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Medal Standings:

WD C:
Gold - Vangie & Hiroko (CANADA)
Silver - Sonya & Allison (USA)
Bronze - Michele & Valerie (CANADA)

Monday, July 25th, 2011 -
Saturday, July 30th, 2011

** Sports Update **

Online Tennis Registration is now CLOSED

Singles, Doubles, and Mixed events are offered - you may enter up to one of each - 3 in total:

  • 5 levels are offered: Open (5.0+), A (4.5), B (3.5-4.0), C (3.0), D (2.5)
  • Cross division registration is permitted up to one level. Eg. A singles and B doubles, but not A singles and C doubles.
  • Consolation draws are offered for all events
 

Venue:

Stanley Park Tennis Courts 
Near the Beach Avenue entrance to Stanley Park

Queen Elizabeth Park Tennis Courts 
Access parking lot on 37th Avenue between Cambie and Main Street.

In case of rain alternate locations are: 
Grant Connell Tennis Centre
Delta Town and Country Inn

Plan ahead and use Translink click to plan your trip now

Registration Fees:

Late Registration (After April 22, 2011)

One Event: $80
Two Events: $105
Three Events: 120

Registration is a two (2) step process.
Step One is to register for the Outgames where you will be asked what sports you will be participating in, and if you are attending the Conference. Once your payment of the Outgames fee has been verified and processed you will receive an e-mail containing information and registration links on the individual sport(s) and/or conference.

To register please click on the REGISTRATION TAB or click here.

Entry Deadline: Monday July 11th, 2011

VIP Tournament Rules:

VIP Tournament Rules

The VIP follows the standards of Tennis Canada and GLTA rules of play.

Attire: Proper tennis attire required. Non-marking shoes required. Shirts required.

Warm-up: 5 minutes. Strictly enforced.

Default/Being Late: 0-5 min=loss of toss and 1 game; 5-10 min=loss of toss and 2 games; 10-15 min=loss of toss and three games; 15 minutes or more=default

Check-in: required 15 min before match time. Early check-ins may be asked to play early. Any appeals will be decided by the tournament director.

Rest Breaks: 20 seconds between points (not counting tracking down balls; 90 seconds on changeovers; 2 minutes between sets.

Players are allowed a reasonable amount of time for bathroom breaks.

Scheduling: Consolation matches will be scheduled as courts become available. Please check with the match desk for the consolation schedule.

After completing a singles match a player is allowed up to 30 minutes before being required to play again, 15 minutes after a doubles match.

Substitutions: None, unless approved by tournament director.

Scoring: Main draw singles and doubles matches will be best of 3 sets, with a standard 7-point (first to seven by two) tiebreak at 6-all in games, unless the tournament coordinator or site desk manager deems it necessary to shorten the match because of time constraints, at their discretion. Possible alternative formats include, but are not limited to:

  1. best of 3 sets, but if a third set is necessary it will be replaced by a standard 7-point (first to 7 by two) tiebreak, or
  2. an 8-game proset (first to 8 games by two) with a standard 7-point tiebreak at 7-all in games.

Consolation matches (except consolation finals) will normally consist of one of these two options, at the discretion of the site desk manager.

Line Call Disputes: If disputes occur, you can request a line judge from the tournament desk, though this is not a guarantee.

Any line judge assigned to a court will rule only calls that are questioned. The judge’s ruling is final.

Score Disputes: If players cannot agree on the score, resume play at the last point all players agree.

Balls: One can of balls per match.

Miscellaneous: The GLTA rule book will apply for all match situations at the VIP. The maximum time between sets is 2 minutes, or a reasonable bathroom break, as deemed by the site desk manager. The maximum time allowed between change of ends is 90 seconds. The maximum time allowed between points is 20 seconds. No extra time will be allowed for a player to recover condition. A player is allowed one injury timeout per match of 3 minutes for a treatable medical condition. A player’s first offence for time violation during a match will cause the offending player to receive a warning. The second offence will result in loss of game for the offending player, the third offence will result in loss of the match. For example. player A twists an ankle during a match and asks for an injury timeout. The allowed 3 minute period begins at the moment the player asks for the timeout or when the player fails to return to the court (whichever comes first) after the 20 seconds between points or the 90 seconds between games, as applicable. If after 3 minutes the player fails to return to the court, the player will receive a warning. If after an additional 20 seconds the player has still not returned to the court, the player will lose a game. If after yet another 20 seconds the player has still not returned to the court, the player will forfeit the match. Any player who has received a registration packet will be considered to be informed of this policy.

