Tennis

1. GOVERNING RULES Revised 6/12           

1.1 All tennis competition in the CIF-Central Section shall be conducted in accordance with the United States Tennis Association Rules except where they conflict with the Central Section CIF rules recommended by the Section's Tennis Advisory Committee and approved by the Board of Managers.

1.1.1 The CIF-Central Section Tennis Advisory Committee shall be composed of one representative from each league who shall be selected by their league president.

1.1.1.1 The Chairperson of the Tennis Advisory Committee is appointed by the Central Section President.

1.2    All leagues (boys and girls) will participate in divisional (team) and Section finals (individual). 

1.2.1 All teams are eligible for the Divisional play-offs 

1.2.2 The first, second, third and fourth place winners of each league (boys and girls), will represent their league in the individual Section finals.

2. GENERAL RULES

2.1 Players must at all times be under the supervision of a certified or certificated employee of the Board of Education.

2.2 Entry fees for all meets must be in accordance with current rules. (See Awards and Entry Fee Chart).

2.3 Medals and other individual awards at CIF sanctioned tennis meets, shall be given in accordance with current rules. (See Awards and Entry Fee Chart).

2.4 All invitational meets must be sanctioned by CIF-Central Section.

2.5 All invitational meets must be conducted in accordance with all CIF-Central Section Rules and Procedures.

2.6 There shall be no paid officials for dual meets.

2.7 CIF-Central Section will furnish each tennis coach with an USTA Rule Book.

2.8 In dual league matches, there may be more than one entry in each event at the discretion of the league.

2.9 Junior varsity matches should be encouraged.

2.10 Foot faults may be called in dual varsity league matches and shall be called in the league divisional and CIF Central Section finals whenever an umpire is provided.

2.10.1 The umpire will call foot faults. He/she may request a linesman for this purpose. (See USTA Rule Book).

2.11 Practice before all tennis contests is limited as follows:

2.11.1 The time allowed for practice before each doubles match is fifteen minutes, (including service warm-up).

2.12.2 The time allowed for practice before each singles match is ten minutes, (including service warm-up).

2.12 Two new USTA approved balls shall be supplied at the beginning of first and third sets or whenever conditions warrant changing more frequently. (Decision to be made by the host schools).

2.13 A rest period, not to exceed ten minutes, shall be taken between the second and third sets.

2.13.1 During the rest period, players may converse with other persons.

2.13.2 During the playing of a match in a team competition, a player may receive coaching when he changes ends at the end of a game, but not when he changes ends during a tie-break game. Since rules prohibit non-players in the immediate court area, such coaching would be done through the fence. Also, since USTA Rule 30, Section A, states that only 90 seconds are allowed when changing ends, the coaching must be brief enough to be within this time frame. (9/18/91).

2.15 Dual matches: The host school will furnish the balls.

2.16 In each event, play consists of two (2) six game sets.

2.16.1 Game will be regular scoring.

2.16.2 A twelve point tie-breaker will be used when a set is tied at six (6) games all.

2.16.3 If opponents split the two seats, a ten point tie-breaker will be used to determine a winner.

2.17 Continuous play and rest periods.

2.17.1 Players have thirty seconds between points to put the ball in play.

2.17.2 When changing ends, players have one minute thirty seconds to start the next game.

2.17.3 If players split sets they are allowed a five minute rest period before starting the tie-breaker.

2.18 A team must win at least five of the nine events to win the team match.

2.19 Coaches will exchange a singles ladder that includes the positions of all players on the varsity team. The purpose of the ladder is to prevent stacking.

2.19.1 All division matches (when a division team plays a team from the same division) will be played using the 6 singles and 3 doubles format during preseason, and postseason match play. Need 5 total matches to win.   

2.19.2 A ladder ensures that all singles matches will be positioned according to strength of player, (e.g. A player who occupies ladder position #5 cannot play above the player who occupies ladder position #4).

Ladders to Prevent Stacking for Playoffs. All second round ladders are sent to Tennis Advisory Chair and the Commissioner then sends those ladders to be posted online at www.cifcstennis.org. Those ladders MUST be turned in by the first Saturday of the second round of league. Playoff ladders must be submitted via www.cifcstennis.org by midnight Saturday BEFORE the team draw comes out. If your playoff ladder is not submitted by the deadline you MUST use your second round league ladder. Any variation of this playoff ladder will result in your team forfeiting the ENTIRE team playoff match.  

