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TAB i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

TAB ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

TAB ii.i ITTF Regulations for International Competition shall apply in all cases except for a small number of occasions where an alternative will be clearly stated. 

 

TAB 1 Competition Structure

 

TAB 1.1 From the 2015/2016 Season BUCS have adopted the ITTF guidelines and the use of plastic balls in all matches at Team and Individual competitions.  

 

TAB 1.2 Team Championship

 

TAB 1.2.1 4 men’s teams will compete in the North and 4 teams will compete in the South Premier Leagues, the remainder will participate in the Conference Leagues. A women’s competition will be run on a Conference league basis.   

 

TAB 1.2.2 The men’s teams will consist of four players. A team may compete with three players, conceding any un-played games.

 

TAB 1.2.3 The women’s team will consist of a minimum of two players

 

TAB 1.3 Men’s Championship   

 

TAB 1.3.1 Each match shall consist of 17 sets, each individual playing four singles and one pair playing a doubles match.

                               

 TAB 1.3.2 The order of play shall be:             

               

1st Round   

2nd Round    

3rd Round 

4th Round          

1 v 4            

1 v 3              

1 v 2        

1 v 1                 

2 v 3            

2 v 4              

2 v 1        

2 v 2                 

3 v 2            

3 v 1               

3 v 4        

3 v 3                 

4 v 1            

4 v 2              

4 v 3        

4 v 4

 

Followed by a doubles match between a pair of players from each team. The pair need not be nominated until the completion of the fourth round of singles. A match cannot be drawn.

 

TAB 1.4 Women’s Championship

 

TAB 1.4.1 Each match shall consist of five sets, each individual playing two singles and one doubles.

 

TAB 1.4.2 The order of play shall be:  1 v 2             2 v 1             Doubles             1 v 1             2 v 2
 
The doubles pairing can be 1 and 2 and/or any other 2 players and need not be declared until the doubles match begins.
 

 

TAB 1.4.3 A match cannot be drawn.

 

 

TAB 1.5 Individual Championship

 

TAB 1.5.1 An Individual Championship will be held annually for Men and Women in the following events.             

Men’s Singles             

Women’s Singles             

Men’s Doubles            

Women’s Doubles             

Mixed Doubles             

Men’s Plate             

Women’s Plate

  

TAB 2 Premier League Requirements

 

TAB 2.1 Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match. BUCS recommends that at least 3 hours are required on 2 available tables. Institutions failing to book sufficient time will forfeit any rubbers that have not been completed within the allocated time.

 

TAB 2.2 Facilities and equipment should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League matches and should comply with national governing body regulations for matches of this standard. Specific notice should be paid to the quality and condition of the tables as well as the space around each table, the quality of lighting and the quality of nets. Notice should be given to national governing body lists for approved balls for each season.  TAB 3 Competition Regulations

 

TAB 3.1 Team Championship

 

TAB 3.1.1 Men’s: Men’s Premier League teams will play in the Championship after the league season is completed, Tier One Teams will play in the Trophy which will run throughout the season. Teams in Tier Two and below will play in the Conference Cup or Plate.

 

TAB 3.1.2 Women’s: Women’s Tier One teams will play in the Championship after the league season is completed, Tier Two teams will play in the Trophy, teams playing below Tier Two will play in the Conference Cup or Plate.

 

TAB 3.2 Individual Championships   

 

TAB 3.2.1 Entries. Each university is guaranteed at least one entry in each event category. Further entries may be made in each event category and accepted at the discretion of the tournament organiser.

 

TAB 3.2.2 Draw. The draw shall be made under the supervision of a neutral referee as appointed by BUCS. Universities must include on the entry form details of past performance of their member(s) for the use and guidance of the persons making the draw.

 

TAB 3.2.2.1 Where possible competitors from the same university shall be placed in different quarters of the draw.

 

TAB 3.2.2.2 The tournament shall be conducted on the knockout principle except for the first stage of the men’s and women’s singles which shall be played as a group stage.

 

 

 

TAB 3.2.3 Scoring. Each match shall consist of the best of five games. A game shall be won by the player or pair first scoring eleven points unless both players or pairs score ten points, when the game shall be won by the player or pair first subsequently scoring two points more than the opposing player or pair.

 

 

TAB 3.2.4 The decision of the Tournament Director is final in all competition matters.

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