Club Code Of Conduct

Maccabi Tennis Club  “CODE OF CONDUCT”

The Purpose of the Code:

To preserve, and enhance the reputation, credibility, and integrity of tennis at the Maccabi Tennis Club.


To maintain, and improve the good name of the Maccabi Tennis Club whilst promoting sportsmanlike conduct and to provide a framework for within which the Jewish Sporting Community may thrive in an enjoyable and competitive manner.

Defintions Used
MTC = Maccabi Tennis Club
MTCC = Maccabi Tennis Club Committee
MTC-TM = Maccabi Tennis Club Team Manager/Supervisor

The Scope of the Code

It shall apply in all manner of competitions conducted where the MTC is involved, or conducting any competitive tournaments of its own.
This also applies to any team participating on behalf of the MTC, in any accredited tennis association, at any venue.

The Interpretation of the Code

Unless otherwise indicated, the MTC Committee is the ultimate authority, in interpreting this Code of Conduct.


MTC may appoint one or more supervisors &/or court captains to enforce &/or monitor these
“Code of Conduct” rules at the any time.
Whenever, or wherever, any dispute arises, and a response is required from the MTC, then the MTCC can, and will, at its own discretion appoint its representative to follow up any necessary action deemed to be required.

Notification of Code Violations

Any official Warning, Final Warning or Default shall be ASAP after the offence occurs.
In the case of a non-supervised match, this warning should occur as quickly as possible after the incident has occurred.
Written advice to the player will be provided by the MTCC, and an MTCC hearing concerning the violation will be convened at the earliest possible, convenient time available to the committee’s members.

Competitive Events

Action taken by an official during any matches pursuant to a violation of this Code shall be directed at the offending person, and ultimately the responsibility belongs to the entire team as a whole.
Following the offence committed a Code Violation report shall be forwarded to the MTCC concerning the individual player, as deemed appropriate.

Code Violations

 Code Violation Penalties

Where, in the opinion of the MTC-TM or Umpire, a Code Violation has occurred, the relevant official shall:

a) For the first Code violation issue a Warning.
b) For the second Code Violation issue a Final Warning.
c) For the third Code Violation, in any one match, Default the player.

** Notwithstanding paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) above, where a Team Manager/Supervisor, Member of the MTCC or MTC Member is of the opinion that the Code Violation is of a particularly serious nature, the attending MTC-TM may for any Code Violation disqualify/default the offending player/s, and escalate the matter to be brought before a full hearing of the MTCC for further pending action, or recommendation. The MTC appointed Supervisor/Tournament Director has the discretion to suspend the player from the remainder of the tournament or competition, without further notice.

Code Violations – Specific

1. Withdrawal from Tournament/Competition

A Violation Report to the MTCC will be issued if a player, after a playing commitment has been made in respect of team participation, revokes that commitment after the teams have been lodged with the appropriate Association. A penalty of non-participation for the upcoming season would be the normal resulting consequence.
The only exception that would be tolerated would be on medical, or exceptional circumstances (as deemed by the MTCC).

2. Commencement of Play

A player is not ready to commence play within fifteen (15) minutes of his/her match being sanctioned to begin.

3. Dress Code

A player does not dress and present himself/herself for play wearing approved tennis attire. Clean and customarily acceptable attire shall be worn at all time during match play.
ONLY Tennis shoes that are specifically designed for tennis competition may be worn.

** A player must be given the opportunity to change his/her attire/footwear to comply with the Dress Regulations particularly before a match starts.

4. Physical Abuse

A player physically abuses any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament or competition venue.
(For the purposes of this rule, physical abuse is the unauthorized touching of an official, opponent, spectator or other person.)
In addition, the MTCC may consider suspension from the tournament or competition in which the
player is competing for any period considered appropriate, subject to the discretion of the MTCC,tournament or competition committee.

** At the discretion of the MTC-TM, this type of conduct may be dealt with immediately!!

5. Verbal Abuse

A player, during any tournament or competition, verbally abuses any official, opponent, spectator or other person. (For the purposes of this rule, verbal abuse is defined as a statement directed at an official, opponent,
spectator other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting, racially or otherwise abusive.)