 

VTA Tennis Rules and Q&A

Q & A

How high is the net supposed to be at the ends and center?

At the ends, the top of the net cord shall be 3 feet 6 inches above the ground.  At the center, the top of the net cord shall be 3 feet above the ground.

If a player cannot call a ball out with certainty, should he replay the point?

No, any ball that cannot be called out is presumed to have been good, and a player cannot claim a let on the basis that he did not see a ball or "I'm not sure."

The Server claims that the Receiver must stand within the lines bounding his Court. Is this necessary?

No. The Receiver may stand wherever he pleases on his own side of the net.

May the Server in a singles game take his stand behind the portion of the base line between the sidelines of the Singles Court and the Doubles Court?

No.  He has to be within the singles court.

A server makes an attempt to strike at the ball, but misses. Is this a fault?

Yes. 

A Server makes no attempt to strike at the ball, but catches it in his hand or his racket.  Is this a fault?

No.

A player serves from a wrong Court. He loses the point and then claims it was a fault because of his wrong station. Is this correct?

No.  The point stands as played and the next service should be from the correct station according to the score.

Who sets the pace, the server or receiver?

The server. However, the Server must wait until the Receiver is ready and if the Receiver claims to be not ready and does not make any effort to return a service, the Server’s claim for the point is not honored even though the service was good.

However, the Receiver, having indicated he is ready, may not become unready unless some outside interference takes place.

Can the Server in doubles stand outside the imaginary extension of the outside edge of the doubles sideline? 

No

A ball is served, first hits the net, and then touches the Receiver (or something he is wearing) before hitting the ground. Is this a let or a fault?

It’s a let.

If a delay between first and second serves is caused by the Receiver, an official, or outside interference, is the whole point replayed or does only get his second serve?

He gets two serves.  However, if the delay is caused by the Server, he has only one serve to come. A spectator’s outcry (of "out," "fault," or other) is not a valid basis for replay of a point, but action should be taken to prevent a recurrence.

A spectator gets into the way of a player, who fails to return the ball.  May the player then claim a let?

Yes. In this case, he was obstructed by circumstances beyond his control. Furthermore, even if he had previously served a fault, he has the right to two services. 

May a player claim a let because he thought his opponent was being hindered, and consequently did not expect the ball to be returned?

No.

A player serves or hits a ball that strikes a ball lying in his opponent’s court. Is this a let?

No, the ball is good and the opponent must continue (trying) to play the point.  However, if a ball in play strikes a rolling or stationary "foreign" ball that has come from elsewhere after the point started, a let should be played.

May a player request that a ball or balls lying in his opponent’s Court be removed?

Yes, but not while a ball is in play.  The opponent must honor this request.

If a player serves out of turn, how is this resolved?

The player who ought to have served shall serve as soon as the mistake is discovered, but all completed points scored before such discovery shall stand. If a game shall have been completed before such discovery, the order of service shall remain as altered.

If a mistake is made regarding changing ends, how is this resolved?

The players must take up their correct station as soon as the discovery is made and follow their original sequence.

The racket flies from the Server’s hand and touches the net before the ball has touched the ground. Is this a fault, or does the player lose the point?

The Server loses the point because his racket touches the net whilst the ball is in play.

In serving, the racket flies from the Server’s hand and touches the net after the ball has touched the ground outside the proper court. Is this a fault, or does the player lose the point?

This is a fault because the ball was out of play when the racket touched the net.

During his service delivery, a server's foot/feet land inside the court after he has struck the ball.  Is this a foot fault? 

No, so long as the ball has left his racket before his feet/foot touch or cross the baseline, it is not a foot fault. 

Can the server touch with either foot an area outside the imaginary extensions of the center-mark and sidelines? 

No. This is a foot fault.

Does the receiver (or receiver's partner in doubles) have to warn an opponent that he is committing foot faults prior to calling them?

"In a non-officiated match, the Receiver, or his partner, may call foot faults after all efforts (one to the server and a request for an umpire) have failed and the foot faulting is so flagrant as to be clearly perceptible from the Receiver’s side."

If a player asks the Referee or Line Umpire for an explanation of how he has foot faulted, should he be given that information?

Yes.

