HRTC Club Championship Rules

The draw

All the championships will be drawn in February each year. Entry will be based on players’ handicaps as of the time of draw. All HRTC members will be entered into their respective championships unless otherwise requested by the member. In all championships, players will be seeded based on handicaps, with qualifiers for the first round being played as necessary.

Eligibility

Players may play in any event they qualify for or a lower handicap class. For example, if a member is female, aged 55, with a handicap of 37, they are automatically entered into the Class 3, Ladies, and Masters events. They can also choose to enter in the Class 1 and Class 2 events. A $20 entry fee will be charged per event.

Class 1 All Members 5 sets
Class 2 Handicaps 20 and above 3 sets
Class 3 Handicaps 30 and above 3 sets
Class 4 Handicaps 40 and above 3 sets
Class 5 Handicaps 50 and above 3 sets
Class 6 Handicaps 60 and above 3 sets
Class 7 Handicaps 70 and above 3 sets
Ladies All Ladies 3 sets
Masters Players aged 50 or older as of 1 February 3 sets
Veterans Players aged 65 or older as of 1 February 3 sets
Juniors Players aged 26 or younger as of 1 February 3 sets

Scheduling

Each player is to make every reasonable effort to have each match arranged. The pros will make at least two attempts to confirm each match with the players concerned. Once a match is confirmed, a player may cancel once without penalty, provided this is done at least 24 hours before the match. On the second such occasion, the player will forfeit the match.

Matches

Two hours will be allocated for all matches, with player’s accounts being billed for two hours regardless of the duration of the match. Matches running into the next court booking may be completed with the consent of the players with the booking. If a match cannot be completed in these circumstances, then it will be continued at a later date. For the purposes of scheduling, the continuation will be played with the scores starting from where the original match left off.

Late arrivals

Players must be on court not later than ten minutes after the scheduled start of the match, based on the clubhouse clock. At this time, one game will be awarded to the player’s opponent and an additional game will be awarded to the player’s opponent every three minutes until the player is on court.

Forfeits

A player who is not on court for a confirmed match will forfeit the match. A player who cannot complete a match that has commenced will forfeit the match. The only exception is where the match is not completed before the next booking (see “Matches” above).

Marking

Players will mark their own matches, except each Club Championship final, which will be marked by the club pros.

Disputes

All disputes regarding Club Championship matches will be decided by the HRTC Tennis Committee.

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