Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended 2015

6.23 Tennis

6.23.1 Stan Jones Trophy (state-wide boys) and the Floris Conway Cup (state-wide girls)

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook “state-wide competitions" – Section 5.2

(a) Entry

The competitions are run on a school basis. Each team is to consist of four players plus reserves as required. These players may be selected from any age group so that the best four players represent the school.

(b) Conditions of play

(i) Players retain their singles rank 1 to 4 and so on based on ability, as declared in all preceding knockout rounds.

(ii) Doubles pairs are to be ranked 1 and 2, and can consist of any combination of team members for each match.

(iii) If a reserve is played, he/she must come into the team in a position based on his/her order of ability for singles consistent with team rankings in previous knockout rounds.

(vi). Doubles pairings and/or rankings may be altered from match to match but singles rankings cannot be changed.

(v) A match will be played over eight (8) sets, in the following order:

Two sets of doubles
Four sets of singles
Two sets of doubles

(vi) Each set will be a normal advantage set with a tie-breaker played at six games all.

(vii) The winner of the toss at the beginning of the match shall have the right to nominate which pair will play the first doubles. The loser will nominate which pair will oppose them.

Nominations of sets for the remainder of the match will alternate between the captains (keeping to the order as indicated in rule 6.23.1 (v)).

(viii) The right to serve or receive in each set will be determined by a toss at the beginning of each set.

(ix) The winner of the match will be determined as follows:

The team winning the most sets

If sets are equal, games will be counted

If both sets and games are equal, each singles player will play one tie-breaker game

The team that wins the most tie-break games will be the winner

If equal at 2-2, the team that has won the most points wins

If still equal, the team that won the number one singles wins

(x) Finals

Each team will play a minimum of three matches over the two days of competition.

Attendance of all players and teams is compulsory for the duration of the carnival – including the presentation ceremony after the finals.

It is compulsory for all schools to play in team uniform, in conjunction with the Tennis Australia dress code.

Two new balls will be used on each court for main draw events.

Used balls may be utilised for consolation matches.



The winning school will be invited to play in the Australian School Team Event, and in a match against the winner of the Independent/Catholic Schools Competition.

6.23.2 Tennis State Championships 

Girls: The Linabury Shield

Boys: The Basford Shield (Open Age from 2016)

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook “State Championships (team sports)" – Section 5.3

(a) Teams

(i) A team shall consist of a minimum of eight (8) players to a maximum of nine (9) players for each regional sports association.

(ii) Each player must be ranked 1 to 9 for singles. These rankings are to be declared at the team manager's meeting prior to the commencement of the championships and must remain the same for the duration of the tournament.

(iii) All players must play in every match throughout the championship.

(iv) The number nine (9) player must play at position eight (8) in the singles.

(v) Any combination of doubles pairings can be played. Pairings can be altered prior to the commencement of each match. Doubles pairs will be ranked by combining the singles rankings (1-9) of each player. The combination with the lowest total will be the number one (1) doubles pair and so on. If two or more combinations have equal totals, the pair with the player ranked highest for singles is ranked higher for doubles.

(vi) In the event of illness or injury during a doubles set, the team’s reserve player at that time may substitute for the injured player. However, on the result sheet the remainder of that doubles set is forfeited. In singles, the reserve player must play in his/her own seeded position or the next highest available position. If this cannot be fulfilled, the singles set is also forfeited on the results sheet.

(vii) In the case where a team has fewer than eight (8) players, the team must forfeit the sets for the missing player(s). However, a substitute player(s) from the host region may fill in for the missing player(s), but note that the team still forfeits the points for these sets.

(b) Pool structure

The competition is split into two pools of teams as determined by the final placings from the previous year.

Pool A: 1st 4th 5th 8th 9th
Pool B: 2nd 3rd 6th 7th 10th

(c) Matches

(i) Each match to consist of four (4) doubles sets and eight (8) singles sets.

(ii) Each set will be one advantage set with a twelve-point tie-breaker played at five (5) games all.

(iii) The right to serve or receive first will be decided by the toss of a coin or spin of a racquet at the beginning of each set.

