BST Rules

Bolton Swim & Tennis, Ltd. Rules and Regulations

The following Rules and Regulations are for the protection and benefit of all. They assure safe and sanitary operation of the pool and other facilities. Your cooperation in abiding by these Rules and Regulations will afford pleasant relaxation and recreation for all concerned.

Members, their families, and guests are requested to observe all Rules and Regulations and to obey the instructions of all Club employees.

I. Dues Responsibilities

I-A. Ownership of stock requires that annual dues must be paid each season or the stock must be surrendered by April 1.  Annual dues statements will be mailed to the membership on or before February 15.  Annual dues must be paid in full by April 1. (For categories of membership, see Section III.)

I-B. By April 1, a member must advise the secretary or his/her designee in writing of a decision to relinquish membership. Upon receipt of this notice, the secretary or his/her designee shall have ten (10) days to inform the member whether the club will exercise its right of first refusal to repurchase the member’s share of membership stock. If the Club exercises its right to repurchase the member’s share of stock, the member shall be paid for the share when the share is re-sold by the Club. If the Club declines to repurchase the member’s share of stock, the member may sell the share on his/her own.

I-C. If a member fails to pay dues in full by April 15, the secretary may close the membership and, upon resale of the member’s share of stock, refund the current share value less any unpaid dues and/or guest fees from the prior year.

I-D. All members are assured the right to petition with respect to class of membership, payment of annual dues, and refunds resulting from cancellation of membership. Petitions should be addressed to the attention of the secretary. The Executive Committee shall make the final decision regarding any such petition.

II. General Rules and Regulations

II-A. All persons using the pool or pool area, tennis courts, or other facilities of the Club do so at their own risk and sole responsibility. The Club assumes no responsibility for any accident or injury in connection with such use, or for loss or damage of any kind to personal property.  Persons using the facilities covenant and agree to release and indemnify the Club in connection with any loss of life, for personal injury, or for loss of personal property.

II-B. Members are personally liable for any damage to the facility caused by themselves, their children, and/or their guests (including babysitters and housesitters). The cost of such damage will be charged to the responsible members.

II-C. Members must abide by all rules and are responsible for the compliance with same by their children, guests, sitters, etc. Prior to using the Club, members must execute an Acknowledgement and General Release, which is available at the Club office.

II-D. The Pool and Facilities Managers or their designees are responsible for the strict enforcement of the Rules and Regulations, and are authorized, temporarily, to prohibit any member or guest from using the Club. The Pool or Facilities Manager shall immediately notify the Rules Committee Chair and Club President of such action.

II-E. The Board of Governors may revoke a membership for good cause. Prior to doing so, the Board of Governors shall give the member whose membership is at issue an opportunity to be heard. Upon revocation, the member shall receive a refund of his/her membership share as well as a pro rata return of any dues paid.

II-F. In the event of a partnership separation, both individuals continue to assume all rights, privileges, and responsibilities of BST membership. In the event of divorce, or other permanent separation, only one member may retain the share of membership stock. The individual not retaining the share of stock may continue to use the Club facilities providing:

1. such individual pays annual dues commensurate with his or her membership class; and
2. such individual purchases the first available share of membership stock, after being placed at the end of the waiting list for such share.

II-G. Pets are not allowed within the facility at any time.

II-H. These Rules and Regulations may be revised or amended at any time upon recommendation of the Rules Committee and approval of the Board of Governors. Reasonable notice of approved changes will be given.

III. Category of Membership

III-A. Single—one person. Single members are permitted one non-paying guest per day, subject to the restriction set forth in Section V-C.

III-B. Partnership—two people residing under the same roof.

III-C. Family—members and their children who are eligible to be claimed as "dependents" for federal tax purposes.  If the head of household of a C membership is single, that member may add one adult child in lieu of an adult partner.  The adult child retains all membership rights, including that of the use of the facility by his/her own children.

