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Rules

RULES AND REGULATIONS


Membership Requirements

 This league is limited to Club Teams that correspond to the designated levels.

In the Friday 4.5 league, pros or ranked players play 1 st position.

Start time is either 9:30am or 10am according to club requirements. This is indicated on the schedule at the start of the season.

1. Minimum age of players is 19 years.

2. Club Teams will comprise of 4 doubles teams in Broward to represent their club at every

scheduled match.

3. Teams are to play according to their strength. The strongest team first, etc.

4. Clubs must provide at least 3 courts for Home matches.

5. A fee of $135 per team will be charged to join the South Florida Women’s Tennis

League.

 

Rules

 

1. Palm Tennis rules govern play. In cases not specifically covered by these rules, USTA

Rules govern play.

2. Players can be added throughout the year.

3. Stacking violations will be monitored by The Board and will be addressed as follows: a

onetime written warning the first time, loss of a point the second time. The lost point will

be awarded to the opponents. The written warning in carried over to subsequent years if

there is no change in Captain.

4. Matches will be the best 2 out of 3 sets. The Coman 12 point tiebreaker will be used at 6

games all. The Coman Tiebreak Procedure is the same as the present tiebreak (set or

match), except that ends are changed after the first point, then after every four points

(i.e., after the 5th, 9th, 13th, 17th points, etc.), and at the conclusion of the tiebreak. The

scoring in the Coman Tiebreak Procedure is the same as a traditional set or match

tiebreak, and the procedure for playing the Coman Tiebreak is the same as a set or

match tiebreak. For example, if the Coman Tiebreak Procedure is used when the set

score is 6-6, the player whose turn it is to serve shall serve the first point from the deuce

court; after the first point, the players shall change ends and the following two points

shall be served by the opponent(s) (in doubles, the player of the opposing team due to

serve next), starting with the ad court; after this, each player/team shall serve alternately

for two consecutive points (starting with the ad court), changing ends after every four

points, until the end of the tiebreak game.

5. All practice serves will be taken before the match begins.

6. The home club team will provide liquid refreshments and supply new USTA approved

yellow balls appropriate for their particular court surface.

7. All teams/partnerships should be played according to strength. One point will be awarded for every line/partnership win.

8. If more than four (4) total defaults for ANY reason are taken by any Club Team, all points

won and lost will be removed from overall standings. A Club who has more than 4

defaults during a regular season may be dropped from the league and have a one year

probation. The Board will review each case on an individual basis.

9. All teams must begin warm-up as soon as courts become available after the START

TIME and by the 15 minute DEFAULT TIME. Any player arriving later than 15 minutes

past start time will be automatically defaulted by her Captain and the winning point will

be awarded to the opposing team. Should a TEAM have to DEFAULT due to a NO

SHOW, the DEFAULT SHALL BE TAKEN IN THE 4 TH POSITION.

11. Matches that are cancelled due to rain should be played, preferably as Club Teams, on

the assigned match day (Friday) immediately following or within two weeks. If any of the

matches have not begun, the lineups and/or players may be changed. But once two

teams have begun play, then all four players must continue THAT match in THAT

position.

12. Rained out matches will be continued at the point of interruption by the same four

players. All players should keep a complete record of the score, server, sequence of

serve, side, etc. at the time of interruption. Each foursome will choose a day convenient

to all four as long as it is prior to the next scheduled match or two weeks, whichever is

the longer. Time and place as originally scheduled unless all four agree otherwise. Once

decided it is to be considered a scheduled match and all rules are to be followed

accordingly. Both teams must inform their captains of the final results as soon as

possible. In the event that each team has given the other Team at least 2 days to

choose from in the specified time frame and the date still cannot be decided, both teams

will be defaulted and they must notify their captains of that fact immediately.

13. On inclement days all Club Teams must be at the scheduled places and time of their

matches unless notified otherwise by their respective Captains. If the courts are playable

by 10:30am, matches will be played as scheduled.

14. If the temperature is above 95 degrees or below 45 degrees on the court at match time

and both Captains agree, the match may be played. Once a match has begun it must

be completed except in the event of rain

15. A player or substitute may change Club affiliations at any time but no more than once

during the season.

16. Any difference of opinion that may arise during a match must be resolved by the players

before continuing play by referring to the USTA Rules and “The Code”. If an agreement

or a compromise cannot be reached, summon both Captains who will then confer and

decide the matter. Their decision is final and can only be overturned by the League

Board and a 75% majority of the Captains.

17. A one time 5 minute recovery period will be permitted an injured player during the course

of a match. If at the end of that time the player cannot continue play she is retired

automatically. All other aspects of Rule 30 in the USTA Rules will apply. A 10 minute

break may be taken between the 2 nd and the 3 rd set only. Does not have to be agreed

upon by all players.

 

South Florida Women’s Tennis League Captains Responsibilities

 

1. Captains should make sure that every player on her Club Team has read a copy of the

rules.

2. A roster of every player, including their email and phone numbers must be sent to the

League Coordinators prior to the first match. Additions or changes may be made by

emailing the League Coordinators. Additional players and substitutes MUST be added

to the roster prior to participating in a match. If an ineligible player is found to have

participated in a match, the offending team will be penalized by forfeiting all points from

the point of infraction down.

3. In the event of a rained out match (S.F.W.T.L. Rule 9). Captains of both teams, as well

as the players, must keep a complete record of the score, etc.

4. Results of all matches must be entered into the computer by the Home Captain within 6

hours. Both Captains must keep a written copy of the results.

5. Prior to the start of match play, Captains will in the following order:

A. Wait until all players from both teams are present.

B. Decide on which team’s play 1 st if only 3 courts are available (visiting Captain has

C. Exchange lineups with the other Captain simultaneously before and no later than

D. Captains must follow S.F.W.T.L. rule #8 if a default occurs.

E. Home Captain will assign courts.

6. There will be no requirement for Captains to contact each other prior to match days

unless there is a change from the matches as scheduled, in which case notify the other

Captain as soon as possible. This is a courtesy call.

7. If a Captain or alternate Captain cannot be present at a match or a Captain’s meeting,

she must assign a player on her Club Team to act as Captain pro tem.

the last word if agreement cannot be reached) – Broward Only.

default time.



Orly Mayron
League Coordinator
Phone: (561) 212-1641
E-mail: orly@palmtennis.com
Ann Bent
League Coordinator
Phone: (561) 289-2299
E-mail: ann@palmtennis.com