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 LONG ISLAND PLATFORM TENNIS ASSOCIATIONMEN'S LEAGUE RULES(effective September 2018) 

     Platform tennis, which we call "Paddle," is a keenly competitive sport and, traditionally, one in which good sportsmanship, integrity and mutual respect are key elements. The game, although competitive, is one that is played for fun and there are two guidelines for behavior that are used to maintain the integrity, fairness and the fun of our sport. 

     The first and most important set of guidelines is that of "The Etiquette of the Game." It is expected that the history and tradition of the game will be maintained through a continued high degree of sportsmanship and mutual respect for all involved with our game of Paddle. It is understood that the guideline of etiquette involves a variety of "gray areas" which by definition are not hard and fast rules. However, it is expected that the spirit of sportsmanship and etiquette will be adhered to by all players and captains. 

     The second set of guidelines is that of "The Written Rules of the Game," which are set forth below. 

RULES OF PLAY


The governing rules of play shall be the Official Rules of Platform Tennis as currently published by the American Platform Tennis Association (APTA).

After each season, the Rules Committee of the Long Island Platform Tennis Association (LIPTA) Board of Directors will accept proposals for, and if necessary, recommend modifications to the league rules to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall vote by majority rule, on these proposed rule changes, at the Annual Meeting. Prior to the start of each season the current Men's League Rules shall be posted on the LIPTA website. 

DEFINITIONS:

  1. "Club" means any one of the clubs and public facilities associated with LIPTA.
  2. "Division" means a competitive level of play (1-8) in the Men’s League.
  3. "Default" means a team is unable to continue a match due to a player injury that occurs after all four assigned players have stepped on to the court to begin warming up for a match.
  4. "Forfeit" means a team has not been able to step on to the court to begin warming up for a match.
  5. "match" means an individual match played as part of a TEAM MATCH.
  6. "team" means an individual team of two players.
  7. "TEAM" means the rostered players for a Club in a Division. A Club may have more than one TEAM in a Division. 
  8. "TEAM MATCH" means the six matches scheduled between Clubs.

LIPTA ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH TEAM MEMBER: 

  1. Each TEAM member must be at least 18, out of high school and a current member of LIPTA.
  2. In order to be a LIPTA member, the individual must be a Manhattan or Long Island (Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk) resident and be a member of a LIPTA Club. Platform players who do not reside on Long Island or Manhattan should make an application to the President of LIPTA seeking an exception. The application must be in writing from the LIPTA Director representing the Club, or the captain of the TEAM, the player will represent. The letter should explain why this exception should be granted.
  3. Each TEAM member must meet the LIPTA requirements as well as either LIPTA's Private Club Requirements or LIPTA's Public Facility Requirements.
    1. Private Club Requirements:
      1. A current dues paying member of a LIPTA Private Club is eligible. 
      2. Sons of current dues paying members of a LIPTA Private Club who have privileges under the family membership are eligible. 
      3. Employees of a LIPTA Private Club, if allowed by both the Club and LIPTA, are eligible to play with that Club. Employees of a LIPTA Private Club must play with that club, if allowed by the club. If not allowed, they may play on a Public Facility TEAM.
    2. Public Facility Requirements:
      1. The player must meet the eligibility requirements of the individual Public Facility. 
      2. Employees of a LIPTA Private Club must play with that club, if allowed by the club and the league. If not allowed by either, they may play on a Public Facility TEAM, provided they meet the other Public Facility Requirements.
  4. In the event that any player has dual eligibility to play for more than one Private Club or Public Facility, he must elect one Private Club or Public Facility that he will play for during that season and declare his intent to LIPTA prior to the season. 
  5. In order to be a LIPTA member, a person shall be required to pay to LIPTA the annual membership dues imposed by LIPTA for the current season (the "Dues"), in accordance with the rules set forth below.
    1. Prior to the commencement of each season, the Dues shall be determined and published by the LIPTA Board of Directors. 
    2. A member of a Public Facility or Private Club who is on a TEAM roster at the start of the season (also referred to as a "Pre-Season Member") must register and pay the Dues online through the LIPTA website.
    3. The Dues are due and payable by a Pre-Season Member prior to the first match of the season. If the Dues are not paid by a Pre-Season Member by November 15th, LIPTA will notify the individual, as well as the appropriate Captain and LIPTA Board representative.
    4. Any member of a Private Club or a Public Facility who wishes to become a member of LIPTA at any time during the season (a "Mid-Season Member") must register with LIPTA and pay the Dues through the LIPTA website prior to playing his first Men's League match. The Captain is responsible for notifying the Mid-Season Member of this requirement and for ensuring compliance prior to the Mid-Season Member playing in a match.
    5. In the event that the Dues are not paid by the dates set forth above (i.e., November 15th for a Pre-Season Member or prior to the first match played for a Mid-Season Member), the individual will not be considered a LIPTA member and will be disqualified from playing in Men's League matches.
    6. Any match played by an individual TEAM member who fails to pay the Dues by the final payment dates set forth above, shall be declared a Forfeit (regardless of whether it was won or lost), and be recorded as a loss for purposes of the TEAM's season record.

