January 2012 archive

Junior League Rules – 2011/12

All games must be played and completed by the end of Spring half term so that semi finals and finals can be played. Outstanding matches will be scrapped and no points gained for any teams. It’s your responsibility to arrange the fixtures!

  • ALL GAMES PLAYED TO 11 POINTS (2 clear points win i.e. 11-9, 14-12 etc)
  • EACH PLAYER HAS TWO SERVES (Swap serve every two)
  • GAMES ARE BEST OF FIVE SETS/FIRST TO THREE GAMES (UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED)
  • EACH SCHOOL MUST FIELD AT LEAST 4 PLAYERS IN EACH TEAM
  • EACH TEAM PLAYS 8 SINGLES MATCHES AND TWO DOUBLES MATCHES (different players can be brought in for the doubles only)
  • PLAYERS ARE RANKED 1-4 BEFORE THE START OF PLAY AND PLAY THEIR RESPECTED OPPOSITE NUMBER (1-V-1, 2-V-2 ETC) THEN AFTER THESE FIRST GAMES ARE PLAYED DOUBLES GAMES COMMENCE 1+2 COMBINE TO PLAY OPPOSITION’S 1+2 SAME GOES FOR THE 3RD AND 4TH RANK PLAYERS.
  • PLAYERS THEN PLAY REVERSE SINGLES, FOR EXAMPLE 1-V-2, 2-V-1, 3-V-4 AND 4-V-3.
  • 10 GAMES IN ALL
  • ALL GAMES RECORDED ON THE RESULT CARD
  • TWO TEAMS OF 4 PLAY. A TEAM (U16’S) AND B TEAM (U14’S if possible. Any 8 will do, any standard will do, its about getting kids playing).
  • ONE TEAM PREDOMINATELY YEAR 11 (A team) THE SECOND TEAM CAN BE A MIXTURE OF YEAR 9+10’S BOYS OR GIRLS (B Team)
  • EACH TEAM IS IN ITS OWN LEAGUE (A team separate from B) BUT ALL GAMES TO TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME NIGHT
  • 5 POINTS AWARDED FOR A TEAM WIN (i.e. match won 6-4 or 7-3 etc) 2 POINTS AWARDED FOR A TEAM LOSS 3 POINTS AWARDED FOR A FIXTURE TIE (NO PLAY OFF) 0 POINTS AWARDED TO A SCHOOL WHO CANNOT MAKE THE FIXTURE OR FAIL TO PLAY THE FIXTURE (the opposing school shall pick up 5 points if a team fails to play or cancels)

PLEASE ENSURE YOU KNOW THE SERVICE RULES AND YOUR PUPILS ABIDE BY THEM.SERVE ABOVE AND BEHIND THE WHITE LINE, BALL MUST BE PLACED ON OPEN HAND AND ATTEMPT TO LIFT THE BALL OFF THE HAND WHEN SERVING.(Doubles only/ serve in opposite box from right hand side only)

Junior League Session 3 Report – January

Penkhull A have all but secured the Div 1 title after another faultless team display by Will Pugh and Kingsley Barber despite losing both their 100% records to in form Penkhull B player Andrew Willougbhy. Penkhull A edged Penkhull B as Andrew took both singles games but the A team proved too strong in the doubles to ensure they held their 100% team record. 2nd place however is up for grabs with Penkhull B now edging ahead on sets from Clayton A who despite fielding a weaker team managed to narrowly edge Leek A. Only 2 points separate 2nd to 4th so all to play for in the last session in February. Bradwell A are clear from the drop and Clayton B and Clayton C remain in the bottom two places despite Clayton B losing two matches 3-2 to higher ranked teams.

Another number of upsets in Div 2 saw Bradwell C extend their lead and almost guarantee the title after they beat Penkhull C and Clayton D to open up a 4 point lead on Leek B. Leek B look good for second spot depsite losing to Clayton E in their opening match. Another battle to face the final session will be the runner up spot in Div 2 as 4 teams can still secure that spot incluing Leek B, Clayton D, Clayton E and Penkhull C. No players have retained their 100% average in Div 2 as Louise Gwynne lost his 100% record for Clayton E along with Tom Brown from Clayton D. Clayton G registered their first team win beating their own F team 3-2 but remain bottom on sets.

All in all it’s been a really competitive season so far with all to play for still in the last session. Keep up the good work everyone.

See you all in February for the final session….

Sentinel Junior League Article

Nice article in the Sentinel folks on the North Staffs Junior League and National Cadet League!!! Good to see the paper reporting on some junior news and table tennis in general….

http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Table-tennis-Penkhull-hit-claim-decisive-victory/story-14446789-detail/story.html