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Ranking shall be determined first by the World Rankings for players who hold over 100 ranking points and then by the player’s www.realtennisonline.com handicap. (Handicaps are to the nearest whole number – e.g. 8.6 and 8.8 are both 9.) In the event of even ranking, the player last ranked higher (better) shall play higher in the team.
Division 1 nominated and replacement players should be no worse than 9.5. Division 2 nominated and replacement players should be no worse than 14.5.
Division 3 and below will be divided into sections of 5 handicap points wherever possible. It is hoped Division 3 will be for players 10-15, Division 4 15-20, Division 5 20-25 etc. Where insufficient teams have entered a division, those teams that have entered will be placed into appropriate divisions and subsequent divisions will then move up one place. The Organisers will place teams into divisions based on the strength of the overall squad and not on the best nominated players.
At the start of the season the Organisers will nominate a cap on each division by which no nominated player can improve beyond during the season. This cap will either be 5 points below the handicap band, or where clear bands are not defined, 5 points below the best nominated player in the division. E.g in a clear 15-20 handicap bracket division no nominated player can go below 9.6. Where no clear band exists if the best nominated player is 18, then no player may go below 12.6. The Organisers will make all captains aware of this cap at the start of the season.
Once scheduled fixtures are agreed any team unable to fulfil them will forfeit the match and full points including bonus point. There are only 3 exceptions to this; when courts are un-playable due to dangerous playing conditions on a court, where travelling conditions due to the weather are deemed to be unreasonable by both teams, or should both teams communicate more than 2 weeks prior to the fixture, be in agreement to move the fixture, and find a date within 4 weeks of the original date. The National League committee will accept a ‘re-schedule’ in all these instance.
Fixtures for the second half of the season will be sent out on 1st November and must be confirmed to the Organisers by 1st December.
Finals will be fixed by 1st January within a specific week, and publicised on the website. If any teams are aware of the week in question conflicting with Club events, they must inform the organisers by 1st February.
A maximum of 6 players may be nominated in a 3 player team and a maximum of 4 players in a 2 player team. N.b. Winning teams will only receive 3 individual trophies in 3-player divisions, and 2 in 2-player divisions. Further trophies can be obtained on request, with the cost borne by the requesting party. To try to keep teams in suitable divisions and to try to keep matches as competitive as possible during the season, all players nominated must be within 7 handicap points of each-other. (if your best nominated player is a 40 handicap, the worst nominated player must be no higher than 47)
To encourage teams to nominate realistic players in their squads, we will be awarding 1 bonus point per match, to all teams who name a full quota of nominated players in each match.
Teams must appoint a captain, who is responsible for liaising with their club, professionals, opposition teams, submission of results and being the primary point of contact for the team. More than one captain should be appointed if it is pragmatic.
Replacement players will not be eligible for any play-offs or finals unless they have played at least two matches for the team they are representing. The IRTPA Committee may waive this requirement in exceptional circumstances.
Re-Nomination A team may be re-nominated up to 31st December, due to injury, relocation or exceptional circumstances with the agreement of the IRTPA Committee.
In Divisions 1 – 3 both players will play a best of 3 set singles match against their opposite number off level and will then team up to play 1 set to 8 level doubles.
Division 4 – 9 will all comprise 3 singles matches, played off scratch.
All match results must be emailed to the organiser within 48 hours of the match being completed, by the home team captain. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a 1 point deduction from that teams points total.
ii) In all divisions home teams will bear the costs of hosting all matches UNLESS the away side cancels the match within 72 hours of the fixtures start time. In this instance the away team will be liable for the cost of any unsold courts.
Players – Each team shall play in order of merit, with the highest ranked (best) player at No. 1, the second highest at No. 2 and the third at No. 3.
Timing – The order of play should be confirmed between team captains when they communicate to confirm the fixture. In the event that agreement cannot be reached, matches in Divisions 1 – 3 shall be played in the following order: 2nd singles, 1st singles, doubles
For 3 player teams: 2nd singles, 1st singles, 3rd singles.
As previously mentioned teams will also be awarded a bonus point for each fixture where their whole team is made up of nominated players.
2 the ratio of sets won to sets lost
3 the ratio of games won to games lost
4 the overall result between two tied teams in points, sets and games respectively
Finally, by lot.
ii) Divisions with 5, 6 or 7 teams – 3 teams will contest the finals. Divisions with 8 teams or more – 4 teams will contest the finals.
ii) In Divisions 3 – 9, the home teams shall be responsible for the marking whether they mark it themselves or employ a marker.
iii) All League final(s) fixtures must be marked by a qualified marker, at the expense of the League.
The decision of the IRTPA Committee is final on any dispute.
All queries & new information on teams and matches should be sent to the Organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org