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2009 Southern Regulations

USTA League Tennis: Adult, Senior, Mixed Doubles & Super Senior Divisions 
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League Year 2009 – as of 02-15-09

Major Changes for 2009:

National Regulations:

1. District/Area, Section and National Championship benchmarks may not be appealed the first year received.

2. No dynamic disqualification of Year-end Computer (C) or Benchmark (B) players. Reg. 3.04A

3. So. . . who can be dynamically disqualified? NTRP published level followed by A (appeal-all), S (self-rated), M (mixed exclusive), T (tournament exclusive), D (dynamic rating-usually an Early Start Rating moved down) in the Adult and Senior divisions through the Section Championships.

4. All medical appeals will be reviewed first by a section-appointed review committee and, if deemed a permanently disabling injury or illness, will be forwarded to the National Medical Review Committee for a final decision.

5. Mixed Doubles National Championship teams will follow the same Move-up/Split-up Regulations governing the Adult and Senior divisions. – no more than three (3) any gender may stay together the following league year.

6. Mixed Doubles Division will now include a 2.5 entry level for local through Section play. This is a straight level and may not be combined to form 5.0 teams.

7. Mixed doubles players NTRP disqualified after conclusion of their Section Championships may advance to Mixed Nationals, if they otherwise qualify.

Section Regulations:


3.05B(3 ) USTA Southern shall utilize a Section Appointed Medical Review Committee to evaluate all medical appeals; and, if the injury/illness is deemed permanently disabling, the appeal will be forwarded to the National Review Committee through the Section League Coordinator for a final decision.

5.01E LEVELS OF PLAY.

The levels offered will be straight 2.5 and combined 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 Adults and straight 2.5 and combined 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 Seniors where each individual player’s NTRP rating may be no more than 1.0 apart (i.e. a 3.0 player and a 4.0 player may play 7.0). Only 2.0 and 2.5 rated players may play at the 2.5 level.

USTA League Tennis National and Southern Regulations have full force and applicability at all levels of play in USTA League Tennis in the USTA Southern Section and there is no authorization to modify, amplify or change them by local or State League Coordinators, or Grievance or Grievance Appeals Committees. The Sectional League Coordinator, in conjunction with USTA Southern Section Adult Leagues Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman, shall have the authority to interpret the USTA League Tennis Southern Section Regulations. USTA League Tennis Regulations (National and Southern) are available on the USTA Southern Section website: www.southerntennis.com. Printed below are the USTA Southern Section League Regulations as authorized by the USTA League Tennis National Regulations.

(Note: Paragraphs included herein are numbered according to pertinent paragraphs of the 2009 USTA League Tennis Regulations.)

1.0 GENERAL

1.04 OFFICIAL LEAGUE REGISTRATION. Each state must establish deadlines and procedures for registering teams on Tennis-Link. Players who submit an appeal to their self-rating through the Tennis Link system before their local league deadline for registering players will be permitted to register up to seven days after the notification of final self-rating.

1.05 OFFICAL SCORE REPORTING AND STANDINGS SYSTEM. Scores must be reported in TennisLink within 48 hours of the completed team match. TennisLink will automatically confirm scores 48 hours after the team match is initially reported in TennisLink if not confirmed by opposing captain.

1.09 AMENDMENTS. These USTA Southern Section Regulations may be amended by the Section Adult Leagues Committee.

1.16 ADULT LEAGUES COMMITTEE. The USTA Southern Section League Program shall be governed by the Adult Leagues Committee appointed by the President of the USTA Southern Section and subject to the control and direction of the USTA Southern Section Board of Directors.

1.21 CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEES. Each state association within the Southern Section is responsible for appointing

championship committees within their area.

1.23 LOCAL LEAGUE SEASON. All local leagues shall obtain approval of the State League Coordinator for the dates of the local league season(s) within the Southern Section.

2.0 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

All local and state league regulations will include the names of grievance and grievance appeal committee members and will be distributed to captains prior to beginning of the local league season. Distributions via captains’ packets and/or websites are acceptable. Each state shall approve all Local and State League Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committees. Grievance decisions that impose sanctions will be upheld throughout the USTA Southern Section.

2.01A Grievance Committees

2.02A(2) All grievances against administration at the local, state or sectional level where the complaint alleges that a coordinator or committee has violated National, Sectional, State or Local Regulations will be handled by the USTA Southern Section Leagues Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committees. Decisions of Grievance Appeal Committees shall be final and binding, provided the decisions are not in conflict or in violation of national, sectional, state and/or local regulations. (See USTA Regulation 1.08).

