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2004 Southern Section Regulations for USA League Tennis

USTA SOUTHERN SECTION REGULATIONS for USA League Tennis
Adult, Senior & Mixed Double Divisions
League Year 2004
(
Finalized 6-18-04)

The 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 at the USTA Southern Section website: www.southerntennis.com Printed below are the USTA Southern Section League Regulations covering those items that the National Regulations authorize the Section to promulgate.

(Note:  Paragraphs included herein are numbered according to pertinent paragraphs of the 2004 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.
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 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.
1.22 CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEES. Each state association within the Southern Section is responsible for appointing
championship committees within their area.
1.24 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.

2.02A Grievance Committees
2.02A(2) All grievances against administration at the local, state or sectional level 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).
2.02B Self-Rate NTRP Grievances.  States will appoint Self-Rate NTRP Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committees with approval of the USTA Southern Section.  These committee will have jurisdiction over grievances filed against any player and/or captain who commits or condones entering at one level when their actual skill level is at the top of the next NTRP level or higher. (USTA Interpretation, May, 2004).  Self-Rate NTRP 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 state 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.
2.02A(3)
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.

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. (See 3.01G USTA Regulations)
3.01H COMPETITION FORMAT
3.01H(2) Team Match and Scoring.  States may decide how to handle team forfeits 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 forfeit for that individual match only. The forfeit 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 will be forfeited 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, forfeits 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.

3.01H(5)b The State 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 a separate local leagues. The State has the authority to accept or deny participation.
3.01H(5)d Players who qualify for State or 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 each state has allowed local league qualification.  If eligible players do not participate at the State Championships, they may participate in the Sectional and/or National Championships.
3.01I LOCAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS. At the conclusion of local league competition, the local league coordinator shall certify to the State 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 state association.

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 2004 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: The Sectional Association shall hold a Sectional League Championship to be held on or before the 2nd day of September 2004 to determine its Sectional Champions. (Note: If the winning team at any level of State Championship competition is unable to compete further towards the Sectional Championships, then the State League Coordinator may select the second place team for such further competition, etc.) The Section may issue wildcards as necessary to fill the draw.
DATE AND LOCATION. 
The 2004 USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships will be played in Columbia, SC, July 17 -25, 2004.
FORMAT.  Sectional Championships play shall be round robin in all levels of competition.

3.03 STATE, SECTIONAL AND NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

3.03A Eligibility
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.
3.03A(3) A minimum of 8 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.
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.  The scoring in the event of a default, forfeit or disqualification shall be 6-0,6-0.  State Associations in the Southern Section have the authority to determine the method of scoring for State Championships. (See 3.03C USTA Regulations)
3.03M  A team forfeiting an entire team match during championship play may receive further penalties imposed by the tournament committee.

3.04  ADULT LEAGUE NTRP DISQUALIFICATION AND APPEAL PROCEDURES
NTRP Disqualification Appeals are considered based solely on missing or incorrect information.              
3.04B  NTRP Appeal Procedures.
3.04B(2) Championships.
  The Sectional NTRP Administrator shall set a deadline for NTRP Disqualification appeals which occur at State and Sectional Championships.
3.04C  NTRP Appeal Committees.

3.04C(1) 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 player is disqualified for that particular level of play, the individual match that produced the third disqualification dynamic NTRP rating and any subsequent match won by the player shall be considered a loss and scored (6-0,6-0).  By section waiver from USTA, 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.
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 

3.05A NATIONAL, SECTIONAL AND AREA BENCHMARK RATINGS
3.05A(2)  All 2003 players may appeal their rating in accordance with the procedures of the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System and their State Appeal Procedures except for those players who advance to the 2003 National Championships and those players disqualified at any time during the league year.  Players who advanced to State, Sectional or National Championships in 2001 or 2002 and did not play in 2003 may not appeal their ratings except due to disabling injury or illness.  Match results from NTRP Tournaments in TennisLink will be included in the 2004 year-end ratings.
3.05B   YEAR-END NTRP RATINGS FOR OTHER PLAYERS

3.05B(2) APPEALS TO LOCAL COMPUTER RATINGS: Local players (those who did not advance to championships competition) that wish to appeal their current 2001, 2002 or 2003 computer rating at the local level must do so, in writing, in accordance with the State Appeal Procedures.
3.05B(4) APPEALS DUE TO DISABLING INJURY OR ILLNESS:  Players who have a a computer rating from 2001, 2002, or 2003 and want a reconsideration of that rating due to a disabling injury or illness, must follow the procedures listed below:
a. A player with a State Benchmark or local computer rating may request a reconsideration of their rating in accordance with procedures established by the State Association.
b. A player with a Sectional Benchmark rating may request reconsideration of such rating by written request to the Chairman of the Sectional NTRP Medical Appeal Committee.  The request must be accompanied by one attending physician's evaluation of the injury and all other substantiating information.  The NTRP Medical Appeal Committee will review all information and render a decision in writing. 

