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FAQ1

What are the USA League Tennis Regulations?

The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is the official system for determining the levels of competition for the USA League Tennis Program.

1. Players in the USA League Tennis Program must rate themselves in accordance with the NTRP. When players are self-rating themselves, if they question at which level they should play, they should place themselves in the higher level of play.

2. The NTRP is based on a player’s on-court performance, tennis background and any additional information.

3. An NTRP verifier is that person approved by his/her section to substantiate a player’s NTRP level.

4. NTRP verification rating sessions for players, conducted by sectional approved NTRP verifiers, may be organized throughout each section.

5. The Adult and Senior USA League Divisions require a player who does not have a current computer rating to have his/her self-rating verified at a sectional approved clinic by sectional approved verifiers. (See Regulation 3.01D.)

6. The decision to require verification or to allow self-rating in the USA Mixed Doubles League Division is at the discretion of the section. (See Regulation 5.01D.) .

7. The NTRP Computer Rating System determines NTRP ratings for players throughout the country who participate in the Adult and Senior League Divisions. It is a mathematical system which assigns computer ratings to players by direct or indirect comparison to benchmark players. (See Regulation 3.06A and 3.06B.).

8. Players in the USA Mixed Doubles League Division may receive computer ratings based on their participation in that division.

USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS

January 2001 - December 2001

1.00 GENERAL

The Regulations in 1.00 GENERAL shall apply to all USA League Tennis Divisions.

1.01 NAME. The USTA Board of Directors has approved the adoption of rules and regulations for USA League Tennis which shall be known as the USA League Tennis Regulations.

1.02 APPLICABILITY. The USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS shall apply to the USA League Tennis Program.

The RULES OF TENNIS and TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS as contained in the current USTA Yearbook shall apply to all matches played in the USA League Tennis Program except as modified herein. In all matches played without officials, the USTA official publication "THE CODE" shall be observed. The USTA Point Penalty System shall be used at all championships levels.

1.03 USA LEAGUE PROGRAM. The USA League Tennis Program is a team competition for men, women and for mixed doubles at specified NTRP levels of play. The purpose of the program is to provide organized recreational play emphasizing local competition with advancement for winning teams from local competition to area, sectional, regional mixed doubles or national championships to determine annually a USA League Tennis Regional Mixed Doubles or National Championships team in each approved level of competition.

The USA League Tennis Program shall be conducted without regard to race, creed, color or national origin.

1.04 OFFICIAL LEAGUE RATING PROGRAM. The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is the official system for rating levels of competition for the USA League Tennis Program.

1.05 OFFICIAL BALL. Ball Type 1 (fast-regular felt) or Ball Type 2 (medium-heavy duty felt) will be used for USA League Tennis matches; however, if both players/teams agree prior to the start of an individual match, Ball Type 3 (slow-larger ball) may be used.

1.06 WAIVER OF RULES AND PROCEDURES PROHIBITED. Except where a waiver is specifically permitted by a USA League Tennis Regulation or by a USA League Tennis Procedure, no USA League Tennis Regulation or USA League Tennis Procedure may be waived by any Sectional Association or by any local, area or sectional league coordinator or Grievance or Grievance Appeal Committee. Any violation of this Regulation shall be subject to such sanctions as may be imposed by the USA League Tennis Committee (including, for example, the disqualification of any teams involved in any such waivers). Such sanctions are not subject to appeal.

1.07 AMENDMENTS. These USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS may be amended by the USA League Tennis Committee with the approval of a committee comprised of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the USA League Tennis Committee and the National League Administrator. All proposed amendments shall be in writing and shall be forwarded to the USA League Tennis Committee at least ten days before any meeting of the USA League Tennis Committee. Without the approval of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the USA League Tennis Committee and the National League Administrator, no amendments to these USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS shall become effective prior to January 1st of the next USA League Tennis Year.

1.08 SANCTION. Local league competition is sanctioned in accordance with Article III. C.2. of the Standing Orders of the USTA.

1.09 MEMBERSHIP

1.09A Any individual who competes in the USA League Tennis Program must be a current member of the USTA in good standing, be domiciled within the boundaries of a USTA Sectional Association (or participate through a USTA direct Member Club). Residents of foreign countries who meet membership and age requirements may be invited by a USTA section to participate in the program provided that all such matches are played within the section.

1.09B All team members must be current members of USTA at the time of each competition. The section has the authority to establish membership requirements to ensure that players are current members for all local league and Championship level matches. Failure to meet this requirement will make the player ineligible for each match played while not a member and points earned while ineligible will be removed.

1.10 PLAYER AGREEMENT. All players participating in the USA League Tennis

Program , as a condition of their participation, agree to abide and be bound by the USTA Constitution, By-Laws and Standing Orders; the USTA Tournament Regulations (unless modified by these USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS); the USA League Tennis Regulations and the standards of good conduct, fair play and good sportsmanship.

1.11 WAIVER OF CLAIMS. Players participating in the USA League Tennis Program acknowledge the risks associated with playing competitive tennis, accept those risks voluntarily, and in consideration of their acceptance in the Program assume all risks for bodily injury, waive all claims for injury and property damage and release and hold harmless the USTA and the host facility, their officials, employees and agents with respect to any injury or loss caused by negligence or otherwise to the fullest extent permitted by law.

1.12 APPLICATION FOR ENTRY. To apply for participation in the USA League Tennis Program, contact shall be made with the appropriate sectional league coordinator as listed in the back of these Regulations.

1.13 REGISTRATION. The local league coordinator shall provide the sectional league coordinator with the completed USTA OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP CONTROL SHEET/TEAM ROSTER FOR LEAGUES for all teams in that division. If a local league permits teams to add players after the commencement of play, an amended USTA OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP CONTROL SHEET/TEAM ROSTER FOR LEAGUES shall be filed with the sectional league coordinator. A player’s name must be on the original or amended CONTROL SHEET/TEAM ROSTER prior to the player playing in a team match. (Note: Failure to comply may make a team and/or league ineligible for further league competition.)

1.14 USA LEAGUE TENNIS COMMITTEE. The USA League Tennis Program shall be governed by the USA League Tennis Committee appointed by the President of the USTA and subject to the control and direction of the USTA Board of Directors.

1.15 USTA NATIONAL LEAGUE ADMINISTRATOR. The USTA National League Administrator, under the employ of the USTA, shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the USA League Tennis Program including the interpretation of the USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS.