2.02A(4) Grievances shall be handled by USTA League Tennis Grievance and Appeal Committees at the appropriate level (i.e. Local, State, or Sectional). Grievance actions may be moved to the next higher organizational level for action, as deemed necessary by the appropriate governing body.

2.02E Self-Rate Grievance Complaint. The USTA Southern Section will administer Self-Rate Grievance Complaints. These complaints should be first delivered to the Local League Coordinator who will forward to the State League Coordinator who will forward to the Southern Self-Rate Grievance Committee Chairman. This committee will have jurisdiction over grievances filed against any player and/or captain who commits or condones entering at an NTRP level lower than their actual skill level. Self-Rate Grievances filed within two weeks of the start date of the player’s and/or captain’s State or Sectional Championships will be administered after the event unless the section authorizes the administration of the grievance prior to that time. If the grievance is not administered until after the event, points won by players will stand. Disqualified players and/or captains that are suspended will not be eligible to advance to the next level of championship play.

3.00 ADULT DIVISION REGULATIONS

3.01 LOCAL LEAGUE.

3.01B Team. State Associations may limit the number of players that appear on a team roster and/or the number of players on that roster that are at a specific NTRP level.

3.01G SCORING AND REST.

Each state association may determine the method of scoring for local league competition.

3.01H COMPETITION FORMAT

3.01H(2) Team Match and Scoring. States may decide how to handle team defaults at the local level.

3.01H(4) Team Lineups. An individual match is started when the first ball is put in play. After the start of an individual match, if injury to, illness of, or disqualification of a player occurs, the opponents will be awarded a default for that individual match only. The default principles in 3.03L, shall be applicable, with the Sectional modifications that:

a. In the event of illness, injury, disqualification, or no-show of a player prior to the start of an individual match (once the lineup has been exchanged), a team may substitute a player in the affected position within the 15-minute default time, using a player not already listed on the lineup. If no such substitution can be made, the affected position only will be defaulted in local leagues.

b. In the event that a team match must be re-scheduled and starting times are staggered, where

opponents are not available and ready to play, defaults will be awarded in the affected position only.

c. States will decide how to regulate rescheduling of team matches due to rain or inclement weather or pass that authority to their local leagues.

d. Two players will play together in the higher position when both of their partners do not show in order to avoid two defaults.

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

3.01H(5)c A player may play on more than one team within this division in the same season provided it is in a

separate local league. The State has the authority to accept or deny participation.

3.01H(5)e Players who qualify for Sectional Championships may advance on (one) adult and (one) senior team but may not advance on two adult or two senior teams. (Exception: players may participate on a 5.0 and a 5.5 or Open team provided that each team that he or she is rostered on has at least five unique players registered to play at the Sectional Championships.) Players may advance to more than one State’s Championships provided they have qualified to advance in each state. If eligible players do not participate at the State Championships, they may participate in the Sectional and/or National Championships. A state has the authority to regulate advancement on more than one adult and/or senior team to the State Championships.

3.02 PROGRESSION

3.02B STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The format for winning teams to progress from local league competition to Sectional League Championships is as

follows:

The State shall determine the progression from local league to State Championship. The States shall identify to the Section their winning teams at each level.

The State Association shall hold a State League Championship to be held on or before the 5th day of July 2009 to determine its State Champions. Any State who cannot comply with this date must seek the permission of the Section League Coordinator and Adult Leagues Committee.

3.02C SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Sectional Championships format shall be round robin in all levels of competition. A full draw is comprised of two flights with five teams each: the nine state champion teams and a wildcard team. Each team shall play every other team in its flight and the team with the most team points shall be champion in its flight. Levels with two flight winners will offer a single elimination finals match to determine the champion. If a state has two teams in the same level, the referee will place those teams in separate flights provided there are two flights in that level.

The Section may issue wildcards as necessary to fill the draw. If less than four teams are entered in a NTRP level draw within 21 days of event, the draw for the NTRP level will be cancelled unless otherwise authorized by the Tournament Committee.

DATE AND LOCATION.

The 2009 USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships will be held in Birmingham, AL, July 25 – Aug 2, 2009.

Additional levels offered that do not require matches played prior to advancement to the Sectional Championships:

Men’s 5.5, Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Senior Men’s and Women’s 2.5.

3.03 STATE, SECTIONAL AND NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

3.03A Eligibility

Players who play in a local league prior to January 1, 2009 and whose published rating at the time of registration was in level may advance to championship play with that team at that level unless their NTRP rating reaches the disqualification mark for that level.

3.03A(2) In a local league where two league seasons are played, with a winner declared for each season, a player must have played two matches during the same local league season in which his/her team qualified for further competition. A team winning both seasons without identical rosters for both seasons must choose which season's roster of players will represent the local league at championship competition.

