1.  The League shall be known as the Manchester and District Table Tennis League and shall be run for the advancement of Table Tennis within the Manchester area.  The League shall be affiliated to the Lancashire Table Tennis Association and Table Tennis England.  It shall be open to all, regardless of their sexual orientation, religion, colour, class, creed or physical impairment. The League shall consist of President, Vice-Presidents, duly elected officers and duly affiliated clubs from within the Manchester area.

All new applicant clubs wishing to enter the league may be admitted to membership, subject to approval by the League Management Committee.  In the event of the winding up or dissolution of the league, which can only be agreed at a Special General Meeting convened for that specific reason, with a minimum one months notice being given to members and such a resolution being carried by at least two thirds of those members present; the remaining assets, after discharging all debts and responsibilities, shall be given or transferred to another organisation or league that will continue to promote the aim of the advancement of table tennis within the area.


2.  The annual subscription fee for each club in the League shall be a cost per team, decided annually. This includes team registration, LTTA affiliation fees and covers all players registered to play for that club. Individual affiliation fees can be paid either directly to Table Tennis England, or via the Manchester League. In addition a guarantee of £6.00 per team shall be deposited with the League as a guarantee that the team’s obligations will be fulfilled.

3.  All subscriptions and guarantee fees, except as laid down in Rule 2, shall be paid to the Treasurer on or before September 30th.  Subscriptions not so paid shall be increased by £1.00 on the first of each succeeding month.

4.  In addition to the fine imposed by the previous Rule, the Management Committee shall have the power to suspend any team or Club whose subscriptions are in arrears or whose guarantee fee has not been maintained.

5.  No guarantee fee shall be returned unless the team has fulfilled all its obligations to the League.  Applications for the return of the guarantee fee must be made to the Treasurer immediately after the season closes up to 30th June.


6.  No player shall take part in a match until the Secretary of his Club has received from the League Secretary a certificate of registration for that player.

7.  No player may register for more than one Club.  Players may be transferred at their own request to another Club, providing the Club Secretaries agree.  Failing consent of the Club Secretary, the Player shall have the right to appeal to the Management Committee.  Transfer forms, £1.00, may be obtained from the League Secretary.  No transfer or registration of players shall be effected after December 31st in any one season, without the permission of the Management Committee.


8. The Honorary Officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer and Fixture Secretary.  The League shall also have the power to elect Assistant Secretaries.  All Officers shall retire annually but shall be eligible for re-election.  The Management Committee shall have power to create and fill any other office which in it’s opinion is desirable.  Notice of retirement from the position of any office shall be sent to the Hon. General Secretary one month before the Annual General Meeting.


9. The control of the affairs of the League shall be vested in a General Council consisting of the Officers, members of the Management Committee, together with one representative appointed by each Club, such representative to have one vote for each of the Club’s teams, provided all subscriptions of those teams to the League shall have been paid.  A meeting of the Council shall be called on the resolution of the Management Committee or may be convened within 14 days of receipt of a request by 25 per cent of the General Council.  Any Club not represented at a meeting of the Council shall be fined £4.00.


10. The affairs of the League shall be managed by a Management Committee, consisting of the officers and one representative from each division or regional sections.  The Management Committee shall have power to co-opt other persons qualified to assist in administering the affairs of the League.

11. The quorum necessary for the transaction of the business of the Committee shall be five.  Each member of the Committee shall have one vote and in the event of a tie the Chairman shall have an additional casting vote.  If any member of the Management Committee, with the exception of the President, absent himself or herself without reasonable cause from three consecutive meetings, he or she shall automatically retire.

12. The Management Committee shall have the power to:-

a)    Elect a deputy chairman from amongst its members.

b)    Accept new Clubs and teams into membership.

c)    Decide the composition of the various divisions but in doing so shall have regard to the provisions of Rule 18.

d)    Appoint from its members representatives to the L.T.T.A. and Table Tennis England., elect a Publicity Officer, appoint Selection Committees and delegate any of its duties to other sub-committees, of which the Chairman and General Secretary shall be ex-officio members.

e)    Fill any casual vacancies amongst the officers of the League or its elected members.

f)     Deal with all claims, protests, disputes and reports, suspend any player for misconduct or insubordination.

g)    Enforce all rules especially covering fines as provided by these rules.  Such fines and penalties shall be imposed by the General Secretary who shall report each case to the next Management Committee Meeting.

h)    Decide competitions to be held by the League and the rules and formats thereof.

i)      Decide all questions not otherwise covered by these rules.


