LEAGUE RULES

  1. The initial positioning of contestants will be decided by the tournament organiser. Contestants joining after the closing date will be entered at the appropriate level of play ONLY WHEN VACANCIES ARISE. The tournament organiser may reposition any contestant, at the completion of any round, appears to be grossly misplaced.
  1. The winner of the competition is that contestant with the most points at the end of the final round of the competition. Points will be awarded at the end of each round to the top ten contestants.  1st place – 10 points; 2nd place – 9 points, etc. Points will be awarded AFTER promotions and relegation has been carried out. In the event of a points draw, a play off will be arranged.
  1. Matches will be the best of five games.
  2. Play will be in accordance with the latest SRA rules, except as otherwise provided in these rules.
  3. Any match not completed due to shortage of time may be:-

(a)  continued at a later date with the score as at the time of the interruption (games and points) provided the match can be completed within the current period. (or)

(b)  the match may be started again.

N.B. Contestants are advised to establish which method they intend to use prior to commencement of the match. (or)

(c) the score accepted as the final result.

  1. Matches will be played ONLY in the evenings of weekdays Monday to Friday, or at any other times, only if MUTUALLY acceptable to BOTH contestants.
  2. If neither player has a ball which is mutually acceptable, a new yellow dot ball will be provided by the player that loses the toss of a coin.
  1. Results of matches must be recorded on the score sheet immediately after the match. Contestants are individually responsible for this, failure to record the score will result in the both players receiving 0 points for the match.
  1. Within the league each contestant is required to play each contestant in his/her division during the period allocated for that round.   Points are awarded on the recorded results of these matches as follows:-

 

Result Winner Points Loser Points
3-0 7 1
3-1 7 2
3-2 7 4
1-1 2 2
2-2 5 5
Walkover 6 0

 

The results are to be written on the results sheet for the points claimed i.e. a 3-1 win will be recorded as 7 points to the winner and 2 points to the loser.

Walkovers are considered undesirable and soliciting them is strictly forbidden. (Where walkovers can be claimed by a contestant as provided for in these rules, in the interest of the competition it is preferable if the match can be rearranged.)

A contestant has a right to claim a walkover, if:-

A)              The opponent cancels the match less than eight days from the end of the round. ( and another game cannot be arranged    before the end of the round)

B)              The opponent does not arrive on the court ready to play within five minutes of the agreed starting time.

C)              A match arranged for Saturday or Sunday or public holiday cannot be cancelled without the right to forfeit on that day.

D)              If a player has removed themselves from the league (due to injury/sickness or leave) the opponent may claim a walkover.

E)              If it is the player’s responsibility to book a match but if he/she is unable to contact the opponent within 10 days of the end of the round. Contact should be made with the tournament organiser to report the situation and the organiser will then attempt to contact the opponent to arrange a game. If the opponent cannot be contacted by the organiser and the normal 8 day deadline has been reached the organiser will authorise the walkover. WALKOVERS UNDER RULE E WILL NOT BE ALLOWED WITHOUT CONTACTING THE ORGANISER.

F)              If within eight days of the end of a round an opponent has made no contact to arrange a match in accordance with the booking rule.( 13)

WHERE A PLAYER CLAIMS A WALKOVER HE SHOULD ENTER CLEARLY THE RELEVANT CLAUSE LETTER IN HIS/HER OWN SQUARE (ie.,A,B,C,D,E,F) AND IN HIS/HER OPPONENTS SQUARE, THE LETTER X.
Note: BLANK ENTRIES ON THE RESULT SHEET WILL RESULT IN BOTH CONTESTANTS RECEIVING ZERO POINTS. – YOU MUST WRITE THE RESULTS AND WALKOVERS ONTO THE SHEET TO GET ANY POINTS.

 

  1. The tournament organiser may, if necessary, invalidate matches played by a contestant unable to complete the matches in his/her division due to ill health etc., where unplayed matches may adversely affect other players in that division.
  2. At the end of each round the score sheet will be removed for revision. No ladder play is permitted until the sheet has been replaced. Points will be allocated according to rule 9 and promotions and relegation’s will be carried out accordingly.
    In the event of two players being equal on points, the tie will be resolved in the following way:-

the greatest number of games won

the fewest number of games lost

the result of the match between contestants still even after applying (a) and (b).

 

  1. Any contestant who fails to record a single event in a round may be scratched from the competition. It is the responsibility of every player who cannot complete due to ill health or injury to notify the ladder organiser of this situation if he/she does not wish to be removed from the ladder. A player who fails to book his/her games as in rule 13, in two consecutive rounds will be removed from the ladder.
  2. Contestants are responsible for booking matches in their division in the following order:-

With five players:

Player number 1 books matches for numbers 2 and 3

Player number 2 books matches for numbers 3 and 4

Player number 3 books matches for numbers 4 and 5

Player number 4 books matches for numbers 5 and 1

Player number 5 books matches for numbers 1 and 2

With six players:

Player number 1 books matches for numbers 2 and 3

Player number 2 books matches for numbers 3 and 4

Player number 3 books matches for numbers 4 and 5 and 6

Player number 4 books matches for numbers 5 and 6 and 1

Player number 5 books matches for numbers 6 and 1 and 2

Player number 6 books matches for numbers 1 and 2 and 3

  1. Failure to play a match (or provide a suitable reason to the ladder organiser) will result in the player responsible for booking the match having 0 points, while his/her opponent will be able to claim 6 points. (Players are advised to arrange their matches as soon as possible to avoid booking difficulties). Rule F, if no walkover is claimed both player will receive 0 points.