STTA league rules

League Rules of the Scunthorpe Table Tennis Association

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1. Name
The name of this organisation shall be the Scunthorpe Table Tennis Association, hereafter referred to as the ‘STTA’.

2. Authority of League Rules
These league rules are binding upon every member of the STTA and shall only be amended at an Annual General Meeting, or an Extraordinary General Meeting called for that specific purpose [see Constitution Rule 14]. Failure to comply with any of these league rules, may result in the Team Captain, or his representative, being summonsed to a compliance meeting (see League Rule 8), to explain his reasons for this failure.

3. Match Fixtures
a) Each team shall nominate a fixed home night, from Monday to Friday.
b) Any permanent change to a team’s home night, after the Handbook publication deadline, shall be forwarded to the Match Secretary, as soon as practicable. The team shall also inform all the other teams in their Division, about the change.
c) Matches shall be played according to the fixture list distributed.
d) Matches may be played before the nominated home night, but should a team require to rearrange a fixture after the nominated home night, then permission from the Match Secretary shall be sought, in writing. At least 48 hours notice shall be given for a match to be put back. The teams will then be allowed 28 days after the original date, in which to play the fixture. It shall be the responsibility of the Team Captain, requesting the rearrangement, to contact the Match Secretary, giving full details of the rearrangement. The result from this match shall be delivered to the Match Secretary, within 48 hours of the fixture being played.
e) The Handicap rounds shall be played as in League Rule 17.
f) The letter ‘A’ denotes an ‘Away’ fixture.
g) The Individual Championships shall be run by the STTA Committee and/or by such other suitable persons, as they shall nominate.

4. Match Rules
a) All matches shall commence by 7:15pm, unless otherwise agreed.
b) All rubbers shall be played in the correct numerical order, as shown on the scorecard.
c) A maximum of 2 minutes knock-up will be allowed before each rubber.
d) A rubber shall be played by each player, against each of the players of the other side; a rubber being the best of five games. Games shall be played in accordance with TTE (Table Tennis England) rules. A further registered player may enter the match, to play in the doubles only.
e) A match will consist of ten rubbers, for which a total of 4 points shall be available. Points to be awarded as follows:-
The team winning 7 rubbers, or more, shall receive 4 points
The team winning 6 rubbers shall receive 3 points
The team winning 5 rubbers shall receive 2 points
The team winning 4 rubbers shall receive 1 point
f) In the event of a team turning up with less than three players for a match, the Match Secretary will note the first occurrence of this. Subsequently, each time that team plays with less than three players, the team shall have two league points deducted, unless the Committee decides there were extenuating circumstances. In any case, the Team Captain of any team, that plays more than three matches with less than three players, shall be asked to attend a compliance meeting (see League Rule 8), to explain the reasons for this.
g) In the event of only two players from either team turning up for a match, then the match can still go ahead. Each player will receive the credit of their unplayed rubber, if their opponent is not ready to play, at the appropriate time. Where both teams field only two players, then the remaining tenth rubber will be unfulfilled and the match will only consist of nine rubbers e.g. 9-0, 8-1 etc.
h) Credits given to any players, under any circumstances, relating to rubbers not actually played, shall not count in the calculation of their average score for the season.
i) In the absence of an agreement between the Team Captains, prior to the commencement of a match, a player who has not turned up in time to play his first rubber, shall forfeit that rubber. If a player has not turned up by 8:00pm, then he shall default on all his three rubbers.
j) In the event of either no player, or only one player, having arrived by 7:00pm, the team shall have two League points deducted, unless the Committee decides there were extenuating circumstances. It’s up to the discretion of the other Team Captain, to decide whether, or not, to cancel the match at 8.00pm, or allow further time for the opposition to provide a team, if he believes the match could still be completed in time. Should the match be cancelled, then the defaulting Team Captain, shall write to the Match Secretary, within 7 days of the fixture, providing a reason for the failure to fulfil their obligation. If this is not received, as stated, or the Committee doesn’t accept the explanation, then the Team Captain may be summonsed to attend a compliance meeting (see League Rule 8). This League fixture must be re-scheduled and the Match Secretary notified, accordingly.
k) Unfulfilled fixtures, including conceded matches, shall be notified to the Match Secretary, in writing, by the delivery date due for that match’s scorecard (see also League Rule 7d), with an explanation for that match being unfulfilled, or conceded. Should the Committee consider that the stated reason is unsatisfactory, then the Team Captain shall be asked to attend a compliance meeting (see League Rule 8), to explain the position.
l) Should a team default on three consecutive matches, without providing a satisfactory explanation to the Committee, then they shall be dismissed from the League and all results amended accordingly.
m) Matches that are postponed due to bad weather, or power cuts, shall be reported to the Match Secretary within 48 hours.
n) Any match that is disrupted by power cuts etc, shall recommence at the beginning of the rubber, at which the interruption occurred.
o) No team may insist on the other team playing on two tables, unless it is by mutual agreement of the Team Captains.
p) If a team has to vacate their premises at a set time, then any unfinished games shall be awarded to the away team.
q) All outstanding fixtures shall be completed by the last week of the season and relevant scorecards received by the Match Secretary, by the Friday following the last week of the season.

