Parramatta City Tennis

Saturday Morning Juniors

4.1 (a) TEAMS CONSIST OF - two (2) boys or two (2) girls respectively who shall be under twenty-one (21) of age at the closing date of entries. A TEAM may register any number of players additional to the TEAM at the time of entry. Players so registered shall have all the rights and privileges of a TEAM member.

(See also General By-Laws 1.5, 1.6, &1.7).

(b) SINGLES SEEDINGS each player must be seeded in order of ability on the original entry form. Such seedings are subject to the approval of the Committee. If the seeding order on the match result card differs from the team entry form then the offending team will forfeit the set or sets where the seedings differ. In the absence of a seeded player, lower seeded players will move up in seeded order. If a team must forfeit a singles, lower seeded players need not move up.

4.2 BORROWING - a Team may call upon a player from a Team in the same or a lower grade except that in elimination matches a Team may not borrow a player from a team in the same grade or from a Team involved in an elimination match in a lower grade. An approach by a team to a player as set out above must have the approval of that teamís captain and is subject to retrospective approval of the Committee. Result cards must be clearly marked as showing the name of the borrowed player. A borrowed player(s) must play as the lowest seed(s).

4.3 SCORE BOOK AND BALLS - for ordinary round matches the home team must provide score sheets, a result card and three (3) good used balls. It is provided that two (2) balls may be used in a match, the third ball being to hand in case of loss or damage to either of the two (2) balls in use.


(a) the home team shall umpire the first singles and the visiting team the second singles match. The umpiresí decision will be final.

(b) the visiting team shall supply a ball retriever for the first singles and the home team for the second singles.


(a) Matches will be played between 8am and 10am OR 10am and 12pm respectively according to the draw. Players should be at the court 15 minutes prior to commencement of the match ready for play at the scheduled starting time.

(b) A team not having a pair of players to commence play within ten minutes of the official starting time will automatically forfeit one set for each ten minutes that expires after the official starting time. The match will be forfeited after 30 minutes from the scheduled starting time.

(c) Any game in progress at the scheduled end of play should be completed.

Teams may agree to change the order of play to allow play to commence on time. A forfeited set can be deferred until after the completion of the last doubles set providing sufficient time is available prior to the scheduled end of play time.

4.6 ORDER OF PLAY - a match will consist of four (4) sets: two (2) sets of doubles and two (2) sets of singles. All players named in a team for the day will play three (3) sets: two doubles with the same partner and one (1) singles against the same seeded player of the other team.

Unless both captains agree, the order of play shall be:

Doubles, singles (seed 1 v seed 1), singles (seed 2 v seed 2), doubles

Where the score is "Deuce" a deciding point shall be played. The receiver(s) shall choose whether to receive the service from the right half or the left half of the court. In doubles, the players of the receiving team cannot change positions to receive this deciding point. The player/team who wins the deciding point wins the "Game".

4.7 DECIDE FIRST TO SERVE - the right to serve or receive in the first set of a match will be determined by toss. The winner of the toss will have the choice of:

(a) the right to be SERVER or RECEIVER in which case the other team shall choose the END; or

(b) the END in which case the other team shall choose to be SERVER or RECEIVER; or

(c) request the OPPOSING TEAM to make a choice of (a) and/or (b).

Thereafter, the choice shall alternate each set. Players will change ends on the ODD games in each set.

4.8 CONTINUITY OF PLAY - during the progress of a match, play must be continuous and a period of not more than three (3) minutes shall expire between the finish of play in one set and the commencement of play in the following set. Teams not having a player(s) ready to play within three (3) minutes shall forfeit the set concerned and the captains will proceed with the balance of the match.

On court warm-ups will not be allowed after the first doubles set.

4.9 DECIDING A MATCH WINNER - matches will be decided on games won against games lost. The team winning more games than the opposition is considered the winner of the match and where both teams have won the same number of games the team winning the most sets is considered the winner of the match. When both teams have won the same number of games and sets, the match will be declared a draw.

4.10 MATCH RESULT CARDS - certified results of all matches on the prescribed card must be forwarded to the Competition Secretary, or placed in the result boxes provided by 7:30pm on the day of the match. A result card must be returned for all matches whether completed, unfinished, wet or forfeited. (See also 4.6).

