JUNIOR POLICIES

CODE OF PRACTICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

As a junior member of Cheddar Tennis Club you are expected to abide by the following code of practice:

  • All members must abide by the rules of the tennis club.
  • All members must play within the rules of tennis and respect officials and their decisions.
  • All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
  • Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions, or inform their coach or team captain if they are going to be late.
  • Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed by the coach.
  • Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
  • Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.
  • Juniors will be given a racket tag which must be used on their racket as proof of membership.
  • Juniors may play at any time the courts are free. If  others are waiting, maximum 20 minutes playing time is allowed to finish a game.
  • Doubles takes priority over singles.
  • Juniors must give way to seniors.
  • Courts must be locked on leaving (a key is available for £5) - please contact the Membership Secretary, Kirsty Lewis, Email: membershipCLTC@gmail.com, Tel: 07711 944996
  • Juniors and parents/guardians must conform to the club’s codes of practice.

CODE OF PRACTICE FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS

As a parent or guardian of a junior member of Cheddar Tennis Club you are expected to abide by the following code of practice:

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules of tennis and play within them.
  • Dicourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance and not just results.
  • Never force your child to take part in sport.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances by all players.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept judgements made by officials.
  • Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Allow your child to play in the Mini Tennis colour stage that is appropriate to them.  This will ensure they enjoy playing the game, develop their skills and gain confidence.
  • Purchase balls and rackets that match the stage your child is at.
  • Be patient. Steady progress is unusual in children; peaks and plateaus are common.
  • Your first question following any match should be: "Did you enjoy it?" NOT "Did you win?"
  • At no stage should you communicate with your child or interfere with the on-court helpers and referees during a match - just enjoy the game and let the officials take care of the rules!