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WOODSIDE UPDATE - 5/21/20
We know everyone is eager to have some sense of normalcy this summer and the board is working diligently to make that happen while providing a safe environment for staff and members. We are closely monitoring the ever-changing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow the guidelines, recommendations and requirements set forth by federal, state and local officials.
Following is an update to share activities underway and address some questions pertaining to this summer. Some, but not all, activities include:
Monitoring Governor Whitmer’s six phase plan for reopening Michigan
Following the CDC website on guidelines for what to consider when opening outdoor aquatic venues
Monitoring how other states are reopening outdoor aquatic venues
Frequent contact with our liaison at Oakland County Health Department
Attending NSSL meetings
Weekly inter-club communication with presidents from 8 of the nearby NSSL clubs to share best practices
Daily board communication and bi-weekly board meetings
Development of a COVID-19 action plan
Purchasing PPE and additional cleaning supplies
While we are not sure where we may fall in the governor's plan, we are proceeding with plans to open the club, if permitted to do so. We will send another update once we learn more from the governor and health department. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!
The board is excited to welcome a new manager, Derek Maynard, for the (hopefully) upcoming season. Derek lives in Clarkston with his wife and two kids (12th grade and 8th grade). Following is a letter from Derek.
Hello Woodside families. My name is Derek Maynard and I will be the new pool manager this season. All through my childhood my family spent our summer days at a swim and tennis club similar to Woodside. Some of my fondest childhood memories were made there. I understand that Woodside is a special place where families come to enjoy each other and provide a positive environment to raise their children. I will work hard to meet your expectations and help you build your own fond memories this summer. I look forward to meeting all of you very soon!
- Derek Maynard
There will also be some familiar faces around the pool deck, as many of our lifeguards from last season are returning this season. You will also see some new faces, so make sure to introduce yourself to the staff.
In the upcoming days/weeks you may see some activity around the club. This work is necessary, regardless of our ability to open, due to required maintenance and upkeep of the facility, as well as the pool certifications required by Oakland County and the State of Michigan.
The NSSL is still waiting to decide what the upcoming swim season will look like, if we are able to have one. The league will reconvene immediately following any guidance received from the governor on outdoor swimming pools and swim teams.
The board and Coach Anne are creating contingency plans for the season. Updates will be sent once we know more. Please keep in mind if we are allowed to proceed with a swim season, things will look very different this summer.
At the request of many, we will be opening the tennis courts for Woodside members. After speaking with Beverly Hills Public Safety, tennis is viewed as a recreational activity that can be played safely at a social distance and falls within the guidelines of the governor's order. However, no activity is risk-free. If you have underlying health issues, or are not comfortable with the level of risk that tennis brings, please continue to refrain from tennis and prevent others in your household from the same. Play is your choice and at your own risk.
We target to get the nets up this weekend (May 23). Following are new procedures and rules that you must follow to play tennis at Woodside.
The gates will be locked using 4-digit combination locks to limit play to Woodside members only. Do not share the code with non-members. Although this requires contact, hand sanitizer will be provided inside the courts. Gloves are also suggested for opening and exiting the courts. The code will be shared in another communication.
Please re-lock the courts when leaving.
Both courts will be accessible. Do not walk across court 1 to enter court 2.
Single-household family tennis is permitted.
Singles matches with non-household members are permitted.
A 6' separation required at all times.
Players are required to bring their own balls. Mark them with a Sharpe, if needed. Players should pick up, pocket, and serve with their own marked tennis balls.
Use only your racket or foot to return an opponent’s tennis ball.
Doubles matches are permitted only if partners are from the same household. Players must maintain 6' separation at all times from opponents across the net.
No crowding doorways or openings. Maintain a 6' distance at all times when players enter or exit the courts.
Don't lean on or handle nets, fences, etc.
Gloves, fresh grips suggested for each match. Remove when play is complete.
Hand sanitizer is recommended regularly. Please bring your own, where possible. Do not touch your face with your hands.
Water bottles should be wiped down/washed thoroughly
Masks are optional if a 6' distance is maintained.
The clubhouse and bathrooms will not be available and are off limits.
See the USTA website for additional tips and guidelines.
A survey will be sent in a few days to gauge member interest in adult and youth tennis lessons. These would be very small groups (privates, single family or, max 4 students). If you have tennis players in your household, please take the time to fill it out. I would be very interested to understand your opinion for this summer and get organized to provide some structured recreation. Thank you.
-Thad Chmielewsk, Tennis Director
The sport court will not be open until further direction from the governor.
Thank you to everyone who has already paid their 2020 dues. If you have not paid, please do so immediately.
We will not be issuing a refund for 2020, but are looking at options for a dues reduction in 2021, if the season is significantly abbreviated.
The payment of your Woodside Athletic Club dues is required because you are a partial owner, not just a member, of the club. Unlike a gym membership where you simply use the facilities and equipment, your membership dues are required to keep and maintain the club as an owner.
Attention swim team families: We've been getting a lot of questions about the upcoming season. Please check out this video from our beloved Coach Anne. Stay home, stay safe!
A Message from the Woodside Board...
Hello Woodside Families,
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Throughout these unprecedented times, it’s family and friends (like our Woodside family) that help to create a sense of normalcy during the unknown.
As our homes, schools, work situations, and community continue to change, we as a Board recognize that many of you are thinking ahead to summer and wondering about Woodside. Rest assured, your Board is in frequent communication. We are monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic closely and will follow all guidelines, recommendations, and requirements provided by federal, state, and local officials as we plan for the upcoming season. As a privately-funded, volunteer-driven, neighborhood swim and tennis club, the safety of our Woodside community and guests has always been the board's number one priority and this situation is no exception.
Early spring is always an extremely busy time of year for the Board as we ramp up, preparing Woodside for a new season. This year provides its own unique set of challenges, as we work to ensure that Woodside is open and ready at the earliest opportunity that is safe. Please remember state regulatory departments and pool companies are closed and inspections are delayed, which are complicating normal timelines this spring.
As this situation continues to evolve, we ask for your patience and understanding as we work to do what is best for the Woodside community and all of our members.
We will continue to provide Woodside updates as more information becomes available.
Swim & Tennis Teams:
We want everyone to know that we are in continued contact with the NSSL league and other clubs, and we are collectively planning for the seasons, however they may look different than past years. Everyone wants to get back in the water and on the tennis courts as soon as it is safe to do so.
Given the current circumstances, we have decided to delay registration for both swim and tennis teams. The swim team registration previously scheduled for April 26 will be rescheduled once it is safe and there is a more clearly outlined direction from the NSSL league. Tennis team registration will likewise be delayed until we have more direction. Additionally, Spring Tune-Up won't take place in May.
We will continue to provide team updates as more information becomes available. For the time being, stay home and be safe.
With Woodside Pride,
Eric Phillips, Board President & Your Woodside Board Members
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We have a large waiting list. If you're planning to resign your membership this season, please do so at your earliest convenience so we may invite new families to join. As of April 1, 2020, unpaid dues will increase by $50.
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