Presidents Cup Rules

 

  • Each match will consist of a single game to 25 points (or 26 if 24-24 is reached). Ash Amendment (2012/13)
  • American scoring will be observed.
  • Handicap-zeroing will be done prior to each match to ensure each will have no more than 50 points (see below). If the zeroed scores have one player > +15 then the scores are adjusted back to +15 (with a similar reduction made to the opponents score). Finch Fudge (2012/13)
  • When the combined scores total to 25 (approximately halfway) the players may leave the court for a 2 minute break. Scott Break (2013/13)

 

Handicap-zeroing is where the handicaps of both players are adjusted as follows:

 

            Example 1

 

                                                Tournament

                                                Handicap

Player A          -20

                             Player B          +10

 

Without zeroing, Player A would need to win 44 points and Player B would need 14 points (a combination of 58) to get to 24-24 (the goal of a handicapped competition).

 

By calculating the difference between the handicaps (in this case 30 points), halving that (15 points), and putting each player that many points either side of 0 we get the following (zeroed) Match Handicaps. 

 

                                                Tournament    Match

                                                Handicap         Handicap (zeroed)

Player A          -20                   -15

                             Player B          +10                  +15

 

Now Player A would need to win 39 points and Player B would need 9 points (a combination of 48) to get to 24-24 (the 49th rally would win the match).

 

 

            Example 2 – Both players have a negative tournament handicap

 

                                                Tournament    Match

                                                Handicap         Handicap (zeroed)

Player A          -20                   -5

                             Player B          -10                   +5

 

 

            Example 3 – Both players have a positive tournament handicap

 

                                                Tournament    Match

                                                Handicap         Handicap (zeroed)

Player A          +7                    -2

                             Player B          +11                  +2

 

 

Note, in the event the difference between the player’s tournament handicaps is an odd number, favour is given to the player whose handicap is furthest from +25 i.e.

 

                                                Tournament    Match

                                                Handicap         Handicap (zeroed)

Player A          +7                    -3

                             Player B          +12                  +2