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COVID19 rules and guidelines 2021

- Arrive as close as possible to the start of your match. If you arrive early, wait in your car until 5 minutes before playtime

- When not playing, wear a mask at all times until you step on the court and adhere to social distancing.

- No handshaking or high-fiving partners or opponents.

- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently before, and after playing

- Maintain physical space/social distancing with your partner and opponents when changing ends on the court.

- The league suggests one designated player to make use of the scoring apparatus on the court.

- Host captains will arrive at a match with a filled-out lineup and hand it out to the other captain to complete her lineup.

- Host teams are responsible to provide only balls for the match. All water, juice or other refreshments are each individual player's responsibility.

- At the end of the match when all scores are recorded host will take a photo and email the scorecard to the captain of the opposing team and the division's scorekeeper.

- Players are required to leave immediately after the match ends.

- A player shall not play in a match if she was in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID19 or showing any COVID19 symptoms.

- If a player develops COVID19 within 5 days of playing a match we ask that they notify both their Captain, and the league president at once. The player's name will remain confidential.

- The Board will notify the opposing Captain as well as the club.

- All players exposed from both teams will refrain from any further matches until they are tested to make sure they are not sick. (5-7 days after exposure).



The rules of Inter-club are based on the USTA Rules of Tennis and the USTA Code. All captains have the responsibility to know, discuss and disseminate the rules to each player on the team and to see that they are available during matches. A copy of the rules should be posted at every club for reference during the matches. "Ignorance of the rules constitutes a delinquency on the part of a player and often spoils an otherwise good match" (USTA Code). We expect adherence to the existing rules, fair play and good sportsmanship to prevail at all times. Inter-club will consider suspending any player for abuse of the rules.
Any disputes should be settled during the match by consulting the rules and using common sense. Before protesting a match, which can only be done during the match, please consult the rules. DO NOT CALL FOR A CLARIFICATION OF ANY RULE WITHOUT READING THE RULES FIRST.

1.  SEASON AND ENTRY FEE: (back to top)

A player can only be on one roster. Players that are found on multiple rosters will not be considered valid players and any match they played will be forfeited. 


Our season starts in May and lasts until the last week in August.

We charge $175.00 per team, payable to the Long Island Women's Inter-Club Tennis League. Masters Teams pay $125 per team. Fee must be received on the night of the captain’s meeting to reserve a team spot. Teams that fail to bring their checks in will be treated as a new team and will be given a place if space is available. If paid after March 10, fee is $195. Fees are not refundable.


The L.I.W.I.T.L consists of private clubs, recreational facilities/Parks and some travel teams.

All players must be at least 25 years of age. Players must be members of their respective clubs as defined by the individual clubs. There are no restrictions applied. An inter-club player can't play on multple teams in the league and is allowed only on one roster. The only 2 exceptions are when subbing for a higher division out of the same club. See rule #8 or rule #17 playing on the Masters division.

In order to qualify and play in the league each club must submit a roster, which consists of all dues playing members. Private clubs that have their board permission and are in need of players to support a short roster are permitted to add "out of club" members.

The league allows on the A-1 level to add 2 "out of club" members and on the A-2, B-1, B-2, C and Master's division to add up to 4 "out of club" members but only to support a short roster. All other players must be dues payers. A team that wins first place and moves up from the A-2 level to the A-1 level and has 4 out of club members, can keep the original 4 players but not replace them. If for any reason the team loses any of their current out of club members, once they go down to 2 out of club players, original rule#2 will apply.

Recreational facilities in order to qualify and play in the league must submit a roster, which lists all players that get the use of their tennis facilities by being legal members and carry a park card as proof of residency.

The level of players in the league will not exceed 4.5 USTA rated with the exception of a full dues payer club member that is rated 5.0.

No out- of- club member will exceed 4.5 USTA rated.

No USTA 5.0 player is allowed to play on an A2 team.

New travel teams are no longer permitted to join the league. All existing travel teams in the league and its players are grandfathered in but will not be allowed to add new players to their existing roster, including the Master's division.

Each captain, when keying in their roster, will be asked to identify their team members and non-members on their roster online.

