About the Cambridge & District Table Tennis League

What is the League?

The Cambridge and District Table Tennis League exists to provide competitive table tennis in and around Cambridge, and to encourage table tennis generally.

Constitution and Rules

What competitions does the League provide?

Our principal competition is the League itself, which runs from late September to early May each year. The League is open to all-comers, and contains over forty teams split into four divisions, playing up to 22 matches in a season, plus the chance to enter a Handicap Knockout Tournament. Teams meet from as far afield as St Neots, St Ives, Haverhill, Saffron Walden, Ely, Newmarket and Soham as well as Cambridge and the surrounding villages.

A Closed Championship is held once a year, providing events for all standards of players.

How are teams organised?

The league consists of a number of clubs, each of which has a contact such as the club secretary. Each club enters as many teams as it wants into the league; the number varies from 1 to 7 according to the size of the club.

What happens in a match?

A team consists of three players (though we insist that at least four players are registered for each team, to ensure reserve cover). In a league match, each player plays a singles match against each of the three opponents, making a total of nine matches. At the end of the evening, each team chooses two of its players to take part in one doubles match, which brings the total number of matches played to 10. Each of those matches won counts as one point to be added to the team's league total. In a handicap knockout match, each player is handicapped individually, and the nine singles smatches are played according to those handicaps. In order to remove the possibility of a drawn match, no doubles match is played.

How do I organise a club?

Clubs can be organised as formally or informally as you like, but you will need the following:

  • A club secretary. This can be simply the name and contact details of the person running the club. 
  • A venue with a table tennis table, available for home league matches on the night or nights of the week on which your teams will play. Away matches are played on the home night chosen by the opponents.

How do I arrange matches?

The league publishes a handbook each year setting out the schedule for all league matches, so all you have to do is to turn up on the appointed date. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to postpone a match, in which case it is the responsibility of the teams concerned to ensure that the match is rearranged and played. In the knockout tournament, the participating teams are informed of the dates, opponents and venues (i.e. home or away) in each round.

How do I enter a team?

Contact the League Competition Secretary.

Can I get coaching?

The League has a number of qualified coaches.

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