USTA Regulations

2005 Friend At Court Table of Contents

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Foreword iii
Summary of Important Changes for 2005 Edition of Friend at Court iv

PART 1 - ITF RULES OF TENNIS 
ITF Rules of Tennis 
 Table of Contents 
 Rules of Wheelchair Tennis 
 Amendment to the Rules of Tennis 
 Appendices to the ITF Rules of Tennis 
 Plan of the Court 
 Suggestions on How to Mark Out a Court 

PART 2 - THE CODE
Preface 

Principles
  1. Courtesy 
  2. Counting points played in good faith. 

The Warm-Up
  3. Warm-up is not practice. 
  4. Warm-up serves 

Making Calls
  5. Player makes calls on own side of the net. 
  6. Opponent gets benefit of doubt. 
  7. Ball touching any part of line is good 
  8. Ball that cannot be called out is good. 
  9. Calls when looking across a line or when far away. 
 10. Treat all points the same regardless of their importance. 
 11. Requesting opponent's help. 
 12. Out calls corrected. 
 13. Player calls own shots out 
 14. Partners' disagreement on calls. 
 15. Audible or visible calls. 
 16. Opponent's calls questioned. 
 17. Spectators never to make calls. 
 18. Prompt calls eliminate two chance option   
 19. Lets called when balls roll on the court 
 20. Touches, hitting ball before it crosses net, invasion of opponent's ourt, double hits, and double bounces 
 21. Balls hit through the net or into the ground. 
 22. Calling balls on clay courts. 

Serving
 23. Server's request for third ball. 
 24. Foot faults 
 25. Service calls in doubles. 
 26. Service calls by serving team 
 27. Service let calls. 
 28. Obvious faults. 
 29. Receiver readiness 
 30. Delays during service 

Scoring
 31. Server announces score 
 32. Disputes 

Hindrance Issues
 33. Talking during a point. 
 34. Feinting with the body. 
 35. Lets due to hindrance 
 36. Grunting 
 37. Injury caused by a player. 

When to Contact an Official
 38. Withdrawing from a match or tournament. 
 39. Stalling 
 40. Requesting an official.

Ball Issues
 41. Retrieving stray balls 
 42. Catching a ball 
 43. New balls for a third set 

Miscellaneous
 44. Clothing and equipment malfunction 
 45. Placement of towels 


PART 3 - USTA REGULATIONS (including FAC comments)
I. Tournament Regulations 
 A. Applicability of Regulations 
 B. Application for Sanction and Appointment of Tournament Committee 
 C. Tournament Committee 
 D. Tournament Appeals Committee 
 E. Eligibility for a Tournament 
 F. Process of Entry into a Tournament 
 G. Seeding 
 H. Making the Draw 
 I. Changes in the Draw 
 J. Scheduling Matches 
 K. Checking in at the Tournament 
 L. Specific Responsibilities of Tournament Committee Once Tournament Starts 
 M. Specific Responsibilities of Referee after Draw Has Been Made 
 N. Standards of Conduct 
 O. Player Responsibilities under The Code 
 P. Point Penalty System 
 Q. Balls and Ball Change Pattern 
 R. Disqualification or Default of a Player 
 S.  Match Formats 
 T.  Rest Periods 
 U.  Suspension of Play 
 V.  Tiebreaks and No-Ad Scoring 
 W.  Medical Time-Out, Bleeding Time-Out, and Toilet Break 
 X. Responsibilities of the Tournament Committee and Referee after Completion of Tournament 
 Y.  Reporting Violations of USTA Regulations 
 Z. Suspensions by Sectional Associations 

II. Officiating Regulations 
 A. Referee 
 B. Chief Umpire 
 C. Chair Umpire 
 D. Roving Umpire 
 E. Net Umpire 
 F. Line Umpire 
 G. Other Considerations for All Officials 

III. National Championships and National Tournament Regulations 
A.  Junior National Tournament Regulations 
 B. Adult and Senior National Tournament Regulations 
 C. Wheelchair National Tournament Regulations 
 D. Medal and Prize Regulations 

IV. Collegiate and Scholastic Tournaments 
 A. A Method for Making the Draw 
 B. Scoring 

V. Sanctioning Regulations 
 
A. General Information 
 B. Application for Sanctions 
 C. Sanction Fees 
 D. Television, Film, and Radio Rights 
 E. Compliance with Sanction Requirements 

