General Tennis Rules

CMTO League and Tournament Rules

 

Last Revised: February 27, 2011

 

  1. Overview
  2. Fees
  3. Time Limits/Scoring
  4. Attendance Rules
  5. Penalties/Forfeits
  6. Probation/Expulsion
  7. Appeals
  8. Ranking/Level of Play
  9. Withdrawal from the league

 

    1. Overview

Columbus Metropolitan Tennis Organization (CMTO) operates on the belief that tennis, when played with a spirit of fun, mutual respect, and honesty, can be both competitive and rewarding for everyone. As a result, CMTO strives to promote a strong sense of community, cooperation, and fairness at all times. To maintain a healthy and viable organization, your participation is key to this organization’s success.

One of the major goals of CMTO is to provide you with an organized and sportsman-like system in which to play tennis matches. We realize that winning a match is the primary goal of many of you; however, losses are a part of playing in a league. How you handle a loss is just as important as how you handle a win. We ask that all members consult the rules and regulations before the start of the season.

Our objective is to create the most fair, fun, and inclusive situation possible at all times for all players. These rules are useful in helping to guide us in that direction. However, there may be situations where the rules may fall short. As a result, the CMTO Committee may be required to intervene and provide leadership in select situations.

 

Division Captains

A division captain will be assigned to each division in the league. The division captain’s responsibilities are to keep you informed of CMTO changes, (collect scores), and to assist in the interpretation of the CMTO General, League, and Tournament rules and regulations. The division captains are not referees or customer complaint managers. As such, they should not be used as one.

    1. Fees

      1. All fees must be paid in advance of league play.
      2. Refunds are granted in the event of a documented medical illness that took place prior to the start date of CMTO’s tennis league offerings. No other refunds will be granted. To facilitate a refund request, a written request may be sent to CMTO, P.O. Box 20027, Columbus, Ohio 43220, or an e-mail request may be sent to info@cmto1.org.
      3. There will be a $50.00 charge for any check returned for non-sufficient funds. If a check is returned for non-sufficient funds, payments must be made in cash prior to the league start date.
    2. Time Limits/Scoring

Singles – All events

       Both players need to bring a can of new tennis balls. The winning player receives the unopened can at the end of the match.

      1. A singles match is won by the best of three (3) sets with ad scoring.
        1. If a player is late and has no valid reason, the late penalty policy would go into effect (see section 5E for the late penalty policy).
        2. If a player is more than fifteen (15) minutes late and/or absent, the on-time player will receive the win for the match. (See section on Forfeit).
      2. Match Cancellation: Players must notify their opponent at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance. Both players must agree on rescheduling arrangements.
        1. If an event occurs causing a player to cancel the match within twenty-four (24) hours, you must contact your opponent or you will be issued a No-show. See No-show rules (see section 4 of the rules).
      3. Match Scheduling: If all players are in agreement, singles matches may be played earlier or later than the assigned play period. However, with the exception of vacations or other pre-planned reasons, no matches may be played more than three (3) weeks after the assigned play period.
        1. Scores for the match need to be reported within twenty-four (24) hours via www.tennisengine.com. Failure to report scores to www.tennisengine.com will result in both players being assigned a forfeit.

      For complete list of event guidelines, please refer to the rules for that specific event on the web site.

Doubles

      1. A doubles match is won by the best of three (3) sets with ad scoring.
        1. If a team is late and has no valid reason, the late penalty policy would go into effect (see section 5E for the late penalty policy).
        2. If a team is more than fifteen (15) minutes late and/or absent, the on-time team will receive the win for the match. (See section on Forfeit).
      2. Match Cancellation: Teams must notify their opponent at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance. Both teams must agree on rescheduling arrangements.
        1. If an event occurs causing a team to cancel the match within twenty-four (24) hours, you must contact your opponents or you will be issued a No-show. See No-show rules (see section 4 of the rules).
      3. Match Scheduling: If all players are in agreement, doubles matches may be played earlier or later than the assigned play period. However, with the exception of vacations or other pre-planned reasons, no matches may be played more than three (3) weeks after the assigned play period.
        1. Scores for the match need to be reported within twenty-four (24) hours via www.tennisengine.com. Failure to report scores to www.tennisengine.com will result in both teams being assigned a forfeit.

      For complete list of event guidelines, please refer to the rules for that specific event on the web site.

