Club Rules


As members will know, unlike some tennis clubs, we do not have many rules or fussy requirements about what players wear. There are, however, a few simple guidelines which members are expected to observe.

(1) SHOES: No footwear should be worn that might harm the court surface. It is a strict club rule that proper tennis shoes with soft non-marking soles be worn when playing. As a general rule, hard soled trainers are not acceptable. Trainers with bars, studs or sharp serrations are not acceptable. Soles which leave black marks on the courts are not acceptable. Dirty, muddy shoes are not acceptable. Members should also avoid walking mud from the surrounding playing field onto the courts.

(2) SMOKING: No smoking is allowed on club premises - neither in the clubhouse nor on the courts.

(3) CLUB SESSIONS: Monday evenings from 7.30pm all year. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5.00pm (summer months) and Wednesday mornings. These sessions are all reserved for general club play. All members are welcome at such sessions to "mix in" and play with other members.

(4) COURT RESERVATION: Courts may be pre-booked on Wednesday evenings using the booking form in the clubhouse. Courts cannot be reserved at other times.

(5) WAITING TO PLAY: Members should not play more than one set of tennis if other members are waiting to play and no singles game should begin if a four is waiting for the court. The exception to this rule is if you have booked one of the time slots on a Wednesday evening.

(6) JUNIOR PRIORITY: Juniors have priority on one court on Saturday mornings until 1pm. Adult members have priority at all other times. Teenage juniors are encouraged to attend the club sessions.

(7) GUESTS: A Member may introduce one visiting player provided that he or she accompanies the player. The guest fee (£2) should be paid as soon as possible to any Committee Member. After six visits a guest would be expected to join the Club.

(8) WEALD LEAGUE: The Club currently enters a Ladies team in the local Weald League. Matches against other clubs (approximately 6 home matches during the year) are held on Saturday afternoons in the Spring and early Summer and on Sunday mornings in the Winter. Members should check the clubhouse notice board for dates when both courts are reserved for about 3 hours for our home league matches.

(9) CLUBHOUSE: All adult and family members are entitled to use the clubhouse facilities but are expected to tidy up and clean any crockery, glasses, etc. after use. Any rubbish should be placed in the bin(s) provided.

(10) FLOODLIGHTS: The floodlight meters (one per court) are located inside the clubhouse and only take tokens which must be purchased from designated committee members. Tokens cost £1 each, which gives 15 minutes floodlight time. The meters do not take cash. Members should be aware that the floodlights will go out automatically at 9.30pm in order to comply with local council by-laws. Also members should note that when the floodlights go out, they should not be turned on again for 10 minutes - otherwise the power fails.