The Rules

Below you will find the rules that apply to the dlr TAKEI 2018 tournament. More details about adaptation of the ITF rules for blind tennis, and about classification can be found on the official IBTA website:

Tournament Regulations

1.     Dates: April 26th – April 30th 2018

2.     Venue: Shankill Tennis Club, Quinn’s Rd, Shankill, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

3.     Tournament Status: International

4.     Finance and costs: The cost of the tournament for each player and each accompanying sighted guide/coach/team member will be
(4 nights) or €560 (5 nights). This will include:

–         Transfer from the airport to the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

–         Accommodation on a shared room basis.

–         Breakfast at the hotel.

–         Transport to and from the tournament venue from the hotel by bus.

–         Lunch and Dinner

–         Entry to the tournament and access to practice courts (outside).

Please Note: All players must be registered at the hotel and available for classification by 11am at the latest on the 26th of April. Those wishing to
stay at the hotel on April 25th should select the 5 night option.

5.     Sight Classifications: B1 B2 B3

6.     Classification: Classification begins at 8.30am on Thursday April 26th and will be undertaken by two panels of classifiers. All entrants to the
tournament must undertake classification apart from those who received a “confirmed B1” status in May 2017 at the Alicante tournament. The normal classification
rules will apply as set out in January 2018 IBTA document version.

7.     Ranking Points: IBTA shall award world ranking points based on results in the tournament in accordance with the IBTA rules.

8.     Matchplay: Players should have a minimum of three matches. Short sets will be used. The approved IBTA balls will be used.  Given the dark colour
of the courts, the yellow ball will be the standard tournament balls. However, in the event that two players wish to play with the black ball, then the
black ball will be used.

9.     Umpires: It is a condition of entry to the tournament that each country makes at least one of its’ travelling party available as an umpire. The
tournament referees will assign the umpires to matches at the same time as the schedule of play is announced. Umpires must be available as scheduled. In
order to achieve consistency, the IBTA technical committee will deliver an umpires workshop on the rules of Blind Tennis.  All umpires must attend this
workshop.  It will also be open to any participants in the tournament – players, coaches and officials.

10. Courts: The court dimensions will be in line with the IBTA regulations.  Tactile lines will be laid as appropriate.  The tactile lines to be used will
be decided by the tournament committee. In so far as possible the court staff (court manager, umpire, ball people) will be neutral (i.e. not from the country
of either of the participants.)

11. Rules of Tennis: The Rules of Tennis (IBTA and ITF) shall apply. Attention is drawn particularly to the prohibition regarding on court coaching.  There
will be a player/umpire instruction document that will set out the information that can be given to players by the umpire or court managers regarding orientation
on the court and the result of shots played. There should be no coaching or assistance provided by team coaches or officials.  In order to ensure fair
competition, the umpires may impose code violations in line with the Rules of Tennis.

12. Medical Diagnostic Forms: Completed MDF’s should be submitted with entry if possible and no later than March 1st, 2018.

13. Entry Fee: Entry fees should be paid by transfer to Shankill Tennis Club using the following account details. BIK AIBKIE2D IBAN IE53AIBK93348146921300.
Countries should submit one transfer per team. Please ensure to put the name of your country and number of people being paid for in the reference. A non-refundable
deposit of 50% is due by Wednesday, February 14th. The remaining balance is due by March 14th.

14.The Committee’s decision regarding acceptance and seeding is final.

15.Once the draw has been made the schedule cannot be altered. All players must be available for the duration of the tournament.

16. Matches will be played indoors. Players must wear non-marking tennis shoes.

17. In all matters of dispute the decision of the Referees will be final.

18. The Tournament Committee shall not be responsible for any injury or accident on or off court to any player or guest or for any property damaged, destroyed,
lost or stolen.

19. All players, guides, coaches and officials from Europe should bring their European Health Insurance card.  Visiting team members should ensure their
travel insurance (including health insurance is up to date).  Entry to the tournament requires your confirmation that you have the appropriate insurances
in place.

20. Players and spectators must follow the referee’s instruction/notices particularly with regard to viewing arrangements. Silence is required on the viewing

21.The organisers may take photographs during the tournament for promotional reasons. If you do not wish your photo to be taken, please contact the tournament

22. Please notify the Referee if you have a relevant medical condition.

23. Tournament committee: The tournament committee includes; Liam O’Donohoe Tournament Director, Gill Owen Tournament Referee, Sarah O’Donohoe Tournament
Referee, Gordon Hill Tournament Treasurer, Chris Kaplan Social Media officer, Amanda Greene IBTA Technical committee. In addition, there are Shankill Tennis
club members who are responsible for different areas of the tournament.

24. The committee reserves the right to add to or alter any of the above



The ITF (International Tennis Federation) Rules for Tennis apply with the following exceptions:

Rule 1: The Court

• B1 Court: A standard court of 12,80m x 6,10m with tactile lines on all lines except service boxes. The net height will be 0,83m

• B2 & B3 Court: A standard court of 18,28m x 8,23m (for doubles 18,98 x 10,97). The net height will be 0,90m.

Rule 2: The Ball

• A standard Blind Tennis ball shall be used.

• For international tournaments the current Japanese ball must be used. The host country organizers will decide the colour of the ball depending on the colour of the venue.

• It is intended that there should be the greatest possible contrast between the ball and the color of the court.

• We recommend that you inform players of color of the ball in tournament entry and color of the court.

Rule 3: The Racket

Any racket accepted by the ITF in accordance with court sizes.

• For the B1 game a maximum of 23 inches.

• For the B2 & B3 game a maximum of 25 inches.

Rule 4: Server & Receiver

Both the server and the receiver may ask an umpire or ball person their own position on court, in order to locate on the court.

Rule 5: When to Serve & Receive

Before starting the service motion the server must call “ready?” and wait for the receiver to reply “yes”. The server then has 5 seconds to serve the ball during which time s/he may not alter their position on the court.  The server must shout “play” immediately before hitting the ball.

Rule 6: Player Loses Point

• A B1 or B2 player loses the point if s/he does not return the ball before the fourth bounce (3 bounces permitted).

• A B3 player loses the point if s/he does not return the ball before the third bounce (2 bounces permitted).

• A sighted player loses the point if s/he does not return the ball before the second bounce (1 bounce permitted).

• Note: At all times the first bounce must be within the court or, in the case of a serve, within the appropriate service court. Any additional bounces may be inside or outside the court.

• If the player who receives the ball is struck by the ball whilst standing outside the boundary of the court before the first bounce, it is a point for the player.

• If a player is struck by the ball whilst standing inside the boundary of the court before the first bounce, it is a point for the opponent.

Rule 7: Sight Classification Information

• The International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) sight classifications apply to blind tennis; these are currently B1, B2 and B3.

• IBTA will provide sight classifications for international tournaments

• B1 players must wear a standard Paralympic approved mask. The mask may only be removed once per game and between games.

• B1: Anyone with a sight classification is eligible to play the B1 game if he/her wears a mask / blindfold.

• B2: If a B2 player chooses to play in a B3 category they must adapt to the B3 rule of 2 bounces.

• B3: B3 players may not play in a B2 category.

Rule 8: Requirements to Play in International Tournaments

• Players must be affiliated to the Association of the country they belong to.

• Players will not be accepted into an international tournament without a sight classification provided by IBTA.

• The national representative from each country will decide on the players who will attend international tournaments.

• Volley is allowed in all the categories.