You are correct peppp and if this happens again please send a ticket into that leagues HA so they can make sure that the TD understands this rule properly. You may even send a ticket in regarding that tournament you speak of.
We have to remember tho that once a TD anounces pairs are up in the lobby, no more than a minute is needed to refresh the page and make a tbl. After a minute if the TD has to ask the opp. to make and then starts the timer then all privilages of higher seed is lost. It is fine for anyone to make a tbl as long as the person allows the higher seed to pick thier seat.
This is one reason we have the ticket system so that players and/or TD's can notify the proper person if a problem or a question arises so it can be answered and resolved, and not continue to happen.
Yahoo Leagues Director