Court Etiquette
  • If you are not absolutely sure a ball is out, it cannot be called out. If the ball touches any part of the line, it is good. If there is a disagreement between the partners regarding the call, the point goes to the opponent.
  • Call a "let" on balls rolling onto your court during a point. The ball is a hazard as well as a distraction. (no matter how subconscious) Anyone on your court can call a "let".
  • Play is to be continuous between sets with the exception of entering the third set. There is a ten minute break allowed between sets two and three for every player. It is not a matter of "majority rule". If even one player wants the break, it is allowed.
  • Water must be available on every court to avoid interrupting play on other courts and to facilitate continuous play.
  • LSWTL By-Laws and USTA Tennis Rules are to be with you on your court at all times. This is so that decisions may be made quickly and quietly on your court without interrupting other matches.
  • Captain, co-captain or designated player must be physically present during the entire match in the event their team needs to arbitrate a rule.
  • Read LSWTL By-Laws, Lake Shore Tennis Basics and all information documents available in your Captain’s folders and on the website.
  • Written line-ups are to be exchanged before the warm-up period begins.
  • If your Club has courts in two or more locations, it is your responsibility to indicate where you will be playing ahead of time to avoid a visiting team waiting at an incorrect location.
  • On service, receiver should not retrieve a ball on a fault unless it is physically on your court or constitutes a hazard behind your service or base line. If a ball is retrieved without need between the first and second serve, the server is allowed two serves after the interruption.
  • If a ball hits a person during play, the opponents receive the point, even if the ball is going out of bounds.
  • Yelling on the court during match play can cause a Hinderance and result in the loss of the point due to interference.
  • During indoor play, breaks are not allowed and the pace of play cannot be slowed during the last ten minutes of the match to try and preserve a scoring advantage.
  • If time runs out during a point being played, the point must be played out once the motion of a swing, including a serve toss, is made.