Little Falls Swim and Tennis Club

2017 Rules and Regulations

Welcome to the Little Falls Swim and Tennis Club 2017 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.

–2017 Board of the Little Falls Swim and Tennis Club

Contents:

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

Definitions:

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

Members: Share-holding members, associate members, and Senior Limited Use Pass holders.

Guests: Daily, Monthly, Senior Emeritus, End-of-Season and Extended Season.

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

Pool Management: Pool manager, assistant manager, lifeguards.

The Club 2017 Rules and Regulations follow: 

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, house guests 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.

During swim hours all members entering the Club’s pool enclosure shall register every time through the Club’s electronic or written Pool Attendance Log (members) at the front desk. All guests accompanying members will be registered at the same time.

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 facilities. Clothes 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 who have not reached their 7th birthday must be supervised by someone age 14 or older who must accompany and remain with the child at all times.

Children ages 7, 8, and 9 must be supervised by someone age 14 or older who accompanies and remains with the child at all times, unless:

  • The parent or guardian has filled out and returned the required permission form; and
  • The child has passed the 2017 tadpole test administered by a Club lifeguard.

Children over the age of 10 may come to the pool without supervision. However the child must pass the Club lifeguard-administered 2017 tadpole test to use the pool.

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 into the pool enclosure for up to 10 minutes to pick up members in their care.

The Club will bill members $25.00 to cover the cost of each check returned for insufficient funds.

Names and telephone numbers of the Board of Directors will be posted inside the pool gate.

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 Swimming Pool Hours of Operation

  1. The Pool will open for the season at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
  2. The pool will close at 6:00 pm on Independence Day, Tuesday July 4, 2017.
  3. The pool will be open from 11:00am until 8:30pm on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017.
  4. The Pool will close for the season at 5:00 pm Sunday, September 10, 2017.
  5. Between June 11-July 16, when there are home ‘A’ team swim meets on Saturdays, the pool will open for members’ use at 12:00 p.m. or as soon as the meet has ended. During the same time period, on Wednesday afternoons, the pool will close at 5:00 p.m. 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 through the list-serve, club website and bulletin board postings.

Swimming Pool operating hours for members use are as follows:

From Saturday May 27 through Thursday, June 15 Hours
Monday-Thursday 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm (noon)- 8:30 pm
From Friday June 16th through Sunday, September 3
Hours
Monday-Saturday 11:00 am -9:00 pm*
Sunday 12:00 pm (noon) to 9:00 pm*

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

From Monday, September 4 through September 10 (Closing Day) Hours
Monday-Thursday 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm (noon) to 8:30 pm

Early Bird Swim

The pool will be open at the dates and times below for Early Bird Swim. Early Bird Swim is for lap swimming only and only those aged 16 and older will be admitted. No Daily Guests will be admitted during Early Bird Swim.

Dates Days of the Week Hours
Monday, June 19 – Friday July 28 Monday-Friday only 6:30 am-8:00 am
Monday, July 31 – Friday, September 1 Monday-Friday only 6:30 am-8:30 am

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 8:45 p.m.

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 the 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 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 members and their guests.  The gates are to be kept locked whenever the courts are not in use. The code for the locks is available at the front desk for members to access or on the website under Tennis (if member is signed in).

Backboard: Only one person may use the backboard at a time.

Days of the Week Tennis Courts  – Hours of Operations Backboard (Court 2)  –Hours of Operations
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to dusk 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m. to dusk 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to dusk 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tennis Court Usage Rules

  1. NO pets and NO wheeled apparatus (ex: 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 property owned by the Club.

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 up 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 property owned by the Club 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 Policy

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, and 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 in use, 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, July 4, and Labor Day picnics
  5. Evening dinner socials sponsored by the Club (three times per season)

Parking Enforcement Procedures

License plate numbers: Club members must list the makes and license plate numbers of all of the member’s cars when they pay their annual dues. The Club will compile a list of all members’ cars and identify vehicles that belong to members who live on Baltimore Avenue, Glen Cove Parkway or Allan Terrace within two blocks of the swim club. The Club’s special zoning exception, granted by the County, requires us to collect information about all members’ cars.  