1.16 SECTIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. The USTA has seventeen sectional associations, the names and territories of which are defined in the USTA By-Laws. Each sectional association is responsible for the development and implementation of the USA League Tennis Program within its geographical territory in accordance with the USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS.

1.17 SECTIONAL LEAGUE COORDINATORS. Each sectional association shall appoint a sectional league coordinator to implement and administer the USA League Tennis Program.

1.18 AREA LEAGUE COORDINATORS. Each sectional league coordinator may appoint area league coordinators to implement and administer the USA League Tennis Program. Any such area (district, state, region, etc.) shall have such geographical boundaries as the sectional association may determine. All such appointments must be approved by the sectional league coordinator.

1.19 LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATORS. Each sectional league coordinator may appoint local league coordinators to implement and administer the USA League Tennis Program. All such appointments must be approved by the sectional league coordinator.

1.20 TEAM CAPTAIN. Each team shall appoint a team captain to handle administrative affairs and to represent the team in USA League Tennis Program matters.

1.21 CHAMPIONSHIPS COMMITTEES. Each championship shall be governed by a championships committee consisting of at least three members, one of whom is a USTA Certified Referee or Umpire. At least one member of the championships committee shall be in attendance at all times during play. The championships committees, except for the national championships, shall be appointed by the sectional associations. The championships committees for the national championships shall be appointed by the Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee.

1.22 USA LEAGUE TENNIS YEAR. The League Year shall be January 1 through December 31, except that the USA Leagues Committee may authorize the commencement of a local league season prior to January 1 subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by the Committee.

1.23 LOCAL LEAGUE SEASON. The local league season shall begin with the local league roster deadline and end on a date determined by the local league. Each section shall determine the dates for the season(s) of the local leagues within its section.

2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

The Regulations in 2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES shall apply to all USA League Tennis Divisions.

2.01 COMMITTEES.

2.01A Grievance Committees. All Grievance Committees shall consist of no less than three persons, including a chairman, to adjudicate grievances. The members of the Committee may be the same as or different in whole or part, from the committee first approved.

2.01A(1) Local. With the approval of the sectional association, each local league may appoint a Local League Grievance Committee. The members of the Committee are to be approved by the sectional league coordinator.

2.01A(2) Area and Sectional. Each sectional association shall appoint an Area or Sectional League Grievance Committee. The members of the Committee are to be approved by the sectional league coordinator.

2.01A(3) Regional Mixed Doubles. The Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee shall appoint Regional League Championship Grievance Committees. The members may be the same as, or different in whole or part, from the members of the Regional League Championships Committee.

2.01A(4) National. The Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee shall appoint National League Championships Grievance Committees. The members may be the same as, or different in whole or in part, from the members of the National League Championships Committee.

2.01B Grievance Appeal Committees. All Grievance Appeal Committees shall consist of no less than three persons, including a chairman, to consider appeals from the Grievance Committees. No member of a Grievance Appeal Committee may be a member of a Grievance Committee. The members of the Committee may be the same as or different in whole or part, from the committee first approved.

2.01B(1) Local. With the approval of the sectional association, each local league may appoint a Local League Grievance Appeal Committee. The members of the Committee are to be approved by the sectional league coordinator.

2.01B(2) Area and Sectional. Each sectional association shall appoint an Area or Sectional League Grievance Appeal Committee. The members of the committee are to be approved by the sectional league coordinator.

2.01B(3) Regional Mixed Doubles. The Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee shall appoint Regional League Championship Grievance Appeal Committees. The members may be the same as or different in whole or part, from the members of the Regional League Championships Committee.

2.01B(4) National. The Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee shall appoint National League Championships Grievance Appeal Committees. The members may be the same as, or different in whole or in part, from the members of the National League Championships Committee.

2.02 GRIEVANCE COMPLAINTS.

2.02A General Procedures.

2.02A(1) All complaints alleging a violation of the USTA Constitution, By-Laws or Standing Orders; the USTA Tournament Regulations or other USTA regulations (unless modified by these USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS); the USA LEAGUE TENNIS REGULATIONS or standards of good conduct, fair play and good sportsmanship, shall be filed in writing with the USA League Tennis Grievance Committee responsible for enforcement.

2.02A(2) A complaint against the Administration of the League shall be filed and heard in the same manner as any other complaint.

2.02A(3) All complaints or grievances with regard to any aspect of the USA League Tennis Program shall be processed through the USA League Tennis Program Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committees at the appropriate level (i.e. local, area, sectional, regional mixed doubles or national). Decisions of such Grievance Appeal Committees shall be final and binding.

2.02A(4) All complaints shall be filed against the player or team complained against, (a) by the team captain of the team who has competed in the match where the alleged violation occurred, (b) by a league coordinator or (c) by a member of a championships committee.

2.02B Local League Procedures.

2.02B(1) All complaints alleging a violation during local league competition shall be filed in writing with the chairman of the Local League Grievance Committee prior to the commencement of the next team match involving such player or team, or within twenty-four hours after the end of local league play, whichever occurs first.

2.02B(2) At the time a complaint is filed, the complaining party shall send a copy of such complaint to the party(ies) against whom the complaint has been made.

2.02B(3) A complaint regarding failure to meet eligibility requirements may be filed at any time. (See 1.09, 3.01C, 3.01D, 4.01, 5.01C and 5.01D.)

2.02C Championship Procedures.

2.02C(1) All complaints alleging a violation during championships competition shall be in writing and delivered to the duly appointed site director within thirty minutes of completion of the team match, or prior to the commencement of the next team match involving the player or team, whichever occurs first.

2.02C(2) At the time a complaint is filed, the complaining party shall send a copy of such complaint to the party(ies) against whom the complaint has been made.

2.02C(3) A complaint regarding failure to meet eligibility requirements may be filed at any time. (See 1.09, 3.01C, 3.01D, 4.01, 5.01C and 5.01D.)

2.02D Grievance Committee Action.

2.02D(1) Following the receipt of a complaint, the appropriate USA League Tennis Grievance Committee shall, as soon as reasonable, (a) cause such investigation of the alleged violation to be made as the Committee deems appropriate, and if it deems the same to be necessary shall (b) arrange for a hearing at which the parties involved shall have the right to appear personally and present evidence.

2.02D(2) The USA League Tennis Grievance Committee shall have the power to dismiss the complaint or to direct the correction of any violations by reasonable means, including the suspension of a player or team for the remainder of the league year and/or for the succeeding year. (See 1.06)

2.02D(3) The USA League Tennis Grievance Committee shall prepare a written decision setting forth the basis for its decision and promptly deliver copies to the parties involved.

