Handicap Team Knockout Cup Rules 2016/2017

As there are 10 teams there is a preliminary round on week commencing 9th January for just 4 teams, then round one is week commencing 30th January 2017. Matches not played on the normal home team night that week must be agreed by both teams. Any revised date must be notified to Russell Foreman. Matches must be played before the next round w/c 20th February with the competition final date to be mutually agreed, ideally at a neutral venue, if possible but on toss of coin otherwise.  In the event of any dispute the committee will decide which team (if any) will go through to the next round. The committee decision is final.

Where a club has more than one team, any player playing for a team eliminated will not be eligible for any other team in subsequent rounds however, as the handicap is a separate competition from the league, players do not necessarily have to play for their league team. The draw has been made and the competition progression will be as set out in the draw document. Most players are used to playing in the handicap format, but as a reminder I set out information and ‘rules’ so that teams can refer to them.  This year we will again use the individual player handicap system, and the list of handicaps for every qualifying player is attached.  Any player receiving a start must achieve an absolute minimum of 4 points to win a game. Please also note the game will be decided when a two point margin is attained.

There is no doubles set. Each match is 9 singles sets played in the same order as league match cards. A team that achieves 5 wins or more will go through to the next round.

The games are played up to 21 points but sets are best of 3 games only. (please refer to the examples below of a set where there is more than 17 points difference in handicaps, and how to calculate the change of end in the event of a deciding game 3)

As games are up to 21 points players serve in five point sequences. Examples: change serve at 5-0; 0-5; 4-1; 1-4; 3-2; 2-3. Change again after 10 points examples: 5-5; 6-4; 9-1 and so on up to the winning point.  (Depending on the handicap calculation the player serving first will not necessarily have 5 services before a change of service is necessary).  

Examples of handicap calculations:-

Player A  (handicap +15)  plays against player (X) (handicap  +3)  Therefore  difference is 12 so the scorer calls match start  12 – 0 (or 0-12)  i.e. player (A) needs to win 9 points and player (B) requires 21 points (or higher so that at least a 2 point winning margin is obtained) . If the set needs the third /deciding game the players change ends at reaching their mid point (either when player (A) reaches 17 or player (X) reaches 11)

Player (B) +18 plays player (Y) -6. The difference is 24. To prevent a difficult umpiring exercise in this instant you would add the minimum 4 points requirement to the calculation so the winning point becomes 28 (because 21 is no longer a convenient target in this instant). Player (B) starts at 0 player (Y) starts at 24 therefore the first player to reach 28 (or higher so that at least a 2 point winning margin is required) wins the game.  (B) Change ends at 14 or (Y) at 26 if there is a deciding third game)


Player (C) +6 plays Player (Z) +25. The difference is 19. Games are played up to 23 to ensure player (Z) must score 4 points at least to win. Scorer starts 0-19 or 19-0. First to 23 (or higher so that at least a 2 point winning margin is required) wins the game.  (C) change ends at 12 or (Z) at 21 if there is a deciding game.

Even if the match is won after just 5 sets, teams are encouraged to agree to play all 9 sets so that all players are able to take part equally in the match. 

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