Code of Conduct

Reedham Park Tennis Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members and believes that it is important that everyone should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.

Dignity is about respectful, responsible and fair behaviour. There must be no inappropriate actions, behaviour, comments or physical contact, which may cause offence i.e. mental or physical anxiety or hurt to an individual.

Failure to abide by our code of conduct will lead to the offender being banned from club activities and, in extreme cases or repeated incidents, their member-ship of the Club to be rescinded.

DO

Act in a sportsman like manner by acknowledging good play or shots by your partner or opponent/s.

Play by the rules and be fair in all line calls.

Treat all players as you would like to be treated yourself. You must not ridicule, interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.

Accept whoever you are paired with or against in games, be tolerant and understanding and never show aversion to playing with someone you consider inferior.

Set an example when playing with or against junior or younger players and respond with restraint to petulance or ill-tempered behaviour.

Control your temper. Verbal abuse or deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable behaviour .

Co-operate with your coach, partner and opponent/s. Without them there would be no competition.

Be a fair winner and a good loser.

Respect all decisions of the General Committee and the Board of Directors and comply at all times with the Club Constitution and Rules.

Be cautious when referring to the club or any of its members in social media and never use social media in a manner that will bring the club or its members into disrepute.

Don’t

Use derogatory language based on gender, race or impairment.

Cause a nuisance in communications with other members.

Throw your racquet or hit balls in anger.

Display bad sportsmanship or act in a petulant manner when losing.

Swear or use bad language. Never argue with a partner or opponent.

Be aggressive.

Display intimidating behaviour.

Question another person’s integrity over line calls or actions or cause danger to other players through your play.

COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS

There is formal complaints procedure which is administered by the General Committee and where necessary an Appeal can be made to the Board of Directors.

Please note this document is an abbreviated version only and the full procedures are set out in the Reedham Park Sports Club Limited Articles of Association which are freely available for download from Companies House website