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REACT Games Competition Rules

Issued 24 July 2014, modified 21 June 2017

Amendment - 7 Nov 2017: For the Racket Ball Mixed events medals will be awarded but points will not be.

Amendment - 26 Apr 2019: Rule 4.2 Clarify the rule on Short Tennis racket type and size.

Amendment - 20 Jan 2020: Addition of Doubles Racketball, removal of lunch break, clarification on scoring, provision of equipment etc.

1. Eligibility

The REACT 50+ (Southern Region) Invitation Games shall be open to teams from all sports centres and recreation centres in the Southern Region.

2. Format

2.1 The Games shall comprise two separate competitions based on age categories, one open to teams of persons 50 years of age and over (on the day of the Games) and the other open to teams of persons 65 years of age or over (on the day of the Games). Competitors in the 65+ age group may participate in events for the 50+ age group, but not vice-versa. The results of the two competitions will be added to produce a combined competition result.

2.2 Competitors must be bona fide members of, or regular attendees at, the Club which they represent.

2.3 No person may compete in both the 50+ and 65+ competitions or in more than one event.

2.4 Both competitions shall comprise the following events:

a. Badminton b. Short Tennis

c. Table Tennis d. Racketball

plus e. Swimming, provided the Committee agrees each year, based on the perceived costs of holding the swimming events and the likely entry

plus f. Bowls (indoor long mat) and/or g. Bowls (short mat)

a, b, c, f and g above shall be played by teams of mixed pairs, each being one man and one lady; or two ladies.

Bowls shall be indoor long mat and/or short mat, subject to facilities.

Racketball shall be played as singles by both men and women. Doubles team can be made up of any combination, mixed, two ladies or two men. Singles players cannot play in the doubles event.

Swimming teams shall each consist of up to three ladies and three men with a minimum of four competitors.

Racket sports and bowls shall, when entry numbers permit, be played on a group ("round robin" or "box") basis in which each team plays every other team in their group. If there are a large number of entries for an event the organiser may divide the teams into two or more groups with play-offs between the groups to determine the rank.

2.5 Substitutions may be made before the Games have started (i.e. before a team's first match has started). If a player withdraws after the players first match has started but before the round robin is completed then all matches in which the player has competed or is due to compete will be cancelled but the player's team will be awarded two points (one point in Racketball) for playing in the Games. If the event has been divided into groups then if a player in a team finishing first or second in a group withdraws after the round robin has been completed but before the play-offs have commenced then the team placed third in that group will replace them in the play-offs (playing the winners of the other group) and the team withdrawing will score 2 points. If the withdrawal occurs during the semi-finals then the team withdrawing will be placed fourth and there will be no play-off for third and fourth places. If the withdrawal occurs immediately before or during the final then the team withdrawing will be placed second.

2.6 In all events, subject to availability of suitable facilities at the host centre, a Club may enter up to two teams in each competition but only the highest finishing team may score points towards the 50+, 65+ or combined competitions although both teams may receive medals in the sport concerned. For example, if a Club's two teams finished first and second, the team finishing first would receive the Gold Medal and score 10 points, the team finishing second would receive the Silver Medal but score zero points, the team finishing third would receive the Bronze medal and score 6 points and the teams finishing fourth, fifth and sixth would score 4 points, 2 points and 2 points respectively. See Rule 2.8.

2.7 If at the closing date there are fewer than three teams entered for an event then that event will be cancelled and the entrants notified. These entrants will be invited to enter another event from those remaining. If on the day of the Games, because of late withdrawals, there are less than three entries for an event, then the event will go ahead and points will be awarded accordingly, including walk-overs.

2.8 Points will be awarded as follows for all events and in accordance with Rule 2.6:

First 10 points

Second 8 points

Third 6 points

Fourth 4 points

All other entries 2 points (1 point)

2.9 Trophies will be awarded for the first and second teams in each competition, and for the first and second teams in the combined competition. Medals will be awarded to team members for the first, second and third teams in each event except in Racketball where they will be awarded to the first three ladies and first three men individually. Medals will not be awarded for the separate races comprising the swimming event.

In the case of a tie in any of the 50+, 65+ or combined competitions then the rank is decided by the greatest number of team wins, then if necessary by the greatest number of second places etc. for each competition.

3 General Rules

3.1 Each Club entering shall be required to pay the appropriate entrance fees by the closing date stated on the entry form.

