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Toronto Winter Tennis League

League Guidelines

2018-19 Season

Mixed 4.5+ League

(Men’s League Guidelines will be located at the end of this file)

NOTE: For any guidelines listed below, if both teams agree to an alternative solution then it will be accepted as final.


Scoring

Each fixture consists of 6 players comprising of three doubles teams.

Line-ups must be submitted between captains at least 15 minutes before matches begin. The captains are encouraged to contact each other in advance to ensure that matches are competitive.

The home team is required to supply one new can of tennis balls per match and a minimum of two hours court time.

All matches are best two out of three sets with a regular tie-break at 6 games all. At one set apiece a match tiebreak (first to 10 points, win by 2 or more) shall be played. The visiting team will be deemed to have won the toss and will have the choice to start the match serving or receiving.

Each team will receive a point for a set won.

If court time runs out during the match, then the team who is leading in the set (by at least one game) that is still being played will be declared the winner of that set. If a super tiebreaker has not been completed, then the match will be considered a tie and each team receives one point.

To help ensure matches finish on time, the pre-match warmup should be limited to 10 minutes or less.

Punctuality

Please note that the following punctuality rule is in effect:

  • If a team arrives up to 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, no penalty will be enforced but the warmup will be reduced
  • If a team arrives between 15 and 20 minutes after the scheduled match time, a one-game penalty may be enforced
  • If a team arrives between 20 and 25 minutes after the scheduled match time, a two-game penalty may be enforced
  • If a team arrives between 25 and 30 minutes after the scheduled match time, a three-game penalty may be enforced
  • If a team arrives at between 30 and 60 minutes after the scheduled match time, a one-set penalty (6-0) may be enforced
  • If a team arrives more than 60 minutes after the scheduled match time, it will be considered a default

It is up to the opposing captain to decide if this penalty needs to be enforced.

The home team captain must enter the final scores at www.torontowinterleague.com by Tuesday at 9:00 am after the match has been completed. Please ensure all names are recorded in full (first and last names) and written clearly. The league administrator will regularly check scores to ensure recording accuracy.

Both home and road captains are responsible for ensuring that scores and player names are correct. No adjustments will be made to any scores or names 15 days (or later) after the match has been played.

Player Eligibility

In order to compete in this league, a player should be a member in good standing with the club in which he/she is representing. Non-members may be used in the event that a team is having difficulty fielding a roster on a particular week, however the non-members used must play in line 3 and conform to the line-switching rules, whereby the team in line 1 is stronger than the team in line 2 and the team in line 2 is stronger than the team in line 3. Any player is eligible to compete on a specific team, as long as they have not played two matches with another club in the same division. Please note that Mixed and Men’s leagues are separate, so players can compete on any team in the Mixed and Men’s leagues without being subject to this rule.

A combination of two juniors (under the age of 18 as of December 31, 2018) or one junior and one full-time tennis professional may be used in any particular match. The use of these players must not violate line-switching rules.

On any given week where a team knows that they will be unable to field a team of six eligible players, that team’s captain may request the opposing captain to offer one of their players as a substitute in order to compete in a “fun” match that will not count towards the league standings. In this scenario, the team that is unable to field a full team will be defaulted Line 3.

Line Switching Rule

In order for the league to be successful and enjoyable for everyone, teams must field the order of play as follows; the strongest team must play in Line 1, the next strongest team at line 2 and the weakest team at line 3. To ensure fair play, the captains are encouraged to exchange lineups up to 48 hours in advance and communicate any adjustments that need to be made if play inequity still exists.

To help ensure that this rule is followed, players with the following distinctions will be allowed to play in Line 1 only: (unless agreed upon in advance of the match by both captains)

  • NCAA ranked players in the past 10 years
  • Players with an ITF ranking in the professional circuit in the past 10 years
  • Full-time teaching professionals
  • Players with a top-10 OTA Open ranking in the past 10 years
  • Players with a current top-10 OTA Junior ranking (any age category)

Reports that this rule is not being adhered to must be reported to the League Convener within 7 days of the match in which the line-switching occurred. Any such cases will be voted on by all team captains to decide if a line-switching infraction has occurred. Necessary action will then be taken and may result in disqualification of one or more teams.

League Fees

Each team pays a one-time, $40.00 entry fee made payable to:

Josh Weissman

Mayfair West Racquet & Fitness Club

3855 Chesswood Drive

Downsview Ontario, M3J 2P6

Weekly player fees will be $20 per person, HST included unless agreed upon by both captains. The road team captain is responsible for paying the full team fee ($120) to the home club, as opposed to having each road-team player pay the individual fee of $20. At some clubs, cash is the only method of payment, while credit or debit card may be required at other clubs.

