TVVA League Rules - applicable from 2005/6 Season
Note: Rules in red not being
applied during the 2006/7 season.
Before competing in any TVVA League or Competition the
club must both be affiliated to the EVA and have paid required TVVA League and
Teams are required to enter the League each season. Entry forms
and fees are to be submitted to the TVVA League Secretary by the specified
closing date. The TVVA will decide which Division new teams can enter.
The playing rules that are applied will be those currently
endorsed by the EVA.
All players must
be registered with the League Secretary prior to playing in any league or
competition (each player will be assigned a TVVA Registration Number).
One registration covers all competitions.
For each team
entered, at least 6 players must be registered for the entered team (i.e. a full
- A player
may only be registered for one club team but may, if attending a college, also
be registered and play for one of the college teams registered with
the TVVA (no such restrictions apply outside the TVVA). However, where
match/tournament conflicts exist, the club team representation will have
For all league
matches a minimum of 4 members of the registered team must be on court at all
All players names and/or TVVA Registration
Number must be entered on the score card and submitted electronically when
posting league match results via the web site.
b. Players are to display a visible shirt number on the
front & back in all league matches Division 2 and
higher and in all competition matches.
All league matches shall be of 5 sets duration using the ‘rally
point’ in all sets up to 25 points (15 points for 5th set), with a 2 point lead and no cut off
apart from the 5th set which will end at 17 points.
All league matches must be played on the pre-arranged date specified
by the TVVA League Secretary. Any changes to the fixture dates must be made to
the TVVA League Secretary within 3 weeks of publication, together with the
consent of the opposing team.
League matches can only be postponed in the event of exceptional
circumstances. Notification of the postponement and reason must be sent to the League
Secretary within two weeks of the fixture date and a rescheduled date must be provided at that
time. Otherwise the match will be Cancelled (see Rule 12) and neither
team will gain any points.
Unless both teams agree, matches shall not be scheduled to start
before 6 pm.
Any team arriving late & not on court ready to play 10
minutes later than the scheduled start time shall forfeit the 1st
set. After a further 15 and 30 minutes the 2nd and 3rd
set will also be forfeited. This applies to all TVVA League Matches.
Warm - up time is a minimum of 10 minutes, provided the
visiting team arrives on time.
Cancellation - Matches can only be cancelled due to
exceptional circumstances. In this case neither team will score any points for
the cancelled fixture.
Home team responsibilities are:
Confirming the fixture to the match opponents no later than 8 days prior to
the specified date, which must include date, venue, warm-up time, start time
and travel directions.
- All fixtures are to be played in the week they are scheduled unless the
TVVA is advised of the rescheduled fixture within two weeks
scheduled fixture date (use any contact method listed on this site). The
rescheduled date has to be agreed by both teams. Failure to notify will result
in the fixture being declared a Cancellation (see 12.) and neither team will gain any
- If the home team makes reasonable efforts but is unable to contact the
away team to confirm the fixture, the home team may claim the fixture provided
the details of the attempts are forwarded to the TVVA.
- If the home team fails to contact the away team, the away team may claim
- In the event of a default to attend a fixture, the fixture may be claimed
against the defaulter.
- Failure to notify the opponents of the
inability to play a scheduled fixture at least three days (72 hours) prior to the
scheduled fixture may be treated as a 'default' by the opponents and claimed
Ensuring that equipment is checked and playable prior to the
Providing the venue, suitable equipment and officials.
Providing Officials which will consist of a Referee (see Rule
23) & Scorer
as a basic minimum for any League match.
Providing a visible score-board.
Completing a score card which must be posted, or the results
sent via phone or the TVVA website to the TVVA League Secretary within 5
days of match.
Three points will be awarded for every match played and won.
One point will be awarded for every match played but lost.
League ranking will be in points order followed by sets
won/lost difference and points won/lost difference.
If a fixture is defaulted on, the defaulting team will gain
no points and will be recorded as losing the match 3-0 with each set lost
25-0. The 'winning' team will be awarded 3 points.
An un-played fixture will be recorded as a default for both
teams and they will both score zero points.
Promotion - The winning team of Div 1, 2 and Div 3 shall
be eligible for promotion. The bottom team of Premier, Div 1 and Div 2 shall be
eligible for relegation. The final decision regarding promotion/relegation
shall be decided at the AGM of the TVVA Executive in consultation with the
affected teams club committees.
Play off’s - In the event of 2 or more teams being equal
on completion of fixtures the League Secretary will arrange a play off if the
affected teams so desire.
Between seasons the TVVA Executive may need to adjust the Divisions to
achieve a balance in the number of teams. This may involve forced promotions
No Player may play for more than one club within the TVVA
Leagues with the exception as stated in Rule 4c.
Team Captain’s/Coaches must include their team players full
name, printed and their TVVA Player Registration Number on the match score
card prior to the match commencing.
A Premier Division registered player may not play in the
or lower Divisions. There is no restriction on players playing above their
Club Discipline - Any club /team failing to conform to
the rules of the association, league competition, or being consistently
unreasonable shall forfeit league points, or even be expelled from the
association and/or league, at the discretion of the TVVA Executive. In all
cases the club or team concerned has the right to appeal in writing to the
TVVA Chairman within 7 days of being notified of expulsion.
Disputes - Teams are urged to make every effort to
resolve and settle disputes between themselves at the time of the dispute.
Both teams must inform the referee immediately after the
match, that there is a dispute.
If not resolved at the time, then the dispute must be
referred to the TVVA League Secretary within 7 days of the disputed match
A copy of the dispute will then be sent by the TVVA League
Secretary to the opponents who then have a further 7 days to reply in
writing to the TVVA League Secretary.
Executive has the right to settle all disputes subject to any appeal and including those not in the rules.
Teams wishing to appeal must do so in writing to the TVVA
Chairman within 7 days of being notified by the TVVA League Secretary
The TVVA Chairman will then convene a TVVA Appeals Meeting to resolve the
appeal. This meeting will also include a representative from each club/team
The TVVA Executive’s decision is final.
- Players may
play for only one team in cup or tournament matches. After their first match,
a player becomes cup-tied.
- Adult players (18+) may only play in their
specified Division or higher, except as specified for Premier League players -
see rule 18c.
- Referees: For
Premier League matches the Referee must be independent of the clubs playing