LIPTA MEN'S LEAGUE RULES

Captains are responsible for making every effort possible to field their TEAMS in order of strength, starting with their best team at #1 match and following suit throughout their lineup. The Men's League Rules that follow are intended to aid and guide the Captains in setting their rosters. Any and all violations of the Men's League Rules will be enforced by the Men's League Chairman. Repeated violations and issues/disputes not governed by the Men's League Rules will be settled by the Men's League Rules Arbitration Committee.

  1. TEAM NOT PLAYING PROPER POSITION: 
    1. If the Men's League Chairman determines that an inferior team lost its match in a higher slot in order to obtain an advantage, then the Men's League Chairman, at his discretion, will refer the matter to the Men's League Rules Arbitration Committee for review. If it is determined that an advantage was gained, all lower match wins from the affected TEAM MATCH may be forfeited.

  2. ROSTERED PLAYERS AND "5 PROTECTED PLAYERS": 
    1. All players must be rostered on a TEAM. A player not rostered on a TEAM is not eligible to play a match. If that player does play, a penalty (loss of match) will result. 
    2. Each LIPTA TEAM in Divisions 1-7 shall select a minimum of twelve (12) "Rostered Players" who will not be permitted to play on another TEAM in the same Division or for a TEAM in a lower Division. 
    3. If a Team elects to play a "Rostered Player" in the same Division in which he is rostered or on a TEAM in any lower Division in a Men's League match, then that TEAM shall forfeit all six (6) matches for that TEAM MATCH. 
    4. A TEAM electing to play any player in a Men's League match using a "false identity" shall forfeit all six (6) matches for that TEAM MATCH and the TEAM Captain(s) and the individual player using a false identity shall be suspended from the Men's League until re-admitted by the LIPTA Board of Directors.
    5. Each TEAM in Divisions 1 through 7 shall select five (5) "Protected Players" (in order of ability) who will only be eligible to play in the following matches:
      1. The 1st and 2nd ranked players on courts 1 and 2.
      2. The 3rd, 4th and 5th ranked player may only play on courts 1, 2 or 3.
      3. No unprotected player may play above a Protected Player on court 1.
    6. Each TEAM shall be permitted to change their "Protected Players" once during the season, between November 27th and January 8th for Divisions 3, 4 and 5; between November 28th and January 2nd for Divisions 2 and 7; and between November 29th and January 2nd for Divisions 1 and 6. Any matches or make-ups of those matches pre-dating any change shall be played with the original Protected Players.
    7. A player may be moved up within a Club, from a lower level Division TEAM at any time prior to January 2.
    8. A player from a Club on a higher Division team may not be re-ranked to the roster on a lower Division team during the regular season and post season unless approved by the Men's League Chairman.
    9. All members of each TEAM are required to play a minimum number of matches during the regular season. The minimum number is two (2) matches in the first 7 match cycle, and two (2) matches in the last 7-8 match cycle.
      Failure to comply during the first 7 match cycle may result in the Men's League Chairman, in his discretion, requiring that another player be added to the Rostered Player's list for that TEAM. Failure to comply during the last 7-8 match cycle will result in that player or players not being eligible for the "Post Season Tournament". In addition, in the case of any ranked player not playing in at least two matches, the Men’s League Chairman may require, in his discretion, that the TEAM substitute a new ranked player. 
    10. A player from a lower Division TEAM "playing up" for a higher Division TEAM at the same Club must play "behind" (lower matches than) ALL of the higher Division's rostered players with the following one exception. If eight rostered players are playing matches 1, 2, 3, and 4, then the lower Division player may play the #5 match even if one or two rostered players are playing the #6 match. 
    11. If any TEAM shall play a match with a combination of players on any court which is not consistent with the permissible combinations for such court as set forth above, then such TEAM shall forfeit that particular match if it was won, and such match shall be recorded as a loss for purposes of the TEAM's season record. Furthermore, one additional match won by the TEAM during that TEAM MATCH, if any (beginning with the #6 match and continuing to the #1 match), shall be recorded as a loss.
    12. A player cannot play for the same TEAM more than once per TEAM MATCH.

