Baltimore Women's Interclub Tennis League

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BALTIMORE WOMEN’S INTERCLUB TENNIS LEAGUE BYLAWS, FRAMEWORK FOR DOUBLES COMPETITION AND FRAMEWORK FOR SINGLES COMPETITION

ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of this organization shall be “The Baltimore Women’s Interclub Tennis League”, hereinafter referred to in the bylaws as “The League.”

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

The purpose of the League shall be to promote tennis competition among its member clubs and to promote good sportsmanship.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership shall be by any number of clubs needed to field teams in all nine divisions. A club is defined as a formal organization with sufficient har-tru or hard courts at its home location to participate in the League’s outdoor competitive activities.

Section 2. The member clubs are:

Baltimore Country Club

Bolton Swim and Tennis

Clifton Tennis Club

Eagle’s Nest

Elkridge Club

Forest Hill Swim and Tennis Club

Greenspring Valley Hunt Club

Hillendale Country Club

Homeland Racquet Club

Hunt Valley Golf Club

L’Hirondelle Club of Ruxton

Roland Run Club

Valley Swim and Tennis Club

Woodholme Country Club

Section 3. Membership is by application to the Delegates Committee, or by invitation from that committee, such application or invitation being approved by a 2/3 vote of the Delegates Committee.

Section 4. All clubs in the League must have their home courts within a twenty-mile radius of the intersection of Charles Street and Lake Avenue.

Section 5. After formal notice, clubs may be dropped from the League at the discretion of the Delegates Committee for any ONE of the following reasons:

A. Non-attendance at Delegates Meetings

B. Non- participation in the League sponsored events and projects

C. Non-payment of dues by May 1st

ARTICLE IV - DUES

Annual dues shall be payable by each member club by the date of the second board meeting in April. The Board shall determine the amount of dues.

ARTICLE V - DELEGATES COMMITTEE

Section 1. COMPOSITION: The Delegates Committee shall be composed of one or more Delegates from each member club. In spite of the number of Delegates, each member club will have only one vote. Officers of the League shall be officers of the Delegates Committee but shall not have the right to vote. Selection to office of each Delegate shall be determined by the policies of her own club. Term of office shall begin annually at the conclusion of the Annual Luncheon and end at the conclusion of the following year’s Annual Luncheon.

Section 2. DUTIES OF THE DELEGATES:

A. Act as liaison between their individual clubs and the League.

B. Attend Delegates’ meetings to: 1. Consider and vote on applications for membership. 2. Propose and vote on bylaw and rule changes. 3. Resolve problems referred by the Executive Board. 4. Approve a nominating committee appointed by the Board. 5. Elect officers for the coming year.

C. Submit to the Secretary by the date designated by the Secretary, their club’s players for inclusion in the League photocopied directory and the Club Information Form.

D. Submit one copy of each doubles team line-up with substitutes to the Vice- President and one copy of each singles team line-up with substitutes to the Singles Representative at the established dates in accordance with the Calendar of Events. The Board will assess a one match (all four positions) penalty for lateness. The substitutes must be listed in alphabetical order and assigned to only one team.

E. Input doubles and singles team information on the website.

F. Submit to the President at the 3rd Delegates’ meeting in August a club member’s name to be considered for a vacant Board position for the upcoming year.

G. During the calendar year, if at any time a delegate is unavailable for communication, an alternate contact must be provided to the President.

H. Have all substitutes approved by the Vice-President for doubles and by the Singles Representative for singles as required in accordance with the appropriate sub usage

rules and inform each immediately of any line-up changes.

I. Have any regular player that is playing in a position different from the originally submitted roster approved by the VP in Doubles season and the Singles Rep in the Singles season.

Section 3. MEETINGS: Delegates Committee meetings shall be scheduled in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall of each year. Refer to the Calendar of Events for dates. Additional meetings may be called by the President or by any five member of the Delegates Committee.

Section 4. QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of 2/3 of the total number of Delegates.

Section 5. VOTING: The Delegates Committee acts by a majority vote of those present on all issues, provided a quorum is in attendance, except on overruling actions of the Board. The Board may be overruled by a 2/3 vote of those present at the Delegates meeting provided a quorum is in attendance at the meeting.

ARTICLE VI - EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1. COMPOSITION: The Executive Board shall be composed of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Tournament Chair, Singles Representative, and three Members-At-Large. It is recommended to have these Board Members represent different clubs. The Members-At- Large must each represent the Monday, Tuesday or Thursday Divisions. The Past President serves on the Board as an advisor with no vote.