5. Umpires
The umpire shall be acceptable to both players in a singles rubber, or all four players in a doubles rubber and his decision, on any point, shall be regarded as final. However, the umpire can be replaced, at anytime during a rubber, if both, or all four players, agree to the replacement.

6. Equipment
a) The Match Ball ~
i) The ball shall be spherical, with a diameter of 40mm.
ii) The ball shall weigh 2.7gm.
iii) The ball shall be matt and made of plastic material and shall be white, or orange.
iv) All match balls shall be 3 star and TTE approved.
b) Clothing ~
i) Players shall not play in light-coloured shorts, or shirts.
ii) Suitable trainers, or other sports shoes shall be worn during play.
c) The Racket ~
i) All registered players, shall in all STTA matches, play with a racket, where one playing surface is bright red and the other is black.
ii) The racket may be of any size, shape or weight but the blade shall be flat and rigid.
iii) At least 85% of the blade by thickness shall be of natural wood; an adhesive layer within the blade may be reinforced with fibrous material such as carbon fibre, glass fibre or compressed paper, but shall not be thicker than 7.5% of the total thickness or 0.35mm, whichever is the smaller.
iv) A side of the blade used for striking the ball shall be covered with either ordinary pimpled rubber, with pimples outwards having a total thickness including adhesive of not more than 2mm, or sandwich rubber, with pimples inwards or outwards, having a total thickness including adhesive of not more than 4mm.
v) Ordinary pimpled rubber is a single layer of non-cellular rubber, natural or synthetic, with pimples evenly distributed over its surface at a density of not less than 10 per sq cm and not more than 30 per sq cm.
vi) Sandwich rubber is a single layer of cellular rubber covered with a single outer layer of ordinary pimpled rubber, the thickness of the pimpled rubber not being more than 2mm.
vii) The covering material shall extend up to, but not beyond the limits of the blade, except that the part nearest the handle and gripped by the fingers, may be left uncovered, or covered with any material.
viii) Any layer within the blade and any layer of covering material, or adhesive, shall be continuous and of even thickness.
ix) The surface of the covering material on a side of the blade, or of a side of the blade if it is left uncovered, shall be matt, bright red on one side and black on the other.
x) Slight deviations from continuity of surface, or uniformity of colour due to accidental damage, or wear may be allowed, provided that they do not significantly change the characteristics of the surface.
xi) At the start of a match and whenever he changes his racket during a match, a player shall show his opponent and the umpire, the racket he is about to use and shall allow them to examine it.
d) The Table ~
i) The upper surface of the table, known as the playing surface, shall be rectangular, 2.74m long and 1.525m wide, and shall lie in a horizontal plane 76cm above the floor.
ii) The playing surface shall not include the sides of the table top.
iii) The playing surface may be of any material and shall yield a uniform bounce of about 23cm when a standard ball is dropped on to it from a height of 30cm.
iv) The playing surface shall be uniformly dark coloured and matt, but with a white side line, 2cm wide, along each 2.74m edge and a white end line, 2cm wide, along each 1.525m edge.
v) The playing surface shall be divided into 2 equal courts by a vertical net running parallel with the end lines and shall be continuous over the whole area of each court.
vi) For doubles, each court shall be divided into 2 equal half-courts by a white centre line, 3mm wide, running parallel with the side lines; the centre line shall be regarded as part of each right half-court.
e) The Net Assembly ~
i) The net assembly shall consist of the net, its suspension and the supporting posts, including the clamps attaching them to the table.
ii) The net shall be suspended by a cord attached at each end to an upright post 15.25cm high, the outside limits of the post being 15.25cm outside the side line.
iii) The top of the net, along its whole length, shall be 15.25cm above the playing surface.
iv) The bottom of the net, along its whole length, shall be as close as possible to the playing surface and the ends of the net shall be as close as possible to the supporting posts.