III-D. Sabbatical—Stockholder may place their membership in sabbatical status for one season but not more than two (2) consecutive years within a ten (10) year period.  The stockholder may not use the facility during the entire twelve (12) month period the membership is in sabbatical status.  The club will offer use of the membership to the next applicant of the waiting list.  The applicant is not considered a stockholder and is not eligible to vote in stockholder matters.  Applicants filling a sabbatical membership must purchase the next available share of stock when offered to maintain BST membership.  In the event that by the start of a subsequent season a share of stock has not become available and there are no available memberships in sabbatical status, the applicant(s) will return to their place on the waiting list until a share becomes available.

IV. Registration Requirements

IV-A. A representative of each membership unit must sign in upon entering the facility by signing name and membership number in the register.

IV-B. Children 10 years of age and under must be accompanied at all times by an adult or babysitter who is at least 16 years old. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Pool Manager, in which event both the parent and child must complete an Age Exception Form, which is on file in the Club office.

IV-C. Upon entering the Club, all guests must be signed in by their host member. See Section

V. Guest Privileges and Regulations

V-A. Guest Responsibilities: Guests are bound by all of the Club’s Rules and Regulations.

V-B. Guest Registration:

1. For admission into the Club, all guests, other than those described in Section V-B.2, must be accompanied and signed in by a member.
2. Special Guest Categories: House guests, Housesitters, and Babysitters (only allowed when accompanying children in their charge) must be pre-registered by a member.  Housesitters residing in the house of a member must abide by the category of membership of their host and shall not include more than one couple and their children. Registration forms for each special guest category may be picked up at the Club office or from the secretary. In addition to the preregistration, all special guests must sign in upon entering the club by signing their names and the host member’s name.

V-C. No individual may be a guest at the club more than ten times a month, unless he/she qualifies as a special guest under Section V-B.2.

V-D. Guest Fees:

1. Daily regular guest fees: Monday-Friday, $2.00 daily. Saturday, Sunday, holidays, $5.00 daily.
2. House guests: $7.00 per week, or on a daily basis (as above) at member's request.
3. Housesitter/Babysitter: No fee required (see Section V-B.2).

V-E. Members' Fee Responsibility: All fees, including guest fees, will be the responsibility of the member(s) of record. All fees owed the Club must be paid no later than April 15 each year or facility privileges will not be extended.

VI. Pool Regulations

VI-A. Weather permitting, the pool will be open every day during the summer. The Board of Governors will determine the opening date and closing date for the pool.

VI-B. Pool Hours.

Weekdays: 6:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m. Adult lap swimming only.
9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. Swimming class, life saving programs, and special interest groups.
11:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. General use.

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (other than Saturdays when swim meets occupy the main pool from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.).

VI-C. The pool may be closed at any time because of weather, operational difficulties, or the discretion of the Pool Manager or his/her designee.

VI-D. Anyone wishing to swim in water above his/her shoulders must be able to swim two pool lengths and tread water for 30 seconds. Parents of children may ask a lifeguard to administer a deep water swimming test. Anyone entering the diving well must first pass the deep water swimming test.

VI-E. Other than kickboards and devices sewn into bathing suits, no life preservers, water wings, or floatation devices may be used in the main pool. (This rule does not prohibit instructional devices used in conjunction with training under the direction of a qualified pool attendant.)

VI-F. Running, pushing, wrestling, ball playing, dunking, splashing, or causing undue disturbance in or about the pool area are not permitted. At the discretion of the Pool Manager, members can play with rings or other play equipment.

VI-G. Persons having any infectious or communicable diseases, sores or inflamed eyes, colds, nasal or ear discharges, excessive sunburn, or open sores are not permitted to use the pool.

VI-H. Spouting of water and other unhygienic actions are not permitted at the Club.

VI-I. No wheeled objects (i.e., bicycles, skateboards, etc.) (except wheelchairs and baby strollers) are allowed at the Club other than in the storage area provided by the Club. Bikes shall be placed in the bike rack. The Club is not responsible for damage to any such items stored at the Club.

VI-J. Members are not permitted to use abusive or profane language or make excessive noise.

VI-K. Eating and drinking are permitted in designated areas only.  Smoking is not permitted within the facility or within 50 feet of the pool entrance.

VI-L. No glassware of any type is permitted at the Club.

VI-M. Papers, cigarettes, refuse, food wrappers, unconsumed food, and paper plates and cups must be deposited in trash cans.

VI-N. First aid supplies may be obtained from the life guards.

VI-O. Only one person may be on the diving board at a time. Diving is permitted only from the diving board and the five-foot end of the pool. Dives must be made straight away from the board.

VI-P. Lap lanes are reserved for adult members and adult guests.

VI-Q. No equipment, furniture, etc. may be removed from the facility.

VI-R. All persons must obey the instructions of the lifeguard.

VI-S. The Pool Manager will entertain requests from members for the use of the pool and/or playground for parties during and after hours. Each request is to be considered on its own merits. All parties must be conducted in accordance with the terms of the Rules Governing Events at BST, which is available at the Club office and posted at the Club.

VI-T. Pool Regulations for Children

1. Babies not toilet-trained must wear tight-fitting rubber pants when in the main pool or the baby pool. Parents or guardians may buy approved tight-fitting rubber pants from the Club office.

2. Children under four years of age are only permitted in the main pool during general use hours, and must be accompanied and supervised by parents or guardians at all times.

3. The wading pool is restricted to children six years of age and under.

4. The wading pool will not be guarded. Children using the wading pool must be supervised at all times by their parents or guardians.

5. Except as permitted under Section IV-B, no child under ten years of age may be left at the pool unaccompanied by his/her parent or guardian.

Guide for the Use of the Tennis Courts

All members are required to cooperate with the tennis committee in protecting Club property such as tennis nets, court surfaces, the fences, and wind screens.  Parents are requested to restrain their children from swinging and climbing on the fences, digging holes in the ground adjacent to tennis courts or playing with the court maintenance equipment.

A. General Rules and Regulations

A-1. Appropriate tennis attire, including shirts, should be worn at all times. Bathing suits are not appropriate.

A-2. Only acceptable tennis shoes are permitted (flat bottomed).

A-3. Do not leave tennis can keys, tennis can tops, cigarette butts, or any debris in the court area.

A-4. Do not enter court area while being used by others.

A-5. Parents are requested to supervise their children near the tennis courts so that their conduct is not detrimental to play.

A-6. Players are to relinquish their court at the end of the reserved period upon the completion of the game in process.

A-7. Children ages 16 and must obtain permission from the Club tennis pro prior to using the Har Tru courts.  

B. Guest Regulations

B-1. Guests will be permitted only when playing with one or more members.

B-2. Members must register and make payment for their guests as noted in Section III which includes use of the pool.

C. Reservation Procedures for Courts 1 & 2 (Har Tru Surface)

C-1. Reservation times on these courts are limited to one hour for singles and one and one-half hours for doubles.  Time to begin on the hour or half-hour, as appropriate.

C-2. Reservations may be made in person at the Club or by the telephone, but no earlier than 10:00 a.m. of the previous day.

C-3. Time begins as scheduled and not upon arrival.

C-4. Reserved courts will be held for no more than 15 minutes after scheduled starting time and then are available for open play until the next reserved hour.

C-5. Individuals may not use the courts on a reserved basis more than once per day and not more than three times per week, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, but may use the courts during unreserved periods—limitation one hour.

C-6. Reservations should list all players. Guests are to be identified.

D. Procedures Governing Use of Courts 3 & 4

D-1. If court is unoccupied, sign chalkboard on bathhouse, indicating name of member players, and time at which court was occupied.

D-2. Play is limited to one hour for singles or two hours for doubles for the same people if others are registered and waiting.

D-3. If both courts are occupied, sign waiting list establishing order of play. Do not enter time, only occupying the court.

D-4. If the group which is next in line for an open court is not ready, the next group in line takes the available court, and the unprepared group must drop to the end of the waiting list.

D-5. Since courts will not be changing on a regular time basis, persons changing courts must be considerate of those whose game is still in progress.

D-6. Regularly employed members will have court preference before 9:00 a.m., between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays.

D-7. On weekdays, juniors will have preference on open courts from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

D-8. Except on holidays and Sundays, the Club tennis pro will have priority use of the courts for scheduled lessons.