Rules

1. The Association shall be called The Leigh and Westcliff Lawn Tennis Association.

2. MISSION STATEMENT:

  1. To advance the interests of league Lawn Tennis among all Tennis Clubs in the Southend District Area.
  2. To arrange Inter Club Leagues and Knock-out Competitions for Clubs, and Tournaments for the members.
  3. To organise competitive tennis for those players who might not get the opportunity.

Rules of the Association

The following are the rules of the Association.

3. AFFILIATION:-

The Association shall be open to all Lawn Tennis Clubs in the Southend District Area.

4. APPLICATION FOR AFFILIATION:

Application for affiliation must be made to the Hon. General Secretary of the Association.  To take part in the following season’s league and cup matches, applications and fees/dues must be received by the last Friday in January for the Summer Leagues and the last day in July for the Winter Leagues.

5. SUBSCRIPTIONS:-

All league team subscriptions and entrance fees for tournaments shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting.

6. MANAGEMENT:-

The affairs of the Association shall be managed by a Committee consisting of the Chairman, the Hon. General Secretary, the Hon. League Secretary, the Hon. Tournament Secretary, the Hon. Treasurer, the Hon. Junior League Secretary, the Hon. Inter-Club Knockout Competitions Secretary and not more than four ordinary members; all shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.  Any six will form a quorum.  Life Members (Vice Presidents) of the Association may be elected at the Annual General Meeting for services to the Association, and whilst resident in the district, shall remain Vice Presidents.

7. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:-

  1. The A.G.M. of the Association shall be held between 1st February and 31st March.
  2. The purposes of the Annual General Meeting are :-
    1. To receive the reports of the Officers
    2. To elect the Committee
    3. To fix subscriptions and fees for the following year.
    4. To consider any amendments to the Rules proposed by the Committee
    5. To consider any motions proposed by the Committee of a member club, seconded by the Committee of another club and given in writing to the Hon. General Secretary by the 31st December prior to the Annual General Meeting
    6. To appoint accredited Auditors.
  3. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called at any time.
    1. By the Committee
    2. Or on written notice to the Hon. General Secretary by two member clubs specifying the business to be transacted.  The notice shall specify the purpose of the meeting and no other business shall be transacted.
  4. At least 21 days’ notice must be given of a General Meeting.
  5. Member Clubs may send any number of representatives to meetings, but a maximum of only two can vote.  All voting shall be carried by a simple majority.
  6. More than half the Member Clubs must be represented to form a quorum at an Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting.

8. POWERS OF THE COMMITTEE:-

The Committee shall:-

  1. Carry out the objectives of the Association.
  2. Decide all matters relating to the management of the Association.
  3. Deal with applications for affiliation.
  4. Revise the Rules of the Association, Inter-Club Leagues, Knock-out Competitions, Tournaments, Senior Competitions and Junior Competitions.  Such revisions will, however, be subject to confirmation at the next Annual General Meeting.
  5. Co-opt such additional members on to the Committee and/or sub-committee as may be needed from time to time.
  6. Enforce the rules for the Leagues and Tournaments.
  7. The Committee shall have the power to expel a member club from the Association, subject to that clubs right to appeal, in writing, to an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association, to be called for that purpose.
  8. The Committee shall have the power to expel or disqualify any tennis player from the leagues, competitions and/or Association. Any tennis player so expelled or disqualified shall be entitled to give notice of their intention to appeal against this decision within 24 hours of so being expelled or disqualified.  The appeal shall be heard by three members of the Appeals Committee and reported to the player within 48 hours of the decision.  The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final.  The Appeals Committee shall chaired by the President or Life Vice President together with two neutral representatives from different unaffected L & W LTA Affiliated Clubs.
8.1 COMMITTEE & MEMBER LIABILITY:-

The L&W’s committee officers, members and subcommittee members, are excluded from any liability to the members or others:

  1. For any loss or damage to the assets of The Association, to include cash, trophies, record books, accounts or any other items.
  2. In respect of any breach of condition, contract or warranty, or any liability for negligence, personal injury, or other loss or expense.
  3. The decision of the properly appointed committee or member thereof as to the disqualification or expulsion of any Tennis Club and/or player from any tournament or competition shall be at the discretion of that committee or committee member.
  4. No committee or other member of the committee shall be liable for any claim for damages in contract or in tort howsoever arising from any decision of the committee, or committee member, in relation to the expulsion or disqualification of any tennis club and/or player from any tournament or competition.

