Rules 2022-02-19T10:43:56-05:00

Rules of the Day League for Men’s A & B Divisions

  1. The Sunday Men’s Division matches will be up to 7 courts of play, depending upon play & court availability.
  2. Matches may be played on clay or hard courts.
  3. The matches should begin at 9 am, or 1pm for Edgemoor home, unless a different time is agreed upon by the two clubs.
  4. Matches will use regular ad-deuce scoring.
  5. If a match on a court splits sets, the default is to play the full 3rd set (best 2 out of 3 sets).  But, if all players agree at the start of the match , the 3rd set can be played as a match tie breaker (the 1st team to 10 points, win by 2 points) in lieu of playing out the 3rd set.
  6. Tie-breaks, for sets or matches, will be played in Coman format where players switch ends of the court after 1 and then every 4 points.
  7. If a club is unable to provide the required number players for the match, they must notify the opposing team as soon as possible.
  8. Courts should be filled in numeric order when clubs do not have a complete number of players.
  9. If a match on a court is unable to start due to lateness of a player beyond 20 minutes, the court win shall be given to the players who are present, but when possible, continuing to play “for fun” is encouraged. Court shifting is not required when a scheduled player is late.
  10. If a player arrives after the match start time, he is to receive the remaining minutes of the 10 minute warm-up time or a 5 minute injury prevention warm-up, whichever is longer.
  11. Canceling a match due to rain is determined by the hosting team.   Captains should attempt to discuss any potential rain cancellations by tbd am.
  12. If a match is cancelled due to rain, lightning, or extreme heat, half of the points will be awarded to each team. If the match is rescheduled, which is an option, it may be played on any day of the week that is agreeable to both teams, up until the end of August. Once the rescheduled match has been played, the “real” scores should be submitted & replaced at that time.
  13. If a match in progress is called off due to rain, it can either be rescheduled or .5s can be awarded for any sets completed and won; for sets not completed, .25 should be awarded to both team with no points being awarded for an incomplete third set; if no sets are completed, each team is awarded .5. If rescheduled, the games completed will be ‘counted’ and play will resume with the in-progress set score.  Please remember to equate thunder with lightning, even if lightning is not visible where you are. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning.
  14. In order for a match to be canceled or rescheduled due to high temperatures, both captains need to agree to the heat cancellation.  Keep in mind that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends for a heat index of 91° to 103° extreme caution should be used to avoid heat cramps or heat exhaustion. A reschedule or cancellation should be done for a heat index of 104° or over when heat exhaustion or heatstroke is likely and physical activity should be avoided.
  15. A retirement occurs when an individual match has started and a player/doubles team is unable to continue due to injury, loss of condition, emergency or refusal to play. In case of a retirement, the non-retiring team shall be credited with the win of the court.
  16. Cell phones must be turned off during a match. If a cell phone rings during play, the opposing team on that court should give a warning for the first occurrence. If there is a second occurrence, the opposing team automatically wins the point in progress. This affects only the court which has the ringing phone; there is no provision for any other courts to claim a hindrance. Cell phone usage is prohibited on the court at Congressional Country Club and is only permitted in the parking lot.
  17. Using a player of a gender different from that of the division or under the age or 21, should be discussed & approved by the opposing team captain. The player should be placed in a position appropriate to their level of play.
  18. The winning team will submit the number of courts won and lost via Score Entry.
  19. Unless stated here otherwise, the set of USTA rules and The Code should be followed.
  20. If both the home and away teams agree to change the home location, this is permissible.
  21. Home team provides tennis balls and usually drinks (snacks optional).