Platform Tennis Rules

RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT
Platform Tennis Rules

 

Membership:  Annual memberships are valid from September 1 – August 31. Memberships include:

  1. Use of the platform tennis courts.
  2. Use of the platform tennis hut on the above listed days and hours.
  3. Use of the platform tennis online reservation system.
  4. Participation in platform tennis league play.
  5. Participation in platform tennis club social events.

 


 

Hours of Operation:

  1. Courts:  Monday-Friday  7:00am-10:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:00am-10:00pm.  Lights will automatically turn off at 10:30pm on weekdays and 10:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Keystone Center/platform tennis hut (September 1 –April 14): Daily 7:00am-11:00pm.  The building alarm will automatically activate at 11:05pm. 

 

NOTE:  The Park District reserves the right to schedule Park District programs in the Keystone Center weekdays until 5:30pm.  If a Park District program is scheduled, the Keystone Center is closed for use as a paddle hut for the scheduled times.  A listing of any Park District programs will be posted at the building’s front door.  


Guests:  Each member is allowed to bring non-members at a fee of $5.00 per guest per use.  The guest(s) must be registered as a “Guest” in the online reservation system in advance, and payment must be made in the Guest Payment Drop Box (located in the Paddle Hut).  Payment must include guest(s) name(s) on the envelope.

Members who do not register and pay for guests will be subject to a non-refundable forfeiture of their membership 


 

Online Reservation System:  Each member will receive a member ID number.  To use the online reservation system, you must list your member ID number and the names of the other players utilizing the court.  If one of the player(s) is a non-member, a $5.00 fee is required per player (See Guests).

Members using other member names or ID numbers or do not register and pay for guests will be subject to a non-refundable forfeiture of their membership.

Online reservations can be made by clicking on the platform tennis icon at the River Forest Park District website at www.rfparks.com.

  1. Online reservations are scheduled in 1-1/2 hour time slots.
  2. Each member is allowed one (1) prime reservation per week.  Prime time  hours are:
    1.  Monday – Thursday, 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
    2. Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.
  3. Each member is allowed to make non-prime time reservations for other times not listed above.
  4. Members are limited to a 1-1/2 hour time slot, and may not piggyback time slots.
  5. Please print a copy of your online reservation as a confirmation of your reserved court time in case of any conflicts.

 


 

Use of the Platform Tennis Courts:  Each platform tennis court has two (2) labeled buttons at the entrance to each court.  One button is to operate the heaters designed to dry the courts, and the other button is to turn on the court lights.

  1. Lights:  The lights will stay on for one (1) hour.  A blue light will flash when the lights are timed to turn off.
  2. Heater:  The heaters are to be used to dry the courts only. The heaters are not designed or intended to be used to heat the court area.  Abuse in use of the heaters by members will be subject to a non-refundable forfeiture of their membership.  Abuse will also result in an increase in future membership rates due to an increase in operation costs.  Heaters will run for 20 minutes.  An orange light will flash when the heaters are timed to turn off.    If the court has not dried, push the button again to restart the heaters for an additional 20 minutes.
  3. The Keystone Center and the platform tennis courts are smoke free facilities.  Smoking is prohibited at either facility or within 20’ of the facility.

 


 

Use of Platform Tennis Hut:  The intended use of the platform tennis hut is for a room to be out of the elements while members wait their turn for court use.   Your platform tennis FOB key will log in your name and use time whenever the key is used. 

 

  • Members are responsible for the inside and outside of the platform tennis facility once they have accessed the platform tennis hut.  If a member brings a guest, they are also responsible for the actions of their guest. 
  • Children under the age of 21 must have a parent present to enter the platform tennis hut.
  • The platform tennis hut should be lock at all times.  Doors should never be propped open.
  • The Keystone Center bathrooms are open for public use via an exterior door between April 1st and November 1st.  Members utilizing the bathroom through the platform tennis hut must lock the interior bathroom door after each use.  
  • All trash must be placed in the appropriate containers inside and outside the facility.
  • All tables and chairs must remain inside the platform tennis hut.
  • No outside items are to be stored in the platform tennis hut.  All outside items will be removed and disposed of daily. 
  • The Keystone Center and the platform tennis courts are smoke free facilities.  Smoking is prohibited at either facility or within 20’ of the facility.

 

If a member loses their FOB key, a replacement key will be issued for a $10.00 replacement fee.


 

Snow Removal:  Park District snow removal schedule places the highest priority on public right-a-ways (parking lots and sidewalks).  The Park District will remove the snow off the platform tennis courts after the public right-a-ways are cleared.  After the Park District removes the initial snowfall, members are responsible for any follow-up snow removal.  The snow removal rules are:

  1. Plastic shovels will be provided at the platform tennis courts.  Use of metal shovels on the courts is prohibited as they will damage the metal deck.  Remove all snow off the deck by pushing the snow off the west edge of the deck by lifting the snow boards.
  2. Do not use any type of ice melt precuts on any of the decking.
  3. Once the snow has been removed, turn on the heaters to melt any residual snow and dry the deck.  Do not turn on the heaters before all the snow has been shoveled, as this will leave the court in an icy state and significantly waste natural gas.  

The heaters will typically take 45 minutes to dry a court, depending on weather conditions.


 

Lessons: 

  1. Group lessons will be offered through the River Forest Park District.  A lesson schedule can be viewed by clicking on the platform tennis icon at the River Forest Park District website at www.rfparks.com.
  2. Individual (private) lessons for platform tennis members will only be permitted by Park District approved platform tennis pros.  Pros wishing to conduct individual lessons must register with the Park District and schedule/pay ($10.00/hour) for court time prior to conducting lesson.  Anyone conducting lessons without scheduling/payment of court time to the Park District is subject to a $250.00 fine and prohibited from use of and Park District facility for one (1) year. 

 


 

Equipment:  Equipment is available for purchase or rental at The Depot, 401 Thatcher Avenue, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

  1. Platform tennis racquet rental:  $1 per 24 hours.
  2. Platform tennis ball purchase:  A sleeve of two (2) Wilson balls:  $10.00.

 


 

River Forest Contact Information:

Platform Tennis Primary Contact:            
Aly Copus, Athletic Supervisor
708-366-6660 x 104

Maintenance Primary Contact:
John Beto, Park Services Manager
708-366-6660 x 103
630-688-3146 cell

River Forest Platform Tennis