TENNIS SINGLES LEAGUE


TENNIS SINGLES LEAGUE - INFORMATION & RULES


The league is an ideal way for new members to meet others, have regular games and to provide an element of competition. There are over 100 players of all standards, spread over 20 divisions.

It operates over 2 month playing periods, sometimes longer in the winter. Each division has 6 or 7 players who have to play each other during the playing period. Players are then promoted or relegated depending on results. Whatever your level of tennis, you will soon settle into a division where you will have keenly fought matches.

How to Enter

To join the league simply complete this joiner form and we will place you in the next available league. The information that you provide will help us to try and place in you a division that most closely matches your ability level.  Please apply before the current league closes as it is not possible to join a league session once it has started.

Rules

1. Arranging matches
Charts showing the divisions and players are on the tennis notice board at the club, including the end date of the current league. The charts are also sent out via email. You are responsible for arranging matches against players in your division. You are not compelled to play all your matches, but you get no points if a match is not played.

Senior members are encouraged to make contact with juniors in their division, shown on the chart by J.

This is a friendly competition. No walk-over may be claimed due to e.g. unavailability of an opponent or a player retiring through injury.

A player who plays no matches without providing a reason such as injury, is liable to be withdrawn from the league.

2. Scoring
Play 2 sets only (tie-break at 6-6). If the score is 1 set all, play a tie-break to decide the match. If however both players agree, a 3rd set can be played.

Enter the scores in the chart for each set. If a deciding tie-break was played, enter W (winner) and L (loser) in the space for the 3rd set.

Points for each match are awarded :

Win in 2 Sets: 4 points for Winner, 1 for Loser
Win in 3 Sets: 3 points for Winner, 2 for Loser

Unfinished matches : unfinshed sets do not count, 1 point for playing and 1 point for each set won, e.g. if 1 only set is played, winner gets 2 and loser 1.

For playing at least 1 match in the first 4 weeks : 1 bonus point.

3. Promotion and relegation
At the end of a playing period, a player's total points decide their final position. They are promoted or relegated according to their position. The principle is that 2 stay, 2 go up and 2 go down from each division, but this may not apply where players drop out or others enter. If a player's results show they are in far too low a division, they may go up by more than 1 division.

If 2 players tie on points, then to decide who finishes higher, apply the folllowing rules in order :

1. the result of their match (or a mini league if more than 2 players),

2. if they did not play each other, the difference between their matches won and lost,

3. the player not receiving a bonus point for playing in the first 4 weeks,

4. their positions in the previous league.

You can see the results for the last league period below.

If you don't play enough matches each time, then you will inevitably drop down to a division below your own playing level. It is your responsibility to play your matches. At times, there may be more players entering than leaving the league, so inevitably some players may appear to have unexpectedly gone down because of the increase in the number of divisions.

Enquiries
If you are an existing league player and have a question about the current league please contact the league organisers using this enquiry form.

If you are a new or returning player looking to join the next league please use this joiner form.
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