Green Spring Tennis and Educational Foundation

"It Takes a Team" October 2015 Fundraiser - Captain Guidelines for TeamsTournament Registration, Scoring Format, and Official Rules

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Scoring Format

1st to 8/no-add scoring

Winners are determined by TOTAL GAMES WON

In No-Add scoring at deuce the receiver chooses the side for the server to serve to in any game.

There are no tie-breakers.

In Mixed, the woman serves to the woman and the man serves to the man at deuce.

10 minute warm up in the first round.  5 minute warm up’s for all matches after that.


Official Rules

The tournament starts bright and early at 8:00 am sharp on Saturday, October 17th! All teams are asked to be at Green Spring Racquet Club 1 hour prior to your scheduled match time.  Players may practice on courts early, but not before 7:00am.  All courts will be cleared at 7:40.  Coaches must go to the REGISTRATION TABLES FIRST to pick up clipboard with scorecards and coaching lanyard.  Be sure if you have a co-captain that their name is on the back.  There is only 1 person allowed to coach an entire match.  Once your team is set with registration, captains may fill out their scorecards and submit them to the tournament desk no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled match.  Be sure all your players are present and ready to go before submitting your line-up. Late line-ups will incur penalties:  5 minutes = loss of toss and one game, 10 minutes = loss of toss and two games.   Up to 15 minutes = loss of toss and three games.  15 minutes and over = loss of match. Once the tournament desk has both scorecards at the desk, we will transcribe the team onto the opposite scorecard and make sure you are not doubling up in the wrong place.  The rule is if a player plays twice, the 2nd time must be Mixed Doubles.

  • If a team shows up without the minimum of six eligible players for the tournament, that team can compete but all scores will be null and void. In addition no refunds will be issued.
  • Any match after the first one was played and then a team is short a player, the team is still eligible to play, but they must default the singles match.

After the match, team scores should be tallied at the bottom of the scorecard and both coaches need to sign at the bottom of the “official” score card (tournament staff will tell you which one it is).  Both coaches need to turn back in their score card at the tournament desk.

Coaching is allowed starting with the 2nd changeover of each set.   Please keep coaching to 90 seconds time limit and encourage the players to bring their water with them while you talk to them.  Coaches may stay on the court but must be sitting on a bench. If coaching goes over 90 second rule a warning will be issued. * After two warnings, no more coaching will be allowed for the rest of tournament. Coaches will be identified by wearing a lanyard, which will be given at check-in * A coach MUST wear the lanyard or you will not be allowed to coach.

USTA Officials will be on site throughout the weekend to help with any match play issues that may arise. We expect good sportsmanship at all times.  An official may over-rule a ball at any time.  Players must call out the score before serving each point loud enough so their opponent can hear.  If they need help, they must raise their rackets for an official. At no time should coaches yell out the score.  Team members are also expected to be good sportsman by clapping for both sides and using encouraging words and not coaching words.  At the end of each match, players must shake hands.

AWARDS will be given after all scores are tallied.

GOOD LUCK to all teams!