Section 2. ELECTION: The Nominating Committee shall submit a slate of nominees, as needed, for President, Vice- President, Secretary and Treasurer to the President by September 15th. Each Delegate will be immediately notified. Any alternate slate must be submitted to the President by October 1st. Again, each Delegate will be immediately notified.

A. No two nominees for office shall be from the same club.

B. New Officers shall be elected at the Fall meeting of the Delegates Committee for a term of the length set forth in Section 4 below. The term of office shall commence at the conclusion of the Annual Luncheon.

C. An officer may complete her term regardless of change in club membership.

Section 3. APPOINTMENTS:

A. Singles Representative, three Members-at-Large, and Tournament Chairman shall be appointed by the incoming President, assisted by the elected officers.

B. The Vice- President and the Tournament Chairman shall appoint an Assistant Tournament Chairman who would be qualified for Tournament Chairman the following year.

C. Appointments to vacated positions on the Board shall be made by the President.

Section 4. DUTIES OF THE BOARD:

A. Attend all meetings and serve as officers of the Delegates Committee with no vote.

B. Resolve Interclub problems referred by the President and assess penalties if deemed necessary.

C. Duties of the Board Members:?

1. PRESIDENT – (at least one year term, no more than three)

a. Calls and presides at meetings of the Board, Delegates Committee and Membership- at-Large.

b. Sets up schedules of Interclub play on the website.

c. Appoints Tournament Chairman, Singles Representative, and Members-at-Large, assisted by appropriate Board Members.

d. Resolves Interclub problems or refers them to the Board.

e. Appoints the Past President Chairman of the Nominating Committee.

f. Keeps record of and organizes challenge requests and matches.

g. From weekly results, makes sure the doubles and singles teams fulfill the League requirements.

h. Helps Secretary with the website.

i. Receives alternate Delegate information.

j. Receives and distributes all formal protests.

2. VICE PRESIDENT – (at least one year term, no more than three)

a. Assumes the duties of the President in her absence.?

b. Assists the President in scheduling doubles and singles play.?

c. Sets up the doubles season on the website.

d. Receives, approves, and keeps up to date line-ups of each club’s teams for doubles.

e. Monitors the results of doubles play on the website.

f. Approves the use of substitutes, as appropriate, and line- up changes during the doubles season.

3. SECRETARY – (three year term)

a. Takes and reads minutes of meetings.

b. Conducts correspondence as directed.

c. Photocopies and distributes individual player directories as provided by member clubs.

d. Updates the website with changes.

4. TREASURER – (three year term)

a. Transacts financial business and maintains financial records.

b. Collects and engraves division trophies for presentation at the Fall luncheon meeting.

c. Bills and collects club fees and book dues.?d. Makes annual contribution to the recipients chosen by the Board. 5. SINGLES REPRESENTATIVE - (three year term)?a. Sets up the singles season on the website.

b. Receives, approves and keeps up to date line-ups of each club’s teams for singles.

c. Monitors the results of the singles play on the website.

d. Approves the use of substitutes, as appropriate, and the line-up changes during the singles season.

6.TOURNAMENT CHAIRMAN – (one year term)

a. Organizes and oversees, with the assistance of the Co- Chairman, the Points of the Compass Tournament. The Chairman and Co- Chairman positions are rotated annually by club name by alphabetical order.

7.MEMBERS-AT-LARGE – (three year term)

a. Receives and keeps up to date line-ups of each club’s teams for doubles and singles.

b. Monitors the results of doubles and singles play within assigned divisions on the website.

c. Monitors the use of substitutes, as appropriate, and line-up changes during the doubles and singles seasons.

8. PAST- PRESIDENT – (at least one year term, no more than three)

a. Serves as an advisor with no vote.

b. Serves as Chairman of the Nominating Committee.

c. Appoints four other persons to the Nominating Committee, no two from the same club.

d. Submits to the President by September 15th a slate of nominees, as needed, f           or President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer (see Article VI, Section 2).

SECTION 5. MEETINGS: Board meetings other than those called by the President may be called by any two members of the Board.

SECTION 6. QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of 2/3 of the members of the Board.

SECTION 7. VOTING: The Board acts by a vote of 2/3 of the members present on all issues, provided a quorum is in attendance. If agreement is not reached on a problem, it shall be submitted to the Delegates Committee.

