Club Table Rules

Table Designation

  1. All 5 or 6 tables in the front nearest the stage are designated as “Challenge Tables.”
  2. Tables in the back row not used by classes and clinics may be used for coaching and drill practices.
  3. All tables in the middle row and some tables in the back row are reserved for classes and clinics when they are in session.  When the classes or clinics sessions are over, all available tables are open for challenge/open play or may be used for coaching and drills.

Challenge Tables:

  1. All tables in the front row are designated as challenge tables.
  2. To challenge a table, place your paddle or your paddle case at the foot of the table and notify the players that you are challenging the winner.
  3. Players may NOT refuse challenges, regardless of anyone's playing level.
  4. You may NOT challenge more than one table at any one time.
  5. You may NOT play on one table and at the same time challenge another table.
  6. Players may warm up or practice on these tables when there are no challengers. As soon as a challenge is made, they must start a match within two minutes. (The two-minute warm-up time may be extended to five if the game is the first time the player is on a table for the day).
  7. The winner of the match will play the challenger.
  8. If any one of the challenge tables has more than one challenger, the “two match” rule will take effect.  Under the “two-match” rule, a player must relinquish his/her place at the table after playing the second match - win or lose. The Program Director/Money Collector for the evening will notify tables when the “two match” rule is in effect.
  9. If players on a challenged table decide not to play matches and want to continue to just drill or practice, their possession of the table will be limited to 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, one of the players must relinquish his/her place to the challenger.

Coaching/Drill Practice Tables:

  1. Tables in the back row are available for private coaching and drill practice on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. The use of these tables is limited to 1- hour time blocks.  This 1-hour time may be extended if there is no other request for their use.
  3. Availability of coaching/drill practice tables is not guaranteed.

Club Courtesy Rules

  1. Help set up tables, nets and barriers. Help put tables away if you are the last to use them.
  2. When going to and from a table, walk as close to the wall or barriers as possible to avoid entering a playing court.  If you must enter a playing court, wait until a break in the action between points.
  3. Sit on the stage area to watch.
  4. Call a “Ball” if your ball enters another court.  If another player calls a “Ball”, and their ball is near your court, retrieve their ball so they don’t have to walk through other courts and disrupt play in other tables.
  5. Keep a good attitude and be courteous at all times. Do not throw your rackets; do not be loud and boisterous. Please keep your language clean and swearing to a minimum – there are many young children among us.
  6. Respect the tables: don't sit on them, put your foot on them to tie shoes, kick them, strike them with your racket out of frustration, etc. Keep gym bags and other property on the floor.
  7. All games are played by USATT rules.