26/11/2009

Tournament Rules

 

 

 

 

TOURNAMENT RULES, CONDITIONS AND ENTRY DETAILS FOR MARDI GRAS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010 

TOURNAMENT DATES
19 – 21 FEBRUARY 2010

 

 

 

 The 2010 Mardi Gras Championships is a GLTA sanctioned event. The event complies with GLTA Rules and Regulations.

To download a copy of these rules and conditions, please click here.

 

1.           TABLE OF EVENTS

1.1.       Players may enter a maximum of two (2) events from the table below subject to clauses 1.2, 5.1 and 5.8 inclusive, of these Tournament Rules, Conditions and Entry Details.

EVENT NO.

EVENT NAME

WINNERS

RUNNERS-UP

1

Open Singles

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2

Open Doubles

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3

Women’s Singles

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4

Women’s Doubles

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5

A Grade Singles

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6

A Grade Doubles

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7

B Grade Singles

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8

B Grade Doubles

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9

C Grade Singles

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10

C Grade Doubles

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11

D Grade Singles

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12

D Grade Doubles

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13

Masters Doubles (each player must be 40 yrs plus)

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14

Veterans Doubles (each player must be 55 yrs plus)

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15

Mixed Doubles (non graded event)

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 1.2.       At any time before the draw is released, the Tournament Director(s) reserve the right to combine or cancel events depending on the number of entries. If an event is cancelled, players are entitled to a refund if they do not wish to enter another event.

 2.           TOURNAMENT DETAILS

2.1.       The tournament is a Tennis Sydney event and the Tennis Sydney Committee shall have entire control of the tournament.

2.2.       The tournament dates are Friday 19 February ( 6.30pm – 10.30pm) and Saturday 20 February ( 12.00pm – 7.00pm) Sunday 21 February 2010 ( 8.00 – 6.00pm)  at Illawarra Tennis Centre Rockdale.  All players enter on the basis that they may be scheduled to play matches at anytime during these dates.

2.3.       The address of The Illawarra Tennis Centre is 71 Chapel Street, Rockdale.

2.4.       Requests to not play at a particular date or time will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and only if scheduling permits, however, no requests will be considered after the draw is released. Requests, with the reasons outlined, are to be made in writing to the Tournament Director(s) and attached with the Entry Form. The Tournament Director(s) decision on the request is final.

2.5.       Dean Matterson is the Tournament Director. Dean can be contacted at info@tennissydney.org.au or on 0422008157

2.6.       The Grading Committee for the tournament are Brendan Moore, Dean Matterson and Matus Rajnoha.

2.7.       The Disputes Committee for the tournament are Brendan Moore, Dean Matterson.

 3.           ENTRY

( for special circumstances please email:  info@tennissydney.org.au)

(a)                 Players that are current Tennis Sydney members must log in using their username and password and then submit entry form. Non Members must first register (its free to register) and then submit the entry form.

(b)                 After submitting the registration on-line players can pay via PayPal on line or by transferring the Total Fees Payable to this Tennis Sydney bank account:

BSB:                           062-155

Account Number:          28031049

Account Name:             Tennis Sydney Inc

To ensure each bank transfer is correctly matched to a player’s Entry Form, please use the same phone number on your Entry Form in the reference field of the bank transfer.

3.2.       The closing date for receiving of entries is Monday, 7 February 2010. Entries must be received by this date. Late entries will not be accepted.

3.3.       Players must provide an email address so that the draw can be sent. Players must provide at least one (1) contact telephone number should the Tournament Director(s) need to contact any player.

 4.           FEES

4.1.       The entry fee is $25 for singles events, and $25 per player for doubles.

4.2.       Players must be current members of Tennis Sydney Inc, otherwise, a registration fee of $30 applies. The cost of annual membership is $50. To apply for or renew membership, players must register online at www.tennissydney.org.au.

