WOMEN'S SUBURBAN TENNIS LEAGUE

WSTL Rules 2018

WSTL 2018 RULES

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Captains’ Instructions and Duties

 

I. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY/TEAM MAKEUP

1. A player may represent only one club or association (by membership) or one town in Spring League play. This also applies to substitutes.

2.  Clubs or towns fielding more than one team in an individual division are considered different clubs or towns.  

3. Players must be at least 21 years old. 

4. A small town having a common boundary with a larger town may combine to field one team  (e.g., Carlisle - population 4,800 - joining Concord - population 17,000)

5. A town team that has made all possible attempts to secure eight resident players without success may accept players from another town if that town does not have a town team.  In order for such a player to be eligible, her name, full address, and e-mail address must be submitted to the relevant Division Representative and approved before she plays the first match.

 

6. A player from the current USTA/NE "Open" list will be ineligible to play or substitute for Divisions II or III.

 

7. Any match played by an ineligible player or a player playing out of order of strength will be defaulted (see Section II, pt. 2 below).  The Executive Committee, in its sole discretion, may direct or rule on player eligibility and lineup placement and may rule players eligible or ineligible for a team or levels as it deems fit, following the spirit of fair play for all.

 

8. All Captains and Co-Captains must have an e-mail address, telephone number, and access to the www.wstl.org website. 

 

 

 

II. LINEUP AND SUBSTITUTIONS

 

1. Both Captains must present their lineups in writing on a Score Card before the match begins.

 

2. Captains are responsible for team makeup and for the lineups each week.  Each week all doubles pairs must be lined up for each match in the order of strength, the Number 1 pair being the strongest pair and the Number 4 pair being the weakest pair on that team for that match, all in the spirit of fair play.  When a substitute is inserted in a team’s lineup, the doubles pairs must still be arranged in the order of strength.

 

3. No Regular team member (having played two matches) may be taken from a higher level as a substitute at a lower level. Exception: when the group has an active doubles ladder and a pair from "B" team challenges an "A" pair successfully (or "C" to "B"), the pairs may exchange places.

 

4. The Captain must use her own judgment and a sense of fair play in all other cases of substitutions.

 

5. Once a player has played two times for a team, she becomes a Regular member of that team and can only sub on a higher-level team from her club, association, or town in WSTL.

 

III. MATCHES

1. Starting time outdoors should be 9:00 am unless both Captains agree beforehand to another time. Players must be available from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm for outdoor and/or indoor play.  Host Captains must contact Visiting Captains by 8 pm two days before the match to confirm arrangements, directions, and other information (see Section XI: Captains’ Instructions and Duties, below).

2. Matches should be played on the scheduled day.  In securing courts, since Spring League is an outdoor league, the priorities listed below should be followed:

(a)  The Host Team provides four outdoor courts.

(b)  The Visiting Team provides four outdoor courts.

(c)  The Host Team provides at least two indoor courts (cost is divided, times can be split, providing indoor courts can be coordinated with Visiting Team, see Section IV: Indoor Play below).

 

(d)  The Visiting Team provides at least two indoor courts (cost is divided, times can be split, providing indoor courts can be coordinated with Host Team, see Section IV: Indoor Play below).

 

If no courts are available, then a mutually agreeable date(s) of play must be scheduled within seven (7) days.  All teams do not necessarily have to play at the same time, place, or surface.

 

3. Each match, indoors or out, consists of the best two out of three sets, with a 10-point Match Tiebreak played in lieu of a third set, outdoors or indoors.  In the first two sets, regular Ad scoring is used, outdoors or indoors.  A 7-point Set Tiebreak will be used at 

6-6 games all (see Section V below).  The team that wins 7 points by a margin of 2 points wins that set by a score of 7-6.  In the 10-point Match Tiebreak played in lieu of a third set, the team that wins 10 points by a margin of 2 points wins the match (see Section VI below).  

 

4. It is important to finish the game or tiebreak in progress at the end of a match, indoors or out, unless interrupted by unforeseen circumstances such as a power outage or sudden, severe thunderstorm, or being forced off the court, in which cases the unfinished game should be disregarded and the match will be decided by counting games. 

 

5.  The warmup period outdoors is 15 minutes, including serves.   Indoors the warmup period is 10 minutes due to the limited time available.

