Sign up for Club Championship Tournament (October 2-3). Register for the Oakton Swim and Racquet Club’s 2021 Club Championship. We will have multiple divisions open to all members. The Club Championship will be played on the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd. Matches will be scheduled according to draw sizes (time requests can also be made to accommodate personal schedules). Click HERE to register.
Court 4 to be Lined for 2 Pickleball Courts on September 16 (Delayed to 9/18). In keeping with our goal to grow pickleball participation and meet increased demand for court space, we will be lining Court 4 to accommodate 2 pickleball courts. Court 4 will then become a dual-use Tennis/Pickleball court and can be reserved for either purpose. Consequently, Court 4 will be closed for approximately 24 hours beginning Saturday, September 18 to be striped. Striping will be light blue.
Until we can make adjustments to our online court reservation tool, booking the second pickleball court on court 4 will need to be by email to OSRC@bluechiptennis.net.
For additional information, go to: http://Court 4 Striping FAQ
Reminder: Tennis and Pickleball Guest Fees Apply Year-Round. With the close of the swim season, we want to remind members that as announced at the beginning of the season, the $3 per guest fee applies year-round. They can be deposited in the tennis shack drop-box in the envelopes provided.
While our collection rate has improved over last year, we are aware that some members are not paying the fee for their tennis or pickleball guests. This is unfair to the members who regularly pay for their guests and detracts from the value of your Club membership by providing a free benefit to those who pay no dues.
The Board has directed us to improve compliance with this policy. To that end, Blue Chip staff will verify whether players are guests or not. Members reserving a court will receive an email request to verify all players constituting the reservation. You will be asked to identify all players by first and last names on the reservation. Eventually, our online reservation system will be able to do this automatically.
To those who follow this policy regularly, thank you for your support. We value your compliance and will work to assure that everyone shares in this responsibility.
Use our Court Reservation Tool. To make a reservation go to the “Reserve a Court” menu on the Tennis menu of the Club website. Instructions can be found HERE. We know this tool needs further improvement, and will continue to work with our vendor on additional improvements, and to resolve any “bugs.” If you have an existing reservation and it doesn’t appear in the conversion, please contact the Pros at OSRC@bluechiptennis.net.
The Clay Courts are Open! Please enjoy the courts and be sure to properly groom them after pay and follow the Covid-19 sanitation guidelines. We’ll try to keep them open as long as the weather allows.
Tennis Guest Fees $3 are Year-Round Effective April 1, 2021. Our Fall 2020 member survey showed support for year-round application of the tennis guest fee. According to our rules update: “The fee will be payable prior to play at the pool reception desk during operating hours or by depositing payment in the Tennis Shack drop box in the envelope provided. Payment may also be made electronically at the time of reservation once an online payment system is established. The primary reserving member will be responsible for payment of all guest fees.” The 2021 guest fee is $3.00. Click the link below for the full announcement and Q&A.
Tennis Guest Fee Announcement
Restringing Service Provided by Blue Chip Tennis
Please contact the Pro at email@example.com to arrange for your racquet to be restrung.
All Courts Are Subject to Covid-19 Social Distancing and Hygiene Guidance
Pickleball is now permitted without exceptions.
All Pickleball play must be reserved online and all players must be named on the reservation.
OSRC has a first-rate ball machine available for members to use free of charge. It’s easy to set up and operate by programming speed, angle and pace. It also has a remote control for easy activation/pause. To reserve it email our Pro, Patrick Escalambre, or book it online.
Due to the pandemic, the ball machine will have to be cleaned thoroughly following play.
Early Bird Hours. Members can now reserve courts from 6-8 a.m. To help relieve some of the limitations on court availability, we have opened up the Book a Court tool on the OSRC website for reservations from 6 to 8 a.m. Some members have requested earlier times for lessons due to the heat occurring later in the day. Hopefully, this will provide casual players with more opportunity to book court time as well. Pickleball will not be allowed from 6 – 8 a.m. due to the distinctive noise that may be disruptive to neighbors during those hours.
Please bear with us as we try our best to manage the unprecedented demand for court time. If there’s a silver lining in this pandemic, it’s that our tennis program is growing.