  3. FOLLOW THE RULES OF GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, ETIQUETTE AND INTEGRITY: 
  4. It is expected that the spirit of good sportsmanship and etiquette will be adhered to by all players and Captains. Inherent in maintaining the integrity of the Men's League, each and every Captain/Team is required to field the strongest possible team for ALL matches. Any serious violation or breach will be referred to the LIPTA Board of Directors. The Board’s decision on a penalty, if required, will be final.




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  7. DISPUTE RESOLUTIONS: 
  8. Any dispute and/or perceived rules infraction will be submitted in writing to the Men's League Chairman within two (2) business days of the disputed event for an interpretation of the rule and an assessment of a penalty, if required. This decision will be based on the then current Rules of the Men's League, as published on the LIPTA website. If the dispute is not covered by the Rules of the Men's League, the Men's League Chairman must refer the matter to the Men's League Rules Arbitration Committee. The Men's League Rules Arbitration Committee shall have the authority to overturn a Men's League Chairman's decision, if the decision was not in compliance with the published rules. The Men's League Rules Arbitration Committee can reverse match scores, require the replaying of a match and suspend players from the LIPTA Men's League. Their decision will be final. Serious violations may be referred to the LIPTA Board of Directors for such sanctions as they deem appropriate. Provision has been made on the Match Result Sheet for the lodging of protests. Protest can only be submitted by a Captain of a TEAM whose TEAM played in the disputed match.




