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League Tennis Rules 2008

USTA NE

VALLEY LEAGUE OF WESTERN MASS. LOCAL LEAGUE TENNIS RULES 2008

Adult – Senior – Super Senior – Mixed Doubles Leagues

10/30/07

1. GENERAL

A. The following rules and regulations shall be known as the Valley League of Western Mass. (VLWM) USTA League Local Rules.

B. The VLWMA USTA League Local Rules are supplemental and subordinate to the National and Sectional USTA League Regulations. Players are responsible for reviewing all rules.

C. The VLWMA USTA League captains vote on VLWMA USTA League local policy and regulation changes. The Local League Committee oversees the administration of the USTA League program and is comprised of the league coordinator, treasurer and level coordinators. Refer to #9 VLWM Coordinator Directory.

2. LOCAL LEAGUE

A. Match Format: Adult team matches will consist of 2 singles and 3 doubles positions with no repeats, except for the 2.5 or 5.0 level, which plays 1 singles and 2 doubles positions with no repeats. Senior, Super Seniors and Mixed Doubles team matches will consist of 3 doubles positions.

B. Player Participation: (captain vote 9/18/07) A player may participate at more than one NTRP level per division (Adult, Senior, Super Senior, Mixed Doubles) in the same local league during the same season. Prior to registering for a team in the second season or in another local area the player must submit a Player Intent Form. No matches will be scheduled or rescheduled to accommodate players that are playing in more than one league or division. The Player Intent Form and instructions are found on the USTA New England website; then select USTA League.

C. Participation of Out of Local Area Teams: (revised 6/15/04) The VLWMA may permit an out of district team or club to participate in league play given the following conditions:

1. The out of district team or club will submit a written request for permission to play in the VLWM to the Valley League Coordinator.

2. Majority acceptance of the out of district club or team is gained from the Valley League Captains.

3. The out of district team or club agrees to abide by the Valley League rules and regulations.

D. Eligibility:

1. In order to be eligible to play for a team, each player must be a member of the USTA and such membership must extend through the end of the league season.

2. Minimum Age Requirement:

(1) Adult & mixed doubles division players must turn 19 within the championship calendar year.

(2) Senior division players must turn 50 within the championship calendar year.

(3) Super Senior division players must turn 60 within the championship calendar year.

3. Each player must be registered on his or her team roster on TennisLink before playing a match. The Local League Committee reserves the right to decide on exceptions.

4. Each player must be at or below the particular NTRP level of play, before playing a match.

5. Players must have completed 2 matches from a prior season’s play in order to generate an NTRP computer rating.

6. If a player does not have a NTRP computer rating he/she must self-rate. A player must have played a minimum of 2 matches (1 default counts) during the local league season as a rated player in order to qualify for championship play.

E. Fees & Balls:

1. Each player will be assessed a one time registration fee of $13 for all leagues upon registration on TennisLink. After November 20, 2007 the registration fee will be $15.

2. Court fees for a 2 hr. match are paid directly to the indoor facility by the captain – winter rates are $16 per player and summer rates (after Memorial Day) are $10 per player. The captain or their designated team member must collect court fees from their players and pay the host club before going onto the court but after the lineups have been exchanged.

3. 48-hour notice must be given to the facility for match cancellations. The forfeiting team will be responsible for the total court cost of the individual match if this regulation is not followed. (Refer to 5E & 5F)

4. The Home Team will provide regulation (new) tennis balls.

F. In-Level NTRP requirements:

An Adult team must have a minimum of 8 players (3.0 – 4.5) and 5 players (2.5 and 5.0) on their roster at their published NTRP level. Senior teams must have a minimum of 6 players on their roster at their published NTRP level. Teams who do not meet this requirement will be deemed ineligible. The Local League Committee reserves the right to approve any exceptions.

G. Timelines:

1. Local League Season: 2008 championship year (2007-2008 Calendar year)

Winter season officially starts with the Captain’s Meeting on September 18, 2007.
Winter Adult Women season runs through April 13, 2008
Winter Men season runs through May 18, 2008
Mixed Doubles season runs through May 18, 2008
Summer season officially starts with Captain’s Meeting on March 22, 2008, 9:30am Holiday Inn, Holyoke.
Summer Women & Men season runs through July, 2008
Super Senior and Senior Men & Women season runs through July, 2008

2. Team Fee Deposits made payable to Valley League of Western Mass & mailed to the Treasurer by:

Winter Captain’s meeting Saturday Sept 13th, 2008.
Adult Women and Men $128 except 2.5 Women $96
Mixed Doubles $128
Senior Men, Women and Mixed $128
Super Senior Men and Women $128

Team fee deposits will be deposited into an escrow account until the end of the season. Checks will be issued to teams who have no total forfeitures and request a refund from the treasurer; otherwise the money is left in their account and carried over to the next season.

