RULES
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THE 2018 SPRING SEASON BEGINS SATURDAY, MAY 5th AND RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY, JUNE 23rd (7 weeks, excluding Memorial Day Weekend, 5/26/17). MATCHES BEGIN AT 1:00PM UNLESS OTHERWISE COORDINATED BETWEEN BOTH CAPTAINS. NOTE: CAPTAINS OF CLUBS WITH MULTIPLE TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE, PLEASE WORK THROUGH THE ISSUE OF CONFLICTING HOME MATCHES WHEN IT MAY OCCUR. LOOK AT ALL SCHEDULES FOR YOUR CLUB'S TEAMS. THE LEAGUE HAS ATTEMPTED TO MINIMIZE CONFLICTS -- BUT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO ELIMINATE 100%.

IMPORTANT RULES & FORMAT:

DEFAULT STARTING TIME: IF CAPTAINS CANNOT AGREE ON A MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE TIME TO PLAY THE MATCHES ON SATURDAY, 1PM IS THE 'DEFAULT STARTING TIME'. WHILE WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO WORK OUT THEIR OWN TIMES, AND USUALLY RELY ON THE HOME TEAM TO PROPOSE THE MOST ACCEPTABLE TIMES AT THEIR CLUB FOR EACH MATCH, IF NEITHER TEAM CAN REACH CONSENSUS, AND 1PM DOES NOT WORK, NEITHER TEAM WILL RECEIVE POINTS FOR UNPLAYED MATCHES. A TEAM THAT CAN PLAY AT 1PM, WHERE THE OTHER CANNOT, WILL RECEIVE POINT(S) FOR THE DEFAULT(S).

DEFAULTING: IF A TEAM IS GUILTY OF FORFEITING 2 OR MORE MATCHES TWICE IN A SEASON (DUE TO LACK OF PLAYERS), THE TEAM IS SUBJECT TO BEING SUSPENDED FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE NJTL THE FOLLOWING YEAR. The League will monitor and make any adjustments necessary.

POST PLAY RULE: WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WEATHER, THE LEAGUE IS NOT PERMITTING POST PLAY OF ANY MATCHES (Beyond Sunday of the scheduled weekend match). ALL 5 MATCHES MUST BE PLAYED BY THE SCHEDULED WEEKEND (Or defaults will be assigned). THEREFORE, REVIEW ALL SCHEDULES AND DETERMINE THE VIABILITY OF PRE-PLAYING ANY MATCHES PRIOR TO CONFLICTING WEEKEND. Report these results during proper week.

PRO PLAY RULE: 1 PRO CAN PARTICIPATE IN LEAGUE PLAY for the A/B/C/D Divisions ONLY. No PROs are to play in the E/F/G Divisions unless mutually agreed to by both captains in order to fill-out the team. No points will be awarded for the match played by a PRO in E/F/G unless officially agreed to count prior to the start of play. Please notify your opponent when/if utilizing a PRO and at what position based on appropriateness. *Definition of a Pro: Any person receiving compensation from a) a club within the NJTL, or b) a person(s) for private tennis lessons. If more than one pro is needed to fill-out a team, you must get mutual consent from the opposing captain. The League encourages play versus defaults, but all exceptions require the mutual consent of both captains.

ELIGIBILITY: MEN, WOMEN, AND JUNIORS WHO ARE ACTIVE MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING, OF THE PARTICIPATING CLUB CAN PLAY IN THE NJTL. They may play only 1 match per week for their club, and only one match per each opponent if weather delays created post play to occur. the same opponent). An individual can play for more than 1 club if they are in different divisions and this person is an active member of both clubs.

ZERO POINT RULE: If matches are not played on fair weather days (and the 1pm default time or mutual rescheduling prior to Sunday pm CANNOT be arranged), there will be NO POINTS awarded to either team. If neither team can play on a fair weather day then the zero point rule takes effect, however if one team is able to play and the other team cannot, it is counted as a default on the team who cannot play.

ATTIRE: ASSUME ALL WHITE ATTIRE W/COLLARED SHIRTS UNLESS OTHERWISE KNOWN. NJTL.ORG WEBSITE WILL POST CLUB ATTIRE ISSUES on TEAM PAGES.

POSTING: ALL CAPTAINS SHOULD (HOME TEAM MUST) POST RESULTS ONLINE BY MONDAY MORNING AFTER EVERY MATCH. AFTER WHICH TIME, NO POSTING FOR THAT WEEK WILL BE ALLOWED, UNLESS WEATHER CREATED AN ISSUE. (DOWNLOAD SCORE SHEETS to KEEP A PHYSICAL RECORD!)