3.03C SCORING AND REST. At the Southern Sectional Championships, all matches will be the best of two sets and the Set tiebreak shall be used at 6-all in each set. In lieu of a third set, a Match tiebreak shall be played. There will be a two minute set break at the end of each set with no coaching. The Match tiebreak shall be scored as 1 set and 1 game for tiebreak procedures in the event of a tie. State Associations in the Southern Section have the authority to determine the method of scoring for State Championships.

3.03M SCORING OF TEAM DEFAULTS. A team forfeiting an entire team match during championship play may receive further penalties imposed by the Tournament Committee.

3.04 LEAGUE NTRP DISQUALIFICATION AND REVIEW PROCEDURES

3.04A(4) LOCAL LEAGUE PROCEDURES. Disqualified players may register on a higher-level team if a team agrees and there is time to register prior to the end of local round robin competition. State regulations for deadlines and roster limits would be waived if a team is found and time permits.

3.04D Scoring Procedures

3.04D(1) Local. If a self-rated player is disqualified for that particular level of play, all matches played by that individual player at that level shall be considered losses and scored (6-0, 6-0). Players not disqualified by conclusion of local league round robin play will be eligible to compete in entire local playoff. Dynamic ratings will be calculated at the end of the local playoff to inform any disqualified players that they may not advance to the state championships. Points earned by disqualified players will stand. Local play occurring at the State Championships: Players will be permitted to play in the entire event but if a disqualification occurs, the scoring will be the same as for all local round robin play.

3.04D(2) Championship. Dynamic ratings will be calculated following the State and Sectional Championships. Points earned by disqualified players will stand. The disqualified player will not be eligible to advance to the next level of competition.

3.05 YEAR-END NTRP COMPUTER RATINGS AND APPEAL PROCEDURES

Players may appeal their NTRP rating in accordance with the procedures of the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System and their State Appeal Procedures. Match results from NTRP Tournaments in TennisLink will NOT be included in the 2008 year-end ratings.

3.05B(3 ) USTA Southern shall utilize a Section Appointed Medical Review Committee to evaluate all medical appeals; and, if the injury/illness is deemed permanently disabling, the appeal will be forwarded to the National Review Committee through the Section League Coordinator for a final decision.

3.06 NTRP 2.5 and 5.0 REGULATIONS

At the Sectional Championships, if a player is injured or becomes ill after the lineup has been submitted and the captain must change the lineup in order to prevent a team match default, the opposing captain may also change their lineup. This only applies to the 2.5 and 5.0 levels as the lineup change will affect both singles and doubles positions.

5.00 MIXED DOUBLES LEAGUE REGULATIONS

All USTA League Tennis Regulations in 1.00 GENERAL, 2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES and 5.00 MIXED DOUBLES LEAGUE REGULATIONS shall apply to the USTA Mixed Doubles League Division with the modifications allowed to the USTA Southern Section listed below:

5.01 LOCAL LEAGUE

Players who play in a local league prior to January 1, 2009 and whose published rating at the time of registration was in level may advance to championship play with that team at that level unless their NTRP rating reaches the disqualification mark for that level.

If a player’s rating is lowered during the Mixed Doubles league season, the player must continue to use the rating submitted on the roster for that season.

5.01B Team. State Associations may limit the number of players that appear on a team roster and/or the number of players on that roster that are at a specific NTRP level.

5.01E LEVELS OF PLAY.

The levels offered will be straight 2.5 and combined 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 Adults and straight 2.5 and combined 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 Seniors where each individual player’s NTRP rating may be no more than 1.0 apart (i.e. a 3.0 player and a 4.0 player may play 7.0). Only 2.0 and 2.5 rated players may play at the 2.5 level.

SENIOR MIXED DOUBLES LEVELS

The Senior Mixed Doubles Levels 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 are not a part of the national program. The USTA Southern Section has authorized the following waivers for Senior Mixed Doubles Levels:

Players must play in at least one local or state championships match (including defaults received) in order to advance to the Southern Senior Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships. If there is no local or state competition offered, a team may advance directly to the Sectional Championships.

All other Mixed Doubles rules shall apply for Senior Mixed Doubles.

5.01G SCORING and REST. State Associations in the Southern Section have the authority to determine the method of scoring for local league competition.

5.01H COMPETITION FORMAT

5.01H(2) Team Match and Scoring. States may decide how to handle team defaults at the local level.