3. Club Commitment form due at the time of the Captain’s meeting.

4. Team Registration Deadlines for in-level requirement: Refer to meeting agenda

H. Championship Teams:

1st and 2nd ,if applicable, place winners of the winter season may play as a team in the summer season but are committed as a championship team from the 1st season. Their respective team members may not play on another team at the same level in the second season.

3. MATCH REGULATIONS

A. Team captains must exchange line-ups 5 minutes prior to the scheduled match time.

B. Each match has a time limit of 2 hours. Captains are to determine before the start of the match, how the end of time is signaled, (bell, clock on the court, timer, etc.). Refer to 3C.

C. Match format: (Captain vote 9/18/07)

Adult & senior women and mixed: best 2 out of 3 sets with regular scoring.

Adult & senior men: best of 2 sets with a 10 point match tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.

If a set is tied at 6-6, a set tiebreak (first to 7 by 2) will be played. Play will be continuous throughout the match. There is no rest after the 1st game of any set but players change ends. If requested by any player on the court, a two minute set break between any set may be taken.

Under no circumstances can match points be split. If a match is still in progress, stop play exactly 10 minutes before the allotted time and choose the appropriate match ending procedure. Finish the game or tiebreak in progress before starting the following:

1. Case I: If 2 sets are completed and split by both teams, a set tiebreak (first to 7 by 2) will be played to determine the winner of the match.
2. Case II: If 2 sets are completed and a 3rd set is in progress with a tied score (ex: 3-3), a set tiebreak (first to 7 by 2) will be played to determine the winner of the match.
If either team is ahead by 2 or more games, that team wins both the set and the match.
If either team is ahead by 1 game, play 1 more game to determine winner of the match. However, if the score is then tied, play a 9-point tiebreak (1st to win 5 pts) for the match.
3. Case III: If the 2nd set is incomplete and the score is tied (ex: 3-3), play a 9-point tiebreak (1st to win 5 points) for the set. If either team has a lead of 2 or more games, the leading team wins the 2nd set. If either team has a 1-game lead, play 1 more game to find a winner with a 2-game lead or a tied score for the 2nd set. If the 2nd set winner differs from the 1st set winner, play a 9-point tiebreak (1st to win 5 points) to determine the winner of the match.
4. If time runs out before completing any of the above tiebreak scenarios, a deciding point will be played to determine the winner of the match or the team ahead in the tiebreak score wins. However, before the 10-minute period begins, the players must decide and agree on which procedure will be used. (Captain vote 9/11/00)
5. When no time remains and the score is still tied, a deciding point will be played and the winner of that point wins the match. Since this is the final point, the receiver’s side determines into which court the deciding point will be served. If any player leaves the court without playing the sudden death point, they will be defaulting the match. If both players leave the court together, the match will be considered a double default. (Captain vote 6/15/04)

D. Coaching is not allowed.

E. Warm-up time limit: 10 minutes, including serves begins at the scheduled time the match is to be played, for doubles and singles matches.

F. Tardiness: The point penalty system will be enforced with the late player(s) losing the toss plus 1 game for each 5 minutes late. Penalties begin at the scheduled time of the match. The match is default at 15:01 minutes late and considered a 6-0, 6-0 win for the player(s) present. (Refer to Friend at Court Default Procedure Point Penalty page 113). If the late player arrives after 5 minutes past the scheduled start time but before the default time, he/she is to receive a 5-minute injury prevention warm-up. Appeals of a defaulted match based on lateness must be in writing to the local grievance committee.

G. How the winner of a flight will be determined;

Adult & Senior women and - Each position of a team will be awarded 1 point per position win. The team that has the most position wins at the end of the season is the flight winner. The TennisLink registration and score reporting system will be used to record team standings. VLWMA will use the ‘Indiv. Score’ column, not the ‘Team Score’ column, to determine team standings. In the event of a tie at the end of the season refer to 7E Championship Play.

Adult & Senior Men – Each position of a team will be awarded 1 point per position win. The team that has the most team wins at the end of the season is the flight winner. To view team standings, go to TennisLink at national.usta.com and enter your team name and go to your team stats page.

