Proposed Rule Changes for 2020

(in the order they appear in the handbook)

Committee

That Trophies Rule 6 be amended as follows. All clubs are responsible for all trophies presented to their teams and their members. They must all be returned to the Trophy Secretary by 1st August. 19th July.

Passed unanimously

Committee

That the following is added to Government Rule 8

The Committee reserve the right to make a cleaning charge of £5 per trophy for each one not returned in a clean condition.

Passed unanimously

Markland Hill

That Registration & Eligibility Rule 3 be amended:
During the season, all players are deemed to be ranked to the highest team for which they have played for on two occasions. They may play in that team or one team down. Should they play for a higher team on two occasions, they are automatically re-ranked to that team. At the start of the season After four completed matches, 3 men in the men’s, 2 men plus 2 ladies in the mixed and 1 boy plus 1 girl in the junior competitions must be nominated as permanent members of the ‘A’ team below which they cannot play. They will be would have expected to represent the team in at least two of the first four league matches. If a club has two teams in Division 1 the above numbers should be increased by 1.

Passed 15 for, 8 abstentions

Committee

That part of Registration & Eligibility 7 (f) should be amended:

In all other divisions only players who have represented their team or a lower team club at least twice prior to the last two fixture weeks are eligible to play.

Passed unanimously

Hawkshaw

Registration & Eligibility Rule 7 (f)
That with regard to how many matches someone has to have played before the last 2 matches of the season Cecil Cup appearances as well as league appearances should be included in the calculation...currently the rule is league matches played only.

Defeated 7 for, 15 against, 1 abstention

Markland Hill
That Registration & Eligibility rule 7 (f) be amended as follows:
In the last two fixture weeks of  Division 1 of the men’s and mixed competitions a player must have represented their team or a lower team in at least 4(strike though 4) 3 league matches prior to the last two fixture weeks in order to play in any of the last two fixture weeks.

Passed 15 for, 2 against, 6 abstentions

Markland Hill

That Registration & Eligibility rule 7 (f) be amended as follows:
Full-time students aged 18 or over, living away from home in term time (who must be registered as such on registration night only before the 1st July), are exempted from this restriction. Any club having more than one team in Division 1 have their second team exempt from this rule.

Passed 12 for, 3 against, 8 Abstentions

Committee

That Match Rule 5 (a) be amended as follows:
The match card shall be filled up before the game is started, the home captain to fill in the names of his players’ first, followed by the visiting captain.  Both captains shall see and sign the card which must be posted online within 24 48 hours of the completion of the match by the home team captain.  A fine of £10.00 will be imposed for late posting. Clubs failing to enter a player’s name will incur a £5 fine.
The home team should retain the card until the end of the season.

Passed unanimously

Committee

That Match rule 6 (ii) be amended:
the none defaulting team shall be awarded maximum points and its match score shall be based on the average of the defaulting team’s match scores for a minimum of seven weeks (senior leagues) or five weeks (junior leagues). half a season’s matches.

Passed unanimously

Committee

That there should be an additional Match Rule 6 (v)
Any team that has had three complete no shows will have that team removed from the league and all results expunged.

Passed 20 for, 3 against

Hawkshaw

That Match Rule 9 be amended as follows:
The home team shall be responsible for providing at least six three new LTA nominated Dunlop balls per court for each match.  For junior matches the balls need not be new but must be of good quality.

Passed 16 for, 7 against

Eagley

That the third sentence of Rule 1 of the Men’s Competition Rules be rescinded and replaced by the previous games scoring system where games sets finish at 6-6 ot 7-5.

Defeated 8 for, 13 against, 2 abstentions

Eagley

That Men’s Rule 6 should be amended to reflect the terms of Mixed Competition Rule 6. i.e. That men's matches are played to a conclusion.

Defeated 6 for, 16 against, 1 abstention

Hawkshaw

That Mixed League Rule 1 be amended:
Mixed League teams shall consist of 4 gents and 4 ladies playing 4(strike through) 2 gents’ doubles sets, 4(strike through) 2 ladies’ doubles sets and 4(strike through)  8 mixed doubles sets.  All sets shall be played to 6 games up.

Defeated 2 for, 15 against, 6 abstentions

Lostock

That the following should be added to Mixed Match Rule 1.
At 5-5 a tie-break is played.

Defeated 6 for, 15 against, 2 abstentions

Lostock

All junior matches to be played on Friday nights.

Passed 12 for, 3 against, 8 abstentions

Lostock

That Junior divisions are to be drawn up in consultation between junior match secretary and junior team co-ordinators during February, rather than by automatic promotion and demotion.

Passed 16 for, 7 abstentions

Markland Hill

That the junior league revert back to 4 boys and 4 girls per team.

Defeated 6 for, 8 against, 9 abstentions

Holcombe Brook & Lostock

The junior league to be split into separate boys’ and girls’ leagues. The boys adopt the men’s league format of 6 players but using sudden death deuces and a 6-6 finish (no tie-breaks). 

Defeated 5 for, 10 against, 8 abstentions

Holcombe Brook & Lostock

That the girls are to be teams of 4 with boys 11U used if absolutely desperate.  Available girls should always be used as a priority. Matches would consist of 4 sets only so consideration should be given to making those full deuce and tie-break sets.

Not voted on by virtue of the previos proposal being defeated

Lostock

That junior tennis matches start at 6.15pm.

Passed 14 for, 9 abstentions

Lostock

That the Howarth Cup in its current form be scrapped in favour of a one day event celebrating junior tennis across the league. Format to be arranged.

Passed 14 for, 9 abstentions

End of Rule Proposals.

Points to note which are not rule changes:

Remove £20 withdrawal fee on page 4.
Change  Cecil Cup 2nd Round to Quarter-finals on Page 4

From Eagley

Note 1. The 2019 handbook, Men’s Competition Rules, Rule 1 mentions the option to play sets to 8-8. I thought this was now obsolete although I can’t immediately find the evidence that it is. If not, the irony is that it is still possible to have a tied men’s match.
(This was a compilation error. It does not appear in next year’s handbook. RC)

Note 2. The terms ‘tie’ and ‘draw’ are both used in Bolton League Tennis. For 2019, the Mixed and Winter League tables have a column headed ‘Drawn or ‘D’ whilst the Junior and Afternoon leagues show ‘Tie’. Perhaps the description should be standardised?
Committee agreed they should all say 'Draw'

Note 3. One of the abandoned matches to which I allude above is mentioned in the June 2019 Committee Meeting notes (June notes refer to Men’s Rule 9 but, surely, it’s Rule 6?).
Yes - corrected. RC