Please note that the below policies and procedures hold jurisdiction over all Tennis Alberta events and protocols. They take priority over any external documents, including Tennis Canada’s Rules of the Court.
The Alberta Tennis Association By-Laws
The By-Laws of The Alberta Tennis Association (Tennis Alberta) set out our objectives and how we run our affairs. For example, affiliation of organizations, election of board of directors, holding of general meetings, conditions governing players, the sanctioning of events. An update to the existing By-Laws was approved by the membership on October 5, 2019
Tennis Alberta Policy Manual
The Tennis Alberta policy manual outlines the jurisdiction Tennis Alberta has over disciplinary matters and the manner in which disciplinary functions are exercised and includes the following appendices (updated July 10, 2019):
- Section 1: Board of Directors Code of Conduct
- Section 2: Appeal Process
- Section 3: Privacy Statement
- Section 4: Abuse and Harassment
- Section 5: Discipline and Complaints
- Section 6: Member Not in Good Standing Policy
- Section 7: Concussion Policy
- Section 8: Code of Conduct Policy for Parents (approved July 10, 2019)
Safeguarding Tennis initiative supports the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) initiated and coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The goal is to create coach led, athlete focused, safe and fun sport environments for both players and coaches that reflect the values of excellence, professionalism, passion, service and integrity. Tennis Alberta fully supports and complies with Tennis Canada’s policies for Safeguarding Tennis in Alberta.
Code of Conduct Policy for Parents (New)
Competitive junior tennis can be especially difficult for both parents and children. For parents, it can be a complex experience, especially if they themselves have not played at a competitive level. For young people, problems can occur because the demands of competitive tennis can appear to lie beyond their control and abilities.
The consequences of excessive stress in junior competitive tennis are uniformly negative. It can lead to burnout and possibly result in the premature departure of the young person from the sport. In addition, if parents place unreasonable pressure on their child it can also have a negative impact on their relationship with their child. Tennis Alberta is asking parents/guardians to remember the opportunity they have to act as role models for their children, and set the standard for good sportsmanship, appropriate tournament etiquette, and positive interaction with their athlete.
Tennis Alberta has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for any abusive or disrespectful behavior, contact or communication on the part of Tennis Parents towards any Official, Tournament Staff & Volunteers, Junior Players, other Tennis Parents, and/or Tennis Alberta Members.
Competitive Structure documents outline the regulations for each of the Junior, Adult and Senior competitions overseen by Tennis Alberta. All tournaments will follow the guidelines set out in the 2019 Tournament Sanction Agreement (below).
Weather Advisory Guide
As per Tennis Alberta’s Junior, Adult and Senior Competitive Structures, relative to any sanctioned Tournament Format in Alberta, the Weather Advisory Guide is the standard for all sanctioned outdoor tournaments. This guidelines, along with the Competitive Structure documents, give Tournament Directors a structure to determine how to deal with rain, severe weather and air quality issues.
Discipline and Complaints
Tennis Alberta has a duty to deal with all complaints and concerns against persons within its jurisdiction. This appendix sets out procedures which establish a clear route within which complaints, problems and inquiries are handled.