H. At the conclusion of the match, both captains must verify the correctness of the score sheet, sign the bottom and keep a copy for their records. If a match is protested and captains have not complied with this regulation the League Tennis Committee can render the protest null and void. Refer to 5G. Match results must be entered and confirmed (or disputed) on TennisLink with 48 hours of the match. Either the home or visiting captain can enter the match results first. After match results have been entered the 2nd captain must confirm or dispute the match information. Any team not complying with this requirement will lose their right to dispute their match result. TennisLink will automatically confirm matches 48 hours after match results have been entered. Do not wait until the last minute in the event of unforeseen situations or other conflicts arise.

Blank scorecards can be printed from TennisLink from your team page by selecting the match number (scorecard will show both team rosters at the bottom of the scorecard associated with the match number) or by choosing blank scorecard.

I. If all positions are not played or completed on the same date, the scorecard must still be entered on TennisLink after the earliest date that any matches were played. Matches that are incomplete or are scheduled to be played at a later date must be entered as a double default. After the remainder of the matches have been completed, both captains must email the local league coordinator and provide her with the match #, players names, position played, date played and match results. The coordinator will make all corrections to the TennisLink scorecard.

J. Rescheduling Matches: Snow/Rain Policies

1. In the event of a publicly announced storm emergency, accompanied by weather watch warnings, match cancellations must be made at the time the emergency actually occurs, not at the time it is forecast. However, advance calls to the host or visiting team/club of an impending violent storm is acceptable, especially, if one area is not aware of a warning in another area. Matches and/or court times should not be cancelled until the storm arrives and may not be cancelled earlier than 3 hours before the scheduled match time unless the club has already closed.

2. Once a match has been cancelled due to storm conditions, the captain must contact the league coordinator or level coordinator in addition to the opposing captain and the host club.

3. Due to difficulties in rescheduling whole matches as a result of a storm cancellation, team matches must play, if possible, any of the positions, which are not involved in the storm emergency area. Notification of all above parties’ (3K.2) involved should still be made.

4. After referring to the master schedule for possible dates, the league scheduling coordinator will speak with the club manager involved in the cancelled match to confirm that the court space is still available and then submit the date and time to the team captains involved.

4. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

A. At the beginning of the Championship season each participating team must select two team players to serve on the Grievance Committee/Grievance Appeal Committee. The selected player names must be submitted by email to the league coordinator before the first match of the league season is played.

B. Grievances must be in writing from the team captain and submitted on the official form. The grievance must be mailed to the league coordinator and postmarked with 24 hours of the disputed match.

C. If the above procedure is not adhered to, the grievance will be rendered null and void.

5. DEFAULTS and FOREITURES

A. Singles: The #2 singles must be defaulted before the #1 singles may be defaulted.
Doubles: The #3 doubles must be defaulted before the #1 or #2 doubles may be defaulted. The same principle applies to the 2.5 and 5.0 level (i.e. in doubles, #2 must be defaulted before #1) and in senior, super senior and mixed divisions the #3 doubles must be defaulted before the #2 doubles.

B. If the #2 and #3 doubles teams or the #2 singles player (excluding 2.5 and 5.0 level) start their matches before the #1 doubles team or the #1 singles player start their matches, and the #1 doubles team or the #1 singles player defaults after the 10-minute warm-up period, the order of play should remain as is on the score sheet.

C. The Local League Committee will review teams defaulting out of order.

D. Any player arriving on the court after 15:01 minutes past the match start time is automatically defaulted. The Local League Committee will review teams with repeated defaults. Action may be taken against the team captain, which may result in losing his/her position as team captain. The Local Committee reserves the right to decide on the exceptions.

E. Team Forfeiture/Court Cancellation Policy: (captain vote 4/10/96 with revision 6/15/04)
In the event a team cannot field all 5 positions, the forfeiting team captain must notify the host club 48 hours or more in advance of the designated time for the match in order to avoid incurring court fees. If 1 or 2 courts are being forfeited, only the host club needs to be notified. It is not necessary to contact the opposing team or disclose any further information. Two hours before the match, the captain of a team who knows they are forfeiting 1 or more positions must call the opposing captain to notify them of this situation. The player(s) are not required to drive to the club and be ready to play in order for the team to collect the points for the defaulted position(s).

F. Team Forfeiture and Default Penalties:

1. If a team defaults 1 of the 5 positions of the match, there will be no penalty incurred, but the team will be responsible to pay the entire court fee if the cancellation takes place less than 48 hours before the match. If there are two successive 1-position defaults, a warning will be issued. The 3rd default will entail a Grievance Committee meeting to determine a suitable penalty.

