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Southern Combo Doubles is the fastest growing adult league program in the South!  Local team play is available in Adult combined levels 5.0, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 and Senior combined levels 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5.  In 2002, each State will host a State Championships with winning teams advancing to the Southern Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships in Rome, GA, January 10-13,2003.

Play is governed by the RULES OF TENNIS, "The Code" as contained in the current USTA Yearbook, and the following USTA Southern Section Regulations.  General regulations for the program are listed below.  Each State of the USTA Southern Section (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) may supplement these regulations as is required for play within their State.  Local and/or State regulations shall not be in conflict with the Southern Combo Doubles general regulations.  No Southern Combo Doubles Regulation or Procedure may be waived by a State Association or by any local, state or sectional league coordinator.  Any violation of these regulations shall be subject to such sanctions as may be imposed by the USTA Southern Section Adult Leagues Committee with the approval of the USTA Southern Section Management Committee.  Such sanctions are not subject to appeal. The Sectional League Coordinator, in conjunction with the USTA Southern Section Adult League Committee Chairman and Vice-Chairman, shall have the authority to interpret the Southern Combo Doubles Regulations.   

1. All participants must be current members of the USTA.
2. All participants must reach 19 years of age for adult divisions and 50 for senior divisions during the calendar year in which they play their first local league match.
3. The format of play will be three individual men's or women's doubles matches per team match.  Levels offered in this program are Adult combined levels 5.0, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 and Senior levels 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5 where each individual doubles team's combined NTRP ratings may not exceed the level entered. 
4. The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is the official system for rating levels of competition in Southern Combo Doubles.  Players without a computer rating from 2001 to 2002 may self-rate themselves in accordance with the NTRP guidelines.
5. Disqualification is not a procedure of this program.
6. Players must play in at least one local or state championships match in order to advance to the Southern Combo Doubles Sectional Championships.  If there is no local or state competition offered, a team may advance directly to the Southern Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships.
7. Sectional Championships Scoring: 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. 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:

A. Individual Matches -  Winner of the most individual matches in the entire competition.
B. Sets - Loser of the fewest number of sets.
C. Games - Loser of the fewest number of games.
D. Head-to-Head - Winner of head-to-head match.
E. A method to be determined by the championships committee - Procedure to be announced prior to commencement of championship competition.

Note: Should inclement weather or other circumstances prevent the completion of tournament play at the Sectional Championships, and the Tournament Committee has not cancelled the event, these tiebreak procedures will be used to declare a winner in each group and a champion and finalist in each level.

 

 
 
 
 
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