General Rules for Future Masters 11U, Jr Masters 14U, and Jr Grand Prix programs

There are certain exceptions to the rules below for 36' format (mini net/red ball) - please see below.

◊ The Future Masters 11U format is one that is approved by both the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and United States Tennis Association (USTA). There are many reasons for this format, including the size and use of the mini vs. regular net, the different color balls (for compression - softness), and court size. The format has been honed over several decades, and has been used with great effect, particularly by many European nations who have seen their players reach the highest level.

◊ The Program is for putting into practice, what the players have learned from their coaches in clinics and private lessons. It is recommended that all players take lessons from USPTA certified professional tennis teachers.

◊ Spectators should be supportive of both players on the court. Please applaud only when a good shot (not errors) has been made. Please do not talk with your child about anything pertaining to the match during the event. It is a short set format and so there will be plenty of opportunity to talk with your child after each match.

◊ Only players are to make line calls or any other rulings. If a player is not 100% sure with a line call on their side, the official will suggest they they call it in favor of their opponent. The call is only theirs to make only when the ball is on their side of the net. If the court is being officiated, then that official can overrule a call or give advice if they deem it incorrect.

IMPORTANT: It is a Woodfield CC rule that parents can not watch their children from the center table (in between courts) if they are playing on an adjacent court. Parents, grandparent etc must be at least one court away. This means that they may need to move if their child moves to an adjacent court in the next round of play. There are many reasons for this rule; USTA tournament rules stipulate parents cannot sit at courtside tables; parents may make comments that can easily be overheard by a player, or even make comments directed at a player;  Parents need to respect the usual tennis rules of quietness, not moving around, and by avoiding any distractions (cellular calls etc) of the players during a match. The only exception to this rule is that disabled parents etc may stay courtside if they first report to the official in charge. The court 1 patio area is not considered a courtside location for the purpose of this rule, although the lower steps are off-limits.

◊ Please understand that any tennis match requires an even number of players. This is a factor totally out of the Program's control. If an odd number of players are present, one player will have a bye, and wait for one of the matches to be finished. The bye player will always be rotated, and while it is possible, it is highly unlikely that they will have another bye match for many weeks, if not the rest of the season. A player with a bye match will have their score aggregated, i.e. if they get 4 points for their other two matches, then the bye match score will be a 4. Whenever possible, the 'bye' player may be asked to particpate in a practice session with one of the program assistants (if available).

◊ Play-offs are held in week 7, between the top players in any flight. The number of players (2,3 or 4) playing for the Championship trophy is at the sole discretion of the Program Director. The other players will play their usual match-play games.

◊ If a session cannot be started because of weather issues, it will be re-scheduled. The general rule is for it to be played on the Sunday, in one week's time. If a match is disrupted once started, it will be up to the Program director as to whether it can either be continued later in the day, on another day, or not at all. While the total number of sessions (7) cannot be absolutely guaranteed (for weather reasons), the Program Director will endeavor to play them. 

◊ It is recommended that, as in tournaments, parents bring non-sugar snacks such as energy bars or bananas, plus plenty of mineral enhanced drinks to sustain their children during events. It is also recommended that parents bring their own collapsible chairs with small shade umbrellas.

◊ Only the server is to call the score. New players must learn that they need to keep track of their own score. If there is a scoring discrepancy, the players need to work it out between themselves. All rules questions are to go to only the Pro/official in charge. Only the Pro/official may act as the referee, not the parent of the children playing the match in question. Parents should not be involved in a rule, scoring or any other match controversy. For example, if you see a double bounce that a player does not call, and the opponent does not question, please let it go. Similarly, if your child (or opponent) does not see or call their lines correctly (in your view), do not speak to them during the match. Please wait until after the match is over, when you can talk with your child about your observations.

◊ Absolutely no coaching* from the parents while your child is playing. Your child’s experience should primarily be about having fun. Your assistance in this regard is appreciated by all, children and other parents included. 

◊ A player may not be disrespectful to their opponent, or to any other players or officials. Disrespect includes name calling, bad behavior (racquet abuse etc), or obvious poor sportsmanship. If constant behavioral issues are not resolved, players may be suspended from the Program without any recourse/fee refund. The same rules also applies to parents, who are also reminded to be respectful to all concerned.

◊ GOOD COMMUNICATIONS are vital in ensuring that the Program runs smoothly. It is important to understand that when you commit to participating on any given day, a no-show causes problems to the Program and other players. If your child is sick on match day, please inform Jacquie or Tom by 9am in order that the roster can be modified accordingly. Parents are asked to answer the weekly participation status email in a timely manner.

◊ Please ensure you are on time, i.e. arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start.  A late arrival causes a knock-on effect with the schedule of play and is disrespectful to the Program, other players and parents. If this is a recurring problem, the player may be suspended for the match or as many weeks left in the season, without any recourse of registration fees refund or other expenses incurred.

◊ If in doubt over whether a match will be played due to adverse weather conditions, always check with the Woodfield Pro Shop 561.995.5213 as to the match status. It is recommended that you call just before leaving home. If you call too early, no decision may yet have been made. The match is always ON, unless specifically called off.

◊ Winning is not the only thing. Tennis can teach many life lessons such as character, courage, honesty, sportsmanship, integrity, respect, commitment, humility and excellence - this is where one will truly win.

36' Court (mini net/red ball) Format 
All courts in this division are supervised. The main emphasis at this level is to get the children understanding the basics of match-play in a fun environment. There are multiple flights, with the very young or least adept children at one end of the spectrum, and the more advanced at the other. This level requires a great deal of patience by all concerned, and parents need not get concerned if their child is not progressing at a rate they expect them to perform. The players are placed in the most appropriate flight for their skill level. Parents should not push their children to go into a higher flight level. It is important that they learn and experience winning, rather than a constant losing.

Jr Masters 13U & Jr Grand Prix (JGP)
JGP is desgned for players who are either at the high school level or aspiring to it. These programs provide a highly competitive, but fun match-play environment for players to hone their skills in order to advance on their school team. Players are expected to have a good knowledge of the Rules of Tennis, and be of an appropriate skill level. The program is supervised by a Pro who may give advice after a match, but who is not there to teach per se. The Pro is there to supervise that the matches go smoothly and answer any questions. The matches are short sets providing a variety of opponents with different challenges. There are separate Boys and Girls divisions, with multiple flights depending upon the number of players in any given season.