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Officials Information 


Requirements to Become a USTA Certified Official: 


1. Create an account on OfficialsFirst, the USTA Officiating Database. 

2. Complete the Introduction to Officiating, Rules and Regulations modules, and Roving 1 and Roving 2 to complete the testing requirement for Provisional Certification. Click here to access these courses.

3. Be in compliance with USTA Safe Play. To get started:  

a. Click here to access the training and enter the Access Code: SSFD-CST3-95CL-QBN5 (please note that the letters are in CAPS). You will be prompted to create an account (USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS THE USTA HAS ON FILE FOR YOU) and will then have access to your learning dashboard. From your learning dashboard, there are three 30 minute training modules to complete: 


  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness 
  • Education Mandatory Reporting 
  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct

b. Review the USTA Safe Play Conduct, Policies, and Guidelines found here.

c. Complete the USTA Safe Play background screen application available here. We recommend using a desktop or laptop because the verification screens at the end of the application don't fully load on tablets or mobile devices. Once the background screening application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from compliance@ncsisafe.com with your NCSI Application ID number. Results will be generated in approximately 10 business days. When your background screening is completed, you will receive either a green or red light based on the results of your application and the USTA's criteria.


4. Be a USTA member. To become a member: click here


5. Submit to the USTA  a physician's or an optometrist's statement attesting that the official has 20/20 visions, either corrected or uncorrected in each eye. The Vision Form can be downloaded on OfficialsFirst and then uploaded to your account once completed. Please note that the vision form must be dated within the past 12 months.


6. Contact your Section Chairperson (click here) to set up two days of on-court training/shadowing. After the two days, you will show your knowledge of basic themes described in the training checklist (click here) with the Section Chairperson.


USTA Southern Officials Committee Chairman
Cheryl Helton
229-308-0738 (C)


Jason Lyon
469-222-8060 (C) 




USTA Officiating Uniform

Click here for the USTA Officiating uniform guide and the link to order the uniform items. 


Friend at Court

"Friend at Court" is the book of rules and regulations under which tennis is played in the United States. It is recommended reading for players,  parents, coaches, teachers, tournament directors, league officials and anyone who wants a finer understanding of the game.


Click here to view "Friend at Court" online or click here to purchase a copy from the USTA Store. 




Contact Us

For information or questions about becoming an official, contact USTA Officiating here.


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