ARTICLE VII - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. A. All women who are active members in good standing of their member club shall be considered Members of the League. They pay no individual dues. They may participate in all League activities and competition, run for office and serve on committees as requested. A Member must have reached her 18th birthday by January 1st of the current year. An Annual Luncheon of the Members shall be held in the Fall.

B. Current employees (and their immediate family members - to include spouses and children only) of clubs that grant membership privileges to their employees will be eligible to play on a BWITL team as a regular player or as a sub. Such individuals may not participate if they are employed as a tennis or teaching professional.

C. An individual who is not a full member of a club or who has not been granted membership privileges by that club may not represent that club in BWITL. All substitutes must be full members or have membership privileges of the club she represents.

1. Players and subs must play for only one club during each season.

2. Clifton Tennis Club, which operates in a different manner than the other BWITL member clubs, may not add substitutes to their rosters after the day that rosters are submitted to either the VP or the Singles Representative prior to the start of each season.

ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the entire membership of the Delegates Committee, such amendment having been submitted in writing to all Delegates at least three weeks prior to the meeting, so that Delegates may consult their member clubs. Appended hereto are FRAMEWORKS OF INTERCLUB COMPETITION.

Any change in these Frameworks shall be by amendment.

 

FRAMEWORK OF INTERCLUB DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. The league shall consist of not more than nine divisions of eight teams each. Any vacancy must be in the lowest division. The lowest division may not function with fewer than four teams. If a club wishes to drop a team from League competition, it must be from its lowest division unless otherwise approved by the Board.

2. Each team plays all other teams in its division in a seven- week season. Divisions 1, 2 and 3 play on Tuesday; Divisions 4, 5 and 6 play on Thursday; Divisions 7, 8 and 9 play on Monday, except during the week of Memorial Day, Divisions 7, 8 and 9 play on Wednesday. If necessary, an eighth week shall be added to complete matches.

3. Each team shall consist of four pairs of players ranked in strict order of ability.

A. Placing a player out of her strict order of ability is unethical. If a regular player is playing in a position that is different from the originally submitted roster, the delegate must obtain approval from the VP.

B. If a club has more than one team in the same division, those teams must be ranked in strict order of ability; e.g., the first team must be pairs 1-2-3-4, and the second team must be pairs 5-6-7-8 in ranking. Any attempt to equalize the teams is unethical.

C. Vacancies in teams shall be filled with substitutes, so that the club’s order of ability is maintained.

D. Substitutes may be used only when regular players are not available. All substitutes must come from the approved substitute list and must abide by all substitute usage rules. Order of ability among the substitutes is established only after they have played.

a. Substitutes must play with the partner of the absent player; i.e. you may not combine a regular single player with another regular player to form a team in order to fill a vacancy unless you have two teams needing substitutes and do not have two substitutes available to play. You may then combine the two regular players to prevent a double forfeit. This new pairing will be required to play in the correct order of ability.

i. If by using a substitute you create a team that is not in order of ability, you must move the pairing up or down to correct the order of ability. ii. Once a substitute has played, she must stay within a total range of four positions based upon the position where she started. iii. Delegates do not have to call the appropriate representative for approval if the substitute is listed as an approved substitute for that team in that division, and the order of ability of the team remains unchanged. iv. Delegates do need to call the Vice-President for approval if: • The substitute is a new person and not on the substitute list. (After the new player is approved, she will become part of the approved sub list for the remainder of the season.) • The substitute is from an approved list but the list is for a different team whether it is in the same division or a higher or lower division. • The order of your line-up is changed, because the substitute makes the team stronger or weaker.

b. All substitutes in the last week of play must be ethically representative of their club’s strength for that season. New substitutes may not be added for the last week of play. However, if a player is already on a roster, she can still be moved up to a higher division or down to a lower division, provided she is playing within her four allowable spots.

c. The Board will penalize Clubs who manipulate their lineups when substitutes are used. The Board will penalize infractions of this nature by assessing a default to the team with the regular player who is playing beneath her line position.

d. If a forfeit is necessary, it shall be at the position that it occurs. (If position “2” does not show up for the match, all other matches are played on schedule and position “2”’ gets the forfeit.)

  1. Forfeit may not be used as a strategy or to protect the standing of lower teams.
  2. If a club has a forfeit twice in one spot, the Board must examine it. The Board will also examine multiple forfeits given by any division. The Board may penalize infractions by loss of division or other penalty.
  3. If, at the end of the season, division results are affected by these penalties or forfeits, the Board will review each situation. Standings may be affected.

