Wanless Tennis House League

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Wanless Park Tennis Club will follow the City of Toronto’s protocols in order to help keep our members, staff, and community safe and healthy when using our facility. We are hoping that any protocols in place for the 2021 season will allow us to once again offer our popular co-ed doubles House League programs to our members.

Tuesday Afternoon Wednesday Evening Sunday Evening
Jun 15 – Aug 17 Jun 16 – Aug 18 Jun 20 – Aug 22

Tuesday Afternoon Wednesday Evening Sunday Evening
Sep 7 – Oct 19 Sep 8 – Oct 20 Sep 12 – Oct 24

Wednesday Evening Format

Players are assigned to a team and scheduled to play with other players of a similar self-rating. Typically, players are scheduled as follows:

  • 7:00 PM: Self-ratings of 2.0 – 3.0
  • 8:00 PM: Self-ratings of 3.5
  • 7:00 PM: Self-ratings of 4.0+

Teams will play matches in the following format:

  • Each team fields players in each of the 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 PM time slots.
  • Individuals are assigned to a team and scheduled to play at specific hours four to five times per session.
  • A match consists of 12 doubles games or 55 minutes whichever comes first. NOTE: We are modifying the format this season to 12 games and 55-minutes of play to allow for proper COVID-19 court sanitization in between games.
  • A single point is credited to a team for each game won in each time slot and will be accumulated towards an aggregate team score for the session.
  • Games are played with a three point deuce to maximize the number of games completed in 55 minutes. The receiving team has the option to decide who receives the serve on the 3rd deuce point.
  • Prizes will be given out to the members of the winning team at the conclusion of the session. Participants should expect to play at least 4 or 5 of their team’s matches.

Tuesday Afternoon & Sunday Evening Format

The Tuesday afternoon and Sunday evening house leagues are less structured. No teams are created, but players are scheduled to play for 55 minutes with other players with a similar self-rating. No scores are recorded. The four players scheduled on a court are free to decide what match format they wish to follow, whether to play out deuces or have a three-point deuce, and how that four players assigned to a court are to be paired.

Self-Rating

Players shall self-rate themselves using the Tennis Canada rating system based on their Serve and Backhand ability. The House League organizers use your self-rating to match you up with similarly skilled players, so please be realistic about your self-rating. No one enjoys or benefits from a lopsided match.

Attendance

Joining a team is a commitment and your team and the other players on your court expect you to be present at your scheduled matches. When registering, you will be asked to list those dates you are not available to play, and you will be scheduled accordingly. Note that if you are not available for four or more dates, the organizers may have to move you to the “spare list”.

Plans change, things get scheduled, and life happens, so it is understood that you may become unavailable for a scheduled match. If you find that you are no longer available for one of your scheduled matches, it is your responsibility to find a substitute to play for you as soon as you’re aware of a conflict. You should:

  • Advise your team captain that you cannot play,
  • See if one of your similarly rated teammates can substitute for you,
  • If none of your teammates are available, send out an e-mail to the similarly rated players on the “Spare List” (players not assigned to a team) to see if one of them can substitute for you,
  • If no one on the spare list can substitute for you, use this form to submit a spare request. Please note that submitting a spare request a few hours before a scheduled match is not the level of “taking responsibility” that is expected and that your responsibility does not end with sending out a spare request — your responsibility is to ensure that someone substitutes for you.

Important Note

While Wanless Tennis House Leagues are immensely popular and fun, one of the recurring complaints is participants not organizing a substitute when they become unavailable. To try and address this issue, we have put in place the following rules for our Wednesday night House League:

  • Team captains are expected to take on a more active role. While team captains are NOT responsible for finding spares, they are expected to send weekly reminders to team members of when they are scheduled.
  • Clubhouse Monitors will be taking attendance and reporting unfilled absences to the House League organizers. If you repeatedly don’t show up without finding a replacement, the organizers may suspend your House League privileges for the next session.

To get the weekly results, as well as information and links to registration, see the House League topic on our member forums.

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