RAIN-OUTS SHOULD BE RESCHEDULED FOR THE SUNDAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SCHEDULED DATE (We have a very tight season!) AND NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK AFTER THE LEAGUE CONCLUDES. DON'T WAIT TO RESCHEDULE AND PLEASE ADVISE THE LEAGUE OF YOUR PLANS. IF SOFT COURTS ARE NOT PLAYABLE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS AND BOTH TEAMS CANNOT AGREE TO PLAY ON AN ALTERNATIVE SURFACE, TREAT THE CONDITION AS A RAIN-OUT MATCH. CAPTAINS FROM BOTH TEAMS HAVE TO MUTUALLY AGREE ON A RESCHEDULED DATE. ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO OBLIGATION/REQUIREMENT TO MAKE-UP A RAIN-OUT, WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE CAPTAINS TO WORK IT OUT AND PLAY TENNIS, ESPECIALLY IF IT MATTERS TO THE OVERALL STANDINGS OF 1 OR BOTH CLUBS. IF UNABLE TO DETERMINE A MUTUALLY CONVENIENT DATE/TIME BY THE WEEKEND AFTER THE OFFICIAL END OF THE SEASON, ALL UN-PLAYED MATCHES WILL SPLIT THE POINT EQUALLY (1/2 EACH TEAM FOR EACH WEATHER DELAYED MATCH). IF RESCHEDULING THE SAME PLAYERS BECOMES AN ISSUE, CAPTAINS MAY ELECT TO USE OTHER MEMBERS OF THEIR TEAM AT THEIR DISCRETION, WHO DID NOT ALREADY PLAY THAT WEEK FOR THEIR CLUB. If a match gets rained out in the middle of play, and the players never discussed or mutually agreed how to determine a winner in this instance (i.e. whoever was ahead at the time of postponement is declared the winner), then the match must be rescheduled no later than 1 week after the end of the regular season starting at the score of the last complete game played (i.e. if server is up 6-4, 4-1, 40-15 when rain stops play, that game is not complete, and the resumed play begins with this person's serve at LOVE-LOVE, at whatever game and set count was officially recorded at that time, in this case 6-4, 4-1). If the match never gets replayed, 1/2 point will be awarded to both teams for that match at the end of the season by the league administrator.

30 MINUTE RULE: IF WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE POOR, TEAMS WAIT NO LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES FOR WEATHER TO SUBSIDE BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO RESCHEDULE. IF A TEAM IS LATE FOR A MATCH, BEYOND 30 MINUTES, THE MATCH CAN BE CONSIDERED DEFAULTED

FORMAT: FIVE MATCHES (POINTS) ARE TO BE PLAYED EVERY WEEK. CAPTAINS CAN AGREE ON THE TEAM FORMAT (2 SINGLES, 3 DOUBLES IS STANDARD, AND TO BE USED AS THE DEFAULT FORMAT). FOR EXAMPLE, IF BOTH CLUBS PREFER ALL DOUBLES, THAT IS ACCEPTABLE AND SHOULD BE REPORTED AS SUCH. FOR MUTUAL DEFAULTS, NO POINTS WILL BE AWARDED TO BOTH TEAMS FOR THEIR STANDINGS (UNLESS IT IS WEATHER RELATED, IN WHICH CASE ½ POINT WILL BE AWARDED TO BOTH). EACH MATCH SHOULD BE PLAYED BEST 2 OUT OF 3 SETS.

TIE BREAKER RULE: ALL SETS ARE DECIDED BY OFFICIAL COMAN TIEBREAKER: You will be playing a 12-point tie-break. (First to 7, win by 2). Change ends after the first point. Change ends every four (4) points from then on. (After 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, etc.)

ADVANCEMENT: THE TOP 2 TEAMS FROM EVERY DIVISION WILL QUALIFY TO MOVE UP A LEAGUE FOR THE NEXT SEASON, WHERE THE BOTTOM 2 WILL MOVE DOWN. * Div. A/B only move 1 team (subject to final review by NJTL management).

FEES: THE ENTRY FEE OF $275 PER TEAM, PAYABLE TO S&A Event Services c/o N.J.T.L, mailed to: S&A Event Services, 39 Lake Drive, New Milford, CT 06776

FEES MUST BE PAID BY APRIL 1ST ANNUALLY TO PARTICIPATE! (CALL IF YOU REQUIRE AN INVOICE.

REMINDER: CHECK ALL SCHEDULES FOR ACCURACY AND REVIEW THIS INFORMATION WITH EVERY PLAYER.

 
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