GLOUCESTER TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION RULES

 

1.  CONSTITUTION 
 a) The Association shall be called the “Gloucester Table Tennis Association”. b) The object of the Association shall be to foster and promote table tennis in Gloucester and District. c) The Association shall consist of President, Vice-Presidents and duly elected Officers and Clubs. d) A General Meeting shall be convened on a resolution of the Committee or within 21 days of receipt by the General Secretary of a resolution signed by at least 25% of the League Clubs. e) The Annual General Meeting shall take place not later than 31st May. f) Any Officer intending to resign from the Committee shall give 14 days notice in writing to the Chairman. g) In the event of dissolution of the Association all funds and assets shall be deposited at the bank in current use for a period not exceeding three years.  Should the Association not be reformed within that period the bank shall dispose of the funds and accumulated interest to the Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association.  If this organisation no longer exists, then to  Table Tennis England. 

2.  OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE 
 a) The Officers of the Committee shall consist of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary, Minute Secretary, Treasurer and Match Secretary who shall be elected annually.  Press Secretary, Development Officer, Coaching Officer, City Team Secretary and other members may be elected if required. The Committee shall consist of no more than 15. b) The Committee shall deal with all the immediate business of the Association and shall meet at the discretion of the Chairman and Secretary jointly. c) Five members shall form a quorum to transact business at any Committee Meeting.  Failure of attendance at three consecutive meetings without a good and proper reason may cause a member to forfeit his/her seat on the Committee. d) The Committee shall elect a President, Vice-Presidents, and Life Members as they think fit. e) The Committee shall have the power to expel, suspend or fine any Club, Team, Player, or Member for any infringement or any misbehaviour injurious to the League, or for any reasons considered good and proper by the Committee. f) An appeal by any player against a decision of the Committee shall only be granted through that player’s Club Secretary, and dealt with in accordance with Table Tennis England guidelines on grievances and appeals. g) The Committee shall decide any disputes or points not provided for in the Rules. h) Club Secretaries or their representatives shall be required to attend special meetings during the season, convened by the General Secretary.  Ten days notice of these meetings shall be given in writing. 

 3.  REGISTRATIONS AND TRANSFERS 
 a) Applications for Membership by past and new Clubs shall be made or renewed on or before a date to be decided by the Committee, this date to be at least one month before the season commences.  Closing date of entries shall be advertised. b) Any Club entering teams must register at least three players per team and each team shall be designated in alphabetical order from A, the highest, downwards. c) The registration fee will consist of two parts. Registration with Table Tennis England and registration with GTTA. The fee with T.T.E. will be as set out by them. The fee for GTTA will be £10 for senior players and £4 for junior players. After the first four players have been registered for a team, any additional players can be registered for half the appropriate GTTA rate, such fees to include a Handbook.  A special registration fee – to be decided by the Committee – may be charged to non-affiliated players to allow them to take part in City local tournaments at the discretion of the Committee.  The Committee has the power to reduce registration fees for specific purposes, as they see fit. d) ‘Registration’ means registration with T.T.E. and payment of the appropriate fee, by each individual player personally.  Evidence of this registration must be available at least one week before the start of the season.  It also means payment of the appropriate fee to GTTA and should take place on or before the handbook meeting. Subsequent requests for registration may be submitted to the Match Secretary – GTTA fees must be received by a committee member and confirmation that TTE fees have been paid, before a player will be eligible to play a match. e.i) No transfer to any Club or to a lower team of the same Club may be made without prior agreement of the Committee.  No player may be transferred more than once in a season. e.ii) Players registered in the same club may act as reserve for any of their higher teams in the same division provided that the reserve player/s has a percentage average for the season equal to or less than any of the players in the team he/she is being asked to play for.  Regardless of a division, a player may play 4 matches for higher teams of his/her club without being disqualified from his/her original team.  Playing in a higher team shall not be considered a transfer until the 5th time of playing. e.iii) In the event of any team withdrawing from the League during a season, the full season’s results for that team will be withdrawn from the League table.  The Association will retain registration fees of the players from the team/s involved and consider requests for individual transfers to a side of comparable standing. e.iv) No more than 2 players are allowed to play “up” per team per match. e.v) Team captains should keep a record of the up to date percentages of their players.  To assist the Match Secretary to monitor the use of reserves, anybody playing up must be clearly defined as such on the score card.  Should it be determined by the Match Secretary that an ineligible player has taken part in a match, then all sets won by the ineligible player (including doubles) will be awarded to the opposing side. f) Any player wishing to play in the league must get consent from the committee. g) A player who has automatically become transferred to a higher-class team, under the provision of Rule 3(e), shall not be allowed to transfer down again in the same season without the consent of the Committee. h) No player shall be allowed to take part in matches for a Club if they have a “table tennis” liability to another Club affiliated to the Association, and any Club with a liability to the Association shall be subjected to the refusal of application for entry. 
i) The Committee reserves the right to refuse or amend the registration of any player or team that they consider to be playing in a division below their known playing standard.

