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Want to be a Tennis Official?


Dear Potential New Official,


Beginning December 1, 2018, anyone in the process of becoming certified or anyone interested in becoming an Official will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Create an account on OfficialsFirst, the USTA Officiating Database.
  2. Complete the Introduction to Officiating, Rules and Regulations modules, and Roving 1 to complete the testing requirement for Foundation 1 Prospect. Click here to access these courses.
  3. Be in compliance with USTA Safe Play. To get started:   
    • 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
    • Review the USTA Safe Play Conduct, Policies, and Guidelines found here
    • 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. Wen 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. Click here for the vision form. 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.

Brooke will let prospect know that the prerequisites have been met and are approved for training. There will be a new column added to the smartsheet that notates a prospect has completed all necessary requirements to be eligible to shadow. No one should be shadowing unless they have approval notated on the Smartsheet. 


For additional questions and concerns regarding the on-court training/shadowing, please see our FAQs (click here).


Please note the Training Checklist as well as the contact information for Section Chairpersons will be made available on OfficialsFirst so Foundation 1 Prospects can have access to the necessary documents.  A pocket version of the training checklist as well as a shadowing guide will be coming in the future. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at paulafridley@gmail.com .


Thank you, 



Paula Fridley

Head of Officials for Alabama