The winning team will be responsible for the return of the result card for completed matches. The home team will be responsible for the return of the result card for drawn, unfinished or forfeited matches. When a result card is not received within seven (7) days of the match, the points for the match will be shared.

Result cards must be completed showing the names (initials and surname) of the players in each set, the results of the sets, the name, in full, of the home and visiting teams, the date of the match, the division and type of competition, the name of the winning team and the sets and games won and lost. All result cards must be certified as correct at the conclusion of play by both captains.

4.11 AWARDING OF POINTS - total points for a match will be six (6) and will be calculated as follows:

2 points for winning the match

1 point for winning a set

0.5 points for each set undecided or unplayed.


There will be NO deferred matches and unfinished matches will not be played at later date. in the event of a wet match, the players nominated on the result card will be deemed to have played. Suspension of play during a match because of rain will rest with the umpire or the team captains.

4.13 MINOR PREMIERS - there will be no minor premier and the team winning the final shall be declared the winner of the grade.

4.14 ELIMINATION MATCHES - in all Elimination matches, if at the completion of four (4) sets the match is tied and the sets are equal, a twelve (12) point tie-break game will be played.

 a) Each set comprises standard games  and a set is won by the first team to win 6 standard games with an advantage of 2 standard games.

b) A 12-point tiebreak game must be played to determine the winner when a set reaches 5 games all. A 12-point tiebreak game is won by the first team to win 7 points with an advantage of 2 points.


(As at A.G.M 14.11.01)

9.1 Elimination matches shall be semi-final and final.

9.2 At the end of the ordinary round matches, the four leading teams in a grade or division will engage in elimination matches to decide the winner of the grade or division. Where two or more teams in a grade or division are equal on points for first, second, third or fourth positions, the final positions of the teams will be determined by the percentage of games won to games lost in ordinary round matches.

9.3 In semi-final matches, the team finishing the ordinary round matches in first place will play the team finishing fourth, the team finishing second will play the team finishing third. The winners of the semi-final matches then play each other in a final match. The winner of the final shall be declared the winner of the grade or division. For drawn matches, refer to relevant Competition Rules.

9.4 All courts in their respective grade or division will be declared neutral for any elimination match.

9.5 The team mentioned first in the draw for elimination matches must provide result card and balls. Both teams shall share the cost of the court hire and balls.

9.6 In elimination matches, there will be two tosses - the winner of the first toss will choose to be either home or visiting team; the winner of the second toss shall have the right to choose to serve or receive in the first set.

(a)   (a) the right to be SERVER or RECEIVER in which case the other team shall choose the end; or

(b)   (b) the end, in which case the other team shall choose to be SERVER or RECEIVER; or

(c)   requesting the opposing team to make a choice of (a) and/or(b).

Thereafter, the right to choose shall alternate each set.

9.7 Players who are either late registrations or borrowed must have played three ordinary round matches to be eligible to play in elimination matches. Players cannot be borrowed from teams who have qualified for elimination matches (see also references to clauses in individual competitions).

9.8a For all competitions (except for the Saturday Morning Junior competition)
Play must continue in all elimination matches until a result is reached. If, however, extinguishment of lights or rain do not permit a result being reached, the match will be taken up at the exact point of stoppage at a time mutually convenient to the Competition Secretary and the opposing captains.
9.8b Saturday Morning Junior competition only
i) If rain prevents the completion of a semi-final(s), then the team(s) that finished higher in the normal competition will be declared the winner(s) and will proceed to the final
ii) If rain prevents the completion of a final, then the team that finished higher in the normal competition will be declared the winner

9.9 Awards

A player winning an award with the team in which he or she is registered will not be entitled to a second award if he or she has played as a reserve for a team winning a higher grade or division.


For the attention of Parents and Players

Tennis Etiquette & Rules for Non-Umpired Matches

1. Rules for non-umpired matches

(a) Each player is responsible for all decisions in his/her half of the court. He/she should be completely honest on all "calls" but, if in doubt, he/she should give his/her opponent the benefit of the doubt and play the ball as good. You should not play a let.

(b) 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 (with the exception of a first service) any ball that you clearly see out on your opponentís side of the net.

