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

 

TEN 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.

 

TEN iii Disputes at events: In line with REG 4.4.3, should a dispute occur at an event the event appeal panel for Tennis shall comprise of the Referee at any individual qualifying events and the Referee and a BUCS Staff Member at the individual finals.

 

Team Championships

 

TEN 1 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women.

 

TEN 2

 

TEN 2.1 Players

TEN 2.1.1 For National and Premier Leagues each team shall consist of a minimum of four and a maximum of six players. Four players shall play one singles rubber each and the fifth and/or sixth players may be selected for doubles only. Teams failing to field four players must concede a walkover. Teams fielding four players will concede the rubbers they are unable to fulfil.

 

TEN 2.1.2 For Tier 1 and below each team shall consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of six players. Up to four players shall play one singles rubber each and the fifth and/or sixth players may be selected for doubles only. Teams failing to field three players must concede a walkover. Teams fielding three or four players will concede the rubbers they are unable to fulfil. Please note that teams must comply with REG 6.9 if fielding only three players.

               

TEN 2.1.2.1 Teams only using 3 players must notify their opposition of this before the away team leaves. Failure to notify the opposition will result in the forfeiture of the whole fixture.  

 

TEN 2.1.3 For Trophy knockout competitions each team shall consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of six players. Up to four players shall play one singles rubber each and the fifth and/or sixth players may be selected for doubles only. Teams failing to field three players must concede a walkover. Teams fielding three or four players will concede the rubbers they are unable to fulfil. Please note that teams must comply with REG 6.9 if fielding only three players. In all other knockout competitions the minimum number of players in a team will be as per the equivalent league.

 

TEN 2.2 Coaches: Each team may have their nominated coach sitting on court for any or all rubbers in the match. If a team does not have a coach with them, then any team member not playing at the time may be nominated. Coaching advice can only be given during change of ends and the coach may only enter/leave the court during a change of ends.

 

TEN 3 Match Format: Each match shall consist of two doubles rubbers and four singles rubbers.

 

 

 

TEN 4 Court Bookings and Match Start Times

 

TEN 4.1 The following minimum court times MUST be booked by the host team for a fixture: Practice: 2 courts x 30 minutes, Doubles: 2 courts x 1.5 hours, Singles: 4 courts x 2 hours = Total: 12 court hours. Failure to book the minimum prescribed above will result in the home team forfeiting any rubbers not completed should the match not be finished. For cup matches an additional one hour should be booked in case of the need for a match tie break. The additional hour is for the match tie break only and the normal match should be completed within the standard 12 hours. If a final set of a live match is due to start during the last 30mins of the court booking then a 10 point tie break should take place instead of a standard set.

 

TEN 4.2 Matches are permitted to start before 1pm, contrary to usual BUCS start times – with the provision that this is by mutual consent in writing between the 2 Athletic Unions.

 

TEN 4.3 Matches may only be moved onto different surfaces (or from indoors to outdoors, or vice versa) with the agreement of both captains.

 

TEN 5 Order of Play

Players shall compete in rank order i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 singles; 1, 2 doubles. The doubles rubbers ordered 1v1, 2v2 should be played first, followed by the Singles rubbers which will be ordered 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4. Any proposed changes to the standard order of play must be agreed by both teams prior to play. (Please note that if matches are being played on 3 courts – teams may want to start by playing 3 singles matches in order to maximize court usage).

 

TEN 6 Team Order

 

TEN 6.1 Ranking lists must be submitted to the BUCS office at the start of each season.  Ranking lists will be locked on a set date, before the start of the season until the opening of the ranking windows, and cannot be changed outside the set ranking windows under any circumstances. Re-rankings only come into effect at the end of the re-ranking window. The dates for the ranking windows will be displayed on the submission portal on the BUCS website. Failure to submit this information will result in sanctions being imposed, as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliation Document. This ranking information will be available on the BUCS Tennis pages on the website for ease of reference.

 

TEN 6.1.1 Institutions may request to add a player to the bottom of the ranking list when ranking windows are not open. Requests must be submitted and approved by the BUCS office in advance of any fixtures being played by the non-ranked player. This is to encourage the fulfilment of fixtures and must not be manipulated. Teams found to be attempting to manipulate the rankings using this regulation will face disciplinary action under REG 17.

 

TEN 6.2 Knockout Competitions: Players must play in rank order for all knockout competitions.

 

TEN 6.3 British Tennis Membership (BTM) will be free to all students playing in BUCS matches and leagues. All players must have a BTM number to ensure that all individual match results can contribute to player LTA ratings.

 

TEN 6.4 The order on the ranking list shall be determined by each institution with the best singles player ranked as one and second as two and so on. The order is at the discretion of each institution. It does not need to be in accordance with ATP, WTA or LTA ratings but institutions ranking players out of ratings order may be requested to justify their ranking lists to the BUCS Office. Failure to justify the rank order or institutions deliberately ranking out of order will be referred to the BUCS office for disciplinary action. 

 

TEN 6.4.1 Teams must play in rank order. This applies across all teams e.g. A player ranked number 8 cannot play in the 1st team if the player ranked number 7 is playing in a lower tiered match that day.

 

TEN 6.4.2 Doubles Pairings: Doubles pairings must play with the strongest pair as pair one. The best doubles pair should be decided by the sum of the players' rankings in each pair, with the smallest sum playing as the ‘best doubles pair’. Players' rankings are as per the published BUCS ranking list.  If the sums of the singles players positions are equal (e.g. 1+4 and 2+3), the best doubles pair should include the highest ranked player (i.e. 1+4 would be the best doubles pair).

