Poor Behaviour on the Courts ?
Many of us have witnessed questionable behaviours on the tennis courts which are tolerated by some, and even amusing to others. But occasionally they can seriously affect a member and become unwanted, either because they are habitual (e.g. a player always swearing at their unforced errors), or sometimes a member just doesn’t like hearing certain swear words (e.g. the “f” word).
In order to create a procedure, and “serve as notice to annoying players…plus promote self reflection for the rest of us”, below is our club’s (draft) Code of Conduct.
I was going to send this out closer to the AGM in March 2020, but several of you may be travelling south, so I thought I would do it now. Consider the Code below a draft, which will be be discussed at the AGM and approved if we can reach a consensus. In the meantime if you have any comments or suggestions, let me know.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Mill Bay Tennis Club is a social, not for profit, organization devoted towards playing tennis in a courteous and respectful environment. Each member is key to this success, through their dues; volunteer work; and behaviour on the courts.
On occasion members may behave in an unwanted fashion. Examples of some unwanted behaviour are:
– Yelling…in frustration
– Swearing at their own play, or towards another player
– Unwanted physical contact (e.g. pushing)
– Throwing their racket, or the ball, in frustration
– Complaining about another players performance…verbally or through gestures
– Damaging property
– Not showing up when they are scheduled to play
Members who experience unwanted behaviour should first respectfully address it with the member in question. Where this does not resolve the issue, and the behaviour persists, a member may bring it to the attention of their Program Coordinator. Where the Coordinator cannot resolve the issue, the Coordinator may bring the issue the Boards attention.
The Board will review the issue and present its decision to just those involved, or the entire membership…at their discretion. They will focus on:
What is the specific unwanted behaviour
What the member must do
What is the sanction if the behaviour doesn’t change. This could include:
A suspension from club activities
Revoking their membership from the club, with a proportional refund
Revoking their membership from the club, without a refund
All cases involving a sanction imposed by the Board will be communicated to the membership in general, including an explanation of “what and why”.
Grant Price, President