League and KO cup competitions
There will be two types of handicap cup competitions run in a typical season. Communication around fixtures will be provided directly to Team Secretaries by the ADTTA Match Secretary.
HANDICAP KO CUP
The KO Cup will be a straight forward knockout cup for all teams in all divisions.
Individual matches will be played up to 41 points and the conclusion of a fixture will be when a team wins 5 games.
LEAGUE CUP COMPETITIONS
There is a separate league cup competition for the teams in each division:
NORTH of SCOTLAND SHIELD for Division 1
This competition will involve all teams in Division 1, and will be a straight knockout competition.
GRAMPIAN TROPHY for Division 2
This competition will involve all teams in Division 2, and will be a straight knockout competition.
GRANITE CITY TROPHY for Division 3
This competition will involve all teams in Division 3, and will be a straight knockout competition.
NEW TROPHY for Division 4
This competition will involve all teams in Division 4, and will be a straight knockout competition.
All League Cup Divisional Competitions will be played in a different format to the KO Cup, whereby the match winner will be the team with the most points after all 9 singles matches, played to 41 points up, are completed.
In the event of a tie on points, the team with the higher number of outright single game victories will progress.
ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY
The only players eligible to play for a team in the League Cup are those players registered for that team.
The only players eligible to play for a team in the KO Cup are those players registered for that team, or players 'playing up' from a lower league team of the same club. Any players doing so will be 'Cup-tied' and only eligible to play for the same team thereafter in that season's KO Cup.
Players may not play in Handicap competitions for more than one team, even if they transfer between teams during the season - i.e. if you transfer from a Div 3 team to a Div 2 team during the season you can still play for your 'new' team in the Handicap cup competitions if you have not already played for your old team in that same competition.
HANDICAP COMPETITION RULES
1. Matches will be between teams of three players, each playing one game up to 41 points, against each member of the opposing team.
2. A game is deemed to be complete when either player has scored 41 points. This means that a player can win 41-40.
3. All games will start with the highest rated player starting at 0. The other player will start at a score relative to the difference in the ratings of the players (between 0 and 35). A table is provided below to enable calculation of the starting point of the lower rated player. Note: this will be different for every opponent you play.
4. Service will change after each multiple of 2 (two) points scored, including the starting score (so if the starting point of the lower rated player is an even number then the first person serving will have 2 serves, if an odd number the first person serving will have 1 serve. From that point on serves will change every 2 serves.
5. Players will change ends during the game. The end change always takes place when the first player reaches their change end point. The higher rated player always has a change end point of 20, and the lower rated player has a change end point related to their starting point, as provided in the table.
Ratings are provided before each round of both cups and should be used for that round only, unless advised otherwise. Starting points in both cups are therefore calculated in the same way.
The current ratings will be updated on TT365 or will be e-mailed to all Match Secretaries prior to commencement of fixtures.
Your rating will fluctuate during the season, based on results of 'official' games played (either in ADTTA leagues or affiliated competitions.
If you intend to play a player in the Handicap Cup competitions who does not currently have a rating, then the Team Secretary must provide some evidence of relative strength to the Match Secretary. Where no evidence is provided the player will have a rating assigned matching the highest rating within ADTTA.
Players without a rating playing in the final of any Handicap Cup competition will have a rating assigned matching the highest rating within ADTTA, even if evidence is provided.