Section VI (T53 through T57)

SECTION VI – DISPUTE PROCEDURE
T 53. PROTEST
a. Only the Coach can present a protest when a decision seems to violate the rules.
b. Each protest must be written in the English language on the official protest form and presented to the Chairman of the Umpire Committee within five (5) minutes from the end of the match. The protest must be precise and circumstantial and must be accompanied by a tax that will be fixed by the Tournament Committee at the beginning of each tournament, in order to limit such protests to cases where decisions are really questionable. Only in cases where the Umpire Committee positively accepts the protest the tax will be returned to the coach.
c. The Umpire Committee will then examine the circumstances of the protest and will decide:
– to validate the match;
– to repeat the match;
– to assign the victory of the match to the loser;
– to disqualify both competitors.
d. In case of a protest the winner cannot compete again before the decision of the Umpire Committee has been made.


T 54. DECISIONS
a. In order to give a decision the Umpire Committee may call on anyone else they desire to give evidence concerning the protest.
b. On reaching a decision the Umpire Committee will notify all parties concerned of this decision.
c. The Umpire Committee will at all times base their decision on the rules laid down in this document and their decision cannot conflict with the rules of this document.
T 55. DISQUALIFICATION
Team Managers/Representatives or Individuals who persist in arguing against decisions made by the Tournament Committee may, at their discretion, have the whole team, or the individual, disqualified from all further events at the championship.
The Tournament Committee will consider the matter at a later date with a view to further action being taken.

T 56. TEAM/COMPETITOR WITHDRAWAL
In case of teams or individuals withdrawing from the championship as a protest then the following will result:
a. automatic disqualification from that event which means no placing for that event, and therefore no medals.
b. automatic disqualification from all further events at the championship.
c. further disqualification from further events as decided by the I.T.F. Disciplinary Committee and the Directing Board of the I.T.F.
T 57. I.T.F. TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE AND UMPIRE COMMITTEE
The I.T.F. Tournament Committee consists of the I.T.F. Chairman of the Tournament Committee and two (2) members
The I.T.F. Umpire Committee consists of the I.T.F. Chairman of the Umpire Committee and two (2) members
The Chairmen and members are appointed by the Board of Directors of the I.T.F.
T 58. COPIES OF RULES
A copy of the I.T.F. Tournament Rules must be present at all tournaments and be accessible to all competitors and officials.