Matches consist of 11 games and each player simply scores the number of games won (eg. 11-0, 9-2, 6-5 etc) and writes the result onto the mini-league grid in the clubhouse. The final game is always a tie-break game regardless of the score at the time.
The two players with the most games in each division at the end of a round are ‘promoted’ and the two with the least are ‘demoted’. Due to the number of players entering and leaving the league at each round, this will not necessarily reflect a simple change in division number; consider it as a movement relative to your opponents. If you win or lose extremely convincingly, you may be moved more than usual, at the discretion of the administrator. In the event of points being equal, the results between the relevant players will be used to determine who goes up/down.
If you are unable to complete a match once started, eg opponent gets injured, you may either rearrange to complete or to submit the scores as they finished. It is up to the players to decide.
If a match cannot be arranged due to lack of availability of either party or due to cancellation, a score for that match will only be allocated in very unusual circumstances and with agreement with the administrator. Under no circumstances should “walkover” scores for games not actually played be written on the score sheet without such agreement.
If you do not play at least two matches in any one round you will be removed from the leagues at the end of the round unless you contact the administrator with a satisfactory explanation before the end of the round. Players removed from the leagues in this manner will be forced to miss a round when they request to rejoin.
The league tables will be taken down at the end of each round. The next set of tables will be posted up on the notice board within a few days.
There are 3 cups to be won for results during the summer season. These are awarded to:
the Mini League Champion (most games in League 1)
the Top Man (most games regardless of League)
the Top Woman (most games regardless of League)
The restrictions to play during the summer season have been agreed to be as follows:
No mini-league matches may be played on Tuesday or Thursday evenings after 6pm.
No mini-league matches may be played on Saturday or Sunday between 2 – 5pm.
During the winter season:
No mini-league matches may be played on Saturday or Sunday between 1 – 4pm.
These rules apply even if there are apparently courts free during these times. Any matches found to have been played during these times will be voided by the administrator.
For your further information there is a FAQ here.
Mini-league matches can count towards your LTA rating if you have/want one using the LTA Club Ratings scheme. Talk with one of the club coaches if you want an initial Club Rating.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy playing some competitive tennis!
Phil Day (Mini-League Administrator)