Published 08/09/2017 at 14:55:04 by Brian Nicholson.

Hi all
I have attached below, a copy of the inside front cover of the new Handbook to draw your attention to the major changes for the coming season. You will see these once you get your
copy of the handbook from your team captain.

This season we have a change to the League's divisional format, following the team applications.  In order to maintain the strength and integrity of each division, the Committee
has decided to limit the number of teams in the Premier division this season to 6, with each team playing the others four times.  The other 60 teams, two more than last year, will be
divided into divisions of 10 teams, with each playing the others twice. For the purposes of the Top 8 Competitions, this means that to qualify, the Premier players they will need to
have competed in at least 10 matches and Divisions 1-6 players will need to have played in at least 9 matches.
As a result, the Handbook this year includes 2 different match schedules, so please make sure that you look at the correct one. The Premier is on Page 19 and the other Divisions
on Page 21. You should also note that the Challenge Cup will revert back to commencing at the beginning of January with the Group A matches starting the week of the
8 January 2018. There will therefore be a three-week Christmas break.
We welcome several new teams to the league, including the first for many years from Stony Stratford Tennis Club.  We hope that they enjoy the experience.
There were a number of amendments to the Rules agreed at the last AGM on the 27th April 2017 which have been included in this handbook and highlighted in BOLD. All
players should read these and be aware of the effect of them. Where both teams in a match only have two players, then there is only a maximum of five points to be played for.
Please also note the request, confirmed at the League AGM, that the home captain at each match should ensure that the current season’s handbook is available for consultation,
if necessary.

The league provides several handbooks for each team, but for some reason it has become clear that these are not all distributed.  Could Club Secretaries please hand them all out.
Following last season’s vote among the league players, the League now has only one website, namely mkttl.co.uk, the site created by Chris Welch.  It is hoped that it will be possible
to add match commentaries to the site, and these should be emailed to Brian Nicholson, the League’s Fixtures Secretary.
There remain some vacancies on the Committee. If anyone is interested in knowing more about this, please contact one of the Committee Members.
On behalf of the committee, I hope that everyone has an enjoyable season.
Mike Howard
MKTTL chairman