We run around 30 tennis box leagues at BLT & SRC and each cycle runs for approximately 4-6 weeks. The tennis boxes are organised by Dan White and any queries, requests to join or leave the boxes should be directed to him at email@example.com.
Joining the Box Leagues
If you are interested in joining the league please email Dan White with your name (plus parent name for a junior) and suggested approximate box entry level (ask your coach, find out by playing other members during club nights etc). Please note that Juniors must be aged 14 or over to participate. We promise to get you in for the next playing period providing the league isn't at maximum capacity.
Viewing the Box Leagues and Scoring
Firstly select the correct round/date and then scroll down to find your box (or, if you use IE as your web browser, more quickly by Ctrl-F and entering your surname in the ‘Find’ box). When you find your box you will see that the contact details for the other players are shown. You also enter your own match scores (see section below) via this same web page using the pull down menus adjacent to each of the score squares in your box.
Playing your Matches
Everyone is mutually responsible for contacting the other players in their box and arranging their match fixtures.
Club social play takes priority over box matches so busy club nights (e.g. Tuesday evenings) are usually not good times to arrange for a match! An hour and a half is usually comfortably enough time to play a match (plus a 10 minute knock up).
The approved match format to be used is the ‘Two Short Sets’ format:
Play two sets, until one of you reaches 5 games, unless you reach 4-4 in which case play a standard tie-break to decide the set. A standard tie-break winner is the first to 7, or higher until gaining a 2 point lead.
If after the two sets you are one set all, then play a championship tie-break ie. the first to 10, or higher until gaining a 2 point lead.
Recording your Match Result
After the match, if you won, you are responsible for posting the match score on the system. You may do this either:
If using the touch screen, please remember to correct any mistakes - it is easy to accidentally enter a score for someone else! (in which case please start over again before saving). Do remember to press the save button underneath your box after correctly entering your score.
If you were the losing player, please try and find the time to visit the box leagues webpage sometime soon afterwards to verify that the correct score was posted. If it’s wrong, let us know and we can correct it.
NB: The system does not handle individual set scores so the winner of the match should always post 10 (irrespective of the number of games they actually won). The loser simply scores the total number of games they won throughout the course of the match. So, for example, if you won 5-4, 1-5, 1-0, you would record this on the system as 10-9, i.e. 10 for you, 9 for your opponent.
Post your match score carefully in the score box. Enter the number of games you won in your row, and in your opponent’s column. For your opponent, similarly enter the number of games they won in their row, under your column. Unless all the completed score squares appear in a symmetrical pattern either side of the diagonal of blank squares – someone has entered a score in the wrong square!
If you won the match and have an LTA/BTM rating and you would like us to pass the match result to the LTA for inclusion in your ongoing rating calculation, you may email the full match score to the Organisers: our League is an official LTA-registered Tournament. However, you must play your match according to the approved 2 sets format above.
For full details of the how the box leagues operate please see our tennis box leagues download.