4.3.       Players are not officially entered until all fees are paid. Fees are to be paid at the time of submitting          entry to the tournament (refer to clause 3.1). Fees not received with the Entry Form or payments that are not honoured will result in the entry not being recognised until payment is made.

 5.          ENTERING EVENTS

5.1.       Players may enter a maximum of two (2) events from the Table of Events in clause 1.1.

5.2.       For the purpose of the tournament, Open, A, B, C & D events are graded events. The following are NOT graded events: – Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, Masters Doubles (40 Years plus), Veterans Doubles (55 years plus), mixed doubles.

5.3.       Players may not combine different graded events (for example, a player may not enter both A-grade Doubles and B-grade Doubles). This rule will be strictly enforced.

5.4.       Subject to Grading Committee approval players may enter a graded event above their grade, however, they may not enter a graded event below their grade (for example, an A-grade player may not enter B-grade Singles or Doubles).

5.5.       The Grading Committee, which consists of the members in clause 2.6, reserves the right to amend a player’s entry form to enter them in the appropriate graded event.

5.6.       The Grading Committee will take account GLTA rankings and of Tennis Sydney Competitions and other tournament results, the number and depth of players in individual events, and any other factor it deems appropriate. The Grading Committee’s decision on a player’s appropriate grade is final.

5.7.       Masters Doubles and Veterans Doubles is an age event available for entry by teams where each players age is 40 years or 55 years and over as at the end of the year 2010. Players must provide their date of birth on the Entry Form.

5.8.       All events and grades will be offered for entry by women if there are sufficient entries. Women should enter GLTA grade for women’s events and we all attempts will be made to hold women’s events. If there are insufficient entries women will be able to play in the men’s events at one grade lower than their women’s grade. Please see GLTA rules at www.glta.net. Any women not wishing to participate in men’s events must make it clear at time of entry.

5.9        A Consolation round will be held for first match losers in singles knock out events only.

 6.          FORMAT

6.1.       Depending on the number of entries, events will be played either as a knockout or Round Robin format.  Matches in a knockout or Round Robin format will be played either as:

(a)   best of three sets – sets 1 and 2 are standard sets, and set 3 is a super-tiebreak (first to 10 points with a margin of at least 2 points); OR

(b)   one standard set – first to six games with at least a margin of two games, standard tiebreak at 6 games all (first to 7 points with a margin of at least 2 points); OR

(c)   one pro-set – first to 9 games with a standard tiebreak at 8 games all (first to 7 points with a margin of at least 2 points).

6.2.       The Tournament Director(s) will make a decision on the format of events and matches after the closing date for entries (7 February 2010).

6.3.       The draw, including the format of events and matches, will be released on Sunday, 14 February 2010. The draw will be announced at Sunday Social on 14 February 2010 and players will be advised by email after this event.

6.4.       There will be NO time limit to matches (all matches will be played in full), however, the Tournament Director(s) reserve the right to shorten matches if it is warranted by a long backlog of matches and/or bad weather.

6.5.       In a Round Robin event, semi-final matches may or may not be played depending on the number of entries received. This will be announced when the draw is released (14 February 2010).

6.6.       In a Round Robin event, the players or teams who will get through to the semi-finals (if scheduled), or the finals (if no semi-finals are scheduled), in each Round Robin Group shall be determined on the following basis in order of priority:

(a)   most sets won; then

(b)   highest ratio of sets won/lost (if equal in sets won); then

(c)   highest ratio of games won/lost (if equal in ratio of sets won/lost).

6.7.       If there is still a tie, victories during Round Robin play will decide the tie (for example, if Player A and Player B are still tied after considering 6.6(a) to 6.6(c) above, but Player B won against Player A during Round Robin play, then Player B will get through.

6.8.       Where semi-final matches are scheduled for a Round Robin event, the player or team who finishes first in each Round Robin group shall play the player or team who finishes second in the other Round Robin group.

6.9.       In the event that a player withdraws during the Round Robin Rounds, all results against that player, whether they have been complete or not, will be excluded from the final tally for that Round Robin Group.

