USTA Southern Section Policy on Resident Status

USTA Southern Section Policy on Resident Status
An individual is considered a "bona fide" resident of the USTA Southern Section of the USTA when his/her legal residence is in one of the States of the USTA Southern Section (State of Alabama, State of Arkansas (including Bowie County, Texas), State of Georgia, State of Kentucky (except for the counties of Boone, Campbell and Kenton), State of Louisiana, State of Mississippi, State of North Carolina, State of South Carolina, State of Tennessee (including Bristol, Virginia), and he/she has made tangible and/or intangible contributions to one of the districts. A junior player is considered to be a resident if it can be demonstrated that his/her legal supporting parent(s) is a legal resident of one of the states.

A person's legal residence is his/her permanent dwelling place. It is the place where he/she is generally understood to reside with the intent to remain there indefinitely and return when absent. There must be a concurrance of actual residence and of intent to remain indefinitely to acquire legal residence. Examples are as follows:

  1. Employment in one of the nine states,
  2. Residence of the individual or residence of the parents for a junior,
  3. Location of eligibility of voter registration,
  4. Location of individual's or family's (in the case of a junior) personal property and payment of taxes thereon,
  5. Place where the individual has filed and paid state income tax,
  6. Address and other pertinent facts listed on federal and state income tax returns,
  7. Address listed on credit cards,
  8. State where individual's or parent's (in the case of a junior), personal automobile title is registered and the payment of property tax thereon.
  9. Address on individual's or parent's (in the case of a junior) drivers license.

The above factors are only examples of many acts that might reveal one's true intent with regard to residency. Intent should not be determined on the basis of one of these facts alone; neither should a predetermined number of facts be required. Instead, all the acts that tend to display intent to become a legal resident of a state in the UTSA Southern Section should be listed together.

The burden of proof of eligibility for entry to USTA Southern Section Closed tournaments and for USTA Southern Section ranking is on the player seeking to be declared eligible.

If a player feels that there is any debate that he/she qualifies as a resident of the USTA Southern Section of the USTA, according to the prescribed regulations, and thereby eligible to be ranked and/or participate in USTA Southern Section Closed tournaments, he/she may appeal his/her eligibility to an appeals committee composed of:

  1. The President of the USTA Southern Section or his/her appointee, who will serve as chairman of the committee.
  2. The Chairman of the USTA Southern Section Grievance Committee.
  3. The President of the State where the player claims he/she is a resident.

A request of this nature must precede, by at least 15 days, the commencement of any closed tournament in which the player wishes to enter, or, in the case of ranking, within the prescribed appeals period for a USTA Southern Section ranking. The decision of this committee will be binding upon the states.

Go back to USTA Southern Section Rules and Regulations.

 
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