Playoffs & final
- The same "rules of competition" Rule 2.1 followed during the regular season apply throughout.
- The teams are ranked according to the results attained during the regular season. The first 16 teams make the playoffs. An elimination "round of 16" is played. LOOK up "How positions are decided in the standings".
- The team with the highest standing is always the receiving team. If its club cannot receive due to court availability, then the opposing team receives.
- Look up To qualify for the playoffs.
- No substitution is allowed from a lower level.
- An injured player is replaced only if the injury occurs during the 15-minute warm-up period.
- The CRA rule is applicable throughout the playoffs. If this rule is not respected, the team at fault automatically loses and the opposing team continues to the next round.
- If a team does not have 6 eligible players, a default is announced. The opponents must be advised. See Rule 2.1 : default
To qualify for the playoffs
All players registered in the league must have played for her team a minimum number of matches during the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The byes don't count. A player has to play :
- 6 times if a team has 20 scheduled matches
- 7 times if a team has more than 20 scheduled matches
- The "5.5" player must have played a minimum of 3 matches to be eligible.
Note: A match lost by retiring because of an injury does not count in the number of times played for both partners. See Rule 2.1 retired.
- All Bronze Medal matches are played at the club hosting the final.
- The players pay the cost for courts.
- Matches will be played with no time limit.
- During the bronze medal, TFIM will employ professional referees for each court. In case of need, a player whose team is not competing in the finals can be a referee.
- The host club must allow the finalists of the Bronze Medal one round of practice of 2 hours the week preceding the event. The host club establishes the time and cost.
The finals will be played on the same day, at the same club, for all levels. The Administrative Committee of TFIM will choose this club.
The host club for the finals must allow the finalists one round of practice of two hours during the week preceding the finals. The host club sets the practice time.
During the finals, TFIM will employ professional referees for each court. In case of need, a player whose team is not competing in the finals can be a referee.