A ball hits the tape and bounds off in an unexpected direction.  Is this interference? 

No. 

A player catches a ball that appears to be going out.  Is this OK?

No.  An outgoing ball is still definitely in play until it actually strikes the ground, backstop, a permanent fixture, or a player. However, prior to beginning a match players can agree to stop such balls from interfering with play on other courts. The player stopping such balls must do so from outside the court.

A ball is hit into the net and the player on the other side, thinking the ball is coming over, strikes at it and hits the net. Does he win or lose the point?

He loses the point if his touching the net occurs while the ball is still in play.

Jane hits a shot to Jill and it goes out.  Jill calls it out just as she attempts to hit it back. Is this fair?

Yes.  According to the rules, Jill simply must call Jane’s shot out before Jill’s return (of the out ball) has either gone out of play or been hit by Jane. 

Does a player lose the point if his return hits a permanent fixture, scoring device, or other object attached to a net post, but lands in the court?

Yes.  

If a player double hits the ball on a swing, does he lose the point?

Maybe.  Only when there is a definite (intentional) "second push" by the player does his shot become illegal, with consequent loss of point. Two hits occurring in the course of a single continuous swing are not deemed a double hit.

Does a player win or lose the point if he or his racket (in his hand or otherwise) or anything which he wears touches the net, posts, or the ground within his opponent’s court at any time while the ball is in play?

Loses

A player, attempting a volley crosses an imaginary line in the extension of the net before striking the ball.  Is this legal?

No, he may not strike the ball before.  However, he can follow-through across the net.

Does a player win or lose the point if the ball in play touches him or anything that he wears or carries, except his racket?

Loses

Does a player win or lose the point if he throws his racket at and hits the ball for a winner?

Loses

May a player jump over the net into his opponent’s Court while the ball is in play and not suffer penalty?

No. He loses the point.

A and B are playing against C and D, A is serving to D, C touches the net before the ball touches the ground. A fault is then called because the service falls outside the Service Court. D and C call a fault.  Is this correct?

No.  C and D had already lost the point before "fault" could be called, because C touched the net whilst the ball was in play.

In doubles, a service ball strikes one of the receiving players before it has touched the ground. Is it a fault? 

No, receiving team loses the point.

If a player accidentally hinders his opponent in making a stroke, does he lose the point?

No. Unless it was deliberate, the point should be replayed.

A player, after his return is in the air, gives advice to his partner in such a loud voice that his opponent is hindered.  Can the opposing team call interference?

Yes.  This can be considered intentional hindrance. Such communications should be brief and quiet.

If your opponent’s hat blows off while a ball is in play, can you call interference and claim the point?

No.  This is presumably not an intentional act and that point can be replayed.

If a drop shot spins back over the net, can a player reach over the net in order to play the ball?

Yes and the opponent loses the point if he attempts to hinder him from doing so.

If the ball in play touches a permanent fixture (other than the net posts or net cord) after it has hit the opponent’s court, who wins the point?

The player who struck it. However, if it hits a permanent structure (bench, score cards, etc.) before it hits opponent’s court, his opponent wins the point.

A player hits a ball (from a wide position) that travels outside the net posts and below the level of the top of the net and lands in.  Is this a legal shot?

Yes. 

Is a stroke good when a ball in play hits another ball in the air?

A let should be called unless the other ball is in the air by the act of one of the players.

Is it a good stroke if the ball touches a stationary or moving object (bird, butterfly, trash) on the Court?

It is a good stroke unless the stationary object came into Court after the ball was put into play in which case a let must be called. If the ball in play strikes an object moving along or above the surface of the Court a let must be called.

Trick Question:  Its mixed doubles and deuce with the male player serving.  The male player on the other team is playing the ad side.  Where does the server serve, to the woman in the deuce court or the male in the ad court? 

He shall serve to the male player of the opposing team irrespective of which half of the court he is standing, and when the female player is serving, she shall serve to the female player of the opposing team.

Can a doubles team alter the order of who serves first at the beginning of each set or only the 1st and 3rd sets?  How about for the side on which they return serves (deuce or ad side)

They can alter service rotations or return positions at the beginning of each set.

Doug and Tim doubles against Lane and Bruce (again).  Bruce has just held serve to make the score 6-6.  Doug serves the first point of the tiebreak.  Lane serves out the tiebreak for his team.  Who serves the first game of the next set?                    

