The initial stages will be run as four groups of three teams. The winners of each group will proceed to the semi-finals. This means each team will get a minimum of two games..The dates for this year's Handicap Cup are shown below. Failure to send the match score cards within one week of each match will result in immediate elimination from the competition. All matches must be played during the following weeks:
|KO Group matches||Week 16, January 17 - January 21|
|KO Group matches||Week 20, February 14 - February 18|
|KO Group matches||Week 24, March 14- March 18|
|Semi-Final KO||Week 27, April 3 - April 8|
|KO Cup Final||Week 28, Tue April 12th|
Final to be played at SportsAble
All players have been individually handicapped, so each individual game will have a handicap start and we are using up to 21 instead of 11. The winner of the set will earn one point for their team. No Doubles will be played.
In the group stage all points earned will be accumulated over the three rounds. The group winner will be the team with the most points.
In the Semi-final and final the winners will be the team with the most points at the end of set 9.
A set will be the best of three games, points being scored up to 21. Five serves each (as per the old table tennis laws). A game will be won when the first player reaches 21 and is two points clear (No sudden death).
Example A : Player A (Group 7) v Player X (Group 15). Subtract the lower rating from the higher rating to determine the difference. Then refer to the handicap sheet (Diff in rating is 8 equals a start of 9 to player X). When the game starts the player serving 1st, would serve once, then each player will have 5 serves each. Repeat this process for each game.
Example B : Player A (Group 9) v Player X (Group 15). Subtract the lower rating from the higher rating to determine the difference. Then refer to the handicap sheet (Diff in rating is 6 equals a start of 7 to player X). When the game starts the player serving 1st, would serve three times, then each player will have 5 serves each. Repeat this process for each game.
Please ensure both team captains are happy with the handicap start before each match.
Home team captains must contact their opponents to inform them if their match is not going to be played on the normal home night.
All players registered prior to 30th October, who have played one league match in the proceeding or current season are eligible to play and additional players can apply for a handicap when they have played in one league match.
The group winner is the team with the most points at the end of the group stage. They will go forward to the semi-finals.
In the event of a tie between two teams at the end of the group stage -- The winning team will be decided by score of the match between these two teams that took place during the group stage.
In the unlikely event of a tie between three or more teams – The winning team will be the team with the least no. of ends against them across all the matches in the group stage.
Please note Rule 16.6– A Player can only play for the team they are Registered for. You cannot play up in the cup.
The Player ratings, Handicap Calculation sheet and examples are available for download below.