A player can only be on one roster. Players that are found on multiple rosters will not be considered valid and any match they played will be forfeited.

A representative from the board will be in charge of making sure the league's rules are being followed.

It is the intention of the L.I.W.I.T.L. board to preserve the integrity of the league and support the various clubs and recreational facilities participating.

3.  COACHING: (back to top)

Coaching by club pro or anyone else is NOT allowed during a match.

A pro is not allowed to speak to the players, coach, make line calls intervene or rule during a match. A player cannot receive coaching during the match not from a pro or from other teammates. Coaching is a method of directing, instructing and training a person or group of people, with the aim to achieve some goal or develop specific skills. All questions regarding the rules will be directed to the Inter-Club rules and the league rule's person.


A team roster must be filled out on our Website as soon as a user’s name and password are given out, and within a week from the captain’s meeting. A minimum of 8 players must be on the website at that time. The team captain and co-captain must be indicated. The phone number and an email address of the captain and the co-captain must be included and team player’s phone numbers as well. NO ONE MAY PLAY AN INTERCLUB MATCH UNLESS SHE IS ON AN INTERCLUB TEAM ROSTER. All players on the roster must have email addresses and phone numbers. Without the required information they will not be considered valid players.

Captain must go over the exisitng roster and make the nessassery changes including, revisions, omissions, additions and the validation of EVERY PLAYER. Captain must make sure there are incorrect email addresses or phone numbers on the roster.


Players may be added to the roster on the Website until June 15. If a player is not on the roster, and was added to the roster after the match was played, points of that court will be awarded to the opposing team.


Players who wish to switch from the team roster of one club to another at the same level may request to do so, as long as they have not yet played a match for the original team.


In the interest of fair competition, teams must be fielded in order of strength; i.e., court 1 should be stronger than court 2, and court 2 should be stronger than court 3. Any captain that believes the opposing team was not placed in "order of strength" may submit a protest to the Board. After Board investigation the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if deemed appropriate. (Forfeiture of points)
The A-1, A-2, B-1, and B-2 flights will submit names of 2 seeds. A number 1 seed and a number 2 seed.Those seeds should be the best player on the team.

Both the number 1 seedand the number 2 seed will be required to play a minimum of 4 matches for the season, and will play only on court one. If both seeds are playing in the same match, they must play together on court 1. In the absence of one of the seeds, anyone can be placed on court one along with the remaining seed (again, in the order of strength). If both seeds are absent, captain will do the line up using her unseeded players and placing them by the order of strength.Falure to complete the minimum of 4 matches for the season will result in panelty points for each match missing.

If you have any players on your team who should be seeded based on their USTA ratings/ability but are unable to commit to a minimum 4 matches, Captains must put them on court one in any match they play even though they are not seeded. That would mean that one seeded player will have to sit out that specific match. Rules are strict and seeds can only play on court 1 so extra seeded player will not be able to play on court 2 or 3.

In the event the Inter-Club board has questions or doubts about a specific player's placement or strength, it will investigate using various tools to determine the level of that player including age, previous record, previous placement in matches, and USTA ratings to make sure that the rules and guidelines of the order of strength are followed.

If circumstances change and one of the seeds is injured or if new player is added on to a roster that qualifies and is considered the “new” best player on the team, it is the responsibility of that captain to contact the Inter Club board and request to make a change and replace the old seed with the new seed in order to follow the league’s guidelines of the order of strength.

Masters division and the C division are excluded from seeding.


A player from a lower division may play in a higher division twice during the season without having to move permanently into the higher division.
If a player, in a lower division, plays a third time in a higher division, after completing the match, she remains in the higher division for the rest of the season.
It is the responsibility of the 2 captains to notify the league once that "sub" played 3 times so both rosters can be revised to reflect the change.
If a player leaves one club during the season, she may play for another club only in a higher division.
Players from a lower division must be placed in the order of strength on the third court. Failure to do so would be subject to penalty by the board. In the event that a team places a sub on court 2 and a sub on court 3 instead of putting them both on court 3, regardless of scores, both courts 2 and 3 will forfeit their points to the other team for illegal use of subs.

