House Rules & OTLBC Values

The Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club values members and guests’ adherence to the Club house rules and values.

OTLBC Values

RESPECT – OTLBC believes that its members, staff and volunteers should treat each other with respect and courtesy and can expect to be treated by others in this same manner. This means refraining from using coarse language, raised voices, making personal attacks on the individual or using any physical or verbal means of intimidation. You can disagree without being disagreeable.

SPORTSMANSHIP – OTLBC members, staff and volunteers believe in fair play both in recreational, competitive and social activities at the club. This means abiding by the club policies and court booking rules (not double booking or trying to find a way around the booking rules to extend your play while others are waiting for their turn), not cheating and giving your opponent the benefit of the doubt during play and competition.

HONESTY & INTEGRITY – OTLBC staff, membership and its volunteers commit to being honest, accountable and transparent in their conduct. This means individuals refrain from playing regularly until their membership is fully paid, members and staff openly discuss and share feedback in a constructive manner focusing on how things can be improved rather than trying to lay blame.

FUN – OTLBC believes in fostering an environment where sport, leisure and social activities are fun, positive and lead to a sense of wellbeing and self-confidence. This means that staff, volunteers and members are acknowledged for keeping it light and fun while appreciating celebrating each other’s participation in the club’s social life.

VOLUNTEERISM – OTLBC promotes and encourages volunteerism as it foster’s a sense of pride among members and increases their engagement in the club. It also strengthens the capacity of the club to provide more services while providing volunteers with an opportunity to develop and contribute. This means that members contribute voluntarily where they can without promise of any personal gain and staff and management support these volunteer efforts to the best of their ability and being mindful of other club activities/events that may cause conflict.

INCLUSIVENESS –  OTLBC staff, volunteers and members share a common desire to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where people can enjoy the facilities, participate in events, and develop meaningful relationships. This means that members, staff and management encourage participation in all events and activities, engage with other members  (especially new ones) and off support or assistance to those who need it. Inclusion is a process of identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging.

OTLBC Pool Admissions Requirements

Children Ages



Parent or Guardian (12 years of older)

7 years or less

Swimmers and Non Swimmers

Caregiver must be in pool at arm’s length of the child

Under 10 years

Non Swimmers

Caregiver must be in pool at arm’s length of the child

8 – 9 years

Passed the facility swim test *


10 -12 years

Passed the facility swim test *

May swim unaccompanied

*OTLBC Swim Test Criteria: Ability to swim 50 meters uninterrupted
Swim tests must be conducted by OTLBC Staff


Membership Cards

Membership cards are presented to each member at the beginning of their season. Members are required to scan their card each time they come to the club, whether they wish to book a court or go swimming. Scanning your key tag allows the front desk to recognize you as a member, as well as the ability to track your number of visits.

Attire and Footwear

  1. All players must wear proper flat-soled tennis shoes to avoid damage to our Har-Tru clay courts. Please refrain from wearing running shoes and cross-trainers as they will damage the soft clay surface.
  2. Appropriate tennis attire should be worn at all times when playing on the courts.

If in doubt about attire or footwear, please ask the front desk before playing.

Court Booking

  1. Tennis courts are booked for 40 minute periods. All bookings (except for advance bookings) must be done in person at the Front Desk on a first come, first served basis. Bookings can be made up to 90 minutes before the desired court time. Members cannot book a court on a drop in basis immediately prior to their pre-booked court period or they lose the pre-booked period.
  2. Players who do not claim their booked court within 10 minutes of their booking time forfeit the booking time and must re-book with the Front Desk.
  3. Two players must be present at the Front Desk when booking for singles or doubles. For doubles matches, all four players names must be provided.
  4. Double Booking, the booking of one court while you are still booked for another period, is not allowed. Double booking will not be tolerated and repeat offenders will have their playing privileges revoked.
  5. Advance Booking: Two courts (1 single and 1 double) are available to be booked in advance, by phone (613-730-7207) or in person up to two days in advance. Advance booking is not available during week day prime time hours: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, or on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.

Senior Playing Privileges for Juniors

On weekdays, OTLBC Juniors are allowed to play independently daily until 5:00 pm and after 5:00 pm with an Adult member. Juniors may play at any time on the weekends. All juniors wishing to book a court may do so through the Front Desk and must adhere to the court booking rules and OTLBC values.

Juniors may earn Senior Playing Privileges, allowing them to play independently beyond 5:00 pm on weekdays. Juniors can inquire at the club for more details.


Sustaining Partners