7. Results
a) To enable the STTA Committee to publish results in the local newspaper and any other media and to keep members informed, it’s imperative that your results are achieved in good time.
b) All match results shall reach the Match Secretary, by first post on the Tuesday, following the week in which the match was supposed to be played.
c) If the Match Secretary has not received the scorecard (see sample page 48), as stated, then a first written warning will be given to the home Team Captain. This warning will state, that if the scorecard is still not received within 7 days of the due date, then the Team Captain responsible, will be requested to attend a compliance meeting (see League Rule 8), to explain his team’s inaction.
d) In the event of the fixture not being fulfilled, for whatever reason, then the home Team Captain shall write to the Match Secretary, by first post on the Friday, following the week in which the match was supposed to be played, explaining the reasons for this. If this is not received, as stated, or the Committee doesn’t accept the explanation, then the Team Captain may be summonsed to attend a compliance meeting (see League Rule 8).

8. Compliance Matters
a) The STTA Committee shall hold compliance meetings, as appropriate, to enforce and uphold the rules of the STTA.

b) The STTA Committee is more concerned that the STTA runs as efficiently as possible, to achieve its aims and objectives [see Constitution Rule 2] and maximise the enjoyment of the game of table tennis, for all interested parties. It has no wish, therefore, to discipline any players, or teams, unnecessarily, but in the best interests of all concerned, it will be appreciated, that on occasions, this may be necessary.
c) The STTA Committee has the power to carry out such compliance actions as it may deem necessary, which includes the expulsion of a team, or player. Nevertheless, it’s immediate concerns, in the first instance, will always be to endeavour to provide assistance, instructions or guidance, wherever possible, as this is in the best interests of all parties.
d) Any team, which completes and submits a false scorecard, for a match that has not actually been played, shall be dismissed from the League.
e) Should an away team agree to sign a scorecard, that is knowingly submitted fraudulently as a valid result, then that team shall also be dismissed from the League.
f) All decisions made by the STTA Committee, relating to the interpretation of the League Rules and imposition of any compliance measures, shall be binding on all members, until such time as there may be a subsequent amendment, introduction, or deletion of any Rule, as appropriate.

9. Appeals
a) Any individual member, or affiliated club, aggrieved by a decision, or action of the STTA Committee, or any of the Committee members, may appeal against any such decision, or action to the Lincolnshire Table Tennis Association (LTTA), or Table Tennis England (TTE) (previously English Table Tennis Association), as appropriate, whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties.
b) Any such appeal shall be made in writing, to the General Secretary of the LTTA, or TTE, within 21 days of the notification of the decision, or action appealed against and shall be accompanied by a fee, set by National Council. Current fees can be found from the TTE website. Any such fees paid will be returned, if the adjudication body consider the making of the appeal to have been justified (whatever the result).
c) Either party to the appeal shall be entitled to require a hearing before the adjudication body. Any party may be represented at the hearing, provided that the LTTA, or TTE, is notified in advance, in writing, of the intention to be represented.

