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LACOSTE JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS LEAGUE

RULES, REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION ONCE REGISTERED


1.  Roster

Your team manager is your point of contact for the league. After the launch day (see information sheet for details), if you do not have a copy of the roster they will contact you and give you a copy of the roster. Everyone must attend the launch day. The team manager will be responsible for rostering when you play. There are 5-7 people in your team and you should let everybody play a minimum of 4 weeks each. If you are unable to make your scheduled week, please contact your team manager as soon as possible. DO NOT contact him/her on the day of the match. It is important to give your team manager enough time to find a replacement. Your manager will do their best to roster you on again to ensure you get your allocated matches. Should your team not be able to compete on any given week, JTT will give you the option of contacting the opposition to propose an alternate time/day. In such a case the courts and schedule becomes the responsibility of the two teams involved. Should the opposition not agree to a reschedule then the original date scheduled by JTT will remain the official date.

There will be 6 weeks of rostered matches and the 7th week for some final rounds, 3rd/4th play offs and finals:
Round 1    :    September 16th/17th
Round 2    :    September 23rd/24th
Round 3    :    September 30th/October 1st
Round 4    :    October 7th/8th
Round 5    :    October 14th/15th
Round 6    :    November 4th/5th
Round 7    :    November 11th/12th (Finals day and Prize Giving on the 12th)
More information regarding finals day and prize giving will be send at a later date.



Times of Play:

  • 10/U and 12/U will play all matches on Sundays. *Some teams will have 1 match on Saturday due to court restrictions.
  • 14/U and 17/U will play all matches on Saturdays.

You will be told your draw at the start of the season. Your time slot will vary each week but the day will stay the same*.

10/U & 12/U
Sunday
9am-12pm
12pm-3pm
3pm-6pm


14/U & 17/U
Saturday
9am-12pm**
12pm-3pm
3pm-6pm

6pm-8pm


   

*The above schedule is subject to change depending on court availability. **There will be only a limited number of matches played on Saturday morning.

2.  On-Site Coordinator

There will be an onsite coordinator at every match, employed by JTT. This person will be your teams point of contact for each tie (other than your team manager). All issues or conflict during the tie will be managed by the onsite coordinator.

3.  JTTL Project Managaer

Communication regarding the roster and weekly matches should be with your team manager. Other communication regarding the JTTL please email  JTT@savitar.sg.

For all queries on the weekend please contact the Head Onsite Coordinators directly - Goran Ahlstrand on 9646 5703.

4.  Team Sheet and Balls

The onsite coordinator will have all balls and team score sheets at the site. Each tie will have 6 new balls (3 for each court). If you lose a ball the onsite coordinator will have extra balls. All balls must be returned to the onsite coordinator at the end of the tie. Managers do not need to bring or fill out separate team sheet.

5.  Match Day

Timeliness is critical. Please arrive at the courts at least 20 minutes before your scheduled time. You may warm up on court if not in use. Also,  the manager/representative must arrive 10-15 minutes early to give the line up to the onsite coordinator.

6.  Results

Upon completion, team sheets must be signed by managers and kept by the onsite coordinator. The coordinator will communicate results to the Project Director. The winning player must give the results of each match to the coordinator. If you do not have a coordinator or you are playing a rained off match the winning team must scan and send the team sheet to JTT management - JTT@savitar.sg

7.  Team Make Up and Player Rankings

One point will be rewarded for each match won. An additional two points will be rewarded for the overall winning team (team with the most matches won). If it is 3-3 in matches (12/U and 14/U) then it is a count back of games.

The points table and full results for each tie will be updated by Wednesday of each week and will be available for viewing at www.savitar.sg (click on Junior Team Tennis Link).

8.  Rain/Long Matches

Every endeavor must be made in the event of rain to complete the contest on the date set. It is up to the coordinator to decide if the match is to stop due to rain. If at least 50% of matches are complete (with two doubles and at least one singles fully completed) then the tie is considered completed and the scores will count as is. If you are in the middle of a match and your team is  passed the 50% mark then the match/matches not completed will not be rescheduled. Any matches not completed or not started - points will be split between the two teams.

NB: Everyone is required to go to the site regardless of weather. The onsite coordinator will be onsite regardless of weather prior to the tie starting to determine if the courts are playable.

Only the onsite coordinator will cancel the tie. Ties that are cancelled and that have not completed 50% will be re-scheduled if possible. Only when all attempts are made to reschedule and are unsuccessful, will we award each team with 4 points. If a team cannot field a team and the other team can, then full points will be awarded to the team that can.
NB: If a match cannot be finished due to long matches prior and the courts are being used for another tie, and there is no a court to complete the match on at that time, then the tie must stop and the points for that match and subsequent matches not completed will be split between the teams. If the last match to go on is to start with less than 45mins remaining of the time of the tie i.e. 9-12 or 12-3 then the match will be played to 6.