2.02D(4) The decision of the USA League Tennis Grievance Committee shall be by majority vote.

2.03. GRIEVANCE APPEALS.

2.03A General Procedures.

2.03A(1) Any party to the complaint may appeal the decision of the Grievance Committee within the time fixed by the Grievance Committee in its findings.

2.03A(2) The party appealing shall file written notice of appeal with the chairman of the appropriate Grievance Appeal Committee (See 2.01B) and shall, at the same time, send a copy to the chairman of the Grievance Committee whose decision is being appealed and to the other party(ies) involved in the complaint.

2.03A(3) The parties appealing shall have an opportunity to submit in writing facts and arguments in support of their respective positions

2.03B Grievance Appeal Committees Action.

2.03B(1) The Grievance Appeal Committees shall not be required to hold any hearing except as provided in 2.03B(2). Its decision may be based entirely on the findings of fact by the Grievance Committee whose decision is being appealed and on the fact and arguments submitted in writing by the parties to the appeal.

2.03B(2) If the Grievance Committee did not hold a hearing, the Grievance Appeal Committee shall do so, provided the party appealing so requests in the written notice of appeal. However, the Committee may hear such further evidence as it, in its absolute discretion, deems appropriate.

2.03B(3) The Grievance Appeal Committee shall have the power to affirm, modify or reject the decision of the Grievance Committee.

2.03B(4) A copy of its decision shall be promptly sent to all interested parties and such decision shall be final and binding.

2.03B(5) The decision of the Grievance Appeal Committee shall be by majority vote.

2.04 GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR GRIEVANCE AND GRIEVANCE APPEAL COMMITTEES.

2.04A Telephone Conference Calls. If one or more members of a Grievance Committee or Grievance Appeal Committee cannot be present at a hearing, such members may, at the discretion of the chairman, participate by means of a telephone conference call. If any witness cannot be present at a hearing to present evidence, such witness may, at the discretion of the chairman, be permitted to do so by means of a telephone conference call.

2.04B Written Requirement. The requirement that a notice or other document be in writing is satisfied if it is sent by a telegram, fax, e-mail or equivalent communication.

3.00 ADULT LEAGUE REGULATIONS

All USA League Tennis Regulations in 1.00 GENERAL and 2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES and the following procedures shall apply to the USA League Tennis – Adult Division.

3.01 LOCAL LEAGUE.

3.01A Number of Teams. A local league is a team competition in a specified geographical area that applies specific local league regulations and consists of NTRP level(s) with a minimum of two or more teams per level. A local league may choose to divide any or all NTRP levels into flights. Where flights are used, a playoff structure may be established to determine a champion for each NTRP level. (See 3.01H(1) and 3.01H(5).)

3.01B Team. A team shall consist of a minimum of eight players of the same gender eligible to compete at a specific level of competition. Team members may not have a higher NTRP rating than the maximum NTRP rating of the level in which they are competing. The sectional association may limit the number of players that appear on a team roster and the number of players on that roster that are at a specific NTRP level. (See 3.07A, 4.02 and 5.01B.)

3.01C Age. Each player shall have reached the age of nineteen years prior to or during the calendar year in which such player plays in his/her first local league match.

3.01D Verification. Players who do not have a current NTRP computer generated rating shall self-rate themselves in accordance with the NTRP and have their rating verified on-court according to national NTRP Verification Procedures. A player’s visual rating stands for up to twelve months at which time the player will have a generated NTRP computer rating based on participating in two or more adult or senior division matches or go on court for another visual rating prior to the roster deadline. The National Office shall establish procedures for the verification of the players’ NTRP ratings.

Note: Players who are good athletes or intend to spend a great deal of time taking lessons and practicing should be aware that their improvement may be significant enough to surpass their original verification category by the time they reach a championship level. To avoid disqualification, these players should play at a higher level of play at the beginning of the league season.

3.01E Levels of Play. The championship levels of the adult league division for this year are the NTRP levels 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0. Levels of play for the USA League Tennis - Adult Division are described in terms of "maximum" ratings. Players cannot have a rating higher than the league level in which they are competing.

Note: It is not necessary for all of the players on a team to be of the same rating. However, if there is a mixture of abilities, the team may compete only at the level of the best player.

3.01F Men and Women. Men’s and women’s leagues shall be separate at each approved level of competition. The local league shall determine which approved levels shall be available for men and women in local league competition.

3.01G Scoring and Rest. It is recommended that all matches be the best of two sets, with regular scoring and a set tie-break at 6-all in each set. In the event of split sets, a set or match (see glossary) tie-break shall be played in lieu of a third set with no rest period or coaching allowed. (The tie-break shall be scored as 1 set and 1 game for tie-break procedures.) For play at/or below the sectional level, the sectional association may authorize the use of other USTA approved scoring methods and other scoring methods that are compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Program. Alternate match formats include: best of three sets with a set tie-break at 6-all (a ten minute rest period with coaching allowed may be taken between the second and third set at the request of any player): pro-set matches, a single set with a set or match tie-break at 6-all or any other USTA approved scoring methods that are compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Program. No-Ad scoring can be used with any of the above scoring methods.

3.01H Competition Format.

3.01H(1) Round Robin. Each NTRP level within a local league shall play at least one round robin competition wherein every team plays every other team. Any NTRP level may be divided into flights and each team shall play every other team in its flight. The flight winners may enter a playoff structure to establish a local league champion for that NTRP level. Any NTRP level with only two or three teams is required to play a minimum of three matches.

3.01H(2) Team Match and Scoring. Each team match in a local league shall consist of such number of individual matches of singles, doubles or any combination thereof, as determined by the local league. The method of awarding points in order to determine the winning team of a local league team match and the winner of the local league competition may be the same as that used in championships competition or may be another method selected by the local league. (See 3.03D and 3.03E.) The scoring in the event of a default, forfeit or disqualification shall be 6-0, 6-0. (See 3.03O) for scoring in the event of retirements.)

3.01H(3) Individual Match. An individual match is any singles match or any doubles match played as part of a team match.

3.01H(4) Team Lineups. The team captains for each team shall exchange their team match cards simultaneously prior to the beginning of the team match. No substitution may be made in an individual match after the lineup has been presented, except for injury to, illness of, or disqualification of a player, prior to the start of such match and except under such further circumstances as the section authorizes. The forfeit principles in 3.03K shall be applicable, with such modifications as a sectional association may authorize.

3.01H(5) Player Participation.

