The Stowe Tennis Club is a private club, enjoyed, operated and maintained by its members. In order to honor the traditions of tennis, and to keep the club a fun and agreeable place for us all, the following handbook outlines the fundamental components of membership.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Covid pandemic and General Club policy:
Please observe the CDC and State of Vermont guidelines. Please wear a mask indoors if not fully vaccinated.
Please note that no dogs are allowed at the Stowe Tennis Club. Thank you for your cooperation!
As a general courtesy and security measure, the last member to leave the premises (at any time) should make sure that all clubhouse lights are off, that there is no running water, and that all the doors are closed but not locked. Also, please put up the chain at the entrance when you are the last one to leave the parking lot.
DRESS code policy:
We ask members and guests to wear appropriate tennis clothes on the courts at all times. Please avoid large logos or branding that is not tennis-related or created by a tennis brand. In addition, gentlemen should wear shirts with sleeves (please no sleeveless shirts or tank tops) and tennis-appropriate shorts (no cutoffs, jeans or casual clothing). Ladies should wear tennis skirts or shorts (please no biker shorts or leggings without being covered by a skirt or shorts). Remember to advise any guests regarding our dress code before they arrive. Please cover bathing suits before using the deck or entering the clubhouse.
Our Services, the pro shop, and payments:
The Stowe Tennis club offers nine outdoor clay tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a clubhouse including locker rooms, showers, and the Pro Shop. The opening day is typically late May, or whenever the courts are ready for the season. The closing day is roughly mid-October or after the first deep frost.
The Pro Shop is open from 8am to 6pm daily in the summer, and 9am to 5pm daily in the fall.
The swimming pool includes a pool house with a bathroom, additional locker rooms, and an outdoor shower. A lifeguard is on duty at the pool during the 10-week school vacation period from Monday through Friday, 12pm to 5pm.
Private, Semi-Private, and group lessons are offered by our resident pro, Mike Tasi. See "Lessons" below.
The Junior Program is run in the afternoons, Monday through Friday for 8 weeks during the school vacation period. For more information, please see the Junior Program page.
Towel service is offered. Small hand towels can be taken with you to the court, and larger towels are available in clubhouse locker rooms for showering. Used towels can be placed in the baskets provided either by our reception area or in the locker rooms. Please bring your own towels for the pool, and refrain from bringing clubhouse towels with you to the pool area.
Coffee service is offered most mornings inside the clubhouse. Please dispose of your used coffee cups respectfully.
Drinking water is provided on the clubhouse porch. No water is offered on the courts at this time. Please remember to bring your reusable water bottle and fill up before heading out to play. If you forgot your water bottle, please ask for a water bottle at the Pro Shop.
The BBQ Grill is available for the membership to use and is located on the deck. Please use respectively and be sure to clean and cover when finished.
Racket stringing is provided by our resident pro Mike Tasi. Rackets can be dropped off at the Pro Shop and payment can be made by cash or check payable to Mike Tasi.
The Pro Shop offers cans of tennis balls, logo-wear and other tennis apparel, accessories including grips, dampners, sweatbands, hats and visors for sale.
For payment, we accept cash, check and all major credit cards. Members can store their card on file for their convenience or request an invoice be sent via email for any charges due.
The Pool Rules and Policy:
All members, guests and junior program participants must be able to swim competently to use the swimming pool and must obey all posted signs. The ability of a minor to swim competently is based on the discretion of the parent or guardian. A signed waiver is required to use the pool. Minors (under the age of 18 years) must have their parent or guardian sign the waiver in advance if not present during pool use. Minors under the age of 16 years must be supervised at the pool at all times by an adult or other swimming supervisor at least 16 years of age.
When a lifeguard is on duty (please see above), minors at least 11 years old may take a swim test performed by the lifeguard on duty and upon passing, may swim without a parent or other swimming supervisor present. When the Junior Program is in session, all registered participants 8 years and older may use the pool provided that a lifeguard is on duty and the liability waiver has been signed by the parent or guardian.
COURT Reservations, Usage and Courtesy:
Each adult member is provided with a login to our court reservation system. Reservations can be made online or by phone to our Pro Shop during opening hours (8a-6p in the summer, 9a-5p in the fall). Reservations can be made one day in advance starting at 8am each morning. Each member can reserve one court per day in advance, at a maximum of 90 minutes of duration. Any additional court usage depends on availability. On-the-day walk-up reservations are welcome anytime there are empty courts, and reservations can be extended on the day if availability allows. Please cancel your court reservation or otherwise inform the Pro Shop at your earliest convenience as a courtesy to your fellow members who may wish to use the court(s) in your place.
Junior members can call the Pro Shop for on-the-day court availability information or make a walk-up reservation as availability allows but will not have advanced reservation privileges.
Please see our online court booking instructions for more info:
On the way to your court, please check in with the Pro Shop staff or review the reservations displayed on the monitor inside the clubhouse. Reservations and court assignments are subject to change.
