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 THE RULES OF THE COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL LAWN TENNIS CLUBS

I. BACKGROUND

The Idea of an International Club and the Foundation of the ILTC of GB in 1924

1. The idea of an International Club, whose members would be players who had represented their country in international team competition, arose out of a conversation at the 1923 Wimbledon Championships between Lord Balfour, then British Prime Minister, and Wallis Myers, an outstanding journalist and writer on lawn tennis. The purpose of an International Club would be to promote international goodwill by friendship across the tennis net. Wallis Myers founded the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain on 26 November 1924. The Club's colours were steel grey and pink.

Extension to New Clubs from 1929 to 1947

2. In 1929, Jean Borotra was approached by Wallis Myers and Lord Lyle to form an International Club in France. Other nations followed suit: the USA and The Netherlands in 1931, Czechoslovakia in 1933, Sweden in 1937 and Belgium in 1947.

Foundation of the Council of International Lawn Tennis Clubs in 1947

3. These seven nations believed the ideals of the International Clubs were of such value that the development and maintenance of their standards in any country should be the concern of all those interested in the finer traditions of the game, and particularly those who enjoy the privilege of IC membership. How to achieve this purpose was the object of a first exchange of views between International Clubs in Paris in 1946. Then on 22 July 1947 in London it was unanimously agreed that the maintenance of International Clubs' ideals everywhere should be entrusted to a 'Council of International Lawn Tennis Clubs' composed of representatives of all the ICs in existence and which would meet once a year during Wimbledon.

Further Developments

4. A major purpose of the IC Council is to foster the formation of new ICs and thus to further the ideal of international friendship through tennis. Between 1947 and 1999 the IC Council approved the formation of a further 27 ICs, including the reformation of the IC of the Czech Republic, from every continent in the world. Between the years 2000 and 2010 a further 6 Clubs were formed



II. COLOURS AND SEAL

1. The colours of all International Clubs and of the IC Council are steel grey and pink. The number and style of pink strips against a steel background distinguishes one IC from another and are allocated to new ICs by the Executive Committee of the Council of ICs.

2. The Seal of the International Clubs was adopted in 1949. The outline of the seal is a silhouette of a tennis ball divided into four equal parts. These may be considered as North, South, East and West. In each section is placed a Latin word. These four words symbolise the ideals of international tennis. At the top is the word BENEVOLENTIA which means "Goodwill". At the bottom, the foundation of the Seal, is built the word VIRTUS. This means "Valour, Courage and Bravery". In the left side is the word AMICITIA which means "Friendship". In connection with this word is the oakleaf, which is the symbol of strength, so it can be interpreted as strong friendships which are established through tennis. On the right side is the word AEQUITAS which means "Sportsmanship". Placed next to this word is the laurel, which is the symbol of victory, to associate the ideas of victory through sportsmanship. In the centre of the Seal are placed the Eastern and Western hemispheres which are joined under International Tennis. On this are shown all the countries of the world. The tennis court, which is drawn as it is viewed by a tennis players, faces the design of two hemispheres which should be interpreted to mean that any member playing for the International Club will have, in opposition, players from all over the earth. The player, as he views the court, will see over the other side of the net, the two hemispheres which will symbolise competition in worldwide terms. The oakleaf design was made from an actual oakleaf picked from an oak tree in front of Longfellow's Wayside Inn. The laurel was made from drawings of early Roman designs.



RULES OF THE COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL LAWN TENNIS CLUBS



Name

1. The Council shall be called the Council of International Lawn Tennis Clubs ("IC Council").


Objects

2. The objects of the IC Council, acting with and through member International Clubs, shall be:

(a) To maintain, protect and foster the ideals in International Clubs throughout the world

 

(i) To promote, by social union and match-play, good fellowship among players who, as members of touring lawn tennis teams, have represented their country abroad, or who have been active in international competition in any age category

(ii) To develop, encourage and maintain the highest standard of sportsmanship and understanding amongst players of all nations, and junior players in particular
(iii) To involve professional players, who have ended their careers, in International Clubs
(iv) To assist in the welcome and hospitality of teams and players from abroad

(v) To provide members with information of clubs and lawn tennis facilities abroad.

 

(b) To encourage the formation of new International Clubs and, at the discretion of the IC Council, to approve their formation.

(c) To encourage existing International Clubs to develop and expand their activities.

President  and Vice President

3. (a)     There shall be a President elected, upon nomination of the Executive Committee, at the   Annual General Meeting of the IC Council, to serve for three years, being eligible for re-election. The President shall be ex-officio a Member of the Executive Committee and of the IC Council.
   

(b)      The Council may upon nomination of the Executive Committee at the Annual General Meeting of the IC Council, elect up to three Vice Presidents being persons who in the opinion of the Council merit election to this position by reason of services rendered to tennis and the International Clubs. Such appointment shall be for such term as the Council shall decide. A Vice President shall have no right to vote in the affairs of the Council.

No-one will be eligible for election to these positions who is not already a member of his or her own International Club.



Formation of New International Clubs

4. Applications by any country wishing to form an International Club should be made to the Executive Committee of the IC Council and be approved or otherwise by the Annual Meeting of the IC Council. Applicant countries will be required to show that:

(a) The formation of an International Club has the formal support of a significant number of the country's past and present leading international players, who shall agree to be Founder Members

(b) The Rules of the new Club are fully consistent with model rules provided by the Executive Committee of the Council

(c) The new Club will have sufficient means not only to afford its subscription to the IC Council but to participate in activities which promote the objects of International Clubs according to criteria from time to time laid down by the Executive Committee.

5. A decision on the colours of any new International Club will be made by the Executive Committee. A list of all approved International Clubs and their colours will be issued by the Executive Committee as an Appendix to these Rules.



Individual Membership of International Clubs

6. Each International Club shall consist of men and women:

(a) Ordinary (or Active) Members
(b) Young  (Associate) Members
(c) Honorary (International) Members


International Clubs may, at their discretion, have the following additional categories of individual membership:

(d) Associate (or Honorary) Members
(e) Visiting (or International Associate) Members

Ordinary (or Active) Members shall be citizens or permanent Residents of the country of each International Club and be eligible for election to membership by the International Club's Committee, or Board of Directors, provided that they have:

(a) demonstrated their interest in the Objects of the International Club

(b) have achieved a high standard of play as tennis players and have met one or more of the following criteria:

(i) represented their country in the Davis Cup or the Federation Cup

(ii) represented their country in other international competitions

(iii) won national championships in any age category

(iv) played, or been invited to play, in representative international matches approved by the International Club.

 

 

An International Club may adopt more restrictive criteria for eligibility within the above.

