Exemplifying Good Sportsmanship

Champions on and off the court

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. 

Take the ACES Pledge

USTA Mid-Atlantic expects everyone to commit to a safe, inclusive, and FUN environment on and off the tennis court when they are participating in Mid-Atlantic sanctioned events. To foster good sportsmanship and continue to create community, character, and well-being, we encourage you to take the ACES Pledge below: "As a participant in USTA Mid-Atlantic programs, whether as a player, parent, spectator, coach, or provider, I commit to a fun, fair, safe, and inclusive environment for ALL. I pledge to Always Champion Exceptional Sportsmanship on and off the court." 


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

Tennis for all

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. 

Sportsmanship Champions

There are many players, parents, and spectators who are displaying good sportsmanship on and off the tennis court. Take a look at our sportsmanship honor roll and celebrate with us. 

More Resources

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. 

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.