HTC - Code Of Conduct

Haddenham Tennis Club expects all court users to adhere to our Court Etiquette & LTA Code Of Conduct - players, parents and coaches


Court Etiquette:

Players wishing to cross behind a court which is in use, be it to retrieve a ball or enter/exit the courts, should:

  • Wait until the players change ends, or
  • Wait until a game finishes and check with the server if it is all right to cross, or
  • Wait until there is a break in the game and agree with the players to cross their court

Ensure you DO NOT

  • Cross a court whilst a point is in play, cause disruption to a game or interrupt a point
  • Interrupt a server whilst they are preparing to serve (both first and second serves)
  • Stand in a position that is off-putting to the players, make a noise or distract players whilst play is in progress



Players should wear appropriate sports clothing and footwear. Black rigid-soled shoes must not be worn as the playing surface can be damaged and no jeans please.



Players should conduct themselves in a reasonable manner so not to cause offence or upset to other players. Games should be conducted in a courteous manner and players should treat and respect all opposition, partners and associated people in a way that they themselves would expect to be treated. Tennis is a competitive game, however all matches should be played fairly and in a good spirit. Inappropriate language and racquet or ball abuse will not be tolerated.


LTA Code Of Conduct

The Player:

  • Players will not use inappropriate language and racket or ball abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Individuals must show the correct attitude and commitment.
  • When representing the club players will behave in a manner that will not in any way harm the reputation of themselves or HTC.
  • Players will treat all equipment, officials, opposition and associated people respectfully and  in a way that they themselves would  expect to be treated.
  • Players should focus on every task to the highest level.
  • Players will not mess around or distract other players.

The Parent / Guardian:

  • Support your son / daughter and aid the developmental process both on and off the court.
  • Allow the coaching staff to run the programme free from external pressures or influences.
  • Behave in a manner that sets a positive example for others.
  • Respect all officials, players, coaches and associated people and behave to them in a way that they themselves would expect to be treated.
  • It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the club or Coach of any changes to circumstances. This includes: - medical (including injuries), photo consent and personal circumstances etc.
  • Parent / Guardian to ensure that all appropriate fees are paid when due.

The Coach:

  • Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each person and treat them equally within the context of the sport.
  • Coaches must place the wellbeing and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of the performance.
  • Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  • Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, the parents) exactly what is expected of them and what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  • Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. FAIR Play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  • Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Coaches must maintain their LTA Coach accreditation.
  • Coaches will not tolerate inappropriate language, racket and / or ball abuse.


These rules are for your safety as well as showing respect to other players and fellow members. Thank you.


Updated August 2023