Determination of parking violations:   License plates will be checked during the pool season, at various times each day, (i) on Baltimore Avenue between Glen Cove Parkway and Montgomery Avenue; (ii) on both blocks of Glen Cove Parkway; and (iii) on the portion of Allan Terrace adjacent to and opposite the elementary school playground and playing fields. Checks will be timed in accordance with staff work shifts and break times to ensure that safety is not compromised when a staffer leaves the pool area.

Pool staff will compare the list of license plate numbers to the membership list. If the numbers are on the list of member-reported cars, and are not assigned to a member-household on the three named streets, staff will check the Club sign-in log to see if anyone from the member’s household checked into the pool on that date. Members who are found to have violated the Club’s parking restrictions are subject to the Parking Violation Sanctions listed below.

The Pool Administrator shall maintain a log of license plate checks providing the date, the time and the signature or initials of the person who conducted the check.

Parking Violations Sanctions

1st violation in a season:  Warning letter sent which states the date and time of the suspected violation and consequences for subsequent violations.

2nd violation in a season: 3-day suspension of pool privileges for all licensed drivers of the household.   Notification made by call from Board President.

3rd violation in a season:  2-week suspension of Club privileges for all licensed drivers of the household.   Notification made by letter and call from Board President.

4th violation in a season:  Suspension of Club privileges for the remainder of the season for all members of the household.  Notification made by letter and call from Board President.

Appeals: Any pool member who has been cited for a parking violation may appeal to the Club Board with information showing that there was no violation.  The Board may, by 2/3 majority, vote to expunge the violation notice from the member’s record if it there is a sufficient demonstration that there was no violation.

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 health and 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 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.

Smoking

No smoking will 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.)

Smoking Violation Sanctions

First violation of the season: The member will be sent a written notice from the Board President; Second Violation of the season: The member’s and his/her family’s Club privileges may be suspended; the member will be notified in writing by the Board President.

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.

Guests and Guest Fees

Admission Procedure: All members and their guests must check in at the front desk prior to entering the pool area. Daily guests will be admitted only when accompanied by an active member in good standing or a Senior Limited Use Pass or Senior Emeritus Pass holder. The member shall register each guest with the guard at the check-in desk. The gate attendant will deduct the appropriate number of guest fees from the member’s account. The guest is then free to use the Club for the remainder of that day.

Members wishing to bring guests to the pool will identify themselves and their guests to pool staff. Guest cards will be maintained by the pool staff in the computerized membership system.

Number of Guests: Each shareholder family is limited to 15 guest visits during a two-week period. (Paid monthly houseguests or family members who are identified as noted below are not included in the 15-guest limit). No Guest Fee will be required for guests 3 years old or younger. A “visit” shall extend from the time the guest is registered by the host member until the pool closes that day.

During August, a member may invite 20 guests per two-week period.

Any member who would like to bring 10 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.

The Club will bill members $25.00 to cover the cost of each check returned for insufficient funds.

2017 Guest Passes

Daily Guests ($3.00/weekdays and $6.00 weekends/holidays): A daily guest fee is charged on all adult guests and on guest children over the age of 3 years. Guest fees must be paid with a guest pass (see below). No cash will be accepted. The Club will bill members $25.00 to cover the cost of each check returned for insufficient funds.

Guest Pass ($30.00): Guest Passes for Daily and Family Guests are maintained via the electronic gatekeeping system and must be purchased by check at the front desk, or online by credit card. Guest accounting will be monitored at the front desk. The Club will bill members $25.00 to cover the cost of each check returned for insufficient funds.

