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USTA Rules Every League Player Should Know - St. Louis

Time Allowed
Warm-up: 15 minutes for indoor and outdoor leagues; no time is added for late arrivals.
Between points: 20 seconds maximum, play at server’s pace.
On changeovers: 90 seconds, ready to serve/receive.
During tiebreaks: no break if switching after 6 points.
Between sets: 2 minutes, may announce & leave court for water.
Bathroom breaks: 3 minutes, unless the distance is extreme.
Injury time-outs: 3 minutes (only one).

With 15 Minutes Left on the Clock – end of regulation
Players will finish the game in progress (first service ball struck). If a team is up by two games, they win that set. If games are within one or tied, play a set tiebreak (first to 7, by two) for the set. If sets are then split, play a match tiebreak (first to 10, by two).

In or Out Calls
In doubles, if either player calls a ball in, it is considered in. If you don’t agree with a call, you should ask your opponent if they are sure of their call. They can change their call.

Foot Faults
Players should issue a warning if they see flagrant violations. If it continues, they may call a foot fault, resulting in a second serve or a lost point.

If you are ready to serve and your opponent is stalling, you should issue a warning. If it continues, you may take the point and move to the other side of the court.

Leaving the Court
You must notify your opponent before leaving the court, and explain your reason (i.e. bathroom break, injury time-out, getting water), so they may begin to time the stoppage in play.

Clock/Foot Fault/Line Judge
If anyone feels that time violations, line calls or foot faults are being called incorrectly, they may ask to have an impartial judge present. The line judge will watch the match at the net post. They will only voice a line call, if asked, but they will call time violations and foot faults immediately, as seen. The opinion (decision) of the line judge is final.

Swinging Over the Net
You may not hit a ball before it crosses to your side of the net, however, your racquet can cross over on follow through, as long as it does not touch the net.

1 - We are guests of the club, representing the USTA.
2 - No abusive or foul language will be tolerated.
3 - No racquet or ball abuse will be tolerated.
4 - Be thoughtful of your opponent; and do not cheer/high five at your opponent’s mistakes (i.e. double faults, missed overheads).
5 - No coaching is allowed at any time, so please do not speak to spectators as it could be misconstrued.
6 - Compliment your opponent’s good shot.
7 - If a match ends early, only those players on that court can stay and play.
8 - Spectators must be at least a half of a court away or in the bleachers.
9 - Cell phones should be turned off or on vibrate.

Sportsmanship Complaints
All complaints should be emailed to the St. Louis District Tennis Office (leagues@sldta.com). With the first letter, the Captain is notified. After the second complaint, the Captain and player are notified. If a third complaint is filed, the District League Coordinator will determine if a sportsmanship violation grievance should be filed by the District. The District reserves the right to file a grievance at any time.

At End of Match
You and your opponent should agree on scores for each set before shaking hands. Report scores to your Captain. Every game counts!