INTERCLUB DOUBLES KNOCKOUT
Updated 20 April 2016

 

1.1 INTRODUCTION

a. The contents of this chapter apply to the Inter-Club Doubles Knock-Out.

b. All tournaments shall be conducted under the Rules and By-laws of the International Tennis Federation in conjunction with the rules of this tournament.

c. The STA Tournament Supervisor / Referee shall act as the final on-site authority for the interpretation of the applicable STA tournament Rules & Regulations, ITF Code of Conduct and Rules of Tennis as to all matters arising that require immediate resolution at the tournament venue.

d. Any Club which violates the Rules in this chapter can be defaulted at any stage of the tournament by the Referee.

 

1.2   RIGHTS OF THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

a. The STA Tournament Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entry without assigning a reason.

b. It reserves the right to alter the format of the tournament in any way it deems necessary.

c. It reserves the right to remove under-graded players from a team. The affected team will be allowed to make a one for one replacement. A replacement must be done within the stipulated time permitted by the Tournament Official.

 

1.3   TITLE

a. The Competition, the STA Team Knock-Out Championships for doubles, shall be called the Inter-Club Doubles Knock-Out.

 

1.4   CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE CONTESTED

a. Kliny Cup for Men's "A" Grade

b. Chua Cup for Men's "B" Grade

c. Chan Ah Kow Cup for Men's "C" & "D" Grades

d. Martha Young Cup for Ladies

e. Each Club is permitted to submit a maximum of two (2) teams per championship.

 

1.5   FORMAT OF COMPETITION

a. A draw will be conducted to determine the fixtures.

b. The previous year’s finalists will be seeded for the draw. This applies only to Kliny Cup and Martha Young Cup.

c. Three (3) doubles matches will be played per tie.

d. All matches shall be TWO TIE-BREAKS SETS (7 points) and a MATCH TIE-BREAK (10 points) in place of a THIRD SET. NO-AD SCORING shall be used.

e. For each tie, the winner is the team with the maximum number of matches won.

f. The losing team gets knocked-out of the tournament.

g. Dispute of any nature regarding a match should be brought to the referee’s attention immediately. Protests and appeals will not be entertained after a match is completed.

 

1.6   REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS

a. A player may choose to represent one club for one tournament and switch to another club for subsequent tournaments if he/she stays in the same grade or move up to a higher grade. Moving to a lower grade is not allowed.

b. Only bona fide members of Clubs affiliated to STA whose names have been submitted on the official entry forms can participate in this tournament. Employees who are non-members of the club will not be eligible to play.

c. Each team may register a minimum of six (6) players and a maximum of fifteen (15) players, but prizes will only be awarded to twelve (12) players. Names of players must be given in full according to what appears in their identity card or passport (for non-citizens).

d. Players must produce documentary proof of identity if requested by the opponent.
*Please note the STA will keep all information relating to registration of players private and confidential.

1.7   AMENDMENT TO REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS

a. The last day for any changes to names must be submitted by the deadline given by the STA.

b. All requests must be in writing to the STA through fax or email. Amendment made through mailing or faxing must be confirmed with a telephone call to the STA office to ensure that the mail or fax has been received.

 

1.8   PROMOTION OF PLAYERS FROM WINNING TEAM

a. Only the Champions of the Inter-Club Doubles League and the Inter-Club Knockout competitions will be promoted to the next grade or cup and will remain so for a period of two (2) years. The promotion involves the team members registered for the competition and with immediate effect after the completion of each respective League or Knockout tournament. However, players who are on the ‘reserved’ list and have not played any match throughout the competition may remain in the same grade.

b. Double Promotion - If a player under Men's "D" Grade appears as Champion in the Chan Cup for the InterClub Doubles Knock-Out, the player would be promoted to play in the Chua Cup. As Chua Cup corresponds to Men's "B" Grade, the "D" Grader will have to go through a double promotion and will remain so for a period of two (2) years.

c. Players above forty-five (45) years old will only be promoted up to "B" Grade in the Men's and Ladies' categories but they may select to play in the "A" Grade.  Those promoted will remain in the "B" Grade and will not be downgraded to "C" Grade.

d. Players above fifty-five (55) years old will only be promoted up to "C" Grade in the Men's and Ladies' categories but they may select to play in the "B" Grade.  Those promoted will remain in the "C" Grade and will not be downgraded to "D" Grade.

 

1.9  GRADING OF PLAYERS

a. A player registered for a grade can only play competitions meant for that grade. It is the responsibility of the Club to ensure their players are submitted according to results of past Inter-Club Doubles League and Inter-Club Doubles Knockout tournaments.

b. For individual events such as the STA’s Open Doubles, Advanced Doubles and Intermediate Doubles, the corresponding Inter-Club grades for STA Individual tournaments are as follows:

1) Players who have achieved Quarter-finalists status and above for STA Open tournaments are only allowed to take part in the Men’s or Ladies’ A Category and not lower.