9.  UP OR DOWN-MOVEMENT OF TEAMS: (back to top)

In general, only one team per club is allowed in each flight. In some cases Inter-Club will allow more than one team in a given flight based on the need of that specific club and in the interest of the league. In general, the movement of teams in each flight is at the sole discretion of Inter-Club. A team finishing in 1st place will be moved to the next higher level at the start of the next season. A team finishing in last place will be moved down one level at the start of the next season. This rule will be applied, based on the needs of Inter-Club.

If a team is chosen to move up and currently has a team in that flight the board will decide which players will be required to move up. This decision will be based on a review of the scorecards from the previous season. Movement of teams (or players) is decided after registration of teams is complete in the Spring of each year and is based on what position a team finished in, how many teams are returning and any new team requests which Inter-Club receives.


Rescheduling matches must not extend beyond the last date of scheduled play. At no time can teams extend the season. If home court is unavailable then play should occur at the visitor's court. If neither court is available then play should take place indoors as per the rain rules. When players go indoors they become responsible for their own drinks. The originally scheduled home court is responsible only for ball.

In the event that a club runs into unavoidable issues with their courts and as a host team is not able to provide all 3 outdoor courts for a specific match, they may offer indoor courts instead, and pay for both teams, However, if the visiting team offers their courts at their club and wish to stay outdoors, the host team will have to comply and play at the visiting club’s courts. The host team will still be responsible to provide balls and refreshments for that match.



In order for the season to run smoothly your adherence to the schedule is necessary. Any schedule change request must be made at least two weeks in advance of the match and must first be approved by the Rules person. If your request is approved, the team captain must immediately negotiate a new date with the opposing captain and both captains must notify the scorekeeper of the new date. In the event both captains fail to come to an agreement when to play the match an executive member of the board of Inter-Club will intervene and set up a date for the match to be played.

A request for a schedule change to accommodate a team's strongest players is not a bona fide request. A request for a schedule change to accommodate a short roster is not a bona fide request. If your team consists of a short roster you will have to bring up players from a lower division (see Mobility of Players) or forfeit courts starting with court #3. Abuse of the "rescheduling rules" will result in forfeiture of the match. Rescheduling matches during the season should be completed within two weeks from the original scheduled match. Captains may split the courts if they both agree to a rescheduled match in order to solve scheduling difficulties.

When rescheduling a match and the new date is picked out, the home team must secure indoor courts in case it rains so the match is not postponed again

Matches should be played as scheduled. In an emergency call the rules person. Any schedule changes without calling the rules person could result in a forfeit.

The Inter-Club league allows two teams to negotiate a pre-scheduled change of match date as an option as long as it works into the season and doesn’t interfere with other matches or teams. Both teams must call the scorekeeper to notify of the change.

11.  COURT SURFACE: (back to top)

Clubs that have both hard and soft courts must choose the soft surface.

Inter-Club League does not force its players to play on a hard court surface. If a match is scheduled to be played between a team with a hard court surface and a team with a har tru surface, and it is a home match for the hard court team, the team with the har tru surface has the right to move the match to their home court. Once the match moves to the visiting team's court, the hard court team does not have to provide balls, water or refreshments. However, should the har tru court team not have their court available, the match will be played at the original hard court location. Under no circumstances can either team cancel, or reschedule that match.

In the case of rain, the hard court host team will try to secure a har tru indoor court. If, and only if it rains, and the match needs to be rescheduled because an indoor court was not available, the har tru team can offer their home court for the rescheduled match.

If both teams fail to come to an agreement, the rules person will take over and set some dates for both teams to play.


A team that has both Har Tru courts and Hard courts but not enough Har Tru courts to play an Inter-Club match will have to offer the visiting teams  the following options:

1. Play 2 Har Tru courts and one Hard court.
2. Play at the host club 2 Har Tru courts and a third Har Tru court indoor at an indoor facility -paid by the host team stipulating that the indoor court will have no time limit just like an outdoor match.
3. Play 3 Hard court match at the host club.
4. Be invited to play at the visiting team's club on 3 Har Tru courts but be responsible for refreshments and balls.