If the coordinator foresees issues with rain or other circumstances that may prevent the tie finishing he/she may adjust the scoring to 6 games.

9.  Ranking of Players

All players must be ranked in order of ability (#1-6) on the entry form. If you have more than 6 players then they also must be in order of ranking. Four players are rostered to play each week for 12/U and 14/U however your manager can chose to play everyone each week with some playing just one singles or one doubles.

Players cannot play out of order, e.g. if you have your number 2, 3, 5, 6 playing that day then the number 2 becomes number 1 for that day and so on, with the number 6 playing number 4. If there is a dispute or concern over the ranking you receive, it can be officially challenged by team managers and adjusted by JTT within the first two weeks of play. Please discuss with your manager and/or onsite coordinator.

10.  Contest Definition
TIES:  A "tie" is used to describe the weekly contest between two teams. For example Team Purple vs. Team Blue on 15th September is a tie.

MATCHES:
  Within each weekly "tie" there are six "matches". Two doubles matches (Doubles #1 and Doubles #2) and four singles matches (Singles #1, #2, #3, #4). Each player will be guaranteed two matches each ties - once singles and one doubles.
*unless your manager chooses to play more than 4 people each week, in that case the 4 singles and 2 doubles will be shared amongst players.

SCORING: For 12/u, 14/u and 17/U: Each match shall be the first to 8 games with a tie breaker at 7 all. 10/u will be the first to 6 games with tie breaker at 5 all.  Sudden death deuce for all matches (no advantage). When it is deuce the receiving team chooses which side to return from. There will be two doubles and four singles per tie. For doubles the only rule is that the highest ranked player playing doubles must play the number 1 doubles. With singles 1 plays 1, 2 plays 2 etc.
11.  Order of Play

Both doubles will be played first followed by the singles as players become available, unless both teams agree otherwise with the onsite coordinator. It is up to the team manager to ensure that each week you change the order of play for singles. E.g. so that the number 4 singles does not always play last.


12.  Warm Up and Toilet Breaks

You will have a 5-minute warm up with your opponent prior to starting your match. No toilet breaks during matches unless an emergency. If the matches start late, or are running late then the coordinator has the right to limit the warm up as well as the break (5min max. to refill water or/and quick toilet break).

13.  Attire

Appropriate tennis attire and non-marking shoes must be worn at all times. We strongly recommend that caps are worn at all times during sunny weather.

14.  Snacks and Drinks

It is the players' responsibility to provide their own beverages and snacks for each of their matches. There are water fountains on site. Remaining hydrated is critical. Please ensure your player has an adequate supply of water and/or sports drink with them on court during their match.

15.  Behavior On/Off Court

No racket or verbal abuse or unsportsmanlike conduct will be tolerated at any time. The coordinator will be monitoring behavior. Players will receive one warning, then the next warning will result in the loss of a point and your third warning will be loss of the match. JTT has the right to default or restrict play of any participant.

16.  Late Arrival/Not Enough Players/No Show
  1. DUE TO SOME PLAYERS ABUSING THIS GUIDELINE, THERE WILL BE STRICT RULES AND CONSEQUENCES IF YOU ARE LATE: (all timings are monitored by the coordinator)

    Between 5 - 15 mins late from the time your match is scheduled: Lose 2 games (start game 0:2) with no warm up
    16-25 minutes late from the time your match is scheduled: Lose 4 games (start game 0:4) with no warm up
    26 mins + late: Doubles match defaulted or Singles if applicable

    If a manager/players are aware a player is coming but will be 25 minutes late, he/she can ask the coordinator 15 minutes prior to the tie starting to change the match schedule and put singles on instead of doubles. This decision is at the sole discretion of the coordinator and must be done prior to the tie starting.

    If a team arrives for a match with an insufficient number of players and are not expecting a full team, they must default matches from the bottom of the lineup, i.e. A team arriving with only three players must default the teams fourth singles and second doubles. All attempts will be made to ensure all players get matches, and therefore if playing with 3 players, some players will be expected to play more matches, to give the other team all matches. (scores will not be counted for points).

    It is possible to play with 3 players. You default the bottom singles and doubles (4th singles and 2&4 doubles). You lost 2 points for those two ties only. You then play all matches, and extra matches to ensure the other players from the other team gets their matches, although only the 1,2,3 singles and 1&3 doubles point will count.