3.01H(5)a A player may play on one team in a NTRP level within a division (USA League Tennis Adult, Senior and/or Mixed Doubles) in the same local league during the same season. (See 4.09 and 5.03F.) In local leagues where NTRP levels are divided into flights, players may not play in more than one flight.

3.01H(5)b A section may authorize participation in more than one NTRP level within a division in the same local league during the same season.

3.01H(5)c A player may play on more than one team within a division in the same season provided it is in separate local leagues. The section has the authority to accept or deny participation.

3.01H(5)d Players who qualify for Championship level competition within a division must choose which team/NTRP level they will represent at Championship level when entered in the same competition.

3.01H(5)e An individual may play in either one singles or one doubles match within each team match.

3.01H(6) Coaching. Coaching will be permitted only if the scoring method for the championships level is the best of three sets and there is a rest period between the sets. (See 3.01G.)

3.01I Local League Champions. At the conclusion of local league competition, the local league coordinator shall certify to the sectional league coordinator the results of the local league competition and the name(s) and address(es) of the team captain(s). Local league competition must be concluded prior to the deadline set by the sectional association.

3.02 PROGRESSION

3.02A Local League Competition. Each team that wins a specific level of local league competition shall be entitled to advance to the next level of competition.

3.02B Area Championships. Each sectional association shall determine and announce a method of progression suitable for its geographical boundaries for advancement of its local league teams to sectional league championships. Such progression may include one or more championships below the sectional championships.

3.02C Sectional Championships. Each sectional association shall hold a sectional league championship in each sectional approved level for men and for women, on or before the date specified by the USA League Tennis Committee, to determine its sectional champion. The winning team at each level shall be eligible to compete in the USA League Tennis National Championships. (NOTE: If the winning team at any level of competition is unable to compete further towards the national championships, then the sectional league coordinator may select the second place team for such further competition, etc.)

3.02D National Championships. The team winning the national championship in each level of competition shall be the USA League Tennis National Champion.

3.03 AREA, SECTIONAL AND NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

In all championships after local league competition, the following shall apply:

3.03A Eligibility.

3.03A(1) The Area/District or Section has the authority to determine the progression of teams to its Championship competition by (1) determining a champion of the preceding level of competition in its NTRP category or (2) the use of the Championship Wildcard Procedures. Champions of the preceding level of competition must be included in the progression.

3.03A(2) No individual is eligible to progress to championship level competition unless he/she has played on that same team in at least two matches during its local league season. A forfeited match shall count as a match played for the player(s) receiving the forfeit, but not for the player(s) who forfeited. A retired match shall count for all players involved. (See 3.03L.)

3.03A(3) A minimum of four team members who were on the final roster of their local league team must be available and eligible to compete. At the national championships a minimum of eight team members who were on the final roster of their local league team must be available and eligible to compete. The National Championships Tournament Committee, by majority vote, can reduce that number to not less than four. (See 3.07C and 4.05.)

3.03A(4) All team members must be members of the USTA at the time of each competition.

3.03A(5) All participants who played a match at the national championships must move up one level as a team or disperse to form new teams with no more than three of such participants on any single team for the following league year. Any other original team players may also play on such team. (See 3.07C and 4.05.)

3.03B Official League Championships Entry. An official copy of the USTA OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP CONTROL SHEET/TEAM ROSTER FOR LEAGUES shall be submitted by the team captain or coordinator to the Championships Committee at the first level of league championships prior to the deadline announced for entry into the event. At the sectional and national championships levels, a profile sheet for each player shall be submitted.

3.03C Scoring and Rest. It is recommended that all matches be the best of two sets, with regular scoring and a set tie-break at 6-all in each set. In the event of split sets, a set or match tie-break shall be played in lieu of a third set with no rest period or coaching allowed. (The tie-break shall be scored as 1 set and 1 game for tie-break procedures.) For play at/or below the sectional level, the sectional association may authorize the use of other USTA approved scoring methods and other scoring methods that are compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Program. At the sectional or national championships level, if an emergency or other condition dictates, the tournament referee may authorize the use of other USTA approved scoring methods in order to complete play on schedule. Alternate match formats include: best of three sets with a set tie-break at 6-all (a ten minute rest period with coaching allowed may be taken between the second and third set at the request of any player); pro-set matches, a single set with a set or match tie-break at 6-all or any other USTA approved scoring methods that are compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Program. No-Ad scoring can be used with any of the above scoring methods.

3.03D Competition Format. The Championships Committee shall determine the format for the competition, and it may be round robin competition, single elimination competition or a combination of the two.

3.03D(1) Round Robin. If round robin competition is used, then each team shall play every other team in its flight and the team with the most team points shall be the champion in its flight. The use of flights requires a playoff structure to establish a champion.

3.03D(2) Single Elimination. If single elimination competition is used, then each team shall be drawn in a tournament format in accordance with the USTA Tournament Regulations.

3.03E Match Points. A team match will consist of two individual singles and three individual doubles matches. The team winning the majority of those five individual matches shall be awarded one team point. (See 3.07C and 4.05.)

3.03F Participation. An individual player may play in either one singles or one doubles match within each team match.

3.03G Substitutions. No substitution may be made in an individual match after the lineup has been presented, except for injury to, illness of, or disqualification of a player, prior to the start of such match, and except under such further circumstances as the championships committee may authorize.

3.03H Coaching. Coaching will be permitted only if the scoring method for the championships level is the best of three sets and there is a rest period between the sets. (See 3.03C.)

3.03I Procedures in the Event of a Tie. In the event of a tie, whether in round robin or single elimination competition, the tie shall be broken by the first of the following procedures that does so:

3.03I(1) Individual Matches. Winner of the most individual matches in the entire competition.

3.03I(2) Sets. Loser of the fewest number of sets.

3.03I(3) Games. Loser of the fewest number of games.

3.03I(4) Head-to-Head. Winner of head-to-head match.

3.03I(5) A method to be determined by the championships committee: procedure to be announced prior to commencement of championships competition.

3.03J Individual Forfeits: are used only in cases of default or disqualification. Those different forms of Forfeit are defined as follows:

3.03J(1) Forfeit by DEFAULT: When a player fails to appear on time, or is defaulted by a tournament official for misconduct.

3.03J(2) Forfeit by DISQUALIFICATION: An ineligible player (i.e. under age, not a USTA member, no NTRP verification, NTRP disqualification) shall be disqualified by the USTA League Administration. The Administrator is not required to file a grievance prior to disqualification.