6. Unsportsmanlike Conduct

A player shall not, during any match or at any other time within the precincts of the site of a sanctioned event, engage in conduct that damages the image and integrity of the Maccabi Tennis Club.
Players shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators and others.

(For the purposes of the Rule, unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct by a player that
is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport, but does not fall within the prohibition of any specific onsite offence contained herein.
In addition, unsportsmanlike conduct shall include, but not be limited to, the giving, making, issuing, authorizing or endorsing any public statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to anyone present.)

7. Unreasonable Delays
A player unreasonably delays a match. A player shall commence the match after the expiration of a short warm-up period of not more than ten (10) minutes.
Thereafter, play shall be continuous, and a player shall not unreasonably delay a match for any cause, unless an injury has occurred - Refusal to play shall constitute a violation of this section leading to forfeiture.

** Other undue delays between points and changing ends shall be dealt with as time violations.

8. Audible Obscenity

A player uses offensive or obscene language during any match, or within audibility of other players. (For the purposes of this Rule, audible obscenity is defined as the use of words commonly known and understood to be profane and uttered clearly and loudly enough to be heard by Court Supervisors &/or spectators.

9. Visible Obscenity

A player makes offensive or obscene gestures during any match, or within visiblity of other players.
(For the purposes of this Rule, visible obscenity is defined as the making of signs by a player with his hands and/or racquet or balls that commonly have an obscene meaning or import to reasonable people.)

10. Abuse of Racquets or Equipment

A player violently or with anger hits, kicks or throws a racquet or other equipment, or in any way unreasonably interferes with any Court fixtures and equipment within the precinct of the tennis court venue.
(For the purposes of this Rule abuse of racquets or equipment is defined as intentionally and violently destroying or damaging racquets or equipment or intentionally and violently hitting the net, or other fixture during a match out of anger or frustration.)

11. Abuse of Balls

Players shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw a tennis ball within the precincts of the tennis court venue except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match or ‘warm-up session’.
(For the purposes of this Rule, abuse of balls is defined as intentionally hitting a ball out of the enclosure of the court, hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences.)

12. Leaving the Court

A player leaves the Court area during a match (including the warm up) without the consent of the opposing player/team.

13. Best Efforts

A player does not use his/her best efforts to complete and win a match.

14. Coaching

A player receives any type of coaching from any person whilst a match is in progress, except where special provision is made for an event. Communications of any kind audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching.
Coaching shall be permitted where there is a ten (10) minute break between sets or during interruptions to play caused by bad weather or light, where players leave the Court. Coaching is not permitted whilst a Court is being serviced at the end of or during a set and players are still on Court.

15. Spectator Interference

Where a match is disrupted, or interfered with, by the action/actions of spectators known to any of the competing players (eg. coaches, parents, family or friends), the Team Captain, Referee, or Supervisor, may issue the first step of the ‘Code of Conduct’ (warning) against the player to ensure that any disruption is controlled. Should the disruption continue to occur, the attending official may elect to suspend the match until such time as the situation is corrected/remedied, or failing this, then instigate or call for a ‘forfeit’ by the player concerned. This clause also applies to any ‘on-site’ disruption.
Any further action, either during or after the match, would be determined by the MTCC.
** Further action would be directed to the spectator, and not the competing player.
..NO player, or spectator, should be present on the playing surface when any matches are in progress!

NOTE: There is NO Right of Appeal against any penalty imposed arising from this ‘Code of Conduct’

Severe Offences
Severe offences are those which result in immediate suspension/forfeiture from any match.
‘Code of Conduct’ Violation reports must be submitted immediately, or ASAP after the offence, to the MTCC

“Tennis Court Etiquette” (The unofficial rules of good tennis sportsmanship)

1) Ball management 

Balls should be kept either in hand, in a pocket or ball clip, or against the fence directly behind the centre mark.
Any time your opponent has to walk a significant distance to get a ball, look around your side to see whether you can use that time to collect a ball that's similarly far away.

