MORE ON THE LINEUP RULES........
(c) Starting Match Play. All individual matches will begin (i.e., the first serve will be made) within fifteen minutes of the scheduled start time. All warm-ups, including service warm-ups, must be concluded prior to fifteen minutes after the scheduled start time. (Exception: All players will be allowed a five-minute warm-up even if this means starting the match after the mandatory start time.) read more below
Captains that exchange lineups after the posted start time / begin play later that 15 minutes after the posted start time are in violation of LCTA rules and therefore subject to grievance, which can even be filed by captains of teams who play after your matches are over. We encourage Captains to exchange lineups 5 minutes before the scheduled match time so the matches can begin.
There are two situations that a delay in starting play MAY be accommodated:1. An unexpected, verifiable public situation (major accident, road closed, traffic re-routed) if the player communicates with their captain and the captain is able to communicate the situation to the other captain by scheduled start time. The late player is to stay in communication in transit. The delay will be considered for that position(s) only. All other matches shall start within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time. The maximum waiting time before default is 30 minutes after scheduled match time.2. Courts are not available to begin any of the matches.
Important dates:18 & 0ver, 40 & over, and 55 & over Fall League registration opens August 22. The minimum number of players for team formation must be registered by September 13, 2014.
LCTA Party is October 10, 2014, at Family Circle Tennis Center
NEW COORDINATORS COME ON BOARD.......READ MORE BELOW
NEWS FROM STEVE WILSON
I am pleased to announce some changes to our Coordinator Organization: Susan Mock has agreed to accept the position of Scheduling Coordinator. She will be a resource to all flights and leagues. Susan has proven to be exceptionally good at this task and will be a tremendous help in this new position. The flight coordinators will still be responsible for their sub-flights and schedule but Susan is available to assist and generate schedules for everyone. Susan will continue to serve as Women's Combo Coordinator. Donna Brown has accepted the position of 18 & over and 40 & over Mens Coordinator. She will be working with the Coordinator network for Spring and Fall Leagues.
John Fanning has accepted the position of 3.0 18+ Women's Night League Coordinator. He will be replacing me in that role. Thanks so much for the great cooperation you have given me. I think the changes will position the LCTA to continue our growth. I will be scheduling Coordinators meetings in the next few weeks.
Guidelines for Team Formation
In the past, the only requirement has been for a team to guarantee the availability of 3 courts to form a team. With the team growth and expansion of divisions, the following guidelines are recommended. They are based on CALTA rules.
For 3 position leagues (Mixed, Combo, Singles, 55+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 2.5, and 5.0+), a maximum for two teams for every 3 courts can be accommodated. If a facility will commit the following - 3 – 5 courts – 2 teams; 6 – 8 courts - 4 teams, 9 or more courts - 6 teams at a facility.
For 5 position leagues, a maximum of 2 teams can be accommodated for 3 – 9 courts; a maximum of 4 teams can be accommodated in facilities that will commit 10 courts. In the case of Charleston Tennis Center, more than 4 teams can be accommodated by using Bee’s Ferry; for Maybank, additional teams can be accommodated by using Alan Fleming Courts.
There has been some confusion and lax adherence by LCTA captains regarding the time to exchange lineups and begin match play in LCTA league matches. Some of the problem may relate to the fact that CALTA has a rule that is different from LCTA rules, so we felt it would be worthwhile to reiterate the rule for all of our captains. The LCTA rule, which LCTA expects it's captains to honor and practice is: 2.01H(4) Team Lineups. (b) The two team captains shall exchange their team lineups in writing simultaneously, prior to the beginning of the team match but no later than the scheduled start time of the match. No substitution may be made in an individual match after the lineup has been presented, except for injury to, illness of, disqualification or no-show of a player. In the event of illness, injury, disqualification, or no-show of a player prior to the start of an individual match (once the lineup as been exchanged), a team may substitute a player in the affected position within the 15 minute default time, using a player not already listed on the lineup. If no substitution can be made, the affected position will be defaulted.
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