Part 1: Playing Procedures
I. Team Size
- A team will consist of four players (2 men, 2 women).
- There must be at least three (3) team members present to start a match.
- Only players listed on the official team roster are eligible to participate on an intramural team tennis team. All players must meet the eligibility participation requirements of the UCSD Intramural Sports program.
- Current intercollegiate tennis players (to include a previous year’s intercollegiate player) must compete at the highest level of competition offered (AAA). Only one current intercollegiate player may play per IM Team Tennis team. This applies to both the Men’s and Women’s Varsity team members.
- Additions and subtractions to official team roster must be made prior to that team’s third league match. No changes to roster will be accepted after that time.
AN INDIVIDUAL MAY ONLY PLAY ON ONE TEAM.
III. Events Contested
- Each team member will be limited to play in two of the three possible events.
Men’s Singles Women’s Singles
Men’s Doubles Women’s Doubles
IV. Order of Events
- The order of events will be determined by team captains.
- The Mixed Doubles set must be played last.
V. Warm Up Period
- Pre-match warm-up will be limited to 5 minutes for each of the initial sets with 3 minutes allotted for the final mixed doubles set. This procedure will be strictly enforced.
- Games will be played under no-add scoring rules…first to win four points wins the game.
- In tie game scores of 3-3, the player receiving service will indicate to the server in which court he/she wishes to receive service.
- In mixed doubles play when tied at 3-3, men will serve to men and women will serve to women.
- Sets will be six-game sets…first to win six games…you must win by two games. Tie sets (6-6) will be decided by a nine-point tiebreaker… first to win 5 points, win by one. The tiebreaker serving pattern will be 2-2-2-3.
- Set scores will be carried over to team totals. In the final set, a team losing has a chance to tie the match provided it wins the last set. Play will then enter sudden-death overtime until either the leading team scores or the team score is tied. Team scores that are tied at the end of the final set will be broken by a super 12-point tiebreaker…first to win seven points, win by two. The tiebreaker serving pattern will be 1-2-2-2-2-2-1.
VII. Czar’s Ruling
- All rules interpretations not covered in the above rules will be left to the discretion of the Intramural Team Tennis Czars and their designated representatives.
Part 2: Organizational Format
I. League Play
- Whenever possible, leagues will be formed with six teams to a league.
- Five (5) league matches (round-robin schedule) will be played in each skill ability classification (AAA-AA-A).
- Matches will be scheduled on the following nights/days:
Monday 7pm-9pm or Wednesday 7pm-9pm or
Tuesday 7pm-9pm or Thursday 7pm-9pm or
II. Post-Season Playoff Tournament
- Single elimination championship tournaments will be conducted in all three divisions.
- Determination of which teams qualify for post-season competition will be determined at the time of the team captain’s meeting for IM Team Tennis. Generally, the top half of each league qualifies for the playoffs.
III. Team Sports Entry Fee
- An intramural team sports entry of $30.00 will be assessed all teams wishing to play Intramural Team Tennis. Team sports entry fees will be collected at the Team Captain’s meet for Team Tennis.
IV. Tennis Balls/Racquets
- Team Tennis participants will need to provide their own tennis racquets for competition.
- UC San Diego Intramural Sports will provide new tennis balls for each team tennis match.
- Teams who fail to show for their scheduled match or who report 5 minutes after their scheduled start time shall forfeit the match.
- Their opponents will have access to the two courts to be used for the full time allotment.
- For the most part, teams and individuals will be given the opportunity to decide which classification of competition is best suited for their team. However, the IM Team Tennis Czar and his designated co-czars will reserve the right to relocate teams according to their relative playing strengths.