Waverley Night Tennis consists of teams submitted and endorsed by Club Secretaries of both Member Clubs and Associate Clubs affiliated with Waverley Tennis. Teams are the responsibility of the Club which they represent.
The affiliation fee for a Club only involved in Night Tennis, and considered an Associate Club, shall be as set by the Waverley Tennis Committee of Management from time to time.
Play to commence after hit-up, at 7.30 p.m. SHARP, and to finish at 11.00 p.m. SHARP, except that some venues may finish earlier due to a lights-out curfew imposed by Local Authorities. Home Clubs shall have all competition courts available for matches no later than 7.20 p.m.
If the first pairing is not available to commence play, captains MUST proceed to play a set out of order, with the offending team revising its playing order if necessary. If play has not commenced by 7.45 p.m., the team not in default shall be awarded the first set to love.
If a player arrives after 8 pm the team not at fault shall have the option to claim the first set that he or she was due to play in to love.
A cut off time of 8.30pm is specified for the complete team to be in attendance however, play MUST be continuous (Refer Rule 7) and all sets possible shall be played before a forfeit can be claimed. If the team in default is unable to continue, all of the remaining sets shall be forfeited to love. Should a team provide only two players then one set is possible and the score will stand. The remaining five sets shall be forfeited to love and all player match fees refunded. Rule 17 regarding the collection of fees by Waverley Tennis, from the offending team's Club shall apply.
Should a team provide only three players or two players in singles/doubles, then three sets are possible and match fees for the six players (4 for singles/doubles) shall stand. Refund match fees to non players.
Must be filled in completely and correctly, before play. Each team captain is responsible for completion. If player names are not clearly listed on the score book, the unidentified player shall be deemed to be ineligible. (Refer to RULE 11 f).
Court Fees: The captain shall be responsible for the collection of court fees, before commencement of play. The court fees shall be as determined by Waverley Tennis and will be announced at the start of each Night Season.
Registration Fees: Registration fees, as determined by Waverley Tennis, are to be forwarded with team entries. Entries without fees will not be accepted.
- Two courts and 2 pairs of new balls shall be provided by the Home Club for each match. Extra good used balls must be on hand at the Home Club if needed.
- Two courts MUST be available from 7.30 p.m. for each match.
Tennis attire for Night Tennis shall be as per Waverley Tennis By-Law 17.
Each player will be allowed to hit up for a maximum of 5 minutes prior to their first set. No hit ups are allowed for remaining sets.
Upon completion of the first and/or each subsequent set, all players must be available to commence play immediately. If opposition is not ready or available to continue play without a break, such set(s) shall be forfeited by the defaulting team to nil.
During the Season, ail matches shall be played in six sets of six games with a twelve point tiebreaker played at six (6) games all in each set.
In all sections the order of play should correspond with the order listed in the score-book.
In mixed doubles the number 1 & 2 players shall be men and the number 3 & 4 players shall be ladies.
Trophies will be presented to the four players (3 in Singles & Doubles competitions) who represent the winning team and the runners up team in each grade (or each section of each grade) on the Grand Final Night. In addition, a Waverley Tennis banner will be provided for the Club represented by the winning players. Additional trophies are available for regular members of qualifying teams on request from the association.
- Teams are to be graded as the Waverley Tennis grading system sets down, i.e., A, A Reserve, B Special, B, C Special, C, D Special and D. Players' personal gradings will be used to determine a team's grading.
Waverley Tennis shall grade players who do not have Waverley Tennis personal gradings. This grading is retained from season to season unless a change is approved or made by the Association. Requests for regrading must be directed to the Waverley Tennis Night Match Committee Convenor.
- A person can play for another team in the same grade, providing he/she has not played in four (4) or more matches with any one team in that grade.
- Teams may only play an Emergency providing such player registers with that particular team [see 11 (e) below] and is eligible for that grade based on personal grading.
- Unless they have been granted special permission to play, players are ineligible to compete in the Final Series if they have played less than three matches with the particular team during the current Night Season.