3.03K Team Forfeits. A team must have a minimum of four eligible players available for play in each match or the entire match must be forfeited. A team may forfeit a maximum of two positions in a match without forfeiting the entire match. In such cases forfeits shall be determined by the team captain or coordinator in accordance with the following:

3.03K(1) Singles. The No. 2 singles must be forfeited before the No. 1 singles may be forfeited.

3.03K(2) Doubles. The No. 3 doubles must be forfeited before the No. 2 doubles and the No. 2 doubles must be forfeited before the No. 1 doubles.

3.03L Retirements. A RETIREMENT occurs when an individual match has started and a player (doubles team) is unable to continue due to injury, loss of condition or emergency.

3.03M Scoring of Individual Forfeits.

3.03M(1) Scoring of DEFAULT: Both of the forfeits described in 3.03J will be scored as a 6-0, 6-0 win for the player (doubles team) receiving the forfeit and a 0-6,0-6 loss for the player (doubles team) that forfeited the match. In the event of a forfeit by both opposing players (teams), both sides will be given a 0-6, 0-6 loss and neither receives credit for a win.

3.03M(2) Scoring of DISQUALIFICATION: In the event of a disqualification in a round robin format, all matches played by the player shall be considered losses and scored (0-6, 0-6) and those matches shall be considered wins for the opposing players or doubles teams. In case of a disqualification in single elimination, the last individual match played by the player shall be considered a win for the opposing player or doubles team and scored (6-0, 6-0).

NOTE: If a double default or double disqualification results in a tie, the tie-break procedure shall be the same as 3.03I in order to determine a winner of that team match.

3.03N Scoring of Team Forfeits. If a team forfeits an entire team match for any reason during round robin play, then all matches of that team, played or to be played, shall be null and void. If all teams in contention for the Championships have already played the forfeiting team in good faith, the matches stand as played. The section may impose further sanctions or penalties on said team.

3.03O Scoring of Retirements. In case of a retirement after commencement of a match, the non-retiring player (doubles team) shall be credited with such number of additional games as would have been won if the match was completed and the non-retiring player (doubles team) won every subsequent game.

NOTE: For NTRP computer data entry, actual scores are required.

3.03P Awards and Player Expenses. Awards given will be based on ten players per team. Player expenses paid at the national championship level will be based on eight players per team.

3.04 ADULT LEAGUE NTRP APPEAL COMMITTEES AND COMPLAINTS.

The Regulations in this section apply only to the USA League Tennis - Adult and Senior Divisions.

3.04A NTRP Appeal Committees.

3.04A(1) NTRP Appeal Committees may be appointed in the local league and at area, sectional and national championships. At the sectional level and below each committee shall be appointed with the approval of the sectional league coordinator. The Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee shall appoint the National League Championships NTRP Appeal Committee.

3.04A(2) The members of any NTRP Appeal Committee at the sectional level and below may be the same as, or different in whole or in part, from the members of any other local, area or sectional committees. The members of the National League Championships committee may be the same as, or different in whole or part, from the members of the National League Championships Committee or the National League Championships Grievance Committee.

3.04A(3) The decision of the NTRP Appeal Committee shall be by majority vote. The Committee shall immediately notify the affected players and team captains in writing of its decision.

3.04A(4) There shall be no further right of appeal from the decision of any NTRP Appeal Committee.

3.04A(5) The NTRP Appeal Committees for all local leagues and championships shall observe the hearing and disqualification procedures approved by the USA League Tennis Committee. The tournament director for all championships shall follow the Player Watch procedure approved by the USA League Tennis Committee.

3.04A(6) Any verifier whose NTRP verification is being appealed may not be a member of the NTRP Appeal Committee hearing that complaint.

3.04B NTRP Complaints: Local League Procedures.

3.04B(1) A complaint against a player’s verified NTRP rating shall be filed in writing with the chairman of the NTRP Appeal Committee of the nearest available jurisdiction (a) by the team captain of the team who has competed in the match where the alleged violation occurred or (b) by a league coordinator

3.04B(2) The complaint must be filed prior to the commencement of the next team match or within twenty-four hours after the end of local league play, whichever occurs first. At the same time, the complaining party shall send a copy of the complaint to the opposing player and his/her team captain.

3.04B(3) Following the filing of a complaint, the player and his/her team captain shall be given an opportunity, if requested by the team captain, for a hearing as soon as reasonable by the appropriate NTRP Appeal Committee.

3.04B(4) If the NTRP Appeal Committee decides the player is not properly rated and is disqualified for the particular level of play, either the individual match which produced the complaint and any subsequent match played by the player or all previous matches played shall be considered losses and that individual match or all previous matches shall be considered wins for the opposing players or doubles teams. The section shall determine which of the two methods shall be used.

3.04B(5) Following such disqualification by any NTRP Appeal Committee, the player may not play at the disqualified NTRP level of play (and any lower level of play) in either singles or doubles for the remainder of the league year and for the succeeding league year. A disqualified player becomes a benchmark. (See 3.06B).

3.04B(6) If a complaint is filed at the local level against a player’s verified NTRP rating and that rating is upheld, a second complaint may not be filed in the same season unless additional data warrants a second complaint. No further complaint may be made in the same local league season.

3.04C NTRP Complaints: Championship Procedures.

3.04C(1) No complaint against a player’s verified NTRP rating may be filed at the championships level. A team captain, league coordinator or a member of the championships committee who feels a player is clearly above level may request from the tournament director a Player Watch. The appropriate verifier(s) will be asked to observe that player.

3.04C(2) If the Player Watch is acted upon at the Area, Sectional or National Championships against a player’s verified NTRP rating and that rating is upheld, a second request may not be filed during that championship.

3.04C(3) If the verifiers, by majority vote, decide the player is not properly rated and disqualify said player, the team captain may file an appeal according to Regulation 3.04B(3) and (3.05C(2).

3.04C(4) In round robin competition, if the appropriate NTRP Appeal Committee decides the player is not properly rated and is disqualified for that particular level of play, all matches played by the player shall be considered losses and those matches shall be considered wins for the opposing player or doubles teams. In the event of such disqualification in single elimination competition, the last individual match played by the player shall be considered a loss and that individual match shall be considered a win for the opposing player or doubles team.

3.04C(5) Following such disqualification by the appropriate NTRP Appeal Committee, the player may not play at the disqualified NTRP level of play (and any lower level of play) in either singles or doubles for the remainder of the league year and for the succeeding league year. A disqualified player becomes a benchmark. (See 3.06B).

3.04D General.