Young (Associate) Members shall be under 25 years (a lower limit may be set by International Clubs). Young Associate Membership terminates at the age limit, without prejudice to election as an Ordinary Member if they so apply. Young Associate members pay no subscription.

Honorary (International) Members shall not be citizens of the country of the International Club wishing to elect that person as an Honorary (International) Member. They shall be eligible for election provided that they have been members of a visiting International, University or club team, or have participated in matches of an international character or have rendered signal service to international tennis. No person shall be elected an Honorary (International) Member unless that person is a member of, and approved by, the International Club (if any) of his or her country. Honorary (International) Membership of other Clubs automatically ceases if a person resigns or is expelled from their own International Club.

Associate (or Honorary) Members shall be limited to citizens of the country of each International Club and shall not exceed thirty in number (a lower limit may be set by International Clubs) for persons who have rendered signal service in pursuit of the objects of International Clubs as defined in Rule 2.

Visiting (or International Associate) Members. An International Club may elect, as Visiting (or International Associate) Members, paying a subscription and enjoying the privileges of an Ordinary Member, members of other International Clubs who are resident in its country. The consent of that person's own International Club must be obtained if the residence is temporary, but not if it is permanent. Membership automatically ceases when residence ceases. It also automatically ceases if a person resigns or is expelled from his or her own International Club.


Other Necessary Provisions in the Rules of Individual Clubs

7. The Rules of individual International Clubs shall make proper provision, consistent with these Rules, and based on model rules given from time to time by the Executive Committee, as approved by the IC Council, with such modifications as shall be appropriate to national circumstances, for:

(a) The election of New Members
(b) The nomination, election and filling of vacancies, and powers of a Committee or Board of Directors (and, if required, a Management Committee or Executive Committee)
(c) The election of Officers
(d) Annual and Extraordinary or Special General Meetings
(e) Subscriptions
(f) Expulsions
(g) Alterations to Rules
(h) Affiliations
(i) Dissolution

  

Administration of the IC Council

8. The management of the IC Council shall be vested in an Executive Committee:

            (a) The number of representatives on the Executive Committee shall be a maximum of twelve.

 

            (b) The Executive Committee shall be appointed from the following:

(i)             Three permanent members - one nominee from each of the three oldest International Clubs, i.e. Great Britain, France and the USA. The appointment shall be automatic, although the representative who shall be appointed for four years, shall be subject to confirmation by his or her own International Club and subject to the approval of the IC Council in the Annual General Meeting.

 

(ii)         Six members from other International Clubs who may be nominated by the Executive Committee. For the purpose   of these nominations the Executive Committee will seek to achieve a degree of regional representation between   Europe, North America and the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia. The main criteria for choosing nominees will be their ability to give time to working for and contributing to the objects of International Clubs.

 

(iii)        Up to three members from any International Club who are able to give their working time and have a particular skill which in the opinion of the Executive Committee will be beneficial to the work of the Executive Committee.

 

            (c) The term of office for all members of the Executive Committee shall be up to four years. A quarter or the number nearest to a quarter of the members in groups (i) (ii) and (iii) above shall come up for re-election each year;

 

            (d)  For the purposes of achieving regular rotation the Executive Committee shall determine the order in which members of the Executive Committee should retire where they have served similar terms or were originally elected on the same date;

 

            (e) As from June 2008  no member of the Executive Committee shall be elected for more than 3 consecutive four year terms or for a period in aggregate consisting of more than 12 years but may be eligible to serve one further 4 four year term if he stands down for at least 2 years before re-election;

           

            (f) The nominees shall all be subject to election by a simple majority at the Annual Council Meeting;

 

            (g) Any nominations must be received by the Honorary Secretary of the IC Council on or before 30 April in each year;

           

            (h) The Officers of the Council (except the Honorary Auditor) and other members of the Executive Committee or Management Group shall in relation to the affairs of Executive Committee and Management Group be entitled to one vote each and decisions shall be determined by a simple majority.

9. The Executive Committee shall appoint as Officers of the Council a Chairman, Honorary Secretary, an Honorary Treasurer and an Honorary Auditor, whose appointments shall be confirmed annually by the Annual Council Meeting. The Executive Committee shall, have the power to appoint a Management Group to deal with all day to day matters in a manner consistent with the policies and budget established by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have power to create sub-committees for the better management of the Council’s affairs who shall report to the Executive Committee or the Management Group as agreed by the Executive Committee from time to time and to co-opt persons at any time to assist the Executive Committee or its sub-committees for a specific purpose and for a specific period. The Management Group shall meet from time to time as is expedient for the carrying on of the business of the Executive Committee.



Accounts, Finances and Indemnity

10. Unless otherwise decided by the IC Council at the Annual General Meeting, the financial
Year of the IC Council shall close on 31 December each year, and an annual statement of account shall be prepared and audited as soon as practicable thereafter.

11. The reporting currency of the IC Council shall be the lawful currency of the United
States of America or such other currency as the IC Council shall decide.

12. The Executive Committee shall cause true accounts of the receipts and disbursements of
cash and assets and liabilities of the IC Council to be kept at such a place decided by the Executive Committee and notified to the IC Council.

13. Subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed from time to time by the Executive
Committee as to time and method of inspection, such accounts shall be open to the inspection of International Clubs during normal business hours.

14. The Executive Committee shall at each Annual General Meeting lay before the IC
Council an audited State of Account showing:

a) A Statement of Income and Expenditure for the past year, and
b) A Balance Sheet containing a summary of the assets and liabilities of the IC Council

15. The Management Group shall be responsible for the day to day management and
disbursement of the funds of the IC Council within guidelines laid down by the IC Council.

16. The IC Council shall immediately upon notification of a claim fully indemnify and hold
harmless the Executive Committee and Officers from and against any costs, expenses, liabilities and awards arising out of any action instituted in any jurisdiction at any time against the IC Council or any of the above such persons as a direct result of the activities of such persons where the act or omission complained of was within the scope of the IC Council's responsibilities.

17. Provided however that no indemnified persons shall be able to claim the advantage of the indemnity in Rule 15 above where the causes of the action, costs, charges, losses, damages or expenses is, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, the result of the fraudulent, wilful or deliberate act or default of the indemnified persons.

 

Annual General Meetings

18. Annual General Meetings of the IC Council may be called, with 14 days notice, by the
Executive Committee and shall be held every year during The Championships, Wimbledon, at such place and date as the Executive Committee shall decide . The Annual General Meeting of the IC Council is open to a representative of each Club, to Members of the Executive Committee and the Chairmen (or their representatives) of the official competition committees of the IC competitions supervised by the IC Council. A representative of the Host International Club for the following year of any of the official IC competitions supervised by the IC Council may also attend. The quorum for an Annual General Meeting of the IC Council shall be more than one-third of the International Clubs in existence at the time. Where necessary, and unless otherwise provided in these Rules, voting at the Annual General Meeting of the IC Council will be by a simple majority of those International Clubs present and entitled to vote. In the event that a quorum is not present at the Annual General Meeting the Executive Committee and the Officers shall continue in office with full powers until the next Annual General Meeting.

