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QCTC Mission Statement / Court Courtesy / Tennis Code
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The object of the QCTC is to ensure participation in tennis at all skill levels for members of the club. It will promote an active program of tennis by organizing the men’s, women’s and mixed play, conducting tournaments, social events, intra-club and inter-club activities, supporting league play and encouraging fellowship and good sportsmanship. The QCTC is also responsible to the Quail Creek community for the administration of an effective and equitable court reservation system.
Membership in the Quail Creek Tennis Club is open to all residents of Quail Creek. Renters meeting the requirements of the Quail Creek Property Association Rules and Regulations are also eligible to join the club.
Membership cost is $25 per year. Social Membership cost is $15 per year. Dues for 2015 must be paid no later than December 31st, 2014. Checks should be made out to QCTC.
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Courts are reserved for organized play Monday - Saturday mornings. Start times vary with the seasons.
You may sign up for an open court up to ONE week ahead of time.
GUESTS USING THE QCTC TENNIS FACILITY:
Mission Statement of Quail Creek Tennis Club (April, 2009) The Quail Creek Tennis Club (Q.C.T.C.) will follow the guidelines as set forth by “The Rules and Regulations of Tennis “by the United States Tennis Association”. However, the QCTC is a club composed of senior members; therefore, some of the rules need to be adjusted to support our members. Any disputes of problems should be solved through sportsmanship, fairness and the “spirit of the game". _______________________________________________________________________________________
Mission Statement of Quail Creek Tennis Club
The Quail Creek Tennis Club (Q.C.T.C.) will follow the guidelines as set forth by “The Rules and Regulations of Tennis “by the United States Tennis Association”. However, the QCTC is a club composed of senior members; therefore, some of the rules need to be adjusted to support our members. Any disputes of problems should be solved through sportsmanship, fairness and the “spirit of the game".
1. Be on time.
2. All players bring a can of unopened balls.
3. If you spin the racquet and win, you open the new can of balls whether you choose to serve or to receive.
4. Turn off all cell phones.
5. Bring enough water so you don’t have to make frequent trips to the drinking fountain.
6. Play to win at all times. Your score affects your partner and opponents.
7. We, or our partner, all have bad days or disagreements with calls. This is no excuse for “tanking” or not putting forth our best effort.
8. The time limit for switching courts on odd games is 90 seconds. However, we are a senior community and it is recognized that occasional bathroom breaks and longer switch times are sometimes needed.
9. When taking practice serves, make sure the person to whom you are serving is looking and is ready to receive your practice serves.
10. All balls should be cleared from the playing surface before starting a new point or second serve.
11. When changing courts at the end of an odd game, all balls should be picked up and placed on the net caddy tray.
12. When retrieving and giving balls to your opponents or partner:
A. Make sure they are looking at you.
B. Make an effort to hit the balls toward the person so that it is within their reach and that they can easily catch them on the 1st or 2nd bounce.
The Players’ Guide For Matches When Officials Are Not Present
All players have a responsibility to be familiar with the basic rules and customs of tennis. Ignorance of the rules often spoils a good match.
The Code is a summary of procedures and unwritten rules that all players should follow. If players of good will follow the principles of The Code, they should always be able to reach an agreement making tennis more fun and a better game for all.
1. Tennis is a game that requires cooperation and courtesy from all participants. Make tennis a fun game by not:
*conducting loud analysis after points
*complaining about shots like lobs and drop shots
*losing your temper, using vile language, throwing your racket, or slamming a ball in anger.
2. All points played in good faith stand. Shaking hands at the end of the match is an
acknowledgment by the players that the match is over.
3. A player should provide the opponent a 10 minute warm-up. Each player should
make a special effort to hit shots directly to the opponent.
4. A player should take all warm-up serves before the first serve of the match. Service
practice is for serving only and not a time to practice service returns.
5. A Player calls shots landing on only his/her side of the net.
6. A player that has any doubts about a call must resolve it in favor of the opponent.
7. A ball touching any part of the line is good. A ball 99% out is still 100% good.
8. A ball that cannot be called out is good.
9. When you are looking across a line, on your side of the net, don’t call a ball out unless you can clearly see the part of the court between where the ball hit and the line. It is difficult for a player who stands on one baseline to question a call on a ball that landed near the other baseline.