Any of these options can be picked by the VISITING TEAM and has to be negotiated once the schedules are out for the season so the host team has ample time to book indoor courts when necessary.  Ultimately the choice is in the hands of the visiting team. 

In the case of rain, the hard court host team will try to secure a Har Tru indoor court. If, and only if it rains, and the match needs to be rescheduled because an indoor court was not available, the Har Tru team can offer their home court for the rescheduled match.


12.  BALLS: (back to top)

Color: Yellow only; Manufacturer: Penn, Dunlop or Wilson heavy duty on hard courts; or regular balls on soft courts.

13.  HOME TEAM RESPONSIBILITY: (back to top)

Each home team captain is required to call or email the visiting team captain at least 24 hours in advance to confirm match arrangements and player availability.

When confirming a match between 2 captains,confirmation should only be through email not only by phone. If a captain is not playing that week, a designated captain must be named and that player must keep her cell phone on until 10:00am.

The home team will provide new balls. Water, Sport drinks or Juice must be on each court to avoid the necessity of a player having to leave the court to obtain it.

Host team is required to supply sealed bottled water and replanishing sport drinks (or juice) and is not allowed to use jugs with tap water. Each host team must have ice on premises to ensure cold water during a hot summer.

If a team does not have enough courts for any given home match, the team may book some or all necessary courts indoors.


If it starts to rain after a team arrives at the host's club, but before the start of play, the same rules apply as if the match had not begun. In any rescheduled match, when play has not begun, the lineup may be changed according to the availability of players for the new date.

Player's line up draft must be filled out and exchanged between both teams simultaneously. Score cards must be filled out BEFORE showing up to play the match. Penalty of points will be taken if a captain shown up to a match with a blank score card or fails to exchange their scorecard before getting on the court After the match is completed, both captains will exchange signatures and keep it for their records in case of future conflicts or discrepancies.

Match scores must be entered by the designated representative of each team onto the website within 24 hours from the match played or the score keeper must be notified as to the reason why scores were not entered. Scorekeepers will start by taking one point from the team that failed to key in the scores, and may deduct more points from chronic abusers if problem persists.


All matches start at 10:00 a.m. Automatic default time for an outdoor match is 10:30 a.m. but may be extended under the following unusual circumstances such as wrong club directions or a traffic accident. If both teams agree matches can be played earlier than 10:00 a.m. in very hot weather.

Automatic default time for an indoor match due to rain is 10:20 a.m.

it will be at the discretion of the board whether or not to accept the forfeit for a player showing up late to a match depending on the circumstances. The opponents forcing the forfeit should exercise caution in their decision because points may be taken back.

Upon the arrival of both teams to an outdoor match, the warm-up will be in pairs with 2 balls in action for a maximum of ten minutes including practice serves. Practice serves may be done from both ad and deuce court. While warming up, if any players are missing, the match will not start until all players are present. If a player does not show up by the time limit, courts will be moved around in the order of strength and the default will be on the last court.

e.g: If a court 1 player fails to show up move up a court 2 player to court 1, and a court 3 player to Court 2. Default court 3.


Each match requires 3 teams to play on 3 courts simultaneously. Placement of the teams on the correct courts rests with the HOST TEAM. If players are placed on the wrong court (e.g. 1st court players' end up playing 2nd court players, LIWITL will adopt USTA rule .The rule reads: "If the discovery occurs before the first set has been completed players are to go to the correct courts and begin the match over. If the discovery occurs after the first set is completed, the matches will be completed as started and count as matches played in good faith (applies only to outdoor matches).

17.  MASTERS DIVISION: (back to top)

Players must be 60 years of age or over.No player over 4.0 USTA rated is permitted to be on the roster.

Each team will consist of mixed play level (i.e. A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2, C) and the roster will have a minimum of 8 players.

Players can play both on Inter-Club regular division (on their appropriate level) and on the Master's division and will play their matches on Fridays.