10. Team and Player Eligibility, Registrations and Transfers
a) Each team shall consist of a minimum of three TTE and STTA registered players.
b) A team shall only be eligible to play, if they have paid all their fees owing to the League, on or before the date set at the Annual General Meeting. The Team Captain of any team failing to pay its fees, shall be requested to explain their position at a compliance meeting (see League Rule 8).
c) Players may not represent any other team in the same or lower division; only the team for which they are registered (but see Guest and Loan Players Rules 11 and 12 page 16)
d) A player wishing to transfer to any club, in any division, must first of all seek the approval of the Committee, using a ‘Transfer Approval Form’, which is available from the Match Secretary.
e) A team playing an unregistered player, or ineligible player, shall forfeit all that player’s rubbers, where he’s in default. The Team Captain may be summonsed to explain the reasons for this default, at a compliance meeting (see League Rule 8).
f) No player shall be entitled to be registered, if subscriptions, or other monies, are owed by this member to the STTA, or member clubs.
g) No player may represent the town teams, unless he’s a fully TTE and STTA registered player.
h) Generally, a team shall not be able to register, or transfer a player, after 31 December. Any team wishing to register, or transfer a player after this date must, therefore, first of all seek the approval of the Committee and provide a satisfactory explanation, for this late registration, or transfer application.
i) All team captains must be able to be contacted either at home, or work, by telephone, or mobile.

11. Guest Player
A ‘guest player’, is anyone who registers with TTE through the STTA before playing and is not registered with any table tennis league . They are then permitted to play in two league matches, without further charge, for any team. For any subsequent league match, or matches, however, they must pay a fee of £4, to be paid to the Treasurer, or other STTA official, until such time as the full fee of £20 has been paid. On the scorecard (see sample page 48), either tick where indicated, or place a ‘G’ against that player’s name, to enable their ‘guest’ player status to be monitored. A ‘guest player’ is not permitted to play in the Handicap Knock-Out Competition. Once they have paid their £20, they are no longer a ‘guest player’ and effectively become a fully paid league player. Thereafter, therefore, they must register with a team for the rest of the season, prior to playing in any further matches and notify the Match Secretary accordingly. This would then make them eligible to be a ‘loan player’, should the situation arise. A ‘guest player’ may not play in a match, where his team also has a ‘loan player’ playing.

12. Loan Player
A ‘loan player’, is anyone who’s currently registered as an STTA league team player and plays for a team in a higher division. A ‘loan player’ is only allowed to play as such, on three occasions, in total, during the season. The opposing team captain must be notified of the position, prior to the start of the match. On the scorecard (see sample page 48), either tick where indicated, or place an ‘L’ against that player’s name, to enable their ‘loan’ play status to be monitored. No team is allowed to play a ‘loan player’ in the Handicap Knock-Out Competition. A ‘loan player’ may not play in a match, where his team also has a ‘guest player’ playing.

13. Championships
a) In the event of two, or more, teams holding the leading position in a division, with an equal number of points, on completion of the full league fixtures, the team with the highest rubber average shall be deemed to be the winning side.
b) In the Individual Championships, each entrant shall be subject to the approval of the Committee.

14. Open Tournaments
No club shall hold an Open Tournament, without the courtesy of informing the Committee.

15. League Championships
a) The League Championships shall be run and organised by the STTA Committee, with such other help from STTA members, or outsiders, as they may deem necessary.
b) Eligibility to play in the League Championships, will only be for those players who have played in a minimum of five matches (at least fifteen games) in that season.
c) The League Championships will be a Closed Tournament.

16. Town Team Selection (TTS) Committee
The TTS Committee shall consist of a minimum of three persons, selected by the STTA Committee, who shall be responsible for selecting players to represent the Town in the Inter-Town Competitions and make all other appropriate arrangements.

17. Team Handicap Knock-Out Competition
See page 45 for the full ‘Handicap Knock-Out Competition’ rules.

18. Proposals, Alterations, Suggestions, Recommendations, Amendments and Feedback
The Committee welcomes any positive communications, which endeavour to help the STTA achieve its declared aims and objectives [see Constitution Rule 2].

Please note:
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that these League Rules cover all situations and provide comprehensive information, the Committee wishes to emphasise, that feedback is more than welcome, however minor you feel your comment, or observation may be. It’s in the interests of all participating players, to get these League Rules accurate, right and fair!