 

Rules for the Summer League

9. TITLE:-

The leagues shall be called the Leigh and Westcliff Mixed Lawn Tennis League (The League), Leigh and Westcliff Mens Lawn Tennis League and Leigh and Westcliff Ladies Lawn Tennis League.

10. PLAYERS:-

  1. All players shall be playing members of the club represented.  A player is eligible to compete for a club in the Leigh and Westcliff Leagues during the current season* provided that he/she has not played more than twice in any County League or County Cup during that season.  A player having played in the Leigh & Westcliff Leagues and more than twice in County Leagues or County Cup matches in the current season* is not eligible to play in the Leigh & Westcliff League the following season.
  2. Senior players (men aged 45 and over, Ladies aged 40 and over (as at the 31st December of the playing period in question), who play in Senior County Leagues or Competitions, may represent a club in the Leigh and Westcliff Leagues.
  3. Any Junior players, aged 18 or under at the 1st January of the playing period in question, who play in County Competitions or Leagues, may represent a club in the Leigh and Westcliff Leagues.
  4. No player shall represent more than one club during a Winter or Summer season in a League.
  5. The lower tier of Team Tennis competition (county level) is exempt from rule 10(a).

* SEASON :- 1st April until the completion of the Winter Knock-Out Competitions circa March of the following year.

11. REGISTRATION:-

  1. All players appearing for a club must be registered in writing with the Hon. League Secretary in the current season for at least four days (96 hours) before playing for that club.  Registrations will only be accepted from a Leigh & Westcliff LTA Club Secretary or Match Secretary.  Inclusion of a non-registered player will be considered as an incomplete team, and the defaulting pair will lose their match to love.
  2. No new player will be registered for any club during the last two weeks of the summer league and the last four weeks of the winter league.
  3. A player to be eligible to play in the last two league matches, or play-off, of the season must be registered and have played for that club at least once in the first eight games of that season.
  4. A player to be eligible to play in cup competitions must be registered and have played in the leagues for that club; i.e. in the summer leagues for the summer cups and the winter leagues for the winter cups.

Dispensation of c. and d. can be applied for in writing to the Hon. League Secretary whose decision shall be final.

12. TEAM:-

Each club team shall consist of three pairs.

In the Leigh and Westcliff Mixed League [The League], each club team shall consist of 1 mens, 1 mixed and 1 ladies pair.

In the Leigh and Westcliff Mens League, each club team shall consist of three mens pairs.

In the Leigh and Westcliff Ladies League, each club team shall consist of three ladies pairs.

No player shall play in more than one event in any match.

If a club team is not complete, the defaulting pair shall lose their match to love.

A member of a club having played THREE times for an Inter-Club league team is not eligible for a lower Inter-Club league team of that club in the same league in the same season.

A club member cannot play for more than one Inter-Club league team in the same league during the same week.

All players shall play in a consistent playing order of merit; based on team selections and previous team playing positions for the duration of the playing period in question.  The Hon. League Secretary has the ability to expunge results for blatant misuse of the team playing order.

13. BALLS:-

Nine new balls shall be provided for each match, of a make duly authorised by the Leigh and Westcliff Lawn Tennis Association.  (Refer to the L&W LTA website for approved tennis balls)

14. ARRANGEMENT OF MATCHES:-

  1. A match shall be played on the night and at the time, (starting no later than 7:30 pm with the exception of following matches for 1 and 2 court clubs) as indicated in the Hon. League Secretary’s fixture list.  Matches that fall upon a Bank Holiday may be re-arranged by mutual consent. Clubs with one court shall play a Mixed (The League) match in the following order, unless otherwise mutually agreed by the Match Secretaries:-
    • First Pair Ladies
    • Second Pair Mixed
    • Third Pair Mens

    Clubs with one court shall play a Mens/Ladies match in the following order unless otherwise mutually agreed by the Match Secretaries:-

    • First Pair
    • Second Pair
    • Third Pair

    Clubs with two courts shall play a Mixed (The League) match in the following order unless otherwise mutually agreed by the Match Secretaries:-

    • First and Second Pair, Ladies and Mixed
    • Third Pair Mens

    Clubs with two courts shall play a Mens/Ladies match in the following order unless otherwise mutually agreed by the Match Secretaries:-

    • First and Second Pair
    • Third Pair

    If the pairs are not ready to play in the order arranged within thirty minutes of the set time, the defaulting pair shall be scratched and shall lose their match to love.