3.04D(1) Any player who has a computer rating derived in accordance with USA League computer methodology procedures is not subject to disqualification at any championship level.

3.04D(2) If the player is a new player to the system (one who does not have a computer rating), but was observed at sectional championships by three or more verifiers and found to be within that player’s NTRP level, that player is not subject to disqualification.

3.05 PLAYER DISQUALIFICATION BY NTRP VERIFIERS AND APPEAL PROCEDURES

The Regulations in this section apply only to the USA League Tennis - Adult and Senior Divisions.

3.05A Local Procedures. NTRP verifier(s) may be assigned by the sectional league coordinator to observe local league competition. Such verifier(s) can disqualify a player from his/her level of play. In the event of such disqualification, the provisions of 3.05C(1) herein shall be applicable.

3.05B Championship Procedures.

3.05B(1) Any player who has a computer rating derived in accordance with USA League computer methodology procedures is not subject to disqualification at any championship level.

3.05B(2) A new player to the system (one who does not have a computer rating), but was observed at sectional championships by three or more verifiers and found to be within that player’s NTRP level is not subject to disqualification.

3.05B(3) NTRP verifier(s) may be assigned by the sectional league coordinator to observe area championships. Such verifier(s) can disqualify a player from his/her level of play. In the event of such disqualification in area championships, the provisions of 3.05C(3)c shall be applicable.

3.05B(4) The NTRP verifiers for a sectional championship shall consist of at least three NTRP verifiers appointed as follows: A minimum of two national approved NTRP verifiers (not residing in such section and appointed by the Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee) and a minimum of one NTRP verifier appointed by the sectional league coordinator. At any sectional championship where there are three or more appointed NTRP verifiers, any three of the verifiers can, by majority vote, disqualify a player from his/her level of play in such championships.

3.05B(5) The NTRP Verifiers for a national championship shall consist of at least three NTRP verifiers appointed by the Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee. Three such NTRP verifiers can disqualify a player from his/her level of play in such championship except as provided in 3.05B(1) and 3.05B(2).

3.05B(6) Any verifier disqualifying players may not be a member of the NTRP Appeal Committee or the National League Championships NTRP Appeal Committee hearing that complaint.

3.05C Appeal Procedures.

3.05C(1) Local. If the team captain of the player disqualified below the championship level desires to appeal the disqualification, he/she must request, in writing, a hearing before the NTRP Appeal Committee of the nearest available jurisdiction within twenty-four hours following the disqualification.

3.05C(2) Championship. If the team captain of the player disqualified at championship level desires to appeal the disqualification, he/she, following notice of the disqualification, must request in writing (within one hour) a hearing before the NTRP Appeal Committee of the nearest available jurisdiction. (See 3.04A(1).)

3.05C(3) General.

3.05C(3)a The request for a hearing shall be delivered to the chairman of the NTRP Appeal Committee. A hearing shall be held as soon as reasonable.

3.05C(3)b The decision of the NTRP League Appeal Committee shall be by majority vote. The Committee shall immediately notify the affected players and team captains in writing of its decision.

3.05C(3)c Following a disqualification, the player may not play at the disqualified NTRP level of play (and any lower level of play) in either singles or doubles for the remainder of the league year and for the succeeding league year. A disqualified player becomes a benchmark. (See 3.06B).

3.05C(3)d At area, sectional or national championships, if the disqualification of a player is not upheld by the NTRP Appeal Committee, a second NTRP disqualification will not be considered during that championship unless warranted by additional data.

3.05C(3)e There shall be no further right of appeal from the decision of any NTRP Appeal Committee.

3.05C(3)f The NTRP Appeal Committees shall observe the hearing and disqualification procedures approved by the USA League Tennis Committee.

3.05C(4) Scoring Procedures.

3.05C(4)a Local. If the NTRP Appeal Committee decides the player is not properly rated and is disqualified for that particular level of play, either the individual match which produced the complaint and any subsequent match played by the player or all previous matches played shall be considered losses and that individual match or all previous matches shall be considered wins for the opposing players or doubles teams. The section shall determine which of the two methods shall be used.

3.05C(4)b Championship.

Disqualification in a round robin format: All matches played by the player shall be considered losses and those matches shall be considered wins for the opposing player or doubles team.

Disqualification in single elimination: The last individual match played by the player shall be considered a loss and that individual match shall be considered a win for the opposing player or doubles team.

Disqualification during a round robin segment of a combination round robin/single elimination championships: All matches previously played shall be forfeited, as outlined above. If the disqualification occurs during the single elimination portion, then only the last individual match is forfeited as outlined above.

3.06 NTRP COMPUTER RATINGS

The Regulations in this section apply only to the USA League Tennis - Adult and Senior Divisions.

3.06A NATIONAL, SECTIONAL AND AREA BENCHMARK RATINGS.

3.06A(1) The NTRP ratings determined by verifiers for the players at National Championships and the NTRP ratings determined by verifiers for all other players at the Sectional and Area Championships shall be the minimum NTRP ratings of such players for two years (benchmark ratings), or until a new NTRP computer rating is generated.

3.06A(2) Benchmark rated players who have not participated in the program for two consecutive years must have their self-rating re-verified on-court in accordance with National verification procedures. Such players shall not be exempt from disqualifications.

3.06A(3) If intervening disabling injury or illness indicate that a benchmark rating may be too high, the sectional league coordinator may request a reconsideration of a national benchmark rating by the National League Administrator; but if a sectional or area benchmark rating is involved, a player may request a reconsideration of such rating in accordance with procedures established by the sectional association.

3.06A(4) Any violation of the above regulations shall be subject to such sanctions as may be imposed by the USA League Tennis Committee (including, for example, the disqualification of any player who has played at a lower NTRP level). At the discretion of the Chairman, such sanctions may be imposed by a subcommittee consisting of the Chairman and two other members of the USA League Tennis Committee appointed by the Chairman.

3.06A(5) Benchmark ratings are not subject to appeal except under provisions in 3.06A(3).

3.06A(6) Sanctions are not subject to appeal.

3.06B YEAR-END NTRP RATINGS FOR OTHER PLAYERS.

3.06B(1) When year-end NTRP ratings are determined in accordance with prescribed methodology, or have been established by verifiers, for players not participating in area, sectional or national championships (supplemental benchmark ratings), such ratings shall be the minimum NTRP ratings of such players for two consecutive years or until a new NTRP computer rating is generated.

3.06B(2) Supplemental benchmark rated players or players with computer ratings who have not participated in the program for two consecutive years must have their self-rating re-verified on court in accordance with National verification procedures. Such players shall not be exempt from disqualification.