2.19.2 A coach not playing his/her line-up correctly (according to his/her ladder) will forfeit the team match.

2.19.3 Criteria for establishing ladder position: A challenge match must consist of at least one regular set.

2.20 The doubles line-up is based upon the singles ladder.

2.20.1 The total for combined ladder position numbers of the two doubles partners for the first doubles team must be equal or less than the total of the second doubles individual ladder position.

2.202 The seconds double combined total must be equal to or less than the total of the third doubles individual ladder position.

2.20.3 The seconds double combined total must be equal to or less than the total of the third doubles individual ladder position.

2.20.4 The doubles line-up is exchanged between coaches after the singles matches are completed.

2.21 Rules and injuries, absences and substitutes.

2.21.1 If a team cannot field eight (8) players, the number six singles position of third doubles position must be forfeited.

2.21.2 A coach who plays a player who most likely will not complete the match because of a current injury will forfeit the team match. The intent of this rule is to prevent a coach from placing an injured player into the line-up so that he is not forced to move his lower players up.

2.21.3 A player who begins a singles match and forfeits the match due to injury or illness may not compete in a doubles match.

2.21.4 A three minute time-out is allowed for an injured player to ascertain ability to continue the match.

2.21.4.1 Each coach should have on hand at all times an emergency medical card for each player and a first aid kit for the team.

2.21.5. It is the duty of the host school to point out any potential court hazards.

2.21.6  Player Injured returns to lineup

If a player is injured after playing a match during the season, when that player comes back they are automatically put back on the ladder where they were originally at in the match they played.

2.22 Match Procedures.

2.22.1 The tennis coach will exchange the ladder of the tennis players ranking and the line-up for the match.

2.22.2 Singles will be played first, followed by the doubles.

2.22.3 In doubles, the doubles team may use after singles, no more than four of the six singles players to make up the doubles teams.

2.22.4 A team may use six new players for doubles, as listed on ladder - who have not played singles.

2.22.5 All matches will be played. A team will not default matches if the team has won five or more matches. Failure to comply may result in a team default which will be determined by CIF Central Section Board of Managers.

2.22.6 Each match will be two out of three sets with the third set being a twelve point tie-breaker. Regular scoring throughout the match.

2.22.7 Each league representative must have each team in their league who will be in the playoffs, send a copy of their ladder to the CIF Advisory Chairperson. The ladder may not change throughout the playoff.

3. LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS

3.1 There shall be participation in singles and doubles. Competition shall be on such level or levels as the league may determine.

3.2 At least two entries should be seeded.

3.3 Tournaments shall take place on one of the two Saturdays preceding the first day of the CIF Central Section finals.

3.4 Tournaments shall be held at a site determined by the league.

3.5 Awards must be within the price range and number determined by the CIF Central Section Board of Managers. (See Awards and Entry Fee Regulations).

3.5.1 Leagues may provide medals for the first four place winners in each event.

3.5.2 Team Championships will be determined by each league.

3.6 Any player delaying a match more than:

a. Fifteen minutes shall be penalized one set.

b. Thirty minutes shall be defaulted.

3.7 The Tennis Advisory Committee representative shall report the results of the league tournament to the Section Commissioner and the Chairperson of the Tennis Advisory Committee.

4. ELIGIBILITY

4.1 All participants must meet the CIF State and Central Section Eligibility Rules.

5. SEASON OF SPORT

5.1 The season of the sport of tennis is defined as that period which starts with the first interschool competition and ends with the last regularly scheduled league meet, except for those participating in the playoff competition.

5.2 First organized practice shall be in accordance with rules and regulations of CIF Central Section. Boys in spring, girls in fall (1995).

5.3 A school shall be limited to a maximum of eighteen (18) contests per season. Playoff contests are excluded in this computation.

5.3.1 Maximum contests per week is two (2), excluding tournaments.

5.3.2 Maximum number of tournaments is two (2).

5.3.3 A tournament where school recognition is given, shall count as two (2) contests.

5.3.4 Refer to Article 6, Outside Competition Rule 604, in the CIF Central Section Constitution and Bylaws for clarification of unattached competition.