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  11. MATCH PLAY: 
    1. TEAM lineups are to be exchanged by Captains at the beginning of the TEAM MATCH, 7:00PM. Play of the matches must be on the date of the scheduled match, unless the match is postponed due to inclement weather. Either Captain, after consulting with the other team's Captain, may postpone a match because of weather related safety concerns. The match must be played by the following Monday. If play is in progress at the time a match is postponed, it must be resumed at the earliest convenient date for both teams subject to the following rule: play resumes at the existing score with the same players.
      The Captains "CANNOT" change the scheduled date of the match and all 6 matches are to be played on the same date. This also applies to postponed/make-up matches.
    2. Play of matches is to be as follows unless agreed by both TEAMS: 
      1. Teams #2 and #6 will play at 7 p.m. 
      2. Teams #1 and #4 will play at 8 p.m. 
      3. Teams #3 and #5 will play at 9 p.m.
    3. In the event that a Home TEAM has elected to cancel a match because the Home TEAM's courts are "unplayable", then the Visiting TEAM shall have the option of providing their courts as the site for the match. In such event, the Home TEAM shall provide balls and refreshments for the match even though the match is being played on the Visiting TEAM's courts. Early notification of the Home TEAM's "unplayable courts" (if possible, the day before play) is important so commuters can arrange their schedules.
    4. The Men's League Chairman may reschedule a TEAM MATCH in advance when extraordinary circumstances prevent the match from being played on its regularly scheduled date. 
    5. Make-Up Matches. 
      1. If a match is postponed for any reason, the makeup match must be played no later than the designated make-up date (as set forth on the Men's League schedule) for that match. In the event the Home TEAM's courts are not available on the designated make-up night as a result of multiple matches on the make-up date, the higher Division TEAM's match will be given preference and the venue for the lower Division team will change to the Visiting TEAM's courts on the make-up date. In the event the visiting TEAM's courts are not available, the make-up match will be rescheduled by the Men's League Chairman to either an alternate venue or an alternate date. In any event, the Home TEAM shall provide balls and refreshments for the match even though the match is being played on the Visiting TEAM's courts or an alternate venue. Each TEAM will then field the best TEAM possible and play the match on the scheduled make-up date.
      2. Any make-up shall be played ON OR BEFORE THE DATE SET FORTH ON THE LEAGUE SCHEDULE FOR THAT MAKE-UP MATCH, or it shall be scored as a 0-6 loss for each TEAM, unless (i) an alternate makeup date is approved by the Men's League Chairman in advance or (ii) it is determined by the Men's League Rules Arbitration Committee that the make-up match was not played as scheduled due to extenuating circumstances.
    6. FORFEIT RULES:
    7. The League has been established for the playing of Paddle and the forfeiting of a match by a LIPTA TEAM is not an acceptable effort.
      1. If it is known prior to 7 p.m. that a TEAM cannot field all six (6) matches, then such TEAM will forfeit each match for which it cannot field a complete team. Forfeits will be charged "from the bottom up", so that Team #6 is forfeited first, Team #5 is forfeited second, Team #4 is forfeited third, Team #3 is forfeited fourth, Team #2 is forfeited fifth, and Team #1 is forfeited last. Captains must notify the opposing Captain at the earliest possible time prior to the start of the TEAM MATCH of any forfeited matches. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, it is expected that Captains will not use a forfeit to gain an advantage. 
      2. If a LIPTA team fails to show up for a match within 15 minutes of the time the match was scheduled to be played, or within 15 minutes of the time the court is available for play, whichever is later, that individual match shall be forfeited. EXAMPLE: If the #1 team for the visiting TEAM does not show up by 8 p.m. (the time set for the match), or within 15 minutes of the time the court is available for play, whichever is later, then the visiting #1 team forfeits the match.
      3. If the Men's League Chairman determines that a TEAM has forfeited an excessive number of matches, then that team will be subject to additional penalties, including dismissal from the LIPTA Men's League.



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  12. SCORING: 
    1. In order to obtain any points toward the Men's League standings, the following will be required: 
      1. The match will actually be played; and 
      2. Each Captain shall enter the complete TEAM MATCH result online. 
    2. A "COMPLETED" MATCH RESULT SHEET shall have the following: 
      1. First and last names of each player written legibly on sheet. 
      2. Match scores written legibly on the sheet. 
      3. Winning teams indicated in the check box; 
      4. The 24 names and scores of each match shall be neatly placed on the score sheets in order that it be "COMPLETE". If the score sheet is not complete, no scores will be entered.
      5. The MATCH RESULT SHEETS contain a section for Protest Provisions.
      6. The match results must be entered online at the LIPTA website within two (2) days (48 hours) of the completion of the match. In the event that a Match Result Sheet dispute occurs, and only one (1) Captain has entered the data on the LIPTA website, then that Match result entry will be deemed to be the official match result.
      7. Captains must email copies of the match sheet to the Men’s League Chairman and retain hard copies of their match Result Sheets until the completion of the season.
    3. To determine the final season standings for each Division, we will: 
      1. Look to the season's most wins in the win/loss record. 
      2. If there is a tie by TEAMS for the first place position in any Division, then we will have Co-Champions in that Division for the purposes of the Season League Trophy only.
      3. If there is a tie by TEAMS for either the first or last place position in any Division, then for the purpose of determining which team will go up to a higher Division or go down to a lower Division, we will break the tie in the following manner:
        • First, we will compare the season's head to head matches. 
        • Second, we will compare the season's head to head matches using the weighted match system 6-5-4-3-2-1.
        • Third, if still tied we will compare each TEAM'S season record against the highest team in their Division.
        • Fourth, if still tied we will compare each TEAM'S season record against the next highest team in their Division. And so on until the tie is broken.
    4. The Men's League Divisions for the following season will be based on the final season standings (using the scoring and tie-breaking methods set forth above). 
      1. Except as provided in (d)(ii) below, the TEAM finishing the season in first place will go to a higher Division provided there is a higher Division and the team has sufficient courts available to play its matches (e.g., a two court Club cannot have three teams playing on the same night of the week). Court availability is determined starting with Division 1 and working downward through the Divisions. If a Division winning TEAM cannot move higher due to court availability, then the second place TEAM will be moved to the higher Division.
      2. The TEAM finishing the season in last place will go to a lower Division provided there is a lower Division and the team has sufficient courts available to play its matches, however, this rule will not apply to Division 1 (after the 2016/17 season and continuing) unless it is determined, in the reasonable judgment of the Men’s League Chairman, that the first place TEAM in Division 2 will be more competitive than the TEAM that finished in last place in Division 1.
      3. In order to complete the Men's League SET-UP the Divisions shall be set from top to bottom so that the middle and lower Division teams shall be "juggled" as may be required with the intent to have the overall strongest teams at the top of the league and the weakest teams at the bottom of the league. This will also assure competitive Divisions.
      4. The Directors at times may re-structure the Men's League for the purpose of adjusting team counts within the Divisions.

