Boys' Tennis Regulations


NDHSAA follows USTA Rules of Tennis unless specific NDHSAA regulations exist. 

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New for 2013/14

No new regulations approved for 2013/14.

Tennis Regulations

USTA Rules are in affect for all NDHSAA tournaments with the exception of the following NDHSAA regulations

1.     Rules meeting for all head coaches prior to the start of the boys' season will be conducted by NDHSAA.  Girls’ and boys’ head coaches of tennis are required to attend with failure to attend resulting in a fine.

2.     Each season begins on the date set by the Board and concludes with the State Tournament. Each season shall be no less than 8 weeks in length.

3.     There shall be at least 9 daily practice sessions prior to the first meet. Individual participants must have participated in at least 9 daily practice sessions before being permitted to participate in an interscholastic contest.

4.     Schools are all grouped in one class and divided into two regions with region assignments decided by Board action.

5.     Sportsmanlike conduct is expected.  The penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be: First offense - Point penalty, Second - Game penalty, Third - Disqualification. (Following 3rd offense, Constitution and By-Law rules concerning player/coach ejection shall be implemented.)

6.     Suspended dual matches are to be finished as soon as possible with the same lineups and scores. If time between start and conclusion is significant, line-ups may change with mutual consent of the two coaches.

7.     The region tournaments will be 3-day events with the following schedule:

b.     Schedule for state tournament – State play begins Thursday with coaches’ meeting at 12:00 pm and play at 1:00 pm. Friday and Saturday play begins at 9:00 am.

9.     In the event indoor facilities are to be used for regional competition, rent will be paid by the NDHSAA.

10.   Regional/state rosters are limited to maximum of 9 players.  Team rosters including head coach(es) and assistant coach(es) shall be electronically submitted on the prescribed form to the NDHSAA office and the region tournament manager by NOON Wednesday of the week preceding the week of the region tournament (a week and a half before region tournament).  Any changes in the individual entry or the team roster from the listing on the original entry form must be submitted to the meet manager in writing prior to the seed meeting of the individual or team tournament.

c.   NOTE: School authorized coaching staff must be included on the entry form. Only these coaches listed will be authorized to approach players for the purpose of coaching during the allowable times in a match.

11.   Regions form their own tie-breaking criteria. If no criteria is formed, it shall be decided by total number of matches lost by each team in only the three matches involving tied teams.

12.   NEW:  Participants are required to wear appropriate school identifying uniforms. Appropriate dress is expected. Appropriate attire includes an unaltered shirt with sleeves or sleeveless top if tailored by manufacturer. Team members are not required to dress identically, though school identification is expected and similar colors are desirable. Attire deemed inappropriate includes: ragged or cut-off jeans or shorts, tank tops (including tops that do not cover the waist, torn shirts, tennis dresses and/or shirts which have spaghetti straps.

13.   Line-ups for regional and state team competition may be changed from match to match as follows:

a.   Line-ups shall be submitted at the time of court assignments for that particular round. These line-ups will not be revealed until both have been received.

b.   Line-ups submitted must be selected from the seven to nine member roster submitted to the NDHSAA and/or Tournament Manager prior to the start of the regional or state team competition.

c.   Substitutions on the original team roster may be made by notifying the NDHSAA or Tournament Manager prior to the start of the regional or state competition.

d.   Coaches must place their best singles player in the number 1 singles spot, their best doubles players in the number 1 doubles spot, etc., in the line-up submitted for a match.

e.   Once line-ups are submitted, no substitutions may be made for that round.

f.    At the coaches’ meeting prior to the first round of team competition at the state tournament, the head coaches of participating teams shall present their rosters for exchange and review.  Submitted ranked rosters will be used on all subsequent matches for checking team line-up.  Majority vote of the seven coaches reviewing each team shall prevail.

14.   Each school is permitted three entries in the singles event and two doubles teams in the regional tournaments, with all groups competing against one another. The doubles will be one group and singles will be one group, not separate divisions for No. 1, 2 and 3 singles nor for No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.  Coaches must place their best of their three singles players in the No. 1 singles spot, the best of their two doubles team in the No. 1 doubles spot, etc.  Contestants may not enter both the singles and doubles events. Schools may enter contestants in the singles or doubles competition on individual day without entering a full team on team day.

15.   Team competition will consist of two doubles teams and three singles from each school. 

16.   If a regular season line-up is in question, the protest shall be taken to the regional individual seed meeting.  Coaches shall vote on the protest and, if upheld, shall result in a forfeit of any matches in question.  This will be reflected in the seeding for team day.  Records of challenge matches held within the team may be used to verify line-ups and shall supersede the protest leaving the line-up to stand as originally listed.

17.   NEW:  Allow optional 10-minute break between second and third sets of a match. Play may continue if both players are deemed ready. 

                                                i.     Counting all points and games agreed on by the players, with only the disputed points or games being replayed

                                             iii.     Deciding the score by a coin toss

e.      Enforce the Point Penalty System (code and time violations).

                                                i.     When the official overrules a player’s out call, that player loses the point. The roving umpire may overrule as a result of a player appeal. 

h.     Stay on a specific court a minimum of 1 game and maximum of 3 games unless asked by player/coach to stay longer.  Exception: If there are enough officials to have one on every court, the official may stay longer than the maximum 3 games.

j.      Check net heights before a match or between sets.

l.      Monitor time on changeovers

n.     If the 3rd and 4th state qualifying teams of the Region tournament met in the first round the winner of that first round will get the higher seed in the State Tournament.

27.   New balls shall be provided for all matches at the region and state tournaments.

28.   Host tournament management will provide portable score cards at all court sites for region and state tournaments.

29.   Unless unusual circumstances influence scheduling, awards presentations shall take place after completion of all competition on individual day.

30.   For team-day court assignments, the #1 seed from the opposite region shall be assigned the indoor courts, if used.

31.   Unless inclement weather alters the tournament schedule, the championship match in each respective division shall begin 1 hour after the start of the consolation championship and third place matches.

Updated: 7/1/13

Updated 07/27/2013