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Frequently asked questions

 

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Question 1: How do I choose the correct racquet size for my child?

Question 2: Do you have a day camp program or provide child care?

Question 3: Can a non-member take private lessons?

Question 4: What’s the procedure for drying the courts after it rains?

Question 5: Do you offer makeup classes for cancellations due to rain?

Question 6: Why all the different types of balls?

Question 7: If I don’t have a partner can the Club help me find players at my level?

Question 8: Can a member invite a non-member to play at Wychwood?

Question 9: Outside of the courses and activities (eg. free tennis), what is the maximum amount of time a member can play?

Question 10: Why are Wychwood courts managed differently?

Question 11: Does my Gatineau Access card allow me to use the Wychwood courts?

Question 12: Why are there more courses for Juniors at Broad?

Question 13: Why don’t you offer a rebate or reduced membership fees to members who only join the Club to enroll in tennis courses?

 

Questions and Answers

Question 1: How do I choose the correct racquet size for my child?

Have him hold a racquet with the end of the handle flush to his wrist.

While standing up straight, let both of his arms fall to either side of his body.

The racquet head should come down to his ankle give or take 1 inch.

If you don’t have a racquet, while he is standing up straight with his arms hanging down on either side of his body, measure the distance between his wrist and his ankle.

Children’s racquet sizes are: 17 in.(43cm), 19in.(48cm), 21 in.(53.5cm), 23 in.(58cm), 25 in.(63.5cm), 26 in.(66cm), (27 in.[68.5cm] being the standard adult size).

Go with a length measurement a little bit longer than the wrist to ankle measurement, if you fall between the standard racquet lengths. Make sure however, that the racquet is not touching the ground.

 

Question 2: Do you have a day camp program or provide child care?

No, we do not have the resources to provide this service.

 

Question 3: Can a non-member take private lessons?

No, insurance obligations restrict club sponsored instruction to members only.

 

Question 4: What’s the procedure for drying the courts after it rains?

To help dry the courts you can gently wipe the surface with the rollers. They act like a blotter, but they can only absorb the surplus water on the surface. There is always a little bit of water left in the granular surface, which makes it very slippery. Only dry heat, sun and wind will dry the courts completely. With these conditions the courts can dry 15 to 20 minutes after using the rollers. Without these conditions, it can take hours for the courts to dry. 

 

Question 5: Do you offer makeup classes for cancellations due to rain?

No. After having tried several formulas, we have decided not to compensate our instructors for the time they invest in course preparation. Otherwise, we would have to charge a little more for classes in order to include the cost of preparation, or to allow for possible makeup times. In this way, with an average of two courses cancelled because of rain, it evens out. If it does not rain all summer, it is the instructors, who are donating their time.

 

Question 6: Why all the different types of balls?

We use four different types of tennis balls for teaching: foam balls, red balls (the two are similar except that foam is used inside and red is used outside), de-pressurized balls (red and yellow), intermediate balls (with green dot) and regular balls. The difference between the balls is their bounce speed. The foam and red balls are the slowest, giving players (young and adult) more time to move into position, set up and swing through their shots. Once the brain has learned the correct movement, the instructor introduces a faster ball to the player. When you are playing tennis outside of class, you should choose the same type of ball your instructor has been using with you in order to help you master the technique learned in class. In addition, it’s normal practice to have young players using slower balls for longer because their height gives them less time to set up for and react to the ball.

 

Question 7: If I don’t have a partner, can the Club help me find players at my level?

Yes. Membership provides plenty of opportunities and venues for meeting players of all levels. In addition, the court attendants are always available to practice with members, play matches with members, and partner with them in doubles. All club activities are inclusive and organized so that members can play singles and doubles without having designated partners. 

 

Question 8: Can a member invite a non-member to play at Wychwood?

Yes. A person who is not a member can play as a temporary member. See rules.

 

Question 9: Outside of the courses and activities, what is the maximum amount of time a member can play?

During the hours designated for free tennis (i.e. outside periods designated for organized activities) all members have the right to play for one hour, after which they must give the court to members waiting their turn to play. See rules.

 

Question 10: Why are Wychwood courts managed differently?

In 1969 the Wychwood tennis club donated the courts to the city of Aylmer. An act of donation between the club and the city of Aylmer was signed in front of a notary. Not wishing to become involved in organizing the tennis program, the city of Aylmer included conditions. The principal condition stipulated that the executive of the club have complete control of the management of the tennis program and the courts, as long as the club was active. The club is now a non-profit organization, operated by volunteers independent of the town.

 

Question 11: Does my Gatineau Access card allow me to use the Wychwood courts?

No. The Wychwood Tennis Club manages activities on Wychwood tennis courts (see question 10). The club receives no funding from the city of Gatineau; all expenses are thus assumed by its members. In order to participate in club activities, you absolutely must be a member. You may join at any point in the season. See rules.

 

Question 12: Why are there more courses for Juniors at Broad?

It is impossible for us to accommodate all the requirements of juniors and adults for the entire community of Aylmer with only our three Wychwood courts.

Since there are no tariffs for junior members who use the Broad St courts, the Club uses Broad for junior classes and activities. In addition, by holding the majority of classes in one place, we don’t have to double up on all materials we use for tennis instruction.

Moreover, because the Broad St courts do not conform to standard measurement (they are too close to the fence and to each other) they are better suited for junior activities and classes, which are less affected by this feature.

This arrangement is also more practical because it frees up the Wychwood courts for adult leagues and matches.

All classes and activities for adults take place at the Wychwood courts in order to avoid municipal fees.

 

Question 13: Why don’t you offer a rebate or reduced membership fees to members who only join to enroll in tennis courses?

We explored this possibility but we concluded that in terms of both management and finances it would be less complicated and more inclusive to have only one category of membership.

 

 

 

 

 

Last update:

February 24, 2019

 

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