Either Lane or Bruce because the player (or pair in the case of doubles) whose turn it was to serve first in the tie-break game shall receive service in the first game of the following set.

How long does a server have between a first service fault and when the second service must be struck?

This must be done “without delay” and the Receiver must play to the reasonable pace of the Server and must be ready to receive when the Server is ready to serve.

How long a delay is allowed between points? 

A maximum of 20 seconds from the moment the ball goes out of play at the end of one point to the time the ball is struck for the next point.

How long a rest period is allowed during change overs?

No more than 90 seconds may elapse from the moment the ball goes out of play at the end of the game to the time the ball is struck for the first point of the next game.

However, after the first game of each set and during a tiebreak, play shall be continuous and the players shall change ends without a rest period.

How long a rest period is allowed between sets 1 and 2? How about sets 2 and three?

At the conclusion of each set, there shall be a set break of a maximum of 120 seconds from the moment the ball goes out of play at the end of the game to the time the ball is struck for the first point of the next game, or a reasonable time for a bathroom break. 

How many injury time outs are allowed for an injury?  What is their allowed length?

Only one 3-minute suspension of play is allowed for an injury.  Play shall never be suspended, delayed or interfered with for the purpose of enabling a player to recover his strength, breath, or physical condition.

Is a time out allowed for clothing, footwear, eyewear adjustment?

Not if it is intentional.  However, play may be suspended for a reasonable period and the player may leave the Court to correct the problem, if the clothing becomes unusable through circumstances outside the control of the player.  Players who wear glasses may call time out due to misty but playable weather.

How about for a broken racket or string?

If a racket or racket string is broken, no time out is allowed.  A player who leaves the Court to get a replacement is subject to the Point Penalty System.

How long is the warm-up period?

5 minutes.

Is coaching or any type of instruction allowed during team competition? 

Yes.  During the match a player may receive coaching from a captain who is sitting on the court only when he changes ends at the end of a game, but not when he changes ends during a tiebreak game. No form of coaching is allowed during non-team competition.

Can a player receive coaching during an authorized rest period when play is interrupted and he leaves the court?

Yes. In these circumstances, when the player is not on the court, there is no restriction on coaching.  However, no player may receive coaching during a toilet visit.

Issues not covered in the Rules of Tennis, but addressed in the Code of Tennis

 Spectators have no role in making line calls and should not be asked to do so.

It is both the obligation and prerogative of a player to call all shots landing on his side of the net.

Players should help their opponents make calls when the opponent requests it.

When a player does not call an out ball against himself when he clearly sees it out -- whether he is requested to do so by his opponents or not -- he is cheating.

When making calls, keep in mind that the opinion of a player looking down a line is much more likely to be accurate than that of a player looking across a line.  A player who stands on one base line and questions a call concerning a ball that landed near the other base line is probably being ridiculous.

In doubles when one partner calls a ball out and the other one good, the doubt that has been established means the ball must be considered to have been good. The reluctance that some doubles players have to overrule their partners is secondary to the importance of not letting your opponents suffer from a bad call.

Normally, asking for a replay of a point is a sign of failure to exercise line-calling responsibilities, and should occur only on rare occasions. One of these is as follows. Your opponent's ball -- a serve or otherwise -- appears out and you so call, but return the ball to his court. Inspection reveals that your out call, which stopped play, is in error. Since you actually returned the ball a let is authorized. Had you not returned the ball the point would have been your opponent's.

When you are hindered attempting to return a shot that you could not have returned even had there been no hindrance, a let is not authorized.

A request for a let does not mean that the let is automatically granted. For example, a request for a let because you have tripped over your own hat should be denied.

Once an out, fault, or let call is made play stops, regardless of what happens thereafter.

When a player is injured in an accident caused by his opponent, it is the player who must suffer with respect to the match, not the opponent. For example, A accidentally throws his racket and incapacitates B so that B is unable to resume play within the time limit; even though A caused the injury, it was accidental, and B must be defaulted, not A.

In returning service the partner of the receiver should call the service line for him, with the receiver calling the center line and the side line, although either partner may make an out call on any shot (service or other) that he clearly sees out.

Returning a first service that is obviously out without an out call in an attempt to catch an opponent off guard is cheating.  At the same time, if the receiver in good faith gives the server the benefit of the doubt and returns an out ball, the server is not entitled to refuse the benefit of the doubt and ask for a let on the basis that since he saw the serve out the return caught him by surprise.

