LEAGUE RULES. Issue 11,
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2003 – Rule 5c amended
to not restrict the number of matches a player may complete in.2 Rule 2.d added
2002 – Issue 10: Rule
5b “Nomination of top 3 players”
deleted, 5c modified to allow players to play x+2 matches per season.4b
modified to allow redundant player to continue playing and 4b added to allow 2
companies to form a combined team.
2001 - The changes since issue 9 only affect
document formatting. The changes since Issue 9 are to rule 4b.,
related to ex-employee eligibility and rule 7f., related to the abolition of
match fees. These changes were voted in at the AGM, August 2001
- The Rules represent the
current set as approved by the Committee after consultation with all
- Any changes to these Rules
may be made only after agreement by a full Team Representatives Meeting.
Requests for any change should be made to the Chairman in advance of such meeting, in adequate time for any preliminary
investigation should this appear desirable.
- Any question of
interpretation of the rules or queries concerning matches, etc. should be
referred in the first instance to the appropriate Division Coordinator. If
he cannot resolve the matter it will be referred to the Committee.
2 ARRANGEMENT OF FIXTURES
- Fixture lists are
published showing fortnightly periods during which matches should be
- The fixture lists are
drawn up on a home-and-away basis. the left hand
column is the home team. It is the home team's responsibility to contact
their opponents as early as possible, provide courts, and nominate a date
for the fixture. Fixtures should be on a weekday evening unless mutually
agreed otherwise. It is the away team's responsibility to do everything
possible to accept the nominated date. If, in exceptional circumstances,
the nominated date is totally unacceptable to the away team, they may
offer their courts and date as an alternative. This, in turn, must be
totally acceptable to the home team.
- Court time booked should
be a minimum of three and a half hours; preferably four hours.
- If a team wishes to cancel
or re-arrange a match they should give the opposition at least 5 days
notice. Failure to do this will entitle the opposing team to claim a 20-0
walkover. If an away team requests that a match be re-arranged within the 5
day period, and the home team is willing to do so, the visiting team
should cover any additional costs incurred. (e.g.
if the home team would end up having to pay for 2 sets of courts.)
3 FULFILLMENT OF FIXTURES ON TIME
- In the majority of cases
it is expected that matches will be played during the appropriate two week
- It is, however, recognised that difficulties may occasionally arise,
e.g. no courts, which prevent the match being played in the allocated
period. If reasonable grounds exist, an extension of a further two weeks
may be allowed.
Note: It is not considered reasonable to postpone a fixture solely
because one or two regular players are unavailable, if reserve players are
- Any proposal to play a
match outside the allocated two week period should be referred by the home
team to the Divisional Coordinator for information and approval. If, after
the agreed extension period, a fixture has still not been fulfilled, it is
expected that one team will recognise itself as
being at fault and will concede the match to the other team. In such instances
a 5-0 win (20-0 in terms of points) will be entered on the results sheet.
- In the exceptional
circumstances of teams not being able to agree on which team was at fault,
the Committee will adjudicate. If they can clearly decide fault, then a
5-0 win (20-0 in terms of points) will be awarded to the non-offending
side. If fault is not clear then the match will be declared void, and no
Rubbers or Games will be awarded to either side.
Note: It is earnestly hoped that all teams will wish to win points through
playing matches rather than through claiming concessions.
4 ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS
- Players may be drawn from
parent companies or organisations and 100%
subsidiaries whose locations are in the Thames
Valley. Each player's normal
place of work or his home must be at such a location.
- A joint team comprising
players from two companies is eligible providing that the companies do not
have any other teams in the league.
- At the time of playing,
each player must be one of:
- full-time or
part-time employee of the eligible company
person working for the company
or redundant employee of the company.
- One exception,
is that ex-employees who resign may continue to play for that team for the
remainder of the season, provided they do not join another company which
fields teams in the league.
- No player shall play for
more than one company or organisation in any one
season, without prior approval by the Committee.
- In the case of doubt
concerning a person's eligibility, the circumstances should be referred to
the appropriate Division Coordinator before fielding the person as a
player. If he cannot resolve the matter it will be referred to the
- If it is proved that a
team has played an ineligible player, the result of this rubber will be
declared void and a 3 games to nil win will be
awarded to his opponent.
- The committee
reserve the right to allow players that do not stricly
match the above criteria, providing that the team under investigation is
regarded as working within the "spirit" of the league.
Essentially, the rules above are intended to guard against
"ringers" and seeking unfair advantage, not limit the
flexibility of the league.