(iv) A team manager is not permitted on the court during play, except in the case of illness or injury disrupting play.

(d) Order of play

(i) The order of sets in all matches including pool rounds, semi-finals and finals shall be doubles first, then the singles as available. The toss of a coin will determine which team puts on the first of the available singles – the choice will then alternate for the remaining singles matches.

(ii) There will be no umpires or ball persons for the duration of the championship unless requested by one or both players during a set. In such a case, each team manager involved will provide one player to act together as umpires for the remainder of that set.

(e) Determining winner and placings

(i) The point score will be one (1) point for each set won plus two (2) bonus points for the team winning the match, ie a total of fourteen (14) points is split between the two (2) teams in each match.

(ii) At the completion of a round robin pool match, the team winning the most sets is the winner. If sets won are equal, the match will be decided on games. When both sets and games are equal, each team shall be awarded seven (7) points.

(iii) If teams finish level on points, positions in a pool will be determined by a countback as follows:

The result(s) of the match(s) between the teams involved.

If still tied, then on differences of sets won and sets lost in the matches between the team that are tied.

If still tied, then on differences of games won and games lost.

If still tied, then the higher placing shall be determined by the result of the number one (1) singles set when the teams played each other.

If still undetermined, placing will be drawn out of a hat at random.

Note: If at any step in this countback process between (b) and (d) above, there are only two (2) teams remaining to be separated, their placings will be decided by the result of the match when the played each other.

(iv) Semi Finals – after positions in pools are determined, cross pool matches shall be played as follows:

1st pool A vs 2nd pool B
2nd pool A vs 1st pool B
3rd pool A vs 4th pool B
4th pool A vs 3rd pool B

1st in Pool A vs 2nd in Pool B, 2nd in Pool A vs 1st in Pool B (Positions 1 – 4); 3rd in Pool A vs 4th in Pool B etc.

(v) Finals – overall placings are decided by finals in which the winners of semi-finals play each other, as do losers of semi-finals, right down to last.

5th pool A vs 5th pool B (9th and 10th)
Loser semi 3 vs loser semi 4 (7th and 8th)
Winner semi 3 vs winner semi 4 (5th and 6th)
Loser semi 1 vs loser semi 2 (3rd and 4th)
Winner semi 1 vs winner semi 2 (1st and 2nd)

(f) Wet weather/interrupted matches

In the event that the championship is interrupted by wet weather or other circumstance:

(i) If further play is possible, provision will be made for matches in the order – finals, completion of rounds in pools and lastly semi-finals.

(ii) Where positions within a pool are undecided, they will be determined by:

The result(s) of the match(es) between the team(s) in question, or if necessary;

The results of matches against team(s) played in common.

Otherwise, a twelve point tie-breaker shall be played for each of the singles. The winner will be determined firstly, by the number of tie-break games won, then the number of points. If both tie-break games and points are equal, the result of the number one (1) singles tie-break will determine the winning team.

(iii) If semi-finals cannot be completed, the overall placings shall be determined by straight finals (ie. 1st in Pool A vs 1st in Pool B, 2nd in Pool A vs 2nd in Pool B etc).

(iv) If the major final is interrupted before the commencement of play, or before reaching a result, and no further play is possible, the teams will be declared joint winners.

(v) If the championship is not completed, the pools will remain the same as the previous year.

(vi) If the final is washed out (joint winners declared), a toss of a coin will decide the number one (1) position in each pool for the following year.

(vii) In exceptional circumstances, the format may be altered at the discretion of the championship manager after consultation with the team managers and the CHS Tennis convener.

(g) Disputes

(i) Prior to commencement of the championship, where possible a tournament referee will be appointed to adjudicate on the "Rules of Tennis".

(ii) If a dispute occurs, a committee comprising of :

The championship manager
Referee (if appointed) and
Two team managers not directly involved in the dispute, will convene to settle the matter.

(iii) All disputes must be in writing and lodged with the championship organiser within half an hour of the incident.

(iv) The decision of the disputes committee is final.

(h) Dress code

All players must wear regional team uniform, in conjunction with the Tennis Australia Dress Code.

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