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 as 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.

2022 Clinics and Presentations

Clinic: Intro to Officiating – Women only
Date: March 19 2022 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Vancouver – Creekside Community Centre
We are very excited to host this special clinic in conjunction with the Billie Jean King Cup coming to Vancouver in April. Participants who complete the course will receive entry to a day at the BJK Canada vs Latvia tie with special presentations, behind the scenes tour and more!
(Minimum age 18)

Women Only Intro Clinic Information
Clinic Registration

Men – we still need you too! We will be scheduling more clinics soon. Please continue to check back here for details, or you may register your interest at the link below.
If you have any other questions about Officiating in general, please contact Ute Buffotot at

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 2022

Summary of Changes – Rules of The Court 2020-2022

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 Un-Officiated 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 Un-Officiated Matches (Updated March 2021)

Late Withdrawal / Failure to Complete Policy

Tennis Canada and its provincial partners feel strongly that by 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