Defaults

If a match or fixture is defaulted by the visiting team and the visiting captain does not inform the home captain of this fact by 8:00pm of the previous day (typically Friday), then the visiting team is responsible for the total team fees ($240) unless inclement weather forces a cancellation. If there is a dispute between the captains, the league convener will determine if inclement weather was indeed a relevant factor causing the cancellation of matches.

If only one match is defaulted, then the visiting team must compensate the club in the amount that four players would pay to use the court. If the entire fixture is defaulted, then the visiting captain must compensate the home team for the dollar amount that would have been collected had there been a full and complete lineup for both teams.

If a default occurs more than 24 hours before the match has begun and only one match needs to be defaulted, then line 3 will be considered a default and the remaining players will compete in lines 1 and 2. If a team has less than four players, the entire fixture is defaulted.

Rescheduled Matches

Matches should only be rescheduled if there are weather-related issues that make it difficult for teams to travel for the match. They are not to be rescheduled if a team is finding difficulty fielding a roster or matches have not been completed as scheduled.

If a team is unable to host a match at their regular start time, then they must find a suitable facility (if not their own) within one hour of their regular start time. If that is not possible, then the opposing team will host the match at an appropriate time.

A make-up week will be offered at the end of the season to allow for unplayed matches to be completed. Teams are also welcome to schedule matches during weeks that are designated as Holiday Break weeks.

No regular-season matches may be rescheduled any later than the make-up date.

Refreshments

After the match, the host club is to supply at least one drink per player. It is recommended that one alcoholic drink be offered to those players 19 years of age or older, but only if the opposing team will be able to offer you the same courtesy. (NOTE: some clubs may not be able to offer alcoholic beverages due to bar hours and license limitations, so the home team is not required to offer them alcoholic beverages)

Playoffs

The top 6 teams will make the play-offs. Seedings will be determined based on regular season points. If two or more teams are tied, then the tiebreaker will be determined by head-to-head points. If teams are still tied, the tiebreaker will be determined by # of sets won in head-to-head matches. If still tied, the tiebreaker will be determined by games differential in head-to-head matches.

Here is the projected playoff schedule:

Week 1 – 6th seed @ 3rd seed, 5th seed @ 4th seed

Week 2 – Highest seed remaining @ 2nd  seed; lowest seed remaining @ 1st seed

Week 3 - Final

Teams that default three or more full fixtures (all 3 matches in one week) during the regular season will be ineligible to compete in the playoffs. Teams that have not paid their fees by December 31 will not be eligible to compete in the playoffs.

Only players that have competed in a minimum of 3 matches during the regular season for their team are eligible to compete in the playoffs. Lack of adherence to this rule will result in a defaulted match in which the playoff-ineligible player has competed.

Upon completion of the regular season, the league convener will prepare a rating system based on the line (Line 1, 2 or 3) that all playoff-eligible players competed in during the regular season. The combined rating of the players in Line 1 must be equal or lower than the players in Line 2, which must be equal or lower than the players in Line 3. Any instance where the rating system has not been used properly to field a lineup will result in matches being defaulted.

League Convener

All inquiries and disputes regarding the Toronto Winter Tennis League must be made to the League Convener, and his decision is final. You can reach him at:

Josh Weissman, League Convener

jweissman@mayfairclubs.com

(416) 638-1010 ext 4245

 

 

Toronto Winter Tennis League

League Rules

2018-19 Season

Men’s Majors, Men’s A, Men’s A1, Men’s A2

(Mixed League Guidelines are at the top of this document)


Regular Season

Each fixture consists of 6 players comprising of three doubles teams.

Line-ups must be submitted to the opposing team’s captain before the matches begin.

The home team is required to supply one new can of tennis balls per match and a minimum of 2 hours court time per match.

All matches are best two out of three sets with a regular tie-break at 6 games all. At one set apiece, a super tiebreak (first to 10 points, win by 2 or more) will be played. The visiting team will be deemed to have won the toss and will have the choice to start the match serving or receiving.

If court time runs out during the match, then the team who is leading in the set (by at least one game) that is still being played will be declared the winner of that set. If a super tiebreaker has not been completed, then that set will be considered incomplete. It may then be rescheduled by both captains for a later date. It is not necessary that the same players be used in the replayed match. However, no player that completed a match on the originally scheduled date will be allowed to participate in the rescheduled match. The line-switching rule is still in effect for replayed matches.

