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Statuts

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Internal Rules of the Tennis Club International

Summer season

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Preamble

The Tennis Club International (hereinafter referred to as “the TCI”) was founded in 1937 in order to provide a means of recreation and leisure for international civil servants and Geneva residents.

Section I: General rules

ARTICLE 1: USE OF THE COURTS

Courts are available for play by club members and their guests during the summer season from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and during the winter season as posted on the schedule for rented covered courts.

The Committee may decide to extend the summer season for courts 1 and 2, depending on weather conditions and the state of the courts. However, in this case, the courts may be used only during daylight hours (without floodlights).

Article 2: Parking

The parking lot is reserved for club members, customers of the club restaurant and participants in Interclub championships or other tournaments organized by the club.

The TCI declines all responsibility in the case of theft or damage involving vehicles parked in the parking lot.

Article 3: Restaurant

The restaurant is open to the public during the posted opening hours.

Smoking inside the clubhouse is prohibited.

ARTICLE 4: CHANGING ROOMS

The changing rooms are reserved for club members and their guests. A key may be obtained from the restaurant.

Lockers are rented on an annual basis (please contact the club office).

The changing rooms should be kept clean and tidy at all times.

Members should ensure that they have not left any valuables in the changing rooms or lockers. The TCI declines any responsibility in the event of theft or loss of property.

In order to keep the floors in the changing rooms and the club house clean, when exiting the courts players are kindly requested to clean the soles of their shoes on the wet mats provided. They should also wipe their shoes on the mats before going inside the buildings.

ARTICLE 5: THE CLUB OFFICE

The club office is open from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sunday.

When the office is closed, the restaurant staff can provide information to members and their guests and are authorized to receive payment of any necessary fees.

Section II: Tennis

ARTICLE 6: RIGHT TO PLAY

Access to the courts is reserved for club members who have paid their dues, as well as for players who are scheduled to play an Interclub match or a match in a tournament organized by the TCI.

Each member is entitled to two free guest invitations a year. As of the third invitation, the member must pay a fee in the amount determined by the Committee. No one guest may play more than twice in the same season.

Guests may not play during peak hours.

ARTICLE 7: COURT RESERVATIONS

Only those members who are signed up for a court may play on it.

Reservations are made with the club office, or, when the secretary is not in, on the sign-up sheet. When booking a court, members should clearly indicate the starting time, the names of all players and the ending time. A court may be booked for singles only if both players are present at the time of booking, and for doubles only when at least three players are present.

As a general rule, players must sign up for the first available court, although some allowance may be made for shyness.

Those who prefer to play on an outside court may wait for one to become free, even if an indoor court is available.

If a court is already free when a member is signing up for a court, it must be booked for a starting time no more than 10 minutes later.

If players are not on the court prior to 10 minutes past the scheduled starting time, the court automatically becomes available to other players.

ARTICLE 8: DURATION OF PLAY

The duration of play is set at 60 minutes for singles and 70 minutes for doubles, and includes the time needed for the upkeep of the court before the start of play (see article 12 below).

ARTICLE 9: SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP ARRANGEMENTS

Members who have paid a “retiree” or “partial” membership are not authorized to play during peak hours, even for a few minutes or to finish a doubles match, except on weekends or holidays.

Persons wishing to maintain their membership but who cannot play for an entire season may become a passive member. Passive members have access to the club facilities but not to the courts.

ARTICLE 10: KEEN PLAYERS

In order to allow the greatest number of members a chance to play, members who have already played twice in one day may not sign up for a court for a period that overlaps peak hours, even if only partially, unless the court they wish to book is still free 10 minutes before their desired starting time.

In no circumstances may a player be signed up for another court while he or she is still playing.

ARTICLE 11: PEAK HOURS

Peak hours are considered to be from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., from Monday to Friday, as well as days on which tournaments or Interclub matches are held.

Section III: Upkeep of courts

ARTICLE 12: MANDATORY UPKEEP OF COURTS

In order to properly maintain the courts, players are required to do the following before the start of play:

  1. Sweep court with brush or net.

  2. Clean the lines.

  3. Water court if necessary.

The courts may be watered using either the automatic sprinklers (push green button near court entrance) or manually. Manual watering helps to improve court irrigation considerably.

In order to stop the automatic sprinklers before the set time (1 or 2 minutes, depending on the season), press the red button twice.

ARTICLE 13: INSIDE AND OUTSIDE FLOODLIGHTS

The light bulbs are very sensitive and do not tolerate being turned on and off haphazardly.

  • Push the buttons no more than once.
    The light bulbs take time to heat up and the light increases gradually.

  • Do not forget to turn off the lights if you are the last one to play. This also applies to the covered courts.

  • Do not turn the lights on for a period of less than 20 minutes.

  • In winter, the lighting on courts 3, 4, 5 and 6 runs on a timer and the light goes off automatically 10 minutes after the last period of play.

  • During the winter season, courts 1 and 2 may be used so long as the nets are in place but only without the floodlights.

Section IV: Court attire and conduct

ARTICLE 14: SHOES

Players may not enter a court with shoes that are not specifically designed for clay courts.

ARTICLE 15: COURT ATTIRE

Decent attire is required of all players. It is not allowed, for instance, to play in a bathing suit or without a shirt.

ARTICLE 16: CONDUCT

Members must avoid disturbing those who are playing by following proper rules of conduct and practising some restraint when sitting on the terrace.

Pets must be on a leash and are the responsibility of their owner. However, they may not be brought into the clubhouse or changing rooms.

Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the Club premises, with the exception of the terrace.

Members who fail to comply with these rules shall be liable to such sanctions as the Committee shall determine, including temporary suspension of the right to play or expulsion from the club in cases of serious misconduct.

The present rules were adopted in French by the Committee on 11 February 2013.

 The Committee