Club Rules and Etiquette

Court Usage

Court availability is in accordance with a first-come-first-served policy.

Saturday and Sunday leagues have priority on the lighted courts. Any of the other available hard courts may be used for thirty-minute intervals at a time. This is subject to the unused courts not being needed by other league players during league weekends.

During summer and holiday camps, priority is given to the camps on the unlighted courts.

Before Going On The Court

All members and guests must wear proper athletic or tennis attire (no color restrictions apply) on the courts. Only athletic shoes with non-marking, non-damaging soles are allowed on the courts. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times on the courts.

Please remember to be considerate not only of those you are playing with on the courts, but those who are playing on adjacent courts as well. Please keep voices low so as not to disturb other players.

Booking A Court

Court bookings are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Round Robins, League events, Tournaments and Club events have court priority.

The courts are cleaned daily. Should you wish to clean your court prior to play, you are welcome to use the equipment provided; please return it to its proper location.

Water and cups are available for your use; however, glass receptacles are not allowed.

When Entering The Court

When preparing to enter the court, please wait quietly at the gate until the players on the court nearest to the gate have finished a point. Then, quickly go to your assigned court, ensuring that you are not moving behind a court when a point is in play. Wait until the point is over then move quickly along the fence line to your own court.

During Play

Always control your temper – do not throw your racquet or equipment; do not smash a ball in frustration.

Players should not argue about the score. It is the responsibility of person serving to call out the score in advance of serving. Each player (or team) should call all balls that bounce on their side of the net.

One of the most fundamental principles of tennis when played without an umpire is that you must always give your opponent the benefit of the doubt. The rules provide that a ball is “in” unless it is clearly seen as “out”. If a ball has touched even a portion of the line, it is good. If you are in doubt as to how to call a ball because you have not seen it clearly, you may ask your opponent to help you on the call. If you do so, you must accept your opponent’s call. Never play a let because you are unsure of the call.
Do not offer calls on your opponent’s side unless asked for assistance by him or her.

A ball is in play until it strikes the ground or fence outside the court. Allow a ball that appears to be going long to bounce before calling it out or hitting, catching or otherwise touching it.

Ball Rolling Onto Other Courts

If a ball rolls onto your court from an adjacent court and you are rallying (not yet playing a match) – stop rallying and return the ball immediately to one of the people on the next court. If the players from whose court the ball came are in mid-point, wait until they finish or gently roll their ball along the fence behind them.

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