When playing matches players will be placed in the order of strength. Each match line up will have to be in that order. Based on your team’s depth each court will have players by the order of strength from strongest to weakest.

Teams will be allowed to have 4 outside non-dues payers to be on the roster. The rest must be club members. Non-members must be marked on the team’s roster. Masters team's original rosters would be grandfathered in but any outside player that leaves going forward,could not be replaced.

Master’s travel teams cannot add any additional players to their rosters. They must secure and pre-pay for a maximum of 6 indoor courts for their home matches and play them indoors.

In the event a traveling team is invited to play at the visitor's home courts, it is up to the travel team to choose where to play the match, indoors or outdoors considering that their home courts are paid for in advance.

Travel teams will be responsible for balls, bottled water, and juice for each home match.

Travel team with the facility’s permission would be allowed to play until the match is completed. Otherwise will play based on the indoor rules of the league. That must be decided before the match starts.

Masters division will follow all other Inter-Club rules except the below:

Each Masters match will consist of 2 regular sets. In the event they split sets, a 10-point match tiebreaker will decide the third set. In extreme heat, players will have the option of playing a tiebreaker in the second set.



Play is continuous except for a ten-minute break between the second and third sets. In very hot weather a five-minute break is allowed between the first and second sets.

No player may walk off the ourt for any reason in the middle of a game without forfeiting the game being played. Players may drink and towel off at odd game changeover at courtside within USTA time constraints.



A maximum of 5 minutes will be allowed between games. A player suffering from the effects of heat exhaustion is considered to have a loss of conditioning and therefore is not entitled to an injury time out. Any player who cannot continue to play forfeits the match.

Inter-Club will consider suspending any player for abuse of the injury time-out and emergency restroom rules.


20.  GAMES AND SETS PER MATCH: (back to top)

Regulation 6 games per set; 2 out of 3 sets per match. At 6 all in games, a tie-breaker is played (see 35).


21.  SCORING: (back to top)

Court 1: 6 points for the winner; one point for the loser if they won a set. Court 2: 4 points for the winner, one point for the loser if they won a set. Court 3: 3 points for the winner, one point for the loser if they won a set.


22.  SPLITTING POINTS: (back to top)

If any player must leave for any reason (work, child care problems, injury, doctor's appointment etc.) that team forfeits the set. However, any points won, before the forfeit, stand. (i.e. if they won a set, they get 1 point but forfeit the match.

Splitting points between 2 captains prior to a scheduled match without actually playing is unacceptable. The board, following such actions, will impose penalties.

The winner in each division is the team with the highest point count at the end of the season



Forfeit: In the event that you must forfeit a court, as a courtesy, notify the opposing captain by 8:30 a.m. the morning of the match. Court 3 is forfeited first and court 2 is the next court to be forfeited. Multiple forfeits during the season may affect the team's status for the following year. The league may drop the team from the league or suspend the team for one year or put the team on the waiting list for the following year.

in the case of a last-minute forfeit indoors, after courts were secured and a fee was applied, the team responsible for the forfeit must pay the facility for that court for both teams.

While playing a match, if a reason arises where the match has to be stopped, a game in progress must be completed before stepping off the court. (example: rain) Once the game is completed, the match will resume under new circumstances at a later time (unless an injury is the reason).

Protests: Any problems that may arise during the course of the game must be discussed with the opposing team, giving them the benefit to correct such mistakes. Refer to the rules for the situation you are trying to resolve. Use fair play and common sense to resolve issues when a specific rule cannot be found. Whether the problem can be resolved on the court or not play must continue. If the dispute cannot be resolved a protest should be declared and the match completed. No team shall walk off the court. This constitutes an automatic default.

Protest procedure: A formal announcement that the game is now being played under protest must be made during the match, not after the match has ended. At the conclusion of the match you are to call the Rules person to notify her of the protest. The Rules person will inform you of the rule (Inter-Club or USTA) which applies to your protest and how your protest will proceed. If no specific rule or procedure currently exists in Inter-Club or USTA that covers your protest you will be asked to put your protest in writing to the President for a determination by the Rules person, President and Vice-president who may choose to decide the issue or may choose to consult with the USTA for a resolution of the issue. However, no action will be taken unless a formal protest has been declared openly on the court at the time of the incident in question. Rules may be clarified for anyone after a match has concluded but will not be treated as a protest.