    1. Attendance Rules

No-Shows for Singles Round Robin/Singles Ladder: Please, as a courtesy to your opponents, and to maintain the integrity of the league, AVOID NO SHOWS.

It should be noted that TWO no-shows by a player during a league season will result in the player being removed from the singles league for that season and the player will be on probation for the following league season.

You must notify your opponent if you cannot make the match. Please use cell phone numbers, not emails so that you can talk to your opponent. It is up to the person that showed up to the match to report a no-show to league captains.

Singles/Singles Ladder Rain Cancellations

If in the event of rain or inclement weather, the match will be canceled and both players must reschedule a time and place to make-up the match within two weeks.

Do not assume that your match is canceled because it is raining at your house. You must show up for your match unless you are able to get a hold of your opponent. There are many times, it is raining in Worthington, but not at the chosen match site. IF YOU DO NOT SHOW UP AND YOU HAVE NOT TALKED TO YOUR OPPONENT THIS WILL BE TREATED AS A NO-SHOW (see section on no-shows).

No-Shows for Doubles: Please, as a courtesy to your opponents, and to maintain the integrity of the league, AVOID NO SHOWS.

It should be noted that TWO no-shows by a player during a league season will result in the player being removed from the doubles league for that season and the player will be on probation for the following league season.

Doubles Rain Cancellations

If in the event of rain or inclement weather, the matches will be canceled and both teams must reschedule a time and place to make-up the match within two weeks.

Do not assume that your match is canceled because it is raining at your house. You must show up for your match unless your league captain has contacted you. There are many times, it is raining in Worthington, but not at OSU.

    1. Penalties/Forfeits

Singles – Round-Robin

       Forfeits will be awarded when:

      1. An asterisk by a player’s name denotes the person responsible for scheduling the match. Failure to do to so within the allotted 3 weeks of the scheduled match date will result in the assigned person receiving a forfeit.
      2. If a player has attempted to schedule a match, but the opponent has not returned calls to arrange a time for the match, or is unable to schedule a match within three weeks of the assigned play period, the player must notify the division captain of the scheduling issue. If the division captain cannot get a response from the assigned opponent(s), then the player will be awarded the win via a forfeit.
      3. It is the responsibility of the player with the asterisk (*) to keep communication records (i.e. e-mails, phone logs, etc.) should the other player not respond.
      4. If both players cannot agree upon a date, time and location within the allotted 3-week time window, the division captain will assess each player with a forfeit (i.e., double forfeit).
      5. If any player leaves the court without completing the match, for any reason other than those stated in the the player or team that remains will receive the win. According to the USTA Friends of Court 2011, the following is the penalties for lateness chart:
      • 5 minutes or less: Loss of toss plus 1 game
      • 5:01 – 10 minutes: Loss of toss plus 2 games
      • 10:01 – 15 minutes: Loss of toss plus 3 games
      • More than 15 minutes: Default

Doubles

      1. Both teams should bring a can of new balls. The winning team receives the unopened can at the end of the match.
      2. Teams will be given a schedule for all matches for the season. Please arrive to the courts at least 15 minutes in advance of your match. If a cancelation/rain out should occur, both teams must agree upon a date, time and location within a 3-week time window. If they cannot, the division captain will assess each player with a forfeit (i.e., double forfeit).
        According to the USTA Friends of Court 2011, the following is the penalties for lateness chart:
        • 5 minutes or less: Loss of toss plus 1 game
        • 5:01 – 10 minutes: Loss of toss plus 2 games
        • 10:01 – 15 minutes: Loss of toss plus 3 games
        • More than 15 minutes: Default
      3. If any player leaves the court without completing the match, for any reason other than those stated in the USTA Friends of Court 2011, the player or team that remains will receive the win.
    1. Probation/Expulsion

      1. NO-SHOWS

If a player is assigned TWO no-shows in a particular league offering, they will be removed from that league offering for the rest of the season and be on probation for the following year.

If you are playing in more than one offering, you will only be removed for the section where you are assigned a no-show. For example, if you are removed from singles you can still play doubles.

A no-show is assigned for the following reasons:

Round Robin Singles/Singles Ladder- It should be noted that TWO no-shows by a player during a league season will result in the player being removed from the singles league for that season and the player will be on probation for the following league season.

You must notify your opponent if you cannot make the match. Use cell phone numbers, not emails so that you can talk to your opponent. It is up to the person that showed up to report a no-show to league captains.

Doubles- It should be noted that TWO no-shows by a player during a league season will result in the player being removed from the doubles league for that season and the player will be on probation for the following league season.

