BECONTREE T.T. LEAGUE RULES

1.   NAME AND OBJECT

The league shall be known as The Becontree Table Tennis League. Its object shall be the organisation of inter-club competitions and the general furtherance of the game of table tennis between clubs and organisations.

2.   MANAGEMENT

a)   The officers of the League shall consist of a Chairman, General Secretary, Results Secretary, Essex Representative and Treasurer (hereafter known as The Executive Committee) all of which shall retire at the end of the season.

b)   Re-election shall be made at the Annual General Meeting which shall be held during the month of May each year, when each Club shall be entitled to one vote on each voting matter. The above Officers and Representatives shall meet as an executive committee  when required.

c)   Presidents and Vice-Presidents may be invited to serve in these capacities by the A.G.M. of the League.

d)   Clubs not represented at the A.G.M. shall be fined £5.00.

3.   SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

A special General Meeting may be called by the Executive Committee or within fourteen days of receipt of a letter signed by a majority of affiliated clubs, seven days notice shall be given to clubs and only the business for which the meeting has been called shall be discussed. Voting shall be as for A.G.M. (see rule 2 b).

4.   ALTERATION TO RULES

No alternation to these rules shall be made except at the A.G.M. or at a S.G.M. convened for the purpose. Suggested alterations hall be sent to the General  Secretary in writing at least 14 days prior to A.G.M. and they will be sent to each Club Secretary before the meeting.

5.   FINANCE

a)   Clubs entering the League shall pay an entrance fee of £20.00 per team plus the annual E.T.T.A. and E.C.T.T.A. fees and levies. The entrance fee will provide automatic entry for the team K.O. and Team Handicap Competitions.

b)   Each  Club shall deposit with the League £5.00 as a guarantee of good faith; such sum to be returnable at the end of the season  less any sum due in respect of fines etc.

c)   All monies shall be payable 21 days from the date of the account presented by the Treasurer.

d)   The financial years shall run from 1st May to the 30th April. The accounts shall be audited by an auditor appointed by the A.G.M.

6.   REGISTRATION  OF  PLAYERS

a)   Clubs shall register their players for each team with the Results Secretary of the League at the beginning of the Season. After commencement of the season additional players may be registered up to 31st December. Registrations after this date will only be accepted under extenuating circumstances and then only at the discretion of the Executive Committee. One weeks’ notice to be given to the Results Secretary before their playing in a match.

b)   A player will be allowed to play for higher ranked teams within his or her club provided those teams are in the same or higher division (e.g.) ‘C’ team to ‘B’ team, or ‘C’ team to ‘A’ team). However, this will only be allowed on two occasion for each player without affecting the original registration (i.e. once from ‘C’ team to ‘B’ team and once from ‘C’ team to ‘A’ team) on the third occasion the player will automatically be transferred to the team for which he or she plays on the third occasion and will subsequently not be allowed to play for any other team in that same club except at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

c)   Players may not play in any lower division or team other than the team for whom that player is registered.

7.   TRANSFER OF PLAYERS

a)   A player desiring to transfer from one club to another during the playing season shall apply to the Results Secretary in writing, enclosing a £5 administration fee, seeking permission and stating the reasons for the application. The secretary will be required to receive or obtain confirmation that the player has fulfilled his or her obligations to the old club, plus advice as to which team shall receive the registration in the new club. The player shall not play for the new club until written permission has been granted by the Executive Committee.

8.   MATCHES

a)   Teams shall consist of three players.

b)   There shall be nine singles games, each match being the best of five sets, and one doubles game, also the best of five sets.

c)   Points

One point shall be awarded to each game won; therefore 10 points per match will be awarded.

d)   All matches shall be played in accordance with the laws of the games set down by the English Table Tennis Association.

e)   All balls must be three star grade and approved by the E.T.T.A.

f)     Clubs playing members who have not been registered as per rule 6a shall be fined £2 and their games shall be awarded to the opponents.

g)   Matches shall commence within 15 minutes of the starting time of the home team as shown in the handbook. If no players of any one team are present by this time then the first three games shall be awarded to the non-offending team. If after a further 30 minutes no player has arrived then the non-offending team shall claim the points. Play shall be continuous and if the match comes to a halt because all possible games have been played and any player is not present his game shall be forfeited.

9.   FIXTURE CANCELLATIONS

a)   Clubs wishing to re-arrange a fixture by mutual agreement should notify the Results Secretary at least 48 hours before the given date of the fixture. The Results Secretary must be notified of the re-arrangement date as soon as possible.

b)   Any team which fails to attend a fixture without notifying the Results Secretary and their opponents shall forfeit the match, and the points to the non-offending team. A further breach of this rule, not necessarily consecutive shall render the team liable to expulsion from the League, subject to the discretion of the Executive Committee, thus causing all their matches to be stricken from the records.

c)   Clubs failing to notify the Results Secretary as rule 9a of a postponement of match shall be fined 50p.

