1. Initiate a challenge:
a. You must completely fill in the “CHALLENGE INFO” section of one of the rows on the challenge sheet to initiate a challenge.
i. You may instead call or email any officer all necessary details about the challenge if initiating a challenge not during practice hours.
b. You must not initiate more than one challenge at the same time.
c. You must not initiate a challenge against the same person multiple times in one day.
d. If you are ranked 10th or above: You may challenge someone who is up to 2 ranks above you at the time you initiate the challenge.
e. If you are ranked 11th or below: You may challenge someone who is up to 3 ranks above you at the time you initiate the challenge.
f. Women only: For the purpose of counting ranks above you, you may count only men when challenging a man, or count only women when challenging a woman.
g. If none of the available opponents above you are checked in, then you may challenge the nearest person above you that is checked in.
2. Schedule a time to play:
a. You must, within reason, try to play your match on the same day the challenge was initiated.
i. Reasons to reschedule a match include: One player has played several challenge matches in one day, injuries, and needing to leave for work, homework, etc.
ii. You must write the date the challenge was initiated for purposes of rule 2.b.
b. You must play the match within 7 days of initiating the challenge or the challenger wins by forfeit, unless the challenger fails to attend the scheduled match date.
i. You must write an agreed date and time for the match on the challenge sheet. If the match is played the day of practice, “Today” will suffice.
c. If you are challenged, you have the right to “challenge up” first. The general rule is that challenge matches will be played from highest to lowest rank. Initiate the “challenge up” as described in section 1.
i. If the person you want to “challenge up” to is currently playing a match, you may still initiate the “challenge up”, but you must play your highest ranked challenger while waiting.
ii. You must play your challengers in order from highest to lowest rank
3. Play the match:
a. Match Format: Play the match according to USAR rules, except they will be self-refereed.
i. Two games to 15 (3 timeouts), if necessary, tiebreaker to 11 (2 timeouts).
ii. Disputed Calls: If players disagree on a call, replay the rally. The receiving player should call short and long balls, and call them immediately. Avoid calling penalty hinders. Use common sense and be civil. For any disputed calls that cannot be resolved amongst the players, the highest ranking officer not involved in the match has final undisputable say on the result of the call.
b. When done, record the results of the match on the “RESULTS” section of the challenge sheet on the same row you initiated your challenge on.
i. If the match was not played during practice hours, write down the results. Either e-mail an officer, or fill in the challenge sheet during the next practice.
1. National Intercollegiate Eligibility:
a. Final Week of Challenges:
i. For the 2010 season the final week of challenges will be February 25-March 4.
ii. Each person is only allowed to initiate 2 challenges during this week.
iii. All challenges must be initiated by the end of practices on March 4.
iv. All challenges must be completed by March 4 or rescheduled to be completed before March 11th.
v. After these matches the ladder will be officially finalized for the National Intercollegiate Tournament. Phone calls will be made to the highest ranked men and women offering a spot in the National Tournament until 6 men and 6 women have accepted.
a. Any players who do not show up to 5 consecutive practices will be dropped 2 spots on the ladder if they are 1-10, and 3 spots on the ladder if they are 11th or higher.
b. Players must show up to practice for a minimum of 30 minutes and check in on the ladder in order to be counted present for that practice. Any disputes will be resolved by the President.
3. Tournament matches:
a. If two ranked Tech Racquetball Club members play each other in a USAR sanctioned tournament (in a standard best-of-three singles match) that match will count as a challenge match and the results should be recorded on the challenge sheet.
4. Initial Rank:
a. Any player completely new to the Tech Racquetball Club has their initial rank determined by a tryout held at the start of each semester. If the player is unable to tryout for any reason, they will be placed on the bottom of the ladder.
b. Open Challenges:
i. Any player new to the Tech Racquetball Club may have one Open Challenge.
ii. An Open Challenge must be used within one month or it is forfeited.
iii. An Open Challenge allows the challenger to initiate a challenge on someone regardless of the difference in their ranks.
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