Please Remember to Cancel Reservations if Your Plans Change. It’s been brought to our attention that some members are reserving courts then failing to cancel when their plans change. This takes otherwise available courts out of play for up to two hours. With the increased demand we’re experiencing this season, we can’t have courts tied up unused. Please be sure to cancel your court reservations as soon as you know your plans have changed. Thanks for your courtesy.
Donate Your Old Tennis Racquets to OSRC
Help our “Loaner” Program. Do you have old racquets that the kids have outgrown? Others you have replaced with newer ones? We want to have a supply of “Loaner” racquets and balls available for people to check out so they can try their hand at tennis during breaks from swimming. We hope this will stimulate more interest among our junior members to explore more formal participation in our great tennis program. Just drop them at the pool reception desk or the tennis office. All sizes welcome.
Tennis Program Report to the Membership. HERE is the Tennis Program Report given at the annual membership meeting on October 28.
Join the OSRC Tennis Facebook Page
Want easily accessible up-to-date information on the OSRC Tennis Program? Attend a Tennis Social? Want to organize a match with other members? Join our members-only Facebook community. Simply click HERE and ask to join. When you get to the page just click on the box, “+ JOIN GROUP.” We will then notify you of your acceptance. Not on Facebook? Join first at www.facebook.com. Information will also continue to be posted on the Club’s website www.osrc.us Guidelines: The OSRC Tennis Facebook page is a meeting place for members of the tennis community of The Oakton Swim and Racquet Club, Oakton, VA. Look here for tennis program information, facility news and other fun stuff. No politics and only respectful dialogue allowed. See the full guidelines at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OSRCTennis/about
CLAY COURT CURBING REPLACEMENT UPDATE. We had a good pre-construction call with our contractor, Bishop’s Tennis. We plan to wait as long as possible to close the clay courts for this project to commence. The schedule is flexible, depending on the weather.
The current bent and broken plastic 4X4 curbing will be replaced with brick all around set in mortar and at a depth to facilitate proper drainage. The stone French drain on the south border will also be cleaned out and any unnecessary damming removed.
We also plan to install a “leaf door” in the fence by next season to facilitate leaf removal.
The clay is playing very well this year and we expect next season to be even better with these improvements. Patrick has done a great job keeping them groomed and properly watered.
If you haven’t played on the clay courts yet this year, give them a try. Your knees and ankles will thank you.
The Clay Courts Are Open. Please follow the grooming instructions and Covid-19 sanitation guidelines. We’ve also contracted to replace the border around the clay courts. The current 4×4 ties are bent, broken and some are sticking out of the surface. They will be replaced with a brick border set in concrete. Because this project takes 7-10 days and involves temporary removal or detachment of the fencing, we won’t do this job until near the end of the season when usage is lower. We can’t do it in April because Bishop will be busy doing prep for clay courts in the area. We appreciate your patience as we continue to assure that our tennis facilities are properly maintained.
Proper Care of the Clay Courts
It’s very important that the clay courts be properly groomed after play. This not only assures that the court is ready for the next players, it helps properly distribute the Har-Tru coating, avoiding loss of material to the playing surface.
Please follow the Clay Court Dragging Pattern when grooming the clay courts after you play. Be sure to fill any deep gouges in the playing surface.
Watch a short video tutorial on how to groom the clay courts
Clay Courts Watering Schedule
During the season the sprinkler system is set to go on at 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily (unless rain is likely) to get the courts ready for afternoon and evening play. Please make note unless you want a shower while playing up there.
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Join the OSRC Tennis Facebook Page
Want easily accessible up-to-date information on the OSRC Tennis Program? Attend a Tennis Social? Want to organize a match with other members? Join our members-only Facebook community. Simply click HERE and ask to join. When you get to the page just click on the box, “+ JOIN GROUP.” We will then notify you of your acceptance. Not on Facebook? Join first at www.facebook.com. Guidelines: The OSRC Tennis Facebook page is a meeting place for members of the tennis community of The Oakton Swim and Racquet Club, Oakton, VA. Look here for tennis program information, facility news and other fun stuff. No politics and only respectful dialogue allowed. See the full guidelines at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OSRCTennis/about