3.2 Each teams' competitors should be identified by distinctive badges or clothing supplied by their club. Suitable clothing and sports footwear must be worn for all events. Non-marking shoes must be worn.

3.3 The team manager for each club must confirm to the hosting centre no later than 16:00 two days prior to the day of the Games, the previously notified entries and/or report any last minute changes. On the morning of the Games the manager must report the team's presence at least 15 minutes prior to the programmed starting time of the Games, and shall be responsible for ensuring that the teams report on time for each event entered.

Team managers should ensure that all competitors are familiar with the Rules, dress code and the equipment that they have to provide.

3.4 Competitors will score their own event. An independent observer/umpire can be requested by participants. Should problems or disputes arise, the event organiser / referees decision is final.

3.5 The Host Club shall provide a control table and a master scoreboard (on display) on which scores and running totals will be recorded during the course of the Games.

3.6 Provision of equipment, as per the rules, will be made by the Host Club.

Badminton: Yonex Mavis 300 shuttlecocks – blue. Yellow flights or other ,dependant on Venue.

Short Tennis: PWP yellow red spot indoor foam mini-tennis balls or Tretrn equivalent (note: all balls for a REACT Games must be of the same type).

Table Tennis: 40mm standard 3 star plastic and seamless orange and/or white balls.

Racketball: B.R.A. approved blue balls, yellow spot

4 Rules for Specific Events

It should be noted that these Rules are specific to these Games and take precedence over all other rules should conflict arise.

4.1 Badminton

Competitors shall provide their own rackets.

The normal rules of the Badminton World Federation shall apply, except where varied by the following:

Each team shall consist of one pair, being one man and one lady; or two ladies.

The Organiser will preset the scoring and/or number of games/points to fill the available playing capacity. Typically, each match shall be the best of three games, each game up to 15 points with no setting, points being scored as in the rules of the Badminton World Federation.

The order of competitors in a group is decided by the greatest number of matches won. In the event of a tie the order is decided by the best games difference (i.e. games won minus games lost) and then if necessary by the best points difference. If there is still a 2-way tie, the result of the match between the two competitors decides the order. If there is still a 3-way tie then a (short) play-off will be necessary.

4.2 Short Tennis

The normal rules of Tennis shall apply, except where varied by the following:

Competitors shall provide their own rackets. Only 'Junior' tennis rackets will be used which must not be more than 23 inches in length.. Each team shall consist of one pair being one man and one lady, or two ladies.

The Organiser will preset the scoring and/or number of games/points to fill the available playing capacity. Typically, each match shall be the best of seven games (i.e. play ceases as soon as one team has won four games).

The court will be a standard Badminton court but the net will be positioned from the ground to a height of 33 inches (838mm) at the posts and 31 inches (787mm) at the centre. The net posts may be higher than the net.

The full dimensions of the court, including the side tramlines, shall be "in play" throughout — this means at all times the inner tramline is ignored.

On service the ball shall be served into the badminton service box (but including the doubles tramlines).

Note that, as in Tennis, if in a serve the ball strikes a net post the service is a "fault" but during the rest of a good rally if the ball strikes a net post and the ball falls into play, the rally continues.

The order of competitors in a group is decided by the greatest number of matches won. In the event of a tie the order is decided by the greatest number of games won, then if necessary by the least number of games lost. If there is still a 2-way tie, the result of the match between the two competitors decides the order. If there is still a 3-way tie then a (short) play-off will be necessary.

4.3 Table Tennis

The normal rules of the International Table Tennis Federation shall apply, except where varied by the following:

Competitors shall provide their own bats and must not wear predominately white clothing. Each team shall consist of one pair being one man and one lady; or two ladies.

The Organiser will preset the amount of play to fill the available playing capacity. Typically each match shall be the best of five games to eleven points, points being scored as in the Rules of the International Table Tennis Federation.

The order of competitors in a group is decided by the greatest number of matches won. In the event of a tie the order is decided by the best games difference (i.e. games won minus games lost) and then if necessary by the best points difference. If there is still a 2-way tie, the result of the match between the two competitors decides the order. If there is still a 3-way tie then a (short) play-off will be necessary.

4.4 Racketball

The normal rules of the British Racketball Association shall apply, except where varied by the following:

Competitors shall provide their own rackets.

