Introduction

We want everyone to have fun at the tennis club, but it would be wrong for us not to have a few rules in place to safeguard the Club and our members. Please familiarise yourself with the rules before playing.

Please also understand that our Committee are all volunteers and whilst dedicated, also have busy lives. Please be patient and don’t hesitate to offer your advice, help and assistance in any way you feel able.

Protection of the Courts and Facilities

  • To protect the courts and yourself from injury please wear appropriate footwear for tennis.
  • Non-marking shoes should be worn and you may be asked to leave the courts if not wearing suitable footwear.
  • No scooters, bikes, roller skates or similar are allowed on the courts; please don’t bring dogs onto the courts.
  • Nets should be loosened at the end of play or at the end of a club night.
  • All items of rubbish should be removed from the court and placed in the bins provided.
  • No food is to be eaten on the courts.
  • No smoking, illegal substances or alcohol may be brought onto the Club premises save that alcohol may be brought onto the premises with the permission of the Committee for the purposes of social events organised or sanctioned by the Club.

Constitution and Codes of Practice
The Club has adopted and maintains a Constitution and several policies for the safe running of the Club. These policies include child protection. The policies are posted in the clubhouse, but if you would like a copy of any of our policies please contact a member of the committee who will be happy to see that you receive one. Joining the Club means that you agree to abide by the policies and the constitution of the Club.

Club Nights and Tournaments
Senior Club Sessions – 7pm until last light Monday evenings and Wednesday evenings and from 2pm on Saturday afternoons

Junior Club Nights and Coaching – Tuesday evenings (start times vary – see below)

Monthly tournaments – These are organised by the Committee and a fixtures timetable will be
posted on the Club website. A small charge may be made to cover costs of balls, prizes and other sundry costs of the tournament.

No pre-booking is required for Club Nights, just turn up and play. On Wednesday Club nights the Committee will endeavour to provide stewards to play with those who come along unaccompanied and a rota for stewarded club nights will be posted on the website. Volunteers from the membership to steward are welcomed and encouraged. However please note that this cannot be guaranteed.

Court Booking

  • No court booking is required and members may use the courts at any time during daylight hours subject to the Club Nights above and ad hoc events.
  • At busy times members are requested to be considerate, play short sets and circulate to allow everyone to enjoy the courts.
  • Some ad hoc events may be organised and these will be posted on the website so please check this before arriving at the Club.

Junior Club Night and Coaching
Junior Club Night is Tuesday evening during the Summer Term. 

Coaching is subject to an additional fee and is open to non-members. Times vary according to demand and times and costs are posted on the Club website. Junior Members are entitled to a discount on the fee.

The Committee also endeavour to provide some summer coaching for juniors. The format will vary according to demand and availability of coaches and details will be posted on the Club website.

Balls
Members are asked to bring their own balls, tennis balls are not provided by the Club save for Junior Tennis nights. Tournament balls will be provided for organised tournaments.

General
We want this Club to be a vibrant, sociable, community club, please help publicise the Club – the majority of new members join clubs through word-of-mouth recommendations and it is really useful if members can publicise their Club.

Please use the Club website to keep informed of forthcoming events and news, to email the committee and to submit news/information for the website.

Please follow our Facebook feed: www.facebook.com/baxterbrooksidetennis and share our news with your friends.

Please put forward your views and ideas on a regular basis to ensure the Club continues to work well for members and the community. Members can put forward their concerns or suggestions in a number of ways, including: talking to, or emailing via the website, one of the club’s committee members or coaches; via the Suggestions Box in the clubhouse; and raising points at/before the AGM meeting.

All Members are asked to abide by the Club Rules, and the Child Protection and Health & Safety
Policies. The Club is a not-for-profit Community Amateur Sports Club, run in line with our Club Constitution and the tennis and community objectives included in our Constitution.

Court Etiquette

  • A short set should be played if other members are waiting to play on a club night.
  • This is a family club, please wear appropriate clothing, use appropriate language and be expected to ask to leave the courts if these rules are not adhered to.
  • Members are asked to avoid disturbing players on court during play eg by walking across the back of their court or conducting noisy conversations on court or nearby.
  • If you are an experienced adult or older junior please try to offer younger or less experienced players the chance to have a hit against you if they are waiting for a game.

Visitors
Non–members are ‘Visitors’. A fee of £3 must be paid for all visitors before starting play and their name entered in the Visitors’ book situated in the Clubhouse. Fees must be paid to a committee member. The honesty box must be used if nobody is available to take the fee. An individual may play as a guest a maximum of three times per year. Visitor’s fees will be waived for visiting players who are part of an organised inter-club tournament but a small tournament fee may be charged for all players in such tournaments.

Communication
To keep costs down all communications will be via email, members must supply a valid email address upon joining and notify the membership secretary of any changes. Members should add the Club email address to their ‘safe senders’ list in order to avoid communications being put in their junk mail folder.

Access and use of the Facilities

  • Access to the front gate and the courts is via combination locks, the code will be notified to you upon joining and changes will be notified via email.
  • Members should not share the code or their keys and any member found doing so will immediately forfeit the remainder of their membership with no refund of their fee.
  • Senior Members will be given one key to the Clubhouse upon payment of £5 returnable deposit (one per membership, eg one key per family membership) for the duration of their membership.
  • Members can obtain a key for the lock to the car park gate at Penhros Avenue upon payment of £5 returnable deposit.
  • Keys must be returned at the end of the membership period.
  • Junior members may not access the Clubhouse without a Senior Member being present.
  • Club members are not permitted on the Bowling Club green.
  • Lights and electrical appliances are to be switched off at the socket and the Clubhouse and Courts locked up on exit from the Club by the last member present.
  • Security is of the utmost concern and it is essential that all members lock-up the Clubhouse and Courts on leaving, and report any concerns.
  • You are welcome to use the kitchen facilities but please wash up, dry up and put away any crockery or utensils used when you have finished.

Membership Fees and Payment:
Please see details for current membership rates and how to pay in this link.