Club Rules

CLUB RULES 

RULES

Members: Membership shall not be refused on the grounds of race, creed, colour, national origin,

political or religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family relationship or

disability excluding those who belong to groups that espouse intolerance, racism, hatred or violence.

A “Member” shall be considered “in good standing,” if he or she is not in arrears of fees nor has

acted against following the objects of the clubs, nor has been suspended nor otherwise sanctioned

for violation of the club’s bylaws, rules and regulations, nor has acted against the general interest of

the club resulting in suspension.

Tennis Attire: Players shall wear tennis clothing and tennis court shoes. Clothing with offensive

wording or logos, and soiled clothing are not allowed. Any shoes that may damage the courts may

not be worn - to be determined by the court attendant or, the club pro or a board member. Shirts

shall be worn at all times. The Court Managers shall refuse playing time to Members and Guests

who are not properly attired and specifically not wearing tennis court shoes.

Clubhouse: Pets, bicycles, in-line skates, smoking, and alcohol are not permitted in the Clubhouse

or on the courts. Smoking of any type is not permitted in the Clubhouse on club grounds, or within a

9 metre radius of the tennis club. No Member, Guest or employee shall bring into the Clubhouse or

club grounds any beer, wine, or spirits, nor shall he or she consume any beer, wine, or spirits in the

Clubhouse or on the clubhouse grounds except as authorized for licensed events.

Liability for lost or stolen property: The club is not responsible for tennis racquets, equipment or

personal items brought onto the premises. Members are not allowed to store any personal belongings on club property. 

Pets: Well behaved pets are allowed, however, any pet that disturbs any member by barking etc

must be removed with forthwith. All pet waste must be removed and discarded.

Announcements: All communication including bulletin board postings, mailings and/or flyer

distribution for the benefit of the membership shall be administered and managed by the

Communications Director.

Guest Attendance: 

Dear Members,
 
We are pleased to announce that Guests will now be allowed at Cottingham.
 
All Guests will be required to sign the club waiver and pay a $15 Guest Fee prior to play. Guests will be required to follow the same protocols as club members:

  • Please do not come to the club if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been exposed to an individual who has been confirmed with or is being investigated for Covid-19.

  • Members and Guests must wear masks while arriving and departing Club.

  • Members and Guests may only visit the Club if they have a confirmed online booking and arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled court time. Once play is complete, Members and Guests must leave the property immediately.

  • Members must include both Player’s and Guest’s names while booking.

Hours of Operations:

The Club operation hours are from 7 am to dusk on weekdays and 8 am to dusk on weekends and

holidays. The club will be closed during inclement weather and when the courts are correspondingly

out of play due to weather. The club is open to the public from 10 am – 12 pm and 2 - 4 pm

Monday to Friday for a fee of $15.00.

Schedule Events: 

Court Change Times: The clock in the Court Manager’s Office is the official time. The playing period is sixty minutes (60) with courts 1 and 2 beginning on the half hour and courts 3, 4 and 5 beginning on the hour.

Court Reservations: All court reservations are done on GameTime.

Doubles play takes priority when there is only one court available OR when courts are busy.

When courts are busy, we ask that members who have already played give precedence to others

who have not, so that all members arriving at the Club have an opportunity to use the courts.

Members will respect the court attendant when guiding the court selection

Professional coaching by Club-designated pro only; the Club Pro has use of Court 5 for lessons.

A limit of three balls per court. Exceptions include court 5 when lessons are in progress, and on

court 5 only for practice if adjacent court is empty (at discretion of the Clubhouse attendant.)

Members can use ball hoppers on courts other than court 5 only if there is no one playing beside

them.

Rainouts: Playing on wet or damp courts shall not be permitted.

Court Etiquette:

Access to Courts 2, 3, 4 and 5 via north side only; use first gate north of Court 1

Wait until a point is over before walking behind a court where a match is in progress or opening a

gate.

To retrieve a ball from another court or to return a ball to another court, wait until the players

have completed a point.

If there is any doubt as to whether a ball is out or good, you must give your opponent the benefit

of the doubt and call the ball as good. You should not play a let.

It is your obligation to call all balls on your side, to help your opponent make calls when the

opponent requests it and to call against yourself any balls that you clearly see out on your

opponents side of the net

Any “out” or “let” call must be made instantaneously, that is, made before either an opponent

has hit the return or the return has gone out of play, otherwise the ball continues in play

Do not enlist the aid of spectators in making line calls

If you call a ball out and then realize it was good, correct your call

To avoid controversy over the score, the Server should announce the set score before starting the

game, and the game score prior to serving each point

If players cannot agree on the score, they may go back to the last score, on which there was

agreement and resume play from that point

Foot faults are not permitted. If an opponent persists in foot faulting after being warned not to

do so, the Referee should be informed

Turn-off all pagers, beepers and cellphones so that noises shall not disturb or distract other

players.

Refrain from loud talking or laughter on or near the courts, and retain pets away from the courts,

so those players shall not be distracted by noises

Community:

If your ball goes over the fence into a backyard, please ask the homeowner to return the ball or

request permission before entering their yard.

Members should keep noise to a minimum in consideration of neighbours, particularly on courts 1

and 5. 

Parking:

For the 2022 season, we are allowed to use the parking lot at Cottingham Public School after 5pm Monday to Friday. On the weekends, we can park at anytime. No parking at all in the principal's spot or in the handicapped spot.

Cottingham Tennis Club