Proposed Rule Changes for 2022

(in the order they appear in the handbook)

The Committee:

That Protests and appeals page 16 should be amended as follows:

.........Any decision of the Committee or a Match Secretary acting on behalf of the Committee is subject to appeal which must be received in writing/email from the Club Secretary within seven days of of the decision .......

Background: Arose in discussion with BSF Secretary. Appeals should not come from individuals and emails are acceptable.

The Committee:

That Registration of Players and Eligibility Rule 2 should be amended as shown.

(2) (i) A player becomes committed to a match and club in any one competition once he/she has played his/her first point and this would count as an appearnce for eligibility purposes providing their scores are entered on the score card.
(ii) A player becomes committed to a club in any one competition once he/she has played his /her first point.

Background: It had been argued that having the word match and club together in one rule was confusing and the would be better separated.

The Committee:

That Registration of Players and Eligibility Rule 7 (f) should be amended as shown.

(f) In the last two fixture weeks of Division 1 of the men’s, ladies and mixed competitions a player must have represented played for their team or a lower team in at least three league matches prior to the last two fixture weeks in order to play in any of the last two fixture weeks.......

In Division 1 of the Junior competition a player must have represented played for their team or a lower team in at least three league matches prior to the last two fixture weeks in order to play in any of the last two fixture weeks.
In all other divisions only players who have represented played for their club in that competition at least twice prior to the last two fixture weeks are eligible to play.

Background: This has mainly arisen as previously Mixed matches were played to a finish and there were no abandoned matches. It had been argued that a name on a online scorecard for a match never played or started should count re the word 'represented.' The majority of the Committee took the view that it should mean what it had always meant in years of custom an practice in that they had played in a match. The Committee agreed that it needed updating.

There had been another enquiry asking if an appearnce in the mixed, for example counted in the men's as having played for your club. However, the competiitons have always been regarded as totally separate.

Elton Vale:

That in Mens, Mixed & Ladies Comptition Rule 3, 7.15pm should be replaced with 7.00pm.

Background: When our team played away at a three court club our 1st pair were kept waiting until 7.13pm by one of the away team's 1st pair not turning up until that time. My pair were rightly aggrieved having to hang around waiting this length of time. In the meanwhile, one of our couples had finished their 1st set and had started their 2nd set.

This change only refers to where three courts are available. Also logic would seem to suggest a deadline of 7.00pm for the third set to start. It follows on from a match should start at 6.30pm and then 15 minutes later the second set should start by 6.45pm.

Lostock

(1) That games are to count rather than sets for mixed.

Background: Our rationale for this is that going off sets, it doesn’t always reflect the competitiveness of the match and the broader spectrum of players.

Additional rationale for counting games rather than sets in the mixed matches is there are situations where a team could win more games than the oposition but still lose on set count. i.e. 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, 0-6, 0-6, 0-6, 0-6 5-4 sets but 30-44 games. Whilst we realise this is an extreme case for clarity, there are many other scores that would produce the same disparity.

(2) Revert back to 4 pairs for mixed teams but play 3 sets each. A way of drawing out which pairs would play each other would need to be created (see suggestions below). Our rationale for this is that having tried the new format this year, we preferred the original mixed night but all matches would be mixed rather than mens/ladies sets.

 

Pair A

Pair B

Pair C

Pair D

Pair A

 

 

 

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Pair B

 

 

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Pair C

 

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Pair D

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The Committee:

That Cecil Cup Rule 8 be amended as shown:

8. (a) No recognised higher team player is eligible to play in a lower team, but a lower team player can be played as a reserve for a higher team and will not become cup-tied.  Normally, From and including the quarter finals, only those players who have represented played for their team or a lower team at least twice in the Mixed League & excluding Cup Matches shall be eligible to play.  Any query about eligibility of a player for a team should be referred to the Mixed Team Match Secretary prior to the match. If any team has a problem in meeting this requirement it must be referred to the Match Secretary prior to the match.
(b) Any player having made more than half of his/her appearances for one team shall not be eligible to play for a lower team after the preliminary and first round.

Background: The word 'Normally' had been called into question. What exactly did it mean?
It had also been observed that under the present rule a club could have a man who was not interested in playing mixed matches, but they could in fact play in every single round of the Cecil Cup. Can this be right?

Lostock (If the above is not passed in whole)

That players must have played for their clubs in a minimum of 2 mixed league matches (not cup matches only).

Background: Our rationale is that players should have played for the club for that standard of the team not just brought in specifically for the cup matches.

End of Rule Proposals.