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Rules: MAPTA MEN'S LEAGUEPrint Rules

Rules and Scoring 2019-2020

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 MAPTA Men’s Weather Advisory and Rules Committee including but not limited to Forfeiture of courts and or matches. If there is any question as to how to line up your squad, please have one of your Club Representatives contact the opposing captain and/or one of the Rules Committee members prior to the start of the match.

Lineups, Scores, and Weather

  1. Captains are responsible for fielding their teams in order of strength, starting with their best team at #1 and following suit throughout their lineup.  Order of strength is determined entirely by the combined ratings of each pairing. 
    1. Any issues/concerns with ratings of a player at a club must be brought to the committee as soon as possible by the club rep.
    2. Any agreement to play out of order due to timing, availability, injury, etc. must be received in writing from the opposing team/club ahead of time.
    3. When a club has two teams in the same division, they must have one team with the top four rated teams in that division each week, and the other team with the next four teams.  A club cannot try to create two equal teams.
  2. Defaults
    1. If you default a position it must be the lowest court, starting with the lowest division at your club that night. Everyone moves up a position. If a default is recorded in one of the upper positions (ex. Pos 2) all matches below (ex. Pos 3 and 4) will result in a default.
    2. If a player plays for 2 teams in the same night due to a default etc., he must play at the No. 4 position on the lower team and that match would end up as a default, but played. The second match on the higher team will count.
    3. For clubs with teams in multiple divisions, there will be situations where upper teams are missing players.  In that situation, all pairings playing that night on lower lines must move up to fill those spots, and the club must forfeit from the bottom up beginning with the 4th position on the lowest division playing that night.
  3. While it is frowned upon by the league, a player may play on both a Wednesday night and a Thursday night of the same week, only under the circumstances in which another sub is not available. This should not be a regular practice for any given player or team and can result in loss of points if it occurs on a regular basis. Any single player is limited to a maximum of 3 occurrences of playing both nights in a week within a season.  A one point penalty will be assessed to each team on which that player plays for infractions of this rule.
  4. It is up to your particular club to allow or disallow professionals (or any other player for that matter) from playing. The Rules Committee will not address any issues related to whether a player is an eligible member of a particular club.
  5. A player may only play for one club.  Mid-season changes will only be allowed in the case that the player is no longer a member of the club they had played for up to that point.  No other changes will be allowed after the player has played their first match of the season.
  6. Dues
    1. All players must have their APTA & MAPTA dues paid into MAPTA before they play their first match. A player cannot be added to a roster without paying dues online via the tenniscores website.
    2. If a “sub” is going to play, they must pay via tenniscores.  If they end up not playing more than 3 times, they will be able to request a refund at the conclusion of the season. Paying dues will also allow the player to be an APTA member with all of their benefits.
  7. Each club will appoint a Club Representative (Club Rep) and may also appoint a back-up. Club Reps need to know what is going on with their team’s line ups each week and provide proactive input where they think their own teams could be violating the league’s rules and/ or guidelines. The Club Rep or the back-up will be the only person that can file a complaint and will be contacted if complaints are filed against any team for his club. No Captain or other player should contact the rules committee directly regarding complaints.
  8. The Home Team Captain is responsible for posting scores.
    1. It is the responsibility of the home team captain to report the names of the players and their scores for each match, including the scores for each set, on the website the day after the match. The Away Captain can agree to post the scores, but it is the primary responsibility of the Home Captain.  It is recommended that each captain take a picture of the scoresheet/board before leaving the hut to avoid confusion later.
    2. Failure to report the scores with the names of the players by 5PM the next day could result in a loss of point(s) for the home team
    3. It is the captain’s responsibility to make sure that his players that are playing in the match are on his roster in the website prior to playing the match.
    4. Accurate timely score reporting via the website is very important as tie-breakers to see which team moves up or down could depend upon a team winning a set and ratings are also dependent on complete score reporting.
  9. A complaint regarding a match needs to be filed by Monday at Noon of the completion of the match that is in question. Any complaints filed after Monday at Noon will still be reviewed by the Rules Committee but the enforcement may differ than a complaint filed timely. All complaints need to be via either an email to a member on the rules committee by the Club Rep or can be addressed via a phone call to initiate the discussion and then followed up with an email. No enforcement action will be taken by the committee in the absence of a complaint from a Club Rep or their back-up.
  10. The Rules Committee (listed below) will decide if the league is cancelled due to inclement weather. If the league is cancelled you may still play your match, but the results will not count. The Captains and other players whose emails are input into the website will be notified via email.
  11. If you do not play and the league is on, each team will receive a draw.
  12. The MAPTA Men’s Weather Advisory and Rules Committee includes: Derek Yost (Wallingford) Scott Falatek (Philly Cricket), Andy Podolsky (Wilmington), Robert Guldi (Radley Run), Fran Radano (Aronimink), Juan Carlos Cotto (Manufacturer’s), Rick Clark (Concord). Any issues throughout the season should be promptly brought to the attention of these listed individuals by a Club Rep.

Thanks and good luck!!


