Tennis Center Reopening Guidelines


YMCA Arlington Tennis & Squash Center Health and Safety Guidelines 


Important Updates:  When viewing the court scheduler to book random court time, please note that the Orange Colored Block indicates that the court is available.  This designated court can be booked for members who prefer to play without others on the neighboring court. To book, please call the front desk at (703) 522-1700.


What to bring / Prior to play / Arriving:

  • When arriving, please do not approach the front desk no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled court time.  When concluding play, please also remember to vacate the court no later than 5 minutes prior to the end of your reservation.  This will help to avoid clusters of members forming and also reduce the risk of crossing paths with others who are leaving the courts. 
  • Prior to each visit, please review the online health screening questions.  If you answer “yes” to any or all of the questions please do not come to the Y and contact your health professional.
  • Check-in with YMCA staff before proceeding to the tennis courts.  During the check-in process, you will complete the health screening questions, your temperature will be checked with a touch-less temperature scanner, and you will be asked to scan your YMCA membership ID card.
  • Practice social distancing and keep at least six feet between you and others at all times (including on court).
  • Wearing a mask on Y property is required at all times (arriving, checking in, walking to your court, to your exiting).  You may remove your mask when you are on-court, ready to play, and at least 6 feet away from your playing partner.
  • Please arrive dressed to play tennis. Single-serve restrooms will be available, but locker room changing areas and showers will be closed at this time.
  • Please bring your own water bottle filled with water to use as water fountains at the Y will be closed.
  • Please bring your own towel.
  • Please use hand sanitizer and wash your hands before and after each playing session. Ample sanitizer stations will be available. 
  • Sanitize your equipment, including racquets and water bottles, prior to and after play.  Sharing equipment is not permitted.
  • Guests are permitted. Prior to entering the Y, each guest must complete an electronic guest waiver: Click here to complete online. Please provide proof of ID upon request by YMCA Staff.
    • A $20 guest fee will be applied at check-in (credit card only). Please email ytennis@ymcadc.org for questions.
    • To expedite check-in, your guest is encouraged to complete the waiver online prior to arriving to the Y. Please have your guest prepared to show staff your guest waiver confirmation email and ID.
  • Instruction at the Y is only permitted by YMCA-4Star Coaches.
  • Members can make court reservations online by visiting www.ymcadctennis.com.  
    • Your reservation must include the full names of each member who is playing.  You can select member names in the drop-down option when making a court reservation. Please click here to also view court reservation guidelines.
  • If receiving tennis instruction, a card for payment must be on file. Please contact ytennis@ymcadc.org for assistance.
  • Ball machine use is not permitted during this phase.
  • Only single player squash play is permitted unless partner lives in the same household.

During Play: 

  • Member-to-Member play: 
    • Singles and doubles play is permitted.
    • New (unopened) cans of tennis balls are recommended for each player, with a unique number/mark or brand of balls. Each player should only handle their own tennis ball during play.
    • No physical contact is permitted (shaking hands, high fives, etc.)
    • Stay on your side of the court (avoid changing ends of the court).
    • If an errant ball comes onto your court, the ball should be moved back with your racquet to the appropriate court (do not use your hand).
    • Pick up tennis balls using your racquet/foot together. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
    • Avoid touching your face after handling the tennis balls or racquet.
  • Instruction:
    • During instruction, all players/coaches on-court must always be at least 6 feet apart at all times.        
    • Members will not be permitted to touch/handle any coaching equipment.
    • During ball pick-up, participants should only assist by moving the tennis balls with their racquets to a space for Coach's retrieval.
    • For lessons that include serving, members should bring two cans of new tennis balls that only they handle for serving and take home after the lesson.
    • If a member is not comfortable or unwilling to follow these protocols, the lesson will be rescheduled at a later date when restrictions have been lifted.
    • For more program-specific guidelines, please click the following: junior program / adult program

After Play:

  • At the end of play, please exit the court no later than 5 minutes before the end of your reservation time.  If you are playing for 1 or 2 hours, the first bell ring is an indicator that 5 minutes remain.  No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. Avoid congregating on court and outside of the Y after playing.
  • Please leave the court, using the nearest exits that serve your court, and follow directional signs to avoid pass others when exiting the building.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.

For questions regarding membership, programs, and services (including permanent court time), please email atctennis@ymcadc.org