**Cup Competitions - Rules**

Please see the following: Handicap Chart
**Using the Handicap Chart** (Both divisions)

The following example is used in order to demonstrate each step to be taken:

PLAYER A: Base Handicap -12 v PLAYER X: Base Handicap +4.

STEP 1:

Using the left-hand line on the Grid (marked Lower Handicap), select the number corresponding to the lower Base Handicap - in our example -12.

STEP 2:

Work along this line until it meets the line corresponding to the higher Base Handicap - in our example 4.

STEP 3:

The number is shown to be 5. This is the Starting Handicap of the player with the higher handicap - in our example PLAYER X.

STEP 4:

Write this handicap against the name of the player and use it in each set.**Calculating Doubles Handicaps** (Currently needed only by Division 2 players in Wallace Cup matches)

BEFORE you start on Steps 1-4 above, calculate a Joint Base Handicap for each pair from their combined individual Base Handicaps:

e.g. PLAYER A (Base Handicap -12) plays with PLAYER B (Base Handicap +6)

Total: -6. HALVE this number to find the Joint Base Handicap = -3.

PLAYER X (Base Handicap +4) plays with PLAYER Y (Base Handicap +6)

Total: +10. HALVE this number to find the Joint Base Handicap = +5.

PLEASE NOTE that you must round UP for handicaps i.e.

-6.5 Joint Base Handicap = -6

6.5 Joint Base Handicap = 7

NOW, using these Joint Base Handicaps for each pair, follow STEPS 1-4 above to find the Starting Handicap for the pair with the higher Joint Base Handicap.

In our example – PLAYERS A/B = -3 v PLAYERS X/Y = +5

Following the Grid-line for -3, the Starting Handicap is 4.

PLAYERS X/Y start each set at 4-0 up.

**Service**

If a player has been given an odd number starting handicap e.g. a player is 3-0 up or 0-1 down then whoever serves first will only serve once in order to ensure an even number of points at this stage of the set. The rest of the set continues as normal with two serves each. Remember that a player wins the chance to choose who serves at the beginning of the match.

**Change of Ends**

In a deciding final set, players will change ends depending on when one of the players reaches a specific score as follows:

- If a player starts on
**0**points then they will change ends if this player reaches**5**points. - If a player starts on
**1**or**2**points then they will change ends if this player reaches**6**points. - If a player starts on
**3**or**4**points then they will change ends if this player reaches**7**points. - If a player starts on
**5**or**6**points then they will change ends if this player reaches**8**points. - If a player starts on
**7**or**8**points then they will change ends if this player reaches**9**points. - If a player starts on
**9**points then they will change ends if this player reaches**10**points.

Players will only change ends **once** during the final set. Players must also note that in doubles the order of play is also changed.

**Sudden death**

If a handicap is in operation and the players reach 10-all, the set is won by the player who first reaches 11.

If no handicap is in operation, i.e. both players have the same Starting Handicap, the set is played out as normal with the winner being the player who gets two points ahead after 10-all (e.g. 12-10).