  2. Matches must be completed in the week as per the Hon. League Secretary’s Fixture List issued at the beginning of the season. In the event of a clash of fixtures, clubs may request a change of match date provided that they contact the opposing club before the start of the playing season.  The Hon. League Secretary must be advised of any change of match date in all instances.  At all times the Inter-Club Mixed (The League) matches shall have priority over the Mens and Ladies Leagues.  In the event of any league match not completing on the match night due to weather or available time, and the match continuing at an agreed time within the same playing week/period, then all nominated players for the match in question must be available to re-convene and complete the match on the continuing match date.
  3. No match shall be played on a Saturday or Sunday, unless it is a re-arranged fixture and it is by mutual consent.  At all times the Inter-Club Mixed League [The League] shall have priority over the Mens and Ladies Leagues.
  4. If a match cannot be decided on the evening arranged, it shall be started or continued on another evening (of the same week) as mutually agreed.  Both teams must turn up on the fixture date unless notified to the contrary by their Captains.  If either team is unable to field a team or complete team for the re-arranged fixture, the defaulting pair shall lose their match to love.  In the event of a match being stopped by bad light, weather or other conditions e. g, floodlights failing or going off at a predetermined time, the score shall stand and the match completed at the first opportunity.  If the match is still incomplete after the re-arranged date, no further re-arrangement is allowed.

15. MATCHES:-

Each pair shall play two sets against the corresponding opposing pair.  In the event of the score reaching 6 – 6, a tie-break shall operate.

16. SCORING:-

  1. SETS AWARDED
    Sets will be awarded to a pair if :-

    1. Both players are registered and available to play
    2. They play and win the sets, or the opposing pair are not available or are not registered.
  2. POINTS
    Points shall be awarded for the matches in the following manner:-

      1. One point for each set won.
      2. In the event of a match not being played, each team will be awarded three points.
      3. In the event of a match being started but not finished, and where no re-arrangement is possible, half a point will be awarded to each team for incomplete sets.
      4. In the event of a walkover situation, then the club who is unable to field any team will be deducted six points.  Their opponents will receive the full match six points by default.

17. RESULTS:-

The Home Club must send the properly completed result card to the Hon. League Secretary via post, text or e-mail immediately the match is played.  It must be received within a maximum of seven days of the match.  Failure to comply with this may result in the points being awarded to the Away Team.

18. CONSTITUTION OF THE DIVISIONS:-

  1. The league will consist of Divisions of not more than six clubs (or such larger number as may be decided by the Committee in special circumstances), who will play Home and Away fixtures against each other. New applicants shall join the lowest Division unless elected to a higher Division at the Annual General Meeting.
  2. The team to score the most league points in the first division shall be declared the Champions. The team or teams to score most points in the other Divisions shall be promoted to a higher Division for the following season, and the team to score the fewest number of points in all but the lowest Division shall be relegated to the next lower Division for the following season, unless exempted under rule 18c.  When one or more teams have the same number of points as another in the same Division, the difference of games won to games lost shall decide the priority of the teams in the League Tables.  If in spite of taking the game difference of teams a tie results, for top or bottom of a Division, the Championship or Relegation shall be decided by a match between the tying teams at a venue to be decided with the toss of a coin by the Hon. League Secretary, or his/her representative.  The format of this match shall be the best of three tie-break sets for each pair; the team winning two matches shall be declared the winner.
  3. A club may not have more than one team in any Division except the lowest.  If a team finishes top of a Division, but already has a team in the Division above, promotion will pass to the team finishing second in that Division, unless they also have a team in the Division above, in which case no team will be promoted and therefore no team relegated from the Division above.  A team finishing bottom of a Division and already possessing a team in the Division below shall be relegated with consequent relegation of its lower team or teams, in addition to the bottom team in that Division already being relegated.
  4. In the event of a Club being allowed two teams in one Division, which shall be the lowest Division, then the first fixture of their league shall be the match against each other. Players shall not transfer playing status between teams in the same league division.  This shall re-occur at the start of the second half of the league fixture table.

19. PENALTIES:-

The Committee reserves the right to exact penalties for non-compliance with these rules.

