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All assignments or
match start times are subject to change, cancellation, postponement or
delay. Special policies are in effect for collegiate officiating,
different than those for non-collegiate tournaments, that deal with
these situations. Please read the policies below relating to rain,
cancellations, withdrawing from assigned matches and other situations.
supervises other officials and all aspects of play, and also facilitates
communication between officials and coaches and support personnel.
Once the assignment is made, the Referee is in control of the match.
This starts before the match begins when Referees contact their crews at
least 24 hours before match time to confirm assignments, match time,
location and crew. In addition, the Referee works on court and has
additional responsibilities under ITA rules, such as issuing defaults,
penalizing violations of coaches code of conduct, and deciding appeals
on issues of law. See USTA Regulations for ITA tennis in the USTA
Friend At Court for more details.
Fees & Rates
Fees & Rates, Collegiate (pdf
Solo dual match
Dual match referee $105; each additional umpire $95
Dual match tournament referee $180, each additional umpire $170
Individual tournament referee $145, each additional umpire $135
Tournament officials are paid overtime at $20.00 per hour when service
exceeds 8 hours; dual match officials are paid overtime when service
exceeds 6 hours
of the Official
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Prepare Courts for Play
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Match Report to Treasurer
Within 24 hours of match
time, the Referee should contact the other officials working the match
to confirm match date and time and otherwise review assignment details.
If for any reason a crew member cannot be reached or has not confirmed
within 24 hours it is the Referee's responsibility to notify the
Coordinator who will track down the assigned official or a replacement.
Ensure courts are clean,
dry and ready for play. Set up courts for play, placing singles sticks
for singles matches, remove debris such as leaves or old balls, Fix nets
at proper height, repairing holes in the net or problem net straps. For
major clean-up or repair enlist assistance of home team coach or staff.
Locate water, restrooms, lights and be sure all are accessible and in
working order. If there's a chance of rain or leaves are a problem,
locate squeegees, blowers, brooms; establish reasonable time limits for
visits to restrooms and water.
Meet with Coaches
Before each match, talk to
the home team coach but keep it brief since he or she has a match to
prepare for. See if there are any questions, special procedures or
rules in effect for your match. Typical responses might be that an
exhibition match will be played on an extra available court that will
not count towards the match outcome, will not need officials, that the
warm-up will be 5 minutes for both singles and doubles instead of 3,
that 3 balls are to be used for doubles and 4 for singles, etc. Also
identify support personnel, such as trainers, assistant coaches, and
Also meet briefly with
visiting coach, introduce yourself, see if there are any questions.
Typical question might be, where will player introductions take place
and at what time, which team should use which score tender color, number
of balls to be used for singles and for doubles, warm-up time for
singles and doubles; court assignments, what the procedure will be if
the match is decided all matches have been completed.
Meet With Other
Conduct meeting with other
assigned officials; review court assignments and important procedures,
discuss any special rules in effect. Assign officials to courts and
coordinate breaks or lunches. Also coordinate getting match balls ready
and setting up the courts, singles sticks and net measurement, umpire
chairs and scorecards, etc.
Match Report to
Treasurer and Coordinator
After the completion of
the match, the Referee must e-mail the
Treasurer with a
match summary or report. The report is the official work record for the
match, an independent record of who worked filed with both officers.
The Match Report should include the basic match details, date, time,
names and duties of assigned officials, teams involved and anything
notable that occurred during the match or communication from the
coaches. In addition, include in the report any comments about umpire
performance, good or bad: tardiness, uniform violation, cooperation,
knowledge of rules, etc. The report should be submitted within 12 hours
of the match.
Monitor work of other
officials, watch for developing problems, re-assign officials as
Monitor progress of match, match score
Address players and coaches during introductions, review important and
Respond to appeals
Respond to requests for umpire assigned to a specific court
Respond to requests for replacement ball, new or used
All referees should confirm assignments with umpires the day before a
Coaches have been
instructed to phone the designated referee 1½ hours before match time
if it is raining, or if rain is in the forecast. However, because of
assignment changes the coach may not have the correct referee, so if you
are the referee and have not heard from the coach prior to the match,
CALL THE COACH. It is the responsibility of the designed referee to
relay any rain information effecting the match time or location to his
a. match is cancelled
before official leaves home - no fee charged
b. match is cancelled after official arrives (or is in route) within 1
hour of scheduled match time - 1/2 pay.
c. match is cancelled without informing officials or cancelled after
official is on the site for more than 1 hour - full pay
All withdrawals and
reassignments will be done by the coordinator. If you must withdraw from
an assignment, contact the Assignment Coordinator,
Mark Kasimatis, (858)
Should any umpire
incur any expenses during an ITA match and need a receipt, please use
Cash Receipt form.