Club Rules and Etiquette Code

Introduction

Standards, Etiquette and Complaints

This policy sets out good practice developed by the Lawn Tennis Association around standards and values expected to be adopted by tennis clubs around the country. In particular, it covers player behaviour standards, Tennis Etiquette and Great Baddow LTC Club Rules. The policy sets out a code of conduct for all tennis members to follow. These are set out so that every member is clear about what is expected to create the right playing environment.

This policy is seen as good practice and captures the behaviour expected at Great Baddow LTC and demonstrated by the vast majority of members. It is produced now to ensure the right tennis playing environment that members have enjoyed for many years. Any complaints relating to breaches of etiquette should be directed to the club committee.

Aim of Policy

The aim of this policy is to:

  1. Ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
  2. To inform members about the standards of behaviour and etiquette expected so that we create the right playing environment for individuals and the club to flourish.
  3. To identify the club rules that can be applied consistently; and
  4. To create a complaints procedure so that, where there is a shortfall in behaviour, this can be addressed.

Setting standards and values is about the integrity of Great Baddow LTC and the image and professionalism GBLTC wants to project.

Standards of behaviour, etiquette, club rules behaviour

GBLTC is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Tennis should be enjoyed by everyone who wants to play the game. This policy is fully supported by the Club Committee.

All members must treat other members with dignity and respect. Dignity is about respectful, responsible, fair behaviour. There must be no inappropriate actions, behaviour, comments or

physical contact, which may cause offence i.e. mental or physical anxiety or hurt to an individual: Inappropriate actions include:

  • Racquet throwing
  • Swearing
  • Being abusive or aggressive
  • Intimidating
  • Questioning another person’s integrity over line calls or other actions
  • Causing danger to other players through your play

 

Etiquette

Tennis etiquette is different from the rules of the game. It covers a broad range of actions and behaviours which are traditionally considered acceptable on and around the tennis court. Here are some actions and behaviours that GBLTC recommends to members:

When playing please wear recognised sports clothing (not jeans, beachwear or football shirts etc.) and most importantly “Tennis Shoes “. This is for two reasons, first, other shoes mark and damage the courts and second, non tennis shoes do not grip the courts as well and can cause accidents and avoidable injury if you were to fall or slip.

Show respect and courtesy

 To your opponent(s), your partner, and others on or near the courts. Keep your voice down and confined to your court as much as possible so as not to disrupt players on adjacent courts.

 If you get into a loud dispute with your opponent, take it off the court and away from other players.

 Do not criticise your partner or opponent, be positive and offer encouragement instead.

 Please do not walk behind players whilst a game or a rally is in progress, this is to avoid distracting other members and most importantly to avoid any potential accidents on court.

Club Rules

Tennis Balls

  • Adult ‘Slazenger’ balls are located under the noticeboard in the clubhouse. Please only take 4 balls maximum and for the court you are intending to use.
  • Junior ‘Head’ balls are located currently in the porch. Please only take 4 balls maximum.
  • Tennis balls are provided for use ON COURT only.

On Court

  • Only appropriate non-marking tennis footwear is permitted
  • Only appropriate sports clothing is permitted to be worn
  • Mobile phones must be switched off
  • Rude and offensive language is not permitted
  • If the club is busy and players are waiting, then the rule is to play one short set only (first to 6 games) and then vacate the court. Doubles games have priority over singles games at all times
  • When entering and leaving courts please ensure you are not interfering with anyone else’s game
  • Please ensure that gates to the courts are shut.
  • Please use the paths and steps and do not cut across the grass verges
  • If the courts are covered in leaves or debris, please sweep them prior to play with the drag mats provided and hang the drag mats up after use
  • If your ball should go onto the neighbouring court, which is also in use, do not retrieve it during play, but wait and ask for it back
  • Should a ball you are using go out of court completely then please retrieve it unless it has gone into a neighbour’s garden, when it is considered ‘lost’
  • All balls should be collected at the end of play and returned to the appropriate rack in the clubhouse
  • ALL litter must be removed at the end of play and deposited in the appropriate receptacle either in the clubhouse or in the wheelie bin by the porch door
  • All Captain’s or their representatives, are responsible for the safe removal and disposal of the metal ring pulls from cans of balls
  • All accidents MUST be recorded in the Accident Book located behind the door in the bar
  • All members attending Club Play sessions should be inclusive and welcoming
  • During Club Play sessions stronger players are expected to adjust their style of play accordingly when playing with or against weaker players. All players are expected to observe the accepted standards of tennis etiquette at all times
  • Coaching sessions are ONLY permitted with one of the club’s 3 authorised coaches – Ash Baker, Katie Lucas, Jake Wyatt

The Clubhouse and Bar

  • No children are permitted in the bar area without adult supervision
  • Do not climb or drop anything over the bar area, it is ALARMED
  • No ball games are permitted within the clubhouse or bar area, other than table tennis provided
  • ALL litter in the clubhouse must be deposited in the bins provided
  • The clubhouse, bar and kitchen areas should be left clean and tidy
  • If you are the last to leave, please close all windows and ensure all doors are shut and locked appropriately

Complaints

In the event of a member or guest behaving in a manner not consistent with GBLTC etiquette, the member should raise the matter with the offending player. If the offending player persists in their behaviour, the member should seek the advice and involvement of a coach or committee member. In cases of consistent breaches of club etiquette, the member should contact the committee by email or by letter with details of the offending player and details of the breach(es) of etiquette.

The committee reserves the right to amend or add to these rules when required.