17.  Reserves

Some teams may have selected to add up to two players extra in their team (maximum of 7 players) as they have issues with other commitments and holiday clashes. These players are still to be played in order of merit.

Teams are able to source reserves from other teams (no more than 2 per tie). There will be a reserve list on the website where players that are reserves for their teams that week or who want more than one match per weekend, can place their name to be asked to fill in for another team.

IF YOU ARE USING A RESERVE YOU MUST FILL OUT THIS REQUEST A RESERVE FORM BY THURSDAY PRIOR TO THE TIE. ANY REJECTED APPLICATIONS WILL BE NOTIFIED BEFORE THE WEEKEND.

YOU CANNOT FILL IN FOR ANOTHER TEAM IN YOUR OWN OR A LOWER GRADE.

Reserves from another team must play in their ranking order. (If they are ranked 2 in their team then they must play at 2 or higher) Please check with JTT management if you are unsure. You may contest this rule if you feel that the reserve is from a strong or weak team. This must be done 24 hours prior to the tie, and JTT will consider on a case by case basis and its decision is final.

Teams that are not able to field a full team must notify JTT management by Thursday before the match. If you have an illness on the day of play and cannot find a reserve then you may play with 3 players and forfeit number 4 singles and doubles bottom doubles.

Reserve players cannot be used if you have 4 available players from your team list. If one of your players for some reason can only play singles or doubles then it can be assessed by management on a case by case basis through the request a reserve form during the week.

You cannot use a player from outside the league. All players that are filling in for a team MUST be registered for a team or singed up as an individual player but were not allocated to a team.

NO reserves are to be used for Play-off matches and Finals. Teams must only play players that are registered in their team listing. NO Exceptions.

18.  Match Defaults

JTT management will, to the best of their abilities assist teams with finding reserves after all attempts have been made by the team. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the team to field a full team.

JTT is not responsible if a team defaults matches or ties.

19.  Injuries During The Tie

There shall be no substitution of players once the singles of a tie has started. Should a listed player become sick or injured during the doubles then the singles lineup can still be altered. Players still must play in order of rank.

If a player defaults or retires during a match the score is counted as 8-0 or 6-0 for 10U regardless of how many games the retiring player has won. In case a player needs an injury time out he will have 5min to decide if he can continue the match or not.

20.  Rules of Tennis

All matches are to abide by The International Tennis Federation Rules of Tennis 2009 (http://www.itftennis.com/abouttheitf/rulesregs/rules.asp). The onsite coordinator will have a copy of these rules.

  • 10/U SERVING: All 10B players can do an underarm serve on the second serve only. This can be either on the full or bounce and hit. 10A players must serve as per normal. 

21.  Self-Umpiring
A player is required to make all calls on his/her side. It is important that lines are called honestly, and to make any call that is in doubt in favor of their opponent. If a lines person is needed, the player recognizing the problem should immediately stop the match and notify their manager. The player should walk to the net and raise their hand to ask for assistance. The manager must get the onsite coordinator. Obvious foot faults, when observed by the players, should be brought to the attention of the manager by the player who suspects a foot fault has been committed. The manager will notify the onsite coordinator who will observe. NO PARENTS OR MANAGERS MUST BE ON COURT OR INVOLVED IN ANY WAY WITH LINE CALLS. We understand players make mistakes or are unsure, but that is part of tennis and learning.

10/U: We want to encourage the players to do their own scoring, the more we encourage them to do it the quicker they will learn. They will make mistakes, that’s part of learning. The coordinator will be the person to decide if the children need assistance. If this happens a parent can go on the court to assist. They will call out the score and only overrule a line call if it is obviously wrong. This parent MUST NOT BE a parent of either child playing. The coordinator will allocate. The coordinator will not go on court to score.
22.  No Coaching

No coaching and interference from anybody outside the court. Managers/parents are not to sit court side (at change of ends).

23.  Score Dispute

In any disagreement over score, players are to go back to the last score they agreed on, and resume play from that point. Help establishing the rules/solving disputes is the role of the coordinator. No managers/parents to be involved..

24.  Disputes

If there are any disputes on or off court this must be settled by the coordinator. If disputes are over line calls the onsite coordinator may go on court to umpire or oversee. The coordinator may overrule if he/she sees an obvious error.

The coordinator will report to management any unsportsmanlike conduct from managers/parents. Management reserves the right to deduct points or default matches on a case by case basis.

25.  Complaints

If there are any complaints regarding your tie or any other areas, they must be received via email to  (JTT@savitar.sg) who shall act further if deemed necessary. JTT Management reserves the right to to make adjustments to format, and all decisions if deemed necessary.

Thank you to all major sponsors of JTT.