in my discussions with the Government of Alberta.





Chief Executive Officer

OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre