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Texas Pickleball Membership Agreements: What You Need To Know

By Business Contracts, Business Lawyer

If you own a Texas pickleball club that sells memberships, you’ll want to make sure you comply with state law.

For example, if your membership contracts violate the Texas Health Spa Act, they’re void, i.e. you can’t enforce them when seeking payment from the members who signed them.

There’s also the state’s biometrics law. If you collect biometric data (e.g., fingerprint scans), you’ll want to make sure you comply with this law too.

Now don’t assume you’re not collecting this type of data if not done on site. Because some membership scheduling and payment mobile apps used by facilities do collect it.

Of course your Texas pickleball membership agreements should be complemented with other legal docs designed to protect you while enabling you to grow your business. For example, you’ll want waivers and releases signed by members and guests.

And you’ll want a media release so that you can market your pickleball club using video and photos taken of members and guests.

If you need help ensuring your Texas pickleball membership club complies with state law, schedule a phone consultation with Business Lawyer Mike Young. He represents Texas pickleball clubs and pickleball-related websites.

Does The Texas Health Spa Act Apply To Pickleball Clubs?

By Business Contracts, Business Lawyer

texas pickleball clubDo you have a Texas pickleball club that sells memberships? And a physical facility for your club (leased or owned)? Then chances are you’re going to have to comply with the Texas Health Spa Act if your club is based in the Lone Star State.

Why The Health Spa Act Applies To Pickleball Clubs

Under the Health Spa Act, a “health spa” is a business that sells or offers to sell memberships for instruction in or use of facilities for a physical exercise program.

Now, what’s a facility?

A “facility” means a physical building with equipment and other improvements. For example, if you have a building with pickleball courts that you’ve leased space for your club.

Related Article: Texas Health Spa Act Security Requirements

And if you’re using a physical facility like this for your pickleball club and you’re selling memberships, you need to take a look at the State Health Spa Act. Because there are some certain requirements that may need to comply with so that your membership agreements are valid.

What Happens If You Don’t Comply With The Spa Act For Your Texas Pickleball Club?

If you violate the Texas Health Spa Act, your pickleball membership contracts may be void on their face.

In other words, no matter what’s signed by the pickleball club member, even if it looks legitimate as a contract, it’s void and not enforceable against that member because the Act has not been followed.

So, what should you do?

1. Retain an experienced Texas business lawyer who understands how to comply with the Texas Health Spa Act and Texas’ biometrics law.

2. Get your pickleball club properly registered with the state.

3. Make sure that you have a membership agreement, waivers, and media releases you need to protect your club.