SMCTTA: CODE OF CONDUCT/PRINCIPLES OF RETURN
As a result of COVID-19, we at Stirlingshire Table Tennis Association have updated our Codes of Conduct to ensure that a return to play following COVID-19 is safe and in accordance with Table Tennis Scotland and government guidelines.
Your welfare, and the welfare of fellow members, is paramount. Please note that it is the responsibility of all members of Stirlingshire Table Tennis Association to ensure that the following principles are followed.
- If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or any of your household are self- isolating, you must stay at home and not attend our training sessions.
- You must contact the session organiser by telephone prior to attending one of our sessions if you or any of your contacts/household test positive for coronavirus.
- You are required to report to the session organiser by telephone as soon as possible if you or any of your contacts/household become unwell after you have attended one of our sessions.
- If you wish to play, you must book online in advance. For SMCTTA league practice sessions these should also be paid for in advance online, over 50s sessions should be paid on the day (using exact change only).
- If you need to cancel a booking this should be advised by email to the session organiser as soon as possible. Attendees who have paid online in advance will have the option of receiving a refund (if the cancellation gives at least 24 hours notice) or transferring the booking to a future session.
During the Session
- You must register on arrival with the COVID-19 officer so that we can keep a track of who has attended our sessions
- Players should be considerate of session times (i.e. not arriving early or hanging around afterwards)
- No spectators permitted, unless a supervising parent/guardian of an Under 16 player and this has been pre-arranged
- Face coverings must be worn at all times within the venue except when playing Table Tennis.You must adhere to social distancing guidelines – please stay 2m apart from training partners and other attendees at all times.
- Members must adhere to good hygiene practices throughout their time at our sessions. Please also avoid wiping hands on tables during play, breathing on the ball or handling the barriers.
- The session COVID-19 officer plus 1-2 other nominated attendees will be responsible for all moving/setting up of equipment. All attendees are also expected to wipe down their own side of the table after the session.
- Equipment (with the exception of balls) cannot be shared during a session. Players should aim to bring their own bats.
- Balls will be provided by the organisers and will be washed regularly to minimise risk. Each bubble will be allocated their own batch of balls for the session – where more than 1 bubble is present, each will be allocated a different colour.
- Players must only train with the same people in their bubble.
- Table tennis etiquette that requires contact (shaking/slapping hands etc) must be suspended for the time being.
- Players should only use one side of the table during any practice matches and not swap ends.
- Doubles play is not permitted
- Players to bring their own hand gel for use during session and use hand washing facilities at centre entrances pre and post commencing activity.
- Players to bring their own water bottles and ensure they have enough water to last the whole session as no refilling facilities will be present. Water bottles & towels should remain in player bags.
- Changing rooms and showers are not to be used. This should be done at home instead – players should arrive ready to participate. Toilet facilities will be available but will be on a 1 in/1 out basis.
Stirlingshire Table Tennis Association is committed to the safety and welfare of its members. As such, we will take the following measures:
- We will keep members updated with changes in processes or protocol relating to our activities.
- We will implement a booking system to limit the numbers attending sessions to enable social distancing.
- We will provide information on good hygiene practices.
- We will ensure our coaches/organisers are equipped with the necessary knowledge to deliver sessions in accordance with government and Table Tennis Scotland guidelines.
- We will do our best to keep up to date with Table Tennis Scotland Ready to Return Guidance and government advice.
- We will make decisions based on the best interests of our membership.
- We will regularly review and update our risk assessment relating to COVID-19.