20. DISPUTES:-

  1. A report for any dispute concerning a match which cannot be mutually resolved by the Clubs concerned shall be forwarded in writing letter/text/e-mail to the Hon. League Secretary within 48 hours by the Secretaries of the clubs concerned.
  2. Such a dispute shall be decided by the Hon. League Secretary and any two representatives of disinterested clubs.  These two representatives are to be appointed at the discretion of the Hon. League Secretary.  The decision of this Sub-Committee, communicated in writing letter/text/e-mail to the opposing clubs, is final.

Rules for the Winter League

21. TITLE:-

The three Winter Leagues shall be called the Leigh and Westcliff Lawn Tennis Mixed/Ladies/Mens Winter League, as appropriate.

22. PLAYERS:-

As for Rule 10.

23. REGISTRATION :-

As for Rule 11.

24. TEAM:-

Each club shall consist of two Mixed Pairs or two Mens Pairs or two Ladies Pairs as appropriate for each league.  No player shall play more than one event in any one match.  If a club team is not complete, the defaulting pair shall be considered to lose their match to love.  A member of a Club having played THREE times for an Inter-Club League team is not eligible for a lower Inter-Club League team of that club in the same League, in the same season.  A Club member cannot play for more than one Inter-Club League team in the same league during the playing period, as indicated on the Hon. League Secretary’s Fixture List.

25. BALLS:-

Six new balls shall be provided for each match, of a make duly authorised by the Leigh and Westcliff Lawn Tennis Association.  [Refer to the L & W LTA Website for approved tennis balls].

26. ARRANGEMENTS OF MATCHES:-

  1. A match shall be played at the time indicated on the Hon. League Secretary’s Fixture List during the first week of the available playing period. Matches that fall upon a Bank Holiday may be re-arranged by mutual consent.  Clubs with one court shall play a Mixed/Mens/Ladies match in the following order, unless otherwise mutually agreed by the Match Secretaries. :-
    • First Pair
    • Second Pair

    If the pairs are not ready to play in the order arranged within thirty minutes of the set time, the event of the defaulting pair shall be scratched and the opponents awarded the sets.

  2. Matches must be completed in the time period indicated on the Hon. League Secretary’s Fixture List and before the commencing date of the next playing period, with the exception of the Christmas and New Year Period League Break.
  3. If a match cannot be completed at the first arranged time, it shall be continued at another mutually agreed time within the permitted playing period. Any number of re-arrangements are allowed within the permitted playing period.  Both teams must turn up unless notified to the contrary by their captains.  If either team is unable to field a team or complete team for the re-arranged fixture, the defaulting pair will lose their match to love.  In the event of a match being stopped by bad light, weather or other conditions, the score shall stand, and the match completed at the first opportunity.  If the match is still incomplete after the re-arranged date(s), no further re-arrangement outside the permitted playing period is allowed.  In the event of any match not completing on the match night due to weather or available time, and the match continuing at an agreed time within the same playing week/period, then all nominated players for the match in question must be available re-convene and complete the match on the continuing match date.

27. MATCHES:-

Each pair shall play the best of three sets against the corresponding opposing pair. In the event of the score reaching 6 – 6 a Tie-Break shall operate.

28. SCORING:-

  1. SETS AWARDEDAs for Rule 16a.
  2. POINTSPoints shall be awarded for the matches as follows :-
    1. One point for each set won
    2. One bonus point for each completed rubber won by two sets to love.
    3. In the event of a match not being played each team will be awarded three points.
    4. In the event of a walkover situation, then the club who is unable to field any team will be deducted six points. Their opponents will receive the full match six points by default.

29. RESULTS:-

The Home Club must send the properly completed result card to the Hon. League Secretary by post, text or e-mail as soon as is practicable after the match is completed.  It must be received within a maximum of seven days of the match.  Failure to comply with this may result in the points being awarded to the Away Team.

