At several recent AGM’s, there was a strong view from club members that the committee should publish a guide as to how members should behave on court. This code was created and reproduced below but if you would like your own copy it can be downloaded at this link. This does not replace the LTA’s Code of Conduct but represents player conduct at Busby. The LTA Code can be found at this link.
Tennis conduct covers a broad range of actions and behaviours, which are mostly common courtesy, and traditionally considered acceptable on and around the tennis court whether you’re playing tennis at a private club or public courts.
Here are some actions and behaviours we would like all our club members to follow.
Please 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. Regardless of whether you are playing a social or competitive game, no swearing or inappropriate language should be used on court.
Please do not walk onto another court during a game
Wait for the players to finish the game, or minimally the point, before walking onto their court. It is very distracting to have someone disrupt a game in progress, so if you must cross another court, do so after the game is finished and go around the court.
..and do not retrieve your ball from the other court
As with the above, it is common courtesy not to disrupt players on court during a match. If your ball rolls onto an adjacent court, wait for them to finish the game and kindly ask for their help to get their attention. Under no circumstances should you run over onto their court in the middle of a game to retrieve the ball yourself. If a stray ball comes onto your court don’t knock it back immediately, wait until the owners are ready and then hit it to the server’s end.
Always wear proper tennis shoes
This isn’t because of some out of date dress code, it’s because black-soled shoes leave marks on the courts that are difficult to get off. Make sure you wear tennis shoes onto the courts. The proper shoes also give your feet the needed support and prevent slips when running down balls, and making abrupt changes in direction.
Always use the tennis courts for tennis
A great deal of money goes into maintaining tennis courts, and it is not for freestyle BMX tricks or skateboarding or rollerblading. These other activities can damage the court surface, leaving it unplayable for tennis players, and can result in a large expenditure for repairs. Nets aren’t for sitting or swinging on-treat them with respect and don’t hit the ball off the clubhouse wall-it costs money to repaint and repair the damage.
Please pick up after yourself
Don’t leave empty drink cans or old tennis balls out on the court when you leave. Dispose of any rubbish you have in the bin. If you can’t find one, take your rubbish with you. If you have old tennis balls that you don’t want, don’t leave them on the court – leave them in the bin at the entranceway for recycling. Don’t bring food and chewing gum on to the courts.
…and it’s not just on court
When you are in the clubhouse remember to clean up after yourself whether that is washing cups, dishes or just putting rubbish in the bin. Leave the area as you would want to find it. If you are the last to go, switch off lights and water heaters before you lock up.
Adults should monitor children on the courts at all times
Everyone who plays tennis wants to encourage young children to play the game as well, but the kids must also follow these rules. Since they can tend to get distracted, it’s up to the adults with them to assist. Stray balls, running around and yelling are actions that need to be managed.
The entire objective of playing tennis, aside from being good aerobic exercise, is to have fun. You can follow this Code of Practice and still have a good time on the courts – the players on adjacent courts will appreciate it. Most of us know the right thing to do, we just need a gentle reminder every now and then.