3.06 2.5 and 5.0 REGULATIONS

3.06C Eligibility.  A minimum of 5 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 three.

4.00 SENIOR LEAGUE REGULATIONS
All USA League Tennis Regulations, and Southern Section League Regulations, contained in 1.00 GENERAL, 2.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES and 3.00 ADULT LEAGUE REGULATIONS with the exceptions listed in 4.00 SENIOR LEAGUE REGULATIONS shall apply to the USA Senior League Division.

4.05 Eligibility. 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.

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

5.01 LOCAL LEAGUE
If a player begins the Mixed Doubles season with an early start rating (issued for players in leagues that start prior to January 1st) and the final rating is higher, the player may continue to play with the NTRP rating submitted on the roster as long as the new rating is not at the Disqualification 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 combined (5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0  Adults and 5.0,6.0,7.0, 8.0, 9.0 Seniors) where each individual player’s rating may be no more than 1.0 apart (i.e. a 3.0 player and a 4.0 player may play 7.0).
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:

1. Participants may advance to championships with one match instead of two matches.
2. Participants may qualify in local adult levels and advance to championships in senior levels.
3. States will decide if Senior Mixed local matches played in adult divisions count in standings.
4. States will decide if Senior Mixed players may play on both adult and senior mixed doubles teams.

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.  (See 5.01G USTA Regulations)
5.01H COMPETITION FORMAT
5.01H(2) Team Match and Scoring.  States may decide how to handle team forfeits 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 forfeit 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 will be forfeited in local leagues.
c. 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, forfeits 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.

5.01H(5) Player Participation

5.01H(5)b The State may authorize participation in more than one NTRP level within a 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 a division in the same season provided it is in separate local leagues. The State has the authority to accept or deny participation.
5.01H(5)d Players who qualify for State or 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 each state has allowed local league qualification.  If eligible players do not participate at the State Championships, they may participate in the Sectional and/or National Championships.
5.01I Local League Champions.
At the conclusion of local league competition, the local league coordinator shall certify to the State League Coordinator the results of the local league competition and the name(s) and address(es) of the team captains(s). Local league competition must be concluded prior to the deadline set by the state association.

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 1st day of October, 2004 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
The Section may issue wildcards as necessary to fill the draw.

5.03 AREA, SECTIONAL AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

DATE AND LOCATION.  The 2004 USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships will be held in Chattanooga, TN, October 15 - 18, 2004.
5.03A Eligibility.

5.03A(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.
5.03A(5) Teams that compete at State, Sectional or Regional Championships are not required to disperse to form a new team for the following league year.

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.  The scoring in the event of a default, forfeit or disqualification (not based on NTRP) shall be 6-0, 6-0.  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. (See 5.03C USTA Regulations.)

2003 & 2004 USTA Southern Section Adult League Committees

Adult League Committee
Helen Jeter, Chairman 
Bud Spencer, Vice Chairman
Donna Bailey
Pat Erskine
Kelly Gaines
Bob Lucky
Phil Meador
Bee Stewart
Gloria Streuber
Bonnie Vandegrift

Sectional Championships Subcommittee
Bud Spencer, Chairman
Vicky Bethel
Jeff Burns
Steve Grooms
Ernie Harris
Judy Pearce
Bee Stewart
Debbie Swindoll
Terri Wiley  

NTRP Medical Appeal Committee
Dodie Hanchett, Chairman
Debbie Swindoll
Terri Wiley

Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committee
Donna Bailey
John Bayless
Ruth Anne Bendall
Vicky Bethel
Ann Brady
Becky Bryan
Jeff Burns
Pat Erskine
Kelly Gaines
Mitch Godwin
Jerry Groce
Steve Grooms
Elaine Hamilton
Ernie Harris
Mary Hatfield
Harriet Hewitt
Harriette Lynch
Bob Lucky
Karl Keesecker
Phil Meador
Judy Pearce
Brenda Smith
Bee Stewart
Gloria Streuber
Debbie Swindoll
Bonnie Vandegrift
Terri Wiley

 


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