Winter League 2021-2022
31 Oct 2021 - 27 Mar 2022
6:00pm - 11:00pm
Winter League 2021-2022
This is a team event (doubles) that runs in a league format over six months. Matches will be scheduled. Teams will have matches fortnightly on Sundays (6pm), Tuesdays (7:30pm & 9pm), Thursdays (7:30pm & 9pm), and Fridays (7:30pm only).
We expect that the Winter League will be able to start on Sunday, 31 October at 4pm.
At the bottom of this page you’ll find the updated draw for the upcoming Winter League. We are basing the draw on the one that was done last year but couldn’t be run due to Covid-19. Please note that captains are listed in red. Naturally, some people from last year have had to drop out due to circumstances. We have been fortunate to replace them with other players of similar ability.
Section D (Beginners)
The exception to this is our new Section D where we have had to reduce the number of teams from six down to three. Section D starts with a Pre-Winter League session on Thursday, 11 November at 7:30pm. This will be a chance to meet all the players in Section D, answer any questions and prepare everybody for the League. The League for Section D will start in Round 2. A different team will have a bye in each round. Then in Rounds 5, 6 and 7 the players will change partners within their own team.
Thank you to all the players who have signed up and I hope everyone enjoys the competition. If you have any questions, please contact me via WhatsApp only.
Yours in sport,
- FEE: 10 Euro per person
- PLAYING FORMAT: A Team Match shall consist of two doubles matches.
- PAIRINGS: There are two Pairings. Players 1 & 2 play each other; Players 3 & 4
play each other.
- SCORING: Matches will always be First to 12 Games (Tie-break at 11-All) but
Team Captains must complete a Score Sheet at the conclusion of each match. (A permanent
replacement is not considered as a substitute)
- No-Advantage Rule: When a game goes to Deuce, only one more point is played
to determine the winner of the game. If the #1 Player is serving, they serve to the #1 Player
on the opposite team; if it is #2, they serve to the #2; #3 to #3; #4 to #4.
- 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.
- The 5th & 6th teams will go through to Winter League Plate Final (This does not
apply to Section D.) Rules as above for teams on equal points.
- 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
- WHAT TO BRING: Each player needs to bring a new ball for each match (except
- SUBSTITUTIONS: Players make their own substitutions. The Substitution List and the correct Substitution Procedure is held by the Team Captain and can be viewed
on our web site: 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 9 games added to
their team’s score. It is essential that the captain knows who the substitute will be. In the
knock out stage, 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. However, substitutions must be approved by the
Selector’s Committee with the aim that a team should not be strengthened by the use of
a substitute (the Committee may ignore Substitution List rankings).
- INJURIES: If a player is injured and has to drop out, the Selector’s Committee
will consider finding a permanent replacement.
- 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.
- 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 13). 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.
- 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.
- ISSUES: The Competition Organiser (Alan) and the Club Captain (Paul) will
make the final decision on any issues that arise in the course of the Winter League.
- COVID-19: Please adhere to all government guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Many Thanks to our Competition Organiser, Alan Williamson.
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