3.06B(3) If intervening disabling injury or illness indicate that such a rating may be too high, the player may request a reconsideration of such rating in accordance with procedures established by the sectional association.

3.07 5.0 REGULATIONS.

All USA League Tennis Regulations in 1.00 GENERAL, 2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES and 3.00 ADULT LEAGUE REGULATIONS, with the following exceptions, shall apply to the 5.0 level.

3.07A Team. A 5.0 team shall consist of a minimum of five players of the same gender eligible to compete.

3.07B Team Match. In all championships after local league competition, the team match format shall be one singles and two doubles matches and the team winning the majority of those three individual matches shall be awarded one team point.

3.07C Eligibility. A minimum of three team members who were on the final roster of their local league must be available and eligible to compete. At the national championships a minimum of five team members who are on the final roster of their local league team must be available and eligible to compete. The National Championships Tournament Committee, by majority vote, can reduce that number to not less than three. All participants who played a match at the national championships must move up one level or disperse to form new teams with no more than two of such participants on any single team for the following league year. Any other original team players may also play on such teams.

3.07D Forfeits. In all championships after local league competition, a team must have a minimum of three eligible players available for play in each team match or the entire match shall be forfeited. A team may forfeit a maximum of one position in a match without forfeiting the entire match. In such cases forfeits shall be determined by the team captain or coordinator in accordance with the following: Either the singles or the No. 2 doubles may be forfeited.

3.07E Awards and Player Expenses. Awards given will be based on six players per team. Player expenses paid at the national championship level will be based on five players per team.

4.00 SENIOR LEAGUE REGULATIONS

All USA League Tennis Regulations in 1.00 GENERAL, 2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES and 3.00 ADULT LEAGUE REGULATIONS, with the following exceptions, shall apply to the USA Senior League Division.

4.01 AGE. Each player shall have reached the age of 50 prior to or during the calendar year in which such player plays his/her first local league match.

4.02 TEAM. A senior league team shall consist of a minimum of six players of the same gender eligible to compete.

4.03 LEVELS OF PLAY. The levels of league play for this year are 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5.

4.04 TEAM MATCH. In all championships after local league competition, the team match format shall be three doubles matches and the team winning the majority of those three individual matches shall be awarded one team point.

4.05 ELIGIBILITY. A minimum of four team members who were on the final roster of their local league must be available and eligible to compete at area championships and above. At the national championships a minimum of six team members who were on the final roster of their local league team must be available and eligible to compete. The National Championships Tournament Committee, by majority vote, can reduce that number to not less than four. All participants who played a match at the national championships must move up one level as a team or disperse to form new teams with no more than three of such participants on any single team for the following league year. Any other original team players may also play on such team.

4.06 FORFEITS. In all championships after local league competition, a team must have a minimum of four eligible players available for play in each team match or the entire team match shall be forfeited. A team may forfeit a maximum of one position in a match without forfeiting the entire match: Said position shall be the No. 3 doubles.

4.07 CHAMPIONSHIPS. The NTRP verifiers for a sectional championship shall consist of at least three NTRP verifiers appointed as follows: A minimum of one national approved NTRP verifier, not residing in such section and appointed by the Chairman of the USA League Tennis Committee, and a minimum of two NTRP verifiers appointed by the sectional league coordinator.

4.08 AWARDS AND PLAYER EXPENSES. Awards given will be based on eight players per team. Player expenses paid at the national championship level will be based on six players per team.

4.09 GENERAL. League players may play in the USA League Tennis - Adult, Senior and Mixed Doubles Divisions during the same local league season.

5.00 MIXED DOUBLES LEAGUE REGULATIONS

All USA League Tennis Regulations in 1.00 GENERAL, 2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES and the following regulations shall apply to the USA Mixed Doubles League Division.

5.01 LOCAL LEAGUE

5.01A Number of Teams. . A local league is a team competition in a specified geographical area that applies specific local league regulations and consists of NTRP level(s) with a minimum of two or more teams per level. A local league may choose to divide any or all NTRP levels into flights. Where flights are used, a playoff structure may be established to determine a champion for each NTRP level. (See 5.01G(1) and 5.01G(5).)

5.01B Team. A team shall consist of a minimum of six players (three women, three men) eligible to compete at a specific level of competition. The section may limit the number of players that appear on a team roster and the number of players that are at a specific NTRP level.

5.01C Age. Each player shall have reached the age of nineteen prior to or during the calendar year in which such player plays in his/her first local league match.

5.01D Verification. Each section may decide whether to require players to attend on-court rating clinics or allow players to self-rate to enter the program. A player with a current NTRP computer rating or current on-court verification must use that rating to enter the program.

Note: NTRP Complaints and NTRP Player Disqualification are not part of the USA League Tennis Mixed Doubles Division. Any player disqualified from the adult or senior division may not play at the disqualified NTRP level of play in the USA League Tennis Mixed Doubles division (and any lower level of play) for the remainder of the league year and for the succeeding league year. A disqualified player becomes a benchmark. (See 3.06B). In combined leagues, the disqualified player must play with a partner that does not surpass the level entered.

5.01E Levels of Play. For league play in this year, individual sections have the right to conduct the program using straight NTRP levels (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0), combined (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0) or combined (5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5 and 9.5 or 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5). Each individual mixed doubles team’s combined NTRP ratings may not exceed the level entered. The sectional associations have the authority to place a limit on the NTRP differences between members of a doubles team.

5.01F Scoring. It is recommended that all matches be the best of two sets, with regular scoring and a set tie-break at 6-all in each set. In the event of split sets, a set or match tie-break shall be played in lieu of a third set with no rest period or coaching allowed. (The tie-break shall be scored as 1 set and 1 game for tie-break procedures.) For play at/or below the sectional level, the sectional association may authorize the use of other USTA approved scoring methods and other scoring methods that are compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Program. Alternate match formats include: best of three sets with a set tie-break at 6-all (a ten minute rest period with coaching allowed may be taken between the second and third set at the request of any player): pro-set matches, a single set with a set or match tie-break at 6-all or any other USTA approved scoring methods that are compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Program. No-Ad scoring can be used with any of the above scoring methods.

5.01G Competition Format.

5.01G(1) Round Robin. Each NTRP level within a local league shall play at least one round robin competition wherein every team plays every other team. Any NTRP level may be divided into flights and each team shall play every other team in its flight. The flight winners may enter a playoff structure to establish a local league champion for that NTRP level. Any NTRP level with only two or three teams is required to play a minimum of four matches.