 

Extraordinary General Meetings

19. Extraordinary General Meetings may be called, with 21 days notice, by the Executive
Committee or at the request of at least one-fifth of the International Clubs in existence at the time. The quorum for an Extraordinary General Meetings of the IC Council shall be more than half of the International Clubs in existence at the time. Where necessary, and unless otherwise provided in these Rules, voting at Extraordinary General Meetings of the IC Council will be by a two-thirds majority of those International Clubs present and entitled to vote.

 

Subscriptions

20. The subscription (the amount and the currency thereof) for the affiliation of International Clubs to the IC Council shall be set by the Executive Committee and approved by the IC Council at its Annual General Meeting. The subscription shall be due and payable on approval of the formation of an International Club and thereafter on 1 January each year.

 

Non-payment of Subscriptions

21. An International Club whose subscription remains unpaid for one year after the due date shall lose its right to vote in meetings of the IC Council. The matter shall then be placed on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting of the IC Council and if the subscription remains unpaid for three years after the due date, membership of the IC Council for that International Club shall, unless the Executive Committee formally recommend otherwise and the IC Council agree, automatically lapse, but without prejudice to its indebtedness.

 

International Competitions Supervised by the IC Council

22. International competitions supervised by the IC Council ("IC Competitions") shall take place in accordance with the Rules of Tennis adopted by the International Tennis Federation ("the ITF") and the relevant Codes of Conduct issued by the ITF (for veterans the Veterans Code of Conduct and for players the Grand Slam Code of Conduct), except as may be modified for any such competition by the IC Council or its Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the format and rules of all IC Competitions which shall be published together with a list of official IC Competitions as an Appendix to these Rules.

23. As a general rule, and save as expressly provided the rules of the respective IC Competitions, team members of competing International Club teams shall not be eligible to compete unless they have been elected a member of their national International Club at least prior to 1 January in the year of the IC Competition concerned.

24. The date, place, duration and entry fees of IC Competitions shall be approved at the Annual General Meeting of the IC Council in the year (and ideally earlier) preceding the competition, an application having been received by 30 April in the year preceding the competition by the Executive Committee Meeting. Having regard to the substantial running expenses of the larger IC Competitions, the IC Council will not encourage these to take place in consecutive years except in exceptional circumstances.

25. Other regular competitions between more than two International Clubs shall be governed by rules which shall have been shown to the Executive Committee of the IC Council in advance for comment. Any subsequent amendments to such rules will be forwarded to the Executive Committee for comment. The rules for these competitions are also listed in an Annex to these Rules.


Sponsorship

26. It is recognised that in order to maintain the activities of International Clubs it is necessary for financial assistance to be obtained from commercial sources but the following principles should be adhered to:

(a) Any International Club must always have complete independent control of its own affairs and in the running of any particular event

(b) A name sponsor of an IC event must include the name of the International Club


Expulsion

27. Should the conduct of an International Club, either in the opinion of the Executive Committee, or any three International Clubs, who shall certify the same to the Executive Committee, be regarded as injurious to the interests of International Clubs or incompatible with its objects, as defined in Rule 2, the Executive Committee shall have the power, after investigation and having notified the International Club concerned in writing, to recommend the expulsion of that Club from membership of the IC Council. If the IC Council at its Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting agree by ballot by a two-thirds majority of International Clubs present, the International Club concerned shall have its name erased from the list of member clubs and shall forfeit all subscription and the right to claim privileges of membership.

 

Alterations to Rules

28. Alterations and/or additions to these Rules shall only be made by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the International Clubs present and entitled to vote at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the IC Council. Any proposed alterations and/or additions to these Rules shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Committee at least 21 days before any such meeting and circulated by the Executive Committee to all International Clubs at least 14 days before any such meeting.


Dissolution

29. In the event of the dissolution of the IC Council, any relevant authorities will be informed in
writing at least one month prior to the distribution of the IC Council's assets. Dissolution is a matter for an Extraordinary General Meeting.

Approved as amended at the Council Meeting on 29 June 2008

 

Appendix I to the Rules of the Council of International Lawn Tennis Clubs:
Approved List of International Clubs, with Dates of Formation and Colours

 

Appendix I to the Rules of the Council of International Lawn Tennis Clubs:
Approved List of International Clubs, with Dates of Formation and Colours

IC of GB (1924)
IC of France (1929)
IC of USA (1931)
IC of The Netherlands (1931)
IC of The Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) (1933 reformed in 1999)
IC of Sweden (1937)
IC of Belgium (1947)
IC of Argentina (1948)
IC of Denmark (1949)
IC of South Africa (1950)
IC of India (1951)
IC of Australia (1951)
IC of New Zealand (1956)
IC of Italy (1959)
IC of Canada (1965)
IC of Germany (1967)
IC of Switzerland (1970)
IC of Spain (1973)
IC of Mexico (1974)
IC of Japan (1978)
IC of Monaco (1980)
IC of Uruguay (1981)
IC of Luxembourg (1981)
IC of Brazil (1982)
IC of Pakistan (1983)
IC of Israel (1984)
IC of The Bahamas (1988)
IC of Hungary (1995)
IC of Austria (1995)
IC of Norway (1996)
IC of Ireland (1997)
IC of Russia (1998)
IC of Barbados (2006)
IC of Bulgaria (2007)
IC of Bermuda (2008)
IC of Finland (2009)
IC of Romania (2009)
IC of Singapore (2009)
IC of Slovenia (2012)
IC of Chile (2012)

IC of Hong Kong (Suspended 2010)


Colours:

The pantone numbers for the IC Colours are pantone 190 (pink) and pantone 430 (steel grey), respectively.

There are four thicknesses of stripe for ties: very thin, thin, medium and thick. There are two types of stripe: full and dotted. The most common norm for design is stripes of the following thicknesses:
(i) Very Thin Stripe/Line 1/16th inch (one or two threads)
(ii) Thin Stripe 1/8th inch
(iii) Medium Stripe 2/8th inch
(iv) Thick Stripe 3/8th inch

There should also be 1/8th inch grey between each stripe.

