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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.

2021 Clinics

Clinic: Introduction to Officiating – NOW FULL
Dates: October 22-24 2021
Venue: Tennis BC HUB – Richmond
Cost: $60 payable in cash on Friday night
Questions? Please read the clinic information below. If you still have questions, you can email Ute Buffotot at utebuffotot@gmail.com

Please note that all participants must show proof of both vaccinations to enter the facility.

Clinic Information – please read carefully before registering for the clinic

Clinic Registration – Closed

The October clinic is now full. If you  would like to be placed on the wait list for the next one, please complete the form below.

Officiating Clinic – Expression of Interest


Hardcopies of the 2020 Rules of the Court – Tennis Canada’s Official Rule Book are still available.
Copies can be purchased from the Tennis Canada Store here.

We will not be producing a hard copy of the 2021 Rules of the Court.

Digital Copies:

Digital versions of the latest Rules of the Court can be downloaded below.

Rules of the Court 2021

Summary of Changes – Rules of the Court 2020-2021

Code of Conduct – Oct 1 2017

Discipline Flow charts – CoC – LWFC – Suspension

Terms of Reference Discipline and Discipline Appeal Committees

Guidelines 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 Guidelines for Unofficiated Matches, which is the set of procedures and protocols that all players should adhere to when playing under such circumstances.  League matches in BC are played under these guidelines.
While the substance of this document remains unchanged, it has been reorganized and rewritten to make it easier to use.

Guidelines for Unofficiated Matches (Updated March 2021)

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