30. CONSTITUTION OF THE DIVISIONS

  1. The League will consist of Divisions of not more than six clubs (or such larger number as may be decided by the Committee in special circumstances) who will play home and away fixtures against each other.  New applicants shall join the lowest Division unless elected to a higher Division at the Annual General Meeting.
  2. The team to score the most League points in the First Division shall be declared the Champions. the team or teams to score most points in the other Divisions shall be promoted to a higher Division for the following season, and the team to score the fewest number of points in all but the lowest Division shall be relegated to the next lower Division for the following season, unless exempted under Rule 18c.  When one or more teams have the same number of points in the same Division, the difference of sets won to sets lost shall decide the priority of the teams in the League Tables.  If in spite of taking the set difference of teams, a tie results, for top or bottom of the Division, the Championship or Relegation shall be decided by a match between the tying teams, at a venue to be decided with the toss of a coin by the Hon. League Secretary or his representative.  The format of that match shall be the best of three Tie-Break sets for each pair.  The team winning the most sets will be the winner.  Where the number of sets are equally divided, the Captains will select one player from each pair who will play a deciding tie breaker set.
  3. As for Rule 18(c)
  4. In the event of a Club being allowed two teams in one Division, which shall be the lowest Division, then the first fixture of their league shall be the match against each other. Players shall not transfer playing status between teams in the same league division.  This shall re-occur at the start of the second half of the league fixture table.

31. PENALTIES:-

The Committee reserves the right to exact penalties for non-compliance with these regulations.

32. DISPUTES:-

  1. A report of any dispute concerning a match which cannot be mutually resolved by the clubs concerned shall be forwarded in writing letter/text/e-mail to the Hon. League Secretary within 48 hours by the Match Secretaries of the clubs concerned.
  2. Such a dispute shall be decided by the Hon. League Secretary and two representatives of disinterested Clubs, these two representatives to be appointed at the discretion of the Hon. League Secretary.  The decision of this Sub-Committee communicated in writing letter/text/e-mail to the opposing Clubs is final.

Rules for Inter Club Knockout Competition

33. DRAWS:-

The Hon. Inter-Club Knockout Competitions Secretary shall publish the Cup Fixture list which will give the time, date and venue for all Cup games.

34. ENTRIES:-

SUMMER CUPS

(a) The Committee shall appoint the time and place of the draw and shall decide on the dates by which the ties should be played.  These matches shall be played during the period between the end of the summer leagues and the start of the winter leagues.

WINTER CUPS

(b) There shall be two competitions for Ladies Doubles Teams, two competitions for Mixed Doubles Teams and two competitions for Mens Doubles Teams.  There will be an ‘A’ and ‘B’ league in each of the Ladies, Mixed & Gentlemen’s events.  Each league will be made up of eight teams, one club may have more than one team in either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ leagues, but a player can only play for one team in the respective three categories.

The ‘A’ Divisions will be made up of the first division league teams that enter the Cup competitions and the best finishing team, or teams, from the second division as shown in the final Winter League standing from the previous year.

The ‘B’ divisions will be made up of Clubs/Teams not in the ‘A’ League.  Players can only play for one of either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ teams.

35. PLAYERS:-

    1. As for Rule 10(a)
    2. As for Rule 10(b)
    3. As for Rule 10(c)
    4. A player must not represent his/her club in the Inter-Club Summer Mixed Knock-Out Competition if he/she has represented another club during the summer in the Leigh and Westcliff Lawn Tennis League.
    5. A player may not represent his Club in the Inter-Club Summer Mens Knock-Out Competition if he has represented another Club during the summer in the Leigh and Westcliff Mens Lawn Tennis League.
    6. A player may not represent her Club in the Inter-Club Summer Ladies Knock-Out Competition if she has represented another Club during the summer in the Leigh and Westcliff Ladies Lawn Tennis League.
    7. A player may not represent his/her Club in the Inter-Club Winter Mixed Knock-out Competition if he/she has represented another Club during the winter in the Leigh and Westcliff Lawn Tennis Mixed League.
    8. A player may not represent his Club in the Inter-Club Winter Mens Knock-Out Competition if he has represented another Club during the winter in the Leigh and Westcliff Mens Lawn Tennis League.
    9. A player may not represent her Club in the Inter-Club Winter Ladies Knock-Out Competition if she has represented another Club during the winter in the Leigh and Westcliff Ladies Lawn Tennis League.

36. REGISTRATION:-

As for Rule 11

37. TEAM:-

Each club team shall consist of two Ladies Doubles or two Mixed Doubles or two Mens Doubles pairs.  If a Club team is not complete the defaulting pair shall be considered to lose their match to love.

38. BALLS:-

Six new balls shall be provided for each match, of a make duly authorised by the Leigh and Westcliff Lawn Tennis Association.  [Refer to the L & W LTA Website for approved tennis balls].

39. ARRANGEMENTS OF MATCHES:-

  1. Matches to be played in accordance with the date and time stated on the Hon. Inter-Club Knockout Competitions Secretary’s Fixture List.
  2. No pair shall commence later than 7:30pm.

