Club Rules

The South West Tennis Club rules are as shown below.....with each rule the Mission of the Club is the primary focus and should not be lost in the Rules intention.  

The South West Tennis Club (SWTC) Mission is to Promote the sport of tennis, build a rapport with other players, enhance our tennis skills, and HAVE FUN enjoying the game we all love!


South West Tennis Club Rules

1. Membership in the club shall be open to all Adults 21 years old and over.  A non-refundable fee of $1 will be charged via PayPal on the Club website for membership for that Calendar year which generally runs from April to October. 

2. Matches may be played on any day/night on any public court, private, or club court.

3. The method of play for all players shall be on a Challenge ladder whereby a player may challenge any player up or down to twelve (12) positions from his/her current position as shown on the current standings. Both players will receive points according to the 20-Point Ranking System (See at the end of Club Rules and Regulations).   The results will be reported back in real time.  As membership/interest grows Singles and Doubles Leagues match reporting and format will be defined.

4. A match will consist of either a ten game pro set or the best two of three sets. No breaks will be allowed during a match except minor physical adjustments. In a ten game pro set, the first player to reach ten by at least a two game margin wins. Should a match reach a 9-9 tie, the pro tennis method of tie breaking will be employed. Players will play a tie breaker to the best of 12 points (the first player to reach 7 points with a margin of 2 points wins the tie breaker). If two of three sets are played, the same tie breaker rules apply when a set reaches a 6-6 tie.

5. Players will be listed in the ladder in the same order they finished in the previous year. A new member may challenge into any position above him/her. Results of that match will be recorded according to the 20-point ranking system. A forfeit is not acceptable for the initial match play.

6. Tennis Sportsmanship such as a handshake at the end of a match and appropriate language directed to your opponent(s) is strongly required win or lose.

7.         Rule 7a: To be effective most challenges are to be a single email or in person or phone call challenge (i.e. each challenge is to be sent to one player).

Rule 7b: Less effective are challenges as part of a distribution list.  Rules 7c and 7f shall not apply to any player that is challenged as part of a distribution list (i.e., they are listed as two or more persons on a challenge request).

Rule 7c: If any player doesn't reply by email or phone (either accept or reject) to each single challenge they receive within 2 weeks from the date of a challenge or if they reject 3 successive challenges within a 4 week time frame from the same player, Resolution #1 may be exercised by the challenger.

Rule 7d: If a challenge is received by a player that the challenged player has defeated, Rule 7c timing shall not begin until 2 weeks after the day the challenger was last defeated; also, Rule 7c shall be suspended during this 2 week period.

Rule 7e: Matches shall be scheduled at any given public, private, or club  court as mutually agreed upon by both players.  If a court or time cannot be mutually agreed upon than the default court and time shall be 5pm Tuesday or Thursday at Arroyo Del Oso Courts at Spain and Wyoming in ABQ given court availability.

Rule 7f: If a challenged player cannot accommodate at least one date within a 4-week timeframe with respect to Rule 7e starting from the time a challenge request is replied to, then the challenger may exercise Resolution #1.

Rule 7g: If a player shows up 20 minutes or later for a scheduled match or doesn't show up at all, the player that was there on time may exercise Resolution #1.

NOTE: With good sports etiquette Resolution #1 should rarely require enforcing.

Resolution #1: If a challenger notifies the Club President via email with proof of either a Rule 7c, 7f or 7g violation, then the person being challenged will be notified by the Club President that they will be moved below the challenging player in the ladder. Any problems a player may have with respect to being bumped can be taken to the President and resolved fairly. The intent of this resolution is to encourage players to take their challenges seriously, make every effort to respond to all challenges (either accept or reject) and to accept as many challenges as possible.

8/9. Each player must supply one new can of 3 tennis balls for each match played. The winner then takes the unused can at the completion of the match. However, other arrangements can be made if agreed upon by both players.

10. It is the winner's duty to record the score of the match. Scores must be recorded on the Club Website. 

11. Only club members are eligible to participate in the Club Parties, Doubles and Singles tournament.

12. The rules committee, the Club President, which is comprised of the elected and appointed officers of the club, will make all club decisions.


South West Tennis Club 20-Point Ranking System

How it works:

If the winner of a match is higher ranked he/she receives 20 points.

If the winner is lower ranked his/her previous point value is replaced by the value of his/her opponent's points - plus 20 points.

The loser receives 1 point for each game he/she wins.

This system includes the most important feature of our traditional ladder, i.e. when you beat a player you move into a position above them. But the loser receives a reward for his/her effort that is proportional to the performance of that effort. Conceivably, the loser may earn 19 points by losing a three set match in tiebreakers (7-6, 6-7, 7-6).

This combination of traditional and new features provides strong credibility of the ranking, which is determined entirely by performance, while stimulating play in two important ways:

A strong player can move to the top in one match but will be slowly passed by others if he/she does not keep active. This prevents stagnation in the ladder.

A losing effort gets some reward but not enough to allow a player to get to the high ranks only by playing a lot of losing matches. One gets to the high ranks only be beating the high ranked players. Winning is rewarded much more than losing.

We would maintain a 12-position challenge standard. Being that anyone on the ladder can challenge anyone else 12 positions above or below his or her own ranking. In the past a higher ranked player didn't have much to gain by challenging someone lower on the ladder. With this system they can at least earn points and would therefore be encouraged to play such matches.

NOTE: New players can challenge anywhere in the ladder for their initial match.

The key benefit to this system: It is good for encouraging league activity. This system also works well with a league that has a range of proficiency among its members, such as ours. Members gain points by winning matches but also gain points when losing close matches, so it's possible to achieve a reasonable ranking by being an active player.

Rules for the Singles and Doubles League can be found here when activated with enough member interest.