 

6. A player arriving up to 15 minutes late after the scheduled match time is entitled to a 5-minute injury prevention warmup.  A player arriving on the court later than 15 minutes but within 30 minutes after the scheduled match time is allowed a 5-minute injury prevention warmup, but the late player's team starts the match with a game score of 0-4. Their opponents have the choice to serve or receive to start the match.  A player arriving on the court 30 minutes after the scheduled match time may be forfeited.  

 

7.  All matches postponed by inclement weather must be completed within seven (7) days.  The two Captains are responsible for making sure that the match is played.

 

8.  No coaching is allowed at any time during any match, between sets, or during breaks of any kind.

 

9.  All cell phones, electronic devices, and pagers must be completely turned off at all times on court during a match, indoors or outdoors. Players may not use any electronic device in any way to make or receive calls or messages or access the Internet, and all sounds and vibrations must be turned off. Any infraction is considered a “deliberate hindrance” that results in the loss of the point in progress (or the first point of the next game if the infraction occurred on the changeover). The second offense by the same pair results in the loss of the game in progress (or the next game if the infraction occurred on the changeover). A third results in loss of the set in progress, and a fourth in the loss of the match.  (Prescribed medical monitoring devices can be the exception if all players are so informed before the match goes on the court.)  Please also honor cell phone and electronic device policies at the site of the match.

 

10.  Bathroom Break:  After completion of an odd game or a set break, and after notifying her opponents, a player may leave the court for a brief bathroom break.



 

11.  Matches will be played under the WSTL Rules as well as the official USTA Rules of Tennis and “The Code: The Players’ Guide to Fair Play and the Unwritten Rules of Tennis ” (the USTA Rules and “The Code” are available on the USTA.com website under Friend at Court: The USTA Handbook of Tennis Rules and Regulations 2017).   Players and Captains should have copies of the WSTL Rules with them during matches.  

 

12.  Please note that “The Code” provides (#12) that: “A player who calls a ball out shall reverse the call if the player becomes uncertain or realizes that the ball was good.  The point goes to the opponent and is not replayed.”  Thus, any call corrected from “out” to “good” is loss of point to the player or team that corrected the call, even if the ball was put back into play, including on serves.

 

13.  The winning team in each match receives one point. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the season will be the winner of its subdivision. There will be 9 subdivision winners each season.

 

 

IV. INDOOR PLAY

 

1.  In case of inclement weather, the Home Captain should make arrangements for indoor courts and coordinate with the Visiting Captain.  These arrangements should provide for a minimum of 1-1/2 hours of playing time for each team match.  The four matches do not have to be played all at the same time, e.g., two matches may be played at 9 am, two matches at 10:30 am.  The Visiting Team decides the order of play.  Costs should be divided among the players.

 

2.  The same scoring system will be used for outdoor and indoor matches, namely, two out of three sets, regular Ad scoring, with a 10-point Match Tiebreak in lieu of a third set. (See Section III, pt. 3, above.)
 

 

3.  The warmup period is 10 minutes due to the limited time available.

 

4. Teams do NOT change sides on the odd games in indoor play, but do change sides at the end of a set.

 

5.  It is important to finish the game in progress at the end of a match, unless forced off the court or unless interrupted by unforeseen circumstances such as a power outage, in which cases the unfinished game should be disregarded and the match will be decided by counting games.

 

6. When matches must be played indoors and cannot be finished due to the lack of court time, the team with the most games wins the match. In the event of a tie, the point will be split.  

 

 

V.  7-POINT SET TIEBREAK

 

1. The team that first wins 7 points of the 12-point Set Tiebreak shall win the first or second set, provided that the team wins by a margin of 2 points.

 

2. The player whose turn it is to serve shall be the server for the FIRST point, which is delivered from the right/deuce court.

 

3. After the first point, each player shall serve TWO points, the first delivered from the left/ad court and the second from the right/deuce court. The same service order must be followed as previously used in that set, until the winners of the Set Tiebreak game and set have been decided.

 

4. Teams change ends after every six points and at the conclusion of the Set Tiebreak.
 The team that
served first in the set that ended in a Set Tiebreak shall receive serve in the first game of the next set.
 

