Vancouver Island Table Tennis League
|| The objectives of the League are to promote the
playing of table tennis on a competitive basis, in a friendly
and enjoyable atmosphere, on Vancouver
|| All players to
be permanent residents of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast or the Gulf Islands.
No player may play for more than one team in a calendar year. An
exception will be made to allow a player from a lower division
to play for a team in a higher division, however, the player
will then only be eligible to play for the team in the higher
division for the remainder of the season. See "Divisions" below.
||Teams will consist of a minimum of four (4)
players whose names must be submitted to VITTA with the team
entry. Each team will nominate a captain, his/her telephone
number and/or e-mail address, to be used as contact information by
the other team captains. As back-up, we recommend an alternate
captain (vice-captain) be named. An eligible player can be added to a team at
any time during the regular season. It is the responsibility of the team captain
to ensure that all their players are aware of and abide by the rules.
|| New teams in 2014 will be included in the lowest division.
To equalize the number of teams in each division an
adjustment may take place based on the 2013 VITTA League
final positions and team member abilities, as
determined by the 'League Committee'. (The 'League Committee'
will consider player ratings and/or tournament results of team
members in determining the appropriate Division).
At the end of the season the team finishing last in
Division 1 will play the team
finishing top of Division 2, in a playoff match, the
winner of which will play in Division 1 the following season, the
losing team playing in Division 2. This playoff match will consist of
11 individual matches (9 singles and 2 doubles). This playoff
format will be repeated throughout the League if there are more
than 2 divisions. No players can be added to a team for a
Please note: all players from a relegated team will be ineligible
to play, for the following season, in the division from which
they were relegated unless they achieved a 40% or more winning
percentage in their singles matches.
|| For 2014 each team may play the other teams twice dependant upon the registration of teams and scheduling. For each 'League match' 3 singles players are to be named by the Captain before singles play begins, as well as players for the 3 doubles matches, in which any one player can play in no more than 2 matches and no one doubles player can play in more than two doubles match (The singles would have each player face every player from the
opposing team once. So each 'league match' would be made up of a total of 12
individual matches. (9 singles & 3 doubles). Each match will
be best of five games, each game to 11 points.
Each team will provide a minimum of two (2) balls
for the fixture and they must select an International Table
Tennis Federation (ITTF) approved 40 mm orange
||All matches shall be played in accordance with the
laws of table tennis as defined by section 2 of the latest ITTF
||Team captains will decide where the match will
take place. In the event an agreement cannot be reached the
matter will be referred to the 'League Committee' for a final
Hosting a 'league match' requires the exclusive
2 tables for 4 hours or
3 tables for 3 hours
Teams unable to host a league match may consider
using the facilities of the Cowichan Table Tennis Club, in
Duncan. Availability to be arranged, in advance, with Fran
Enns. There will be a drop-in fee of
$5.00 per player - spectators free.
||To avoid weather related driving issues in
Winter and major holidays like Christmas & New Year's all league games
are to be completed between March 1st
and November 30th.
Arrangements for time and place to be made between the captains.
In the event an agreement cannot be reached the matter will be
referred to the 'League Committee' for a final decision.
||Printable official score sheets are available on-line
Either captain may request that the names and sequence of play
be recorded in writing by each captain prior to revealing the
same to the opposite team. Once the names have been recorded in
writing they can only be changed with the consent of both
captains. The winning captain will be responsible for e-mailing the scorecard to VITTA
(firstname.lastname@example.org), within 48 hours of
the fixture. These team results, together with individual player
results, will then be posted on the VITTA.ca web site.
||One point is awarded to the team if
beats their opponent, similarly one point is awarded to the team
that wins a doubles match. Therefore the highest number of points one
team can obtain in a league match is 12 points.
The team with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the champion.
Tie-breaks will be decided successively by
head-to-head results (in the event of a two-way tie), least number of
matches conceded overall then least
number of games conceded overall.
|A team not turning up for a match shall be penalized by loss of points -
minus 12 points. The
opponents being awarded the match 12-0. These results will not
be used in the individual player statistics.
A player not turning up for a match will default all games in
which he was scheduled to play. These results will not be used
in the individual player statistics.
In the event of an injury preventing a player from continuing a
match, and/or playing in subsequent matches, these matches will be
awarded to his/her opponent(s). These results will be used in
the individual statistics.
||The deadline to register team
entries to compete in the 2014 season is February 15, 2014.
||In the event
of a question or dispute arising which is not provided for in
the above rules, such question or matter shall be referred to
the 'League Committee', whose decision shall be final.
For 2014 the 'League Committee' is: David Smylie (Victoria),
Charlie Zhang (Nanaimo) & Frank Enns (Duncan).