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Notification of Court Rule changes 6th December

The Committee of Donnybrook LTC, in consultation with other Dublin clubs and the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council, have made the following changes to our court rules. These changes apply to both the indoor/pre-booking courts (3,4,8) and the outdoor courts (1,2,5,6,7). These changes are necessary due to increased demand for courts and have been made based on feedback from members, coaches and parents. Please remember that courts 3, 4 and 8 are available to book all year round but must be booked when the Airhall is in situ with the option to pre-book when it is not.

Reminder: Courts 3,4,8 can be booked for up to 1.5 hours. Courts 1,2,5,6,7 can be used for up to 1.25 hours in the event of a queue. Members and coaches must check in with Office if the courts are busy and with the bar person on duty after 5.30pm/weekends. White attire rule (if it’s short, it must be white + white t-shirt) must be adhered to.

Change 1: NON-MEMBERS:

Members are not permitted to play with non-members on the indoor/pre-book courts during the following times:

  •  From 6pm to 9pm (Monday, Tuesday)
  •  From 7pm to 9pm (Wednesday, Thursday)
  •  From 10am to 12pm (Saturday)

Reminder: Members have priority over members with visitors in queuing for courts. Non-members may not exceed 6 visits per calendar year, must be signed in by a member with €5 visitor’s fee paid to the office or bar person on duty. No more than 1-3 non-members at a time and one court only. Members must make sure that non-members adhere to the club rules in terms of wearing whites etc..

Change 2: JUNIORS

Juniors under the age of 12 are not permitted to play after 7pm on either the indoor/pre-book courts or the outdoor courts. Reminder: U12s must have specific adult supervision on courts 3, 4 and 8 when the Airhall is in situ unless they are involved in a club event. Please be mindful of your court etiquette, no shouting, no swearing and be respectful of players on other courts. No abuse of indoor facilities.

Juniors, aged 12 and over, are not permitted to play on the indoor courts/pre-book courts from Monday to Thursday between 7pm and 9pm. The exception to this is those juniors who are participating in the TY junior coaching programme on the day of the TY coaching (usually Wednesday evenings). The second exception to this rule applies to those juniors who have been selected to play on an Adult League team in an Adult League event. These juniors are known as Designated Juniors and have the same status as Senior members. For clarification purposes, Adult League events are defined as Floodlit League, Winter League and Summer League. A list of these Designated Juniors is available in the office and on the noticeboard inside the foyer and will be updated regularly.

Juniors, aged 12 and over, are permitted to play after 7pm on an outdoor court (1,2,5,6,7). However, in the event of a queue for court use forming from Seniors/Designated Juniors, those juniors will be required to vacate their court with the exception of those juniors who are availing of private coaching from a Club Registered Coach only. A senior member playing with a junior member will have the same status as a junior member and as such must also relinquish their court in the event of a queue.

Change 3: COACHING

Private Coaching/Private Hitting is not permitted on the indoor/pre-book courts during the following times: from 6pm to 9pm (Monday, Tuesday), from 7pm to 9pm (Wednesday, Thursday) and from 10am to 12pm (Saturday). Private Coaching/Private Hitting is permitted on the outdoor courts (1,2,5,6,7,) at all times.

The Club will avail of the indoor courts for Club organised coaching such as Club Cardio/Club Tennis Clinics/Club League Coaching etc where needed. Please note that these events have a fee attached which is a source of income for the Club and are run for a limited time-frame hence it is important that they take place. They will be pre-defined as such by the term “Club” on the booking system.


  • Indoor/Pre-book courts for private coaching must be booked in the name of the coach and may be booked 7 days in advance.
  • A coach may not bring a non-member into the Airhall (aka indoor courts) at any time.
  • Coaching with non-members is only permitted on the outdoor courts (1,2,5,6,7) and coaches must adhere to the non-member rule of six times in a calendar year complete with sign-in and €5 fee payable to the Office or left with the bar person on duty.
  • Each coach may book an indoor/pre-book court no more than two hours per day for private lessons and these hours must not be consecutive and must be within time guidelines set out above.
  • Non-Club Coaches/Trainers/Hitters are not permitted without written permission from the President of the Club.


From time to time, the Club may avail of the indoor/pre-book courts for Club social events both internal and external. Two courts will always be made available to members during internal/external events but the Committee reserves the right to avail of all courts at certain times. E.g. Junior Open, Senior Open etc.


DLTC Leagues are outdoor events. Teams who wish to avail of the indoor courts must book themselves as members and not through the Club. In the event of two teams scheduled to play at home, the required number of indoor courts (usually one) will be booked by the Club and teams will rotate on the use of that indoor court(s). No hierarchy.

In the event of bad weather and where the outside courts are deemed to be unsafe or unplayable, the club reserves the right to ask members to relinquish their pre-booked courts in the event that the match/matches cannot be rescheduled before the next match is due to be played.

Change 6: CAMPS

Only Club Registered Coaches are permitted to run Junior Camps. Up to 5 courts can be used for junior camps and only courts 1,2,5,6,7 can be used leaving courts 3,4,8 available to members either on a pre-book or first come first served basis when the Airhall is not in situ. Indoor/Pre-book courts are not available to camps.

The Committee reserve the right to amend the Club Court rules as it sees fit. Persistent infringement could lead to disciplinary action.

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