Use of lines persons: Lines persons may be requested at any time when there is a dispute on line calls being made during a match. The function of the lines person is to make a call when a call is questioned only. Lines persons may be obtained by waiting for another court to finish their match and having one member from each club watch the lines at the net posts.

Scorecards of a protested match: The scorecards of the protested match should be filled out, signed by both captains and the word "protest" written on them. When entering the scores on the Website the word" protest" should be placed in the "substitute" box.


24.  RAIN: (SEE INDOOR SCORING): (back to top)

1. The home team is to secure indoor court time and play the match as scheduled in the event of rain or wet courts. All players pay for the court equally. (exception: travel teams) When players go indoors they become responsible for their own drinks. The home team will supply the balls.(Exception: travel team and travel Master team's home matches will supply the balls and the drinks)

2. A postponement of a match, due to rain, will only occur after all efforts to secure indoor court time have been exhausted. An inter-club officer will follow-up on the captain's efforts to secure indoor time.

3. Indoor surface, unless otherwise agreed upon by the captains, should be the same as the home team's surface. However, if a hard court club cannot secure indoor court time with the same surface, a har tru surface can be used in the interest of playing the match in a timely manner.

4. Acquiring indoor time will be acceptable as long as it starts by 11:00AM. If indoor court time is unavailable or if a suitable indoor court surface is unavailable then the make-up match must be played within two weeks of the original match. (You may split up the courts and play at any time of the day that is mutually agreeable to get the make-up match played). If a mutual agreement is not made, the vice-president of the league will set the date.

When rescheduling a match and the new date is picked out, the home team must secure indoor courts in case it rains so the match is not postponed again.

5. Match interrupted by rain: a one-time ½ hour maximum waiting period is in order for a match interrupted by rain. The postponed match will resume at the exact score at which it was stopped. The match may move indoors if both teams agree. If it begins to rain after the teams arrive for the match, but before the start of play, the match may be moved indoors if both teams agree, or the match may be made-up by the teams.

If it starts raining after a team arrives at the host's club, as long as the match had not begun, in any rescheduled follow up, the lineup may be changed according to the availability of players for the new date.

Time management: Before starting an indoor match each court, sets up the start up time by synchronizing their watches in order to make sure match will be played and stopped within the time limit.

e.g.: If the courts are booked from 10:00-12:00, regardless when you start playing and unless agreed by both teams to stay past 12:00, or allowed by the facility, you will end the match at exactly 12:00 PM.

No match that starts indoors is allowed to finish outdoors.

25.  INDOOR SCORING DUE TO RAIN: (back to top)

1. Indoor matches are limited to 2 hours (as determined by the time that has been reserved at the facility) including a ten minute warm-up. This time constraint cannot be extended.

2. If the first two sets are split, a third set is played using no-ad scoring (see below).

3. The winner of the completed no-ad set wins the match.

4. If the no-ad set is played to a tie (6 all in games) then a 12 point tie breaker is played. The winner of the completed no-ad set tie breaker wins the match.

5. Points are divided in the same fashion as for any outdoor match.

6. Captains, jointly decide which clock to use as the time marker of 2 hours and is to relay this information to all the courts before warm-up commences.

Score for incomplete matches:

Each side adds up the number of completed games that they won. The winner is the team with the most games. Court one winners receives 6 points, court two winners receives 4 points and court three winners receive 3 points. The losing side will get one bonus point for any completed set that they won.

Incomplete games or unfinished tie-breakers are not counted.

If a tie still exists after you have added up all of the completed games:

Split all the points available for the court you are on: 1st court splits 6 points; 2nd court splits 4 point; 3rd court splits 3 points. This is the only scenario in Inter-Club in which points can be split.

No-Ad System of Scoring: to be used for the third set of an in-door rain match (the first side to win 6 games by a margin of two games wins the set).