Family Guest Pass ($30.00): Any active member with the right to purchase guest passes may, by written authorization provided to the Pool Administrator, authorize specific family members currently on the wait list to use the pool as daily guests under a Family Guest Pass; the 15 visit limit will not apply. After the initial visit, members will not be required to accompany those family members to the pool. Members are responsible for the conduct of their guests; it is recommended that members acquaint their guest with Club rules ahead of time. The Club will bill members $25.00 to cover the cost of each check returned for insufficient funds.

Houseguests ($45.00/person/30 days or $135.00/season): Persons who reside with a member but are not related to the member, such as exchange students or live-in domestic help, will be regarded as houseguests and not as members of the shareholder’s family. Houseguests will be permitted upon the approval by the Membership Chairperson. To apply, the member or End-of-Season guest must provide the name, address, and relationship of the houseguest and the intended length of stay on the annual invoice, or in a written communication (letter or email) addressed to the Membership Chair.  The sponsoring member must accompany houseguests the first time they come to the pool and register with the Front desk attendant. The Club will bill members $25.00 to cover the cost of each check returned for insufficient funds.

End-of-Season Guest Pass: In 2017, end-of-season guest passes will be offered to a limited number of families on the current Club application waiting list for August. Offers will begin at the top of the waiting list and proceed down the list until the summer guest passes which are available have been purchased. The end-of-season guest pass is valid for usage of the pool only from Saturday, August 1 through and including Closing Day.   Families who accept the end of season guest pass may purchase a houseguest pass per guidelines above but may not purchase Club guest passes and may not bring guests to the Club. The Club will bill End-Of-Season guests $25.00 to cover the cost of each check returned for insufficient funds.

Extended Season Guest Pass – For the 2017 Season and to help ongoing evaluation of LFSC facilities utilization, the Board approves issuing an Extended Season Guest Pass to no more than 12 families on the current club application waiting list. Offers will begin at the top of the waiting list and proceed down the list until the desired number of Extended Season Guest Passes has been purchased. Accepting an offer of an Extended Season Guest Pass is NOT an offer of Membership and does NOT carry year-over-year. Extended Season Guest pass holders may participate fully in swim and dive meets (A & B).

Limited Use Passes: Subject to the same household and residence restrictions as apply to members, the Club offers two limited access guest programs for current inactive and former members outlined below. The Club will bill limited use pass holders $25.00 to cover the cost of each check returned for insufficient funds.

Emeritus Guest Pass:  The Senior Emeritus Pass is offered to Club members (or spouses) who are 55 years or older who have resigned from the club on or after January 1, 2013, and purchased the pass in the year of their actual resignation and each subsequent year.

Senior Limited Use Pass Holders (No Longer Available: Replaced with Senior Emeritus Guest Pass): The Senior Limited Use Pass is offered to inactive members aged 60 or older who had purchased the Senior Limited Use Pass in the immediately preceding year.

Limited Use Rules and Restrictions:

  • Limited Use Pass holders are required to check in at the Front desk as other members do and may access the pool and /or tennis courts.
  • Limited Use Pass holders need not be accompanied by an active member.
  • Limited Use Pass holders may use either the pool and /or the tennis courts when redeeming one of their guest pass privileges; use of both the tennis courts and the pool on the same day counts as just one use.
  • Limited Use Pass holders may visit the Club up to 20 times during the calendar year on their pass.
  • Limited Use Pass holders may bring guests by purchasing one (1) additional guest pass (10 punches) at the current guest pass rate.
  • Limited Use Pass holders are limited to just one (1) guest pass (10 punches) per season.
  • Unused annual visits (the initial 20) do not roll over to the following year; separately purchased guest passes may be rolled over and used in the subsequent year.
  • The Limited Use Pass does NOT need to be redeemed for participation in the following Club activities: 1) early-bird swim and morning aerobics classes; 2) attending social events at the pool; and 3) attending club events such as swim and dive meets.

 

 

 

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