 7.          PLAYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

7.1.       It is the responsibility of all players to ascertain the date and time they are required to play by consulting the draw when it is released (refer to clause 6.3).

7.2.       Players should be present at the tournament site to report to the control desk at least 15 minutes before they are scheduled to play. Subject to the Tournament Director(s) discretion, players who are not ready for play at their allotted time after a match is called will be penalised as follows:

(a)   5 or fewer minutes  – one (1) game penalty ( + loss of toss)

(b)   5:01 – 10:00 minutes – two (2) games penalty (+ loss off toss)

(c)   10:01 – 15:00 minutes  – three (3) games penalty ( + loss of toss)

(d)   15 minutes late or later – defaulted (if it is a Round Robin match, the opposing player or team who is present will be awarded maximum points while the defaulted player or team will receive no points).

7.3.       During a match, it is the responsibility of the player or team playing the ball to call it in or out. Players may only call a ball out if they clearly see the ball as out. If players are in doubt, they must NOT call the ball out but instead play on. If the opposition strongly disputes a call, players should not get into an argument. Simply play the point again.

7.4.       If disputes are ongoing, any one of the players may request an umpire who will be nominated by the Tournament Director(s). Players have no role to play in umpire selection. Escalated disputes shall be referred to the Disputes Committee (refer to clause 2.7).

7.5.       Players who behave poorly or in an unsportsmanlike manner may be defaulted from the event, or from the whole tournament, at the discretion of the Tournament Director(s) and in consultation with the Disputes Committee. Players who are defaulted for poor or unsportsmanlike behaviour will not be entitled to a refund.

 8.           BAD WEATHER

8.1.       The Tournament Director(s) reserve the right to reschedule match times due to bad weather or other delays. Players must make themselves available to play matches which are rescheduled during the tournament dates (refer to clause 2.2).

8.2.       If there is doubt about the weather, it is the responsibility of all players to contact the Tournament Director(s) to determine whether matches will be cancelled or delayed. Players should NOT assume that matches will be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather.

8.3.       If the whole tournament is cancelled due to bad weather before it has started, the Tournament Director(s) will make a decision on whether the tournament will be abandoned or rescheduled for another time.

8.4.       If the tournament is abandoned, all players will receive a full refund. If the tournament is rescheduled, those who are unable to play in the rescheduled tournament will receive a full refund.

8.5.       If bad weather forces play to be stopped after the tournament has started, and no further play is possible during the scheduled tournament dates (19, 20, and 21 February), the Tournament Director(s) will make a decision on whether the tournament will be abandoned or rescheduled for another time.

8.6.       If the tournament is abandoned, the Tennis Sydney Committee will consider a partial refund for players who have not completed their events. If the tournament is rescheduled, the Tennis Sydney Committee will consider a partial refund for those who are unable to play in the rescheduled tournament.

 9.          WITHDRAWAL FROM THE TOURNAMENT

9.1.       Players who withdraw from the tournament for personal or other reasons before the draw is released, or after the draw is released but before the start of the tournament, do not have an automatic right to a refund. This shall be considered by the Tournament Director(s) on a case by case basis and will depend on whether a replacement player is available.

9.2.       Players who withdraw from the tournament for personal or other reasons after the tournament has started are not entitled to a refund.

 10.        NO REFUND OF MEMBERSHIP FEES

10.1.     Provisions in these Tournament Rules, Conditions and Entry Details that allow for a full or partial refund apply only to entry fees (clause 4.1) and registration fees (clause 4.2), and do NOT apply to membership fees.

11.        WAVIER OF LIABILITY

11.1      Players participating in this tournament & the related activities & events must  agree to waive any & all rights & claims for bodily or emotional injury, injury to their reputation, or any other damage or harms that they might suffer, or any other claims of any nature against the Tennis Sydney, its committee members or the GLTA, or any organization, facility or individual associated with this tournament & the related activities & events.

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