If a side wins the first point, the score is called 15 for that side, on winning the second point, the score is called 30 for that side, on winning the third point, the score is called 40 for that side, and the fourth point won by the side wins the game. If both sides have won three points, the score is called deuce; one deciding point is then played whereby the receiving side chooses which one of the receiving players will receive serve. The side that wins the deciding point wins the game.

26.  TRAVEL TEAMS: (back to top)
The L.I.W.I.T.L is no longer accepting new travel teams. All existing travel teams are grandfathered in, but will not be permitted to add any new players to their roster. A traveling team will be financially responsible for payment of a maximum of 6 indoor home matches during the season REGARDLESS of weather conditions.
All home matches must be booked and paid for in advance. The board will need a confirmation from the facility where the courts were booked. Failure to secure the courts will result in points taken.
The total number of indoor matches will be at the discretion of the board and the schedulers based on the league's needs. A Traveling team will also be responsible for providing balls, Water, Sports drinks or Juice for 6 matches outdoors and indoors. Inter-Club scheduler will mark it on the web site *. In the event a traveling team is invited to play at the visitor's home courts, it is up to the travel team to choose where to play the match, indoors or outdoors considering that their home courts are paid for in advance.
Travel teams will follow the RAIN RULES for their indoor matches.
***The league does not permit using private courts for matches.

27.  EXTREME HEAT RULES: (back to top)

In general it is allowable for captains to agree before a match starts in "hot" weather to play no add 3rd set. If a 3rd set must be played, all 3 courts must agree and play the same way.

In a heat advisory, a no add 3rd set is mandatory unless both teams agree instead to play a super tie breaker.

In order for the "extreme heat rules" to work the captains need to communicate with one another the evening before and/or, at the very least, by 9:00 a.m. the morning of a match when the weather is predicted to be or is extremely hot. If you need any clarification on the options listed below, call the Rules person, President or Vice-president before the match date.

Option 1: You can agree, the evening before a match, to start play earlier in the morning (i.e. 8 a.m. and play the third set as no add scoring. You will probably be finished playing by 10:00 a.m.

Option 2: You can agree before the match starts in the morning to play the third set as No-Ad scoring.

Option 3: You can agree before the match starts in the morning to play the third set as a super tie braker.

Option 4: Either captain may decide to reschedule the match by calling the other captain by 9:00 a.m. Choose a new, mutually agreed upon, match date that morning and communicate that date to your scorekeeper. The re-scheduled match must be played within 2 weeks of the originally scheduled date or earlier if this is one of your last matches so that the season is not extended. (The captains should opt to reschedule only if your players feel that they cannot play in the extreme heat. Please talk with your players at the start of the season to get a consensus of how they feel about playing under these conditions).

Option 5: The captains can agree to play the match indoors. Indoor facility chosen must be air-conditioned. Before the start of the match captains must choose to play using rain rules (two hour time limit) or they may agree to play the match indoors to completion if they can get an unlimited amount of play time. You must make the decision before play commences on how the indoor match will be played.

No splitting points between 2 teams. All points will result in playing the match in good faith.No pre arranged forefits in place of a scheduled match either. The board will impose penalties following such actions.

28.  BATHROOM BREAKS: (back to top)

In an attempt to minimize stalling towards the end of an indoor timed match, no bathroom breaks will be permitted in an ongoing match during the last 15 minutes of play. If a player chooses to use the bathroom during the last 15 minutes of play, the match will be considered to be RETIRED, resulting in a win to the opposing team.

29.  AWARDS: (back to top)

The two top teams in each flight will be awarded a first or second place team trophy/plaque. In case of tied scores, for the final standings of the top two teams, the winner is determined by the outcome of the match which was played between the tying teams during the season.


If two teams issue a complaint about a player, an email of probation will be sent to the player. If three complaints are received about a player, the board will send a letter of censure and the player will be suspended for the remainder of the season. This can be appealed at a board meeting.

31.  POLICY DECISIONS: (back to top)

Policy issues which arise during the season will be discussed and decided jointly by the president, vice-president and rules person. Any new policy decision, which has been enacted during the season, will be incorporated in writing into the existing rules after the season by executive board vote.