6. CLASSIFICATION

6.1 There are two divisions of events in tennis, (boys and girls).

6.1.1 Singles and doubles.

 7.1 Competition shall be on the varsity level only.

7.1.1 Appropriate tennis attire must be worn (no cutoffs).

7.2 There shall be three types of playoffs:               

7.2.1 Division Playoffs (team) - Divisions I-V.

The following criteria will be used with 1 point being given to each category. The team who earns the most points against the other team will receive the higher seed. This criteria is to be used if there is a tie between two or more teams are being considered for a certain seed.( Approved, Board of Managers, Jan. 2008)

Head to Head

Strength of Schedule

Overall record

Record vs. Common opponents

Place in Common tournaments

Record vs. Play-off teams in same Division or higher

Place in the same league

7.2.2 Section Playoffs (individual) - Singles and doubles.

The format for the Valley Individuals from a two-weekend tournament to a one weekend tournament by taking the first Saturday of Valley Individuals and turning into a Friday/Saturday Area individual tournament to become just like every other individual sport in the CIF. Valley Individuals location would still rotate between the three areas. Schools would now only need eight courts to host the Valley Individual Tournament. The details of this area tournament are below.

There will be three separate area tournaments made up of the following leagues.

Entry fee for Area Tournaments would be ONE CAN OF NEW TENNIS BALLS PER ENTRANT.                                                                                                                                                                     

Each area tournament will receive 4 automatic qualifiers into the Valley Individual Tournament (the semifinalist of each area tournament). Each area tournament are then allowed to present up to four names (those who lost in the quarterfinal round of the area tournament) to be eligible to receive one of the four wild card entries into the tournament. Those four wild card entries will then be decided upon by the coaches at the Valley Individual Seeding Meeting.

Each league is allowed to send six singles players and six doubles teams to their Area Tournament. In the current system each league is only allowed four teams. The number of participants and the draw size are listed for each area below. Next to the area name is the minimum number of courts needed for Friday/Saturday.

Northern (8/8)

Central (8/8)

Southern (8/8)

24 players (8 byes)

30 players (2 byes)

24 players (2 byes)                                                                                                                                               

Area coaches would meet the Monday after League Individuals to determine the draw for the Area Tournament. The following Monday coaches would meet to determine the draw for the Valley Individual Tournament. Any school can apply to host the area tournament providing they have eight playable courts - locations can be set, rotated, or voted on by leagues each year. 

There would be one round of singles and doubles played simultaneously at an eight-court site on Friday for both the Northern and Southern Area tournaments. Match start time could be at 4:00pm to keep students in school most of the day Friday. The Central tournament would need either two eight-court sites to have all matches start at 4:00, or could have start times of 4:00 for singles and 5:30 for doubles at one eight-court site.

On Saturday there would be two rounds of singles played at an eight-court site at 8:00 and 11:00am. Two rounds of doubles would be played at the same eight-court site at 9:30 and 12:30.

Ladders to Prevent Stacking for Playoffs. All second round ladders are sent to Tennis Advisory Chair and the Commissioner then sends those ladders to be posted online at www.cifcstennis.org. Those ladders MUST be turned in by the first Saturday of the second round of league. Playoff ladders must be submitted via www.cifcstennis.org by midnight Saturday BEFORE the team draw comes out. If your playoff ladder is not submitted by the deadline you MUST use your second round league ladder. Any variation of this playoff ladder will result in your team forfeiting the ENTIRE team playoff match.  

7.3.3 Play for individual playoffs shall begin at 12:00 noon on the first day of the finals, due to the large number of matches involved. Play shall begin at 10:00 a.m. on the second day.

7.4 Host schools must have twelve (12) courts available.

7.5 Entries: League individual tournament finalists (first, second, third and fourth place).

7.5.1 Entries in the Central Section individual tournament shall be seeded and placed.

7.5.1.1 The Tennis Advisory Committee shall meet the Monday preceding the first Saturday of tournament play to seed players.

a. Tennis Advisory Committee representatives should be present with the results of their league tournaments.

b. Each representative should endeavor to develop comparisons among players in his league.

7.5.1.2 The first and second place winners from each league will be placed in the opposite halves of the draw. Third place and fourth place winners will be placed according to draw.

7.5.1.3 First round of play in each event shall have 48 entries.

a. Eight entries in each event will be seeded and eight (8) placed.

b. The remaining entries will be drawn as in 7.5.1.2.

7.5.2 Alternates and/or changes: If a league tournament finalist is unable to compete, an alternate entry shall be selected.

7.5.2.1 A singles finalist will be replaced by the fourth place finalist.

7.5.2.1 Should one member of the doubles entry be unable to participate:

a. The member's school may replace him with a player who did not participate in the league tournament or:

b. The member's school may request that its team be replaced by the fourth place finalist.

7.5.2.3  Should both members of a doubles entry be unable to participate they will be replaced by the fourth place finalist.

