Little Falls Swim and Tennis Club 2018 Rules and Regulations

Welcome to the Little Falls Swim and Tennis Club 2018 summer season. The safety of our members and their guests is our highest priority and our goal is to provide all members and guests with a safe, welcoming and enjoyable experience at the Club this year.

–2018 Board of the Little Falls Swim and Tennis Club

Contents:

  • General
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Parking Policy
  • Sanitary Conditions and Safety
  • Guest Fees

Definitions:

Club: Pool, tennis courts, parking lot and grounds.

Members: Full Equity Members, Associate Members, and Full Equity Senior Limited Use Pass accounts.

Guests: Daily, Caregiver/Houseguest, Senior Emeritus, Senior Emeritus (Legacy), Extended Season Guest, and End of Season Guest.

Pool: Area enclosed by fence including pool, deck, pool house, grass areas, etc.

Pool Management: Pool manager, assistant manager, lifeguards.

2018 Rules and Regulations: 

General

All persons using Little Falls Swim and Tennis Club’s pool, tennis courts, parking lot, and grounds (collectively the “Club”) do so at their own risk. The Club assumes no responsibility, and members, their dependents and/or their guests can have no claim against the Club for an accident or injury to any persons or property.

The Board reminds Club members and their guests that access to the club grounds is not permitted through private properties which abut the Club grounds to the south. Access to the Club is via the vehicular/pedestrian bridge from Little Falls Drive, the pedestrian bridge from Glen Cove or along the alleyway from Greenway Drive only.

After hours, the Club is closed and may not be used or accessed by anyone including members. The Club is monitored by video surveillance, staff, and the police. Trespassers will be prosecuted. In addition to criminal penalties that may apply, any member (including the member’s family, caregivers and/or guests) caught entering or attempting to enter the pool enclosure or tennis courts outside of the noted Hours of Operation may, at the Board’s sole discretion, temporarily or permanently lose membership privileges.

Caregivers/Houseguests & Daily Guest Passes and Fees

During open hours, a member, along with their guest(s), is required to check-in at the pool entrance. The member must remain at the pool for the duration of the guest’s presence. Immediate family members who live with you in your home (not extended houseguests) are included in your dues. All other individuals (caregivers, au pairs, cousins, international students, extended houseguests, etc.) must pay a fee of $135 per person for the season. These non-members must be paid for to have them accompany your children to the pool regardless of whether they swim (for the pool to comply with insurance regulations). You may use $5 Daily Guest Passes (valid all days) for intermittent houseguests and caregivers. You are encouraged to purchase Daily Guest Passes online in advance so they are available on your account when your family brings visitors. Daily Guest Passes may be purchased at the Front Desk. Credit card payments are preferable. The guards are asked not to accept cash for Guest Passes and Members will be assessed a $25 fee for returned checks.

Guest Passes are not required for children under the age of 3 years. Guests will be admitted only when accompanied by an active Full Equity or Associate Member in good standing or a Full Equity Senior Limited Use Pass, Senior Emeritus (Legacy), or Senior Emeritus account holder. Guest passes are non-transferable and are forfeited when a pool account is closed.

The Club shall not be responsible for loss or damage of personal property. Do not bring personal property and/or valuables to the pool or tennis courts. There are no secured checking facilitiesClothes may be hung in the dressing rooms if desired. The Club assumes no responsibility, and members, their dependents, or their guests can have no claim against the Club for personal property and/or valuables that have been brought onto or left on the Club premises.

Members shall reimburse the Club for any damage done to its property by the member, their dependents, and/or their guests.

Children ages 7 – 9 must be supervised by someone age 14 or older who must accompany and remain with the child at all times, unless:

  • The parent or guardian has completed the Unattended Children form; and
  • The child has passed the 2018 tadpole test administered by a Club lifeguard.

Children over the age of 10 who have passed the 2018 tadpole test may come to the pool without supervision.

