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USTA SOUTHERN SECTION REGULATIONS

for USA League Tennis

Adult, Senior & Mixed Double Divisions

League Year 2005 – Finalized 10-22-04

The USA League Tennis National and Southern Regulations have full force and applicability at all levels of play in USA 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 USA League Tennis Southern Section Regulations. USA 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 USA League Tennis National Regulations.

(Note: Paragraphs included herein are numbered according to pertinent paragraphs of the 2005 USA 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).

2.02A(3) Grievances shall be handled by USA 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.

2.02B 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 the state or 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.

3.01D ENTRY

3.01D(2) Players who do not have a computer rating on file in TennisLink shall self-rate in accordance with the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Guidelines and declare their self-rating on TennisLink when registering for a team. Individuals who have had a national or section ranking; played college tennis; have taught tennis; or played professional tennis must also complete a player history form and submit to the state and receive approval from the state to participate at their self-rated level before participating in a match. Failure to do so or omission of information regarding a player’s tennis history will subject the player, the captain and/or others who condoned inaccurate self-rating to sanctions and disqualification.

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 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:

  1. 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 forfeited in local leagues.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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)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.

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 2005 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 2005 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. 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 2005 USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships will be played in Charleston, SC, July 23-31, 2005.

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. State Associations in the Southern Section have the authority to determine the method of scoring for State Championships.

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 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.

3.04C NTRP Disqualification Review Committees

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). 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.

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 be included in the 2005 year-end ratings. Players aged 60 and older whose most current computer rating is from 2001 will be allowed to self-rate in TennisLink after the state has submitted the request to USTA.

3.08 2.5 and 5.0 REGULATIONS

3.08C 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 year-end 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.

5.01D ENTRY.

5.01D(2) Players who do not have a computer rating on file in TennisLink shall self-rate in accordance with the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Guidelines and declare their self-rating on TennisLink when registering for a team. Individuals who have had a national or section ranking; played college tennis; have taught tennis; or played professional tennis must also complete a player history form and submit to the state and receive approval from the state to participate at their self-rated level before participating in a match. Failure to do so or omission of information regarding a player’s tennis history will subject the player, the captain and/or others who condoned inaccurate self-rating to sanctions and disqualification.

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 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).

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:

  • Participants may advance to championships with one match instead of two matches.
  • Participants may qualify in local adult levels and advance to championships in senior levels.
  • States will decide if Senior Mixed local matches played in adult divisions count in standings.
  • 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.

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:

  • 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 forfeited in local leagues.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 1st day of October, 2005 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. 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 2005 USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships date and location will held in Cary, NC, October 21-23, 2005.

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. 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 USA 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

If a player begins the Super Senior season with an early start rating (issued for players in leagues that start prior to January 1st) and the year-end 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 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.

6.01D ENTRY.

6.01D(2) Players who do not have a computer rating on file in TennisLink shall self-rate in accordance with the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Guidelines and declare their self-rating on TennisLink when registering for a team. Individuals who have had a national or section ranking; played college tennis; have taught tennis; or played professional tennis must also complete a player history form and submit to the state and receive approval from the state to participate at their self-rated level before participating in a match. Failure to do so or omission of information regarding a player’s tennis history will subject the player, the captain and/or others who condoned inaccurate self-rating to sanctions and disqualification.

6.01E LEVELS OF PLAY.

The Sectional Championships levels of play for 2005 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 forfeits 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 forfeit for that individual match only. The forfeit principles in 3.03L, shall be applicable, with the Sectional modifications that:

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

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 2005 Sectional Championships is 12/31/05. 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 1st day of December, 2005 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

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 2005 USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Super Senior Championships will be held in Pelham, AL, March 31-April 3, 2006.

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 or Sectional Championships or the National Invitational 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.

2005 USTA Southern Section Adult League Committee will be announced by January 1, 2005.

2003 & 2004 USTA Southern Section 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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