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NSW Primary Schools Sports Association – Handbook

Section 6.11 – Tennis Knockout Competition – Boys and Girls

Amended 2015

The Victor J. Kelly Trophy

6.11 Tennis

6.11.1 Refer to General Knockout Rules.

6.11.2 Rules and conditions

(a) Entry

A school team for each match shall consist of at least two (2) boys and two (2) girls, but no more than four (4), girls and boys.

(b) Conditions of play

(i) Two (2) boys and two (2) girls in each team must be graded one (1) and two (2) on singles ability prior to each match.

(ii) These players must be paired for the boys' doubles and girls' doubles.

(iii) Any of the school's team members may be used for mixed doubles.

(iv) Mixed doubles pairs are to be graded one (1) and two (2) prior to mixed doubles being played and the No. 1 pairing must contain at least one No. 1 ranked player.

(v) The order of the sets will be as follows unless determined otherwise by the schools concerned:

Court 1

No 1 boy vs no 1 boy (1 set)
No 2 boy vs no 2 boy (1 set)

Boys doubles (1 set)
No 1 mixed doubles (1 set)

Court 2

No 1 girl vs no 1 girl (1 set)
No 2 girl vs No 2 girl (1 set)

Girls doubles (1 set)
No 2 mixed doubles (1 set)

(vi) Each set will be a tie breaker. If the score reaches six (6) games all, a twelve (12) point tie-breaker shall be played.

(vii) Prior to each set, the winner of the toss will elect to serve or to receive in the first game. The loser of the toss then chooses the end of the court at which he/she wishes to begin play.

(viii) A hitting up time of three (3) minutes is allowable before each set.

(ix) Players shall change ends after an odd number of games have been played and after every 6th point of a tie-breaker.

(x) A one (1) minute break is allowed at each change of ends except in the tie-breaker where play should be continuous.

(c) Results

(i) The results of each match will be decided on sets. If sets are even, then total number of games shall decide the winner.

(ii) In the event of a tied result (sets and games being equal) each school will play their best mixed doubles combination in one tie breaker set to determine the winner.

(iii) Unfinished matches must also be completed within seven (7) days unless a decision has already been reached.

(iv) The official "Result Sheet" as supplied is to be forwarded to the State Convener by fax immediately following notification of results as per General Knockout 6.1.6 (a).

(d) Umpiring

It is the responsibility of teachers in charge of teams to ensure that umpires are appointed for each set. All players will be required to act as ballboys/girls, especially for singles play.

(e) Attire

All players will be required to wear correct tennis attire.

6.11.3 Duties of the home school

Home team shall for all matches other than semi-finals and final provide:

(a) Two (2) tennis courts in good order and condition – or sufficient to play each match.

(b) Four (4) new tennis balls of first grade quality.

(c) Two (2) score books/sheets.

(d) A result sheet as supplied by NSWPSSA.

6.11.4 Semi-finals and final

(a) These will be played on the same day at the venue designated on the draw.

(b) Semi-finals will commence at 9.00 a.m.

(c) The final will commence at 12.30 p.m.

(d) If billets are required, the State Convener should be notified at least one (1) week prior to the date they are required.

6.11.5 Medals

Eight (8) medals will be awarded to the winning school team and eight (8) medals to the runners-up on the day of the final plus one (1) medal for each Team Coach and one (1) medal for each school.

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