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FAIR PLAY INTERPRETATION (as of 5/12/04)

FAIR PLAY INTERPRETATION (as of 5/12/04)

Can any action be taken against an individual or captain who enters or condones entering at one NTRP level when the player’s actual skill level is at the top of the next NTRP level or higher? 

The USTA League Tennis Committee considers these acts to be a violation of the standards of good conduct, fair play and good sportsmanship in accordance with the provisions of 2004 USTA League Tennis Regulation 2.02.  Accordingly, the following guidelines shall be implemented by all sections to deal with these alleged violations.  As Grievance procedures apply to all national programs, the Mixed Doubles Division is included in this process.

Self-rate Guidelines and NTRP Characteristics are available on the USTA League Tennis NTRP web site and should be used as aids in correctly self-rating.

It is the intent of the USTA League Tennis Committee to identify and eliminate self-rate violators as early as possible prior to or during the league season.  Toward this end, Local League Coordinators and captains are encouraged to identify individuals who are seen to be at the top of the next level or higher.  

A complaint may be filed before league play begins and through Sectional Championships by a captain, coordinator or member of a championship committee against the player and/or captain who enters or condones entering at one NTRP level when the player’s actual skill level is at the top of the next NTRP level or higher. (Example self-rates at 4.0 while playing ability and history support a top of level 4.5 or higher.)

The Section League Grievance Committee will have jurisdiction, augmented as necessary by experts in NTRP ratings, and may ask the alleged violator to complete the USTA Player Background History sheet and submit to the committee for review.  After review, and in consultation with the NTRP experts who have augmented the committee, the Section League Grievance Committee will take action, as they deem appropriate.   This action may include disqualification of the player to the top of the next NTRP level or higher and penalties against the captain and others who condoned the player’s inaccurate self-rating. 

Play during Grievance procedures:  An individual may continue to play during any grievance investigation and hearing but must understand that if upheld, all matches played during that time may be defaulted. 

Play during Appeal procedures: If the grievance is upheld, the individual may not play during his/her appeal process.

If the grievance is denied and appealed by the filer, the individual may play during his/her appeal process but must understand that if the decision of the Grievance committee is reversed, all matches played during that time may be defaulted.

If matches are to be reversed, the section shall follow all the time and scoring constraints listed under Regulation 2.02B(4) and 2.02C(4) Scoring of Eligibility Disqualification.  The Section League Grievance Committee may establish additional penalties as they deem appropriate including but not limited to disqualification, suspension from league play or other league sanctions.   The section shall have the option to administer fair play grievances prior to, during or after championship play.

The Section League Grievance Committee decision may be appealed in accordance with Regulation 2.03 of USTA League Tennis Regulations.

 


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