PLEASE CALL A MEMBER
OF THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH ANY QUESTIONS!
1. Flights 1, 2, 3, and
4 are to field four teams. Flights 5, 6, and 7 are to field three
teams. Play will be team #1 vs. team #1 from the opposition, #2
vs. #2, etc., in a two-out-of-three-set match with a tie-breaker
at 6-6 in all sets.
2. Matches start promptly
at 10 a.m. or earlier by mutual agreement on Tuesdays (flights 1-4)
and Thursdays (flights 5-7). When only 2 or 3 courts are available,
stagger matches. Starting times: teams #1 and #2 at 10 a.m., unless
by mutual agreement of both team captains. The home team captain
is responsible for contacting the visiting captain and arranging
matches and times.
3. Only new APTA-approved
balls will be used for MIPTL matches.
4. DEFAULTS: In the event
that one or more teams are not able to play, and if none of the
matches have begun, the default or defaults will start with the
bottom position. (Team #4 moves to #3 position, #3 moves to #2,
etc.) A team may be defaulted 20 minutes after the agreed scheduled
starting time. However, the match should be played.
5. Matches may be postponed
ONLY in case of unplayable conditions (heavy rain, snow, sleet,
or ice). Good judgment concerning player safety is advised. It is
the responsibility of both captains to make the decision to postpone
to the scheduled makeup date. Please do not cancel a match prematurely!
If the courts are not playable at the host club, perhaps the matches
could be switched to the visiting team’s courts. It is the
responsibility of the home team captain to ensure that the home
courts are in playable condition (i.e., the courts must be cleared
at least ½ hour before the agreed-upon playing time). If
the home courts are not playable, the matches may be played at the
opponents’ courts only if mutually agreed upon prior to the
½ hour leeway. If the above conditions are not adhered to,
the home team must default the matches.
In case of a school “snow day,” no team is obligated
to play. The home captain is responsible for arranging postponed
matches. The makeup time for the Tuesday matches is Friday morning.
The makeup time for the Thursday matches is Monday morning. Whoever
cannot play on that day (assuming there is good weather) must default.
However, if mutually agreeable to both teams, a match may be made
up before the makeup day. If the match cannot be played on the first
Friday (for Tuesday matches) or first Monday (for Thursday matches)
because of weather, the match is to be played on the first fair-weather,
established makeup day (meaning Friday or Monday, according to your
flight). The most current makeup match takes precedence.
6. Any matches scheduled
to be played the week of midwinter recess may be rescheduled on
a date agreeable to both captains.
7. The home club provides
balls and refreshments.
Each team that wins its match earns 2 points for its club for team
#1, 1.5 points for team #2, and 1 point for teams #3 and #4. Flight
winner moves up one Flight for the next season. Lowest score in
each Flight moves down. If 2 teams are tied at the end of the season,
head to head match-up breaks the tie. It is at the discretion of
the Board to mov e teams up or down as deemed necessary for scheduling
purposes or in order to balance the flights.
9. If a team member is
injured during play and is unable to continue the match, the injured
team will default.
10. Matches that have
been in progress but are interrupted by weather must be resumed
with the same team members at a mutually agreeable time within one
week. Play resumes from exactly where it stopped.
11. TEAM MEMBERSHIP:
a. Challenges between flights within your club must be completed
prior to the first MIPTL match.
b. Captains are expected to field the best possible competition
at all levels. When a substitute is used, a captain must feel that
the teams are placed in the best order according to strength (i.e.,
#1 can beat #2, #2 can beat #3, etc.).
a. A player may substitute in a higher flight twice and not lose
her team status. A PLAYER CAN NEVER SUBSTITUTE BELOW HER ESTABLISHED
FLIGHT (see 12b).
b. Any player who plays more than twice on a given team becomes
a member of that team.
13. A club may field
two teams in the same flight if it has enough courts to handle the
match load, and if scheduling permits. It will be the Board’s
decision to determine whether a club is eligible. (See also rule
14. It is the responsibility
of the home team captain to mail or fax each week’s scores
within 24 hours to the appropriate scorekeeper. PLEASE!
15. Captains are expected
to have the roster of their teams completed on the score sheet prior
to the match.
16. Practice serves should
be taken before the start of play.
17. If partners do not
agree on a close call, it is suggested that a let be called and
the point replayed. (Discretion is advised.)
18. APTA rules of play
shall govern all matches unless otherwise specified in the MIPTL
rules. Don’t forget: There are no more let serves. If the
serve lands in the service box, the ball is in play, even if it
has touched the net.
19. FOOT FAULTS: If there
is a foot fault, a warning should first be given to the offender.
If there is a disagreement, an outside observer or observers must
be requested to call foot faults.
20. Yellow clothing is
not permitted during play.
21. If a player “carries”
the ball or has a double hit, it must be called by the player who
has hit the ball, and the opponents get the point.
22. You may not play
for two different clubs within the MIPTL during a season. As each
team in a given flight is considered as a separate club, this means
that a player may not play for two different teams within a given
flight even if both teams are from the same club.
23. If your club has
more than one team, the team captain from the highest flight is
responsible for handling payment of the MIPTL dues.
24. PROTEST PROCEDURES:
a. If a team fails to follow any of the above rules, it may be asked
by the Board to forfeit one or more points.
b. A team wishing to lodge a protest will inform the President of
the protest by phone the day on which the incident occurred, followed
by a letter within three days.