13. The Annual General Meeting of the League shall be held not later than the 31st May.  The Annual General Meeting shall:-

a)     Confirm the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.

b)    Receive the reports of the Hon. General Secretary and the statement of Accounts of the Treasurer made up to March 31st, duly audited.

c)     Elect the President and Vice-President, who may only be nominated by the Management Committee and the Chairman, Hon. General Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Treasurer and one representative from each division or regional section.  All nominations for positions as officers or as elected representatives must be in the hands of the Hon. General Secretary at least 14 days before the A.G.M.  Retiring officers and representatives must be re-nominated.  Only members of the General Council may nominate.

d)   Make any alterations of, addition to or revisions of rules, provided such amendments have been notified to the Hon. General Secretary by March 1st.  Alterations or amendments to rules, providing that the tenor of the proposed amendment remains the same, shall be allowed by the A.G.M.

e)   Transact any other ordinary business.

f)    All registered members of the League, Officers and members of the Management Committee are eligible to attend the A.G.M. but only the Officers and the duly appointed representatives of the teams shall be allowed to vote.  In the election of divisions and regional representatives, only the representatives of the teams in the divisions or regional section of the nominee shall vote.

g)   At least 14 days’ clear notice shall be given by the League Secretary to all team secretaries of the date and place where the A.G.M. will be held, such notice shall be accompanied by a copy of the Agenda.

h)   All representatives not present at the A.G.M. shall be fined £4.00 but their absence shall not invalidate any decisions arrived at.

i)    The accounts of the League shall be audited by two persons.  Auditors shall serve for two years, one to be elected each year from nominations taken at the A.G.M.  No retiring Auditor shall seek re-election.


14.  The League shall be divided into Divisions.  All Divisions shall consist of three player teams but may include a fourth player in the doubles, who has not played in the singles; subject to ranking restrictions.  There may also be Junior Divisions and a Schools League.  All Junior Division players must be under eighteen years of age on 31st December during the current administrative year.

15. The bottom two teams in the First Division shall be relegated to the Second Division and the top two teams in the Second Division shall be promoted to the First Division.  The bottom two teams in the Second Division shall be relegated to the Third Division and the top two teams in the Third Division shall be promoted to the Second Division.

16.  In the case of a tie or ties for the championship promotion or relegation (based upon the current one point per set won), the decision shall rest on the number of matches actually won during the season. If a tie were still to apply, then individual games won/lost ratio would determine the final decision.

17.  The Secretary of every Club team in the League shall supply a ranking list of its players, to the Fixture Secretary, prior to the commencement of the season.  Failure to comply with this rule shall entail a fine of £2.00.

a)   A multi-teamed Club shall declare at the commencement of the season their 1st, 2nd, 3rd team and onwards squad players. A player is not entitled to play for a lower ranked team than that stated on a Club team allocation, without permission from the Management Committee.  Any player playing for a higher ranked team than that specified on their team application on more than four occasions, shall be thereafter deemed to belong to that higher team’s squad.  Permission from the Management Committee must be sought if that player wishes to revert to playing for a lower ranked team.

b)    Alterations to ranking lists must be in the hands of the Fixture Secretary by the 25th of each month but the previous list will remain in force until the Fixture Secretary notifies the Club that the new list has been accepted.  A player may assist the team above the one for which they are ranked but may not play in a lower team than that to which the Management Committee has agreed under penalty of ten points for each occasion to be deducted from the team for which they illegally play.  Players included in the ranking list and not playing in the League or Cup for four consecutive weeks shall be removed from the list.  The player on return shall occupy the position previously held.

c)     A player may play for more than one team, in their Club, in the same week but only for a team above that to which they are ranked and only for a maximum of four times in one season.

d)    Any player taking part in a League match between the start of any season and the 31st December of the same year must have played up to 31st December of that season at least 4 matches in the League for their Club otherwise that player’s registration will be automatically cancelled for the remainder of that season.  Any sets won by that player will be awarded to their opponents except as provided for in Rule 17(e).

e)   The provision and conditions of Rule 17(d) may be waived at the discretion of the Management Committee if in their own opinion there are extenuating circumstances by prior notice to the Fixture Secretary.

18.  Protests by any Club, team or registered player, shall be lodged with the League Secretary in duplicate and must be accompanied in each case by a fee of £1.00 which shall be forfeited if, in the opinion of the Management Committee, the protest is deemed to be frivolous.

