Grading Lists, Draws and Points Tables

See the links below for Canterbury Tennis grading lists, draws and points tables:

Team Selection

As in past seasons, we will be entering teams in the Canterbury Junior Tennis Interclub Competitions. The Club entries have to be submitted by Wednesday 7 September (Challenger) Wednesday 21 September (all other grades). Competition is due to commence on Friday 14 or Saturday 15 October 2016.

Ladder challenges (see below for Rules) will be played up until Saturday 24 September 2016, at which time no further challenge matches will impact on team composition.

Canterbury Tennis has made significant changes over recent seasons which restricts the teams that certain players can participate in.  The key elements of these changes, which are being continued this year, are –

(1) Junior Open (previously Senior Satellite) players age restrictions apply. Players must be at least 13 on 31 December 2016 (birth dates between 1996 and 2003)

(2) Three seasons ago, a review was conducted on the Challenger Interclub grades, and eligibility for Senior Competition teams, that has resulted in some significant changes.

Details/criteria for these grades are –       

(a)  Challenger grades will now play on Friday afternoon (4.30pm)

(b)  Age qualification year of birth 2005-1999.

(c)  Players entered into a Challenger team should they have over 1200 points (S8 boys) or 900 points (S9 Girls).

(d)  Challenger grades will be established based on the Top Dog points of the top 4 players nominated in each team. Canterbury tennis will establish these grades and the format to be played once entries are received.

In terms of selection for these teams, the following is quoted from the information recently supplied from Canterbury Tennis.

"Canterbury Tennis aims for a high standard in the Challenger grades. Only those teams considered of a suitable standard will be placed in this Division, the remainder being placed in Division 1.

There will be a maximum of 8 teams per grade. Grades will have age restrictions as identified above, and team placement will depend on the consolidated Top Dog points of team members.

It is my intention to enter as many teams as possible. This means that in most cases 5 players are required for each team to cover any absence within the team from week to week.

A meeting of all players nominated for teams and their parents will be held on Saturday 11 October2014 (wet or fine) to discuss Interclub Rules, issue draws and coaching schedules.

Team Selection/Ladder

As mentioned above, the ladder is the determining factor used to select Teams.

The ladder operates on the following basis -

(A) From the start of the season through to the closing date for team entries the ladder is open.  This means that any person can challenge any other player on the ladder.  If the Challenger is successful he/she will move up the ladder to the position immediately above the person challenged.

(B) From the closing date for team entries, the ladder is deemed to be closed.  This means that any person can only challenge another who is at most two positions above his/her current position.

(C) The only other time the ladder is open is when Club Championship matches are played. All singles matches played affect the ladder positions.

(D) Any new players to the Club, go on the bottom of the ladder and have to work their way up.

The following rules apply for all ladder challenges -

(a) All matches are the first to 6 games for 13 and under age groups, and first to 9 games for 14 and over age groups.

(b) All ladder matches should be written up on the noticeboard and results entered as soon as possible.

(c) All ladder matches should be played within 7 days of acceptance.

(d) No player can refuse a challenge.

(e) The challenger must supply a pair of top grade balls for the match.

(f) A player challenged cannot be rechallenged by the same person until 14 days have elapsed since the previous challenge.

(g) If a player defaults a ladder challenge, his or her position on the ladder drops to the position immediately below that of the challenger, consequently all players between the challenged and challenger will move up one place.