Each Club has the stripe or stripes listed below:

Argentina 1 thick surrounded by 2 thin

Australia 1 thin surrounded by 2 thick

Austria 2 medium above 2 thin

The Bahamas 1 thin and 2 medium below

Barbados 7 medium stripes

Belgium 1 thick above 1 thin

Brazil 1 thin, 1 thick, 1 thin, 1 thick

Bulgaria 1 thick surrounded by one medium surrounded by 1 thick surrounded by 1 medium

Canada 1 thick with 2 thin below

Chile A thick stripe followed by a thin stripe and a medium stripe

The Czech Republic 1 thin surrounded by 2 medium surrounded by 2 thin

Denmark 1 medium, with 1 line above and 2 lines below

Finland 1 medium stripe and 1 thin stripe above

France 2 medium

Germany 2 lines surrounded by 2 medium
Great Britain 1 medium

Hungary 1 medium below 1 dotted

India 1 medium surrounded by 1 thin above and 1 thick below

Ireland 1 medium surrounded by 2 dotted

Israel 1 thin surrounded by 2 medium surrounded by 2 thick

Italy 2 thick surrounded by 2 lines

Japan 1 thick surrounded by 2 thin surrounded by 2 thick

Luxembourg 1 thick surrounded by 2 medium surrounded by 2 thin

Mexico 5 medium

Monaco 2 thick surrounded by 4 lines

The Netherlands 3 lines surrounded by 2 medium

New Zealand 4 medium

Norway 2 thin surrounded by 2 thick

Pakistan 4 lines surrounded by 2 medium

Romania 1 medium stripe with two thin stripes above and one thick stripe below (thin 1.5mm, medium 3.00mm, thick 5.00mm)

Russia 1 thin dotted surrounded by 2 thick

Singapore  Three thick with 2 thin in between

Slovenia Medium stripe followed by a thick, a thin and a medium stripe

South Africa 1 thick surrounded by 4 lines

Spain 1 line surrounded by 2 thick
Sweden 1 thick surrounded by 6 lines

Switzerland 2 lines surrounded by 2 thin surrounded by 2 lines

Uruguay 4 lines
USA 3 medium

Approved at the Council Meeting on 4 July 2000

Appendix II to the Rules of the Council of International Lawn Tennis Clubs:

International Competitions Supervised by the IC Council

1. The following IC competitions are supervised by the IC Council:

(a) IC Week Competitions:

The Windmill Trophy and the Christiane Mercelis together constitute an event known as an IC Week. A maximum of two International Clubs may combine to form a team. An IC Week is played no more than once a year (and usually less frequently) under the auspices of a host International Club agreed by the IC Council and at a venue and on a date agreed by the IC Council.

(i) Windmill Trophy (and Orsini Trophy)

The Windmill Trophy was presented by the IC of The Netherlands in 1948 and is an official Men's team competition of the IC Council. It is a knock-out competition for four players, two of whom must be over 45 and two under 45, playing matches consisting of two singles and one doubles in each age category. The Orsini Trophy was presented by the IC of Italy in 1974 and is a plate event organised for the Men's teams that lose in the first, and possibly second, round of the Windmill Trophy.

(ii) Christiane Mercelis Trophy (and Winnie Wooldridge Trophy)

The Christiane Mercelis Trophy was presented by the IC of Belgium in1997 and held as an unofficial competition during the 1997 IC Week. It became an official Ladies team competition of the IC Council at the IC Week in 1999. Teams consist of two players, one under 40 and one over 40, playing matches consisting of two singles and one doubles. The Winnie Wooldridge Trophy, presented by the IC of GB at their IC Week in 1999, is a plate event for teams that lose in the first, and possibly second, round of the Christiane Mercelis Trophy.

(b) Potter Cup

The Potter Cup was presented by Mr John Potter in 1963 and is an official Men's team competition of the IC Council. It is a knock-out competition hosted by the IC of Spain (with the support of the Catalan Tennis Federation) and played every year at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona during the first week of the French Open at Roland Garros. Teams comprise players over the age of 45 playing matches of 5 singles and 2 doubles in each round. There is a plate event for teams losing in the first round. A maximum of three International Clubs may combine to form a team. The Potter Cup is part of the International Tennis Federation's Veterans Circuit.

(c) Columbus Trophy

The Columbus Trophy was presented by the IC Mexico in 1992 and is an official Men's team competition of the IC Council. It is a knock-out competition for four players, two of whom must be over 55 and two over 65, playing matches of 2 singles and 1 doubles for each age category. The competition is played no more than once a year (and usually less frequently), under the auspices of a host International Club agreed by the IC Council and at a venue and on a date agreed by the IC Council. No International Club can enter more than one team. Two International Clubs may combine to form a team.

2. The Rules for the above IC competitions are as follows:-


(a) IC WEEK RULES

IC WEEKS

1. TITLE:

An IC Week shall be played no more than once a year under the auspices
of a host International Club ("the Host IC") agreed by the Council of
International Lawn Tennis Clubs ("the Council") during such a period and
at such a place as shall be agreed by the Council. Having regard to the
substantial expenses of running an IC Week, the Council will not
encourage IC Weeks to take place in consecutive years except in
exceptional circumstances.

2. COMPETITIONS:

During an IC Week, the Host IC will stage a Mens team competition and a Ladies team competition, the Windmill and Christiane Mercelis Trophies, respectively.

3. THE WINDMILL TROPHY:

1. The Windmill Trophy, presented by the IC of The Netherlands in
1948, is the official Men's team competition of the Council held during
an IC Week. It is a knock-out competition for four playing members, two
of whom must be veterans who have reached the age of 45 during the
calendar year of the competition, and two players under 45. Teams may
have a non-playing Captain, or one of the players may act as a Captain.
No IC can enter more than one team. Two ICs may combine to form a team, providing that each IC is represented by at least two playing team
members.

2. The Orsini Trophy, presented by the IC of Italy in 1974, is a
consolation event organised for the Mens teams that lose in the first
and possibly second rounds of the Windmill Trophy.

3. The precise requirements for team composition and format are
contained later in these Rules.

4. THE CHRISTIANE MERCELIS TROPHY:

The Christiane Mercelis Trophy, presented by the IC of Belgium in 1997,
is the official Ladies team competition of the Council held during an
IC Week. It is a knock-out competition for two players, one veteran who
has reached the age of 40 during the calendar year of the competition,
and one player under 40. Teams may have a non-playing captain, or one
of the playing members may act as a captain. Two ICs may combine to
form a team. There is a consolation event organised for Ladies teams
that lose in the first and possibly second rounds of the Christiane
Mercelis Trophy. The precise requirements for team composition and
format are contained later in these Rules.

5. RULES TO BE OBSERVED:

IC Week competitions shall take place in accordance with the Rules of
Tennis adopted by the International Tennis Federation ("the ITF") and
the relevant Codes of Conduct issued by the ITF (for veterans the
Veterans Code of Conduct and for players the Grand Slam Code of
Conduct), except as may be modified by the IC Council or its Executive
Committee.