4. No player may represent more than one club in one season. Singles and Doubles seasons are considered as separate.

5. Five players on each Doubles Team must compete at least four weeks on the same team during the season. THE PENALTY FOR NOT ABIDING BY THIS RULE IS AUTOMATIC LOSS OF DIVISION. This means that you drop into the next lower division.

6. A player, regular or substitute, may compete only once in any one scheduled week. However, a player may play twice in a calendar week only if one of her matches has been rescheduled from a previous week.

7. SCHEDULING

A. The first day of play shall be as close to May 1st as possible at the discretion of the Board.

B. All matches shall begin at 10:00 am. Captains may arrange matches at other times, if mutually agreeable.

C. Rotation of matches shall be determined by formula as follows: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 1 vs. 8 1 vs. 6 1 vs. 4 1 vs. 3 6 vs. 4 8 vs. 4 8 vs. 6 8 vs. 5 3 vs. 5 3 vs. 7 3 vs. 2 6 vs. 7 7 vs. 2 2 vs. 5 5 vs. 7 4 vs. 2 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 1 vs. 5 1 vs. 7 1 vs. 2 8 vs. 3 8 vs. 2 8 vs. 7 6 vs. 2 6 vs. 3 6 vs. 5 4 vs. 7 4 vs. 5 4 vs. 3

D. Numbers are assigned to clubs based on the standings from the previous year.

E. Matches at home and away shall be equalized as nearly as possible. If a team does not have enough home matches due to unavailability of courts, they may be designated as the home team and required to bring balls and refreshments to an away match.

F. If a club has more than one team in a division, the match between those teams will be played within the first three weeks of the season. This may change the rotation of matches as listed above.

8. INCLEMENT WEATHER/POSTPONED:

To avoid scheduling conflicts, the host captain is responsible for contacting the opposing captain to discuss alternate arrangements the evening before play.

A. Notification of unplayable courts must be made at least 90 minutes before match time. If both clubs courts are available at the same time, play shall be at the host club.

B. Rained out matches may be played indoors, if mutually agreeable. The host club shall choose the location.

C. All match arrangements must be confirmed on the day of the regularly scheduled match. Team captains shall immediately notify their delegates of the confirmed match arrangements. The delegates will then notify the Vice- President of their arrangements.

D. Matches MUST be completed by 12PM on the day prior to the next regularly scheduled match. Scores must be reported by HOME team no later than 1PM that same day. Any postponed match must defer to regularly scheduled Interclub matches.

a. In the event that the play time of an individual match cannot be mutually agreed upon the evening before scheduled play, this procedure shall be followed:  

i. By match time on the originally scheduled match day, each individual host team must offer the corresponding opposing team four time segments (two week-days, one weekend, and one evening) or be penalized with a forfeit. Ii.  If the opposing team cannot play any of the time segments, they will be penalized with a forfeit.

E. Substitutes and regular players may be used to meet the above criteria, provided order of ability is maintained. A declared default is irreversible.

F. Interrupted matches are resumed at the exact score at which they were interrupted.

9. LATE PLAYER - If a player is late beyond 15 minutes, there will be a forfeit in that exact position.

10. MATCH PLAY

A. All play shall follow the “Common Rules of Play.”

B. All matches shall be the best two out of three sets. The 7- point tie-breaker must be used in any set that reaches 6-6.

C. The host team or designated host team shall provide new balls for each match.

D. Once a match has been completed, the results stand, except in the case of a penalty imposed by the Board.

E. Cell phones and pagers must be silenced during match play. After one warning, one point will be awarded to the player who is affected by their opponent’s cell phone ringing.

F. In lieu of a third set, a “10 Point Super Tie-break” may be played, provided that all players have agreed prior to the opening of the match that the Super Tie- break will be played to determine the outcome of the match.

11. SCORING – Tenniscores, (see addresses below) or a similar website chosen by the Board in its discretion, will be the official scoring for all BWITL match play. Tenniscores calculates end of season rankings based on line wins, followed by fewest sets lost, followed by fewest games lost, for the entire season. If, at the end of the season, two or more clubs are tied in line wins, sets lost, and games lost for the entire season, then the head to head results of the tied teams will be used to determine rankings.

