FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you play?

We play on public tennis courts in Redwood Shores at Shorebird Park and Dolphin Park.  We reserve the courts from the City of Redwood City for tournaments and open play dates.

Do you offer tennis lessons?We do not offer tennis lessons and please note that Redwood City does not permit private instructors to teach on public courts.  The following organizations offer private and group lessons to adults and children:

  • City of Redwood City Parks & Recreation Department. is probably the lowest cost option.  RC Parks & Rec regularly offers group lessons for children from the Stanford Whitlinger staff on City courts and, occasionally, lessons for adults.  
     
  • The Bay Club, Redwood Shores (www.bayclubs.com) is a rather expensive private club.  They have 6 outdoor courts and 2 indoor courts, as well as fitness equipment, multiple swimming pools, and a spa.  The professional tennis staff offers private and semi-private group lessons; women's clinics; and tennis summer camp for children. 2020 Update: Bay Club plans to remove the indoor courts in Redwood Shores and install some sort of covering over the outdoor courts; they have acquired an indoor tennis facility on Broadway in Burlingame.
     
  • Peninsula Community Center, Redwood City (www.peninsulacommunitycenter.com) is a smaller, less expensive private club.  They have 5 tennis courts, fitness equipment, and a swimming pool.  The professional tennis staff offers private and semi-private group lessons; women's and co-ed clinics; and tennis summer camp for children.
     
  • Silicon Valley Tennis Academy, San Carlos (www.svtennisacademy.com) teaches on the San Carlos School District's Arguello Tennis Courts (4 courts) in San Carlos.  They offer private and semi-private group lessons; and numerous clinics and group lessons for all ages.

Do you have USTA league teams?
Our focus is on social tennis and, as such, we do not participate in USTA leagues.  Many of our members do play in USTA leagues but with other clubs. 

    What are the benefits of membership?
    Tournament fees are lower with membership and socials are free.  Members are given the opportunity to register for tournaments before guests (and some events are open to members only).  Members also receive event notifications and club news via email.  The Members-Only Section of our website includes access to the Members Directory and Photo Gallery.

    Who is allowed to join?
    RSTC Membership is open to adult tennis players who can play at the 3.0 (Intermediate) level or higher.

    The NTRP Rating describes the 3.0 player as "fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks accuracy when trying for directional control, depth, pace or altering distance of shots."

    The 2.5 player is "learning to judge where the oncoming ball is going and how much swing is needed to return it consistently. Movement to the ball and recovery are often not efficient.  Can sustain a backcourt rally of slow pace with other players of similar ability and is beginning to develop strokes."

    How do I sign up?
    Click on Member Application, fill in the application and submit your membership fee.  Once we receive payment, which usually takes just a few minutes with online payment, your application will be reviewed by the Board.  You may be contacted to discuss your skill level prior to approval of your application.  After approval, your account will be activated.

    Are membership fees pro-rated?
    No, our membership fees are already very low and we do not pro-rate them.  If you play a tournament and/or attend a social as a guest and then decide you want to join the club, we will apply your tournament/social fees towards your membership, upon request.

    What membership level should I choose?
    General Membership is for the occasional player -- there is an additional fee per tournament.  Tournament Membership is for the frequent player and includes all tournaments.  Social Membership is intended for non-playing spouses/partners and friends who wish to come to our socials.

    What Tennis Rating should I specify?
    If you have a USTA rating or if you understand the NTRP Ratings, please enter the rating that applies to you.  Otherwise, use "D" if you are a beginning/weak player (equivalent to USTA 2.5): You can sustain a short rally at slow speeds.  Use "C" if you are an intermediate player (equivalent to NTRP 3.0): You can sustain rallies consistently at moderate speeds.  Use "B" if you are a strong player (equivalent to NTRP 3.5): You can handle pace, defend the net, and put away short lobs.  Use "A" if you are an expert player (equivalent to NTRP 4.0.)


    Members

    Logging In

    I have forgotten my password.  How do I log in?
    Click on the "Forgot password" link in the lower left corner above the "Login" button.  If you no longer have access to the email address associated with your account, you will need to email us so we can change your email address for you.

    How do I change my password?
    After logging in, click on the "Change password" link in the lower left corner above the "Logout" button.

    How do I change my email address / login name?
    Login with your old email address and then change your email address as follows: Click on the "View profile" link in the lower left corner below your name.  On your profile page, click on the "Edit profile" button.  Change your email address and then click on the "Save" button.

     

    My Account

    How do I change information about myself?
    You manage your information on your profile page.  After logging in, click on the "View profile" link in the lower left corner below your name. On your profile page, click on the "Edit profile" button. Change your information. You can also c
    lick on the "Privacy" link to set other members' visibility access. 

    How do I change my membership level?
    Send us an email.  If you wish to renew your membership at a new level, please send us an email and wait until we have changed your membership level BEFORE you renew.

    How do I renew my membership?
    If you wish to renew your membership at a new level, please send us an email and wait until we have  changed your membership level BEFORE you renew. To renew:

    1. After logging in, click on the "View profile" link above the "Logout" button.
    2. On your profile page, in the Membership details section, click on the "Renew to March 01" button.
    3. On the Membership Renewal page, review your profile information and make sure it is all up to date. Then click on the "Update and next" button.
    4. On the next page, either click "Pay online" to pay with your credit card or click "Invoice me" to pay by check.

     

    Volunteering

    I volunteered to help with an event.  Where do I get more information?
    Visit our Volunteer Information page.

    I volunteered to help with an event.  How do I get repaid for purchases?
    Fill out our Reimbursement Form and submit with your receipts to the Treasurer.

     

     

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