Eurocup 2017

 

EPA report on the new rules

We have just been notified by the CEP that new rules will apply to this competition in 2017. We are not proposing to introduce these rules however into the Finals Day of our 2016/17 tournament as we feel that we should maintain the rules under which the competition began.

However, it is important to note that the winners of our tournament will have to play under the new format in the international qualification round later this year and ultimately in the Finals should they qualify for that.

This brings a whole new dimension to the competition with the Singles being introduced. It makes it a more varied and complete test of the players involved, covering all the main formats of our sport. The new substitution rule will also make things more tactical. The 2017/18 competition in England will adopt these rules.

FORMAT

Singles – 6 individual players v 6 individuals where one game must be between the designated Female players.

Triples –The Mixed Triple v The Mixed Triple and at the same time the Open Triple v the Open Triple.

Doubles -The Mixed Double v the Mixed Double and at the same time the two Open Doubles vthe two Open Doubles.

SCORING

All games are played to 13 points.

2 Match points are awarded for a win in each Singles game, totalling a possible 12 Match points.

3 Match points are awarded for a win in each Doubles game, totally a possible 9 Match points.

5 Match points are awarded for a win in each Triples game, totally a possible 10 Match points.

The winning team is the one with the most Match points at the end of the 3 rounds.The teams must play all their games as the results may prove important in the case of Club Team results being tied.

ADMINISTRATION/SUBSTITUTIONS

All players must have their name and licence number recorded on the scorecard. No additional players can be added to the scorecard once the match has commenced. The Team Captain will enter the players details directly on the score card so that the Designated Females always play against each other. To safeguard the teams’ interests the composition of the teams will take place before each round.

The score card should be folded so that the Team Captain may complete his side before giving it to that of the opposing Team Captain to compete his team selection.

In the Doubles and Triples games, one player in each team may be replaced. For the Mixed Doubles and Mixed Triples teams the replacement shall not affect the mixed composition of the team. The replacement can only be made between the two ends and must be reported to the captain of the opposing team and the umpire. A player that has completed their game or has been replaced cannot play in any other team during this round.

*EuroCup 2017 – National Calendar Update from the EPA*

As you may have seen elsewhere, the new format for the competition issued recently by the CEP has led to us revisiting our approach. In looking at options we wanted to ensure that the impact on the previously issued national calendar was as limited as possible as many of our regions had populated their own calendars on the basis of the national calendar.

As a result, discussions with our EuroCup organiser Alan Roden has led to us deciding to proceed as follows:

1 – There will be a ‘home’ and ‘away’ draw;

2 – Notices to go out by middle of May with draw to be made at June MC meeting;

3 – First Round to be completed by 20th August;

4 – Second round to be completed by 1st October;

5 – third round to be completed by 26th November (with only one match to be played (i.e. three rounds);

6 – fourth round to be played over the weekend of 24th/25th March 2018 at two venues to be decided;

7 – finals to be played on 22nd April, 2018.

This approach offers flexibility to our clubs and regions to work around calendars and there is now no set date in the calendar for playing the matches, just lengthy ‘windows’ where the clubs concerned can make the arrangements. You will appreciate that the combined round 2 and 3 has now been dropped. This was introduced as under the old format (2 x triples and 3 x doubles) it was felt that travelling could be minimised through combination. Under the new format with the introduction of the Singles round, there are now three rounds per match (6 x singles, 2 x triples and 3 x doubles), so it is felt that the doubling up could lead to very lengthy days.

The removal of the November (4th) round originally in our calendar for 19th and 26th November means that we can relocate that to the following March after the clocks change. It also means that there is more time available to transact the preliminary rounds (rounds 1 – 3 can be played between late June and late November). We hope that this will mean better conditions for the most important stages of the competition. This also applies to the Finals, where the light and hopefully the weather will be even better than the fourth round (although there are no guarantees).

The result is that there are now no fixed dates in our national calendar 2017 for EuroCup except the deadlines by which rounds need to be played. This should mean that any potential clashes with competitions already set/proposed by our regions is not a factor.