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SNEITA League Rules

1. Match Length:
All matches will last 1 ½ hours with a 10 minute warm-up period (including serves). Regular scoring is in effect with a 9 point tie-breaker to be played at 6-6. Home teams will supply tennis balls.


2. Time Limit:
Friday Ladies Doubles:
With 5 minutes left in the match, the game that is being played should be finished. At that point, if either team is 2 or more games ahead they are declared the winner of the set. If either team is only one game ahead, another game must be played to achieve either a 2 game lead (set won) or a tie. A 9 point tiebreaker must be played in the event of a tie. A third set should be played only if time allows. The third set follows the 5 minute rule.


Singles and Mixed Doubles: With 10 minutes left in the match, the game that is being played should be finished. At that point, if either team is 2 or more games ahead they are declared the winner of the set. If either team is only one game ahead, another game must be played to achieve either a 2 game lead (set won) or a tie. A 9 point tiebreaker must be played in the event of a tie. As each match is worth one point, a third set must be played to determine the winner, even if it only consists of a 9 point tiebreaker. If a match is not completed, no points can be awarded to either team.

3. Points:
Friday Ladies Doubles:
Each set won is worth 1 point. Maximum points per position is 3 points. Singles & Mixed Doubles: Each position won is worth 1 point. Points will be accumulated throughout the season.


4. Tardiness:
The tardy team (according to the club’s clock) begins to incur penalties as follows:

  • 5 minutes after scheduled start time: loss of 1 game plus loss of serve.

  • Every 5 minutes thereafter: loss of one additional game.

  • A 5 minute injury prevention warm-up is always allowed.

  • Match is defaulted if a team is unable to be fielded 30 minutes after scheduled start of match.


5. Defaulting:
Doubles:
EACH MATCH DEFAULTED will result in 2 points being awarded to the opposition.

Singles & Mixed Doubles: EACH MATCH DEFAULTED will result in 1 point being awarded to the opposition.

Friday Ladies Doubles: Team will lose 1 point for each default


6. Switching on sets
All teams must switch sides of the court after each set.

7. Reporting of Scores:
Scores should be reported to Fore Court via Fax (401-334-4505) immediately upon match completion. Type or use black pen for all reporting. Scores written in pencil will not come through the fax legibly.

8. Rules Committee:
The SNEITA Rules Committee is comprised of all club managers with teams participating in the league.


9. Make-ups:
No make-up matches will be allowed after the last scheduled match of the season. The postponing team will be automatically defaulted and points will be awarded according to the default rule (see #5).

10. Level Requirements:
In all levels of the doubles league, all teams are REQUIRED at each match to field a minimum of 4 out of 8 players with the appropriate level. The top team must be in level, but the remaining 3 teams may be mixed in order to include players at a lower level. At no time may a team with a higher overall rating play below a team with a lower overall rating. (Ex. 3.5/3.5 cannot play below 3.5/3.0).

11. USTA Ratings:
Players must use current rating to start the season. When year end ratings are set in December, players may use the higher rating if the player's rating is increased, but are not required to do so. Players may not use the lower rating if the rating is decreased. Players who do not have a USTA rating must be rated by the head tennis pro at the home club. All players must use their USTA self-rating immediately if it is higher than the rater he or she has been using. USTA Early Start ratings may NOT be used.

12. Team Commitment:
Individuals will be allowed to play for two teams provided the teams are at different levels (ex. 3.5 & 4.0). Once an individual plays for a team twice, he/she remains committed to that team for the duration of the season.

13. Player Eligibility:
Only Adult Players are allowed to play. Players must be above the age of 18, and no longer in High School to compete.