Winter League 2020-2021 (level 2)

Winter League 2020-2021 (level 2)

11 Oct 2020 - 5 Mar 2021
6:00pm - 11:00pm


Winter League 2020-2021

Update 06/10/2020: With the announcement of Covid Restrictions moving to Level 3 it is necessary to suspend the start of our Winter League. This is in accordance with Tennis Ireland guidelines which state that there should be no internal competitions during Level 3.

Last year we finished our 10th Winter League on 6 March just before the lockdown and now here we are ready to start up again. Last year it was the Rocket Men, Aliens and Comets who soared high above all the others. Who will it be this year? Be part of the action!

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). There will be two breaks:

26 Oct – 1 Nov; 30 Nov – 3 Jan; Subbing is allowed though discouraged


FINALS: Friday, 5 March 2021 (to be confirmed)


  • 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 Championship tie-break.
  • WHAT TO BRING: Each player needs to bring a new ball for each match (except Finals).
  • 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 the link SUBSTITUTION LIST.  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 three teams or go to a lower Section.
    • Plate Finals – from teams that were knocked out of the Semis, the bottom team 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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