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TENNIS FACILITY GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES

The tennis courts are open to all paid members of the Association. Amenity tags must be worn at all times to identify residents.

The following guidelines and procedures are organized into three sections as follows:

A. UNIVERSAL TENNIS RULES

Provides rules and procedures which apply to all tennis play, whether as organized teams, or as social play.

B. SOCIAL TENNIS PLAY

Provides rules and procedures for social tennis play primarily for reserving court playing times.

C. ORGANIZED TEAM PLAY

Provides rules and procedures a team must follow for the Association to sponsor it and approve the use of court time pertaining to team play and practice sessions.

It is the intention of the Association to provide an equal opportunity for all of the member- ship to join an organized team. However, the Association cannot govern equal playing time per team member. This responsibility is strictly up to the team members and team management.

A. UNIVERSAL TENNIS RULES

At least one of the players on each court must be an Association member. House guests (not neighboring subdivision visitors) are considered an extension of the member's house- hold.

PRIVATE USE OF THE COURTS: The courts are for the private use of the Association members and their permitted guests. Private instruction for which a fee is paid is allowed provided that:

1. The court time is reserved by the Association member(s) who is to receive the instruction.

2. Non-members are not permitted to receive individual private instruction unless part of an Association-sponsored organized team. Instruction is permitted in the case of approved formal team practices.

Each member is responsible for ensuring the proper court usage by family members. Children using the courts without adult supervision must be capable of proper tennis play.

Place all litter in the trash cans on the net posts or the cans outside the courts. All members are asked to share responsibility in emptying the net post cans into the larger trash receptacles outside of the courts.

Smooth-soled tennis shoes are to be worn on the courts. No bikes, skateboards, roller blades, carriages or any other type of vehicles are allowed within the fenced tennis courts.

Pets are not permitted in or around the court area.

No glass containers of any type are permitted within the fenced-in area of the courts.

B. SOCIAL TENNIS PLAY

Sign-up sheets are provided for reserving the tennis courts. The maximum reserved play- ing time is two hours. Court reservations may be made no more than 48 hours in advance of desired playing time. Members found reserving a court more than 48 hours ahead of desired playing time may be 'bumped' by another player. In order to do this you must notify the member of their illegal reservation and advise that they must reschedule playing time in compliance with the Association's rules.

In the event that a member has reserved a court following the scheduled time for a sanctioned league match and finds the court still in use by the league team, the league team is permitted to finish their match. The member may reschedule playas is available on

the sign-up sheet. This privilege extends to scheduled (reserved) league make-up matches as well.

If the league match is drawing to a conclusion, please extend the courtesy of waiting for the match to finish before entering the available court.

Players not arriving within 15 minutes of their reserved playing time forfeit their reserva- tion and the court becomes available for use by any other player.

WALK-ON USAGE: Members may use the courts at any time when not in use on a 'walk-on' basis. Use of the courts in this manner still requires a sign-up sheet. By doing so, if time is available, the member may obtain a two hour time slot. Without signing up, if another member were also to playas a 'walk-on,' you would have to vacate the court within one hour of their arrival.

Proper usage of the sign-up sheet is important to ensure fairness to all tennis members and for tracking purposes.

C. ORGANIZED TEAM PLAY

An organized team is any group of people listed on the same roster of an ALTA or USTA league team.

The Association may sponsor and support a number of organized teams. The Board must regulate the number of teams based on court availability.

Each team's sponsorship must be approved by the Association Board prior to the start of EACH playing season. It is the responsibility of each team to request, in writing, approval to use the facility for their matches. Violation of this procedure can result in termination of Association sponsorship.

REQUIREMENT FOR SPONSORSHIP - A team must develop a roster having the minimum number of players (12 ALTA, 10 USTA) to qualify for Association sponsorship. There is no specific maximum prescribed by the Association.

For team formation, a notification must be distributed to the entire membership. This must be done for each team for EACH season. The notice must include a deadline for interested members to comply with.

It is the responsibility of the individual teams to send the notices to the membership. The Board may assist in this in order to minimize the number of notices sent.

Following receipt of responses from members, each Captain shall complete and submit to the Board a list of players for approval of sponsorship. These must be received by the assigned deadline date with no late exceptions.

NON-MEMBERS - A team must have at least 50% of the ALTA/USTA minimum required number of its team being tennis members. Outside players may then be added to the roster and submitted to the Board for approval. Teams having a greater ratio of inside members would receive first approval in the event of any court availability issue.

Each non-member of any ALTA/USTA team shall pay a fee for each season of players designated by the Association. This fee will be required in conjunction with the submission of application with the ALTA/USTA offices. All non-members will be given a copy of these rules and regulations upon receipt of approval by the Association. All checks should be written to the order of the Association.

Non-members participating on ALTA/USTA teams are to use the Association courts for only one designated practice night, one designated coaching night, and official ALTA/ USTA matches unless accompanied by an Association tennis member.

The Captain and Co-Captain should be an Association member.