All Guests using the pool, regardless of age, may be asked to take a lifeguard-administered swim test before using the pool. If a Guest opts out of the test, s/he may not use the main pool or diving well. The Club may from time to time administer additional swimming proficiency tests to ensure the safety of swimmers.

Subject to the front desk attendants’ discretion, non-members in street clothes will be admitted for up to ten minutes to pick up members in their care.

The Pool Manager, Assistant Manager, or any Board member shall have the authority to close the pool and/or tennis courts, or any other facility, when in his or her opinion this is necessary in the interest of safety.

Pool Management shall have the authority to enforce health and safety regulations and to maintain good order. This shall include the authority to discipline and/or eject offenders from Club property. Lifeguards will enforce suspensions against unruly children, which can last one day or can be extended for longer than one day with the Club’s Board approval.

Swimming

General Hours of Operation

  1. The Pool will open for the season at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
  2. The pool will close at 6:00pm on Independence Day, Wednesday July 4, 2018.
  3. The pool will be open from 11:00am until 8:30pm on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018.
  4. The Pool will close for the season at 5:00 pm Sunday, September 9, 2018.
  5. Between June 10-July 15, when there are home ‘A’ team swim meets on Saturdays, the pool will open for members’ use at Noon or as soon as the meet has ended. During the same time period, on Wednesday afternoons, the pool will close at 5:00pm for home ‘B’ team swim meets. Please check the Club website for the home meet schedules.
  6. Special pool opening and closing times (for swim meets, adult parties, etc.) will be communicated to members by sending email updates and posting to the Little Falls listserv. You may check the website and calendar for updates on fun social events, special hours, and other activities. Our Twitter account will post special opening times and weather-related closings, but you don’t need a Twitter account – you’ll see our Tweets on the website.
Saturday, May 26 – Thursday, June 14 Hours
Monday – Thursday 1:00pm – 8:30pm
Friday 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday Noon – 8:30pm
Friday, June 15 – Sunday, September 2
Hours
Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm*
Sunday Noon -9:00pm*

*On weeknights and weekend days when there are home dive and swim meets, the pool will be closed for general use until the conclusion of the meets. See website calendar for home meet dates.

Monday, September 3 – September 9 (Closing Day) Hours
Monday – Thursday 1:00pm – 8:30pm
Friday 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday Noon – 8:30pm

Early Bird Swim Hours of Operation

Early Bird Swim is for lap swimming only and only those age 16 and older will be admitted. No Daily Guests will be admitted during Early Bird Swim.

Dates Days Hours
Monday, June 18 – Friday July 27 Monday –Friday only 6:30am-8:00am
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 31 Monday – Friday only 6:30am-8:30am

Main Pool & Teaching Pool

– The main pool and teaching pool are only open for swimming when there is a lifeguard on duty.

– Running on the decks is strictly prohibited.

The main pool corner steps are for entering and leaving the pool. No one is permitted to sit on the steps. Access to and from the pool cannot be blocked.

The main pool is intended for the use of adults and children tall enough to stand safely in the water.

The main pool and teaching pool will be cleared for a 15-minute period of each hour for adult swimming only (16 years or older) beginning 15 minutes before the hour. During adult swim, children 6 years and older who have been using the main pool may not use the wading pool. There is no adult swim at 8:45pm.

Two or more lanes, as required, will be roped off for sustained lap swimming except during swim team practices or other scheduled activities.

No diving is allowed off the sides of the main pool, except as permitted by the Swim and/or Dive Team coaches as part of practices, meets, or lessons. Diving off the sides of the teaching pool is not allowed at any time.

Children who are not toilet-trained must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in any of the pools. The child must wear diapers covered with securely fitted waterproof pants while in either the main pool or the wading pool to avoid fouling the water. If the water is fouled, Montgomery County Health Department Regulations require that the pool be closed for 30 minutes for high chlorinating.