5.01G(2) Team Match. Each team match in a local league shall consist of such number of individual matches of mixed doubles as determined by the local league. The method of awarding points in order to determine the winning team of a local league team match and the winner of the local league competition may be a method selected by the local league.

5.01G(3) Individual Match. An individual match is any mixed doubles match played as part of a team match.

5.01G(4) Team Lineups. The team captains for each team shall exchange their team match cards simultaneously prior to the beginning of the team match. No substitution may be made in an individual match after the lineup has been presented, except for injury to or illness of a player, prior to the start of such match, and except under such further circumstances as the local league authorizes. Forfeits shall occur at the No. 3 doubles position.

5.01G(5) Player Participation

5.01G(5)a A player may play on one team in a NTRP level within a division (USA League Tennis Adult, Senior and/or Mixed Doubles) in the same local league during the same season. (See 4.09 and 5.03F.) In local leagues where NTRP levels are divided into flights, players may not play in more than one flight.

5.01G(5)b A section may authorize participation in more than one NTRP level within a division in the same local league during the same season.

5.01G(5)c A player may play on more than one team within a division in the same season provided it is in separate local leagues. The section has the authority to accept or deny participation.

5.01G(5)d Players who qualify for Championship level competition within a division must choose which team/NTRP level they will represent at Championship level when entered in the same competition.

5.01G(5)e An individual may play in one doubles match within each team match.

5.01G(6) Coaching. Coaching will be permitted only if the scoring method is the best of three sets and there is a rest period between sets. (See 5.01F.)

5.01G(7) Local League Champions. At the conclusion of local league competition, the local league coordinator shall certify to the sectional league coordinator the results of the local league competition and the name(s) and address(es) of the team captain(s). Local league competition must be concluded prior to the deadline set by the sectional association.

5.02 PROGRESSION.

5.02A Local League Competition. Each team that wins a specific level of local league competition shall be entitled to advance to the next level of competition.

5.02B Area Championships. Each sectional association shall determine and announce a method of progression suitable for its geographical boundaries for advancement of its local league teams to sectional league championships. Such progression may include one or more championships below the sectional level.

5.02C Sectional Championships. Each sectional association shall hold a sectional league championship in each sectional approved level for mixed doubles on or before the date specified by the USA League Tennis Committee, to determine its sectional champion. The winning team at each level shall be eligible to compete in the USA League Regional Championships. (NOTE: If the winning team at any level of competition is unable to compete further towards the regional championships, then the sectional league coordinator may select the second place team for such further competition etc.) The USA League Committee shall decide which sections will comprise a region.

5.02D Regional Championships. The team winning the regional championship in each level of competition shall be the USA League Regional Mixed Doubles Champion.

5.03 AREA, SECTIONAL AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

5.03A Eligibility.

5.03A(1) The Area/District or Section has the authority to determine the progression of teams to its Championship competition by (1) determining a champion of the preceding level of competition in its NTRP category or (2) the use of the Championship Wildcard Procedures. Champions of the preceding level of competition must be included in the progression.

5.03A(2) An individual player may play in only one doubles match within each team match.

5.03A(3) ) No individual is eligible to progress to championship level competition unless he/she has played on that same team in at least two matches during its local league season. A forfeited match shall count as a match played for the player(s) receiving the forfeit, but not for the player(s) who forfeited. A retired match shall count for all players involved. (See 3.03L.)

5.03A(4) A minimum of four team members (two women and two men) who were on the final roster of their local league team must be available and eligible to compete at area championships and above. At the regional championships, a minimum of six team members (three women and three men) who were on the final roster of their local league team must be available and eligible to compete. The Regional Championships Tournament Committee, by majority vote, may reduce that number to not less than four.

5.03A(5) The section shall have the right to decide whether a team who competes at championship level must disperse to form a new team for the following league year and under what conditions.

5.03B Scoring and Rest.

5.03B(1) It is recommended that all matches will be the best of two sets and the set tie-break shall be used at 6-all in each set. In the event of split sets, a set or match tie-break shall be played in lieu of a third set with no rest period or coaching allowed. (The tie-break shall be scored as 1 set and 1 game for tie-break procedures.) For play at/or below the sectional level, the sectional association may authorize the use of other USTA approved scoring methods an other scoring methods that are compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Program. At the sectional or national championships level, if an emergency or other condition dictates, the tournament referee may authorize the use of other USTA approved scoring methods in order to complete play on schedule. Alternate match formats include: best of three sets with a set tie-break at 6-all (a ten minute rest period with coaching allowed may be taken between the second and third set at the request of any player); pro-set matches; a single set with a set or match tie-break at 6-all or any other USTA approved scoring methods that are compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Program. No-Ad scoring can be used with any of the above scoring methods.

5.03B(2) Team match format shall be three individual doubles matches. The team winning the majority of those three individual matches shall be awarded one team point.

5.03B(3) Procedures in the Event of a Tie. In the event of a tie, whether in round robin or single elimination competition, the tie shall be broken by the first of the following procedures that does so:

5.03B(3)a Individual Matches. Winner of the most individual matches in the entire competition.

5.03B(3)b Sets. Loser of the fewest number of sets.

5.03B(3)c Games. Loser of the fewest number of games.

5.03B(3)d Head-to-Head. Winner of head-to-head match.

5.03B(3)e A method to be determined by the championships committee: procedure to be announced prior to commencement of championships competition.

5.03B(4) Forfeits. In all championships after local league competition, a team must have a minimum of four eligible players available for play in each match or the entire match shall be forfeited. A team may forfeit a maximum of one position in a match without forfeiting the entire match. Said position shall be the No. 3 doubles.

5.03C Competition Format. The Championships Committee shall determine the format for the competition. If round robin competition is used, then each team shall play every other team in its flight and the team with the most team points shall be champion in its flight. The use of flights requires a playoff structure to establish a champion. If single elimination competition is used, then each team shall be drawn in tournament format in accordance with the USTA Tournament Regulations.

5.03D Official League Championships Entry. An official copy of the USTA LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP CONTROL SHEET/TEAM ROSTER FOR LEAGUES shall be submitted by the team captain or coordinator to the Championships Committee at the first level of league championships prior to the deadline announced for entry into the event.

5.03E Awards. Awards given will be based on eight players per team for up to five NTRP levels per section.

5.03F General. League players may play in the USA League Tennis - Adult, Senior and Mixed Doubles Divisions during the same local league season.  

 


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