32.  TREASURER'S REPORT: (back to top)

A treasurer's report must be given to the membership each meeting. A financial report must be given at the end of the season.

33.  TEAM OBLIGATIONS: (back to top)

Each captain is expected to send one or more representatives of her team to the annual awards function. The league will choose wait-listed teams based on their willingness to cooperate and participate fully in the activities of the league.

34.  LINE CALLS: (back to top)

Ultimate responsibility for all line calls lies with the receiving team. Any ball that cannot be called out is presumed in and is therefore good. Allow the ball to bounce beyond the base, side or service line. Do not catch the ball even if you are standing outside the court. Any call of out or let must be made instantaneously; otherwise the ball is presumed to be "good" and is still in play. Any player on the court may make a call of "let", but the call must be clearly made before the point is determined.

35.  DEFAULT OF POINT AT NET: (back to top)

The net player must not touch the net with her body or racquet. The racquet may go over the net only on the follow through or in order to hit a ball which has already bounced on her side of the court.

36.  SERVING OUT OF TURN: (back to top)

USTA rule 37: If a partner serves out of her turn, the partner who ought to have served shall serve as soon as the mistake is discovered, but all points scored, and any faults served before such discovery, stand. If games have been completed before such discovery, the order of service remains as altered.

37.  ERROR IN ORDER OF RECEIVING: (back to top)

USTA rule 38: If during a game the order of receiving the service is changed by the receivers it shall remain as altered until the end of the game in which the mistake is discovered, but the partners shall resume their original order of receiving in the next game of that set in which they are receivers of the service.

38.  TIE-BREAKER: (back to top)

At 6 games all in a set a seven point tie-breaker is played. The first team to reach seven points by a margin of two points wins the set (i.e. 0-7, 1-7, 2-7, 3-7, 4-7, 5-7). In the event that both teams reach 6-6 during the tie-breaker, play continues until one team wins by two points (i.e. 8-6, 9-7 etc.).

Team A/B vs. C/D

The player whose turn it is to serve in rotation (A) shall be the server for the first point and serves this point to the deuce (right) side. (A) As the first to serve for the tie-breaker gets only one serve. Thereafter, all servers serve two points. Player C serves point 2 to the ad (left) side, and point 3 to the deuce (right) side. Player B serves point 4 to the ad (left) side and point 5 to the deuce (right) side. Player D serves point 6 to the ad (left) side and, after the teams change ends, point 7 to the deuce (right) side. Player A serves point 8 to the ad (left) side and point 9 to the deuce (right) side. Player C serves point 10 to the ad (left) side and point 11 to the deuce (right) side. If points reach 6 all, teams change ends and continue as before until one team establishes a margin of 2 points.

Players shall change ends after every six points and at the conclusion of the tie-break game. Team C/D serves the first game of the next set.

39.  COURTESY/ETIQUETTE ISSUE: (back to top)


1. Club tennis attire should be respected at all times by all players, unless it is unreasonable. The Inter Club Executive Board reserves the right to intervene and change a provision in order and try to resolve an on going issue.

2. Beepers and cell phones should be turned off or be put on a vibrate mode during a match so that play is continuous and uninterrupted. If a beeper or phone is inadvertently left on and rings during a point a 'let ' must be played. A second occurrence, by the same player, will require the forfeit of one game. Emergency calls to a player should be routed through the club which is hosting the match. Bringing young children to matches are not permitted unless they are supervised by an adult and could be removed should they

Bringing young children to matches are not permitted unless they are supervised by an adult and could be removed should they become disruptive.

3. Spectator discussion should be unobtrusive. Spectator applause should be reserved for a particularly well executed shot.

4. Line calls are made only by the players on the court and never by bystanders or players on adjacent courts.

5. Players should refrain from yelling as such behavior is intrusive and disquieting to all other players.

6. All disagreements should be handled quietly and discussed by the net and not by yelling across the net so that the other courts are not distracted.

7. At the start of each game the score of completed games should be announced. Before each first serve the score in the game being played should be announced.

***Additional rules/regulations are in the captain's manual