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League structure   Membership & player registration    Finance   Match play   Cup competitions   Other competions    

LEAGUE STRUCTURE:

a) The league shall be organized into a number of divisions, each consisting of up to 12 teams.

b) At the conclusion of each season, teams shall be ranked in accordance with the number of points gained during the season.

When 2 or more teams have gained the same number of points, the team winning the most sets shall be ranked above the team winning the next best number of sets and so on.

Where teams have gained the same number of points and sets, they shall be deemed to have finished level except where promotion or relegation is affected, in which case a play-off shall take place at a neutral venue and the doubles shall not be played.

c) Promotion and relegation shall normally be as follows:

  • The teams finishing in first and second places shall be promoted by one division.
  • The teams finishing in eleventh and twelfth places shall be relegated by one division.

d) The top player in each division shall be the player who has achieved the highest winning average, having competed in at least two thirds of the possible matches.

e) When establishing divisions for a subsequent season, the general committee is empowered to allocate teams to divisions in the light of all prevailing circumstances, including those defined in clauses (b) and (c) above. 

MEMBERSHIP & PLAYER REGISTRATION: Back to top of page:

Every club must apply for membership by 01st June. Applications shall be sent to Registrations and Gradings secretary using the prescribed form. All applications shall be subject to acceptance by the general committee.

a) All clubs shall make initial registrations of players by 27th August. Such registrations to meet the following requirements.

  • All teams shall have at least three registered players.
  • The lowest team shall have at least four registered players, and
  • All players shall be registered for a specific team.

These requirements shall continue to be met throughout the playing season.

b) Additional players may be registered after 27th August.

c) A players registration may be changed to another team but no later than 31st January in each season, and not until 28 days have passed since the player was last re-registered. If a re-registration involves a change of club, a letter of consent from the club losing the player must accompany the application for re-registration.

d) Where re-registration of players involves two teams of the same club in the same division, re-registration shall only be allowed at the discretion of the Registration and Gradings secretary, and shall be subject to ratification by the general committee.

e) All applications for registration (whether initial, additional or re-) must be sent to the Registrations and Gradings secretary, using the prescribed form. 

FINANCE: Back to top of page:

The annual subscription for a team shall be £45.00 (Senior) and £30.00 (Junior).

a) The fee for initial or additional registrations shall be: £7.00 in respect of a junior player; £14.00 in respect of a senior citizen player; £19.00 in respect of any other player. Junior players are those under the age of 18 on 31st December following the start of the season; Senior citizen players are ladies aged 60 or over and men aged 65 and over on 01st January following the start of the season. The fee for re-registration of any player shall be £2.00 if a change of club is involved, otherwise no fee will be charged.

b) Appropriate adjustments will be made in respect of the consequences of the introduction of individual membership by the E.T.T.A.

All subscriptions and fees shall be paid using the prescribed forms to the Registrations and Gradings secretary, such payments being due as follows;

  • initial team subscriptions (£10.00 per team) by 01st June.
  • Balance of team subscriptions by 01st October.
  • Player registration fees by 01st October; and
  • Fees for additional registrations or transfers should accompany the request for additional registration or transfer.

Payments should be made by cheque payable to 'L.D.T.T.L.' and are not refundable. Late payment of fees will be dealt with under Rule 11.

MATCH PLAY: Back to top of page:

All matches shall be played under the rules of the English Table Tennis Association.

