The four IPTL teams will compete in a customised round robin format of matches in each host city. The top two teams at the end of the round robin stage will qualify for the grand final on December 11th 2016.
The League standings will be determined by the number of points attained throughout the round robin phase of matches. At the conclusion of the round robin phase the two teams with the most amount of points qualify for the final. Three points are awarded for a match win with one point awarded for a loss providing the losing team wins at least 20 games.
In the event that two teams are tied for second place, the following criteria determines which team qualifies for the final:
The home team decides the order of play for the 5 sets. A coin toss determines who picks the order of play in matches where the competing teams are neutral.
The Shot Clock keeps track of time as follow
Any team that defaults the shot clock loses a point.
A receiving player or team can call the Coca-Cola Power Point to indicate that the next point counts as double for the receiving player or team only
Each team can call a Coca-Cola Power-Point a maximum of once per set and once in a Super Shoot Out.
Each team can call for a Coach’s Time-Out (at any time) once in each set.
Each Coach’s Time-Out lasts for 50 seconds only but includes the time to return to the base line and the service countdown. It is divided as such: 20 seconds for the timeout, 10 seconds to return to the baseline and 20 seconds to serve. The chair umpire will call ‘Time’ after 20 seconds.
The home team will decide who serves first. If the teams are neutral a coin toss will decide who serves first although this will be decided in advance and behind closed doors
The only time a coin toss will be seen on court is when two neutral teams compete in a Super Shoot Out and the captain who wins the coin toss will decide who the contestants will be. The opposing captain will have the choice of either serving/returning or the choice of ends.