These Scotch Double Guidelines are consistent nationwide and are designed to produce fun, fair, and challenging league night play for all UPA members. The UPA does not recognize, nor allow, variation(s), documents or local bylaw(s) of any kind.
2.0 League & Member Dues
Prior to participating in Scotch Doubles and/or being added to any roster, players must:
- Be actively participating in a UPA Team or Singles division.
- Current with all Membership Dues
2.2 Membership Renewals
Annual Membership Dues are required upon receipt of renewal notification. Players are not permitted to participate beyond membership period without Renewal.
2.3 Nightly Dues
Players are responsible for payment of Membership and Nightly Dues.
- Dues required for Forfeited matches (both teams).
NOTE: There are no Nightly Dues, nor points granted, for players on a “Bye” week.
3.0 Team Responsibilities
Players are responsible for all general communication (dues owed, scheduling, etc.) as well as ensuring that league night paperwork and Nightly Dues are properly submitted (see 6.0, League Paperwork).
Nightly Dues are to be paid each league night, if not:
- Bonus Point deduction = 4 points (see 5.0, Bonus Points).
- Players must pay, in full, on their next scheduled night of play or will not be permitted to participate in any UPA league nationwide.
4.0 League Night
Due to the nature and format of Scotch Double team play, scoring games is not required.
4.2 Speed Limits
For standard divisions, Team Speeds may not exceed thirteen (13) at the beginning of a session and may not exceed fifteen (15) anytime thereafter. A two (2) Speed grace is allotted, per team, only after the session has begun. Any team that exceeds the fifteen (15) Speed limit must replace a player in order to meet the original Speed requirement or forfeit the match.
The Team Speed total is divided by 2 (odd numbers round up). Teams compete using the standard UPA Race Grid and Point Split system.
4.4 Point Splits
The team with the collective lowest Speed has an opportunity to “steal points” even if the match is lost. If the team, with the lower Speed, wins half their needed games they steal three (3) points from the team that won making it a 3-7 split, respectively.
- The team with the higher Speed can never “steal points”
- Point Splits never occur for teams with equal Speeds/Races
4.5 Player Rotation
Player rotation must be maintained throughout each game and into the break of the next game. The non-breaking team can start each game with either player. Failure to stay in rotation results in a ball in Hand Foul.
Teammates can talk to each other throughout the game, during their inning, as long as they stay within the general 1 Minute Per Shot Clock Rule.
4.7 Make-up Matches
When a League Operator (LO) determines that a Make-up Match is appropriate, the completed Match card must be submitted to UPA Corporate within fifteen (15) days of the original match date or shall be forfeited. The team requesting the Make-up Match shall incur a Bonus Point deduction for not playing the originally scheduled match (see 5.0, Bonus Points).
4.8 Forfeited Match Points
- All forfeited matches grant the opposing team ten (10) points
- Nightly Dues are still required for all forfeited matches
5.0 Bonus Points
Teams have an opportunity to receive up to ten (10) Bonus Points, per match, based on performance in the following areas:
- 3 points = Courtesy Points/Starting on time
- 3 points = Accurately/Completely submitting all paperwork
- 4 points = All Dues paid in full
6.0 League Paperwork
All completed Match Cards must be appropriately signed and properly submitted to the responsible league representative. All submitted paperwork is considered final and is always subject to review by the LO and must meet UPA Corporate Office standards.
NOTE: First/Last names must be included on all paperwork along with appropriate signatures.
7.0 End of Session
In the event of a tie between teams for a paid spot, teams may elect to split the prize fund, OR, play one (1) standard match to determine the winner. A Round Robin format shall occur if three (3) or more teams are tied. (Results never affect other standings).
7.2 Prize Fund (PF)
All Prize Funds are consistent nationwide and are determined by UPA Corporate Office. PF shall be paid at the end of each respective session without the use of playoffs or additional matches of any kind.
Official UPA Prize Fund payouts are public information and are always available at www.upatour.com.
Code of Conduct
UPA members are expected to know and follow all UPA rules, policies, and guidelines. Members will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with UPA ideals and will work to represent the UPA in a professional and courteous manner. Any member that disrespects UPA Corporate Staff, it’s LOs, fellow members, or host venue staff is subject to immediate suspension, loss of Prize Fund and/or Membership.