2) Players who have achieved Quarter-finalists status and above for STA Advanced tournaments are only allowed to take part in the Men’s or Ladies’ B Category and above, but not lower.

3) Players who have achieved Quarter-finalists status and above for STA Intermediate tournaments are only allowed to take part in the Men’s or Ladies’ C Category and above, but not lower.

c. Clubs that wish to downgrade their players must apply to the STA Tournament Committee for approval.

d. Runner-up and Semi-finalists of the CHAN CUP in the Inter-Club Knock-Out Tournament will not be allowed to play in the “D” Grade of the Inter-Club League for a period of 2 years.

 

1.10  NO PLAYER RANKING

a. There will be no player ranking in a team. As such, team line-up will not be according to strength.

 

1.11  FIELDING OF PLAYERS

a. Teams found to have fielded unregistered players and/or non-club members can be defaulted by the Referee at any stage of the tournament.

b. Similarly, teams found to have fielded players not in accordance to the “Grading of Players” Rule can be defaulted by the Referee at any stage of the tournament.

 

1.12  WALK-OVERS

a. A walkover will be awarded fifteen (15) minutes after a player fails to show up. The fifteen (15) minutes shall be taken from the time the match is scheduled. Three calls starting from the scheduled time will be made for the players at approximately five (5) minutes interval. If a match is scheduled but has been delayed due to unavailability of court, players are expected to wait for their matches to be called. If the match is called, a walkover shall be awarded if a player fails to show up after the third call. Each call will be made at approximately one (1) minute interval.

 

1.13 SUBMISSION OF TEAM LINE-UP

a. Submission of team line-up must be done no later than five (5) minutes from the time the match has been scheduled. Thereafter, three (3) calls at approximately one (1) minute interval will be made to request the team captain to submit the line-up. At the end of the third call, a walkover will be declared if the team line-up is not received.

b. The team line-up should be written neatly and names must be spelt in FULL.

c. After the submission of the team line-up, no changes will be allowed.

 

1.14 INCLEMENT WEATHER

a. In the event of rain, team captains and players must still show up at the tournament site so that play can start when the rain stops.

b. The Tournament Referee shall make an announcement, informing all players to dry their courts when the rain stops. Should any pair fail to report 15 minutes after the announcement is made, the pair will be defaulted (i.e. concedes a walkover). No appeal will be accepted.

 

1.15  POSTPONEMENT OF MATCHES

a. In the event of a postponement, no changes are allowed in the line-up once a match has started. However, if no match has started, the teams can submit a new line-up.

b. The postponement of a match due to National Representation will be allowed only if all players registered for a team is away representing Singapore.

c. In the event of a postponement, the first player in the line-up cannot be changed if the first match has started. However, the other two players in the line-up can be changed if their matches have not started and have to be rescheduled. If the match between the second players of the respective line-ups has started, only the third player can be changed. If all matches are played simultaneously, no changes are allowed in the line-up once the matches have started. However, if no match has started, the teams can submit a new line-up for the rescheduled matches.

 

1.16 LEAVING THE COURT

a. A player shall not leave the court area during a match (including warm-up) without the permission of the Umpire or Referee.

 

1.17 BEST EFFORTS

a. A player shall use his best efforts to win a match when competing in a competition tie.

b. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year.

 

1.18 FAILURE TO COMPLETE MATCH

a. Any player nominated for a match must commence and complete the match unless illness, accident or other unavoidable hindrance incapacitates him/her.

b. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year.

 

1.19 UNREASONABLE DELAYS

a. Players shall commence play upon order of the Chair Umpire or Tournament Official after the expiration of the established warm-up period.

b. Thereafter play shall be continuous and a player shall not unreasonably delay a match for any cause, including without limitation, natural loss of physical condition, injury or refusal to play.

c. A maximum of twenty (20) seconds shall lapse from the moment the ball goes out of play at the end of the point until the time the ball is struck for the first serve of the next point.  If such first serve is a fault, the server without delay must strike the second serve.

d. When changing ends a maximum of ninety (90) seconds shall lapse from the moment the ball goes out of play at the end of the game until the time the first service is struck for the next game. If such first serve is a fault, the server without delay must strike the second serve.

e. The receiver shall play to the reasonable pace of the server and must be ready to receive when the server is ready to serve.

f. The first violation of this Section shall be penalized by a warning and each subsequent violation shall be penalized by the assessment of a one (1) point penalty; provided however, when a violation is a result of natural loss of physical condition, injury or refusal to play after being ordered to play by the Chair Umpire or the Referee, a penalty shall be assessed in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule.