VI. USA League Tennis 
A. Description 
 B. Rating System 
 C. Eligibility 
 D.  Authority for Committee to Adopt League Regulations 

VII. USA Team Tennis (Youth) 
 A. Description 
 B. Eligibility 
 C. Authority for Committee to Adopt USA Team Tennis (Youth) Regulations 

VIII. Regulations Governing Amateur and Professional Status  181
 A. Definitions 
 B. Warning 
 C. Acts That Will Cause the Loss of Amateur Status 
 D. Acts That an Amateur May Engage in Without Losing Amateur Status 
 E. Expenses That May Be Reimbursed Without Causing Player to Lose Amateur Status 
 F. Reimbursement of These Expenses Will Cause Player to Lose Amateur Status 
 G. Organization Member's Role in Reimbursement of an Amateur's Expenses 
 H. Amateur Prizes 
 I. Enforcement Procedure over Amateur Status 
 J. Reinstatement to Amateur Status 

IX. General Ranking Regulations 
 A. Definition of Ranking Period 
 B. USTA Membership Required 
 C. Results Considered for Rankings 
 D. Treatment of Defaults, Withdrawals, Walkovers, and Retirements 
 E. Ranking Considerations 

X. National Ranking Regulations  
 A. Junior National Rankings 
 B. Adult and Senior National Rankings 
 C. Wheelchair National Rankings 
 D.  Citizens and Certain Resident Aliens are Eligible for  National Ranking 
 E. Adult, Senior, and Wheelchair National Ranking Considerations 
 F. Ranking Committees 
 G. Publishing of Rankings, Protests, and Appeals 

XI. Regulations for Certification of Officials  
 
A. Officials Council 
 B. USTA Officials Committee 
 C. Sectional and District Officials Committees 
 D. Definitions 
 E. Certification 
 F. General Certification Requirements 
 G. Specific Certification Requirements 
 H. Denial of Certification and Decertification 
 I. Appeal Procedure 
 J. Honorary Officials 
 K. Records 
 L. Notification 

XII. Amendments  
 
A. Amendment by the Members 
 B. Amendment by the Executive Committee 
 C. Process for Submitting an Amendment 
 D. Amendment by the Board 
 E. Amendments Passed by Executive Committee and Board Are Subject to Amendment at Next Meeting of the Members 
 F. Secretary-Treasurer of USTA Shall Provide Certain USTA Officials with a Copy of Amendment Within Sixty Days of Its Adoption 
 G. Effective Date of Amendments 
 H. Amendments to The Code, USTA Comments to the Rules of Tennis, and Comments to the USTA Regulations 

PART 4 - SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FOR OFFICIALS
Training-Evaluation Program 
Deployment of Umpires 

PART 5 - UMPIRE AWARDS

PART 6 - INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS ASSOCIATION 
  (ITA) Regulations 

PART 7 - GLOSSARY

PART 8 - INDEX TO THE ITF RULES OF TENNIS, THE CODE & USTA REGULATIONS

THE OFFICIAL'S CODE OF CONDUCT Inside Back Cover

CONTENTS OF THE FIGURES
Figures
 1 Plan of the Court 
 2 Suggestions on How to Mark Out a Court 
 3 Example of an Entry Form 
 4 Positioning Seeds and Byes 
 5 Positioning Players in Feed-In-Championship Draw 
 6 Modified Curtis Feed-In-Championship Draw 
 7 Compass Draw 
 8 Players Omitted from Draw 
 9 Ball Change Chart 
 10-12 Example of Scorecard Marking 
 13 Entry into USTA Super National Championships (Junior) 
 14 Full Crew Chart 
 15 Crew Rotation Sheet 
 16 Chair and Seven Line Umpires 
 17 Chair and Six Line Umpires 
 18 Chair and Five Line Umpires 

CONTENTS OF THE TABLES
Tables
 1 Junior Eligibility 
 2 Draw Sheet Terminology and Procedures 
 3 Point Penalty System 
 4 Time Violations 
 5 Lateness for Match or for Resumption of Suspended Match 
 6 Lateness after a Rest Period 
 7 Match Formats for Tournaments on the National Junior Tournament Schedule 

 
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