El Cerrito Tennis Club

I.    Tournaments

A.    Follow entry blank instructions and send entry in on time. The Tournament Committee will inform you of your playing times. Report to the tournament desk on time and ready to play. Stay close to the tournament desk until you are assigned a court.

B.    If you win, you must promptly report your scores and return the balls to the tournament desk. Before you leave, find out when and where your next match is.

C.    You must appear for your match. Do not default without valid excuse. The following are valid excuses: death in the family, serious illness, injury received in an earlier match.

D.    The Tournament Committee has the right to govern discipline, including suspension, for any players committing any of the following:

  • Competing in two concurrent tournaments – ECTC, NCTA or otherwise.
  • Defaulting a match without giving sufficient notice to the director and opponent.
  • Use of loud, vulgar, offensive, abusive language.
  • Use of obscene gestures.
  • Other unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • A tournament director can initiate disciplinary action against a player by having a written notice, including instructions as to right of appeal, sent by certified mail to that player.

The Tournament Committee may forward a letter of reprimand to player(s). The player(s) shall be given notice that he/she can respond to the complaint in writing to the Tournament Committee within 10 days.

A ruling for or against suspension will be made as indicated by the facts as they are perceived by the Tournament Committee. Any
ruling for suspension of a player requires the affirmative vote of at least four members of the Committee.

Other disciplinary matters will be ruled by a majority vote of the Committee.

Any player dissatisfied with the ruling of the Tournament Committee has the right to appear before the Committee to appeal his/her case.




    II.    Conduct of Play

    A.    During a match you may not accept any coaching or talk with your parents, friends, or spectators except during an official rest period between the second and third sets.

    B.    If you do not have an umpire, you must call all lines on your side of the net. Any doubt must be called in favor of your opponent. Calls of “out” and “let” must be made instantly. Any delay or doubtful call implies that it was not seen clearly. Any ball you do not call “out” is presumed good (including serves). Do not play “two.” Do not ask a spectator for an opinion.

    C.    If you are serving, it is your responsibility to call out the set and game scores.

    D.    In doubles, if you are receiving, your partner may call the
    service line. If one partner calls the ball good and the other calls it out, the point goes to the opponent.

    E.    When the first serve is obviously out, it is discourteous to return it across the net purposely.

    F.    The foot fault is a violation. If you foot fault unknowingly, you are taking unfair advantage of your opponent; if you foot fault knowingly, you are cheating.