4.  FINES AND PENALTIES 
 a) Any teams who play an unregistered player shall forfeit that player’s points, and the points will be awarded to the opposing team. b) Any team that concedes more than two walkovers shall be liable to expulsion from the League. c) A team forfeiting a match will receive no points.  The team awarded the match will receive points based on the average points obtained in played matches over the season. d) A fine of £10 will be imposed on all member clubs who fail to have a representative attending the AGM of the Association. e) Any player or team failing to comply with any rules as set out in the handbook may be liable to points being deducted. 4f)  If an away team cancels a match, and the home team have to pay another hall booking fee for the rearranged match, the away team shall be liable for the payment of that fee.

5.  SYSTEM AND ORDER OF PLAY 
 a) The Committee shall determine the number and composition of the division of the League for the season and shall draw up and publish a fixture list for all divisions. b.i) Matches to be played by the published date. In the event that a team cannot fulfil the fixture, the match may be re-arranged by mutual consent of both Captains, provided it is played within 28 days of the original fixture, and by 7 days after the end of the season. The Match Secretary must be informed of the postponement by both captains, stating who the requesting team is, by, or on, the date of the original fixture. If the match cannot be played in time, it is the requesting team that is penalised in accordance to rule 4c. If the match is postponed due to extreme circumstances (e.g. weather) and not played within the time limit, then both teams will forfeit the match. b.ii) No team shall request and be granted more than 2 postponed matches per season. This does not include extreme circumstances as outlined in 5b.i. c) Matches shall consist of nine sets of singles and one set of doubles. Each of the three single players shall play each of the opposing team; one set the best of five games.  The singles players can pair up to play the double set, but if desired, players who have not participated in the singles sets may play in the doubles. d) Order of play shall be as detailed in the handbook, unless altered by mutual consent of both captains, bearing in mind Rule 5(k). e) The winner in 3, 4 or 5 games/sets will be awarded 3 points. The loser in 5 games/sets will be awarded 2 points. The loser in 4 games/sets will be awarded 1 point.   g) The Team having scored the most points at the end of the season shall be the winner.  In the event of a tie on points for any position, affecting promotion or relegation in any division, the final position shall be determined by the greater number of matches won.  In the event of a further tie there shall be a play-off excluding the doubles. h) All games must be played under the control of an umpire. Umpiring duties to be shared equally between both the home and away sides. i) All games shall be played under the rules laid down by TTE, with the umpire’s decision as final. j) It is the responsibility of the home team captain to submit a scorecard. The results must be with the Match Secretary within 5 working days of the match being played. The home team will forfeit 5 points of the season’s total if the scorecard is not received within the timescale. 
k) All teams should be ready to commence their match by 7.15 p.m. (unless contractual obligations prevent this). Any player not ready to play when it is their turn will forfeit that game unless agreed by both captains. Both captains should be aware, and in agreement beforehand, of any player who may be turning up late and the reason for doing so.  l) A team consisting of three junior players (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult representing that team at all times. An all junior side arriving for a match without an adult in attendance will forfeit that fixture. m) Where an umpire has reason to believe that a “good service” has not been delivered a foul service shall be declared and the point awarded to the opposing player. 