When walking to your court, please walk on the grass and avoid crossing another court on the way. Be courteous to active play and minimize distractions and loud conversation.
At the end of your court time, please sweep and line your court so that it is ready on the hour or half hour for the next group. Check with the Pro Shop or the reservation monitor before extending your play time.
Please dispose of all trash and recycling responsibly as a courtesy to your fellow members.
The Ball MAchine:
The Stowe Tennis Club offers a ball machine for use by the membership. The cost is $10 per use, with the option of a pre-pay of $100 for 10 uses.
To reserve the ball machine, log into the YourCourts reservation system and select a reservation for Court 2. Under reservation "Type", please select "Ball Machine, Court 2". If needed, please cancel your reservation at your earliest convenience as a courtesy to your fellow members, otherwise the $10 ball machine fee may be charged.
The general policy for Court 2 use is as follows: If a member reserves Court 2 for "Casual Play" instead of indicating ball machine use, their reservation may be moved to another court (if available) when another member calls the Pro Shop to request the ball machine during that time. Thanks and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding!
UNPLAYABLE conditions and facility closures:
Please defer to the instructions of our Pro Shop staff when conditions change. The courts should not be used under unsafe circumstances (lighting) or conditions (when too wet to play). Playing on a wet court could cause damage for the rest of the season.
Pro Shop staff may close the facilities at any time when unsafe circumstances or conditions are present. This includes the swimming pool.
Current conditions will be posted on our website (Home) underneath the webcam, on our Facebook Page, and on YourCourts reservation site. The Pro Shop staff will also be available to report on conditions, but keep in mind that the Pro Shop may close when courts are unplayable for the foreseeable future.
Members may invite guests to use the facilities. Members must accompany their guest(s) when on the premises, and guests cannot exceed four (4) visits to the tennis facilities or ten (10) visits to the pool facilities per season. Guests must register at the Pro Shop. Fees of $15.00 (tennis) and $5.00 (pool) apply to each guest per visit. Members who have volunteered at one or more official club events may bring a guest for free (one volunteer pass is awarded per volunteer, per event), whereby the guest visit does not count towards the guest’s total number of visits for the season.
Call our Pro Shop during open hours to book a lesson with our resident pro Mike Tasi. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance or the lesson will be charged. Our prices are listed on our website:
New member APPLICATION Process:
Prospective members can request an application for membership by visiting the Pro Shop or contacting Judi, our membership coordinator. More information is listed on our website under Becoming a Member. Once an application is received, the applicant is added to our waitlist. When a membership becomes available, applicants are offered membership in the order in which the application was received provided that at the time of the offer, our membership coordinator has received three or more letters of recommendation written by current, certificate-holding members. The recommendation form can be found on our website:
Applicants or prospective members are welcome to take lessons at the club or play with a current member as their guest.
According to the Stowe Tennis Club bylaws, dues are payable by April 1st and the Board of Directors has the authority to charge a late fee after that date. A $50 late fee is in effect for any dues payments received after March 31st. The late fee of $200 will go into effect starting May 1st.
Dues can be paid online by credit card. For other payment accommodations please contact your club manager by email.
Members can request to take a bye for the season. Upon approval, this means that you will not pay dues for the current season, you will retain your voting rights if a certificate holder, but you cannot play tennis at the club, even as a guest. A bye can be taken for any reason just once during your time as a member. In case of injuries, additional byes may be approved. In 2020 only, an additional "Covid Bye" was offered. Please request a bye in writing by emailing our Membership Coordinator no later than April 1st.
When it's time to renew your dues, you will be notified via email to the email we have on file. Please ensure that should your contact information change, you have notified us so that we can update our records. You will need to log into your membership account via our website to pay dues. If you have forgotten your password, from the log in screen simply select Forgot password. If there is a problem with your email address, or you don't receive an email with your new login info, please contact us and we can help.
The Stowe Tennis Club runs two volunteer events each year and we encourage all members to pitch in. In early in May, the club runs its annual clean-up day to ready the facilities for the season. Close-up day is normally second to last Saturday in October in order to prepare the facilities for the winter. Volunteer activities normally consist of yard work, moving furniture, hanging up or taking down the nets and windscreens, and general cleaning.
Each member that attends a volunteer day will earn a volunteer pass. A volunteer pass can be redeemed for a ball machine use or to bring a guest for free. Attendance is taken by staff at each volunteer day and a list of passes is kept on file at the Pro Shop. Please check in with Pro Shop staff when you wish to redeem a volunteer pass.
Additional volunteering during the course of the season is gratefully accepted. Please approach your club manager, a board member, or a chair committee member. For more information, see our About page.
Thank you for your time to help take care of the club and its facilities!
We'd be delighted to receive your feedback, ideas and suggestions for how we can make your membership experience better. Please send us your comments here:
Copies of the bylaws are in the office.
This booklet was reviewed on June 16, 2021.