There will be a sub list provided and you must get a sub if you cannot play. If a player is removed for the season, their doubles partner may opt to use a sub to finish out the season. The sub will then be considered a regular player and matches will be scored as such. No exception to this rule, you must show up for your match or have a sub show up.

      1. Probation

A player is on probation for one year after being removed from the league for no shows. If you are on probation you will only be permitted to have one no show that year. If you are charged with a no-show you then will be removed from the league and will not be permitted to register for the following year.

One of the major goals of CMTO is to provide its members an organized and sportsman-like system in which to play tennis matches. Therefore, profanity or other unprofessional behavior during any CMTO event is prohibited. Any unsportsmanlike conduct should be immediately brought to the attention of a division captain. Unsportsmanlike behavior by a player will be dealt with swiftly. The player will be given a verbal warning followed by a written notification. If a player continues the unsportsmanlike behavior, he/she will be permanently expelled from CMTO.

USTA Friends of Court 2011 description of unsportsmanlike conduct:

Player shall not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct. During the course of a match a player shall not engage in:

        1. Verbal abuse. Swear at an official, a spectator, or an opponent in a voice that can be heard by any person;
        2. Visible or audible profanity or obscenity. Use profanity or insulting, abusive, or obscene language in any way that may be heard by any person or use obscene, insulting, or abusive gestures;
        3. Racket abuse. Throw or break a racket other than in the normal course of play;
        4. Ball abuse. Deliberately hitting, throwing, or kicking a ball that is not in play if the ball:
          1. leaves the Playing Area;
          2. Hits or comes close to hitting any person; or
          3. Could cause damage or harm.
        5. Physical abuse. Threaten or inflict bodily injury to anyone;
        6. Other unsportsmanlike conduct.

USTA REGULATIONS IV.C. (Standards of Conduct) 119

        1. If a player does not agree with the enforcement of the stated rules, you may appeal the determination. (See Appeals Section)
    1. Appeals

    2. Appeals are to be made directly to the division captain who will consult with the CMTO committee. A written appeal may be sent to P.O. Box 20027, Columbus, Ohio 43220, or e-mailed appeal to info@comto1.org. The appeal must be postmarked or time stamped no later than one (1) week from the time of the incident in question. A player’s address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) must be included with the written appeal.

      The CMTO committee will review all appeal requests. Players appealing may be contacted by phone to answer any unresolved question. A written decision will be forwarded to the player within three (3) weeks from the date that CMTO receives the appeal. The decision made by the CMTO committee with regard to the submitted appeal is final.

    1. Ranking/Level of Play

    2. Please use the following link for the USTA descriptions of the level of play.

Ratings Guidelines PDF

      1. Singles

For complete list of event guidelines, please refer to the rules for that specific event on the web site.
Singles- Round Robin

Singles will be divided into ability groups based on USTA descriptions from the link listed above. The larger groups will be broken into two (2) or more divisions within an ability level. The singles matches will be assigned so that each player will either have a match or a bye each week.

Players will contact assigned opponents as early as possible to schedule their match. Time and location of play are the responsibility of, and determined by, mutual agreement between both players.

Substitutions are strictly prohibited in singles matches. If a person cannot play, the match must be rescheduled (see the section marked Time Limits).

Both teams need to bring a can of new tennis balls. The winning team receives the unopened can at the end of the match. Scores for the match need to be reported within twenty-four (24) hours via www.tennisengine.com. Failure to report scores to www.tennisengine.com will result in both players being assigned a forfeit.

      1. Doubles

For complete list of event guidelines, please refer to the rules for that specific event on the web site.

The doubles teams will be divided into the following divisions:

Players Division
Both Players are 4.0 4.0 Doubles
1 Player is 4.0 and 1 Player is 3.5 Discretion of the Committee*
Both Players are 3.5 3.5 Doubles
1 Player is 3.5 and 1 Player is 3.0 Discretion of the Committee*
Players 3.0 and or 2.5 3.0 Doubles

*CMTO reserves the right to reassign you based on past league and tournament performance.

    1. Withdrawal from the league

A player/team who withdraws from the league must contact their division captain immediately. The division captain will contact the rest of the event participants concerning the rest of the seasons schedule.
Refunds for any reason, will be granted up until week three (3) of the season. Please contact your division captain to assist in this process. After calendar week three (3) has been completed, there will be no refunds issued.