Please note that the following punctuality rule is in effect:

  • If a team arrives up to 5 minutes after the scheduled match time, no penalty will be enforced
  • If a team arrives between 5 and 15 minutes after the scheduled match time, a one-game penalty may be enforced
  • If a team arrives between 15 and 30 minutes after the schedule match time, a one-set penalty (6-0) may be enforced
  • If a team arrives more than 30 minutes late, then a default may be enforced       (to be recorded as a 6-0, 6-0 victory for the opposing team)

It is up to the opposing captain to decide before the match begins if this penalty needs to be enforced.

Two junior players (under the age of 18 as of January 1, 2019) are permitted to play for each team on a weekly basis. Any additional juniors used will result in that player’s match being defaulted. An additional junior is defined as the junior playing in the lowest line. For example, if there are two juniors in line 1 and one junior in line 2, then the line 2 match will be defaulted.

Any player is eligible to compete on a specific team, as long as they have not played two matches in a higher division or with another club in the same division. Please note that Mixed and Men’s leagues are separate, so players can compete on any team in the Mixed and Men’s leagues without being subject to this rule.

Each match victory counts as 1 point. Therefore, scores are 3-0, 2-1.

NEW: The home club is not required to provide beverages.

The home team captain must input the final scores at www.torontowinterleague.com by Tuesday at 9:00 am. The Convener will then verify the results for accuracy. Please ensure all names are recorded in full (first and last names) and written clearly.

Line Switching Rule

In order for the league to be successful and enjoyable for everyone, teams must field the order of play as follows; the strongest team must play in Line 1, the next strongest team at line 2 and the weakest team at line 3.

Reports that this rule is not being adhered to must be reported to the League Convener within 48 hours of the match in which the line-switching occurred. The matter will then be put to a vote involving all captains of teams not involved in that particular match. If the majority of those captains feel that the rule has been breached, then necessary action will then be taken and may result in disqualification of one or more teams.

 

 

 

 

Playoffs

The following number of teams will make the playoffs in each division:

Men’s Majors – top 6 teams

Men’s A – top 6 teams (top 2 from each division plus the next two teams regardless of division)

Men’s A1 – Top 4 teams

Men’s A2 – Top 4 teams

 

Seedings will be determined based on regular season points. If two or more teams are tied, then the tiebreaker will be determined by head-to-head points. If teams are still tied, the tiebreaker will be determined by # of sets won in head-to-head matches. If still tied, the tiebreaker will be determined by games differential in head-to-head matches.

Teams that default three or more full fixtures (all 3 matches in one week) during the regular season will be ineligible to compete in the playoffs.

Only players that have competed in a minimum of four (4) matches during the regular season for their team are eligible to compete in the playoffs. Lack of adherence to this rule will result in a defaulted match in which the playoff-ineligible player has competed.

Upon completion of the regular season, the league convener will prepare a rating system based on the line (Line 1, 2 or 3) that all playoff-eligible players competed in during the regular season. The combined rating of the players in Line 1 must be equal or lower than the players in Line 2, which must be equal or lower than the players in Line 3. Any team that does not adhere to this rule in any playoff round will result in the entire fixture being defaulted.

League Fees

Each team pays a one-time, $40.00 entry fee made payable to:

Toronto Winter Tennis League, c/o Josh Weissman

Mayfair West Racquet & Fitness Club

3855 Chesswood Drive

Downsview Ontario, M3J 2P6

 

Each team is to pay a set fee per player for each match, home and away. The fee for the Men’s League will be $15/person. HST is included in these prices. It is the responsibility of the visiting team’s captain to collect fees from his/her players and pay the home club. Please note that certain clubs require cash payment, while other clubs require payment via credit card.

Defaults

If a match or fixture is defaulted by the visiting team and the visiting captain does not inform the home captain of this fact at least 24 hours before the start of the match, then the visiting team is responsible for the team fees. If only one match is defaulted, then the cost will be $60. If the entire fixture is defaulted, then the fee will be $180. If there is inclement or dangerous weather, the fees will be waived. If in dispute, the league convener will decide if weather was a relevant factor in matches being cancelled.

If a default occurs and only one match needs to be defaulted, then line 3 will be considered a default and the remaining players will compete in lines 1 and 2. If a team has less than four players, the entire fixture is defaulted.

Promotion/Demotion

At the end of the playoffs, the playoff winner in each division may be promoted (From Men’s A2 to A1, from Men’s A1 to Men’s A, from Men’s A to Men’s Majors) before the start of next season. Conversely, the bottom regular-season team in each division may be demoted from Men’s Majors to Men’s A, from Men’s A to Men’s A1, from Men’s A1 to A2

League Convener

All inquiries and disputes regarding the Toronto Winter Tennis League must be made to the League Convener, and his decision is final. You can reach him at:

Josh Weissman, League Convener

jweissman@mayfairclubs.com

(416) 638-1010 ext 4245

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