40. MATCHES:-

Each pair shall play the best of three tie breaker sets against one of the opposing pairs.

41. SCORING:-

The team winning the most sets will be the winner. Where the number of sets are equally divided, the Captains will select one player from each pair who will play one deciding tie breaker set.

42. RESULTS:-

  1. The winning Club must telephone, text or e-mail the result to the Hon. Inter-Club Knockout Competitions Secretary within 48 hours of the match taking place, or forfeit their next home advantage.  The Home Club must send the completed result card via post, text or e-mail to the Hon. League Secretary within a maximum of seven days of the match.
  2. Finals – Any team which is unavailable for the final must concede at match point in the semi-final.  If they fail to do so the organising Committee reserve the right to reinstate the losing semi-finalist.

43. PENALTIES:-

As for Rule 19.

44. DISPUTES:-

As per Rule 20

45. GROUND:-

The final shall be played at a time and venue to be decided by the Hon. Inter-Club Knockout Competitions Secretary’s fixture List.  Balls to be provided by the Association.

Rules of Tournament

46. ELIGIBILITY:-

Tournaments shall be open to all L & W LTA Registered Members of Clubs belonging to the Association as for Rule 10.

47. MANAGEMENT:-

  1. Tournaments shall be organised by a Sub-Committee consisting of the Hon. Tournament Secretary and other members as maybe appointed by the Committee.  The Sub-Committee may at their discretion abandon any tournament for which less than 8 singles or 16 doubles players have entered.
  2. The Committee reserve the right to accept or reject any entry into the tournament.

48. ENTRANCE FEES:-

To be fixed at the Annual General Meeting, and duly submitted with the application form.

49. CLOSING DATE:-

All entry forms must be in the hands of the Hon. Tournament Secretary by the date agreed by the Committee together with the appropriate fees.

50. DRAW:-

The draw shall be arranged by the Sub-Committee as soon after the closing date as possible.  They shall then decide the date by which each round shall be completed.  No extension beyond these dates shall be allowed and both competitors in the match concerned shall be eliminated.

51. ARRANGEMENT OF MATCHES:-

  1. The Hon. Tournament Secretary shall notify all competitors of their opponent(s) in each round, stating the Home player(s) and the date by which the round shall be played.  Home players shall be required to contact their opponent(s) within three days of the date of notification, failing which the opponent(s) shall constitute themselves the Home players and arrange the match themselves within a further three days.  If after six days the match has still not been arranged, and neither has withdrawn, appeal can be lodged with the Hon. Tournament Secretary within the next forty eight hours.  Home players shall provide a court and at least three new balls of current year manufacture, as approved and specified by the Leigh & Westcliff L.T.A.
  2. No match may commence before 9:00am or after 7:30pm unless mutually agreed.

52. MATCHES:-

All matches shall consist of the best of three sets.  Tie-Breaks shall operate at 6 – 6 in all sets.  In the event of a match being stopped by bad light, weather or other conditions, the score shall stand, and the match completed at the first opportunity.  If a player or doubles pair do not arrive within 30 minutes of the agreed starting time, the match is forfeited by default.

Any player or players who are unavailable for the Final must concede at match point in the Semi-Final.  Any unavailable finalist(s) shall be replaced by the losing Semi-Finalist(s).

53. RESULTS:-

Winners of each round shall notify the Hon. Tournament Secretary of the result within 48 hours of the match being played.

54. FINALS :-

The Finals for the Summer Tournaments shall be held on the third Sunday in September at a venue to be decided by the Committee.

The Finals for the Winter Tournaments shall be held during April at a venue to be decided by the Committee.

A Sub-Committee shall be responsible for the arrangements for the finals.

In the event of a match reaching one set all, a championship tie-break will operate to decide a winner.  This shall apply to all events on Summer & Winter finals days.

55. PENALTIES:-

Any competitors failing to conform to these Rules shall be disqualified.  The Sub-Committee’s decisions shall be final.

56. DISPUTES:-

  1. A report of any dispute concerning a match which cannot be mutually resolved by the players concerned shall be forwarded in writing letter/text/e-mail to the Hon. Tournament Secretary within 48 hours.
  2. Such disputes shall be decided by the Hon. Tournament Secretary and any two representatives of disinterested clubs. These two representatives are to be appointed at the discretion of the Hon. Tournament Secretary.  The decision of this Sub-Committee communicated in writing letter/text/e-mail is final.