7.5.2.4  No changes are permitted after an entry reports for play the opening day of the Central Section finals.

7.6   Entries: Team division tournament finalist (boys and girls) - Divisions I-V

7.6.1 Team entries will be power seeded within each Division

7.6.1.1 In all Divisions, the winners, runner-up and at-large teams will be seeded in a 16 team bracket.

     a. The higher seeded team will always be home throughout the playoffs. 

7.6.1.2 Procedure and Mechanics:

a. Events will be six singles and three doubles.

b. The tennis coach will exchange the ladder of the tennis players ranking and the lineup for the match.

c. Singles will be played first, followed by the doubles.

d. In doubles, the team may use no more than four of the six singles players to make up the doubles teams.

e. A team may use six new players for doubles, as listed on ladder who have not played singles.

f. All matches will be played. A team will not default failure to comply may result in a team default which will be determined by CIF Central Section Board of Managers.

If after singles a playoff match is over both coaches may agree to play 8 game pro set in doubles or may also agree to not play doubles at all. If both coaches do not agree to one of those options than 2 out of 3 sets must be played.  (Approved Board of Managers April 2012)

g. Each match will be two out of three sets with the third set being a ten point tie-breaker. Regular scoring throughout the match.

h. Each league representative must have each team in their league who will be in the playoffs, send a copy of their ladder to the CIF Advisory Chairperson. The ladder may not change throughout the playoffs.

 i.  USTA Officials for Valley Team Playoff Matches

Officials may be used and requested by both the home and away team. Team providing official pays for official. If an away team wants to bring an official that official MUST provide own transportation to the match. Coaches need to let the other coach know before the day of the match if they are planning to have an official at the match. ALL officials MUST be roving officials AT ALL TIMES. Officials are not to be selected for one court regardless of the number of officials present. (Does not apply when there is the same number of matches playing as officials present.)

 

7.7 Awards

7.7.1 School plaques shall be awarded to the school winning in each division team playoff. Two plaques will be awarded, one for the winner and one for the runner-up

7.7.2 Individual medals will be awarded in the individual Section playoffs for each of the first four places.

7.7.2.1 A medal will be awarded to each member of the first four place winners in doubles.

7.8 Finances.

7.8.1 Fees will be determined by the CIF Central Section. (See Awards and Entry Fee Regulations Chart).

7.8.1.1 A fee for singles and doubles entry will be payable to the host school. Fees are $15 for Singles and $17.00 for doubles.

7.8.2 Central Section Individual Finals.

7.8.2.1 Two new balls shall be supplied at the beginning of the first and third sets or whenever conditions warrant changing more frequently. (Decisions to be made by the host school).

7.8.2.2 The host school for the individual Central Section finals must submit a financial statement along with the final results of the tournament to the CIF Central Section within two weeks after the finals.

7.8.3 The host school of the division team playoffs will furnish the balls.

 

  EJECTIONS

8.1    Ejections and Appeals

    First ejection

        Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next CIF contest. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

    Second ejection

         Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next two CIF contests. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

    Third ejection

         Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next 365 days. Any appeal must go to the Section Commissioner

 

        APPEALS PROCEDURE- First and Second Ejection

        Unless otherwise specified, an appeal of an ineligibility of a player or coach may be made, in writing, through the player or coach’s site administrator to the Central Section Commissioner or his or her designees for consideration of reinstatement. The Section Commissioner and or his or her designee will convey results to all schools involved. ( Approved by Board of Managers-Apr. 2004)

9.0 A coach may coach a player at any time during the match so longa s it does not interfer with play. Coaching MAY NOT take place while the ball is in play. Coaches are NOT ALLOWED to pull plyers over to coach during the 20 second break betweent points. Players MUST remain on the court at all times.

9.0.1 The purpose of coaching is to ffer advice to their player/team an in no way talk to or distract the opposing playe

9.0.2 Coaching is permitted outside of the fense/court perimeter during the course of the match. If courts are inaccessible from the outside the fence coaching may take place near the center post of the court provided the coaches do not distract the players on the court. Coaches may coach within th lines of the court during changeover or set break. If there are questions about coaching, a meeting between coaches shall be held to settle the dispute.

9.0.3 A coach shall not initiate a conversation with the opposing playeror in anyway get involved withan on-court problem, except at the request of the match referee or the player or coach of the player involved. Players shall not initiate a conversation with opposing coaches.

9.0.4 If a coachneeds to be consulted due to a problem on th ecourt, it is desirable for the opposing coachto be present..

Updated:
Jun 09, 2014