The Organiser will preset the scoring and/or number of games/points to fill the available playing capacity. Typically, each match shall be the best of three games (i.e. play ceases as soon as one team has won two games) and each game is 11 points up: that is to say, the team that first wins 11 points wins the game, except that, on the score being called 10 all, the game shall be set to “best of three points", in which case the team that first scores two more points wins the game with a score of 12 points.

The order of competitors in a group is decided by the greatest number of matches won. In the event of a tie the order is decided by the best games difference (i.e. games won minus games lost) and then if necessary by the best points difference. If there is still a 2-way tie, the result of the match between the two competitors decides the order. If there is still a 3-way tie then a (short) play-off will be necessary.

4.5 Swimming

The swimming event for the 50+ and 65+ competitions each comprise 8 races as follows:

Ladies backstroke, Mens backstroke, Ladies breaststroke, Mens breaststroke, Ladies Freestyle, Mens Freestyle, Medley Relay, Freestyle Relay.

The Medley relays comprise 2 men and 2 ladies swimming in any order, 1 length each, but the 1st length must be backstroke, 2nd must be breaststroke, 3rd must be crawl, the last length is a choice of stroke.

The Freestyle relays comprise 2 men and 2 ladies swimming in any order, 1 length each.

The order in which the races will be held will be decided by the organiser.

A swimming team will ideally consist of 3 men and 3 ladies (maximum 6 persons). A team may have a minimum of 4 members but no team member may swim in more than two individual (i.e. non relay) races. No team member may swim in more than one leg of a relay race, but could take part in two different relay races.

All races will be started in the water, i.e. no diving starts, with at least one hand touching the pool wall. Breaststroke races will finish with a double-handed wall touch (or else the swimmer can be disqualified) and other races with a single-handed wall touch. The same rules apply for relays including changeover points. Each individual must remain in their lane for the duration of the race. Races will not be stopped for a false start but at the end of the race (or heat) offending swimmers will be disqualified from scoring in that race.

If the number of entries in any race is larger than the number of available lanes then the competitors will be drawn into heats which will be timed.

The race final will comprise the heat winners, plus the required number of fastest swimmers from across all the heats to fill all available lanes. For each race no swimmer will need to swim more than twice (in the heat, and in the race final).

In each race the winner will be awarded a number of points equal to the highest number of teams entered in either the 50+ swimming competition or the 65+ swimming competition and the second place awarded one point less and so on. Times will be used to determine positions for each swimmer that swims in a heat but does not get to the final. Teams not taking part in the race or disqualified get zero points. The points for every race are then added to determine the order of teams overall. If there is a tie for medal positions the tie-breaker will be the finishing positions in the relay events, with the free-style relay taking precedence.

4.6 Bowls (indoor Iong mat)

The normal rules of the I.B.A. shall apply, except where varied by the following:

Each team shall consist of one pair being one man and one lady, or two ladies.

Only bowls shoes will be permitted in the bowls area, or one may play in stockinged feet. Each player shall bowl four woods. The leads will toss for the jack.

The number of ends in each match shall be either pre-announced or decided by a time bell, after which no new ends will be started. Typically 4 to 6 ends or a bell at 35 minutes will be used. There will be no trial ends or visits to the head.

The winners of the first end of each new game will score ONE shot.

Points will be awarded as follows: 4 points for a win, 2 points for a tie, 1 extra point for a win by 8 shots or more. In the event of a tie on points, tournament winners will be decided as follows: a) shot difference. Then if necessary, b) most shots for. If still unresolved, c) the leads of the teams concerned will deliver one bowl each to a jack placed by the umpire.

In all ends except the last of each game, if the jack is struck out of the rink, the end will count, but the team responsible for playing the jack out of bounds shall forfeit one shot. In the last end, the end must be replayed.

4.7 Bowls (short mat)

The normal rules of the Short Mat Bowls Association shall apply, except where varied by the following:

Each team shall consist of one pair being one man and one lady; or two ladies.

Three Woods and Heavy Jacks shall be used.

A team captain shall toss a coin and the winner deciding on who bowls first.

No trial ends, but only one shot to be scored on first end of each match.

The number of ends in each match shall be either pre-announced or decided by a time bell, after which no new ends will be started. Typically matches shall be of four ends.

In the event of the jack being out of play the offending team will give two shots to their opponents and the next end will commence.

Points will be awarded as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.

In the event of a tie positions will be decided on shot difference – so shots must be recorded.

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