The rules for league match play shall be as follows:

  • A team shall consist of three players:
  • Each player shall play each opposing player a singles set:
  • Any two members of the team shall play a doubles set: and:
  • All sets shall be the best of five games:

Four points shall be awarded for a win, two points for a draw, and one point for a defeat in which three or more sets are won by the losing team.

a) Match play should commence by 7.30pm except where an alternative start time has been agreed by the league committee and published within the league handbook, or the amendments thereto. Each team must have at least two players present by the scheduled start of match play, otherwise their opponents may claim the match by default; a claim for a default must be accompanied by a brief description of events. The third player must be present by the start of the last set that could be played in that players absence. Any team playing with only one member shall be deemed to be in default.

b) A team shall be fined £6 and forfeit two points for a first default, and shall be fined £12 and forfeit four points for a second default. Any subsequent defaults shall be dealt with by the general committee under Rule 11.

c) If an opponent arrives late at a venue where the playing time is limited, the offended side shall have the right to claim all games not played provided they be as a direct result of the late arrival.

d) On the third and subsequent occasions that a team plays with a player short, one point will be deducted irrespective of the result.

e) In the event of results being recorded for sets not played in a match, both teams shall be fined £5 in respect of each result so recorded.

f) A club defaulted against may require the defaulting club to reimburse it any reasonable and otherwise irrecoverable expenses incurred as a result of the default. The amount of such reimbursement is to be agreed between the two clubs concerned, but if agreement cannot be reached the dispute may be referred to the general committee for arbitration. On referring such a dispute to the general committee, both clubs must state their case in writing. The general committee's decision will be binding on both clubs and a club failing to comply with such a decision shall be expelled from the league.

Unless mutually agreed, the order of play shall be:

          1. Home 1 vs Away 1.

          2. Home 2 vs Away 2.

          3. Home 3 vs Away 3.

          4. Home 1 vs Away 2.

          5. Home 3 vs Away 1.

          6. Home 2 vs Away 3.

          7. Home 3 vs Away 2.

          8. Home 1 vs Away 3.

          9. Home 2 vs Away 1.

         10.Doubles.

Each team will fill in its own team on its own card, and the cards will then be exchanged.

Each team shall provide an umpire for alternate games, whose decision shall be final.

A result card must be completed by both teams, and both cards must be signed by both team captains, it is then the responsibility of each team to ensure that their own result card is received by the appropriate divisional secretary no later than the third working day following the day of the match. Scanned scorecards may alternatively be e-mailed to the divisional secretary if they are on e-mail (see page 2 of the handbook) by the same deadline. 

Clubs who fail to either post or e-mail a scorecard in compliance with this rule will incur a fine of £2 on each occasion.

A player may play for the team for which he is registered; and for higher teams of the club for which he is registered; but on no more than five occasions in total during the season.

A player may not play if not registered for the club for whom he wishes to play; for two teams of one club in the same division; other than as a result of re-registration under Rule 16(d); and for a team lower than that for which he is registered.

In each match that a team fields an ineligable player or players; all sets played by the ineligible player(s) shall be awarded to the opponents; the match result shall be decided on the basis of the amended set results; and two points shall be forfeited by the offending team; For the purposes of Rule 22(a) and 22(d) only; the ineligible player(s) shall be considered to have played.

a) League matches may not be postponed without the consent of both teams. The divisional secretary must be notified no later than the day following the due date for the match by both teams involved in the postponement. Failure to comply with this rule will incur a fine of £4.

b) All matches postponed during the first half of the season shall be played no later than the Sunday prior to the first scheduled fixture in the second half of the season; all matches postponed during the second half of the season shall be played no later than the second Friday after the last day for scheduled fixtures for the season; the date for which shall be published in the league handbook.

c) In the case of any postponed match not played in accordance with Rule 29, both teams shall be fined £10.

The general secretary and appropriate divisional secretary or secretaries must be notified in writing of any change in secretary, club room, or match night. In addition, the club concerned must immediately notify in writing all clubs in the particular division(s) likely to be affected within six weeks of the change.

a) If a team is compelled to withdraw from the league during the season, notifications shall be given to the general secretary together with the reasons for the withdrawal, and the general committee shall consider what penalty, if any, shall be imposed.

b) When a club/team is compelled to withdraw from the league, it shall be the duty of the divisional secretaries concerned to immediately notify other club secretaries within the division(s) from which that club/team has withdrawn, upon receipt of notice of such withdrawal.

 CUP COMPETITIONS: Back to top of page:

During each season the league shall organize cup competitions.