Additional Guidelines

Guidance Regarding Individual Players

  • Please refer to the rule regarding players playing 2x in a week. This should not be a regular occurrence.
  • Unless two players are playing regularly together, an individual player should not be playing in a division below players that are of a lesser ability.
  • This rule also applies to subs, in that by nature they do not have a regular partner.
  • One additional item for subs is that if on any given night, your club is using more than one sub, every sub should be placed on team based on their individual order of strength (by division).
  • None of this additional guidance allows a captain to not follow the order of strength and ratings rule for a given week.
    Individuals Playing “Down”
  • As a general guideline, once a person has played 5 matches in a given division, then the club should seek permission from the other captain or a member of the MMWAARC if the player is going to play in a lower division regardless of what the lower division is.
  • We will not look kindly, if there is a dispute and a player is moved down for a “big match” and at the same time another player is moved up to fill his spot or anything along those lines.
  • The 5 match rule is always a guideline. If a player has been playing on court 1 or 2 for 5 or 6 weeks, we would not expect that player to play in a  division lower unless in an extreme circumstance.
  • Players that flip flop between two divisions due to player availability would not fall into this guideline as each week his spot is determined based on player availability for the whole club.
  • There are clubs that have a significant drop between two divisions (eg. They have a D2 team and their next team is D7).  The rules are the same for them as they would be for any other club.


  • We do not look at scores or line ups on a weekly basis to see if anyone was not following our general guidelines.
  • Captains should raise any issues with their Club Reps to file complaints with the rules committee.
     Scoring the League
  1. If you win at least 3 courts, you receive 3 points
  2. If you lose at least 3 courts, you receive 0 points
  3. If you tie in courts, and the match is decided by the sets or games, the losing team receives 1 point while the winning team receives 2 points.
  4. If the match is a tie in courts, sets, and games then each team receives 1.5 points.
  5. Draws and inclement weather call results in 1.5 points unless they are scheduled for a future date.
  6. For all divisions, the lowest scoring 3 teams during the regular season will move down a division automatically.  The highest scoring 3 teams during the regular season will move up a division automatically.  The exceptions being any third place team in a division facing a double jump challenge (see below) and no team in Division 1 can move up and no team in division 9 can move down.
  7. The one additional exception to the above is the 3rd place team in D2 will not automatically move up.  Instead, the 10th place team in Division 1 will play the 3rd place team in Division 2.  This match will played the same night as the D1 Championship match.  Regular in-season scoring will be used.  The winner will be in D1 for the following season, and the loser will be in D2.  If there is a tie in courts, sets, and games, the D2 team will move up.  The D1 team must win outright to stay in D1.  Eligibility to play in this match will follow the double-jump eligibility rules.
  8. If 2 teams finish with a draw in total points, we will look to the head to head result. If there is still a tie, we will look to head to head courts. If there is still a tie, we will look to head to head sets. If there is still a tie, we will look to total matches won during the season; courts won during the season; total sets won during the season; coin flip.
  9. If 3 teams finish with a draw in total points, we will look to total matches won. If there is still a tie, we will look to total courts won, and if there is still a tie, we will look to total sets won.
  10. Each division will be split into top six and bottom six groupings with an additional 5 matches scheduled within each grouping. Teams that finished in the top six of their league after 11 weeks are playing the final five weeks for the opportunity to move up out of their division at the end of the season. A team that finished in the bottom six of their league after 11 weeks, is playing the final five weeks to avoid moving down out of the division at the end of the season. No team in the top six are eligible to move down, and no team in the bottom six will be eligible to move up following the season.
  11. A season ending tournament will be played in Division 1 and teams will be eligible based on their performance during the regular season (calendar permitting). The tournament will be a four team tournament, with the top four teams that finished in the Top-6 of the first 11 weeks being eligible. The semifinals will be played on the first Thursday following the conclusion of the regular season, and the finals will be played the following week. The results of the tournament will not impact the regular season’s standings.



1.         Teams in D3 are not eligible to double jump to D1

2.         A team must finish the regular season undefeated (ties are allowed, but no losses).

A player is eligible to play in the double-jump challenge match if he has played a minimum of 6 matches for that club and at least half of his total matches at that division or lower during the season.  For example, if a player plays 3 matches for division 7 and 5 matches for division 5, that player is not eligible for a division 7 double-jump match, but would be eligible for D5.

3.          A team would then have to win a double jump challenge match on the scheduled date as follows

  • If a team in D9, D8, D7, D6, D5 or D4 goes undefeated (and wins their division), they would get to challenge the 3rd place team in the division above them (i.e. 9 would play 8. 8 would play 7, 7 would play 6, 6 would play 5, 5 would play 4, and 4 would play 3).
  • Challenges for D9, 8, and 7 vs. 8, 7, and 6, respectively, will occur on the Wednesday immediately following the conclusion of the season. All other challenges will occur on the Thursday immediately following the final regular season matches.
    Challenge details, regardless of division:
  • The MMWAARC will determine the location for the challenge matches.  First choice will be for the challengee to host, but circumstances could dictate deviating from that. The away team will provide the balls for the match.
  • The Challenger would have to win at least 3 courts to win the challenge.  If each team wins 2 courts, it will be scored a 2-1 win for the challengee.
  • If the Challenger wins, they would jump up two divisions, and the Challengee would remain in their current division.
  • If the Challengee wins, they would move up one division, and the Challenger would move up one division.
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