A League 2010-2011
The A League consists of twelve Clubs split into two divisions:
NORTH DIVISION SOUTH DIVISION
Cape Ann Brae Burn
Eastern Yacht Club Dedham
Myopia The Country Club
North Andover Wellesley
Gilfoy Platform Tennis Club Weston
All Clubs will commence regular season play on Monday, October 25 and will play 16 weeks of regular season every Monday night (no matches 12/27 and 2/21). Each Club will play the other Clubs within its division twice (home and away) and will play each Club in the other division once (half the matches home, half away).
At the completion of the regular season, the top eight Clubs overall will advance to the playoffs which will progress as follows:
a) the quarterfinals will be played on Monday, February 28. The #8 team will play the #1 team, #2 team play the #7 team, etc.
b) the semifinals will be played on Monday, March 7. The Club (regardless of division) with the most points generated during the regular season will be seeded first and the other three clubs seeded accordingly. The fourth seed will play at the first seed and the third seed will play at the second seed.
c) the finals will be played on Monday, March 14 at the Club with the highest seed.
The bottom four teams shall complete in the Toilet Bowl playoffs with the #9 team hosting the #12 team, the #10 team hosting the #11 and so on.
PLEASE NOTE that Clubs must field seven (7) teams for the playoffs. Also, playoff sites are subject to change because we have to interact with the B League.
During the regular season, each Club is expected to field six (6) teams. If a Club cannot field six teams, it must notify the Captain of the opposing club no later than 12:00pm on the day of the match in which case the team that cannot field 6 teams will forfeit those individual matches.
At Clubs with 3 courts, teams #1,3,5 will play at 6 p.m., and teams #2,4,6 will play at 7 p.m unless otherwise agreed upon by both captains. At Clubs with 2 courts the captains shall confer to decide times of play. A team that is not ready to play within 20 minutes of the scheduled start time is subject to default. Please use reason (e.g. traffic, weather, etc). Matches are best two of three sets with a 13 point tie-breaker at 6-all (first team to seven points, must win by two points).
HOME CLUB RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities of the home Clubs are:
a) at least 4 sleeves of Viking balls on hand (don’t skimp)
b) provide liquid refreshments (beer, regular/diet soft drinks)
c) provide food
d) report results of the match to the Commissioner’s office the next morning
Opposing captains should agree by 3 p.m. on the day of the match if the weather is too severe to play. This should only happen (as Twig Burke would say) in extremely horrendous and dangerous conditions. Cancelled matches due to weather shall be made up on a mutually agreeable date during the season and at the sole discretion of the commissioner.
- LEAGUE ELIGIBILITY
Each club shall decide its eligibility of players whether they need to be members of that club or not however it is highly recommended that the majority of players be actual members of the club. Please remember that the B league maintains strict guidelines on how many times a B team member may play for the A league so you will have to fight that out with your respective B team captain. “Stacking” of teams to gain a match advantage is strictly forbidden and violates the overall ethics of the league. Please always respect the APTA’s foot fault ruling. As competitive as we all are (me included) we must all remember that this league is designed to be a fun Monday night.