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Introduction to Officiating

The Introduction to Officiating course is the first step on the road to becoming a certified Tennis Canada Official.

This course will prepare you for work as a Roving umpire (also known as off court umpire)  and a Line Umpire, and give you an overview of the roles of the Chair Umpire and Referee. It covers the Rules of Tennis and Code of Conduct.

The course usually takes place over one weekend, and attendance on both days is mandatory. On completion of the two day course the next step is the practical on court evaluation at local tournaments, on successful completion of which you will become certified.

Upcoming Clinics

Introduction to Officiating Clinic
Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5 (both days)
Place: Tennis BC Offices and Hollyburn Country Club
9am start both days @ Tennis BC Office
Cost: $60 cash payable on Saturday at the clinic – includes Rulebook and Manual
Bring/Wear: Comfortable/Athletic Clothes, Tennis Shoes, Notebook, Pen, Lunch

More Information

Registration: https://form.jotformz.com/91034500758655

Please note: For those interested in working at the Odlum Brown VanOpen as a Line Umpire, the above training session (May 3-5) plus several other live match practices are mandatory. Match practices will be held on the Finals days of the Summer Series at the Richmond, Delta and Burnaby Opens as well as the Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open. To be considered for the Odlum Brown VanOpen, you will need to have attended at least 3 match practices and be available for the first 4 full days of the event (August 12-15, 2019).

If you are interested in a future clinic, please contact Anne Bees at abees@tenniscanada.com


Rules of the Court – Tennis Canada’s Official Rule Book now in stock!

To purchase a copy contact Anne Bees at abees@tenniscanada.com  Cost is $17.50, or you can have a copy mailed to you for $20.

Digital Copies:


Summary of Changes – Rules of the Court 2018

Code of Conduct – Oct 1 2017
Discipline Flow charts – CoC – LWFC – Suspension
Terms of Reference Discipline and Discipline Appeal Committees

Code for Unofficiated Matches

Not all matches can be played with a Chair Umpire or Roving Umpire  to assist when disputes or questions arise. Below you will find the Code for Unofficiated Matches, which is the set of rules and guidelines that all players should adhere to when playing under such circumstances.  League matches in BC are played under these guidelines.

The Code for Unofficiated Matches

Late Withdrawal / Failure to Complete Policy

Tennis Canada and its provincial partners feel strongly that in entering a tournament a player accepts the responsibility for it. Specifically, once a commitment to playing a tournament is made, it is the player’s responsibility to follow-through and to compete in the tournament. Thus, a National policy has been created for “Late withdrawals and failure to complete required tournament events” which has been added to the “Rules of the Court”. This policy applies to Junior events only.

Policy for Late Withdrawal and Failure to Complete Required Tournament Events – Nov 2017