Each cup competition shall be administered by a special administrator who shall have powers to deal with any matter not provided for in these rules.Where no specific cup rules are in force, league rules shall apply.

Entries shall be made to the appropriate special administrator using the prescribed form by 01st October in each season, and will be accepted from all member clubs as defined under league Rule 2(e).

A club may enter any number of teams into each cup competition.

There shall be no entrance fees for these competitions.

Any player registered for a club may play for any team of that club in any competition, subject to the qualification requirements below, except that no player may play for more than one team in any competition.

  • The Rose Johnson Cup shall be open to all graded players.
  • The Corrall Cup is restricted to players graded below 210.
  • The Saracen Cup is restricted to players graded below 170
  • The Frith Trophy is restricted to players graded below 140.
  • The Lillian Williamson Memorial Trophy is restricted to players graded below 115.

Any Ungraded player who has played 9 sets in the league during the current season may apply to the Registrations and Gradings Secreatary for a grading and shall be given one. Players without a grading will be ineligible.

New gradings issued under rule 38 (above) shall remain in force for the purpose of cup eligibility until the end of the league season in which they are issued.

All cup matches shall be conducted in accordance with league rules for match play with the following exceptions.

a) Opponents shall be drawn for each round and, except in the case of the final, matches shall be played at the venue of the first team drawn. It shall be the responsibility of the home team for a match to offer two dates for the match to be played, the dates offered to be not later than the published end date for each round. Each final shall be played at a venue and on a date selected by the appropriate special administrator;

b) The doubles set shall not be played;

c) All sets shall be played unless the teams agree, prior to the start of the match, that the match will be terminated once a winning margin has been achieved, in which case sets not played will be recorded as void;

d) The winning team will be entered into the following round; the losing team will be eliminated;

e) There shall be no fine levied for a default;

f) In the event of a team fielding an ineligible player, the match will be awarded to their opponents.

OTHER COMPETITIONS: Back to top of page:

The league shall organize or allow to be organized under its jurisdiction any number of additional competitions.

Rules for the conduct of each such competition shall be issued along with the entry forms, and application for entry shall be considered to be agreement to be bound by the rules defined.

Where no specific competition rules are in place, league rules shall apply.

Rule 2(e) All clubs whose dues to the league are paid to date.

Rule 11 All league and cup rules shall be interpreted at the discretion of the general committee, and any matter of conduct by, player or official considered by the general committee to be prejudicial to the best interests of table tennis within the whole jurisdiction of the league may be dealt with by the general committee, who will have the power to impose fines (to a maximum of £50 and/or suspension).

Rule 16(d) Where re-registration of players involves two teams of the same club in the same division, re-registration shall only be allowed at the discretion of the Registration and Gradings secretary, and shall be subject to ratification by the general committee.

Rule 22(a)  Match play should commence by 7.30pm except where an alternative start time has been agreed by the league committee and published within the league handbook, or the amendments thereto. Each team must have at least two players present by the scheduled start of match play, otherwise their opponents may claim the match by default; a claim for a default must be accompanied by a brief description of events. The third player must be present by the start of the last set that could be played in that players absence. Any team playing with only one member shall be deemed to be in default.

Rule 22(d) On the third and subsequent occasions that a team plays with a player short, one point will be deducted irrespected of the result.

Rule 29 

(a) League matches may not be postponed without the consent of both teams. The divisional secretary must be notified no later than the day following the due date for the match by both teams involved in the postponement. Failure to comply with this rule will incur a fine of £4.

b) All matches postponed during the first half of the season shall be played no later than the Sunday prior to the first scheduled fixture in the second half of the season; all matches postponed during the second half of the season shall be played no later than the second Friday after the last day for scheduled fixtures for the season; the date for which shall be published in the league handbook.

c) In the case of any postponed match not played in accordance with Rule 29, both teams shall be fined £10.

League structure   Membership & player registration    Finance   Match play   Cup competitions   Other competions