6. FORMATS:

1. The Windmill and Christiane Mercelis Trophies shall be competed for
by individual teams representing ICs. Two ICs may combine as a team; in
the case of the Windmill Trophy an IC must be represented by at least
two playing team members.

2. The competitions shall adopt a knock-out principle with a
consolation event being organised for the teams losing in the first and
possibly second rounds depending on the number of entries.

3. A qualifying competition may also be held for either competition,
at the discretion of the Host IC, if the number of entries exceeds
sixteen.

4. No IC may enter more than one team for each competition.

5. Unless otherwise approved by the Council, for the Windmill Trophy
each tie shall consist of two players singles and one players doubles,
and two veterans singles and one veterans doubles; and for the
Christiane Mercelis Trophy each tie shall consist of one players singles
and one veterans singles and a doubles in which a player partners a
veteran.

II. MANAGEMENT

7. CONTROL OF IC WEEK COMPETITIONS:

1. The competitions shall be managed by a committee appointed by the
Host IC ("the Organising Committee"). A representative of the Host IC
shall be Chairman of the Organising Committee and shall attend Council
Meetings before and after the event to report thereon and to obtain
advice and directions.

2. There shall also be a representative of the Council on the
Organising Committee ("the Council's Representative") who shall be kept
informed of and consulted about the organisation of the IC Week.

3. The Organising Committee shall appoint a Referee.

4. The Chairman of the Organising Committee shall coordinate the Host
IC's work, enforce its decisions and supervise the organisation of the
IC Week and its competitions in accordance with these Rules and with any
other rules and guidance laid down by the Council.

5. The Organising Committee shall keep the Council, the ITF Veterans
Committee and the Host IC's National Tennis Federation informed of the
arrangements for an IC Week.

III. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COMPETITIONS

8. FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP:

1. The Host IC shall meet all the costs relating to the staging of the
IC Week with the exception of team travelling expenses and such
accommodation expenses as the Organising Committee shall notify to other ICs in advance. In the interests of reducing the Host IC's expenses
teams should, for the Windmill Trophy, be no larger than 6 in number,
excluding a non-playing captain. The Host IC may limit the number for
whom they pay to a lesser number; the recommended number for whom the Host IC should pay is four playing team members and a non-playing
captain. For the Christiane Mercelis Trophy teams should be no larger
than 5, including a non-playing captain, but Host ICs may limit the
number for whom they pay to a lesser number; the recommended number for whom the Host IC should pay is two playing team members and a
non-playing captain.

2. The Host IC may appoint sponsors to the IC Week under terms and
conditions laid down from time to time by the Council.

3. If the funds available so permit, the Host IC may contribute
towards team expenses provided there is no preferential treatment
between teams and team members.

9. PRIZE MONEY AND EXPENSES:

1. No prize money shall be awarded.

2. Whilst ICs may defray the actual expenses of their team members in
participating in an IC Week in accordance with Rule 8 above, they may
not pay inflated expenses or offer any financial inducement.

10. REPORT:

Within one month of the completion of the IC Week the Organising
Committee shall send to the Council, to the ITF and to the Host IC's
National Tennis Federation a completed programme with detailed results
together with general comments and observations.

IV. ENTRIES

11. ELIGIBILITY:

1. The competitions shall be open to one team from every IC affiliated
to the Council.

2. A maximum of two ICs may combine forces to make a team in order to participate in the competitions.

3. Save as expressly provided for in this paragraph a team member
shall not be eligible to compete unless he or she has been elected a
member of his or her national IC at least prior to 1 January in the year
of the IC Week. If some team members have been elected full ordinary or
young associate members after 1 January in the year of the IC Week, they will be
eligible to play in the competitions if their captain can show that the
newly elected member has prior to the IC Week represented his or her
country in one of the following competitions such as: The Davis Cup, The
Federation Cup, The European Cup; any international team competitions
recognised by the ITF; other IC team events recognised by two or more
ICs; and such other international competitions as the Executive
Committee of the Council shall from time to time approve. Team members
may represent their IC if they are under the age of 18 provided they are
young associate members or full members of their national IC prior to 1
January in the year of the IC Week.

4. Veteran men competing in the Windmill Trophy must have reached the age of 45 during the calendar year in which the competition is held;
veteran ladies competing in the Christiane Mercelis Trophy must have
reached the age of 40 during the calendar year in which the competition
is held.

12. ENTRIES:

1. Details of the arrangements of an IC Week once approved in
principle by the Council must be sent to each IC at least four months
before the date of the IC Week.

2. Entries must be accepted and sent to whomever the Host IC appoints
three months prior to the start of the IC Week together with the entry
fee or fees (if an IC enters both competitions) in such amounts as shall
have been approved by the Council or if the Council has delegated the
matter to the Organising Committee as shall have been approved by the
Organising Committee. The entry fee or fees will be forfeitable in the
event that an IC withdraws its entry or entries.

V. TEAMS AND NOMINATIONS

13. COMPOSITION OF TEAMS:

1. Each team for the Windmill Trophy shall consist of a maximum of six
men of whom at least three shall be veterans and a non-playing captain.
If the captain is a playing member of the team, the maximum number in
the team shall be six.

2. Each team for the Christiane Mercelis Trophy shall consist of a
maximum of four women of whom at least two must be veterans and a
non-playing captain. If the captain is a playing member of the team,
the maximum number in the team shall be four.

3. Details of the teams in order of merit in each of the two
respective categories (player and veteran) must be received by the Host
IC not later than the date specified in the details of the arrangements
sent out by the Host IC.

4. Such a list may be confirmed and/or amended by the Organising
Committee at a meeting which shall at the latest take place in the week
before the IC Week. The captain of a team may be asked to certify the
order of merit and give information regarding the eligibility of team
members pursuant to Rule 11. The team shall then become final and no
change shall be made thereafter to either the composition or the order
of merit throughout the competitions except with the permission of the
Organising Committee.

14. DRAWING AND SEEDING:

1. The Referee appointed by the Host IC will decide the seeding after
consultation with the Chairman of the Organising Committee and the
Council Representative.

2. The draw will be made by at least two members of the Organising
Committee in the presence of the Referee. If possible the Council
Representative on the Organising Committee should also be present.

15. NOMINATION OF PLAYERS:

1. At the time of the draw, the Captain shall nominate the singles
players who will take part in the first round match. Such nominations
must follow the order of merit established pursuant to Rule 13.

2. However, if the No 1 player or No 1 veteran is not selected, the No
2 in each case shall take his or her place for the round and, in the
case of the Windmill Trophy, the No 3 player will move up into the No 2
position.

3. The same procedure shall apply prior to any subsequent round and
the Captains must notify the Referee of their nominations at least one
hour before the round is scheduled to begin.