Pool games are permitted at the discretion of the Pool Management so long as they do not create a disturbance or cause danger to others using the pool.

Wading Pool

– The wading pool is not staff-supervised. A responsible adult must stay with each child within the enclosed area by the wading pool at all times.

The wading pool is intended for the use of children under the age of 6 years, or those children who cannot stand safely in the main pool.

Diving Well

While the diving board is in use, swimming is not permitted in the diving well. Only one person is permitted on the diving board at any time. Divers may take one bounce and shall exit the water via the ladder.

Tennis

The tennis courts can be used by active Full Equity and Associate Members and their guests. The gates are to be kept locked whenever the courts are not in use. Members can receive the lock code from the front desk or by logging into the website Tennis page.

Backboard

Only one person may use the backboard at a time.

Hours of Operation

Days Tennis Courts Backboard (Court 2)
Monday – Friday 7:00am – Dusk 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 7:00am – Dusk 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am – Dusk 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tennis Court Usage Rules

  1. NO pets and NO wheeled apparatus (bikes, strollers, skates, etc.) are permitted on courts.
  2. Only non-marking court shoes allowed on the court.
  3. Reservations start on the hour. A member may sign up for only 1 hour/day and for only 2 hours for any 7-day period.
  4. Reservations may be made no more than 7 days in advance.
  5. Reservations expire 10 minutes past the hour. If play has not started on the court by then, another member has the right to use that court for the rest of the hour.
  6. Members may play as often as desired without a reservation when a court is available.
  7. Noise on the tennis courts must be kept at a neighborly level. Leave nothing on the courts. Remove your tennis balls, cans, trash, etc.
  8. Glass containers are never permitted on the tennis courts.

Buildings and Grounds

Members are asked to recognize that the shrubbery, parking area, and grounds are all part of the Club property. Please take care not to injure, deface, or litter the grounds.

Alcohol

No alcoholic beverages, illicit drugs, or weapons of any kind are permitted on Club-owned property.

Food and beverages may be consumed within a designated area inside the pool fence. The designated roped off area is nearest the storeroom by the fence and has tables set for members and their guests. No glass containers of any kind will be permitted on Club grounds.

During Club-sponsored adult functions, the Club may serve beer and wine.

Any member of the Club or his/her guest who, in the opinion of the Pool Management, is intoxicated or disorderly will be asked to leave the Club premises and will be subject to such penalty as the Board of Directors imposes.

Audio

Radios, tape, and/or CD players, iPods/iPhones etc. are permitted to be used on the Club-owned property as long as headphones are used. No amplified or broadcast media is permitted.

No Dumping

Yard waste, tree trimmings, construction materials, masonry, debris, or trash of any kind may not be left on, deposited on or dumped on Club property (including in the dumpsters) or in the adjoining alleys and/or roadways. The Board may impose penalties including fines to cover the cost of remediation, suspension and/or termination of membership.

Pets

For health reasons, no pets of any kind will be permitted on the grounds belonging to the Club at any time. This includes areas outside the pool enclosure. This restriction is mandated by the Montgomery County Health Department and will be strictly enforced.  Pursuant to the Club’s bylaws, the Pool Manager may suspend an offender’s privilege of using Club facilities for a period not to exceed 24 hours if a pet is brought onto the grounds of the Club. For repeat offenders, the full Board may suspend members’ privileges for a period at its own discretion.

Parking

We encourage members to walk or bike to the Club.

The Club operates as a special exception (called “conditional use”) under the zoning laws of Montgomery County. These restrictions are part of the Club’s operating agreement with Montgomery County and violation of them may subject the Club to the risk of severe penalties including cancellation of our right to operate.

Pool members and their guests are not permitted to park on Glen Cove Parkway, Allan Terrace, Baltimore Avenue, or Little Falls Drive in order to use the Club’s facilities (see map below). This parking restriction is in effect at all times when the facility is open, including during swim and dive meets, playing tennis, or attending Club social events. The Club will strictly enforce these restrictions and a member’s violation will result in sanctions in accordance with the enforcement procedures set forth below.