    5. POST SEASON TOURNAMENT
    6. After the completion of the regular season, the six (6) TEAMs with the best final season standings in each Division will qualify for the end of season Post Season Tournament. Home court will be assigned to the TEAM with the best regular season record. In each Division, for the first round, the first (1st) and second (2nd) place TEAMs will receive a bye; the third (3rd) place TEAM will play the sixth (6th) place TEAM, and the fourth (4th) place TEAM will play the fifth (5th) place TEAM. In the second round, the first (1st) place TEAM will play the lowest seeded TEAM advancing from the first round, the second (2nd) place TEAM will play the second lowest seeded TEAM advancing from the first round. The winning TEAMS will then play each other in the finals to determine the end of season post season champion. In all Post Season Tournament MATCHES, in the event of a 3-3 tie, the weighted scoring system set forth below will be used to break the tie and determine the winner of the MATCH. Captains should email copies of Post Season Tournament match sheets to the Men's League Chairman

          WEIGHTED SCORING SYSTEM 
          Team #1 Match = 6 points 
          Team #2 Match = 5 points 
          Team #3 Match = 4 points 
          Team #4 Match = 3 points 
          Team #5 Match = 2 points 
          Team #6 Match = 1 point

  13. CAPTAIN'S RESPONSIBILITIES:
    1. Prior to the start of the season, each captain shall submit a TEAM ROSTER to LIPTA. At least 12 Rostered Players shall also be designated for each TEAM and the five (5) "Protected Players" shall also be designated. 
    2. Prior to the start of the season, each captain who will have Club employees playing on his team shall be responsible to ensure that the Club's LIPTA Director submit to LIPTA (rlombardi.pt@gmail.com ) an e-mail attesting that the employees are authorized by the Club to be a team member. The e-mail must attest to the individual(s) being in the employ of the Club or Professional (W-2 or 1099) during the current calendar year. The e-mail will be reviewed by the LIPTA President and the Men's League Chairman who will advise the team captain of the results of that review. Any matches played by an employee prior to this review process being completed will be forfeited.
    3. It will be the responsibility of the Captains to make sure that each player is eligible and a member of LIPTA before he plays in a match. If an eligible man wants to play and is not a LIPTA member, he may play as a rostered player as long as he first registers on LIPTA's website and pays the LIPTA dues. The failure to comply will result in a forfeit.
    4. It will be the responsibility of the captains to make sure as the home TEAM that the courts, balls and refreshments are provided.

    MEN'S LEAGUE RULES ARBITRATION COMMITTEE: 
    The Committee shall consist of the LIPTA Vice-President, LIPTA Men's League Chairman and one (1) member of the Board of Directors. The purpose of the Committee will be to resolve disputes, not covered by the Men's League Rules, that may occur, and to assist the Men's League Chairman in governing the Men's League. In the event of a conflict, either by team or Division, that member of the Committee shall excuse himself; he will be replaced by a suitable member of the Board of Directors.

    MEN'S LEAGUE RULES ARBITRATION COMMITTEE
    Dennis White
    Jon LaMountain
    Phil DeCicco

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