4. If the No 1 player or No1 veteran is thereafter selected, he or she
shall resume the No 1 position in each case. Should a player or a
veteran withdraw in any given round due to injury or unavailability, he
or she shall be replaced respectively by the player or veteran holding
the next position in the order of merit and other team members will move
up the order by one position accordingly.

5. The captains must give the names of their double pairings to the
Referee either one hour after the last singles is over or 30 minutes
before the doubles is scheduled to begin, whichever is the shortest
period.

16. LAST MINUTE REPLACEMENTS:

1. In the event that at the time of the draw any IC having entered the
competitions has less than the minimum required team members for a
competition due to injury or last minute withdrawal of one or more of
its members, the Referee shall have the power to appoint replacements
chosen from members of the Host IC or with the consent of the captain
concerned among those members of other teams who have not played in the competitions.

2. Should a team be reduced to below the minimum number of players
required due to injury or forced withdrawal after a competition begins,
but before any of the matches in a round begin, the Referee shall have
the power to appoint replacements chosen from members of the Host IC or
with the consent of the captain concerned among those members of other
teams who have not played in the competitions.

3. Such replacements will no longer be eligible to play for their own
IC team nor in any further IC team.

VI. CONDUCT OF THE COMPETITIONS

17. FACILITIES:

The Host IC shall provide sufficient court facilities for the competitions to be completed between four and seven days, depending on the number of entries, and shall see to it that a sufficient number of new balls are provided for each match except for the consolation events.

18. ORDER OF PLAY:

1. Unless the Chairman of the Organising Committee, the Council
Representative and the Referee decide otherwise, singles in each round
shall be played in the morning, beginning with veterans, and followed by
players.

2. Doubles should be played in the afternoon, after the singles, and
must take place whatever the outcome of the singles.

19. THE SCORING SYSTEM:

The tie-break scoring system shall operate when the score reaches six
games all in any set. For veterans there shall be a ten minutes rest
after the second set in singles and doubles events in accordance with
the ITF Rules for Veterans team competitions unless the captains
concerned and the Referee agree otherwise.

20. PLAY-OFFS:

In the Windmill Trophy (or its consolation event, the Orsini Trophy) in
the event of a tie being equal on matches, sets and games, the tie shall
be decided by a play-off doubles match comprising the best of three
tie-breaks only, the doubles teams being composed of at least one veteran selected at the discretion of the respective team captains.

21. TROPHIES:

1. The Windmill and Christiane Mercelis Trophies shall be presented on
each occasion to the winning teams. The winning ICs will have the
respective Trophies inscribed at their own expense and will see to it
that the respective Trophies are returned to the Council of
International Clubs in London as soon as possible after their
inscription.

2. The Orsini and Winnie Wooldridge Trophies shall be presented on each occasion to the team winning the Mens and Womens consolation events, respectively. They shall be returned to the Council of International Clubs immediately after the presentation.

3. Souvenir prizes shall be presented by the Host IC to the members of
the winning teams and the runners-up in the Windmill and Christiane
Mercelis Trophies.

4. Souvenir prizes to others participating shall be at the discretion
of the Host IC.

VII. MISCELLANEOUS

Any matter not covered specifically by these Rules shall be decided upon
by the Host IC and where applicable in accordance with Rule I.5 and any
other standing rules or regulations from time to time issued by the
Executive Committee of the Council.


(b) POTTER CUP RULES

I. THE COMPETITION


1. TITLE

The Potter Cup, named after its donor and first organiser Mr. John Potter, is the official team competition of the Council of International Lawn Tennis Clubs open to members of national International Clubs having reached the age of 45 years during the year the competition takes place. It is part of the International Tennis Federation Veterans Circuit.

2. DATE AND VENUE

The competition shall be played each year, under the auspices of the International Club of Spain (the "Host IC") and the Tennis Federation of Catalonia at the Real-Club de Polo of Barcelona (the "Host Club") during the first week of the French Open at Roland-Garros.

3. RULES TO BE OBSERVED

The competition shall take place in accordance with the rules of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the rules of tennis adopted by the ITF and the Code of Conduct for the Veterans team competitions.

4. FORMAT

1. The competition shall be played by one team for each IC or combined ICs on a knock-out principle with a Consolation event being organised for teams losing in the first and possibly second rounds depending on the number of entries.

2. However, should such entries not exceed four, it may be played on a round robin principle in which case, in the event of a draw, the number of sets and/or the number of games won shall determine the winning team.

3. A qualifying competition may also be held if the number of entries exceed 12.

4. Each tie shall consist of five singles and two doubles.

II. MANAGEMENT

5. CONTROL OF THE COMPETITION

1. The competition shall be managed by a Committee consisting of one representative of each of the competition's founder clubs (ICs of Great Britain, France, United States of America and Spain), from whom the Chairman shall be elected, one representative of the IC of Italy, the Chairman of the Tennis Federation of Catalonia and the Chairman of the Real Club de Polo Barcelona. The Secretaries of the IC of Spain and of the Tennis Federation of Catalonia shall act as joint Secretaries, and the Director of the Potter Cup (the "Director") and the Referee shall also attend the meetings.

2. The Director, appointed by the Committee, shall coordinate its work, enforce its decisions and supervise the organisation of the competition.

3. The Committee shall keep the IC Council, the ITF Veteran's Committee and the ETF Veteran's Committee informed of the arrangements for the competition.

III. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COMPETITION

6. FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP

1. The Host IC and the Host Club shall meet all the costs relative to staging the competition with the exception of the expenses of each team but may appoint sponsors under the terms and conditions laid down by the Council.

2. However, if the funds available so permit, the Host IC may contribute towards such expenses provided there be no preferential treatment.

7. PRIZE MONEY

No prize money shall be awarded.

8. REPORT

Within one month of the completion of the competition, the Committee shall send to the Council, to the ITF and to the ETF a completed programme with detailed results together with general comments.

IV. ENTRIES

9. ELIGIBILITY

1. The competition shall be open to one team of every IC affiliated to the Council. However, a maximum of three ICs may combine forces to make a team in order to participate in any one event.

2. A player shall not be eligible to compete unless he has reached the minimum age of the competition and unless he has been elected a member of his national IC at least prior to January 1 of the year of the event.

3. However, any IC may include foreign nationals in its team provided they are either honorary (international) members of the said IC or full members of their own IC and have been so elected prior to January 1 of the year of the event. Yet no such foreign nationals may play for more than one national IC team during any one competition, subject to Rule 14.

10. ENTRIES

Entries are to be sent to the Honorary Secretary of the Host IC prior to March 15 of the year of the competition together with the entry fee of US $400 or any other amount decided by the Committee.