When you feel that your opponent, a net rusher, is foot-faulting but his violations are not sufficiently flagrant for you to be sure and to call, the situation can be irritating. Compliance with the foot fault rule is very much a function of a player's personal honor system. Habitual foot faulting, intentional or careless, is just as surely cheating as is making a deliberate bad line call. Even if no ethics were involved, from the practical view it behooves a player to avoid foot faults. It is not uncommon in a match having officials for a chronic foof faulter to become so upset by the frequent foot fault calls against him that his whole game disintegrates.

 With respect to a player moving when a ball is in play or about to be in play, in general he is entitled to feint with his body as he wishes. He may change position on the court at any time including while the server is tossing the ball to serve. Movements or sounds that are made solely to distract an opponent, such as waving the arms or racket, stamping the feet, or talking are prohibited.

In the area of common courtesy and consideration for others on adjoining courts, don't spoil the game for your partner, opponents, and others by losing your temper and using vile language or throwing your racket.

Wear proper tennis attire and tennis shoes.  Tank tops and fogging shoes are not allowed. Also, don't place towels or clothing over the net or on the court.

 If there is a clothing, shoes, equipment or racket malfunction during a point, the point will be finished before any corrective action is taken.

Neither the server nor his net man should make an out call on a first service even though he thinks it is out, because the receiver, not being sure of the ball, may give the server the benefit of the doubt and then hit a placement. However, either the server or the net man should volunteer a call on any second service he clearly sees to be out for his call terminates the point.

In doubles the net man is usually in the best position to hear a service touch the net, though custom supports the calling of a let in singles or doubles by any player who hears an otherwise good serve touch the net. For a call of a service let to be valid, it must be made prior to the return of serve either going out of play or being hit by an opponent.

Calls involving a ball's touching a player, a player's touching the net, a player's touching his opponent's court (invasion), hitting an opponent's return before it has passed the net, and a double-bounce, can be very difficult to make. Any player who becomes aware that he has committed a violation in one of these areas should announce the violation immediately in order to avoid unnecessary expenditure of energy by his opponent.

In all of the above areas the prerogative of decision belongs to the player or team involved. To illustrate, A thinks B's shot is a double- bounce, catches B's shot and claims the point. B, however, feels sure there was no double-bounce; since B has the prerogative of decision the point is B's. On occasion even though B thinks there was no double-bounce he will defer to A's judgment because A was in a better position to see what happened.

During warm-up, you should make a special effort to hit his shots directly to your opponent. Courtesy dictates that you not practice your service return when your opponent practices his serve.

A player wishing to practice serving must do so during the warm-up, not just before serving.  Once a match has started there is no basis for further practice or warm-up.

 The receiver's indication of being ready is tantamount to indicating that his team is ready. While no server should serve if he sees either of his opponents is not ready, he is not expected to check both opponents before each serve. It is the receiver's responsibility to signal ready only when both he and his partner are ready.  Likewise, the server should check his partner's readiness before he serves, for his serving is an indication that his team is ready.

When a server requests three balls to be in his hand prior to each point he is to serve the receiver should comply with this wish when the third ball is readily available. Since only two balls are normally needed for a service, the receiver should not be required to get the third when it is some distance away, nor, under the continuous play rule, should a server during a game be permitted to retrieve a distant third ball himself. The distant balls should be retrieved at the end of a game. When a tournament specifies a new can of balls for a third set, it is mandatory that the new balls be used unless all the players agree to use the old balls.

To eliminate arguments about the score the server should announce, in a voice audible to the players and spectators, the set score prior to his first serve in each game, and the game score prior to serving each point.

If you feel that your opponent is a chronic staller, foot faulter, or makes a larger number of what you feel sure are bad calls, you may call for an umpire and refuse to continue until the umpire arrives. Both players are still required to call their own lines and keep score.  The Umpires will simply confirm or overrule lines calls when requested to do so.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

USTA Regulation I.V.II. authorizes the Referee to switch to No-Ad scoring before the start of any round without prior notice ... after inclement weather or other factors cause the tournament to fall behind its published schedule.

USTA Regulation I.V.4 authorizes the use of the Set Tie-Break or the Match Tie-Break in lieu of the third or final set.

The Referee may suspend or delay play at any time as may be necessary and appropriate.

 

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