Code of Conduct

Tennis is a unique sport, one that is often played without supervision, referees or officials. As a tennis player, it is important that you know and follow the rules and practice the courtesy of good sportsmanship and etiquette on court. Please know and abide by the following rules which will ensure a better playing experience for all members.

1. Read and follow “The Code” at all times when on the tennis courts.

2. Show respect to all players at all times.

3. No profanities, yelling or screaming at any time while on court.

4. Phone use on the courts should be limited to emergencies. Respect the time of your partner and/or opponents.

5. Please limit food to fruit or small snacks. Drinks should be limited to water and sports drinks. No smoking or alcohol—remember that you are on a high school campus.

6. Please keep the courts clean by picking up all balls when done and throwing away any trash.

7. Please wear appropriate attire on court. Shirts must be worn, non-marking shoes only and no cut-offs or jeans.

8. If you need to cross a court that is occupied, please only cross in between points.

9. Do not retrieve a ball from another court while their point is still in progress. Please wait until they finish their point.

10. Since stray balls are distracting and potentially dangerous, you should call a "let" if a ball rolls onto the court while the point is in play. A "let" is basically a do-over, and the point should be replayed.

11. If you are not certain that a shot was out, play it in. Give the benefit of the doubt to your opponents and respect their calls.

12. If there is a disagreement, offer a let. In other words, replay the point, even if it was a second service.

13. Don't criticize your partner or opponent(s), offer encouragement.

14. Have fun!

The entire objective of playing tennis, aside from being good exercise, is to have fun. If you follow these rules of etiquette everyone will have a better time on the courts.