Standing Orders

Accepted 9/19/2005

a) All members shall be governed by the rules and regulations of the game of tennis as contained in the current edition of the USTA Friend At Court.
b) All tournaments, matches or exhibitions officiated by the BATOA shall be conducted accordance with USTA Friend At Court unless specific tournament regulations have be published by the organized circuit (i.e. ATP, WTA, ITA etc).

a) Anyone residing within BATOA's geographical area shall be eligible and may apply for membership in BATOA provided they:
1)  Are members of the USTA
2) Have attended training and passed the written test administered by the USTATrainer/Evaluator for certification as a USTA Provisional Official.
3) Have been certified as an official by the USTA Umpires council.
b) Applicants will be.considered by the Training Chairman (or designated representative) and, if qualified, be recommended to the BATOA Board of Directors for membership approval.
c) upon approval by the Board and payment of applicable dues, the Provisional applicant will become a non-voting member in training. He will become eligible to be a voting member upon certification as a USTA Sectional Official. The USTA certified applicant will become a voting member immediately upon approval by the Board and payment of dues.
d) USTA Sectional certification will be in accordance with the umpire section of the USTA Friend At Court
e) Trainees will be assigned by the BATOA Assignment Chairman to work a minimum of five (5) tournament days within a six (6) month's period before receiving pay. This training will be divided into two phases.

1) Phase 1. During the first two (2) tournament days, a trainee will not be assigned specific court responsibility but will work under the immediate supervision of an experienced official who will conduct on-the-job training, critique and evaluate the individual performance.

2) Phase 2. Following satisfactory completion of the first two days of training as indicated by a recommendation of the assigned official, the trainee will work the last three (3) tournament days with specific court responsibilities. The tournament referee or his delegate must assign one or more experienced roving official(s) to monitor and assist as necessary and to evaluate the trainee' s performance.

f) It will be the responsibility of each tournament Referee, to keep the Training Committee Chairman appraised of the performance of any trainee working his tournament.
g) After each phase of training, the evaluation and recommendations of the training official(s) will be provided to the Training Committee Chairman who will pass the information to BATOA's Board of Directors.
Unsatisfactory evaluation by the on-the-job trainer may require additional unpaid days of training until satisfactory performance is achieved.
h) Each of the above tournament days worked while in training will count toward meeting the requirements of Sectional certification.

All members will be required to renew their USTA certification annually in order to retain their eligibility to officiate in the BATOA. Transfers with current certification will be accepted at their current certification level.

a) Any BATOA member may officiate outside BATOA's geographical area at any time without restriction.
b) within BATOA's geographical area, BATOA members of the USTA's Officials Council may officiate as follows:
1) At any BATOA contracted exhibition; tournament or event to which assignment is made by the BATOA Assignment Chairman
2) At any professional tournament held in BATOA's area that has not contracted with BATOA to provide officials (i.e., USTA, ATP or WTA tournament).
3) At any individually contracted exhibition, tournament or event provided:
(a) Member is certified for the job, i.e., to work as a Referee, member must be certified as a Referee, etc.
(b) Once an assignment has been accepted, member may cancel only because of a serious personal problem such as sickness, death in the family, etc. Members cannot cancel because they subsequently got a better offer. If forced to cancel, member must inform the Tournament Referee as soon as possible so a replacement may be obtained.
(c) Any violation of the assignment procedures may result in disciplinary action by the BATOA Board of Directors.
a) The Assignment Committee shall consist of the Committee Chairman and Regional Directors. Additional members will be determined by the chairman.
b) The basic premise of the assignment policy shall be that umpire requirements will, when possible, be met by assignment of officials from within the regions initiating the requirement. This will encourage solicitation of work within the Regions.
c) All assignments, other than those individually contracted, will be made based on availability, experience, evaluations, and level of USTA certification and will be made as follows:
1) By the tournament Referee and the Assignment Chairman if required.
2) By the BATOA Assignment Chairman for any BATOA contracted events for which a Chief Umpire has not been assigned and when requested by a Regional Director to assist in meeting the tournament requirements.
3) The BATOA Assignment Chairman will maintain a work status report, showing individual work totals to the BATOA Board and to the membership at the Annual Meeting.

When on assignment, members shall be required to adhere to the USTA/USTA Florida proscribed dress code. This code may vary when apparel is provided by the promoter or sponsor.

a) All officials will comply with the Code of Conduct in the USTA Friend At Court.
b) All members under the jurisdiction of the BATOA are bound by dedication and duty to encourage and maintain high standards of professional conduct and fair play, to assure a firm control of the game and to the players, spectators and to avoid acts which maybe considered detrimental to the game of tennis or to the organization and integrity of the BATOA. Such acts include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Failing to report on time for any given tennis officiating assignment.
2) Failing to wear the proscribed uniform when on assignment.
3) Associating with professional gamblers or betting on any tennis event.
4) Accepting goods, services or money for officiating the BATOA authorized events outside the BATOA contractual agreement.
5) Consuming an alcoholic beverage or other judgement-impairing substance prior to umpiring or when in uniform.
6) Applauding a player or otherwise demonstrating partiality when in uniform.
7) Fraternizing with a player during a match
8) Criticizing other officials to the press or general public

a) The schedule and method of distribution of fees to officials shall be determined by the Board.
b) For all tournaments where payment of Officials is paid to BATOA for distribution to each Official, an amount must be added to cover BATOA's administration costs. This amount will be a minimum of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) or three per cent of the total Official's payroll, whichever is greater. Members shall be informed as to the event and time periods covered on every payment they receive.
c) The fee schedule for officiating local tournaments shall be determined by the Board and reviewed annually. The current approved minimum fee schedule is shown on the Fee Schedule Page

Court configuration and accessibility must be considered in determining the number of roving officials required.
1 per 3 courts as RECOMMENDED by the USTA

These Standing Orders may be altered, amended or revised by the Board with a 2/3rds majority vote (in person or by written proxy) of the entire Board required for passage.

Allan Thompson,
Feb 11, 2013, 10:40 AM