Tennis Player’s Code of Conduct

Sportsmanship is expected from every player. Understanding of and a commitment to the following on court rules are your responsibility as a player.

1. Play must be continuous from the beginning of the match.  Attempts to stall or extend rest periods are illegal.
2. Intentional distractions that interfere with an opponent’s concentration or efforts are against the rules.
3. If you have doubts as to whether a ball is out or good, you must give your opponent the benefit of the doubt and play the ball as good. You should not play a let.
4. It is your obligation to call all balls on your side to help your opponent make calls when the
opponent requests assistance. You should also call against yourself (with the exception of a first
service) any ball that you clearly see out on your opponent’s side of the net.
5. Any “out” or “let” call must be made immediately, for example made before either an opponent has hit the return or the return has gone out of play, otherwise, the ball continues in play.
6. Do not enlist the aid of spectators in making line calls.
7. If you call a ball out and then realize it was good, you should correct your call.
8. To avoid controversy over the score, the Server should announce the set score (e.g. 5-4) before
starting a game and the game score (e.g. thirty-forty) prior to serving each point.
9. If players cannot agree on the score, they may go back to the last score on which there was agreement and resume play from that point or they may spin a racket.
10. Foot faults on serves are not allowed. If an opponent persists in foot faulting after being warned no to do so, both team’s Captains should be informed.
11. Do not stall, sulk, complain, or practice gamesmanship.
12. Wait until the players on another court have completed a point before retrieving or returning a ball.

Spectator Code of Conduct

Spectators are welcome to watch and enjoy matches.  Eastman promotes good sportsmanship by athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the teams in a positive manner. Excessive cheers, profanity, racial or sexist comments or other intimidating actions will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition.

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