 

1.20 AUDIBLE OBSCENITY

a. Players shall not use audible obscenity within the precincts of the site.

b. Audible obscenity is defined as the use of words commonly known and understood to be profane and uttered clearly and loudly enough to be heard by the Chair Umpire, spectators, linesmen and ballkids.

c. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. If such violation occurs during a match (including warm-up), the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

e. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.21 VISIBLE OBSCENITY

a. Players shall not make obscene gestures of any kind within the precincts of the site.

b. Visible obscenity is defined as the making of signs by a player with his hands and/or racquet or balls that commonly have an obscene meaning or impact to reasonable people.

c. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match (including warm-up), the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

e. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to the additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.22 ABUSE OF BALLS

a. Players shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw a tennis ball within the precincts of the site except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match (including warm-up).

b. Abuse of balls is defined as intentionally hitting a ball out of the enclosure of the court, hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences.

c. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

 

1.23 ABUSE OF RACQUETS OR EQUIPMENT

a. Players shall not violently or with anger hit, kick or throw a racquet or other equipment within the precincts of the site.

b. Abuse of racquets or equipment is defined, as intentionally and violently destroying or damaging racquets or equipment or intentionally and violently hitting the net, court, umpire's chair or other fixture during a match out of anger or frustration.

c. Violation of this Section shall subject a player up to ban of one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

 

1.24 VERBAL ABUSE

a. Players shall not at anytime verbally abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the site.

b. Verbal abuse is defined as a statement directed at an official, opponent, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.

c. Violation of this Section shall result in immediate default and subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

e. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to the additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.25 PHYSICAL ABUSE

a. Players shall not at anytime physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the site.

b. Physical abuse is the unauthorized touching of an official, opponent, spectator or other person.

c. Violation of this Section shall result in immediate default and subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

e. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to the additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.26 UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

a. Players shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and give due regard to the authority of the officials and the rights of the opponents, spectators and others.

b. For the purpose of this rule, unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport, but that does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on-site offence contained herein.

c. Unsportsmanlike conduct shall include, but not limited to, the giving, the making, issuing, authorizing or endorsing any public statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of the Competition and/or the officiating thereof.

d. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

e. If such violation occurs during a match, (including warm-up), the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule herein set forth.

f. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to the additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.27 POINT PENALTY SCHEDULE

a. FIRST offence   – WARNING

b. SECOND offence   – POINT

c. THIRD offence   – GAME PENALTY

d. FOURTH offence   – GAME PENALTY/DEFAULT

 

1.28 PENALTIES FOR DISQUALIFICATION

a. Disqualification because of walkovers. All the members listed in the team will be barred from the next Inter-Club Competition sanctioned by STA.

b. Disqualification because of fielding unregistered player. The entire Club will be barred from the next Inter-Club Competition organized by STA. The player concerned will be banned up to one (1) year from participating in STA sanctioned tournaments.

 

1.29 OFFICIAL TENNIS BALLS - SLAZENGER

a. SLAZENGER tennis balls will be issued on-site by the Tournament Referee.

b. The winning team will retrieve the used balls and return them to the Tournament Referee together with the score sheet after the match.

 

1.30 PRIZES

a. Prizes will be awarded to Champion and Runner-Up teams.

 

1.31 OVERALL CHALLENGE TROPHY

a. An overall Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the club that performed best across all categories of this Knock-Out tournament.

b. The following points will be awarded to the participating teams:-

Champions   - 25 points
Runners-Up   - 19 points
Semi-Finalists   - 14 points
Quarter-Finalists   - 10 points

c. In the event of a tie, a count-back of teams with the most number of “Champions”, then “Runners-Up” and so on, will be implemented.

 

1.32 PAYMENT OF ENTRY FEE

a. The entry fee must accompany the official entry forms.  Without entry fee, the entry form will not be accepted.

b. Payment shall be by cheque, crossed and made payable to the Singapore Tennis Association.

 

1.33 OUTSTANDING PAYMENT OF ANNUAL AFFILIATION FEE

a. Clubs must ensure that the annual affiliation fees are paid promptly each year.

b. Those with outstanding payment will not be allowed to participate in any of the STA organized Inter-Club Tournaments.

 

1.34 DISCLAIMER

a. Competitors play at their own risk on any of the courts; STA and the hosting clubs shall NOT be responsible for any injury or loss of life, or any other mishaps during the Championships.

b. Similarly the parties mentioned above are not responsible for any loss of valuables or other personal belongings.

 

            

   

                                                    

                  

 

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