Questions: How are the matches made? Is it a round-robin?
Answer: Normally in a round robin with 16 teams one match is played against the other 3 teams in the group. In a normal round robin, there is an order to respect following the standing. TFIM chose a format close to a round-robin with differences: a format of 3 rounds with a draw at random to form the groups. See Draw to make-up the groups.
With 18 teams participating, two groups of 5 (uneven) and two groups of 4 (even) and 3 rounds per group. Between groups A and B, one match per week is intergroup. Two teams form the same row never play against each other; there is one exception "A3 vs B3".
|ROUNDS for a tournament with 18 teams|
|Round #1||Round #2||Round #3|
The team that has the highest ranking at the end of the regular season will always host. The number in front of each team name signifies it's ranking at the end of the regular season.
How are the balls distributed for the post season tournament?
The team that had the highest ranking, during the regular season, receives. At the captains' meeting these teams are given the balls for the whole tournament.
A tie breaker is played when the score is at 6-6 and play continues WITHOUT DELAY. The player whose turn it was to serve does so on the ad side. The opponent serves next on the left side and then the ad side for the 3rd point. Each player then alternates playing 2 points each. The first team to obtain 7 points wins the set if there is a 2 points lead, otherwise the play continues until there is a 2 points lead.
Teams change side every 6 points until the end of the tie breaker.
At 11:50 or 12:20, if a match is not completed, a tie breaker begins. The way this tie breaker is played depends on the actual score in the set. Please refer to your booklet's cover page.
See also:Whose turn is it to serve after a tiebreaker?
We ask that you respect the time allowed for breaks during the match. See also: time rules
The team who served first in a normal tiebreaker will be the receiver in the first game of the next set. The team who served the first point in the tiebreaker, is deemed to have served a full game. EX: Team A began to serve in the set, it is also team A that began the tiebreaker in this set so Team B begins to serve the next set (or Tie-breaker if there is no time to start a set).
In our league, we begin a tiebreak if the match is not decided at 10 minutes prior to the end of the scheduled time. When a tiebreak is to take place, change sides when the score is odd and start the tie break at the the same score as where you are in the sets' scores. The serving order is respected. However if this tie-breaker was to decide the winner of the second set and there is another tie-breaker to be played, the team that started the second set will be the receiver in the last tie-breaker.
What happens if we changed sides at 3-2?At 3-2, you normally switch sides in a regular set but at 4-2 you don't. This also applies in our forced tie-breaker situations. See Tie breaker in doubles. We start this tie breaker because of time constraints so when it's time to play a tie-breaker, change sides normally if it's an uneven total, then start the tie breaker. Because we do not want to waste time, it is not necessary to change sides at 3-3 or 4-2 if you just changed sides.
Tardiness: The player is expected and can arrive late at any time during the scheduled 2 hours. The line-up is complete and written 10 minutes prior to the start of the match. No changes can be made after the 10 or 10:30 start time. (rule 2.2.4).
Default "no-show": the captain informs her opponent of an incomplete line-up at least 24 hours ahead of time. The line-up is incomplete when written 10 minutes prior to the start of the match.
Conclusion: arriving late never is a no-show; it's one or the other.
NOTE: any player written on the score sheet is expected to show; if she fails to show, she looses the match by default as does her partner.
We ask that the captain hand in her line-up 10 minutes prior to the start of a match; normally, this line-up cannot change after it is written, rule 2.2.4. If a player is written in the line-up and injurs herself in those 10 minutes before the start and there is a replacemnt available, we ask that you be compationate and go with the possibility of rewritting the line-up. However, if the line-up changes before the players are on the courts to start, the CRA rule must be respected.
A new point was added in the "Guide for unofficiated matches". If a player mistakenly calls a ball “out” and then realizes that it was good: the first time that this occurs, the point shall be replayed unless it was a point-winning shot (on a point-winning shot, the player’s opponent wins the point); on each subsequent occasion, the player that made the incorrect call shall lose the point. If the mistake was made on the second serve, the server is entitled to two serves.
As a principle, when an error in respect of the Rules of Tennis is discovered, all points previously played shall stand. Errors so discovered shall be corrected as follows:
1. During a standard game or a tie-break game in doubles,
2. If a player serves out of turn