Rules

General Court Rules

  • The tennis courts are to be used exclusively by Eagle Watch residents and their guests. Residents must be in good standing and always accompany their guests.
  • An Eagle Watch resident can reserve court time on the web, by calling the Pro Shop, or by signing up on the tennis board located in front of courts 5 & 6. Reservations for league or recreational play can be made 7 days in advance. Reservation made on the web must be made prior to 7:00 AM the day of intended play. Be courteous and cancel your court should your plans change. Play at Longwood courts is on a “walk-up” basis
  • Maximum court time is 2 hours per day. Signing up for consecutive blocks of time and multiple courts for recreational play is not allowed. Play may continue beyond the 2- hour limit as long as the court has not been reserved and no one is waiting to
  • Court reservations have a 10 -minute grace period. If reserved court has not been taken, the reservation is considered cancelled and the court can be used at will. Walk-up players may take any court that is not being used or reserved as long as they sign up on the tennis board located in front of courts 5 &
  • After playing, clean up your court area and turn off the lights, if necessary. Replace all moved furniture to the
  • Courts 1 & 2 at the Main facility and the Longwood courts will be designated for recreational play only. Recreational play is defined as playing time not reserved by the Tennis Director for league play or
  • Proper tennis attire (i.e. shirts/tennis shoes) is required while playing on the Eagle Watch
  • Players must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with tennis etiquette. Abusive language, physical force or threats are prohibited and will not be tolerated.
  • To protect the court surfaces, bikes, strollers, skateboards, basketballs, chairs, rollerblades, scooters, pitching machines or any other non-tennis balls or equipment are strictly
  • Tobacco use or smoking of any kind, including vaping is not permitted anywhere at the tennis facility. Food and gum are not permitted on the tennis courts. Absolutely no glass containers are permitted anywhere at the tennis facility or at any Association
  • Lessons at the Eagle Watch tennis facilities may only be administered by the Eagle Watch HOA approved Tennis Management
  • Residents are liable for damages to Eagle Watch facilities that directly involve them, their children and their
  • Violations of these rules should be brought to the attention of the Tennis Committee and the Tennis Director for review. Disciplinary action may include suspension of future playing
  • There must be no more than three non-resident tennis players for each resident tennis player for recreational tennis play

League Play Rules

It is the intent of the Eagle Watch Homeowner’s Association (EWHOA) and the Eagle Watch Tennis Committee (EWTC) that Eagle Watch tennis teams participating in the various tennis leagues be comprised of Eagle Watch residents.  In those situations where there are not enough EW residents to field a team, non-residents may be considered for team membership.  All team members must adhere to the General Court Rules and League Play Rules.

  1. The number of teams is limited to 10 for each respective league (i.e. 10 Men’s ALTA & USTA teams and 10 Women’s ALTA & USTA teams).
  1. It is necessary to check for court availability with the Tennis Director before starting a new team.

TEAM COMPOSITION

  • All team members must be either EWHOA members in good standing or
  • Non-residents current in their EWHOA fees
  • Captains and Co-Captains must be EWHOA members in good standing
  • Any EW resident in good standing desiring to participate in league play will be accommodated with a team placement
  • A minimum ratio of 2 resident team members to every 1 non-resident membe
  1. A returning team (returning team is defined as greater than or equal to 50% of team members from the previous season) has a reserved spot for the next season.
  1. Eagle Watch league teams attempting to fill team vacancies should coordinate their efforts with the Tennis Director.
  1. Practice time includes team lessons and is scheduled through the Tennis Director. Teams have 3 hours of available practice time that may be divided into 1-hour minimum sessions at a captain’s request.
  1. A team’s match is scheduled on 2 courts. No team may sign up for a 3rd court.  The 10 minute grace period applies, except when delayed by inclement weather.
  1. Eagle Watch residents have match play priority over non-residents. All non-residents must pay applicable EWHOA fees.  Please refer to the Non-Resident Rules and Guidelines for further clarification and information.

These rules are subject to review.

Team Captain Rules

  • Captains must refer to the General Tennis Rules, the League Play Rules and the Non-Resident Rules and Guidelines for more clarification and information. All rules must be conveyed to each team member.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Team captains and co-captains must both be Eagle Watch property owners and members in good standing with the Eagle Watch Homeowners’ Association.
  • It is necessary to check with the Tennis Director before starting a new team.
  • Eagle Watch league teams attempting to fill team vacancies should coordinate their efforts with the Tennis Director.
  • Team captains must permit a tennis pro staff member online access to their league rosters and schedules by making him/her their DESIGNEE. Failure to do so may result in no court assignments for home matches at the Eagle Watch tennis facility.
  • Practice time includes team lessons and is scheduled through the Tennis Director. Teams have 3 hours of available practice time that may be divided into 1-hour minimum sessions at a captain’s request.
  • Each team captain should check with the Tennis Director to make sure his or her team has courts for home matches.
  • Each team gets 2 courts for home matches. No team may sign up for a 3rd
  • If you experience a rain makeup situation, you should notify the Tennis Director before rescheduling your matches to ensure 2 courts are available.

TEAM COMPOSITION

  • A minimum ratio of 2 resident team members to every 1 non-resident team member will be required. Exceptions do occur.  Check with the Tennis Director and Tennis Committee if you are considering an appeal prior to submission of rosters to the appropriate league.  The appeal process starts with the Tennis Committee and ends with a final decision by the Eagle Watch HOA Board of Directors.  This takes time so plan accordingly.
  • Each team captain must give a resident first right of refusal before placing a non-resident in the weekly lineup. A resident complaint could result in loss of team tennis privileges at the Eagle Watch facility until the complaint is rectified to the satisfaction of all parties.
  • A returning team is defined as one that comprises at least 50% returning members from the previous season. This team will have a reserved spot for the next season if they notify the Tennis Director.  If a team sits out the next season, that spot will become available for a new team on the waiting list.

Non-Resident Rules

An Eagle Watch property owner, hereafter referred to as a member of the Eagle Watch HOA, in good standing, has the expressed use of the Eagle Watch Tennis Facility.

An Eagle Watch property renter has the expressed use of the Eagle Watch Tennis Facility except for serving as a league captain or co-captain.

A non-resident is defined as a non-Eagle Watch HOA member residing outside of the Eagle Watch neighborhood.

A minimum ratio of 2 resident team members to every 1 non-resident team member will be required.  Exceptions are in place for our AA level teams.

Residents always have first right of refusal to play in a match.  The captain is responsible for ensuring this rule is followed.  The captain must make the effort to determine resident desires before playing non-residents.  Failure to comply with this rule will result in loss of match day court assignments, which could impact next season’s court assignments.

Any team that does not fit into the guidelines may appeal first to the Tennis Committee, then if necessary to the Homeowners’ Association Board of Directors.

Non-resident adults and juniors will be charged Eagle Watch HOA fees as approved by the EWHOA.

The team captain is responsible for the accuracy of the residency status of each player.  Team rosters and associated non-resident fees must be submitted to the Tennis Director a week after league roster deadline, with non-residents clearly identified.  The captain is also responsible for communicating the rules of play to non-resident players.  Failure to hand in rosters and applicable fees will result in loss of team tennis court privileges at the Eagle Watch facility until compliance is met.

Non-resident Tennis Management Company members are only afforded court privileges if participating in Tennis Management Company programming, as a guest of a resident, or playing a match as an Eagle Watch team member.  No other recreational court time is permitted.

These rules are subject to review.