COACHES’ SCORING GUIDE
1. GAME SCORING
In DuPont WORLD TEAM TENNIS the scoring is no-ad. This means a game is won by the first team to capture four points (15, 30, 40, game or 1, 2, 3, game). When the game score is deuce (game point), the receiving team chooses which side to receive the serve. In the mixed doubles set, the serve must be gender to gender at game point.
2. SET SCORING
A match consists of five or six no-ad sets and includes men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, and one or two sets of mixed doubles. The five-set format has one set of mixed doubles, and the six-set format has two. (Mixed doubles is always played last.) The five-set format is an option used only at the local level. The six-set format is the STANDARD DuPont WTT format used at all regional and national championships. Each no-ad set is won by the first team to reach six games. A nine-point tiebreaker will be played at five games all in any set (see explanation of tiebreakers).
On two courts, order of sets will be:
•women’s and men’s doubles, two sets of singles, and one or two sets of mixed doubles
On one court, order of sets will be:
•doubles, singles, doubles, singles, one or two sets of mixed doubles
3. MATCH SCORING AND OVERTIME
The winner of the match will be the team that wins the most games. After all games are totaled, if the trailing team won the mixed doubles set, the match is not over. Mixed doubles play continues until the leading team wins another game or the trailing team ties the score. If a tie occurs, a Supertiebreaker will be used to determine the winner of the match (see Supertiebreaker below).
A team can, at any point, substitute a player (same gender) into a set for any reason. Once a player is replaced, he/she cannot return in that set. If a
substitution occurs in doubles, the remaining player cannot change the side on which they receive or the service order. Substitutions are allowed in overtime (if a player has not already played in mixed doubles) and the Supertiebreaker. Once a player has come out of the mixed doubles set, a player cannot return in overtime as it is the same set. Once a players’ name has been listed on a score card, it counts as him/her having played in that match.
5. WARM-UP TIME
In DuPont WORLD TEAMTENNIS, you warm-up with your teammate. All players are allowed a 5-minute warm-up. Once play has begun, a 3-minute warm-up is allowed between sets.
6. SERVICE ORDER
The home team serves first in all doubles sets. (In the 6-set format, the away team serves first in the 5th set and the home team serves first in the 6th set.) The visiting team serves first in the singles sets. NOTE: Since the serving order is predetermined, the receiving team selects from which side they want to receive.
7. CHANGING ENDS
Players change ends after every four games. In the 9-point tiebreaker, change ends only after the first four points. In the Supertiebreaker, change ends only after the first six points.
8. SERVICE LETS
At the regional and national levels, lets will be played. When a serve hits the net and bounces within the service court, the ball is playable. In
doubles, either player on the receiving side may return the ball after it bounces.
Coaching is allowed throughout the match as long as it does not interfere with continuous play. We encourage team members to stand along the court and support their team.
10. DEFAULT RULES
Time: 15 minute team default = match default 36-0
15 minute player default = set default 6-0
Injury: If a player defaults during a set and cannot be substituted for, the score will be recorded with the games played standing and the opposing team receiving 6 games.
11. EXPLANATION OF TIEBREAKERS
A nine-point tiebreaker will be played at five games all in any set. The person who is next to serve begins the tiebreaker. Each player serves two points in succession starting from the deuce court. Players change sides after four points. The first team (or person) to score five points wins the tiebreaker. If the tiebreaker reaches 4-4, the person who served the 8th point serves the 9th (final) point. The receiver, however, has the choice of sides (except in mixed doubles, where the service must be gender to gender). The winner of the 9th point is the winner of the set.
If the match enters into a Supertiebreaker, a coin toss will decide which team serves first. The Supertiebreaker should be treated as a new set and substitutions are allowed. Each player serves two points in succession starting from the deuce court. Players change sides after six points. The first team to score seven points wins the Supertiebreaker. If the Supertiebreaker reaches 6-6, the person who served the 12th point will serve the 13th (final) point. Since this set is mixed doubles, the final serve will be gender to gender. The winner of the 13th point wins the Supertiebreaker and the match.
Note: you do not have to win by two points.