... WHO ARE WE?
- We are tennis club with Four Clay courts (best for tennis), always well maintained, good lighting
- Newly-renovated Clubhouse with change rooms, washroom and shower facilities, equipped kitchen and sitting area
- Covered patio, picnic tables, benches and umbrellas
- Located in a quiet, peaceful, landscaped park setting with free parking
- Social activities – Friday night mixed doubles, Wednesday House League, Friday Night Socials (mixed levels fun tennis), Sunday morning Club Doubles, monthly Social Round Robins
- Competitive tennis – Three InterCounty teams, Wednesday morning Toronto Ladies Tennis League team, NYTA Junior team, Challenge Ladder and year-end Club Championship Tournament
- Popular and well-run Junior Program (May/June afterschool program, Junior team, summer camp)
- Club pro available for Adult and Junior lessons
- Club managed by a dedicated group of volunteers
- New members welcome!
First of all, What is this CLAY of ours!?
It is a 1" (25mm) thick top layer on our tennis courts. It consists of compacted, water-saturated mineral called basaltic rock.
It has to be watered daily and rolled often with a motorized roller to be cool, and soft and firm at the same time.
The loose particles of clay allow the player's tennis shoe to slide to gentle stops. This is one of many advantages of the clay tennis court. These soft stops save us 80% of injuries to tendons, muscles and ligaments that we would otherwise face on hard tennis courts. Because the clay is also gentle to body joints like the knees and hips, our senior players can enjoy vigorous tennis late into their years.
Why is the clay cool?
Well, the water contained in the clay evaporates continuously and self-cools the surface! Where hard courts would "burn" your feet on a hot summer day, the clay stays comfortably cool.
Because the clay is a soft surface we have to treat it with respect. Therefore, wear only proper "clay tennis shoes" with a shallow smooth pattern like "herring bone" and round edges. Shoes If you make a dent in the clay, or see one on your court, smooth it off immediately with the sole of your smooth tennis shoe. This will keep the court level and the ball bounce true.
The clay is simply the best and safest tennis surface there is. Most private tennis and country clubs offer this surface to their members albeit at thousands of dollars a year. Toronto community clay court tennis clubs give us the opportunity to access this type of courts under a dollar per day. This is also thanks to our team of volunteers who spend hundreds of unpaid hours year round to make sure that the courts, clubhouse and programmes are ready for us to use.
Enjoy and participate. If you are interested in clay court management, give me a call. We need more people to understand the process and to get involved.
You will want a shoe with the right levels of traction to help you move gracefully on the court as well as lateral support to keep you supported when sliding into shots. What mainly sets all these shoes apart is the outsole. The outsole of a clay court shoe will typically feature a full herringbone (zig zags) tread pattern, which offers great grip on this slippery surface. This pattern won’t allow the clay to lodge to the outsole so you can get a better traction when you try to start, stop or change directions, if the clay does build up, a couple taps to the side of your shoe from your racquet should knock loose all the clay from the outsole. The herringbone design also makes sliding from side to side more predictable so you can perfectly glide into a shot and recover, but will also provide the traction needed for moving forward and backward.
Another reason you will want to pick up a pair of clay court specific shoes if you plan on playing on clay on a regular basis, is because they usually have a tighter knit upper to not only aid in stability but help keep the clay from entering your shoe. These shoes won’t come with an outsole guarantee as the clay is usually much gentler on your outsole, however, sometimes the shoe will offer added durability on high wear areas where your feet might drag.
The Club operates as a self-governed, non-profit corporation, non-discriminatory recreational organization under the jurisdiction of the City of Toronto and abides by the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department Tennis Club Operating Regulations. The Club is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, and has a set of by-laws that govern the structure and operations of the Board.
NYTC ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY
OUR ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY
North York Tennis Club committed to providing a friendly social and inclusive tennis environment, where any type of discriminatory or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated. Examples of such behaviour include:
- Verbal abuse; yelling; demeaning, humiliating or embarrassing jokes; obscene gestures
- Threats or intimidation
- Physical abuse or threats of physical abuse
- Unwanted physical contact
- Circulating, in any form, offensive materials such as pictures or jokes
- Any comments or actions that are known, or should be reasonably known, to be unwelcome
- Any type of discrimination based on: race, colour, ethnic origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, family status, or any other prohibited grounds under the Human Rights and any other applicable legislation
- Retaliation or threats of retaliation for reporting this type of behaviour
This policy applies to all activities on the NYTC premises as well as any activities organized by the NYTC outside of the Club premises, such as tennis matches, try-outs or any social events. It applies to all members, employees, volunteers and guests. Members who invite guests, in accordance with the NYTC guest policy, are responsible for their guests’ behaviour.
Any incidents of discriminatory, harassing or abusive behaviour should be reported to the NYTC President, and will be investigated in accordance with the NYTC Complaint Resolution Process. Should the investigation conclude that the person acted in violation of this policy, the Board will take a disciplinary action that may include: a written warning; suspension or termination of membership; termination of employment; or loss of guest privileges. Each case will be handled individually.
Should the President be the subject of the allegation, the complaint should be submitted either to the Vice President or the Secretary of the Board.
NYTC COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCESSApproved: January 2020
Any complaints must be submitted in writing or emailed to the President
- The President will confirm the receipt of the complaint, and will advise the complainant of the next steps
- The President will address the complaint himself/herself, or will appoint another Director to do so
- The Director assigned to deal with the complaint will review the complaint to determine whether it can be resolved through a discussion with the complainant, or whether it warrants an investigation
- The investigation may include an interview with the complainant, any persons named in the complaint, or potential witnesses
- The Director will provide his/her recommendation on the resolution of the complaint to the Board for approval
- Any resolution of the complaint that involves discipline, such as a warning letter or suspension, will require approval of at least 2/3 of the Directors
- The Executive will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the process is completed in a timely and fair manner, and that all information is kept confidential to the fullest extent possible
- The Executive will inform the complainant and any relevant parties of the outcome in writing or email
- There is no appeal to the Executive decision