League Rules

  1. The competitions will be called “The Chelmsford & District Lawn Tennis Leagues”.
  2. The competitions will be open to Clubs affiliated to the Chelmsford and District Lawn Tennis Federation.
  3. Leagues will be arranged annually at the Annual General Meeting.
  4. Any Club wishing to compete must notify the League Secretary of the Federation before the closing date for entries and must pay an entry fee as decided at the A.G.M. for each team entered. Clubs may enter as many teams as they wish, in any League.
  5. All matches must be played by the last Saturday in September. In the event of matches not being played by this date, action will be taken under rule 6(b) of the Main Rules.
  6. The Secretary of the Federation will call a meeting of representatives of competing Clubs to arrange the date of matches. If a Club is not represented at this meeting the onus is on that Club to contact other Clubs to arrange its matches. The date of a match may be changed only by mutual agreement between the two Clubs concerned.
  7. All matches must be played within 15 miles of Chelmsford Shire Hall.
  8. The home team is responsible for providing courts and 4 new LTA approved tennis balls per court.
  9. (a) The MENS LEAGUE teams will consist of three pairs. Each pair will play ONE professional set against each pair of the opposing team. A professional set will be won by the first pair to reach 8 games with a 2 game lead. A tie break will be played at 8-8 if necessary.
    (b) The LADIES LEAGUE teams will consist of two pairs. Each pair will play TWO traditional sets against each pair of the opposing team, with the tie break at 6-6 if necessary.
    (c ) The MIXED LEAGUE teams will consist of two pairs. Each pair will play TWO traditional sets against each pair of the opposition, with the tie break at 6-6 if necessary.
  10. A league point shall be awarded for each set won, 9 points being available in the men’s matches, and 8 points in ladies and mixed matches.
  11. In the event of cancellation, except when the cancellation is necessitated by inclement weather, the opposing side (i.e. the side not responsible for causing the cancellation) may, at their discretion, choose to rearrange the match or claim a walkover. In the event of a walkover being claimed, the non-conceding team shall be awarded six points. The conceding team shall receive no points from the fixture. In the Mens League, the conceding team shall be deducted three points. In the Ladies and Mixed League the conceding team shall be deducted two points.
  12. The winning team will send the scores, by email using the sheets provided, to the League Secretary of the Federation, within three days of the match.
  13. In any division, the team scoring the most points throughout the season is the winner of that division. If two or more teams score the same number of points, the team with the greatest games difference shall be deemed the winner. If there is still a tie, and the championship promotion or relegation is involved, a deciding match will be played.
  14. If there are several divisions in any League, at the end of the season the top two teams in each division will be promoted to the next higher division, if possible, and the bottom two teams will be relegated to the next lower division, if possible.
  15. Only playing members of a Club may play for any team of the Club. A player may not play for more than one Club in each League in any one season. By “playing member of a Club” is meant any person entitled to the full playing facilities of the Club for at least two months of the current season.
  16. If a Club has two or more teams in any League, a player who has played three times in a higher team may not subsequently play for a lower team.
  17. No change may be made in the composition of a team during a match.
  18. Play should begin within 15 minutes of the time arranged for a match. If a player is absent or unready to commence play more than 15 minutes after the time arranged for a match, he and his partner will be considered to have lost the first set to their opponents by the maximum score, unless both team captains agree otherwise. If a player is absent more than one hour after the time arranged for a match he and his partner will be considered to have lost all rubbers of the match by the maximum score.
  19. In the event of a match being unfinished due to bad natural light or bad weather, any match abandoned before the completion of the first round shall be rearranged and any results shall not stand. If a match is abandoned after the completion of the first round any remaining uncompleted sets shall be halved. If a match is unfinished due to floodlight timing restrictions any remaining uncompleted sets shall be halved.
  20. Any Club intending to withdraw a team must notify the Secretary of the Federation in writing. Any matches previously played by such a team will not count towards the final league positions.
  21. All questions of eligibility of players, interpretation of regulations or any other queries in relation to these competitions must be referred to the Federation, whose decision will be final.