5 COMPOSITION OF COMPANY TEAMS
- Some companies may field
more than one team in the League. If company team selection procedure
allows any eligible player to qualify for any company team, those teams
must be designated 'A' and 'B' (and 'C' if applicable), and ranked in
descending order. Any other selection procedure (for example by
geographical location or department) requires the teams to be differently
named. In such cases any player who is eligible to play in the League is
eligible to play for one team only, and any transfer in the current season
must be justified to and approved by the Division Coordinator.
- Designated players (if
selected) and the remainder of the 'A' team and all the 'B' team (and 'C',
'D' teams if applicable) will play in current order of merit. Due to
changes in order of merit, it is recognised that
some players may be selected for both 'A' and 'B' (and possibly 'C', 'D')
6 RANKING ORDER WITHIN TEAMS
- Teams must play in
current order of merit. Compliance with this rule rests firmly with the
- Team Captains will
normally take internal ladders/leagues as the main guideline for deciding
order of merit. Discretion is given to them to make allowances for recent
injury or illness, freak results, or any reasonable circumstance.
- The Team Captain's
knowledge of his players and his judgement will
be respected. Team Captains may, however, be required to justify to the
Committee apparently 'suspect' ranking orders.
- Team Captains must arrive
at a fixture with their ranking (string) order already written out on the
match result sheet. This will then be declared 'blind' to the opposing
7 MATCH PROCEDURE
- A match shall consist of
five rubbers. A rubber is the best of five games.
- Rubbers should be played
in accordance with current SRA Rules.
- Matches should normally
be played in reverse order of strings, i.e. fifth string rubber first,
finishing with first strings. Any variation from this (e.g. due to an
individual's constraint on the time he is available) must be arranged
between Team Captains in advance.
- It is desirable that all
rubbers should be marked/refereed. Team Captains
should arrange before the start of a match who is available as
- Ball speed (spot colour) should be mutually agreed between players.
Failing agreement, the team captains should decide. In the event of team
captains being unable to decide, the usual rule at the club where the
match is being played should be followed.
- Match related expenses
(courts and balls etc) should be met by the home team. What teams do
about funding of any drinks and food that
the home team chooses to provide needs prior agreement between captains.
8 UNPLAYED/UNFINISHED RUBBERS
- Unfinished rubbers, e.g.
when court time expires, will be awarded to the player leading at the time
by games; by points in the unfinished game if games are equal; and by
'in-hand' if both games and points are equal.
- If there is no time (or
only a few minutes) left to start a rubber, the two players and captains
may mutually agree to play the rubber 'privately' at a later date. This
should be as soon as practicable after the match proper,
and in any case no later than two weeks after.
- A team knowingly arriving
for a fixture one player short will concede the fifth string rubber by
three games to nil.
- If a player unexpectedly
fails to turn up for a fixture, the corresponding rubber will be conceded
by three games to nil. However, an eligible substitute may be played at
the appropriate 'missing' string level. A person who has already played
(or will play) in the match as another string is not eligible.
Note: The main causes of unfinished matches have been identified as
late arrivals and unmatched players in terms of playing order. The message
to team captains is clear
- Talk to the
- Agree the playing
order in advance.
- Ensure those
playing first get on court promptly.
- Change over quickly
- Ensure all players
know how much court time is available.
- Use common sense to
achieve a proper result on the night.
9 MATCH RESULTS AND SCORING
- Following a match, the
team captains should sign on the form provided to indicate agreement of
the result as entered. The home captain is responsible for sending the
result to the Division Coordinator.
- One point is awarded for
the winner of each individual game, (each completed rubber scores 3-0,
3-1, or 3-2). An unfinished rubber as in Rule 8 (a) above scores point(s)
for the completed game(s) only, but counts as a rubber win (as determined
by 8 (a)). An additional five points are awarded to the team winning most
10 LEAGUE RESULTS
- Teams are ranked in order
of points scored as in 9(b). In cases of equal points, ranking is
determined by number of team victories, then the
difference of individual games won and lost.
- If a team withdraws from
the League during the season, points gained from its matches shall be ignored.
- At the end of each
season, normally TWO teams are promoted and TWO relegated between
Divisions. The committee has discretion to vary this to accommodate
abnormal circumstances such as:
- A need to reduce
the number of teams in each division to balance the sizes of all
- The fast promotion
of exceptionally strong teams
- Stated team
preferences (usually for exceptional demotion)
- As a guideline, teams in
the league should aim to finish above 3rd from bottom to avoid relegation.
- The bottom three teams in
the lowest Division may be subject to scrutiny to determine their
acceptability to continue in the League.