Burnham Table Tennis League
Team Handicap Competition
Each team shall consist of three players, all of whom must be registered with the Burnham League. Different players may represent the team in each round of the competition but a player may not play for more than one team throughout the competition.
Each player will be given a handicap, either plus or minus according to the player's ability, Where plus signs play each other, the higher ranking player will start at zero and the lower ranking player will start at the difference between the two handicaps - i.e. If +5 plays +11, then the higher ranking player (+5) starts at 0 and the lower ranking player (+11) starts at 6. In the case of a match between two players having a minus handicap, the lower ranking player will start at 0 and the higher ranking player will start at the difference between the two handicaps – i.e. if -5 plays -11, than the lower ranking player (-5) starts at zero and the higher ranking player (-11) starts at minus 6. In the case of a match between two players having opposite signs, each player will start at their allotted handicap i.e. lf -5 plays +11, then the higher ranking player starts at minus 5 and the lower ranking player starts at 11. In doubles, the partners' handicaps are added together and then divided by two (rounding down) to obtain the handicap. All games are played up to 21 points. To simplify scoring, when one player starts at a negative value, say -11 plays +5, the scoring can start at 5-0 In favour of the lower ranking player and when the higher ranking player reaches 11, his score reverts to 0 and the game continues until one player reaches 21. In this example the lower ranking player would have to score 16 points and the higher ranking player would have to score 32.
If a third set becomes necessary, change of ends will be when either player reaches half the number of points he is required to score. In the previous example, the lower ranking player has to score 16 points. He starts at 5, so change of ends would take place when he reaches 13. The higher ranking player has to score 32 points. He starts at minus 11, so change of ends would take place when he reaches 5 after reverting to 0. An odd half should be ignored when calculating the number of points required to be scored.
If the start is more than 15 points and a third set becomes necessary, the handicapped player shall have the choice of ends or service.
One draw will be made at the commencement of the competition.
Matches will be played at the home team's venue on the match night and start time set out in the league handbook.
If for any reason the normal venue or match night is not available, it is the responsibility of the home team captain to contact the away team captain at least 7 days prior to the Monday of the week allocated for the match to offer an alternative date. This should be accepted by the away team. If the away team is unable to accept the date offered and an acceptable alternative cannot be found, the problem should be referred to the competition secretary.
The matches consist of six singles and three doubles. The home team will be lettered A B, C and the away team will be lettered X, Y, Z. Players will be entered on the score sheet in order of merit, The order of play will be:
B & C v X & Z
A v Y
B v X
C v Z
A&B v X&Y
C v Y
A v X
B v Z
A&C v Y&Z
At the mutual consent of both team captains, the match may be terminated in the event of one team reaching a winning score. Where a match is stopped before all the games are completed by the mutual consent of both team captains and an irregularity is found, the result will be adjusted accordingly. Should this result in the match result being a draw then the non-offending team will be declared the winners. Where cessation of the match was not mutually agreed, then the team not wishing to stop will be awarded all the outstanding games and the match result adjusted accordingly.
It shall be the responsibility of the winning captain to send the result sheet of the match to the competition secretary within seven days of the match being played. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £5 being imposed.
The results and further rounds of the competition will be available via the TT365 website.