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Order of Strength

Recently, there have been some questions about stacking or failing to play lines in order of strength, Below are guidelines drafted by the board in 2013 that might be helpful.

November 8, 2013

Playing Your Roster in Order of Strength.

It is a fundamental principle of the Westside Tennis League that each club's three doubles teams compete in order of ability. WTL rules exist to support this principle.

At the start of the season, each player must be listed on the team roster to be eligible to play. The captain shall give each individual line player and substitute a "line designation" based on the player's ability, in relation to the other line players and substitutes on the same team.

The roster is key to conforming to the order of strength principle of the league so captains must take care to make sure they are listing players in the correct order.

Players should be listed in order of strength so they can be grouped by line. The strongest players on the team shall be grouped on line 1. The next strongest group of players shall be listed on line 2 and the least strongest players shall be shown on line 3.

It is the captain's responsibility to arrange the doubles teams on their line-up for a match so that their teams compete in order of ability, with the strongest doubles team playing in the line 1 position, and the next strongest team in the line 2 position, etc. Each club's three doubles teams must play in order of ability.

Our rules give captains flexibility to play rostered line and substitute players up or down one line only. However, a team will be penalized for putting a stronger team on a lower line lower than their own weaker team (this is called "stacking").??Recently there have been a number of matches played where players appear to being playing out of order.
?This can be avoided by making sure the higher lines play with a lower or equal number than the line below them.

For example: 
Line 1 player plus Line 1 player = 2
Line 1 player plus Line 2 player = 3
Line 2 player plus Line 2 player = 4
Line 1 player plus Line 3 player = 4
Line 2 player plus Line 3 player = 5
Line 3 player plus Line 3 player = 6

An out of order line up would be:
Line 1 player plus Line 2 player = 3
Line 1 player plus Line 1 player = 2 * This line should be playing line 1
Line 2 player plus Line 2 player = 4

This guideline will make sure your line-up conforms to the order of your roster.??If you present a line-up that is questioned by another captain, you may be required to defend your line-up with stats before the AGC. 

Finally, the board does not approve line-ups. We do our best to review rosters to make sure players are playing at the appropriate level but we cannot validate every single player and players' abilities change over time.

If you believe that there is an irregularity in the line-up sheet, you should discuss it with the opposing captain, preferably before the match. Only after a captain has discussed the concern with the other captain (before or after the match) and continues to believe there was a violation of the rules, should you email your concern to the AGC Chair. 

The AGC Chair and the committee will review the stats in making their decision. Opinions of players' abilities are not sufficient evidence to support or refute a stacking grievance. 


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