10. RESULT CARDS

a) The home team shall be responsible for sending the result card to the Results Secretary, which should reach him within 72 hours of the match being hours from g played.     

11. WITHDRAWALS FROM THE LEAGUE

 A club withdrawing one or more teams from the league before the programme of fixtures has been completed shall forfeit their deposit and all games played by the team being withdrawn shall be stricken from the records.

12. PLAYING SEASON

The Inter-club programme shall commence no earlier than 1st September and end no later than 30th April, unless an extension is granted by the Results Secretary.

13. TROPHIES

The League trophies shall be held by the winning teams/players for 10 months after which they shall be returned to the General Secretary in good condition.

14. CLOTHING

All players should wear dark coloured shirts and rubber soled shoes.

15. PROMOTION AND RELEGATION

At the end of the season the top two teams of each division shall be eligible for promotion to the next division, and the bottom two teams of each division liable to be relegated to the next lower division ( Subject to the discretion of the Executive Committee).

16. QUERIES

Any queries arising from the rules, or any point on which these rules are silent shall be considered and ruled upon by the Executive Committee.


INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENTS

a)   The following Individual Tournaments shall be held during the playing season (subject to sufficient entries):-

  Men’s SinglesVeteran’s Singles
Ladies SinglesLadies Doubles
Youth SinglesMixed Doubles
Men’s DoublesHandicap Singles
Division 2 Singles     Junior Singles
 

b)   To compete in the Individual Tournaments players must have played in at least 25% of the number of League Matches played by their team up to the closing date for entries. The Executive Committee may use discretion where players are below the normal team standard but may not reduce the limit for players who have appeared in any League/County or National ranking/seeding list.

c)   To compete in the Youth Singles and Junior Singles competitions, players must be under the age of 21 years and 17 years respectively on 1st January of the current year.

d)   To compete in the Veteran Singles players must be over the age of 40 years on 1st January of the current year.

e)   To compete in Division 2 Singles players must be registered for teams in this division at the time of closing date for entries.

f)    The Competitions will be run in accordance with the present laws of the game as laid down by the E.T.T.A.

g)   Particular attention is drawn to the E.T.T.A. dress recommendation and a ban on light coloured clothing will be enforced. Rubber soled shoes must be worn.

h)   No entries will be accepted without the appropriate fees.

i)     No additions can be made to the draw, although the Executive Committee have discretion to make alterations in the doubles due to illness or other unavoidable absence by a partner.

j)     Losing players on each table will be requested to umpire the next match on that table.

k)   All participants must report to the Tournament Organiser on arrival.


TEAM CUP COMPETITIONS

a)   The Cyril Martin team knock-out cup competition shall be open to all teams from the 2nd division. The President’s Cup competition shall be open to all teams in the 1st division.

b)   In both competitions the Executive Committee shall decide on the format and all clubs will be notified.

c)   The competitions shall be open to all registered players. Players may only represent the team for which they are registered.

d)   Teams shall consist of three payers each playing two singles and two doubles making a total of nine games, each being the best of five sets.

e)   Before the commencement of the match the captains shall toss for the right to be ABC or XYZ. The order of play shall be BC v YZ, A v X, C v Y, B v Z, AC v XZ, A v Y, B v X, C v Z, AB v XY.

f)    It shall be the responsibility of the winning team to send the result card to the Results Secretary, within the time stipulated in Rule 10 a).

g)   The reason for any match not being played within the specified time must be notified to the Results Secretary who may, if considered appropriate, award the match to the non offending team.

h)   If only two players are present from either team at the start of the match they shall automatically be B & C or Y & Z respectively.


TEAM HANDICAP SHIELD COMPETITION

a)   The competition shall be open to all players nominated when the handicap is set. Players may only represent the team for which they are registered. Players nominated later may only be allowed to play at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

b)   Teams shall consist of three players each playing every member of the opposing team.

c)   It shall be the responsibility of the winning team to send the result card to the Results Secretary within the time stipulated in rule 10 a).

d)   The reason for any match not being played within the specified time must be notified to the Results Secretary who may, if considered appropriate, award the match to the non offending team.

e)   For fixing of handicaps clubs will be asked to nominate a squad of eligible players. If no nominations are received handicaps will be based on the strongest squad of all registered players for each team. No player registered after the fixing of handicaps will be allowed to play in the Handicap Shield.

f)    In the event of a match ending in a draw, the away side (XYZ) shall be deemed the winner. In the final, the team Captains shall toss for right to be Home or Away at the beginning of the match.

 

Last Updated July 2014

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