Tenniscores can be accessed either by: www.bwitl.net or www.tenniscores.com and search for “Baltimore”

12.RESCHEDULING - Although it is the preference of the Board and Delegates that matches be played on their designated day and time, it is allowed for teams to reschedule matches. If both teams agree to reschedule, for reasons other than inclement weather, and if an acceptable reschedule date cannot be agreed on within 24 hours of the original request, then whoever was asked to reschedule should submit 4 dates – 2 day, one evening, one weekend. If the team that asked for the reschedule cannot play any of these dates, then they would have to forfeit. However, once the rescheduled date is confirmed, if either team subsequently cancels, then the cancelling team should take the forfeit, regardless of who asked for the reschedule in the first place. As with inclement weather, all matches must be completed by 12PM on the day prior to the next regularly scheduled match. Scores must be reported by HOME team no later than 1PM that same day.

13. STANDINGS - Final standings in each division determine winners. A perpetual cup is engraved and presented to winning teams in each division at the Annual Luncheon. Each division winner changes places with the bottom team of the division immediately above.

14. DEFINITIONS

A. Forfeit - Match cannot be played due to illness, no substitute, a player is late. Score 6- 0, 6-0.

B. Default - Penalty imposed by the Board. Score 6-0, 6-0.

C. Retire - Play is stopped during the match for any reason. The team that is not retiring will get a score of 6 games and the retiring team will score at the point where they retired.

Example: Teams A/B 1st set, A wins 6(A) – 2(B) 2nd set, B retires at 3(A) – 2(B). The match score will be 6-2, 6-2, A is the winner.

Example: Teams A/B with a 3 set match 1st set, A wins 6(A) – 2(B) 2nd set, A retires at 3(A) – 2(B) The match score will be 6-2, 3-6, 0-6. B is the winner.

 

FRAMEWORK OF INTERCLUB SINGLES COMPETITION

Singles play will follow the same “Framework of Interclub Doubles Competition” with the following adaptations:

1. Divisions shall consist of six teams of four players each. The lowest division may not function with fewer than four teams.

2. Each four-player team shall be ranked in strict order of ability. If a regular player is playing in a position that is different from the originally submitted roster, the delegate must obtain approval from the Singles Rep.

3. Three players on each team must compete at least three times on the same team during the season.

4. Each team plays all other teams in its division in a five week season. Divisions 1, 2 and 3 play on Tuesday; Divisions 4, 5 and 6 play on Thursday; and Divisions 7, 8, 9 and 10 play on Monday. If necessary, a sixth week shall be added to complete matches.

5. Substitutes may be used only when regular players are not available. All substitutes must come from the approved substitute list or be added to the list after approval of the Singles Representative. Substitutes must abide by all substitute usage rules. Order of ability among the substitutes is established only after they have played. If by using a substitute, order of ability is changed, you must move the player up or down to the proper order of ability, and the new lineup must be approved by the Singles Representative.

(REFER to “Framework of Interclub Doubles Competition” for additional substitute rules, which includes when subs need to be called in for approval6.

6. The first day of play shall be the first Thursday after Labor Day, at the discretion of the Board.

7. Each team plays all other teams in its Division in five weeks according to the following rotation:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 1 vs. 6 1 vs. 4 1 vs. 3 1 vs. 5 1 vs. 2 2 vs. 3 6 vs. 2 6 vs. 4 6 vs. 3 6 vs. 5 5 vs. 4 5 vs. 3 5 vs. 2 2 vs. 4 3 vs. 4

8. Delegates must notify the Singles Representative of inclement weather/postponed match arrangements.

9. RAINED OUT MATCHES must be completed by 12PM on the day prior to the next regularly scheduled match. Scores must be reported by HOME team no later than 1PM that same day. In the fifth week of play, rained out matches must be completed by the Sunday following scheduled play.

10. PROCEDURE FOR FORMAL PROTEST TO THE BOARD 1. A protest against a club must be submitted by the delegate of the protesting club in writing via e- mail and/or hard copy to the Board President. The President will acknowledge receipt of the protest and forward the written protest to both the delegate of the club in question and simultaneously to all Board Members. All protests must be submitted via email and/or hard copy within 72 hours after the conclusion of the match being protested. 2. The delegate of the club in question is responsible to acknowledge receipt and respond to the protest notice in writing within 48 hours via email to the Board President (and/or hard copy in mail). The Board President in turn will immediately report to the Board. 3. The Board will meet and rule on the pending protest. An email and a written response from the Board will be presented to the delegate(s) of the club(s) in question. 4. As per Article VI, Section 7, Voting, the Board acts by a vote of 2/3 of the members present on all issues. If agreement is not reached on a problem, it shall be submitted to the Delegates Committee.

