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USTA Mid-Atlantic Creates Character, Community, and Well-being.
When you are on the tennis court, it is not only important to know the rules of the game but to display respect and good sportsmanship as well. Sportsmanship includes respecting your opponents, playing fair, and doing your part so that everyone is having fun! To recognize those who have exceeded expectations we have created a recognition program for all players in the Section. Explore nomination guidelines and important resources below so you and your players can continue to exemplify good sportsmanship and/or community service on and off the court at all times.
Sign the pledge below and join the movement to exemplify good sportsmanship. Learn about on and off-court expectations and how to commit to good sportsmanship here.
Click here to join the movement
USTA Mid-Atlantic expects all players, parents, and providers to commit to treating each other and the game with respect, and to understand the importance of SafeSport and sportsmanship. Our recognition program celebrates players, providers/coaches, and parents who demonstrate commitment to a safe, fair, and inclusive environment. Learn more below.
All are welcome to nominate individuals for the sportsmanship recognition, however, if you are under the age of 13 the nomination form must be completed by a parent, guardian, or adult coach.
To see those who have been nominated and recognized, click here.
Recognition & Reward for Sportsmanship and Community Service
Junior Players may be nominated in two categories:
Nominees exceeded expectations of the ACES Pledge on the court.
- Community Service
Nominees in this category go above and beyond for their community.
Champions for change shall exemplify and model the commitment to character, community, and well-being that facilitates a safe and inclusive environment for ALL tennis players at any event that takes place in the Mid-Atlantic. To be eligible for the Champions for Change Honor Roll the nominee must be over the age of 19 and connected to tennis as a player, provider/coach, or parent. Nominations must be made by a non-relative adult. All Parents, Providers, and Adult Players shall be familiar with and honor Safe Play; the USTA Mid-Atlantic Sportsmanship Expectations; and the USTA Mid-Atlantic ACES Pledge.
USTA Mid-Atlantic is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for athletes to thrive in. Safe Play is the USTA’s comprehensive athlete safety program consisting of education, screening, reporting tools, and policies for appropriate conduct in tennis. The USTA works with the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the United States Olympic Committee to develop Safe Play policies, procedures, and educational resources to support the USTA Safe Play program. We have adopted the educational resources provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport to inform parents and athletes of all ages about preventing misconduct in sport.
At USTA Mid-Atlantic, we STRONGLY encourage all athletes and their parents/legal guardians to familiarize themselves with Safe Play. To access these resources please visit https://www.usta.com/en/home/safe-play/resources.html.
USTA Mid-Atlantic Sportsmanship FAQs
To learn more about the comprehensive Mid-Atlantic sportsmanship program, read the FAQs here.
Tips from USTA
Explore resources and tips from USTA on how to be a good sport not only during your matches but as a spectator as well. Click here to learn more.
Children's Bill of Rights in Sports
USTA Mid-Atlantic is proud to join athletes in supporting the Children's Bill of Rights in Sport, driven by Project Play presented by the Aspen Institute. We're working together because every kid deserves access to a great sports experience.