5.01H(4) Team Lineups. An individual match is started when the first ball is put in play. After the start of an individual match, if injury to, illness of, or disqualification of a player occurs, the opponents will be awarded a forfeit for that individual match only. The default principles in 3.03L, shall be applicable, with the Sectional modifications that:

a. In the event of illness, injury, disqualification, or no-show of a player prior to the start of an individual match (once the lineup has been exchanged), a team may substitute a player in the affected position within the 15-minute default time, using a player not already listed on the lineup. If no such substitution can be made, the affected position only will be defaulted in local leagues.

b. In the event that a team match must be re-scheduled and starting times are staggered, where

opponents are not available and ready to play, defaults will be awarded in the affected position only.

c. States will decide how to regulate rescheduling of team matches due to rain or inclement weather or pass that authority to their local leagues.

d. Two players will play together in the higher position when both of their partners do not show in order to avoid two defaults.

5.01H(5) Player Participation

5.01H(5)b The State may authorize participation in more than one NTRP level within this division in the

same local league during the same season.

5.01H(5)c The State may authorize participation on more than one team within this division in the same season provided it is in a separate local league. The State has the authority to accept or deny participation.

5.01H(5)d Players who qualify for Sectional Championships may advance on (one) adult and (one) senior team but may not advance on two adult or two senior teams.Players may advance to more than one State’s Championships provided they have qualified to advance in each state. If eligible players do not participate at the State Championships, they may participate in the Sectional and/or National Championships. A state has the authority to regulate advancement on more than one adult and/or senior team to the State Championships.

5.02 PROGRESSION.

5.02B AREA/STATE CHAMPIONS

The format to progress from local league competition to Sectional League Championships is as follows:

The State shall determine the progression from local league to State Championship. The States shall identify to the Section their winning teams at each level. The State Association shall hold a State League Championship to be held on or before the 4th day of October, 2009 to determine its State Champions. Any State who cannot comply with this date must seek the permission of the Sectional League Coordinator and Adult Leagues Committee.

5.02C SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sectional Championships format shall be round robin in all levels of competition. A full draw is comprised of two flights with five teams each: the nine state champion teams and a wildcard team. Each team shall play every other team in its flight and the team with the most team points shall be champion in its flight. Levels with two flight winners will offer a single elimination finals match to determine the champion. If a state has two teams in the same level, the referee will place those teams in separate flights provided there are two flights in that level. The Section may issue wildcards as necessary to fill the draw. If less than four teams are entered in a NTRP level draw within 21 days of event, the draw for the NTRP level will be cancelled unless otherwise authorized by the Tournament Committee.

5.03 AREA, SECTIONAL AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

DATE AND LOCATION. The 2009 USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships will be held October 16-18, 2009 in Jackson, MS .

5.03A Eligibility.

5.03C Scoring and Rest. At the Southern Sectional Championships, all matches shall be the best of two sets and the Set tiebreak shall be used at 6-all in each set. In lieu of a third set, a Match tiebreak shall be played. There will be a two-minute set break at the end of each set with no coaching. The tiebreak procedure shall be scored as 1 set and 1 game. See 5.03O USTA Regulations for scoring in the event of retirements. State Associations in the Southern Section have the authority to determine the method of scoring for State Championships.

6.00 SUPER SENIOR LEAGUE REGULATIONS

All USTA League Tennis Regulations in 1.00 GENERAL, 2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES and 6.00 SUPER SENIOR LEAGUE REGULATIONS shall apply to the Super Senior Division with the modifications allowed to the USTA Southern Section listed below:

6.01 LOCAL LEAGUE

Players who play in a local league prior to January 1, 2009 and whose published rating at the time of registration was in level may advance to championship play with that team at that level unless their NTRP rating reaches the disqualification mark for that level.

If a player’s rating is lowered during the Super Senior league season, the player must continue to use the rating submitted on the roster for that season.

6.01B Team. State Associations may limit the number of players that appear on a team roster and/or the number of players on that roster that are at a specific NTRP level.

6.01E LEVELS OF PLAY.

The Sectional Championships levels of play for 2009 are Super Senior 60 with 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 levels and Super Senior 70 with 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 levels. States may add additional levels in the local leagues at their discretion.

6.01G SCORING and REST. State Associations in the Southern Section have the authority to determine the method of scoring for local league competition.

6.01H COMPETITION FORMAT

6.01H(2) Team Match and Scoring. States may decide how to handle team defaults at the local level.

