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2006 Spring Additional Info and Rules

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RULES

Spring 2006

Players should be matched up according to ability for the best possible game. In order to facilitate this, LATA is moving to the ‘Ladder’ ranking this Spring. During initial practices, girls should be ranked in order of ability and boys should be ranked in order of ability. Each ranking list will called the ‘Ladder’. All team players should be made aware of their position on the ladder.

During pre-season, random challenges or free challenges are encouraged. A “free’ challenge is a player challenging anyone above them on the initial ladder. These challenges must be played prior to the first weekly league match. Coaches can determine the scoring of the free challenges. (i.e. players may play best of 10 points, or first to win 5 points. However, you can get the most challenges in, in order to get a good idea of how the initial ladder should be.)

After the “free’ challenge period has ended, a player may then challenge only one or two positions above themselves on the ladder.

After the ‘free’ challenge period, a challenge match consists of a 6-game set. (8-game set for 18 & Under players).

Ladder matches should continue through the league season. Challenge matches can be played during the scheduled team practice time.

As a result of a challenge match, a player defeating a player higher on the ladder assumes the defeated player’s position on the ladder.

A player losing to a player lower on the ladder declines one position on the ladder.

Ladders are set on the Wednesday night prior to the weekly scheduled league match.

Coaches should have a boys and a girls’ ladder prior to arriving at a match. If a team member is absent, the vacant slot will be filled by the next players on the ladder. Each team member will move up, in sequence, by the number of vacant slots. In other words, each shall present the strongest line-up possible on any match day.

The home team coach should contact the visiting team coach several days in advance of the match to provide directions and any other information that is pertinent to the match, i.e. only 2 girls are available for the match.

Forfeit Rules

Please encourage your players to attend all matches. The optimum number to play a match is 4 girls and 4 boys. We realize that some teams may not field enough girls/boys to play a match.

Some teams have a disproportionate number of boys or girls on a team this season. For those teams with 4 or less girls or 4 or less boys on the official roster, substitutions are allowed. Coaches are allowed to sub girls for boys or boys for girls (according to the ladder) in order to allow all players to play matches that ‘count’ toward team scores and avoid forfeits.

Additionally, for those teams with 4 or less girls or 4 or less boys on the official roster, a Coach will be allowed to play a player more than once in order to prevent a forfeit. Only after all players that have come to the match and have played once, can a player be allowed to play a second match. A player cannot play more than twice during a team match. If you have four girls or four boys at a match, one player cannot play twice while one girl or boy sits out.

For example, if a team has 5 boys and 3 girls on the official roster and all come to the match, a Coach may play the following:

GS – girl #1

GD – girl #2 and girl #3

BS – boy #1

BD – boy #2 and boy #3

Mxd – boy #4 and boy #5

Everyone gets to play one time by substituting.

Or if a team has 5 boys and 2 girls on the official roster but only 1 girl comes to the match, a Coach may play the following:

GS – girl #1

GD – girl #1 and boy #1 (girl #1 plays 2 times)

BS – boys #1 (boy #1 plays 2 times)

BD – boy #2 and boy #3

Mxd – boy #4 and boy #5

Everyone gets to play one time by substituting and some players (based on playing your strongest ladder) play twice in order to avoid a forfeit because a team did not have the minimum number of girls.

Or, if a team has 4 boys and 3 girls, a Coach may play the following:

GS – girl #1

GD – girl #2 and girl #3

BS – boy #1

BD – boys #2 and boys #3

Mxd – boy #4 and girl #1 (the next girl on the ladder, always playing your strongest ladder)

If you have more than 4 girls and more than 4 boys on your roster, but less than the optimum number of girls/boys attend a match, substitutions are not allowed. However, following the established ladder, each player may play a maximum of two times in order to avoid a forfeit. After all players have played twice, a forfeit of a court will result.

For example:

A team has 6 girls and 6 boys but 4 girls and 2 boys attend the match, a Coach may play the following:

GS – girl #1 (on the ladder, or the next girl on the ladder if girl #1 is not there, etc.)

GD – girl #2 and girl #3

BS – boy #1

BD – boy #1 and boy #2 (boy #1 plays twice)

Mxd – girl #4 and boy #2 (boy #2 plays twice)

No substituting playing boys for girls, but players can play twice.

This does make for a very long night, so please encourage your players to attend all matches.

All players who come to a match should play regardless, even if they have to play with their own teammates. Be considerate and remember this is for the KIDS!

Matches will start at 5 p.m. It is imperative that you are on time and limit warm-ups to five minutes. Unless otherwise notified, all players must be present and ready to play at 5 p.m. Players present at 5 p.m. must begin play. If a player is late that was to play singles, a player that is present at 5 p.m. must play in the singles position. If/when the late player arrives, they can play in the next match up.

SCORING

Each division (except 18 Under) will play one set with no ad scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at 6 all. Defaults are scored as a 6-0 win for the opposing team.

18 & Under will play one pro set with no ad scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at 8 all.

Default Rule

The 15 minute default rule is in effect for all matches. As a courtesy, players are given up to 15 min. to show until the next player on the ladder must play the match.

BEGINNERS

A coach, assistant or parent may help on the court with

· scoring

· changing sides

· holding the 2nd ball for the server

Assistance in calling lines is allowed if both coaches are in agreement.

A player who faults on the first serve may move to the service line for their next serve.

DIRECTIONS

Directions to facilities may be found on the LATA web site: www.Lexingtontennis.com under the tab ‘Places to Play’.

PLAYOFFS

Eligibility for State and Sectional events is based on a participant’s age at the time of the event, not their age during the regular season.

 


 
 
 
 
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