January 1, 2017
<h1>RULES &amp; REGULATIONS</h1>

Friend at Court

Friend at Court is the book of rules and regulations under which tennis is played in the United States. It includes the ITF Rules of Tennis, The Code, and USTA Regulations. It is recommended reading for players, parents, coaches, teachers, tournament directors, league officials and anyone who wants a finer understanding of the game.


Click here for the latest edition of Friend at Court. 


Additional officiating documents/resources

USTA Officiating: Scenarios and Interpretations - A helpful guide for officials to interpret the rules and regulations to resolve scenarios that could occur in a match or tournament. 

USTA Officiating: Techniques and Procedures - A detailed overview of an official's roles and responsiblities. 

USTA Officiating: Certifications - Get information on officiating certification requirements.


USTA Junior and League Regulations

USTA Junior Red, Orange , and Green Ball Tennis Regulations

USTA Junior National Tournament, Ranking, and Sanctioning Regulations

USTA League Regulations


ITF duties and procedures

Learn more about the duties and procedures of officials for all events that are sanctioned or recognized by the International Tennis Federation.


Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rules page

Click here for the 2017 ITA Rulebook. more information on ITA rule changes and clarifications. Typically rule changes for a season are posted in early January after the ITA Coaches Convention and annual ITA Rules Committee meeting. Click here for the Officiating page of the ITA Website.


What's the call?

Have you ever had a question about a call or ruling on-court? The USTA Tennis Rules and Regulations Committee answers your questions.  If you have a question, email the Final Word. Click here to see previous answers.


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