Competition will be conducted in Open A, B, C grades, C Social and Year 4.
2. PENNANTS AND RIBBONS:
Each Grade and Year 4 will be awarded a pennant and place ribbons to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams in each division.
Year 4 can play in a higher grade, i.e. A/B grade, at a schools/coaches discretion however the above parameters will be used (e.g. Year 4 playing in A Grade will use yellow ball on a full size court – See Sections 11 and 12).
Each team consists of two players (plus reserves).
Girls must provide their own tennis racquet and balls will be provided by the host school.
The Tennis competition is held on one day in zones. Zones will be determined with schools ranked according to the results of the previous year’s competition.
Where the draw allows, each school will play round matches and then semis and finals will occur between zones.
Results of the round matches will be calculated in the rest break so that the final two games (Semis and Finals) can be decided.
To determine the position of the schools for the semi‐final and final games, ties on points will be resolved by a count back of games.
Zone 1 ‐ Schools who were ranked in the preceding year at 1, 4, 5, 8 & 9
Zone 2 ‐ Schools who were ranked in the preceding year at 2, 3, 6, 7 & 10
If the signal is given during a game, the players complete that game.
The winning school for each match is the school, which scores the majority of games within the time limit.
If the number of games is tied, then a 5‐point tiebreaker will be played. (The winner to have an advantage of 2 points) Refer: 15
7. POINTS ALLOCATION:
2 points for a win
1 point for a draw – This will only occur if time does not permit a point tie breaker to be played
0 points for a loss
2 points for a bye
At the conclusion of round games:
In the event of equal games and equal points (for and against points are the same) the following will occur:
If teams have previously played each other, the team that won will be placed in the higher position. In the event that a decision cannot be reached a sportspersons’ meeting will convene to discuss other avenues.
In divisions other than Open A & B, where there has not been a competition in that division in the preceding year and more than six teams nominate for that grade, the zones will be decided by a random draw.
Where the draw allows a round robin draw may be used, replacing the cross over draw.
Where there are more than 9 teams nominated and the venue can cater for the competition, a random draw will determine the placement of teams in zones, with the proviso that a school with two teams nominated has one team in each zone.
Where a maximum of 9 teams are nominated, rankings for placement in zones will be determined by the previous year’s results.
Each school must provide at least two tennis umpires who are conversant with rules and method of scoring. The umpire may be a Year 10, 11 or 12 student. Schools will be allocated to courts and must supply umpires to these corresponding courts.
The umpire is responsible for calling lines, foot fault warnings and penalties, as well as scoring.
In all grades, team players are not to umpire and score their own games.
Prior to the commencement of each round, the umpire will bring to the attention of the players the Andrews Cup foot fault rule which is: ‐ one warning per player per round and then the normal foot fault rule will apply.
Umpires are expected to stay until the conclusion of the Andrews Cup Carnival.
10. TIME ALLOCATION:
Warm up – 8:00am – 9:00am
Matches to commence at 9:00am
Presentation 2:30pm – Court A
11. PLAYERS AND MATCH DURATION:
All games played are doubles ‐ there are no singles matches. Each set will have a timed duration (30 minutes). Play continues until a signal is given.
12. BALL SIZES:
A & B Grade – yellow ball, full size court
C & C Social Grade – green ball, full size court
Year 4 – orange ball, ¾ size court
13. YEAR 4:
All players must serve their first serve on the full using an overarm serve, but are allowed to let their second underarm serve bounce, before they hit it in order to get the ball in play. Year 4 does not play on a full size court. A baseline is used, using rubber drop down lines, placed halfway between the baseline and the service line on each end of the court. The doubles alley is NOT used for this Grade.
Traditional tennis rules will be used except for the serving. Although players are allowed to serve underarm on the second serve, the ball must be served into the correct square as per normal tennis.
Deuces will be played as follows: Long deuce i.e. the score will go to advantage, then to game or back to deuce. If it returns to deuce a short deuce will then be played, i.e. next point wins the game.
When playing a short deuce the receiver can elect which side of the court (forehand or backhand) they wish to receive the serve.
15. POINT, TIE‐BREAKER:
The first pair to reach 5 points and be ahead by at least two points shall win.
If the score is 4 points all, the game shall be extended until one pair is ahead by 2 points.
Continue serving as per game progression.
First server serves twice, then rotates serve to the opposition for two serves and so on. Players do not change ends. There is no tie break in C Social matches.
During a match, substitutions can only occur in the event of an injury.
17. FORFEITING A MATCH:
Players will be allowed to be up to 5 minutes late for a match before they forfeit that match. The decision will be made at the discretion of the referee/chief umpire.