Texas UIL Tennis Rules

  1. Point Penalty System
  2. All players are warned prior to the start of the tournament.
    1st offense: Point
    2nd offense: Game
    3rd offense: Default from the Match or Tournament
    Penalty points are cumulative throughout the tournament.

  3. Receiver’s Service Box
  4. The receiver’s partner shall not stand in the receiver’s service box before
    or during the serve. If a player does so, he shall be warned that if he does
    so again he is subject to be penalized under the point penalty system.

  5. Coaching
  6. There is college style coaching in UIL tennis matches. Only the school tennis coach may coach players between points as long the coach does not interfere with play and the coach does not go onto the court; the school tennis coach may coach from outside the fence. The school tennis coach may coach players during the 90-second changeover at the end of odd games, the two minute set break between the first and second sets, and the three minute set break between the second set and the third set match tiebreak in team tennis and during the 10 minute set break between the second and third set in spring tennis. During the 90- second changeovers and the two minute set break between the first and second sets, only the school tennis coach may give instruction and the school tennis coach may enter the court as long as the coach is off in time for the serve to begin within 90 seconds.

  7. Overrules
  8. The umpire, while they are on any particular court, may overrule any obvious error or call any violation they witness whether an appeal is requested or not.

  9. Scoring
  10. The scoring for team tennis (fall) is two out of three sets, no-add, with a match tie break for the third set. The scoring for individual tennis (spring) in the district, regional, and state is regular scoring (add) with a seven point tiebreak in all sets.