Tennis Code Of Conducts
• Patrons and their guests must treat everyone with respect. There must be no inappropriate actions, behaviour, comments or physical contact, which may cause offence i.e. mental or physical anxiety or hurt to an individual:
Inappropriate actions include:
• Racquet throwing;
• Being abusive or aggressive;
• Intimidating behaviour;
• Questioning another person’s integrity over line calls or other actions;
• Causing danger to other players through your play.
• Criticism of partners or opponents should be avoided. Encouragement is far more constructive.
• Patrons should never walk behind players whilst a game or a rally is in progress.
• Unless absolutely vital all mobiles phones and other communication devices should be switched off as these can disrupt play.
• Play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
• Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions, or inform their coach if they are going to be late.
• Wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach.
• Deliver and collect the child punctually to and from coaching sessions/matches, and contact the coaches if your child cannot attend or will be late for a practice or game.
• Encourage your child to learn the rules of tennis and play within them.
• Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
• Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
• Never force your child to take part in sport.
• Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all.
• Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
• Publicly accept judgments made by coaches and officials.
• Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
• Use correct and proper language at all times.
• Purchase balls and rackets that match the stage your child is in.
• Be patient. Steady progression 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.