U/13 Tennis Trials - T.B.C

 

  • The next tennis trials to be held will be the U/13 Tennis Trials which will determine the teams for 2024. The U/13 tennis trials will be held early in the 4th term with the dates still to be confirmed closer to the 4th term.
  • Only those boys and girls that have entered the tennis trials will be allowed to compete for a position in the U/13 tennis league teams for 2024.
  • Only boys and girls that have previous match experience, with the clear ability to Serve, Rally, and Score points on a full-sized tennis court, will be allowed to participate in the tennis trials.
  • Boys and girls that have entered the tennis trials but have never represented Mikro Primary School before, will be tested as to their ability to play a proper tennis match before they will be allowed to participate in the tennis trials.
  • The following rules will apply for the tennis trials, and will again be emphasized on the day of the trials, just before the matches begin.

    • TSA rules & regulations will be adhered to throughout the tennis trials.
      • Parents are welcome to come and support their children, bearing in mind that anyone attending the trials must do so as spectators and must please refrain from interfering with the matches being played.
      • Interference or coaching of players by parents will not be tolerated. Children will be given warnings as well as point and/or game penalties if it is found that parents interfered with the matches in any way.
        • 1st offense - warning given to the player.
        • 2nd offense - point penalty given to the player.
        • 3rd offense - game penalty given to the player.
        • 4th offense - disqualification from the tournament.
      • In the same way, as stipulated above, point and game penalties, etc. will be given to players that display bad sportsmanship stipulated in the rules of tennis.

    • Participants must have their water with them during match play and will not be allowed to leave the tennis court once the match has started.
      • If they need to go to the bathroom during a match, one bathroom break of no more than five minutes will be allowed.
    • Before the start of the 1st match, a five-minute warm-up will be allowed.
      • After the completion of each match, both players must give me the final score.
      • If there is a delay of more than fifteen minutes before the next match is played, players are allowed to warm up again before starting their match.
      • 2nd and subsequent matches must start immediately after a brief rest period of no more than five minutes to top-up their water supply or have a quick snack in between matches.
    • Once a match starts players must adhere to the rules of tennis, making sure they keep track of the score as the match progresses.
      • If there is a dispute between players, they must try and resolve it themselves.
      • If a resolution cannot be made, the court official must be called to resolve the issue at hand.
      • Players aren't allowed to ask any spectators to make a ruling on a point that was played.
      • Spectators also aren't allowed to get involved from the side of the court when there is a dispute between players.
      • The players must call for the court official if they cannot resolve an issue.
      • If the court official can clearly see that players are having a dispute, and it becomes obvious that they cannot resolve the matter by themselves, he or she can intervene and enter the court to help resolve the issue.
      • Spectators aren't allowed to enter the tennis court at any time during a match and must call the court official if they sense that the players aren't able to resolve a matter, and a court official is needed.
    • The match format of the tennis trials will be as follows:
      • The players that have entered the trials will be placed in a ranking beforehand.
      • Their ranking will be similar to, or as close to the position they played in during this year's league teams.
      • Each player will play out for a position in the respective team that they have been placed in, each one playing against one another to determine their position from 1st to 4th.
      • The matches will be played in the following format:
        • The best of 7 games will be played to determine the winner of each match.
        • At 6 games all, a 7-point tie-breaker must be played, at which point, the court official can be asked, if both players agree, to officiate the tie-breaker if it was a really close match.
        • At deuce, they will be allowed to play one advantage and then, if they reach deuce again, a 'sudden-death' point must be played to determine the winner of that game.
      • The 1st match to be played will be 1vs2 & 3vs4.
      • The 2nd match to be played will be 1vs3 & 2vs4.
      • The 3rd match to be played will be 1vs4 & 2vs3.
      • There will be a 4th match, where the number 1 of the B team and the number 1 of the C team will be playing a final match against the number 4 of the A & B teams respectively.
      • The results will be final and the players will then be able to challenge one another to better their position in their respective teams until the league matches commence.
        • Good sportsmanship is also a final determining factor and as the team coach, I will choose the teams on the way they conducted themselves during their match play, and if a player is found to have conducted themselves in an unworthy manner, even if they won all or most of their matches, the position of the number one spot in the A, B & C teams are reserved for those that displayed the best of behavior and good sportsmanship, even at times when they have lost some of their games, and or matches.
        • There will be bonus points allocated for each game that is won, which will be automatically added to each game they play.
        • This will have a bearing on the overall ranking and will determine the position the teams end up in at the end of the day.
        • If two or more players end the day with a tie in games won vs the number of games lost, the number of overall games won will be taken into account to determine the final positions as well as which of the players won their respective match when they played each other.
        • With all players having played each other, the final result will be determined by adding the number of matches won vs the number of matches lost, as well as the bonus points they accumulated with each game they have won.
    • After the tennis trials are done, players will have the opportunity to challenge those in higher positions to see if they can improve their positions in the league teams before the school league starts.
      • Bear in mind that once the school league starts, players will not be able to play any challenge matches anymore, and their positions in their respective teams will be final for the duration of the school league matches.
    • The TSA official for the tennis trials will be me, and my officiating assistant for the day will be the tennis coordinator for Mikro Primary School, Simone Albertyn.
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