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Etiquette

  • When ball persons 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.
  • The receiver should not return the first service if it is an obvious fault let it go by or ground it.
  • Do not enlist the aid of spectators, including parents, coaches, etc, in making line calls, or attempting to determine the score or other on-court matters.
  • 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.
  • Wait until a point is over before walking behind a court where a match is in progress.
  • To retrieve a ball from another court or to return a ball to another court, wait until the players have completed a point.
  • Do not stall, sulk, complain nor practice gamesmanship.
  • Screaming regularly and loudly, whether in relation to winning and/or losing a point is likely to cause interference to play on nearby courts and may be considered unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Overt celebration directed at an opponent may be considered intimidation, and therefore unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • 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. The call needs to be loud enough to stop their opponents/partner playing.
 

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