Rules/Guidelines for the Maple Leaf Women’s Tennis Teams
It is the objective of Maple Leaf to field competitive
teams, ensuring that players are at a level where some degree of success is
achieved while being challenged to improve. The social aspect of league tennis
and the development of team friends are truly important, however, the Club’s
objective to be competitive takes precedence. Players should be willing to
cooperate with their peers by playing at a level where their current skills and
agility will be best utilized. This will ensure some success for the team and an
enjoyable experience for the players.
1. Players are to be Members
All team members must be members in good standing of the Maple Leaf Tennis Club (dues paid) and be a resident or renter at Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club.
2. Players must be Registered with the League
Before playing in any match, a player must be registered with the 50+ Women’s Tennis League and the appropriate fee paid. No new players are accepted the last four weeks of play. The Captains are responsible to ensure this.
3. Participation in Team Development
All players should attend all practices and it is required that they participate in the team lessons with the Pro on a weekly basis.
4. Optimal Team Size and Playing Time Equality
a) The number of players on the Maple Leaf women’s teams should be equally divided as much as possible, as long as players are available to play at the appropriate skill level. Each team will have a minimum of 10 players. If the teams choose to have more, this will be determined by a majority team vote. It may become necessary to adjust the composition of some teams throughout the year due to sickness or injury, or new players coming into ML during the season
b) It is recommended that all players should have equal playing time proportional to their
availability. A player is considered to be a "sit-out" (S.O.), when she is ready
and capable of playing but is not chosen to participate in a specific match. A player may not
be available (N/A), due to absenteeism, health, guests etc. It is suggested that the captain or
co-captain keep a record of each player’s playing history.
5. ‘Calling up’ a Player to Avoid a Forfeit
a) When a team cannot provide a complete complement of six players for an up-coming match, that team may draw up a player not scheduled to play that week for her team at a lower level. The captain of the higher level team may select any player from a list of the players not scheduled to play for the lower level team.
b) Players playing at a level above their registered level must play on court 3.
c) Any decision requires the agreement of both captains.
6. Out of League for One Season
Any 50+ Team player that has been out of the league for ONE SEASON and has not indicated that she would be returning the following season will no longer be considered a team member. She will need to follow the procedure in 7b of this document and will be treated like a new player. Captains will use the criteria in 7d and evaluate her as to her ability to play on a team. If a player has had limited play due to illness it may be necessary for a team to take on one more player to compensate.
7. Movement of Players for the Following Year
a) By March 1 of each year, team captains will survey their team members individually to determine if any players plan to drop out of league tennis or desire to move up or down a level in team play for the following season. The captains will inform the Liaison.
b) Recommendations for the following year’s team line-ups will be made by the Pro with consultation with the 3 person committee. These recommendations will be based on:
1. “Match Results by Player” (obtained by Captains from the league web-site) after the last match in February.
2. Observations of player performance at lessons.
3. Requests to move up or down.
c) The Committee of 3, Captains and/or CC.s will look over the recommended team lists making sure that
1. All names were included.
2. Requests to move up or down were considered.
3. Player results from matches were considered.
d) Recommended Team Rosters will be presented to the Captains and Co-Captains at a Liaison Meeting. In the event of a discrepancy the Committee of 3 will discuss the issue with the Pro.
e) The Captains will inform their teams of the make-up of the following year’s team rosters.
f) To be registered on a team for the following season a player should give assurance that she will be available to play on an ongoing basis, barring extenuating circumstances.
8. New Players Coming into League
a) A potential new league player must contact the Maple Leaf Women’s Liaison and request to start this process. There is no guarantee that a position will be open on any given team.
b) The Liaison will contact the Captains to ask if there is an opening for a new player at the level the new player thinks she belongs in. The Captain will consult with the team to determine this.
c) If there is a position on an appropriate team available, the new player will be invited to practice with the team and be assessed by the Pro.
d) The Captain of the team will inform the potential player of the decision.
9. Adding Players to a Team during the Playing Season
a) If it becomes necessary to adjust the composition of any team during the season the Captain will inform the Liaison of the situation.
b) The Captains involved will discuss player movement with the Pro.
c) The Liaison will be informed of any changes made.
d) The players(s) involved will be informed about the decision.
10. Court wear
Maple Leaf encourages all women players to wear red and white on game days.
11. League Play/Rules and Conduct
a) All teams should review court etiquette
b) Team captains should be familiar with the "USTA" rules of tennis and the "50+ Rules of Conduct and Play".
The Liaison has the responsibility to ensure the captains are so informed.
c) If it becomes necessary to bring up a player from a lower team in order to avoid a forfeit, she may play ONLY on the
d) A 10 point tie-breaker is to be played for the match point. There is no third set.
e) With two teams on the same level, there will be NO lateral changes after Dec 15.
f) A copy of Captain’s Duties will be sent to each captain by the Liaison
g) A copy of the ML Tennis Executive Committee minutes are posted on the tennis website and sent to each captain.
h) Captains will forward the minutes of meetings of the 50+ League, ML Tennis Executive Committee, and ML Captain’s to
all their players.
i) Liaison will contact the gate regarding visiting teams for Friday’s matches.
j) Start your matches on time. If a team playing before you runs overtime and there are open courts and it is time for you
to be on the courts, please have 4 players scheduled for that open court begin their warm-up and game. Be sure to inform the
visiting captain of our rule. If she objects, explain to her in a courteous manner, that our courts our FULLY booked for the
day and any delays back up all the following teams. Only the 2 Maple Leaf and 2 visiting team players scheduled for that court
are allowed to warm up on the open court.
12. Balls for Home Matches
The team captains will provide new tennis balls for the home matches and the cost will be shared by the team players.
13. Attendance at Meetings
The captains must attend all Maple Leaf captain’s meetings and it is recommended that co-captains attend also. If a captain
AND co-captain are unable to attend, the captain should appoint a representative to attend.
14. Selection of Captains
The experience of being team captain is educational and rewarding. It is an experience that should be shared. Captains will not
remain in office longer than two consecutive years. Each member of the team should have the opportunity to be captain before a
player may repeat as captain on the same team. The team should submit the names of the new captain and co-captain to the Liaison
before the annual meeting of the MLTC in March.
15. Equality of Captains and Teams
a) No captain shall have the authority over another captain or another team.
b) The success of all Maple Leaf Teams is of equal importance.
Rules Reviewed and Revised: February, 2017 Revised Rule #4, #7, #8, #9