(c) Any "out", "let" or "fault" call must be made immediately (ie. Made before either an opponent has hit the return or the return has gone out of play); otherwise the ball continues in play. "Calls" must be verbal and clearly audible to the opponent, followed by a signal if necessary. "Let" may be called be any of the participating players.

(d) On all court surfaces except clay (see (g) below) if a player incorrectly calls a ball "out" and then realises that the ball was good, the point should be replayed on the first occasion (involuntary hindrance) and the point lost on each subsequent occasion (deliberate hindrance). In the case of a point winning shot, a let would not be played.

(e) In doubles, when returning service, the partner of the receiver should generally call the service line for him/her. The receiver should generally call the centre and side service lines.

(f) If players cannot agree on the score, they should calmly discuss the points/games that are the areas of disagreement. If they cannot reach agreement they should replay only the points or games in question. All points or games which the players agree on stand eg. Two players cannot agree on whether the score is 40-15 or 30-30, but agree on the winner of the first, second and fourth points. Therefore only the third point needs to be replayed.

(g) Players are prohibited from checking the mark of the ball on their opponentís side of the court, unless invited by their opponent to do so. Ball mark inspections are only permitted on clay courts. On clay courts if a player incorrectly calls a ball "out" and then realises that the ball was good, the player who called "out" loses the point.

(h) Where a ball interrupts play, either by rolling/bouncing onto the court, and/or creating a visible interruption behind the court a let should be played.

(i) If a player hinders his/her opponent it can be ruled involuntary or deliberate.

(a) When a player has created an involuntary hindrance (ball falling out of pocket, hat falling off etc), the first time a "let: should be called and the player should be told that any such hindrance thereafter will be ruled deliberate.

(b) Any hindrance caused by a player that is ruled deliberate will result in the loss of a point.

2. Etiquette

(a) When ballpersons are not available, all balls on your side of the net are your responsibility, to pick up and, where appropriate, return directly to the server.

(b) The receiver should not return the first service if it is an obvious fault Ė let it go by or ground it.

(c) Do not enlist the aid of spectators, including parents, coaches etc, in making line calls, or attempting to determine other on-court matters.

(d) To avoid controversy over the score, the server should announce the game score before starting a game and the point score prior to serving for each point.

(e) Wait until a point is over before walking behind a court where a match is in progress.

(f) To retrieve a ball from another court or to return a ball to another court, wait until the players have completed a point.

(g) Do not stall, sulk, complain nor practice gamesmanship.

The New South Wales Hardcourt Tennis Association & Parramatta-Baulkham Hills H.D.T.A. enjoy a well-deserved reputation as sporting bodies and it is very important that our image and good standing is preserved. As well as being competitive and loyal, it is important for players to develop selfdiscipline

and sportsmanship. Players have rights and, in order to benefit from those rights, a commitment to appropriate responsibilities is necessary.

Players rights

t is the right of players to be able to participate safely in, and enjoy, competitive sport.


It is each playerís responsibility to be aware of, and abide by, the Tennis Australia/Tennis NSW/Parramatta-Baulkham Hills H.D.T.A.

Code of Conduct.

It is the Associationís responsibility to provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which the playerís compete.

It is the parentís responsibility to support the implementation of the Code of Conduct.

Playerís Code

As a player or representative of The Parramatta-Baulkham Hills Hardcourt Tennis Association you are expected to:

1. Enhance the Associationís image through the highest standards of behaviour and dress both on and off the court and while travelling.

2. Play for the enjoyment of the game - not just to please parents and coaches.

3. Play by the rules and play fairly. Behaviour such as deliberate cheating or provoking an opponent is not acceptable.

4. Treat all players, as you would like to be treated.

5. Do your best by co-operating with the managers and team members at all times.

6. Never argue with, or comment about, an official.

7. Control your emotions. Do not lose your temper or use foul language or throw equipment etc.

8. Be a good sport - cheer all good play whether by other members of your team or others,

Players who fail to meet the standards of the Playerís Code or Code of Conduct, will receive ONE warning only.


Heat Rule: If the temperature reaches 35 degrees, then either team may call the match off and remaining points will be shared.

FORFEITS are NOT nice! If you must, then do the courteous thing and notify your opposition the night BEFORE!  

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