19.  Any Club, team or registered player, summoned to attend a meeting of the Management Committee and failing to appear or to send a satisfactory explanation, shall pay the expenses of the meeting and may be liable to a fine not exceeding £2.00 per member summoned.

20.(a)  The Secretary of any team which has infringed the Rules and for which infringement a Penalty is imposed, shall be notified in writing of the offence and Penalty within 14 days of the date of infringement, unless the League Secretary finds it necessary to seek the decision of the Management Committee.

(b)   All fines must be paid to the League Treasurer within 14 days of the date on which they are imposed.  Failure to comply may entail an additional fine to be imposed at the discretion of the Management Committee.

21.  All teams shall provide suitable accommodation, equipment and lighting facilities for matches.

22.   Only balls approved by the I.T.T.F. shall be used in League matches

23.   If a team retires from the League for any reason during the Season, no money shall be refunded and all matches played by the team shall be expunged from the League Tables.


24. (a) Teams to consist of three players in all Divisions but may include a player in the doubles who has not played in the singles; subject to ranking restrictions.

(b)  Each Team shall play home and away matches (as per fixtures shown in handbook, or on website) with the other teams in their division.  Any team unable to fulfil a home fixture because a Club rule debars women from playing, shall make alternative arrangements to play on a neutral table; failure to do this will forfeit ten points.

(c)  Because Jewish Clubs cannot play matches on a Friday it will be necessary for Clubs whose home match night is a Friday to offer an alternative weekday night to their opponents.

25. (a)  Players names must be placed, by the captain, on the score card in order of the current ranking list.  Each player shall play one set (the best of 5 games, 11 points up) against the three players of the opposing side and in addition one doubles set (the best of 5 games, 11 points up) from those who played in the singles but may include a player who has not played in the singles; subject to ranking restrictions. 

(b)   The Management Committee have powers to deduct points and impose penalties on teams not ranked in correct order of playing ability in accordance with current records.  If a player cannot fulfil a fixture and no substitute is available the remaining players may occupy their normal team positions. (e.g. Number one player missing and no substitute is available, remaining players play as 2 and 3). 

(c)   The match must be played to a finish and the points in all League Competitions will be awarded as follows:1 point will be awarded for each set won

26. (a)   All matches shall start not later than 7.30pm; the penalty for late starts shall be 50p for every fifteen minutes or part thereof. 

(b)  If, by 8.00pm a team has no player present and ready to play, the opposing team, provided it has all players present shall have the option of claiming the match and League points. 

(c)   If at any time after 8.15pm (playing on a single table), all possible sets have been played and the continuity of a match is stopped by the non-attendance of a player or players, then the team which has all players present shall have the option of claiming the whole of the sets which remain to be played. 

(d)  The sets of any player not present by 9.00pm shall go by default to the opposing team.

(e)   A reserve called upon to play shall be required to play throughout the match.

27. (a)  The umpire for each game shall be mutually agreed on and the scoring shall generally be undertaken alternately by members of the visiting and home teams.  In the event of any dispute over who should umpire, the visiting team shall have the choice. 

(b)  Team captains shall have the option of choosing the order of play alternately and shall toss for the right to decide who shall play the first set in the match.

28.  In the event of a team not fulfilling an engagement the opposing team shall be awarded the sets and League points together with any reasonable expenses incurred.  The defaulting team may be suspended and is liable to be fined at the discretion of the Management Committee.

29.  League matches may be brought forward, by mutual arrangement but cannot be postponed except in the following circumstances:-

(a)   Adverse weather conditions.

(b)  One or more players selected to play for his town, county or country.

(c)   Inability of the home team to provide a venue.

(d)   If a match coincides with a religious festival, either team may opt to postpone the match.

In the event of the circumstances above applying, matches must be played within four weeks of the scheduled date of the original date of the fixture.

Failure to comply will result in the Management Committee deciding the allocation of the points.  It is the responsibility of the Club desiring to re-arrange a match to inform the Fixture Secretary, prior to the scheduled date of the match.  Failure to inform the Fixture Secretary will entail a fine of £2.00.

30.  The home team shall notify the Fixture Secretary of the result of a match within 7 days, on an Official Score Card.  Failure to comply with this Rule will entail a fine of £2.00 for each offence.

31.  It shall be the responsibility of a club changing its Secretary, Home Venue, Match Night or the Secretary changing his or her address, to notify the League Secretary in writing and to advise the Secretary of each Club in the Division or Region to which they are attached.  Failure to comply within three days will entail a fine of £2.00.  Where a Club changes its Match Night or Home Venue, all opponents for home matches must be sent a reminder at least seven days before each fixture.