 

 

VI. 10-POINT MATCH TIEBREAK

 

1. The team that first wins 10 points of the 10-point Match Tiebreak shall win the match, provided that the team wins by a margin of 2 points.

 

2. The team whose turn it is to serve shall serve the FIRST point, which is delivered from the right/deuce court.
 (In doubles, the order of serving and receiving within a team may be changed in a Match Tiebreak, as in the beginning of each set.  However, that order must be maintained throughout the Tiebreak.)

 

3. After the first point, each player shall serve TWO points, the first delivered from the left/ad court and the second from the right/deuce court. The same service order continues, until the winners of the Match Tiebreak have been decided.

 

4. Teams change ends after every six points.
 

 

VII. FORFEITS, RETIREMENTS, DEFAULTS

1. A team may be forfeited for the following reasons:

-  The Captain instructs her team in error on the court location or the time of play.

-  A player arrives on the court 30 minutes or later after the scheduled match time (see Section III, pt. 6, above).

 2. If a position has to be forfeited by the Host Team or Visiting Team before match play begins, both Captains are responsible for making sure all teams move up so that the forfeit occurs in the fourth position and is scored 6-0, 6-0.

 

3. If a player stops playing after the match has begun due to an injury and cannot continue after 5 minutes, the pair is Retired.  Games completed are recorded and the point is awarded to the opposing team. 

 

4. Any match played by an ineligible player or a player playing out of order of strength will be defaulted.  The Executive Committee, in its sole discretion, may direct or rule on player eligibility and lineup placement and may rule players eligible or ineligible for a team or levels as it deems fit, following the spirit of fair play for all.

 

 

VIII. COMPLAINTS/PROTESTS

 

1. The Captain is the spokeswoman for her team. Any complaints or protests must be directed through her.
 To avoid misunderstandings, all players should be completely familiar with the WSTL Rules, the 2017 USTA Rules, and "The Code: The Players’ Guide to Fair Play and the Unwritten Rules of Tennis.”

 

2. Procedure: Complaints or protests should be e-mailed as soon as possible after a match to the Division Representative. The Rep will ask both Captains involved to state the problem in writing.  If the Rep cannot resolve the issue on her own, she should then contact the WSTL Co-Chairs for assistance.  The Co-Chairs can request that the entire Executive Committee review the complaint or protest to achieve the best possible outcome for all.

 

 

 

IX. TIES AT THE DIVISION LEVEL

 

1. In the event of a tie for first place, the winning team shall be determined as follows:  

1) fewest completed sets lost;  2) fewest games lost;  3) winner of head-to-head match; 4) if all these factors end in a tie, the Executive Committee reserves the right to decide the outcome.  The outcome is posted on the WSTL website   www.wstl.org

 

2. In the event of a tie for last place, the same procedure detailed above in pt. 1 above will be followed to establish which team ends up in last place.

 

3. A team having previously played in the WSTL Spring League and now requesting to reenter may be offered a place only if another team should drop out.  Any such changes will only be made with the WSTL Executive Committee’s approval.

 

 

X.  OTHER IMPORTANT RULES AND GUIDELINES

 


1. As a player in the WSTL, it is important to be familiar with the WSTL Rules, the USTA Rules, and "The Code: The Players’ Guide to Fair Play and the Unwritten Rules of Tennis” (the latter two are available on the USTA.com website). 

 

2. Foot faults are not allowed.  Complying with the foot fault rule is very much a function of a player’s personal honor system, as is making good calls.  According to “The Code,” a player may warn the server that the server has committed a flagrant and clearly perceptible foot fault.  If flagrant and clearly perceptible foot faults continue, the receiving players may call a foot fault (#24). 

 

3. Matches must be played on regulation courts with regulation balls and nets. 

 

4. The Executive Committee reserves the right to take disciplinary action in the case of repeated or gross violation of the rules of tennis, sportsmanship, and “The Code.”
  

 

5. Please be advised that Longwood Cricket Club and Weston Golf Club have a "white tennis attire” policy, including hats and sneakers, for all play on the courts.  Some color on the trim is acceptable, and colored warmups are acceptable.  Also Needham Pool & Racquet Club and the Needham Tennis Club, because their clay courts are very soft in the spring, would appreciate it very much if players could wear regular tennis sneakers on their clay courts, not sneakers with deep treads such as running shoes that tear up soft clay courts. 

