Rule 9. Order of play
a) The order of play, regardless of number of available courts, is as per score card.
b) Players must play in ranked order on the day according to the Club and team rankings submitted by the Club and held by the Recorder.
c) Interchange Players
i) Teams may nominate interchange players for a match. Interchange players must be registered players of the team or a lower graded SSTA team within the Club.
ii) No more than one male and one female may be used for any one match. The team, including interchange players, must be recorded on the score sheet prior to the commencement of play.
iii) All team players, including the interchange players, must be recorded on the score sheet in ranked order.
iv) The interchange player must play at least one set during the day to be classed as having played a match for finals qualifying purposes. Listed interchange players who do not play a set will not be considered as having played a match on that day.
v) A player interchange for each gender, may occur more then once throughout the days play.
vi) If a player interchange has occurred and an injury occurs to another member of the team, the previously interchanged player, if available, may be brought back into the team for the remaining sets but cannot be used to complete the set in which the injury occurred (see rule vii of this section). An “injury” does not include heat related stress, fatigue or illness.
vii) An interchange player may not be used to complete an unfinished set of an injured player, but may play that players remaining sets for the day.
viii) An injured player cannot be replaced by another player who was not originally recorded on the score sheet as an interchange player.
ix) It is not necessary for any interchange player to be present at the start of the days play providing the interchange player is recorded on the score sheet prior to the commencement of play.
x) The interchange player must be ready for play when the set he/she is required to play, is ready to commence. Should the interchange player not be present and ready for play, only the sets affected by the absence are forfeited and the score will be recorded as 6 – 0 to the opponents. (see also Rule 7 Player absent – Late Arrival).
xi) An interchange player may be listed on the score sheet of more than one club team (playing at the same venue) at the commencement of the days play but is not permitted to play in more than one team on a playing day, ie. Once the interchange player plays in either team, he/she may not be used in any other team on that day.
xii) A team Captain is to advise the opposing Captain at the time an interchange of player/s is about to occur.
xiii) Should a match be cancelled due to the heat rule (Rule 11(i)) where the ABC news forecast the temperature for the day to be 37°or higher and the Captains complete a score card for recording purposes, an interchange player can be included on the score sheet.
xiv) If a match has already commenced when the heat rule or rain causes play to be abandoned, any nominated interchange player will be recorded as having played that match.
xv) As SSTA pennants involve five (5) ‘rounds’ of tennis, each ‘round’ consisting of three (3) sets, an interchange may only occur prior to the beginning of a ‘round’, not during a round. This should be monitored particularly when only two (2) courts are available for play.
xvi) Teams are not obliged to have an interchange player or players.