V. TEAMS AND NOMINATIONS

11. COMPOSITION OF TEAMS

1. The composition of each team by order of merit consisting of a maximum of ten including a Captain must be received by the Host IC and by the Director than April 15 of the year of the competition.

2. Such list shall be confirmed and/or amended by the Saturday preceding the week of the competition at the latest. It shall then become final and no change may be made thereafter to either the composition or the order of merit during the whole competition except with the permission of the Committee.

12. SEEDING AND DRAW

1. The seeding shall be decided by the Committee at the meeting which takes place a month before the competition in accordance with the Rules of the ITF Veterans Committee for team competitions (i.e. one seed for every four entries).

2. The draw will be made by the Director, in the presence of the Referee in the afternoon preceding the first day of the event. All teams and their captains shall be invited to attend.

13. NOMINATION OF INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS

1. At the time of the draw, the captains shall nominate the five singles players who will take part in the first round match. Such nominations must follow the order of merit established pursuant to Rule 11 above.

2. However, if the Number 1 player is not selected, the Number 2 player shall take his place for the round and the Number 3 player shall move into the second position and so on until the five positions are filled.

3. The same procedure shall apply prior to any subsequent round and the captains will notify their nominations to the Director and the Referee at least one hour before the round is scheduled to begin. If the Number 1 is thereafter selected, he shall reassume the Number 1 position. Should any player withdraw in any given round due to injury or unavailability, he shall be replaced by the player holding the next position in the order of merit and the other players shall move up by one position accordingly.

14. LAST MINUTE REPLACEMENTS

1. In the event that, at the time of the draw, any IC having entered the competition has less than five players due to injury or last minute withdrawal of one or more of its members, the Director shall have the power to appoint replacements chosen among members of the Host IC or, with the consent of the Captain concerned, among those players of other teams provided they have not played or do not play in their own during the competition.

2. The captains must give the names of their doubles pairings to the Director and to the Referee either one hour after the last single is over or 30 minutes before the doubles begin, whichever is the shortest.

3. In accordance with the ITF Rules for team competitions, there shall be no restriction in the composition of the double teams provided that each player has been nominated on the 1ist pursuant to Rule 11.

VI. CONDUCT OF THE COMPETITION

15. FACILITIES

The Host IC and the Host Club shall provide sufficient court facilities for the competition to be completed within 3-4 days and shall see to it that a sufficient number of new balls are provided for each match except for the consolation event.

16. ORDER OF PLAY

Unless the Director and the Referee decide otherwise

- singles in each round shall be played in the morning, beginning with the Number 3, 4, and 5 players, followed by the Number 1 and 2 players. All five competitors must be present first round of matches starts.
- doubles shall be played in the afternoon and must take place whatever the outcome of the singles. However, if a team has won the tie after the singles, the captains, with the approval of the Director, may agree to play such doubles in two sets with the first game of the third set played as a tie-break where necessary.

17. THE SCORING SYSTEM

The tie-break scoring system shall operate when the score reaches six games all in any set and there shall be a ten minute rest after the second set in the singles and doubles events unless the captains concerned agree otherwise.

VII. TROPHY

18. The Potter Cup shall be presented annually to the winning team which will have it inscribed at its own expense and which will see to it that the Cup is returned to the Host IC at the beginning of the following competition.

19. In addition, souvenir prizes shall be presented by the Host IC to the members of the winning team and to the runners up.


VIII: MISCELLANEOUS

20. Any matter not covered specifically by these Regulations shall be decided upon by the Committee pursuant to Rule 1.3 hereabove.



(c) THE COLUMBUS TROPHY RULES

I. THE COMPETITION


1. TITLE:

The Columbus Trophy, presented by the IC of Mexico in 1992, is an
official Veterans Mens team competition of the Council of International
Lawn Tennis Clubs ("the Council"). It is a knock-out competition for
four playing members, two of whom must be veterans who have reached the age of 55 during the calendar year of the competition, and two of whom must be veterans who have reached the age of 65 during the calendar year in which the competition is held. Teams may have a non-playing captain, or one of the players may act as a captain. No International Club (IC) can enter more than one team. Two ICs may combine to form a team. There is a consolation event organised for the teams that lose in the first and possibly second rounds of the competition. The precise requirements for team composition and format are contained later in these Rules.

2. DATE AND VENUES:

The competition shall be played no more than once a year under the
auspices of a host International Club ("the Host IC") agreed by the
Council and during such a period and at such a place as shall be agreed
by the Council. Having regard to the substantial expenses of running a
Columbus Trophy competition, the Council will not encourage the
competition to take place in consecutive years except in exceptional
circumstances.

3. RULES TO BE OBSERVED:

The competition shall take place in accordance with the Rules of Tennis
adopted by the International Tennis Federation ("the ITF") and the
relevant Veterans Code of Conduct issued by the ITF, except as may be
modified by the IC Council or its Executive Committee.

4. FORMAT:

1. The competition shall be competed for by individual teams
representing ICs. Two ICs may combine as a team provided that each
IC is represented by at least two playing team members.

2. The competition shall adopt a knock-out principle with a
consolation event being organised for the teams losing in the first and
possibly second rounds depending on the number of entries.
3. A qualifying competition may also be held, at the discretion of the
Host IC, if the number of entries exceeds sixteen.

4. No IC may enter more than one team.

5. Unless otherwise approved by the Council, each tie shall consist
of two 55 and over singles and one 55 and over doubles, and two 65 and
over singles and one 65 and over doubles.

II. MANAGEMENT

5. CONTROL OF THE COMPETITION

1. The competition shall be managed by a committee appointed by the
Host IC ("the Organising Committee"). A representative of the Host IC
shall be Chairman of the Organising Committee and shall attend Council
Meetings before and after the event to report thereon and to obtain
advice and directions.

2. There shall also be a representative of the Council on the
Organising Committee ("the Council's Representative") who shall be kept
informed of and consulted about the organisation of the competition.

3. The Organising Committee shall appoint a Referee.

4. The Chairman of the Organising Committee shall coordinate the Host
IC's work, enforce its decisions and supervise the organisation of the
competition in accordance with these Rules and with any other rules and
guidance laid down by the Council.

5. The Organising Committee shall keep the Council, the ITF Veterans
Committee and the Host IC's National Tennis Federation informed of the
arrangements for the competition.

III. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COMPETITION

6. FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP:

1. The Host IC shall meet all the costs relating to the staging of the
competition with the exception of team travelling expenses and such
accommodation expenses as the Organising Committee shall notify to other ICs in advance. In the interests of reducing the Host IC's expenses
teams should be no larger than 6 in number, excluding a non-playing
captain. The Host IC may limit the number for whom they pay to a lesser
number; the recommended number for whom the Host IC should pay is four playing team members and a non-playing captain.
2. The Host IC may appoint sponsors to the competition under terms and conditions laid down from time to time by the Council.