 

6.  All cell phones, electronic devices, and pagers must be turned completely off at all times on court during a match, indoors or outdoors.  Any infractions are considered a “deliberate hindrance” and result in loss of a point or loss of a game (see Section III, pt. 9, above, for full provisions).  Please also honor cell phone and electronic device policies at the site of the match.

 

 

 

XI.  CAPTAIN'S INSTRUCTIONS AND DUTIES

 

We are all deeply grateful to our Captains and Co-Captains for their leadership role and dedicated work in making WSTL Spring League happen for each of our players and teams each year.  

 

 

As part of her instructions and duties as a WSTL Captain or Co-Captain, each Captain and Co-Captain:

 

- Must be a regular team member of the team that she represents

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 Must have access to the WSTL website  www.wstl.org  and an e-mail address
 and telephone number 

- Registers her team’s players via the WSTL website.  If a sub is used who is not on the team roster, you must send her name, e-mail address, and telephone number to your Division Representative to enter on your roster.  If the sub's name does not get entered prior to play or to the entering of scores, the Division Rep will add the name after the fact.  The deadline for submitting the sub’s name, e-mail address, and telephone number is two days following the match.

-  Informs her team of scheduled home and away matches, including the time, location, directions, parking, bathroom facilities, and water availability on court.

-  Is responsible for verifying WSTL website directions to the club or town match court’s location, outdoors or indoors, including directions for her own home courts.

-  Host Team Captains are to telephone or e-mail Visiting Team captains, preferably during the week before the scheduled match and at least by 8 PM two days before a match, to confirm the time, match location, directions, parking, bathroom facilities, any tennis attire policy, water availability on court, plans for indoor courts in case of rain, etc. 

-  The Host Team is responsible for providing four (4) outdoor courts to start the matches at 9 am.  

-  Matches should always be played outdoors if possible.  If the Host Team's outdoor courts are unplayable or unavailable but the Visiting Team has available and playable outdoor courts, the match should be played on the Visiting Team's outdoor courts (see Section III, pt. 2, above).  When matches are played indoors, each Captain is responsible for collecting fees from her players, preferably before they go on the courts, if that is required by the location.

-  Brings Score Card to match and exchanges it with opposing Captain before match begins.  

-  For town team Captains only -- if every attempt has been made to secure eight town resident players without success, accepting a player from other towns that have no town teams is permissible. Before these names can be added to your team roster, the Division Representative must be notified as to who the player is and in what town she resides, as well as her e-mail address and telephone number.  

-  Is responsible for the eligibility of her team’s players, including substitutes, per the WSTL Rules.  Players can play for only one club or one town.  

-  Is responsible for team makeup and lineups. Each week all doubles pairs must be lined up in the order of strength, Number 1 pair being the strongest and Number 4 pair being the weakest. When inserting a substitute in your team lineup, the doubles pairs must still be arranged in the order of strength.

-  If a position has to be forfeited by either the Host Team or Visiting Team before match play begins, both Captains are responsible for making sure all teams move up so that the forfeit occurs in the fourth position and is scored 6-0, 6-0.

-  Discusses the WSTL Rules with her team, club/town representatives, and tennis coaches.  Has copy of WSTL Rules on hand for matches.

-  Designates an Acting Captain if she will not be at the match or arriving later than 9:00 am, and ensures that a Score Card is available.

-  If Host Captain, the match scores must be input on the WSTL website as soon as possible, and within two days of the match. The Visiting Captain must verify the scores no later than two days following the match. In the event of a contested match, incorrect score, or missing names of players, the Division Rep should be contacted.  The Division Rep will make the necessary corrections/edits.
 If the Score Card is correct, a Captain does not need to do anything.

-  Hostess Duties for an “at home” match: the Host Team is responsible for light refreshments, and also for supplying a new can of tennis balls per match.  

-  Informs her team of the date and location of the WSTL Spring League Luncheon and Awards on Tuesday, June 12, at the Wellesley Country Club, Social Hour at 11:30 am and Luncheon at 12:30 pm.
 All players, coaches, team representatives, and guests are welcome.

 

 

Thank you very much 

on behalf of the WSTL Executive Committee 

and all our Division Representatives. 

 

 

Have a wonderful 2018 Spring League Season!


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