2. If a team forfeits 2 of the 5 positions of a team match, that team will be put on probation and will be responsible to pay the entire court fees if the court cancellations take place less than 48 hours before the match. Mixed Doubles, Seniors, Super Seniors & 2.5 women may only have 1 position default or there is no valid match (refer to 5F.4 below for penalty). A warning will be sent to any team forfeiting 2 positions.

3. If a team forfeits 2 of the 5 positions of a team match for a second time, that team’s forfeit will be sent to the Grievance Committee to determine a suitable penalty and that team will be responsible to pay the entire court fees if the court cancellations take place less than 48 hours before the match.

4. Any team* who defaults or forfeits an entire team match, (*a team consists of enough positions to win the match) will be automatically suspended from further league play for both the current season and the following season, and will forfeit the $120 ($75 for 2.5 women) team deposit. If the cancellation occurs less than 48 hours before the scheduled match time, the $120($75 for 2.5 women) is sufficient to cover the court fees. If the cancellation is made more than 48 hours in advance of the match, the security deposit will be retained in the VLWM treasury account.

G. Injuries:

1. A one time, 3-minute medical time out is allowed for injury, illness, heat related condition or cramping. If the match does not resume play after 3 minutes, the player (singles) or the pair (doubles) must be defaulted and the match will be recorded as retired.

2. If a player is injured within the 10-minute warm-up period, a legal substitute team member (a rated player on the roster who has not already played in that particular match) can play in place of the injured player. If the balance of the warm-up period is under 5 minutes, the substitute player will be allowed a 5-minute injury prevention warm-up. The order of play would remain as scheduled.

H. If match results or the individual player name is disputed, the scorecard showing the signature of both captains must be produced by each captain. Failure to produce a signed scorecard may render the protest null and void and the match may be recorded as a double default.

6. PLAYER DISQUALIFICATION

All players are subject to disqualification at the Local, District and Section levels. If a player is disqualified, he/she will be prohibited from further league play at that NTRP level for the remainder of the league season and all matches played will be scored as a 6-0, 6-0 win for his/her opponents. The USTA Tennis New England Section Office will notify the disqualified player and his/her captain. All divisions are subject to Fair Play Grievances and subsequent disqualifications.

7. DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY – ADULT DIVISION

A. The VLWMA Adult Local League will participate with Southern CT in the District Championships and will play August 1,2 & 3, 2008 in Western MA verses Rhode Island. Exact locations and details will be available at a later date.

B. Each team that qualifies to play in the District Championship must accept the invitation by phone or email within 7 days following the completion of the local league season. Any team qualifying during the make-up week must accept their invitation within 2 days of their last match. The captain must mail a team fee covering the cost of the championships, of which $100.00 is non-refundable if that team withdraws.

1. A player must have played a minimum of 2 matches during the league season as a rated player in order to qualify for championship play.

C. Each player must be a member of USTA and such membership must extend through the end of the Championship season.

D. The winning team in each flight of four or fewer teams and the winner and runner-up (or wild card) of each flight of five or more teams qualify to play in the District Championships, based on the points accumulated throughout the season. Most Individual Positions won – determines the team winner of the local league season. In the event of a tie at the end of the VLWMA local league season, the winner will be determined as follows:

1. Fewest sets lost
2. Fewest games lost
3. Head to head
4. Coin toss

The tie break procedure for adult & senior men will begin with most positions won. Should the 1st or 2nd place team decline to compete at the District Championships, a wild card team will be decided. The District Tournament Director reserves the right to add wildcards based on District Championship schedules at any NTRP level. A wildcard is determined by the 3rd place team closest in points (refer to league standings report) to the second place team within that division. The Section League Coordinator and the District Tournament Director have final approval of all wildcards.

E. The first place team from each level at the District Championships will be invited to play in the Section Championships.

8. SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY – ADULT & SENIOR DIVISIONS

A. The Section Championships will be held in Western Massachusetts on August 22,23 and 24, 2008 for Adults and August 15,16 & 19, 2008 for Seniors. Details will be available at a later date and locations can be viewed on the USTA New England website.

B. The first place team from each level at Section Championships will be invited to play at the National Championships. Dates and locations can be viewed by going to. newengland.usta.com, select USTA League (left column), select Championship.

C. A first place Section Championship Team that chooses not to compete at the National Championship level must move up one level as a team or disperse to form new teams with no more than 3 players (levels 3.0-4.5) and 2 players (levels 2.5 and 5.0) who were on the final roster at the conclusion of local league play on any single team for the following league year. Teams who want to move up one level may have to file a waiver with their local league if there is an in-level NTRP requirement for team eligibility.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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