3. If the funds available so permit, the Host IC may contribute
towards team expenses provided there is no preferential treatment
between teams and team members.

7. PRIZE MONEY AND EXPENSES:

1. No prize money shall be awarded.

2. Whilst ICs may defray the actual expenses of their team members in
participating in the competition in accordance with Rule 6 above, they
may not pay inflated expenses or offer any financial inducement.

8. REPORT:

Within one month of the completion of the competition the Organising
Committee shall send to the Council, to the ITF and to the Host IC's
National Tennis Federation a completed programme with detailed results
together with general comments and observations.

IV. ENTRIES

9. ELIGIBILITY:

1. The competition shall be open to one team from every IC affiliated
to the Council.

2. A maximum of two ICs may combine forces to make a team in order to participate in the competition.

3. Save as expressly provided for in this paragraph a team member
shall not be eligible to compete unless he has been elected a member of
his national IC at least prior to 1 January in the year of the
competition. If some team members have been elected full ordinary
member after 1 January in the year of the competition, they will be eligible
to play in the competition if their captain can show that the newly
elected member has prior to the competition represented his country in
one of the following competitions such as: The Davis Cup, The European
Cup; any international team competitions recognised by the ITF; other
International Club team events recognised by two or more ICs; and such
other international competitions as the Executive Committee of the
Council shall from time to time approve.

4. Veterans competing in the competition must have reached the age of
55 and 65, the two respective age categories, during the calendar year
in which the competition is held.

10. ENTRIES:

1. Details of the arrangements of the competition once approved in
principle by the Council must be sent to each IC at least four months
before the date of the competition.

2. Entries must be accepted and sent to whomever the Host IC appoints
three months prior to the start of the competition together with the
entry fee in such amount as shall have been approved by the Council or
if the Council has delegated the matter to the Organising Committee as
shall have been approved by the Organising Committee. The entry fee
will be forfeitable in the event that an IC withdraws its entry.

V. TEAMS AND NOMINATIONS

11. COMPOSITION OF TEAMS:

1. Each team for the competition shall consist of a maximum of six
veteran men of whom at least three shall be in the older of the two age
categories and a non-playing captain. If the captain is a playing
member of the team, the maximum number in the team shall be six.

2. Details of the teams in order of merit in each of the two
respective age categories must be received by the Host IC not later
than the date specified in the details of the arrangements sent out by
the Host IC.

3. Such a list may be confirmed and/or amended by the Organising
Committee at a meeting which shall at the latest take place in the week
before the competition. The captain of a team may be asked to certify
the order of merit and give information regarding the eligibility of
team members pursuant to Rule 9. The team shall then become final and
no change shall be made thereafter to either the composition or the
order of merit throughout the competitions except with the permission of
the Organising Committee.

12. DRAWING AND SEEDING:

1. The Referee appointed by the Host IC will decide the seeding after
consultation with the Chairman of the Organising Committee and the
Council Representative.

2. The draw will be made by at least two members of the Organising
Committee in the presence of the Referee. If possible the Council
Representative on the Organising Committee should also be present.

13. NOMINATION OF PLAYERS:

1. At the time of the draw, the Captain shall nominate the singles
players who will take part in the first round match. Such nominations
must follow the order of merit established pursuant to Rule 11.

2. However, if the No 1 veteran in either age category is not
selected, the No 2 in each case shall take his place for the round and
the No 3 player will move in the No 2 position.

3. The same procedure shall apply prior to any subsequent round and
the Captains must notify the Referee of their nominations at least one
hour before the round is scheduled to begin.

4. If the No 1 veteran in either age category is thereafter selected,
he shall resume the No 1 position in each case. Should a veteran
withdraw in any given round due to injury or unavailability, he shall be
replaced respectively by the veteran holding the next position in the
order of merit and other team members will move up the order by one
position accordingly.

5. The captains must give the names of their double pairings to the
Referee either one hour after the last singles is over or 30 minutes
before the doubles is scheduled to begin, whichever is the shortest
period.

14. LAST MINUTE REPLACEMENTS:

1. In the event that at the time of the draw any IC having entered the
competition has less than the minimum required team members for the
competition due to injury or last minute withdrawal of one or more of
its members, the Referee shall have the power to appoint replacements
chosen from members of the Host IC or with the consent of the captain
concerned among those members of other teams who have not played in the competition.

2. Should a team be reduced to below the minimum number of players
required due to injury or forced withdrawal after the competition
begins, but before any of the matches in a round begin, the Referee
shall have the power to appoint replacements chosen from members of the
Host IC or with the consent of the captain concerned among those members of other teams who have not played in the competition.

3. Such replacements will no longer be eligible to play for their own
IC team nor in any further IC team.

VI. CONDUCT OF THE COMPETITION

15. FACILITIES:

The Host IC shall provide sufficient court facilities for the
Competition to be completed between four and seven days depending on the number of entries and shall see to it that a sufficient number of new
balls are provided for each match except for the consolation event.

16. ORDER OF PLAY:

Unless the Chairman of the Organising Committee, the Council
Representative and the Referee decide otherwise, singles in each round
shall be played in the morning, beginning with the 65 and over category,
and followed by the 55 and over category.

Doubles should be played in the afternoon, after the singles, and must
take place whatever the outcome of the singles.

17. THE SCORING SYSTEM:

The tie-break scoring system shall operate when the score reaches six
games all in any set. There shall be a rest of ten minutes after the
second set in the singles and the doubles events in accordance with the
ITF Rules for Veterans team competitions unless the captains concerned
and the Referee agree otherwise.

18. PLAY-OFFS:

In the event of a tie being equal on matches, sets and games, the tie
shall be decided by a play-off doubles match comprising the best of
three tie-breaks only, the doubles teams being composed of one veteran
from each age category selected at the discretion of the respective team
captains.

19. TROPHY:

1. The Columbus Trophy shall be presented on each occasion to the
winning team. The winning IC will have the Trophy inscribed at its own
expense and will see to it that the Trophy is returned to the Council of
International Clubs in London as soon as possible after inscription.

2. Any trophy which might be presented to the team winning the
consolation event will be treated in the same manner.

3. Souvenir prizes shall be presented by the Host IC to the members of
the winning teams and the runners-up. Souvenir prizes to others
participating shall be at the discretion of the Host IC.

VII. MISCELLANEOUS

Any matter not covered specifically by these Rules shall be decided upon
by the Host IC and where applicable in accordance with Rule I.3 and any
other standing rules or regulations from time to time issued by the
Executive Committee of the Council.


Approved at the Council Meeting on 4 July 2000