Updated: 25 Sep 2020 Update following 22 Sep revision
Published: 02 Sep 2020

PHASE 2 - What this means for you. Updated after 22 September announcement

Following the Government’s update on 22 September, the immediate implications for Rackets are:

  1. Rackets remains at Phase 2 (bubbles)
  2. School professionals can continue to coach a single group of  up to 15 juniors within their defined school bubbles.
  3. Professionals can continue to coach a single pair of players but they must not coach multiple pairs simultaneously.
  4. Anyone inside a Rackets club is strongly recommended to wear a face covering unless on court or with an underlying health condition.
  5. All bars/restaurants/cafes in Rackets clubs must be closed from 10pm – 5am in accordance with national guidance for bars and restaurants.

Sport England have produced a useful FAQ page, which is quite useful.

PHASE 2 - What this means for you…

From the 1st September all Rackets playing venues are able to move into Phase 2 of our ‘Phased Return to Play’. What this means for players is that they can form ‘Rackets Bubbles’ and play full-court singles matches although additional hygiene and club specific measurements will be in place.


Clubs will gradually start using this term as they implement safety measures to keep players safe. Please bear in mind that some clubs may take longer to put all of the measures in place to adhere to the safety guidelines that are required.


A ‘Rackets Bubble’ consists of up to SIX players from the same club. Where schools have existing bubbles, e.g. a year group or a house, it is expected that players within that year group or house will form larger Rackets bubbles in line with the school’s overarching risk assessments.

Bubbles are able to play a full-court singles Rackets match (doubles is not currently permitted unless all players are in the same household bubble) with the following conditions:

  • ‘Zones’ must be used to maintain social distancing throughout the warm-up.
  • Each player serves at all times with their designated and separate ball, with both balls being changed at the half way point in the match, or if the opponent asks for a new ball (e.g. in the case of breakage/damage).
  • When a player reaches 8 points both players must wipe away any sweat, sanitise their hands and sanitise or change the balls.
  • Players must not wipe their hands on the walls.
  • Players are not allowed to shout or raise their voice.

With restricted court time, we recommend the following conditions on matches to help cap the time taken by each match:

  • Play the best of three games.
  • Play first to 15 points and then sudden-death at 14-all. (Sets to 3 or 5 are not played at this time).

We also recommend the use of protective eye-wear or visors at all times. 


  • Agree what other five members are going to be in your ‘Rackets Bubble’.
  • Inform your club’s COVID Compliance Officer (CCO) of the name and contact details of your ‘Rackets Bubble’.
  • Confirm with your CCO that you have read the guidelines within this page and that you are allowed to play.
  • You can only belong to one ‘Rackets Bubble’ unless you have a 7-day break between joining another bubble and as long as your CCO agrees.


  • Follow the T&RA Guidance and follow your club’s or school’s protocol for those with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Players within a club's ‘Rackets Bubble’ that have been in contact with the symptomatic player, within seven days prior, must self-isolate and adhere to the Government Guidelines.
  • Even if other players in the bubble show no symptoms they must self-isolate and take a test, whether or not the symptomatic player has tested positive or negative.
  • Players in the ‘Rackets Bubble’ can resume play if the COVID-19 test is negative.


If you are not able to form a bubble or if your club has not got the measurements in place to allow ‘Rackets Bubbles’ we recommend playing ‘Zones’ which is a modified version of the game which allows players to adhere to social distancing measures. Find the guidelines for playing with ‘Zones’ below.


‘Zones’ is a modified version of Rackets that allows two players from different households (outside a common support bubble) to play on court at the same time:

  • Only two players permitted.
  • The aim is to hit a winner or force an error from your opponent as in regular Rackets.
  • Only one player serves / touches the ball with their hand during the match.
  • Both players must keep to their side of the court throughout each rally, using the full length of the court whilst maintaining safe social distancing throughout.
  • If a player crosses into the other side of the court, they immediately forfeit the rally.
  • If there is a danger of players breaching a safe social distance, they must call a let and replay the rally.
  • Once a rally is complete, players switch sides of the court (maintaining a safe social distance) and the server restarts play.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing office@tennsiandrackets.com

Please remember that we have developed this Phased Return in accordance with Government Guidelines and it is always evolving and may change at any point.

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