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Code of Conduct

The following procedures and practices apply to all Hespeler Tennis Club sanctioned tournaments, events, and team play.

Fair Play

Players shall call all balls, double bounces, and foul shots, fairly and honestly. This includes calling out the score after every point, using score cards when provided, making out calls loudly or sufficiently visible so one’s opponent is aware of the call, etc.

Abuse of Balls

Players shall not violently, dangerously, or with anger hit, kick, or throw a tennis ball while on the grounds except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match (including warm-up). For purposes of this rule, abuse of balls is defined as intentionally or recklessly hitting a ball out of the enclosure of the court, hitting a ball dangerously within the court, or hitting a ball with disregard of the consequences.

Abuse of Equipment

Players and their supporters shall not violently, dangerously, or with anger hit, kick, or throw a racquet or other equipment within the precincts of the courts. For the purposes of this rule, abuse of racquets or equipment is defined as intentionally, dangerously, and violently destroying or damaging racquets or equipment or intentionally or violently hitting the net, court, or other fixture out of anger or frustration.

Physical Abuse

Players and their supporters shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator, or other person within the precincts of the courts. For purposes of this rule, physical abuse refers to the unauthorized touching of another person.

Verbal Abuse

Players and their supporters shall not at any time verbally abuse any official, opponent, spectator, or other person within the precincts of the courts. Verbal abuse is defined as any statement directed at another person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting, or otherwise abusive.

Audible Obscenity

Players and their supporters shall not use audible obscenities while on-site. An audible obscenity is defined as the use of words commonly known and understood to be profane and uttered clearly and loudly enough to be heard.

Visible Obscenity

Players and their supporters shall not make obscene gestures while on-site. A visible obscenity is defined as the making of a sign with one’s hands and/or racquet or balls that commonly has an obscene meaning.

Failure to Give Best Effort

All players shall use their best efforts during matches when competing in a Hespeler Tennis Club sanctioned event.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Players and their supporters shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators, and others. Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the success of a tournament, event, and/or the sport.

Violations of the Code of Conduct

Failure to abide by the aforementioned policy will result in the following consequences:
  • First and second documented and witnessed violations will result in warnings
  • A third documented and witnessed violation may result in revocation of club membership (pro-rated fees will be refunded)


To file a complaint regarding a code violation, report the incident to the convener of the event in a timely manner. All complaints will be handled confidentially and with the utmost discretion.