Code of Conduct
Writhlington Tennis Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members.
Writhlington Tennis Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents/guardians should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have with the Chair of the Club or other member of the management committee.
As a member of Writhlington Tennis Club you are expected to abide by the following code of practice:
- All members must play within the rules 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 and inform their team captain if they are going to be late
- Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions
- Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly
- Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials and other players from both this and other clubs.
- Use correct and proper language at all times
Etiquette for all club sessions
- No swearing or shouting.
- Remember to always shake hands with your opponents/partners at the end of a set/match
- Good sporting behaviour is expected of all members at all times.
- Respect line calls and agree to play a let if a call cannot be agreed upon. Refrain from hitting balls deliberately at opponents and offer apologies for lucky ‘net’ calls, hitting people accidentally etc.
- Behaviour such as throwing down of rackets, hitting rackets hard on the ground or hitting balls hard at walls, curtains etc in anger is not acceptable. Members are asked to report such unsporting behaviour to the committee.
Format for play at club sessions
- At club nights play shall consist of doubles matches restricted to five games.
- The order of play should be by order of arrival.
- Singles may be played if there are 2 odd players, this is acceptable to the majority of other members present and there is a spare court. Singles games should incorporate new arrivals as soon as possible.
- At the end of ‘sets’ members should “mix in” using spin of racket or such other system as may be introduced to ensure that those present get an equal opportunity to play with other members.
- Any concerns about the standard of play at club sessions should be referred to the committee. Members should not address the issue directly themselves
- On club sessions other than club nights the format will be decided by the team coordinator or other member organising that session.
- In accordance with our club rules, non-members may attend 3 club sessions for free before requiring to join as a tennis club member.
- Please welcome all new players regardless of ability.
Access to courts
- Access courts 2-4 by going behind the curtain
- Any tennis balls are provided by the club and will be kept in full tubes in the club hopper
- Ensure all tubes are filled at the end of club sessions and return to the hopper and lock it.
- Try to only keep 4 balls in use on your own court, if you have more, they belong to another court so send them back.