COURT SPORTS

ST. THOMAS YACHT CLUB

Court Sports

St. Thomas Yacht Club has a very active tennis community and holds a number of junior and adult tournaments, clinic’s and fun events annually. Whether you are new to tennis or just want to get your game back on court. Get playing, be active, have fun with friends old and new. See you court side.

 

JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM

JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM

ADULT TENNIS PROGRAM

ADULT TENNIS PROGRAM

For all court use, please use the court reservations click on the button below.

​Please review the tennis court reservation policies in the tennis rules before making a reservation. These can be found below.

Meet Coach Al Richards

The St Thomas Yacht Club is pleased to welcome back tennis pro Al Richards!   Al has a rooted history with tennis in the Virgin Islands, most notably a Bronze Medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC), which continues to be the only medal ever won for our territory in tennis.  Al coached at his alma mater, Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina as well as the University of the Virgin Islands. For many years, Al was a public school physical education instructor at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and taught hundreds of kids tennis. In addition, Al has traveled as coach with both junior and adult players to Caribbean and international tournaments. Now retired, Al has continued to coach and has worked as the Pro at Secret Harbor and most recently here at STYC just prior to the Covid 19 shutdown.  We are extremely eager to have Al with his wealth of experience and passion for the sport; teaching tennis here at our yacht club!

 

“Club Privileges” have been given to Al Richards as of 11/13/20.  Only coaches that have been granted privileges by the club manager and court sports chairperson will be allowed to teach/instruct/coach at our club. To ensure the success of our program, we would like to build the group lessons and clinics based on our members’ needs. Please share your expressed interest with Amy Tayler @ styctennis@gmail.com or 352-874-1108. I will work with Al to form the lessons and schedule the courts. Al is not considered an employee, so you will pay Al directly via cash or check for his services.  To book a private lesson, you will need to make a court reservation yourself as member, include Private w/Al in the “event name” box and club member Name in the “who” box, call or text Al Richards @ 340-344-4588 for availability. 

 

Please consider joining the STYC Court Sports Committee. Volunteer as little or as much as you would like. Experience not necessary. Our goal is to use our sea-side courts to their utmost potential, host tennis/squash socials and build a competitive environment.  For more information, please contact Amy at styctennis@gmail.com or 352-874-1108. 

Court Sign Up Guidelines
  1. No one except the Pro may sign up for any court use more than a week  in advance.
  2. All players must have completed play on a reserved court before they may reserve another court.
  3. All players’ names must be entered when reserving a court including guests/nonmembers.
  4. Courts may be reserved for periods not lasting more than one hour and a half and will be forfeited after 10 minutes if at least 2 member players are not present.
  5. Please cooperate by leaving the court promptly at the end of your assigned time.
  6. Please respect other member’s court and time allotment, restrain from interruptions and court crossing while play is in progress. Wait for end of current game, change over or use the other court entrances.
  7. Please address all suggestions, complaints, ideas to the Tennis Pro or the STYC staff.​
  8. Please click here to access our tennis court sign up calendar and book your court. Tennis courts can only be booked by STYC members.

    If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact our office at 340 775 6320.

Tennis Rules
  1. The Chairman and the Tennis Committee as a whole have au­thority over interpretation and enforcement of court rules as established by the Tennis Committee. If a dispute arises that cannot be resolved by the Tennis Committee the matter will be taken to the Board for final resolution.
  2. Tennis Pros shall comply and upheld the Rules on behalf of the STYC Tennis Committee, Board & staff
    Court hours are from 0700 to 2100 hours. Please deposit your quarters to use the lights. STYC is closed after 1900 and use of courts after that hour is at members own risk.
  3. All guests, including houseguests, must be registered at the Clubhouse office with the Club Manager and sign up and pay for court use, clinics, or lessons with Tennis Pro, prior to play.
  4. A St. Thomas resident may be invited to play three (3) times a year by any Club member (in accordance with Club by Laws). This means only 3 times / year not 3 invitations by different members.
  5. Free clinics organized by the club pro are for members only, unless otherwise specified
  6. Clinics, round robins and social events may be organized by The Tennis Committee and Tennis Pro from time to time. With the permission of The Tennis Committee chair these may be open to non-members, however, a fee will be charged and paid to the STYC office.
  7. Non-members are allowed to participate in three (3) different Six Week Packaged lessons or clinics within one 12 months cycle.  After the use of the 3 packages, the player must become a member of the STYC to use courts and participate in the tennis program..
  8. Club tournaments may be open to non-members.
  9. All monies collected including but not limited to entry fees and sponsor fees must be paid directly to the STYC office or STYC event volunteers.  At no time, should any member or non-member pay any fees to the Tennis Pro directly (excluding tips).
    All rules will be posted on the courts.
  10. Proper court attire is expected all the time. This includes shirts and proper shoes.
  11. Court 3 is reserved on  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 pm – 6 pm for members only round robin/mixer.
    Courts 3 is reserved every Sunday morning from 8 am till noon for members only round robin/mixer.
  12. Pro must reserve any court for packaged lessons and clinics (with the exception of the times allocated for mixer and free clinic above) and give the Tennis Committee and STYC staff a week’s notice to communicate with members.
  13. Pro must reserve any court for a “non programmed” individual tennis lesson like any other member
  14. No shows of any tennis program or lesson will forfeit court use after 20 minutes; if member has commenced match he/she shall not surrender court if players and/or Pro show up after  that period of time
  15. The Tennis Room is for the use of the Tennis Pro and STYC staff. Please restrain from storing items in this room (STYC board is working on new storage options and this rule will not be in force until that is available)

When a sign up system (whether remotely or at the STYC club house is put in place the following will apply:

  1. No one except the Pro may sign up for any court use more than a week in advance.
    All players must have completed play on a reserved court before they may reserve another court.
  2. All players’ names must be entered when reserving a court including guests/non members.
  3. Courts may be reserved for periods not lasting more than one hour and a half and will be forfeited after 10 minutes if at least 2 member players are not present.
  4. Please cooperate by leaving the court promptly at the end of your assigned time.
  5. Please respect other member’s court and time allotment, restrain from interruptions and court crossing while play is in progress. Wait for end of current game, change over or use the other court entrances.
  6. Please address all suggestions, complaints, ideas to the Tennis Pro or a member of the Tennis Committee. . 
Squash Court

Interested in playing Squash?   

Most days at around 4:30, a few die hard members duke it out in the sweat box next to the tennis courts.