An update regarding court measurements and eye shades.
As you will all know there has been a great deal of confusion around court
sizes, largely due to ambiguity in the ITF rules document, confusion caused by
the names used for the courts, and various other factors.
We expect standard ITF court sizes to replace the current measurements given in
the IBTA rules at the congress this year.
As of the Advisory Group meeting on 27 August, the standard size for the B1
court will be 11.89 metres length, 5.6 metres width, service line 2 metres from
baseline. Net height 80 centimetres.
These measurements are somewhat adrift from the measurements given in the IBTA
rules but they represent the closest standard ITF court as given in the ITF
document “Marking red and orange courts, a guidance manual”, a copy of which I
will happily supply to anyone to wants it as I don’t expect I can attach it to
a list email. The document is a 52 page PDF file mainly consisting of diagrams.
With regard to eye shades, the standard eyeshade is a Goalfix total blackout
shade. This is required for competition.
There have been a few complaints about players being allowed to play with non
standard shades, and enforcement of the rules around eye shades will be being
tightened up considerably at the request of B1 players.
I am not in a position to comment on enforcement policy at the nationals,
specific enquiries about the NVITC should be directed to
I am however, in a position to comment as regards the NEVITC Open next year,
and we will require a standard total blackout shade. B1 players who arrive
without one will not be allowed to compete.
I can't stress enough that the rules around shades are not coming from any
draconian intent on the part of compo organisers but are very much being driven
by B1 players and the comments they have made to us over this year's
A link to the standard shade is included below.
I’m looking forward to catching up with as many of you of possible at the
nationals in October.