The Gay and Lesbian Tennis Federation of the San Francisco Bay Area
 

Terms of Membership

The GLTF exists to promote interest and participation in tennis among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender men and women; to encourage fellowship among its members in an athletic environment; and to foster support and interest from the entire community. By being a member of the GLTF, you are bound by our Terms of Membership, Code of Conduct, and Constitution and Bylaws. The GLTF reserves the right to update these terms at any time.

General Terms
  • Membership is open to anyone 18+ years of age, regardless of gender or sexual orientation (see Youth Policy below).
  • Your name or image may be used on this website or in GLTF promotional materials.
  • Members’ data profiles (except street address and birth date) will be accessible to other members of GLTF unless the member changes the access in his/her own profile. View Your Profile.
  • Any dispute that arises with this club shall be arbitrated in San Francisco, California under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and the laws of California at your own expense.

GLTF Code Of Conduct
updated Nov. 16, 2009  |  Code of Conduct Download (PDF)
Members of the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Federation (GLTF) are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner that demonstrates good sportsmanship. They must show respect for other members, for non-members who come in contact with the organization, and for the game of tennis itself. Whenever conducting business for the GLTF or participating in any of its activities, members are under an obligation to realize that their actions may impact the reputation of the organization either positively or negatively.

The GLTF Board reserves the right to revoke the membership of any member it deems to have acted in such a way as to shed a negative light on the organization, and to prevent said member from rejoining the organization for any period it deems appropriate. While the board may issue formal or informal warnings, they are not obligatory. 

Since the GLTF is a tennis organization participating in USTA leagues, in addition to our own events, members are expected to conduct themselves during all events according to the publication “Friend at Court.” This publication outlines what is expected of players regarding good sportsmanship. Friend at Court Download (PDF)

Any GLTF members conducting official or unofficial business for the organization, including but not limited to board members, volunteer coordinators, event managers, event staff, and USTA captains, must adhere to the highest ethical standards while engaging in said business.

All members are expected to treat each other with respect. While this topic is well-covered in “Friend at Court,” “Friend at Court” primarily covers on-court conduct. Members should act in a positive way off the court as well.


Youth Policy
While Membership in the GLTF organization is currently available to only those 18 years and older, our motto remains that 'Queer Tennis Must Be Inclusive Tennis.' We would like that to be true for everyone who appreciates this wonderful game of tennis, including both: A) minor children of queer parents, as well as B) queer youth. If an event is open to youth, it will be clearly indicated on the event posting. Also, all of our social doubles events at SFTC are youth-friendly.

In order to participate, the adult must accompany the minor, as well as sign this document accepting responsibility for the child at the event. The skill level of the minor should be known (or evaluated) to ensure that everyone participating in the event has as near to an as-expected experience as possible. If you have a tennis-playing child and wish to learn more about the events that qualify, please contact our ICC Director.

If you are queer and under 18 and would like to be involved in any of our activities, we are trying to establish a system that would be more inclusive of you as well. We may end up with a mentor program (which would involve pairing you with an existing member) to act as the liaison between you and events, since at least for the time being you would need someone there with you in order to participate. If that is the case for you, please contact our ICC Director.

* 'Started' as of 2013; this policy is new and open to discussion (as is everything!), but for 2014 the Board of Directors achieved consensus on allowing select 'non-club-championship' doubles events being opened up to youth.

GLTF Constitution and Bylaws
updated Nov. 16, 2009  |  GLTF Constitution and Bylaws Download (PDF)
             

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