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CODE OF CONDUCT

RULES OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

All players must behave in a courteous and polite manner during all the time they are in the field of any competition, even if they are not participating in it, and respect any person who is in the same. The players must behave appropriately taking into account that the sanctions that the Referees could apply to them in the match will be accumulated to those that could be received by the players.

 

DISCIPLINE REGARDING THE PLAYING AREA

The player, or players, may not leave the playing area during a match, including the rally, without the permission of the Referee. Playing Area being understood as the court and the contiguous spaces that delimit it.

 

RULES ON ADVICE AND INSTRUCTION

Each couple may receive advice and instructions during a match from a duly accredited technician, both in pair and team competitions and provided that they occur in the rest periods.

 

CONDUCT DURING THE AWARDING OF PRIZES

Players or teams competing in the final of a tournament must participate in the awards ceremony to be held at the end of the competition, unless they are unable to do so due to injury or proven indisposition, or reasonable impossibility.

CONTINUOUS PLAY AND/OR DELAY OF PLAY REGULATIONS

Once the match has commenced, play must be continuous and no player may delay play without reasonable cause beyond the times allowed in Rule 2 ("time limits" in paddle tennis) of the Rules of the Game.

DISCIPLINE REGARDING AUDIBLE AND VISIBLE OBSCENITIES

Audible obscenity is defined as the use of words commonly known and understood to be impolite or offensive and to be spoken clearly and loudly enough to be heard by the Referee, spectators and tournament organizers. Visible obscenities are to be understood as the making of signs or gestures with the hands, and/or paddle or balls that commonly have obscene meanings or offend reasonable people.

NOT to be confused with certain strategies to INTIMIDATE the opponent.

 

BALL ABUSE REGULATIONS

Players may not at any time violently throw, in any direction, a ball out of the court, or aggressively pass it across the net while it is not in play.

 

ABUSE OF BALL OR EQUIPMENT BEHAVIORS

Players may not at any time intentionally throw or violently strike with the paddle or otherwise the floor, net, Referee's chair, walls, wire mesh or any other element of the facility.

 

 

RULES ON VERBAL ABUSE AND PHYSICAL ABUSE OR AGGRESSION

The behaviors, attitudes and aggressive and unsportsmanlike gestures of the players, which have a special gravity, when directed to the Referee, Referee, opponents, teammates, spectators or any person related to the tournament. It will be judged as verbal abuse the insult, as well as any oral expression that, without being considered an insult, carries intrinsic contempt or notorious jocularity.

BEST EFFORTS RELATED CONDUCT

All players shall use their best efforts to win the game in which they are participating.

 

DISCIPLINE IN THE FACE OF UNSPORTSPORTFUL CONDUCT

Players must at all times behave in a sportsmanlike manner avoiding any action that goes against the spirit of sportsmanship, or the competition or, in general, respect for established rules or fair play.

 

PENALTIES/PENALTY TABLE

The infringement during the course of the match of any of the above aspects will be sanctioned by the Judge/Referee of the competition in accordance with the Table of Penalties set out below. Independently of the above the Competition Committee may impose other possible sanctions for the same fact, resulting from the application of the Sports Discipline Regulations.

Table of Penalties:

  • First infraction: Warning

  • Second infraction: Warning with loss of point.

  • Third infraction: Warning with disqualification.

The infractions of the two components of the couple and even the accredited technician of the same, are cumulative.

 

DIRECT DISQUALIFICATION

In case of a very serious infraction (very serious physical or verbal aggression) the Judge/Referee may determine the immediate disqualification of the player or coach who has committed the offense. If the disqualification falls on a player who is playing a match, he loses the match and the disqualified player has to leave the competition. If it falls on a coach, captain or player accredited or registered in the competition being held, they are disqualified and must leave the competition.

 

We must behave correctly

with our teammates as well as with our rivals.

 

SUPPORT FAIR PLAY

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