32.  Matches shall be played in accordance with the current Laws of Table Tennis, as adopted by Table Tennis England.

33.  No player shall be eligible for a Manchester representative team unless he or she plays regularly in the League, except when in the opinion of the Management Committee there are extenuating circumstances.



Service shall start with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server’s stationary free hand.

The server shall then project the ball near vertically upwards, without imparting spin, so that it rises at least 16cm after leaving the palm of the free hand and then falls withouttouching anything before being struck.

As the ball is falling, the server shall strike it so that it touches first his court and then, after passing over or around the net assembly, touches directly the receiver’s court. In doubles, the ball shall touch successively the right half court of the server and receiver.

From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server’s end line and it shall not be hidden from the receiver by any part of the body or clothing of the server or his doubles partner. As soon as the ball has been projected, the server’s free arm shall be removed from the space between the server’s body and the net.

It is the responsibility of the player to serve so that the umpire or the assistant umpire can see that he complies with the requirements for a good service.

If the umpire is doubtful of the legality of a service he may, on the first occasion in a match, declare a let and warn the server.

Any subsequent service of doubtful legality of that player or his doubles partner will result in a point to the receiver.

Whenever there is a clear failure to comply with the requirements for a good service no warning shall be given and the receiver shall score a point.

Exceptionally, the umpire may relax the requirements for a good service where he is satisfied that compliance is prevented by physical disability.



The surface of one side of the racket shall be bright red and the surface of the other side shall be black, whether or not both sides are used for striking the ball.

The racket may be of any size, shape or weight but the blade shall be flat and rigid and shall be made of wood.  At least 85% of the blade by thickness shall be natural wood.  An adhesive layer within the blade may be reinforced with fibrous material such as carbon fibre, glass fibre or compressed paper but shall not be thicker than 7.5% of the total thickness or 0.35mm, whichever is the smaller.  A side of the blade used for striking the ball shall be covered with either ordinary pimpled rubber with pimples outwards having a total thickness including adhesive of not more than 2mm, or sandwich rubber with pimples inwards or outwards having a total thickness including adhesive of not more than 4mm.

“Ordinary pimpled rubber” is a single layer of non-cellular rubber, natural or synthetic, with pimples evenly distributed over its surface at a density of not less than 10 sq cm and not more than 50 sq cm.

“Sandwich rubber” is a singular layer of cellular rubber covered with a single outer layer of ordinary pimpled rubber, the thickness of the pimpled rubber not being more than 2mm.  The covering material shall extend up to but not beyond the limits of the blade, except that the part nearest the handle and gripped by the fingers may be left uncovered or covered with any material and may be considered part of the handle. The blade, any layer within the blade and any layer of covering material or adhesive shall be continuous and of even thickness. 

The surface of the covering material on a side of a blade, or of a side of a blade if it is left uncovered, shall be uniformly dark-coloured and matt, any trimming round the edge of the blade shall be matt and no part of it shall be white.  Slight deviations from continuity of surface or uniformity of colour due to accidental damage, wear or fading may be allowed provided that they do not significantly change the characteristics of the surface.

At the start of the match a player shall show his opponent and the umpire the racket.  A racket shall not be changed during an individual match, unless it has been accidentally damaged so badly that it cannot be used.



Your minimum playing space should be 25ft x 15ft.  The table 9ft x 5ft with the upper surface 2ft 6ins from the floor and with a top sprayed with non-reflecting cellulose paint.

There should be an even distribution of light over the playing area and the following is recommended:- Three "Pearl” lamps, well shaded, hung 9ft to10ft from the floor, 6ins to 1ft behind the ends of the table.

Read all the rules and advice appearing on the league website and act accordingly.  This League has been formed for your benefit and its reputation is in your hands.



When serving in singles to a wheelchair bound player, the ball in its natural course forward, without being impeded, should pass over the base line.  A let is called should the ball pass over the side lines.  In doubles the ball is served in the usual way, the ball can be returned thereafter by either of the wheelchair bound players.



Following the introduction of direct Table Tennis England affiliation, all individual membership includes a single insurance payment for comprehensive Public Liability cover, regardless of how much you play.



1. The Richardson Cup (First Division Teams), Leslie Cohen Trophy (Second Division teams), Bill Morris Trophy (Third Division teams) shall be for Annual Competition, on a knock-out basis, for teams competing in the Manchester and District Table Tennis League and shall never become the property of any Club.

