Handicap Tournaments

Handicap Scoring Guide

For easy calculation of the handicaps applicable in any combination please use this calculator:

            https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_PlBJIdftsxVzsQEIPMJwomZ-Oia4yjffLzSfoIvUOA/edit?usp=sharing

Players will be given a handicap based on their ability.

The strongest players will have negative handicaps – also called ‘owe’.

The weaker players will have positive handicaps – also called ‘receive’.

For example, if your handicap is +15.1, and your opponent's is Love (Scratch), you start each game 15-0 ahead in 5 out of 6 games and 30-0 ahead in 1 out of 6 games.

And the same applies to a player with handicap -15.1 with a scratch opponent. He/she starts each game one point behind at minus 15-0 ahead in 5 out of 6 games and minus 30-0 in 1 out of 6 games.

Take care with the scoring to ensure you start each point on the correct side!

At the beginning of each set you reset the rolling 6 game rhythm and start again from the beginning.

There are no tie-breaks in a handicap match.

Where the opposing players/pairs have handicaps that are both ‘owe’ or both ‘receive’ the one nearest to scratch is ‘netted’ to love.

Handicap games often take longer.

If you would like to know more about the Handicap calculator please contact [email protected] – whether you are a MLTC member or not.

 

Scoring System for Handicap Tournaments

+15.3 means you start each odd game 1,3,5 etc on 15 (Only 3 points to win the game) and each even game 2,4,6,8 etc on 30 (Only 2 points to win the game).

+15 means you start each game on 15.

+0.3 means you start each odd game 1,3,5 etc on Scratch (love or normal 4 points to win the game) and each even game 2,4,6,8etc on 15.

Scratch means this is a normal start at love.

-0.3 means you start each odd game 1,3,5 etc on Scratch (love or normal 4 points to win the game) and each even game 2,4,6,8 etc on –15 (you need to win 5 points to win the game, the first to return to love and then the normal 4).

-15 means you start each game on –15 (5 points to win the game).

-15.3 means you start each odd game 1,3,5 etc on -15 (5 points to win the game) and each even game 2,4,6,8 etc on –30 (6 points to win the game).

-30 means you start each game at -30 i.e. you need to win 6 points to win the game.

-30.3 means you start each odd game 1,3,5 etc on -30 (6 points to win the game) and each even game 2,4,6,8 etc on –40 (you need to win 7 points to win the game, the first 3 to get to love and then the normal 4).

-40 means you start each game at -40 i.e. you need to win 7 points to win the game.

-40.3 means you start each odd game 1,3,5 etc on -40 and each even game 2,4,6,8etc on -50 i.e. you need to win 8 points to win the game.

-60 means you start each game at -60 moving through -50, -40,-30,-15, 0,15,30,40, Game i.e. you need to win 9 points to win the game.

 

If both players are on a plus or minus then the handicaps cancel on a point for point basis but a plus and minus remain for the match.

 

Example 1: Player A’s handicap is +15 & Player B is -15.3.

Player A players every game starting on +15. Player B starts every odd game in the set (1,3,5) on -15 and every even game in the set (2,4,6) on -30.

 

Example 2: Player C’s handicap is +15 & Player D is +0.3.

Player C will start each odd game in the set (1,3,5) on +15 and every even game in the set (2,4,6) on Love. Player D will start each game on Love.

 

Example 3: Player E’s handicap is -30 & Player F is -40.3.

Player E will start each game on Love. Player F will play each odd game in the set (1,3,5) on -15 and each even game in the set (2,4,6) on -30.