6.01H(4) Team Lineups. An individual match is started when the first ball is put in play. After the start of an individual match, if injury to, illness of, or disqualification of a player occurs, the opponents will be awarded a default for that individual match only. The default principles in 3.03L, shall be applicable, with the Sectional modifications that:

a. In the event of illness, injury, disqualification, or no-show of a player prior to the start of an individual match (once the lineup has been exchanged), a team may substitute a player in the affected position within the 15-minute default time, using a player not already listed on the lineup. If no such substitution can be made, the affected position only will be defaulted in local leagues.

b. In the event that a team match must be re-scheduled and starting times are staggered, where

opponents are not available and ready to play, defaults will be awarded in the affected position only.

c. States will decide how to regulate rescheduling of team matches due to rain or inclement weather or pass that authority to their local leagues.

d. Two players will play together in the higher position when both of their partners do not show in order to avoid two defaults.

6.01H(5) Player Participation

6.01H(5)b The State may authorize participation in more than one NTRP level within this division in the

same local league during the same season.

6.01H(5)c The State may authorize participation on more than one team within this division in the same season provided it is in a separate local league. The State has the authority to accept or deny participation.

6.01H(5)d Players must play in at least one local or state championships match in order to advance to the Southern Super Senior Sectional Championships. If there is no local or state competition offered, a team may advance directly to the Southern Super Senior Sectional Championships. Players who participate in Super Senior 60 and Super Senior 70 divisions will not be accommodated in scheduling of event. The one match requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Tournament Committee for players advancing to the Sectional Championships. The deadline for players to register on teams that are advancing directly to the 2009 Sectional Championships is 12/31/09. This deadline may be waived at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. Players may advance to more than one State’s Championships provided they have qualified to advance in each state. If eligible players do not participate at the State Championships, they may participate in the Sectional Championships and/or National Invitational. A state has the authority to regulate advancement on more than one Super Senior team to the State Championships.

6.02 PROGRESSION.

6.02B AREA/STATE CHAMPIONS

The format to progress from local league competition to Sectional League Championships is as follows:

The State shall determine the progression from local league to State Championship. The States shall identify to the Section their winning teams at each level. The State Association shall hold a State League Championship to be held on or before the 30th day of November, 2008 to determine its State Champions. Any State who cannot comply with this date must seek the permission of the Sectional League Coordinator and Adult Leagues Committee.

6.02C SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sectional Championships format shall be round robin in all levels of competition. A full draw is comprised of two flights with five teams each: the nine state champion teams and a wildcard team. Each team shall play every other team in its flight and the team with the most team points shall be champion in its flight. Levels with two flight winners will offer a single elimination finals match to determine the champion. If a state has two teams in the same level, the referee will place those teams in separate flights provided there are two flights in that level.

The Section may issue wildcards as necessary to fill the draw. If less than four teams are entered in a NTRP level draw within 21 days of event, the draw for the NTRP level will be cancelled unless otherwise authorized by the Tournament Committee.

6.03 AREA AND SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

DATE AND LOCATION. The 2009 USTA League Southern Sectional Super Senior Championships will be held March 12-14, 2010 in Pelham, AL.

6.03A Eligibility.

6.03A(3) A minimum of 6 team members who were on the final roster of their local league team at the conclusion of local league play must be available and eligible to compete at the State and Sectional Championships. The Tournament Committee can reduce that number to not less than four.

6.03A(4) Teams that compete at State, Sectional or National Championships are not required to disperse to form a new team for the following league year.

6.03C Scoring and Rest. At the Southern Sectional Championships, all matches shall be the best of two sets and the Set tiebreak shall be used at 6-all in each set. In lieu of a third set, a Match tiebreak shall be played. There will be a two-minute set break at the end of each set with no coaching. The tiebreak procedure shall be scored as 1 set and 1 game. See 6.03O USTA Regulations for scoring in the event of retirements. State Associations in the Southern Section have the authority to determine the method of scoring for State Championships.

2009 and 2010 USTA Southern Section Adult League Committees


Adult League Committee
Bonnie Vandegrift, Chairman
Donna Bailey, Vice Chairman
Ron Charron
Jerry Groce
Cookie Guarini
Dodie Hanchett
Kathy Hinrichs
Helen Martin
Bee Stewart
Sharon Rahman- ED
Bud Spencer- OL

Flex Subcommittee
Kathy Hinrichs
Helen Martin
Leslie Sheilds
Sherri Crosby

Sectional Championships Subcommittee
Dodie Hanchett, Chairman
Judith Anderson
Jeff Burns
William Bussey
Terri Wiley

NTRP Oversight Subcommittee
Phil Meador, Chairman
Debbie Swindoll
Ernie Harris
Mitch Godwin

Southern Grievance Committees & Grievance Appeal Committees are formed as necessary first utilizing members of the Adult League Committee and Subcommittees and then other committee members selected by the Adult League Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman or designee.

 


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