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Name and Objects
The league founded in 1948 shall be named the City and Suburban
The League shall have for its objects the provision and promotion
of competitive tennis for clubs within the City of Stoke-on-Trent
and District, by arranging matches and tournaments in accordance with
the laws of the game adopted by the Lawn Tennis Association, and all
other events connected therewith.
The League is constituted by these Rules as a non-profit making organisation.
The League shall encourage all member clubs to affiliate to the Lawn Tennis
Association through the Country Lawn Tennis Association.
Clubs accepted into membership of the League shall pay an annual
subscription no later than 31st May each year. The amount of the
subscription to be agreed annually at the Annual General Meeting of
A member club whose subscription is not paid by 30th June will be
subject to a fine of one pound, and if not paid shall cease to be a
The League financial year will run from 1st February until 31st January next and
accounts prepared accordingly shall be submitted to the Annual General Meeting.
Acceptance of Members
The Committee, whose decision by a simple majority shall be final, shall be empowered
to accept approved clubs into the league.
The management of the League shall be vested in a Committee consisting
of the officers, who shall be ex-officio members, and three ordinary
members. The ex-officio members shall be the President, Chairman,
League Secretary, Assistant-League Secretary, Treasurer, Press and
Results Secretary, Tournament Secretary and the Assistant Tournament
Secretary. All shall be elected for the year at the Annual General
Meeting and shall be eligible for re-election. The elected Committee
shall have the power to fill any casual vacancy.
The Committee shall act in accordance with the Rules of the League
and shall from time to time make and revise the League Regulations.
The Committee shall have the power to decide on any matter unprovided
for by these Rules and the current Regulations.
Committee Meetings shall be held as circumstances may require when
called by the Chairman or Secretary, or on the application of two
or more Committee Members.
The quorum at a Committee Meeting shall be five members, and in the event
of equality of voting at any meeting the Chairman shall have a casting
An Annual General Meeting shall be held each year during the month
Any Member Club wishing to propose a resolution at the A.G.M. must
send a copy thereof to the Secretary before 31st January so that
provision can be made on the agenda.
The business of the A.G.M. shall be the confirmation of the minutes
of the previous A.G.M. and of any subsequent Extraordinary General
Meeting; the consideration of the Committee's report and the
Treasurer's accounts for the year; the appointment of an Hon. Auditor;
and any other items of which notice has been given and details
included in the agenda.
Extraordinary General Meetings
An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called by the Committee
at their discretion or within one month of the receipt by the
Secretary of a requisition signed by not less than five Member Clubs
stating the business to be transacted.
The business of an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be in
accordance with the requisition under which it was summoned and the
At any general meeting further business may be accepted at the
discretion of the Chairman provided it does not call for the
alteration of Rules.
The quorum at any general meeting shall be a representative from ten
Each League Club represented at a general meeting shall have a total
of two votes by their members in attendance. In the event of a League
Club having only one member present only one vote will be allowed.
At any general meeting in the event of equality of voting the
Chairman shall have the casting vote.
Any Member Club wishing to lodge a complaint must do so in writing to the League
Secretary and it shall be dealt with by the Committee.
Misconduct, Suspension, or Expulsion
The Committee shall have the power to terminate or suspend the
participation of any Club or Player whom it considers is guilty of
misconduct or offensive behaviour to any other Club or Player.
Any complaints of misconduct shall be made in writing to the League
Secretary within seven days of the alleged misconduct taking place and
a copy of the letter must be sent to the Club Secretary of the
The League Committee shall have the power to penalise breaches of
the Rules by deducting points, fining, demoting, or action under
Rule 10(a), as may be decided.
Rules and Regulations
Copies of these Rules shall be available to all Member Clubs.
The Rules shall not be altered except at a general meeting after due
notice, and then only provided two thirds of those present and able
to vote are in favour.
The Regulations shall be made and periodically revised by the League
The league shall be discontinued on the passing of a resolution to that effect at a
general meeting after due notice, by at least two thirds of those present and able to
vote. A winding up committee shall be appointed if necessary and given general
directions as to the disposal of any assets. The assets shall not be paid to or
distributed among the Members of the League but shall be given or transfered to
some other body or bodies having similar objects to the League, or to some
Every player participating in League events must be a 'bona fide' member of the League
club for which they play. The Committee shall have the right to request evidence of
All players must be registered with the League Secretary at least
seven days before they play in a League match, emergencies excepted.
In the event of an emergency whereby a match may have to be fortified due
to a registered player being unable to play, a team can request the
emergency registration of a replacement player by telephoning the
League Secretary (or a Committee Member) in time for the opposing
team to be notified. Should the acceptability of the replacement player
be questioned the Committee will be informed and the forfeiture of any
rubbers decided upon.
Any rubbers involving unregistered players will be forfeited.
Nomination of Players
Clubs with two teams shall nominate four players for their 'A' Team.
Clubs with three teams shall nominated four players for each of their
'A' and 'B' teams.
Clubs with four teams shall nominate four players for each of their
'A', 'B' and 'C' Teams.
Players nominated may play only for the team indicated or a higher
grade team. A player who plays three times for a higher graded team
becomes a higher graded player and is debarred from playing for the
lower grade team(s).
