MEMBERSHIP GUIDELINES

The committee requests that all members abide by the following guidelines in the interests of safety and the harmony of the club and also abide by the Constitution of the Club displayed on the noticeboard.

GENERAL

1. Members, as privileged keyholders, should ensure their usage of all club facilities, including the clubhouse, is both responsible and respectful. Junior members under the age of 16 must only use the clubhouse facilities under adult supervision for insurance purposes and for their own safety and protection. STC reserves the right to request the return of keys being deemed to be used inappropriately.

2. Members and visitors playing at any time (club/match/private/ball machine) must register their full name in the book provided and, if appropriate, put the relevant fee (the current schedule of fees will be displayed in the clubhouse) in the cashbox, or the box in the wall outside if the clubhouse is locked or unattended.

3. Generally, all courts are available for use but availability is limited during club sessions, junior sessions and club and league matches (visit the clubhouse for current schedule and Court Planner).  There is no formal court booking system and the Court Priority Procedure allows for four courts for club sessions and for two coaching sessions simultaneously.

4. Members are requested to wear suitable tennis gear, particularly proper tennis shoes. All members must wear a shirt when on club premises.

5. Members are expected to treat fellow members and neighbours with respect at all times, avoiding unnecessary noise and disturbance.

6. Essential maintenance work needs to be carried out regularly on the courts. To facilitate this please be prepared to move to another court if requested.

7. Car parking can be a problem so please park as sensibly as possible. Please drive slowly and pause as necessary if there is a cricket match in progress.

COURT ETIQUETTE

1. Floodlights may be used when necessary and are subject to an additional charge. Switches are located in the clubhouse above the pegboard.

2. A maximum of 6 balls should be used on any court. When all courts are in use 4 balls are provided per court. Only one black box of balls is to be taken to either the lower or upper courts.

3. A  hopper of balls are usually available in the clubhouse for practising.

4. A ball machine is available for hire. Care should be taken and the machine only used after a committee member has explained its operation. The current fee is displayed in the clubhouse and is payable per hour but not pro rata. The ball machine must not be used by anyone under the age of 18 without adult supervision.

5. If a line call cannot be agreed, the point should be played again.

6. Services should not be returned when clearly out.

7. Foot faulting should be avoided.

MATCHES

League matches usually take place at 6.30 pm on various weekday evenings on the first two lower courts. It is therefore advisable to play on the top courts at these times although the third lower court can be used at the discretion of the match captain. A full list of matches is regularly published on the clubhouse notice board for your convenience.

Club competition matches are generally played on the first lower court and take priority during club sessions. Spectators are welcomed at all matches.

CLUB SESSIONS – see below for current days and times

Members register, pay the correct fee if appropriate, and add their peg to the board. The next game is selected by the member at the top of the board who chooses players from the first eight, including him/herself. At the end of play the pegs are replaced on the board in winning order. In the absence of a formal grading system members are requested to endeavour to select balanced games whenever possible. Selected players are expected to accept an invitation to play with good grace.

Free tea and coffee is available in the tennis lounge at club sessions. Please advise the Membership Secretary if you require a named peg to be provided for club session use.

COACHING

COMMITTEE

 

COURT CHARGES

Current Court charges, including floodlight and visitor payments can be found displayed in the Clubhouse – please ensure everyone on your application form understand when these apply. Visitor information is also available.

 ADULT CLUB SESSIONS

MONDAY 10.00 – 12.00 noon – 5.00 pm onwards – all playing standards

TUESDAY 11.00-1.00pm Pay n Play – coached at £5 per session payable to the coach

WEDNESDAY 10.00 – 12.00 noon

7.30-9.00pm Improvers and Team Players coaching

THURSDAY 5.00 pm onwards – League standard players only

FRIDAY 10.00 – 12.00 noon

1.00-3.00pm Pay n Play – coached at £5 per session payable to the coach

SATURDAY 2.00 – 5.00 pm – (1 pm when clocks change to GMT)

SUNDAY 9.00 – 12.00 noon

CHILD PROTECTION

Please speak to the nominated Junior Rep and Child Protection Rep if you have any concerns about this issue.

GUIDANCE FOR JUNIORS

Please only use ball hoppers for official supervised coaching sessions or for use with the ball machine. Only use training ball hoppers or ball machine when there are at least two adjacent courts available and not when the club balls are in use on adjacent courts.

‘Seconds’ balls are stored in the clubhouse in tubes of four and juniors should take out one tube only per court. At the end of play please return full tubes to the clubhouse. In the event that there are no tubes, then four balls may be taken from and returned to the hoppers.

Juniors invited to attend adult club sessions shall pay £1 per session. For Junior matches or tournaments players shall contribute a nominated fee. Juniors under 12 must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult nominated by their parent or guardian.

DISCLAIMERS

• Seaton Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club will not accept liability for any loss or damage to property belonging to members, their guests or visitors.

• Seaton Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club will not accept liability for personal injury arising out of the use of club premises and any other premises of the club, or in any event organised by the club whether sustained by members, their guests or visitors, or caused by the said guests or visitors, whether or not such damage or injury could have been attributed to or was occasioned by the neglect, default or negligence of any of the officers, committee or servants of the club.

March 2013.