Waverley Tennis Night Match Committee Convenor may grant special permission for a player to play in the Final Series provided that (1) such player has played at least three matches on any night during the current Night Season, (2) such player has the same or lower Waverley Tennis personal grading as the actual grade to be played in and (3) special permission is applied for and granted in accordance with paragraph 11h.
The special permission granted under this paragraph may override the provisions of paragraph 11b.
- It is the captain's responsibility to register Emergencies on the first occasion ONLY, with that particular team.
- A team shall forfeit to love all sets in which it was represented by a player not eligible to play therein.
- A substitute shall be allowed to take the place of any player who is prevented, through illness, injury or any other good and sufficient reason from continuing the match, however, all remaining games of the incomplete set shall be forfeited. A team requiring a substitute player shall be allowed thirty minutes to arrange such a player to be in attendance and on court ready to play.
Matches completed Using a substitute player are designated as played 'under protest' unless the opposing captain signs the match score book after confirming the substitution as being fair. A 'fair' substitution is where the substitute player has the same personal grading, or lower, when compared to the Competition grade in which that player is being used as a substitute.
The Rule covers both matches played during the Season and Final Series Matches, except that, in the case of an unfinished Final, a substitute player is allowed to take the place of a player unavailable on the next scheduled match date without penalty, with play resuming from where it left off. Such substitute shall be eligible.
NOTE: Clubs wishing to substitute players in resumed Final Series Matches should seek the approval of Waverley Tennis Night Match Committee Convenor, preferably in writing, or e-mail before making substitutions on the day of the resumed matches.
- All matters relating to special permission for the use of players in Waverley Night Tennis will be handled by the Night Match Committee Convenor. Enquiries are to be directed as necessary, in writing, or e-mail and nominating the specific player/s for whom special permission to play is being sought. Last minute requests will require written confirmations to be provided on the match night.
- The listing of an Emergency in the score book on the night of a washout will be accepted as a representative of the team on the night, but will not constitute match accreditation for the player in question in the Final Series.
- Each individual player (and Emergency) shall be a financial member of a Waverley Tennis affiliated Club or a Club that is affiliated to Tennis Victoria.
- Under normal circumstances, teams are to be ready to play the first set at 7.30 p.m. On nights when courts are likely to be unplayable due to excessively inclement weather during the day, matches may be declared "total washouts" by the Venue Organiser and each team captain shall check the status by phone between 6.50 p.m. and 7.15 p.m. (in such instances, teams are not required to attend the Home Clubs). If no contact is made, teams are to proceed to Venues as normal. On nights of total washouts the players names should be entered by both home and away teams through the Club Zone website using the By Ph link and points allocated as a draw.
- Washed out and blacked out matches will not be replayed, however, points will be allotted. When teams attend on the night of a washout, it is the captain's responsibility to fill in the book.
- No match shall be abandoned before 8.00 p.m., unless "total
washouts" have been declared (as per 12a) or courts are unfit for play (as per 12e).
- As per all Waverley Tennis competition matches, the Venue Club, represented by the Home Captain, has the sole right to decide as to whether the courts are unfit for play.
- In the event of a court or courts being blacked out due to a power failure rendering the courts unplayable the match shall be treated as a washout and points awarded as a draw.
- In the event of power restrictions, all scheduled matches shall be declared 'blacked out', All scheduled or affected matches on the night shall be awarded points as for a draw. The names of players scheduled to play must be entered using the By Ph link on the club zone website.
- One point will be awarded for each set won and an additional two points for the team that wins the match.
No points will be allotted for a Bye.
i) The winning team is the team with most sets.
ii) If equal on sets, then the winning team is the team with the most games.
iii) In the event of sets and games being equal, the match is a draw and points will be divided equally.
i) The winning team is the team which has won more sets than the opposing team could win if the match was completed.
ii) If neither team has won enough sets to claim the match, then points will be awarded as follows:
one point to each team (for the match),
one point for each set won,
half a point for each uncompleted or unplayed set.
- In the event of a forfeit, the team not in default shall be awarded maximum number of points with no alteration to its existing percentage. A maximum of 4 points will be allocated for a forfeit on a night of a wash-out.