6.  PLAYING CONDITIONS 
 a) There shall be an unimpeded run back at each end of the table of not less than six feet with a minimum of three feet clearance at each side of the table without obstruction. b) The question as to whether the conditions, as laid down by the rules and any other conditions are acceptable shall be decided by the Committee. 

7.  EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING 
 a) Appropriate footwear should be worn. No clothing should be worn which might tend to unsight an opponent. b) The only ball to be used in the Gloucester Table Tennis Association League and individual Tournaments shall be the plastic poly ball officially approved by Table Tennis England. c) One side of the bat shall be red and the other side shall be black, whether or not it is used for striking the ball.  The rubber of each side must be in accordance with rules as laid down by ITTF. 

8.  GENERAL 
 a) All communications shall be addressed to the appropriate Secretary.  Players are permitted to communicate in writing directly with the General Secretary, copied to his/her Club secretary, and vice versa. b) The City Championship Tournament will be staged annually at a venue to be determined by the Committee and commence at a time notified to the Club Secretaries.  Any player shall be scratched at such a time when his/her absence or unavailability through injury would hold up any scheduled match in the tournament. c) Registered players will only be eligible to enter the Senior City Championship Tournament if they have played single sets in a minimum of four league matches before the closing date of the Tournament.  Registered players who do not meet this requirement can only enter events in the City Championship Tournament at the discretion of the Committee. d) These Rules shall only be altered or added to at the Annual General Meeting or a General Meeting specially convened for the purpose. e) Proposed alteration to rules will only be accepted providing that 28 days notice has been given in writing to the Hon. General Secretary before the AGM or General Meeting takes place. f) All players representing the City shall turn out in dress as recommended in TTE regulations, and any shirts that have been supplied by the Association.  Anybody playing in the City team shall be awarded a badge after completion of six representative matches. g) All members are expected to uphold the good name of Gloucester Table Tennis Association and visiting players should respect and adhere to any internal rules and requirements of the home team. 
h) All teams shall provide the Committee with at least one email address which can be used for Communication. 

9.  PERPETUAL TROPHIES 
 a) Perpetual trophies shall be awarded to the Champion Team of each division.  All trophies, both for League and Tournament, shall remain the property of the Association, and Clubs or individuals holding them shall be responsible for their safe custody.  If any trophy is lost or damaged the General Secretary must be notified as soon as possible.  If a claim cannot be made on the Insurers, the Committee shall assess the responsibility for the damage and may require a contribution towards repair or replacement to be paid by any Club held responsible. b) All trophies must be returned to the Association when requested.  In the case of Tournament trophies, Clubs will be charged the cost of collecting them if they have not been returned by the date required.  All engraving to be the responsibility of the Association. 

SERVICE LAW (RULE 5(M)) 
 Service shall begin with the ball resting on the open palm of the server’s stationary free hand.  The server shall then project the ball near vertically upwards without imparting spin, so that it rises at least 16cm after leaving the palm of the free hand and then falls without touching anything before being struck. 

As the ball is falling, the server shall strike it so that it touches first his court and then, after passing over or around the net assembly, touches the receiver’s court; in doubles, the ball shall touch successively the right half court of the server and receiver.  From the time at which the ball leaves the server’s hand until it is struck it shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server’s end line. 
 When the ball is struck no part of the body or clothing of the server, or his doubles partner, shall be within or above the triangular area formed by the net and imaginary lines between the ball and tops of the net posts at a height where it could hide the ball from the receiver. It is the responsibility of the player to serve so that the umpire or assistant umpire can see that he complies with the requirements for a good service. 
 If the umpire is doubtful of the legality of a service but neither he nor the assistant umpire is sure that it is illegal he may, on the first occasion in a match, warn the server without awarding a point. 
 If subsequently in a match a service by that player or his doubles partner is of dubious legality, for the same or any other reason, the receiver shall score a point. 
 Whenever there is a clear failure to comply with the requirements for a good service, no warning shall be given and the receiver shall score a point.  Exceptionally the umpire shall relax the requirements for a good service where he is satisfied that compliance is prevented by physical disability. 

          
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