Post season series
Preliminary rounds & final (2018)
- The same "rules of competition" followed during the regular season apply throughout.
- The teams are ranked according to the results attained during the regular season. An even number of teams play in the 2018 post season series. EX: in a level having 19 teams, only the first 18 teams play for the gold medal. 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.
In 2017-18 a new format took place instead of the playoffs: a post season series. The 2019 series are similar with some amendements.
The peculiarities are:
- An even number of teams per level will participate to have an equal number of matchs for each team. There will be no bye.
- In 2019 levels 2, 3 & 4 will have 18 teams participating in the series. In level 1, 10 teams will compete.
- At least three rounds of matches for each participating team in levels 2, 3 and 4. At least 4 rounds of matchs for participating teams in level 1.
- At the end of these 3 or 4 matchs, the teams are ranked according to a predetermined sorting.
To qualify for the series
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 post season series. 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.
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.