Important or useful to know
This information is applicable to all the leagues (use the links on the right to jump back to your league). All the information on this page forms part of the terms and conditions required to play in the league. The organisers reserve the right to vary and amend the rules and regulations as necessary to ensure the smooth-running of the league.
Matches are self-umpired and should be conducted in the spirit of fair play. Disputes will be settled by an impartial third party - but we hope there won't be any.
Important: No one at this site or connected with the League can take responsibility for the safety or security of players whether playing on the courts or in the facilities associated with the leagues, or elsewhere. Players compete at their own risk and are solely responsible for court hire, tennis ball provision etc.
Balls and courtsCourts: Please share the cost of the courts, and allow for two hours of play. We expect most matches to be played on your league's home courts, but if both players agree matches can be played at any appropriate venue and on any surface.
Balls: Balls must be of a good quality if not new and both parties should provide a set. Either party has the right to object to poor balls (prior to the match). If the balls are objected to, and no alternatives can be found, the match must be re-scheduled. Court costs should be shared equally.
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If it rains before the match starts, the whole match must be re-scheduled. (Please be careful about making assumptions about the weather, and to avoid the possibility of a no-show walkover, if cancelling because of the weather, always contact your opponent and get a reply).
If it rains during the match... either player may decide to call a halt to the match, but the match must still be completed. Matches should be re-started with whatever the score was when play stopped. Players must share any additional court fee. If re-scheduling becomes impossible, the score can be reported as it stands
If before the match (or after a first few points have been played) one player feels the court condition too slippery, or otherwise unsafe, they have the absolute right to ask for a postponement
If a player retires injured, unwell or for any other reason, he or she loses the match - it cannot be re-played. The player who could have continued (the winner) will receive two points. If the injured player has won a set he or she receives 1 point
If a player does not turn up at the agreed time, or is more than half an hour late, he or she forfeits the match. His or her opponent receives 2 points. The cost of the court should be shared in the normal way. (If the players decide to play a match which would otherwise have been forfeit, the score stands. If the match is unfinished, even if it is because court time ran out, points will be awarded on the score reached. Ideally the match would be played to a conclusion at a later date.)
If a player wants to reschedule a match he or she must give his or her opponent a minimum of 24 hours notice. If a court cost is incurred the player who postponed the match is solely responsible for the cost of the unused court (subsequent court costs are split in the normal way). If less than 24 hours notice is given, the match may be recorded as a walkover in favour of the opponent and points awarded, although it is still preferable to play the match if possible. (If you are claiming a walkover, send a polite email to your opponent setting out the reasons and copy us in. This gives your opponent the opportunity to respond in case there has been some kind of confusion.) Please claim the walkover at the time. If the players do subsequently play the match we will swap the walkover for the match played. We will not necessarily retrospectively award walkovers.
If one or other player simply decides they don't want to play a match they can not offer a walkover to the other. That is, for points to be awarded a match has to be scheduled and played.
If the agreed time simply runs out for a match - say you have played two hours, but the match is not concluded - neither player should concede the match. It the match can't be played to a conclusion at a later date, points are simply awarded for the completed sets.
Players may not agree to play their match after the round has ended. Though it seems harsh, to be fair to all players, the cut off point for play (and for the result to count) has to be observed.
If a player wins a match through a walkover they receive two points for a win, but walkovers do not count to bonus points. For bonus points to be awarded, matches must be played and completed.
If a player withdraws from a round...
Round dates and extensions
As organisers we reserve the right to alter or amend the published round dates. Sometimes it is necessary to postpone a round, in which case we offer to refund the round fee of any player who can no longer play. Round extensions for individual matches will not be granted. Very occasionally, if the weather is terrible for example, we may decide to extend the whole round by a week or even two weeks. In these circumstances, no refund can be given even if a player can no longer participate.
Please note, as the number of groups can vary enormously from round to round, what may look like a numerical demotion may actually be promotion!
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If it's a tie break,you write it like this:
7-6 (9-7) with the score in the tie break in brackets
Round payments are per person and not transferable. They are not refundable after the notification of the groups has been sent out. However, if for any reason we are unable to hold a round or find you a group to play in, the fee will be refunded (minus a £2.50 admin charge).
Doubles: If you are entering as a doubles team both players are responsable for paying a fee. You may, subject to the approval of the organisers, change your partner before a match has been played in a round but after the notification of the groups has been sent out. The new player must pay a round fee but the non-player's fee can not be transfered or refunded (this is to help offset administration costs).
Membership of the league is open to all players over the age of 18, however, we may turn down membership without further explanation if we do not have a suitable group for the player to join.