- In the event of a washout, a team can only gain a maximum of half the match points, but a team can lose points if it plays an unregistered and/or ineligible player/s.
- In each case of Final Series matches only, an unfinished match is one which is not completed on the night and shall be continued the same night of the next week or as directed by Waverley Tennis Night Match Committee Convenor on another night with agreement of the Home Club and both teams. A team refusing or being unable to continue an unfinished Final Series match on the agreed night shall forfeit all games still unplayed in any partly completed set and all other unplayed sets to love. Result sheets shall be filled in on the night of a washed out Final Series match.
- In Final Series matches, the team winning the most sets shall win the match, but if sets are equal, games to decide. In the event of sets and games won being equal during all Final Series matches, the last four players on the court shall then play a 12 point tiebreaker to decide the winning team or, in the event of two sets finishing together, then the last four players listed on the card shall play a 12 point tiebreaker to decide the winning team.
- In the event of declared 'total washouts' and power restrictions, points will be handled as noted in paragraph 12g.
Eight and Seven Team Sections:
1st Semi-Final: First and Second Teams
2nd Semi-Final: Third and Fourth Teams
Preliminary Final: Loser of First and Second Teams versus
winner of Third and Fourth Teams.
Grand Final: Winner of 1st Semi-Final versus winner of
Six and Five Team Sections:
1st Semi-Final: First and Fourth Teams
2nd Semi-Final: Second and Third Teams
Grand Final: Winners of Semi-Finals.
NOTE: A 12 point tiebreaker is played at six (6) games all in all sets (ref.Rule 8).
In Final Series, the Home Club hosting a Finals match shall provide a designated Supervisor for the entire duration of each match to act in the event of any disputes (other than the calling of lines) and to ensure that each match is conducted and completed in a satisfactory manner. This Supervisor shall NOT be a member of either of the competing teams. Home Clubs who fail to provide designated Supervisors, as reported to the Night Match Committee Convenor, shall incur a Club fine, as provided for under Rule 17, FINES AND PENALTIES.
The Committee of Management of Waverley Tennis shall have the power to inquire into all disputes arising out of or in connection with the result of all Waverley Night Tennis pennant matches, and the final allocation of points for such matches, and its decision shall be final. Any Club referring a dispute to the Committee of Management shall, within three days after the completion of the match in dispute, forward a statement in writing of the matter in dispute, to the Association Secretary, together with a deposit of $15.00, which shall be forfeited in the event of the dispute being deemed frivolous. It shall also, within the same time, forward a copy of such statement to the Secretary of the other affected Club. The Waverley Tennis Committee of Management shall have the power to decide all questions arising out of Night Tennis Matches and not provided for in these Rules.
As already nominated in these Rules, penalties imposed include forfeit of any match or any points won by the team.
Automatic Fines: (Including GST)
Late Results or Incomplete Results (significant details) will incur a loss of points at the discretion of the Night Record Secretary.
Frivolous Protest $15.00
Failure to provide the appropriate number of Supervisors for Final Series $50.00
Withdrawal of a Team after Finalization of Draw $100.00
NOTE: Refer to published INFORMATION FOR VENUE ORGANISERS in respect to entering of results on line.
Matches which have been interrupted due to weather conditions and are unable to be completed, refund of court fees on a per player basis shall be as follows:
a) Lights turned on and balls used - half refund.
b) If 2 sets completed No Refund.
The behaviour of Night Tennis players shall be exemplary at all times. No alcoholic drinks are to be consumed by players or officials at Waverley Night Tennis Venues until such players or officials have completed all sets that they are to be involved in for the evening, and then, only if the Home Club has the appropriate liquor licence.
Vehicles arriving and departing from venues throughout the evening should be driven in an orderly and responsible manner.
The above Rules are formulated by Waverley Tennis and have been ratified by the Waverley Tennis Committee of Management. Recommendations for changes to these Rules may be brought forward to the Waverley Tennis Committee of Management at any time but do NOT become adopted until sanctioned (or modified) by the Waverley Tennis Committee of Management. Any matters not specifically covered by these Rules shall be bound by the requirements contained in the Waverley Tennis By-Laws.