2005 Friend At Court Table of Contents
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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
2. Counting points played in good faith.
3. Warm-up is not practice.
4. Warm-up serves
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.
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
31. Server announces score
33. Talking during a point.
34. Feinting with the body.
35. Lets due to hindrance
37. Injury caused by a player.
When to Contact an Official
38. Withdrawing from a match or tournament.
40. Requesting an official.
41. Retrieving stray balls
42. Catching a ball
43. New balls for a third set
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
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
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
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
B. Rating System
D. Authority for Committee to Adopt League Regulations
VII. USA Team Tennis (Youth)
C. Authority for Committee to Adopt USA Team Tennis (Youth) Regulations
VIII. Regulations Governing Amateur and Professional Status 181
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
F. General Certification Requirements
G. Specific Certification Requirements
H. Denial of Certification and Decertification
I. Appeal Procedure
J. Honorary Officials
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
Deployment of Umpires
PART 5 - UMPIRE AWARDS
PART 6 - INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS ASSOCIATION
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
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
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