Saturday, April 21, 2007

4.5 Update

First off, Cheryl has told people that the 4.5 division citywide playoffs will include two teams from each division. I'm assuming there will be two divisions of 3 teams each playing round robin format, similar to the 4.0 division.

Secondly, the Kingwood-Men in Black match is in dispute. Apparently some of Kingwood's players WERE quite late, but there are other issues at play as well. Even if the match is a loss, Kingwood should have no trouble qualifying for the playoffs, as it appears that 50% of the teams will make it.


  1. The only dispute is whether the rules and regulations will be enforced properly.

    Why have rules if they aren't going to be followed?

  2. If his players were 40 minutes late I totally agree that you were within your rights to press the issue. Some captains would have let it slide so that they could get some tennis played, but being that late is just rude.

    However, I understand there were some other issues being disputed which seemed quite petty to me.

  3. I'm not the captain but I was there. The other "non-petty" issue is 3 guys who played were not signed up with HTA. Cheryl sent all the captains the rules; the requirement that you must be an HTA member before you play a league match is mentioned no less than 5 TIMES!

    If guys can sign up for the team, tournaments, etc. they can take the 3 minutes to sign up for HTA. Most everyone knows this rule, and if for some reason they don't, it's the captain's responsibility to make sure all team members are signed up with HTA, especially in the summer league. The rules are clear, and Cheryl has defaulted others for not being signed up. In my opinion there's no good excuse on this one.

    As far as the other petty stuff, I didn't overhear all of it, but I think it stems from the fact that all our guys made the effort to be there well before 7:00 and by 7:20 or so no one from the other team was even making an attempt to communicate to anyone our team what the deal was. How long were we supposed to stand there with our thumbs up our a$$? After that I guess it was all downhill.

    Believe me, we'd rather play so you can take us off "JV" status someday. :)

    But seriously, how much are you supposed to let slide in one night? There was even more that I won't get into, whether it's considered petty or not.

    Anyway, why even have rules if none of this is relevant?

    By the way, enjoy the blog.

  4. Really pathetic excuse. Matches should be decided by tennis. Men in Black followed the rules, but they obviously do not know etiquette.

    I understand Men in Black has 3 or 4 of the Copperfield teaching pros on its roster.

    I would not want to be a member of a club nor take lessons from someone who doesn't take into account fairness.

    I will now be looking forward to our match with Copperfield with "fairness" in mind. I hope their line calls aren't as bad as their ideals.

  5. What's pathetic is that apparently you were never taught that tennis etiquette includes following the rules.

    Of all the people who I've talked to about this, including other club pros, USTA officials, other players on other teams, etc., those in favor of playing by the rules and having them enforced is 100%. No one, nada, zippo, etc. defended the other team.

    By the way, there are 0 club pros on the summer roster.

    And what the hell do line calls have to do with this?

    Get over yourself and the mindset that a few of you have that you can make and play by your own rules. If you don't like it, start another league.