By-Laws

Tennis Competition

Last Revised 2010

The following By-laws shall govern the format for the tennis competition conducted by the MCS Association.

1. The competition shall be conducted in the following ages:

12 years, 15 years, 17 years
13 years, 16 years, Opens
14 years

Each of these shall be divided into singles and doubles.

2. Every player must register before the commencement of the competition by placing their names with the Convenor.

3. Once players are registered in a particular grade, there shall be no substitution of players after the first match. One substitution is allowed however, in the event of injury and the injured player is unable to continue.

4. The Junior Shield: The winning school is determined by the aggregate of games won by players in the U/12 to U/16 age events, up to the commencement of the semi-finals.

5. The Senior Shield: The winning school is determined by the aggregate of games won by players in the U/17 and Open age events, up to the commencement of the semi-finals.

6. The Aggregate Shield: This is determined from the aggregate of games won by schools in the U/12 to Open age events, up to the commencement of the semi-finals. NOTE: In all aggregates the results will be decided by adding the total games in the singles event to the total games in the doubles event for each school.

General Information

1. Make sure your schools competitors and supervising teachers are at the courts at least 20 minutes before the first scheduled matches which should be under way by 9.00am.

2. All players are to wear tennis whites or school sports uniform

3. It is very important that players and umpires stay near the courts assigned to their division in order to avoid interruptions to the tournament.

4. All schools should stay at the venue until the tournament is completed as neutral umpires, from schools that are not contesting the semi-finals and finals, will be required to officiate these matches.

5. Keep a close watch on the draw and be aware of when your next match is to be played or when it is your turn to umpire.

Players and Umpires must not leave the area assigned to their event unless they have checked with the official who is running the event and are given permission to go elsewhere.

Players risk forfeiting their match if they are not available to take the court when called.

6.Umpires are responsible for:

a) Taking the two tennis balls onto the court for the match they are controlling and for their return after the match is complete.

b) Calling out clearly the point and game score and filling out the result slip. The completed result slip is given to the event supervisor so that the match result can be officially recorded.

7.Bad language, umpire, equipment abuse and other unsportsmanlike behaviour will not be tolerated.

Junior and Senior Tournaments

1. Due to the larger number of schools, there will be two pools in each division.

2. Each pool plays a round-robin.

3. Each match shall consist of 4, 5 or 6 games as determined by the Convener. There is no warm-up time. The players shall toss for service and ends, then play shall commence immediately. There are no tie-break games in the round robin.

4. Players shall change ends after odd games.

5. Players will play a short deuce in their round games and semi finals. Short deuce follows the below flowchart:

a) 40 - 40 (deuce)

b) The next player to win the point has advantage. (If this player wins then next point, they win the game)

c) If this player looses the point it then reverts back to deuce.

d) The next player to win a point wins the game.

6. The top two schools at the end of the round-robin go through to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals:

1st in Pool A versus 2nd in Pool B
2nd in Pool A versus 1st in Pool B

7. Semi-final matches will be of 8 games in length having possible results of: 8-0, 7-1, 6-2, 5-3 or 4-4. A Tie-break game is played if the score ends up 4-4.

8. Winners of the semi-finals progress to the final.

9. Finals will be one (1) tie-break set.

Guidelines

1. A player may take part only in ONE age event.

2. No time is provided for hit-ups or warm-ups. Players having a break should warm up themselves before the start of play outside the court.

3. Proper tennis gear only to be worn. Proper tennis shoes only are allowed on the court. Beach wear is NOT permitted.

4. Unsportsmanlike behaviour, such as court abuse, racquet abuse, ball abuse, bad language and abuse of the umpire, are NOT acceptable.

5. No communication between the player(s) and people outside the court is permitted during the match.

6. Any dispute of calls or other matter must be settled at the court and NOT after the match is ended. Players may ask to see the tournament officials or the referee if the dispute cannot be settled on the court.

7. In all cases of ties not stated in the program or the result sheet, the referee or the tournament officials appointed shall make the final decision.

8. Players and their teachers are responsible for ensuring that the correct results are displayed avoid any dispute arising afterwards.

9. All players are expected to be within call of the officials to play off their matches as soon as a court is available. Players NOT available to play off, after repeated calls, may lose their match by forfeit.

10. Starting times, as shown, are approximate, controlling time. Players should be available at least 10 minutes before the time shown. They should not leave to go elsewhere until they have checked when they next play, with the tournament officials.

At the end of the Round-Robin Competition, if there is a tie:

Case 1: Tie for 1st and 2nd places.
Examine the result of the match between the two in the round. The loser of this match is declared the runner-up in the group. If the result was even or they did not play, then play a tie-break game to decide the runner-up.

Case 2: 3 or 4 way tie for 1st and 2nd
Send for the tournament organiser who will examine the result and make a final decision. The decision of the referee as to how the tie will be resolved will be final.

Procedure

Overview

The MCS Tennis Championship takes place over two Thursdays of the MCS Calendar. The first Thursday is classed as the Junior Competition and includes the U12 - U15 Age groups. The second Thursday is classed as the Senior Competition and includes the U16  Open age groups.

Note: The U16 group is classified as part of the Junior Competition and the points from this division are included in the Junior competition however, the U16 group plays on the Senior day due to limited courts on the Junior day.

Ranking

Schools taking part in the Junior and Senior Competitions are ranked into 2 pools based on the previous years performances. The ranking procedure takes place as follows:

Junior Division ( U12 - U16 )

The accumulated total for each Junior age group (eg U12 singles and doubles) from the U12 division through to and including the U15 division is added together to provide a total Junior points total. This total is then used to rank the Schools from 1st through to 12th. These rankings are then used to formulate 2 pools for competition based on odd and even numbers. For example:

- All Schools ranked 1,3,5,7,9,11 will be placed into Pool 1
- All Schools ranked 2,4,6,8,10,12 will be placed into Pool 2.

All the schools within each pool play a round robin competition in order to create positions for the semi finals and finals rounds.

Senior Division ( U17 and Open )

The accumulated totals for the U16 and U17 age divisions from the previous year's competition are added together to provide a total Senior points total. This total is then used to rank the Schools from 1st through to 11th (Liverpool does not compete in the senior competition). These rankings are then used to formulate 2 pools for competition based on odd and even numbers. For example:

- All Schools ranked 1,3,5,7,9,11 will be placed into Pool 1
- All Schools ranked 2,4,6,8,10 will be placed into Pool 2.

All the schools within each pool play a round robin competition in order to create positions for the semi finals and finals rounds.

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