No parking at any time on these streets

Club members and their guests may park in the Westbrook Elementary School parking lot; while school is still in session parking in the Westbrook Elementary School lot by members and their guests is not permitted. Please note that a Member’s guests are bound by this parking policy, and penalties may be imposed on a member whose guest has violated this condition.

Parking on the other streets (not in blue) by Club members in order to use the Club’s facilities is permitted only during the following events and only when the Club’s parking lot and the Westbrook Elementary School parking lot are both full. Little Falls members must park in the Westbrook Elementary School parking lot during swim and dive meets until that lot is full, leaving the Club’s parking lot for visitors, with two exceptions: (i) Club members whose vehicles display a handicapped tag or license plate may park in the Little Falls lot; and (ii) Club members whose vehicles are needed to transport equipment necessary for swim and dive meets. Only up to five vehicles belonging to Club members may be parked in the Little Falls lot for that purpose.

  1. Swim Meets (A and B meets)
  2. Dive Meets
  3. Swim and Dive Team Banquet
  4. Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day picnics
  5. Evening dinner socials sponsored by the Club (three times per season)

Members and Guests are asked not to park on Baltimore Avenue between Glen Cove Parkway and Montgomery Avenue; on both blocks of Glen Cove Parkway; or on the portion of Allan Terrace adjacent to and opposite the elementary school playground and playing fields. Members and Guests may be asked to register their vehicle information at the Front Desk when they check-in. Members who are cited for parking violations shall be subject to suspension of Club privileges.

Sanitary Conditions and Safety

Members should recognize that situations will arise that cannot be specifically covered by these rules. Therefore, courtesy and consideration for others are emphasized as essential for good Club citizenship.

The Pool Management has the authority to enforce safety regulations and to maintain good order. At the discretion of the Pool Management, an offender may be asked to leave the pool and/or deck area.

Use of the pool

According to Montgomery County Health Department Regulations, before entering the pool, Members and Guests must take soap showers.

No member shall knowingly enter the pool, or permit a child or guest to do so, while such persons are suffering from contagious diseases, such as athlete’s foot or colds, or while suffering from open wounds or sores. No bandages or band-aids may be worn in the pool.

Running and hazardous, noisy, or objectionable games are prohibited. No throwing or pushing people into the pool is allowed.

Pool and Deck Wear

No one in street shoes may be on the swimming pool apron for an extended period of time.

Street clothes or modifications (such as cutoffs) will not be permitted as swimming wear.

No Smoking

Smoking will not be allowed on Club property. Additionally, pool users and employees are strictly prohibited from smoking in the alley abutting the Club, or on private property abutting the alley (Montgomery County Board of Appeals, June 8, 2005.)  Members who are cited for smoking violations shall be subject to suspension of Club privileges.

Use of Swimming Aids and Other Pool Items

– Masks, snorkels and swim fins will be permitted only at the discretion of the Pool Manager or lifeguards.

– Kick boards, noodles, and similar flotation toys are not permitted during regular swimming hours in the pool. Water wings, life rings, and flotation devices (including flotation devices sewn into bathing suits) are safety hazards and will not be allowed in the main pool, except as approved safety devices for disabled swimmers. Non-swimmers must not swim unaccompanied beyond their capabilities. Kick boards may only be used in the lap lanes or during swim lessons.

Lost and Found

Lost articles are collected and stored at the front desk; those items not claimed within one week will be donated to a charity.

 

Social Gatherings

Any member who would like to bring ten or more guests to the Club on a single occasion must give the Pool Management seven days’ notice to ensure that the Pool Management has adequate coverage. If such notice is not given, or if the Pool Management determines that the request will result in crowded conditions based on the time of day, day of the week, or number of other scheduled guests, the request may be denied and/or the group may be turned away.

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