11. LEAGUE SPONSORED TOURNAMENTS The Points of the Compass Doubles Tournament will be non- elimination and shall not conflict with Interclub play.

12. RULES FOR ADDING NEW TEAMS

EXISTING VACANCIES

1. In the event of a vacancy in the League, new teams from existing clubs may be added to the lowest division in doubles or singles by submitting a request in writing to the President. 2. New clubs, upon acceptance into the league pursuant to Article III, Section 3, may submit a request in writing to the President to add a new team to the owest division.

3. If there is one vacancy or more, teams will be added in the order of receipt of requests.

4. If there are no vacancies, a waiting list in the order of receipt of requests will be established, or a team from an existing club can follow the rules for challenge below.

NO EXISTING VACANCIES

1. In the event all divisions are full, new teams from member clubs may request a challenge into the League to be played in the eighth week (doubles) or sixth week (singles). Challenge requests must be submitted in writing to the President before the beginning of the doubles season or the beginning of the singles season, as appropriate, and shall be honored in order of receipt. New clubs may not challenge into the League if all divisions are full and shall have as their only option remaining on the waiting list until a vacancy occurs.

2. Only one new team may play a challenge in doubles and only one new team may play a challenge in singles each season.

3. The challenging team will play the team that is in last place of the lowest division after the end of current season. If a request has been made, the President will notify all teams in the lowest division before play begins to be ready for a challenge the week after regularly scheduled play ends.

4. Before the final week of League play, the Delegate of the challenging and defending teams must give the President their lineups. The lineups must have players listed in strict order of ability. If a full lineup is not available from the challenging team on the day of the challenge, the challenge will not be allowed. If a full lineup is not available from the defending team on the day of the challenge, the challenging team shall be awarded the defending team’s place in the League.

5. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY: Following the last match of League play, the President approves the lineups of the challenging and defending teams and submits them to the opposing team and other Board Members.

A. The challenging team must be comprised of eight existing club members (four in the case of singles) listed in strict order of ability. The challenging team must be composed of club members who qualify in one of the following ways:

1.) She has played in no more than three doubles (two singles) matches in the season just ended. She also must not have played any higher than the last 2 positions on the team directly above the lowest division.

2.) She has not played in this season and is no stronger in ability than the last two positions on the team directly above the lowest division.

3.) She has changed clubs to play the challenge and is no stronger in ability than the last two positions on the team directly above the lowest division. 4. A player changing clubs to play a challenge must notify the President and the former club of her intent. If the challenge is successful she may not return to her former club for League play the following season; if the challenge fails she may play for either club.

B. The defending team must be composed of club members who qualify in the following ways:

1.) The defending doubles team must have five players who played at least four weeks (singles: three players/three weeks) for that team in the season that just ended.

2.) The other three positions in doubles (one in singles) must be filled by club members who must qualify by one of the following ways:?a) She must have played one or more matches on the defending team only. b) She has not played this season and is no stronger in ability than any player on the defending team.

3.) The defending team in singles may only use subs that are listed for that division. The defending team in doubles must have their subs approved if they are coming from a higher team.

6. The President shall send an impartial official representative to each challenge match.

7. All rules of the Framework apply to challenges as applicable, except that:

A. Challengers shall provide balls.

B. If a challenge match is a tie down to games won, the defender shall win the match.

C. If a challenge match is rained out and all the players on the original lineup cannot play the next day courts are available, individual matches may be set up as mutually agreeable with President’s approval.

8. A successful challenger takes the defeated team’s place. Should the challenge fail, the team will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list for challenges and vacancies.

9. Matches shall be played on the courts of the defending team on the Monday after Interclub play for both doubles and singles unless it is agreeable to both teams to play earlier.

10. If a vacancy occurs after the challenge period, the team that lost their challenge may remain at the bottom of the division provided they can field a team.

TEAM FORFEITS 1. A team which forfeits a singles or doubles season after the season’s schedule has been made will be dropped off the schedule and must formally re-apply or challenge for participation. 2. If the forfeiting team’s club has other team(s) playing during the forfeited season (January through December), the other team(s) must move up so that the vacancy occurs in the lowest division. A team waiting to challenge can fill an opening in the last position.

Amended 4/26/2018 – Doubles Framework Section 8D, 12 & Singles Framework Section 9.

 

 

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