10. When making calls, all points in a match should be treated the same.
11. When an opponent’s opinion is requested, it must be accepted. If neither opponent
has an opinion, the ball is considered good.
12. If a player mistakenly calls a ball “out” and then realizes it is good, the point shall be
replayed if the ball was returned.
13. A player should call against him/herself any ball the player clearly sees out.
14. If partners disagree on whether a ball is good, they should call it good.
15. The opponent is entitled to a prompt audible or visible out call.
16. When a player genuinely doubts an opponent’s call, the player may ask: “Are you
sure of the call? If the opponent says yes, the call shall be accepted. If the
opponent isn’t sure, the opponent loses the point. THERE SHALL BE NO
FURTHER DELAY OR DISCUSSION.
17. A spectator has no part in the match to make a call.
18. A player shall make all calls promptly after the ball has hit the court. A call shall be
made before the player's return shot has gone out of play or before the opponent
has returned the shot.
19. A player shall promptly acknowledge if:
* a ball touches a player, the player touches the net,
* the player hits a ball before it crosses the net,
* the player deliberately carries or double hit the ball, or
* the ball bounces more than once in the player’s court
In each case, the player loses the point.
20. When a server requests three balls, the receiver shall promptly comply when the 3 balls are readily available. Distant balls shall be retrieved at the end of the game.
21. A player may warn an opponent that the opponent has committed a flagrant foot
fault. Habitual foot faulting, whether intentional or careless, is just as surely cheating as is making a deliberate bad line call.
22. In doubles, the receiver’s partner should help call the service line, and the receiver should call the sideline and the center service line. Either partner may call a ball that is clearly seen.
23. Any player may call a let.
24. A player shall not put into play or hit over the net any serve that is an obvious fault.
25. The receiver shall play to the reasonable pace of the server. The receiver should
make no effort to return a serve when the receiver is not ready.
26. When the second service motion is interrupted by a ball coming onto the court, the
server is entitled to two serves.
When there is a delay between the first and second serves:
*the server gets one serve if the server was the cause of the delay,
*the server gets two serves if the delay was caused by the Receiver or if there
was outside interference.
The time it takes to clear a ball that comes onto the court between the first and second serves is not considered sufficient time to warrant the server receiving two serves unless this time is so prolonged as to constitute an interruption. THE RECEIVER IS THE JUDGE OF WHETHER THE DELAY IS SUFFICIENTLY PROLONGED TO JUSTIFY GIVING THE SERVER TWO SERVES.
28. The server shall announce the game score before the first point of the game and
before each serve of the game.
29. Disputes over the score shall be resolved by using one of the following methods in
*First- count all points and games agreed upon by the players and replay only the
disputed points or games
*Second- play from a score mutually agreeable to all players or
*Third- spin a racket or toss a coin.
30. A player shall not talk while the ball is moving toward the opponent’s side of the court. If the player’s talking interferes with an opponent's ability to play the ball the player loses the point.
31. Å player make make a movement with the body while the ball is in play. However,
any movement or any sound that is made solely to distract an opponent, including, not limited to, waving the arms or racket or stamping the feet is not allowed.
32. A let is authorized only if the player could have made the shot had he/she not been
33. Grunting and other loud noises may bother not only opponents but also players on
adjacent courts. This could result in a let or loss of point.
34. When a player accidentally injures an opponent, the opponent suffers the
consequences. When a player deliberately injures an opponent and affects the
opponent’s ability to play, then the opponent wins the match by default. Hitting a
ball or throwing a racket in anger is considered a deliberate act.
35. Each player is responsible for removing stray balls and other objects from the
player’s end of the court. A player shall not go behind an adjacent court to retrieve
a ball, nor ask a player for return of a ball until his/her point is over.
When returning a ball, wait until their point is over and return it to the server.
36. A player loses a point if the ball is caught before it bounces.