2. Conditions and Rules of match play for the above two competitions shall be as in the Manchester and District Table Tennis League, except that if after 10 sets the scores are equal then a deciding doubles shall be played to decide the match.  Pairings for this doubles at the selection of each team.

3. The management and control of the cup competitions shall be governed by the Management Committee of the Manchester and District Table Tennis League.

4. A player shall not be allowed to play for more than one competing team in any one season.  In the case of multi-teamed clubs, a player may assist a team in a different cup competition, subject to ranking restrictions.  No player shall be allowed to compete in the Semi-Final round unless he or she has assisted the same team in two or more League matches and for the Final round in four or more matches without permission from the Management Committee.

5. All matches shall be played on or before the date decided by the Management Committee.  The Fixture Secretary shall advise all Clubs concerned regarding their matches and final date of the round within three days of each drawing.

6. The Management Committee may question the validity of any player to play in the competition and failing satisfaction from them or their Club they may disqualify such a player, remove the Club from the competition or impose other penalties.

7. Any Club refusing or failing to play a match set out in this competition by these rules shall forfeit the match and be called upon for an explanation by the Management Committee who have power to impose penalties.

8. The Management Committee shall have power to alter or add to the rules governing the competitions.



Every Club applying for membership of the League shall complete the entry form in force for the time being and shall send it, together with the appropriate guarantee fee to the Hon. General Secretary of the League before the 30th June.

The Management Committee (hereafter referred to as the Committee) shall have the power to deal with any matter brought to the attention of the Hon. General Secretary alleging actions or behaviour by any Player or Club that brings the League into disrepute or is against the best interests of the League.

The Committee shall have the power to censure Player(s) or Club(s), require an undertaking in such terms as the Committee may decide and/or to expel or suspend the Player(s)/Club(s) from membership of the League.  Any fees paid may be forfeited.

Player(s)/Club(s) shall have the right to appeal, in person, to the Committee with regard to any decision affecting themselves, providing that notice of such an appeal be submitted to the Hon. General Secretary in writing within ten days of notification of the decision.

Any Player(s) or Club(s) aggrieved by a decision of the Committee may appeal against such decision to a Board of Appeal.  This will consist of three persons of known impartiality, those persons being current players within the Manchester and District Table Tennis League but shall not be members of the League Management Committee.

Any such appeal shall be forwarded to the Hon. General Secretary in writing not later than ten days after receipt of notification of the decision appealed against and shall be accompanied by a deposit of £3.00 which shall be forfeited if the appeal is not upheld.  All appeals shall be dealt with in accordance with the regulations for appeal as follows.

Manchester & District Table Tennis League

Appeal Board Regulations

A Clerk to the Board of Appeal will be appointed by the League Management Committee, being a person not a member of the League Management Committee.  This person will hereafter be referred to as “The Appeal Clerk”

If an appeal properly lodged in conformity with procedures specified under the heading within the current League Handbook (* The current League Handbook 2015-15 has been reduced in content and from September 2015 the Manchester League Website will be the only place that these procedures will be specified), Election to the Manchester and District Table Tennis League, Discipline within the League and Expulsion from the League, is received by the Hon. General Secretary, the Secretary shall, within seven days of receipt of such an appeal:-

(a)  acknowledge appeal and advise appellant of name and address of Appeal Clerk

(b)  forward appeal to Appeal Clerk

(c)  send copy of these Regulations to appellant and Appeal Clerk

The Appeal Clerk shall, upon receipt of the notice, contact three qualifying persons, nominate one as Chairman, arrange date, time and venue for hearing, such date not to be later than five weeks after the date of receipt of the appeal by the Appeal Clerk.

The Appeal Clerk shall then:-

(a)  advise the appellant, the Hon General Secretary and all members of the Appeal Board of the date, time and venue of the hearing, giving at least four teen days clear notice and at the same time, advise the appellant and Hon. General Secretary that any written statement to be considered, must be received by him/her at least ten clear days prior to the hearing.

(b)   send to arrive at least four clear days prior to the hearing to the appellant, Hon. General Secretary and all members of the Appeal Board, copy of the appeal and any correspondence relating to it, from either the appellant or the Hon General Secretary.

The Appeal Clerk shall, if requested by the Chairperson of the Appeal Board, attend the hearing in order to take minutes of the proceedings.  He/She shall not be entitled to speak or vote at the hearing, except to advise upon matters of procedure, if requested to do so.







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