 

TEN 6.5 If a player is listed in the top four rankings and has not played any matches prior to the end of the calendar year, then that team is required to resubmit their rankings prior to the start of matches in January, removing any non-playing ‘top four’ players from the ranking list.

 

TEN 6.6 No player ranked at number four or above shall be eligible to play below the first team at any time during the season (including league, playoff and cup matches). No player ranked at number eight or above shall be eligible to play below the second team at any time during the season, and so on throughout an institution’s teams.

 

TEN 7 Scoring System

 

TEN 7.1 The doubles rubbers shall be the best of three sets. The first two sets shall be tie-break sets with no-advantage scoring (the tie-break shall be introduced at six games all) and when the score is one set all the deciding set shall be a 10 point match tie-break. In no-advantage scoring at deuce there is one point to decide the game. The receivers choose whether to receive the service from the right half or the left half of the court but cannot change positions to receive this deciding point.

 

TEN 7.2 The singles rubbers shall be the best of three tie-break sets (the tie-break shall be introduced at six games all). If the match result is already decided any remaining singles rubbers may, by mutual consent, play a deciding 10 point match tie-break as the third set.

 

TEN 7.3 To determine the match score the winner of each doubles rubber shall receive two points and the winner of each singles rubber shall receive two points.

 

TEN 7.4 In the event of a tie on match score, each team shall be awarded 1 point in the league and the match shall be considered a draw.

 

TEN 7.5 If a knockout match finishes 6-6, then BUCS tennis shall adopt a tiebreak shootout (to 10 points) where the rules explain the shootout as: “The tiebreak shootout consists of three tiebreaks – two singles and one doubles – with players nominated as follows: Tiebreak 1 (singles) – one of the original players from the first or second singles match; Tiebreak 2 (singles) – one of the original players from the third or fourth singles match; Tiebreak 3 (doubles) – a pairing comprising two of the other nominated players for the match. No player may play in more than one tiebreak shootout. Players for each stage of the shootout should be nominated at the start of the shootout”. 

 

TEN 8 Scoreboards and Scorecards

 

TEN 8.1 Where possible teams should ensure use of scoreboards on each court.

 

TEN 8.2 Scorecards / accurate records for all BUCS Tennis League matches and all knockout matches in the Championship and Trophy must be completed. BUCS reserves the right to request these scorecards at any point throughout the season. Scorecards must also be submitted with any appeal – failure to submit a scorecard will result in an appeal being rejected by the BUCS Office.

 

TEN 9 Incomplete Fixtures

 

TEN 9.1 In the event of a fixture being incomplete with no fault on either side, a result can be taken if four rubbers have been completed. The results shall be taken on all those rubbers that have been completed.

 

TEN 9.2 In the event of a fixture being incomplete due to a late start, with a team at fault, their opposition may claim any rubbers not completed or un-played.

 

TEN 10 Further Clarification
In the event that further clarification is required the BUCS Office will be guided by the LTA Aegon Team Tennis Rules.

 

TEN 11 National League Competition

 

TEN 11.1 Leagues
The six National League teams shall compete on two centrally hosted National fixture weekends, as well as Wednesdays.

 

TEN 11.2 Venue Requirements
All National and Premier League fixtures and National and Premier League play-off matches are to be played on indoor courts.

 

TEN 11.3. The Championship will be made up of all the teams in the National League and all the first teams in the North A and South A. If this doesn’t reach 16 teams, byes will be awarded to the highest seeded teams. The Trophy will consist of any second teams in the North and South A and all Tier 1 sides. If this exceeds 32 teams, arrangements will be made to play a preliminary round which will be determined by a draw. If there is not 32 teams, the same process will be followed as in the Championship.

 

TEN 11.4 Promotion to and Relegation from National League: The highest ranked ‘first team’ in North A and South A will playoff against each other. The winner of this fixture will play a relegation/promotion play-off against the team finishing sixth in the National League. For both play-off fixtures the home team will be drawn by lot. (In the event of changes to the league structure which may impact upon promotion or relegation outcomes, BUCS reserves the right to consult with teams due to be promoted/relegated to find an applicable solution).

 

TEN 11.5 Promotion to and Relegation from North A and South A: The bottom two teams in each League are automatically relegated. The top team in each of the Tier 1 leagues will enter into ‘play-offs’ for places in North A and South A for the following season. (In the event of changes to the league structure which may impact upon promotion or relegation outcomes, BUCS reserves the right to consult with teams due to be promoted/relegated to find an applicable solution).

 

Individual Championships

 

TEN 12 Tournament Structure

 

TEN 12.1 The tournament will consist of four Championships; Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles.

 

TEN 12.2 There will be singles qualifying events and a subsequent singles and doubles finals weekend – the events will be played over two/three/four days depending on the number of entries.

 

TEN 12.3 Each match shall consist of the best of three sets.

 

TEN 12.4 The tournament shall be conducted on a ‘knockout’ basis.

 

TEN 12.5 Matches will be played indoors. 

 

TEN 13 Entries

 

TEN 13.1 All institutions are entitled to one entry per Championship.

 

TEN 13.2 Additional players may be accepted in order of merit but the total number of entries in each Championship will be restricted. Players must be listed on the entry form in order of merit.

 

 

TEN 13.3 Seeded draws, to which qualifying draws, staggered draws or a tableau finale may be applied, as deemed appropriate for the entry, will be used. To assist seeding and selection for draws, entry forms should include details of past performances and LTA ranking achieved – selection for main draw or any qualifying draw will be according to ratings and other available information. Further players, not initially selected for the main or qualifying draws will be placed on reserve lists.

 

TEN 13.4 Wherever possible, players from the same institution shall be placed in different quarters of the draw. 

 

General Conduct

 

 

TEN 14 Where possible teams should endeavour to wear team kit – identifying the name of the University.

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