Originally Posted by DanD
Can you explain how we should score the extra voluntary doubles match? Its been my understanding that this is an optional point and while it counts towards a teams total points it does not count towards the match win/loss.
First off, it is exactly like it was last year when it was only a singles match. This year it can be a singles match or a doubles match depending on how many players show up. The only optional part about this match point is if one team does not have the players to defend the point they do not forfeit the match point.
The first 4 singles matches (S1, S2, S3 & S4): if you cannot provide a player to play for each of those points you forfeit the point to your opponent that DOES have a player present to compete.
The first doubles match (D1): if you cannot provide at least one player to play for this point you forfeit the point to your opponent that DOES have two players present to compete.
The Bonus Match (D2 or S5): If both teams can provide at least 1 player they can, if the matching captain chooses, play for the bonus match point. If only one side can field players for this match, no point is forfeited.
This is done once in the morning rounds: the Visitor Team Captain marks down their players first and the Home Team is the matching captain.
Then it is done again in the afternoon rounds: the Home Team Captain marks down their players first and the Visitor Team is the matching captain.
And as always, since I started this format:
1. All match points are totaled and a Match Point for winning the most matches is awarded.
2. THEN a bonus point is awarded if 7 players played a singles match.
3. The total match points won by each team is compared to determine a Win-Loss-Tie outcome.
Each team keeps a running total of their match points as that is the first tie breaker to determine rank of teams with identical Win-Loss-Tie records.
So no, the extra single/doubles match is not a freebie to pad your season match point totals. It is available to play for, but it carries the risk of maybe causing you to lose the Match Point and possibly the Win.