If the server needs a ball, the player closest to a ball should get it and send it to the server.
Send a ball to the server so that he/she can catch it easily with one hand. Advanced players seem to be able to get the ball to bounce once, softly, to the server, but less advanced players should make the ball bounce twice to ensure that it arrives at a low speed.
Never hit a ball hard toward the server's side with the intention that he/she will eventually collect it off the fence. Aside from the possibility of hitting someone who's not expecting a ball to be coming, you'll also probably cause the ball to bounce off the fence and roll either too far away or into the court where it will become a hazard. Also, it's rude to make the server pick a ball up off the ground when you could have sent it so that it could be caught after a bounce or two.

2) Keeping score

The server must announce the score at the start of each game and at the start of the second point and each subsequent point in each game.
If the receiver cannot hear the server's announcement of the score, he must ask the server to speak louder. You can't wait until the server believes he has won the game to try to reconstruct the scoring point by point.

3) Line calls

If you're not sure whether your opponent's shot is in or out, it's in.
If you return a first serve that your opponent can clearly see is out, your opponent won't be sure why you're not calling it out. It's often hard for the receiver to tell on fast serves, and you must give the server the benefit of the doubt, but if you can see that you confused your opponent by playing an out ball, offer to replay the point. See The Code's interesting discussion of calling serves in or out.
In doubles, you should not call balls wide when they land near the far sideline, unless the call is obvious and your partner was somehow hindered from seeing the ball land.
If you are the receiver, and your partner is on or near the service line at the start of a point, your partner has the best view of whether a serve is in or long. You can make a call if he doesn't, but always defer to his judgment.

4) Attire

Tennis players should wear only tennis shoes on the court; black-soled shoes can leave marks on the courts that are hard to remove.

5) Cell/Mobile Phones

When on or near tennis courts, players should keep their mobile phones OFF or on SILENT.

6) Respect for Other Players

Players on the tennis court should be respectful to one another at all times. This means being courteous in speech and being patient with players who are not as skilled at the game. If there is a dispute, players should take the disagreement to another location, as their voices should not be heard by those playing tennis at nearby courts. Keep your voice down and confined to your court as much as possible so as not to disrupt players on adjacent courts.

When sending balls back to a neighboring court, roll them on to the back of the court.
Never send them back while play is in progress. Retrieve balls for your partner and your opponent. All balls on your side of the net are your responsibility, to pick up and, where appropriate, return directly to the server.

7) Respecting Other Courts

 It is not proper etiquette to walk onto another tennis court when players are involved in a game. This is rude and distracting and could result in injury if players are playing whilst someone else is walking onto the court.

 If a ball goes into another court during a game, the players who have lost the ball should wait until the point is over to ask the players on the adjacent court to return the ball. Wait for the players to finish the game, or minimally the point, before walking onto their court. It is very distracting to have someone disrupt a game in progress, so if you must cross another court, do so after the game is finished, and go around the court, not through the middle.

8) Cleaning Up

Whenever players leave a tennis court, proper etiquette says that all trash, drink containers and/or empty tennis ball cans be picked up and disposed of when exiting. Dispose of any garbage you have in trash containers near the court – if there aren’t any, take it with you.

Keep tennis supplies organized during the game, as this displays order and respect for other's property. After play has been completed, the tennis balls must be removed from the playing arena – take them back to the clubhouse for storage.

9) Closing of any Gates anywhere on the premises

When tennis players enter or exit the court, they should close the gate behind them. This will keep the balls inside the confines of the gate and they won’t roll outside.
The gate should also be closed if there are children present; children should be monitored at all times while on the court and should follow all rules of tennis court etiquette.

Since kids can tend to get distracted, it’s up to the adults with them to assist. Stray balls, running around and yelling are actions that need to be managed.

10) General Play

Call your own lines and let your opponent hear the call. If the ball is good say nothing and play on.

Always respect the line-calls of your opponent.

If there is a disagreement, offer a ‘let’. (ie Replay the point, even if it was a second service)

The receiver should not return the first service if it is an obvious fault - let it go by or ground it.

To avoid controversy over the score, the server should announce the game score before starting a game and the point score prior to serving for each point.1

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