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Officials News

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest officials news?  Click the links below to view past issues of USTA South Carolina’s Officials Newsletter. To be added to the email list to receive this e-newsletter, please contact Alexandria Howard at howard@sctennis.com.

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List of Certified Officials:

Umpires and Referees (Effective 3/30/15)

*Any list of more than two months old should not be used. 

2015 Officiating Tests

The USTA, ITA, and Referee Tests are now available to take on-line. These tests need to be completed and passed before attending the officiating schools.  The certificate of completion for the tests should be brought to class.  The tests have been written to Rules, Regulations, and Tournament Procedures printed in the 2015 Friend at Court.  In addition to the Referee Test, those attending Referee Class are required to complete the TDM quiz which tests basic knowledge of the TDM system. All officials will have 2 chances to pass the test and must get over 90% of the questions correct in order to receive the certificate of completion. Please be aware that the test questions will appear in different order that the pdf versions of the exams.

Officials who have questions/comments regarding the tests or have failed to pass twice can contact us at officiating@usta.com.


2015 Friend at Court

2015 USTA On-line Test

2015 ITA On-line Test

2015 Referee On-line Test

TDM On-line Quiz

2015 Tests (PDF)

Good sportsmanship has become a point of emphasis in USTA SC tournaments by many of our USTA SC Committees.  We, as Officials, have a unique opportunity to be a positive influence on players, parents, and coaches of our Junior Tournaments every day as we do our job!  Below I have highlighted a few helpful hints that I hope you will find helpful in promoting good sportsmanship at your tournaments.
I would like to encourage all of you to review a Link found on our Resource tab, Things Every Player, Parent, and Coach Should Know.  Post it!  Hand it out!  Insert it into Player Hospitality Bags!  This wonderful document references how to handle many on-court issues by helping those involved to understand how to handle things that "don’t seem right," by knowing how to appropriately direct their concerns, and to whom.
Another helpful tool for facilitating Good Sportsmanship is good tournament staffing.  Referees, please ensure that your Tournament Director is using the USTA-SC Policy, Staffing of Officials at USTA Junior events.  Having proper coverage (according to level) can be very helpful in deterring problem situations that can lead to frustration and inappropriate behaviors. 
Other helpful ways to facilitate good sportsmanship at your tournaments:
  • Make use of good communication and expectations with your officials in your pre-tournament crew meetings every morning.
  • Recognize good sportsmanship in players when it is observed,
  • Always display a positive, friendly face to all participants, and remember to be a Friend at Court every day!


What Is A Tennis Official? 

A referee, chair umpire, line umpire, or roving umpire who ensures that a tennis match is conducted under the fairest possible conditions.


Officials at the Winston-Salem Open
Left to Right: Ann Bowman, Taylor Mattox,  Jim Nista Terri Rohan, Cary Washington, Deborah Trusty, and Yvonne Farrar

Why Be a Tennis Official?

  • Contribute to the sport of tennis
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the game
  • Build relationships within the tennis community
  • Be part of the team of officials who make a tennis event successful for players and spectators

How Can I Become A Tennis Official?

  • Be a member of the USTA.
  • Have eyesight correctable to 20/20
  • Download the exam using the USTA Test Link
  • Pass a written test on rules & procedures-Provisional Exam (open book using the current edition of Friend at Court as your resource guide.
  • Clear a background check.
  • Open a NUCULA account.