Tennis Rules

These rules govern the use of our two tennis courts.

General Rules

  1. Tennis Court Reservations and Use: The tennis courts may not be used for any other purpose other than playing or practicing tennis. The tennis courts must be reasonably dry prior to use. Only tennis players may enter the tennis enclosure; anyone who is not playing tennis must not enter the court enclosure (an exception shall be made for one or more family members or friends who wish to observe from the courtside bench provided they are also wearing tennis shoes (see item 2 below)). No dogs or other pets are allowed in the tennis court enclosure.
  2. All players must wear tennis shoes. Street shoes, running shoes, or other shoes with treads that mark or damage the courts, including all shoes with black bottoms (or similarly dark soles) or any shoes with wheels or other similar non tennis shoe devices, are prohibited. No one is permitted to play barefoot.
  3. Repairs for any damage (or loss) caused to the tennis court surface, nets and posts, or any and all other equipment within the tennis court enclosure (such as brooms and furnishings) shall be the responsibility of the member causing the damage or loss. The member causing the damage or loss shall be directly responsible for the reasonable cost to repair such damage or replace the loss, including any damage or loss caused by their guest(s).
  4. Members must remove any trash or debris from the court(s) they use and are requested to do so even if the trash or debris is present when they arrive. Members are also requested to use the tennis court brooms to clean the court(s) before and after they use the court(s).
  5. Use of the backboard is limited to times when there are no single or doubles tennis players waiting to use a tennis court. Single and doubles players who have not reserved a court should use Court 2 if it is empty, otherwise the person using the backboard must give up the space to the waiting tennis players. The courts may not be reserved for the use of the backboard.

During Pool Season (Pool Operating)

The courts are available to all members in good standing and guests playing with a NCCSPA member. At least one member must sign in at the desk prior to play.

  1. Hours of Play:
    Weekdays: 7:00 am to dusk
    Saturdays and Holidays: 8:00 am to dusk
    Sundays: 9:00 am to dusk
  2. Courts may be reserved in advance of play by signing the tennis reservation sheet at the main pool desk. Reservations may be made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are for one hour of play per day per member, except that reservations for doubles may be made by a member for 1 1/2 hours during authorized doubles periods (see item 5 below). Reservations must include the name of the member and membership number of at least one pool member as well as the number of guests. Only persons 16 and over may reserve a court except for weekdays between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, during which time courts may be reserved by a person under 16.
  3. To assure equal opportunity of all members to reserve tennis courts and only if one or more members have made a series of reservations which would have violated the following reservation procedure, then the following “point” reservation procedure shall be applied until such time as the point reservation procedure is no longer needed to assure equal opportunity of all members to make reservations to use the tennis courts. Each member will be allowed six points per week which will be credited for play as follows: weekdays, 1 point per hour and weekends and holidays 2 points per hour. Unused points may not be carried over or transferred to another member.
  4. Players reserving a court must arrive by ten minutes after the hour or forfeit the court.
  5. On Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm both courts will be set aside for doubles play. On weekdays (non-holiday) between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon one court will be set aside for doubles play. Courts may be reserved for one and one-half hours of doubles play. The names of all four players must appear on the sign-up sheet. Three players in each doubles group should be NCCSPA members in good standing. If courts have not been reserved for doubles by 8:00 am of the given day, the courts may be reserved for one hour of singles play.
  6. Guest fees will be enforced during the pool season. The guest fee for tennis is the same as that for swimming and shall be due and payable prior to using the tennis courts.
  7. The Tennis Committee may also organize tennis tournaments during the pool season. The dates and procedures for entry will be posted on the website and at the pool.
  8. All questions concerning tennis play or interpretation of the tennis rules should be addressed to the chairperson of the Tennis Committee.

During Fall, Winter and Spring (Pool Not Operating)

All tennis rules and regulations during the time when the pool is closed for the season will be the same as those listed above, with the following exceptions:

  1. The reservation system will be in effect during months of reasonable tennis weather. Courts may be used on a first come first serve basis.
  2. There will be no guest fees during the fall, winter and spring when the pool is not operating.
  3. Players should lower nets after play during months of December through March to prevent damage to courts caused by tension on net posts during freezing temperatures.