All requests to amend the nominations must be submitted to the League
Secretary will be subject to approval by the Committee.
If a nominated player has not played in the first three matches another
player must be nominated and notified by the League Secretary.
A registered player wishing to transfer to another Member Club Team must notify
the League Secretary and obtain approval of the intention at least seven days
before playing for the new club.
Order of Play
First Leg Events:
Event 1 -
Home Couple 1 v Away Couple 2
Event 2 -
Home Couple 2 v Away Couple 1
Second Leg Events:
Event 3 -
Home Couple 2 v Away Couple 2
Event 4 -
Home Couple 1 v Away Couple 1
Matches are to be played the best of three sets.
A point will be awarded for each event played and won.
Points for unfinished events will be shared.
Play shall be continuous, however, if one event reaches 'set all'
before the other event has completed two sets, play shall continue
with the third set until the other event has completed two sets. The
former event will then be suspended after the completion of the game
in progress. The second leg events will then commence. If either of
the second leg events requires a third set, play should continue until
the other event has reached two sets. When this event has reached two
sets, play must then revert to any of the first leg events suspended.
This means that all first leg events will be reverted back at the
The tie-break system will operate when the score reaches six all in the first and
second sets. The ordinary advantage set shall be played in the third set, in
accordance with L.T.A. Rules. The procedure will be:-
The couple who first wins seven points shall win the game and set
provided they lead by a margin of two points. If the score reaches
six points all the game shall be extended until this margin has been
achieved. Numerical scoring shall be used throughout the tie-break
The player whose turn it is to serve shall be the server for the
first point. Thereafter each player shall serve in rotation for two points,
in the same order as previously in that set until the winners of the
game and set have been decided.
From the first point each service shall be delivered alternately
from the right and left courts, beginning from the right court.
Players shall change ends after every six points and at the
conclusion of the tie-break game.
The couple who served first in the tie-break game shall receive
service in the first game of the following set.
All matches must be played in accordance with the fixture lists.
In the event of a team cancelling a fixture, they will forfeit the points.
In the case of a team conceding a match 4-0 due to default, a written explanation
of the occurence should be sent to the League Secretary. If a team fails to fulfill
two matches by default, they may be expelled from the League and their record
Evening matches should commence at 6.30 p.m. Any players not on the
court by 6.45 p.m. shall lose the first event 6-0, 6-0, and any club
not represented by a full team by 7.00 p.m. shall forfeit the match
to their opponents with a maximum score. Players arriving late must
commence play without a knock-up.
The time of cessation of play is to be by mutual agreement of the
captains if weather conditions or bad light make it unreasonable
to continue. In this situation, if a score of four all has been
reached in a deciding set, play should be continued for at least
two more games unless mutually agreed to end play.
Matches may commence earlier in the evening than 6.30 p.m. if
mutually agreed by the two captains.
Saturday afternoon fixtures should commence by 2.30 p.m. Any players
not on court by 2.45 p.m. shall lose the first event 6-0, 6-0, and
any club not represented by a full team by 3.00 p.m. shall forfeit
the match to their opponents with a maximum score. If a start has not
been made by 3.30 p.m. through bad weather, play will be abandoned and
the match declared a draw.
Home clubs must supply six new current L.T.A. approved tennis balls for every match.
Results of all matches must be recorded on the match results cards provided and
sent direct to the Results Secretary, to reach him within seven days of the fixture.
Clubs failing to comply with this ruling may be fined £1 per missing result.
Details of the Annual Tournaments will be issued by the appointed Tournament
Seeding will take place in each event and the seeds will be nominated by
the tournament organisers in liaison with the Committee.
The draw for each competition shall be available prior to the
commencement of the tournament.
Any player(s) not present when called upon to play by the organisers
shall be scratched.
Dale Cup, P.D. Packaging Trophy and Lawn Tennis Foundation Trophy
Players may represent only the club they have represented in the
Mens or Ladies Leagues.
A player may play for only one team in any one round. If a club has
more than one team entered, a player in a lower team may play for a
higher grade team if the lower grade team has been eliminated from
the said competition.
A player may not play in these matches unless he/she has first played
in a League match during the current season.
If a system of handicapping is deemed desirable it will be declared so
at the A.G.M. and details will be issued with the draw.
It is the responsibility of the home team to contact their opponents
and propose dates for the tie.
The home team must offer the visitors at least two dates and the
dates offered must be in separate weeks, the dates must not related to
the same weekday.
Ties will be played during weekdays unless mutually agreed for
At least 48 hours notification of proposed dates must be given.
In the event of bad weather preventing the tie taking place on the
date arranged, further dates shall be given. If unavoidably this
exceeds the time permitted for the round, the tie must be played by the
third day after the said completion date. All new dates offered must be
notified to the Tournament Secretary.
It is the responsibility of the winning team to notify the Tournament
Organiser of the result of the match no later than three days after the
closing date of the round. Failure to do this will result in both
teams being eliminated from the tournament irrespective of who may
or may not have won.
Notification of all ties will be made by the Tournament Organiser.
Disputes of any nature will be dealt with by the Committee (through
the League Secretary) and their decision on these matters is final.
All the League match regulations where applicable shall apply except
where specifically covered in the foregoing Cup and Trophy regulations.