Winter League 2023-2024
15 Oct 2023 - 8 Mar 2024
WINTER LEAGUE 2023/2024
PLATE FINALS: Tues 5 March and Wed 6 March 2024
FINALS: Thursday 7 March and Friday 8 March 2024
Our 14th Winter League in this format
This is a team event (doubles) that runs in a league format over six months. Matches are scheduled. Teams will have matches fortnightly on Sundays (6pm), Tuesdays (7:30pm & 9pm), Thursdays (7:30pm & 9pm), or Fridays (6pm or 7:30pm). There will be two breaks: Halloween and Christmas.
STARTING: Sunday, 15 October 2023
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Rule 1 – FEE: 20 euro per person
Rule 2 – PLAYING FORMAT: A Team Match shall consist of two doubles matches.
Rule 3 – PAIRINGS: There are two Pairings. Players 1 & 2 play each other; Players 3 & 4 play each other.
Rule 4 – SCORING: Matches will be First to 11 Games. Play the Advantage Rule as per normal. Team Captains must send a completed Score Sheet at the conclusion of each match using the appropriate Group WhatsApp and showing all substitutes used. (A permanent replacement is not considered as a substitute)
Rule 5 – QUALIFICATION FOR THE KNOCK-OUT STAGES: The top four teams will go through to the Semi-finals of the Winter League Cup. The First-placed team will play the Fourth-placed team; the Second-placed team will play the Third-placed team. In the event of two teams being level on points, the winner of the match between the two teams shall be deemed to be placed higher. If that match had ended in a draw, then the Winner of the Player1/Player2 match shall be deemed to be placed higher. If that was drawn, the team with the fewer subs over the course of the WL shall be deemed higher.
Rule 6 – The 5th & 6th teams will go through to the Winter League Plate Final. Rules as above for teams on equal points.
Rules 7 – SCORING IN THE KNOCK-OUT STAGES: Each match will consist of the best of three tie-break sets, however the third set will be a Championship tie-break instead of a full set. The team that wins both the #1/#2 and the #3/#4 is the winner. If these matches are shared between the two teams, then the #2 and #3 from each team will decide the winner in a Championship tie-break.
Rule 8 – WHAT TO BRING: Each player needs to bring a new Tretorn Plus ball for each match (except Finals).
Rule 9 – SUBSTITUTIONS: Players make their own substitutions. Men sub for Men. Ladies sub for Ladies. The two Substitution Lists and the correct Substitution Procedure is held by the Team Captain and can be viewed on our website: www.kbtc.ie Follow the link on the opening page. If the Substitution Procedure is not correctly followed, a three-point penalty will be applied to the team. Pairings that use either one or two substitutes can only get a maximum of 8 games added to their team’s score. It is essential that the captain knows who the substitute will be. In the Knock-Out Stage, there is no penalty for subbing but there are greater restrictions on choosing a sub. Follow the usual substitution rules as well as the following restrictions: Choose a sub…
League Semi-Finals – from the bottom four teams or go to a lower Section.
Plate Finals – from teams that were knocked out of the Semis, the bottom two teams, or go to a lower section.
League Finals – from any other team.
Please note: All substitutions in the Knock-out stages must be approved by the Competition Organiser with the aim that a team should not be strengthened by the use of a substitute (the Committee may ignore Substitution List rankings).
Rule 10 – INJURIES: If a player is injured and has to drop out, the Selector’s Committee will consider finding a permanent replacement.
Rule 11 – If a match has to be abandoned due to an injury to a player, the opposing team takes full points and the injured player’s team keeps the number of points it had acquired up to the time of the injury.
Rule 12 – MATCH SCHEDULE: No walkovers. All matches must be played as scheduled. Inclement weather is generally the only legitimate reason for rescheduling a match (see Rule 14). However, opposing captains may ask Alan Williamson, the Competition Organiser, to authorise the rescheduling of a match. Offering to play the match outside of the prime weekday 7:30pm and 9pm slots, as well as a high percentage of player unavailability will be important factors in authorising a change. If this rule is not correctly followed, a 3-point penalty will be applied to each team. However, when the Knock-out Stage is reached, Semi-finals can be rearranged once both captains agree. Rearranged matches must be played before the Final and the Competition Organiser must be informed and agree to the changes.
Rule 13 – INCLEMENT WEATHER OR SLIPPERY, FROSTY COURTS: The two Team Captains will decide whether conditions make a match unplayable. It is strongly advised that matches are not postponed without the two full teams going down to the club. If it is decided that a match must be postponed, then the match must be played by 11pm the following Saturday. Captains, with all eight players present, should agree a time and book the two courts. If team captains and their teams decide that they wish to play a match but that the match has to be abandoned due to a deterioration in the weather conditions and the courts become unsafe, the score of the match will be picked up from where it was left off when the match is played out.
Rule 14 – ISSUES: The Competition Organiser (Alan) and the Club Captains (June & Eficio) will make the final decision on any issues that arise in the course of the Winter League.
Many Thanks to our Competition Organiser, Alan Williamson.