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2005 USA Adult League Rules

2005 PHILADELPHIA AREA TENNIS DISTRICT (PATD)

CAPTAIN'S REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR

ADULT & SENIOR USA LEAGUE TENNIS

Section 1 - Registration

USTA Membership Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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USA League Registration

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Section 2 – Player Participation

Playing on more than one team

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Number in Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Section 3 – League Play

Schedules

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Court Availability

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Format

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Rescheduling and Forfeiture

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Rain Procedures and Make-Ups

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Advancing Competition

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Court Conduct

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Grievances

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League Scoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Appendix # 1 – Calendar for 2005 USA League Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Appendix # 2 – League Coordinators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Philadelphia Area Tennis District rules elaborate on but do not replace or supersede USTA or USTA/MS Regulations. …


ECTION ONE: REGISTRATION

I. MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION

A. All team members must be members in good standing with the USTA before they register for a team or play a match. USTA memberships must be valid through July 31, 2005 for Adult Leagues; through August 31, 2005, for the Senior and Super Senior Leagues.

B. Players may join the USTA or renew their memberships by logging onto the USTA/MS website (www.middlestates.usta.com) and choosing TennisLink from the menu at left or by using the TennisLink telephone number. (1-800-990-8782)

II. LEAGUE REGISTRATION

A. To register for a team log onto the www.middlestates.usta.com. Choose TennisLink on the left margin. When TennisLink displays, go to Register for a team on the right.

B. Each player will need to have the following available before registering for a USA League Tennis team. (A USTA membership number, a team number provided by the team captain, phone number and a credit card with the expiration date)

C. The 2003 registration fee will be $17.00 per player participating in the adult and/or senior leagues.

D. All players will have a computer rating when signing up for a team or will be prompted to declare a self-rating during the registration for a team. Players with any kind of tennis history (playing in college, national or sectional ranking, etc. must complete a Player History Form prior to playing in their first league match.

E. It is the captain's responsibility to be sure all team members are properly registered with the USTA before a match is played. Be sure to tell players that they must go to TennisLink to register.

F. Registration Dates for Leagues:

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Adult Leagues …………

2/1/05 – 6/14/05

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Senior Leagues ……….

5/1/05 – 8/15/05


SECTION TWO: PLAYER PARTICIPATION

  1. Philadelphia Area Tennis District players may play on more than one team within a division in the same local league as long as it is a different NTRP level. Players are required to play at their NTRP level or higher. (For example a 3.0 player may play on a 3.0 adult league team as well as a 3.5 Adult League team). Such players must be properly registered on both teams (including paying two registration fees), must notify both team captains that they are playing on more than one team. Players may elect to play on both teams if they advance to championship level . Any scheduling conflicts as a result of playing on more than one team are the responsibility of the individual player.

II. Philadelphia Area Tennis District players are allowed to play on teams in other districts during the same league season (as defined by league starting and ending dates). Likewise, players who play in another district may play on a Philadelphia Area team during the same league season. (For example, a Philadelphia Area player may play on a Philadelphia Area team and at the same time may play on a New Jersey team. A New Jersey district player may play on a Philadelphia Area Tennis District team while playing at the same time on an EPD team). Again, it is the responsibility of such a player to notify both captains that they are playing on more than one team.

III. Only 4 players who play together on a team in Philadelphia may play together on a team in any other district. Other districts also have specific rules about this.

IV. Philadelphia Area Tennis District players are allowed to play on both adult and senior leagues teams at the same level during the same local league season. They may play at their current NTRP level or higher.

V. An individual player may play in only one singles or doubles match within each team match.

VI. Adult players must have reached the age of nineteen (19) prior to December 31, 2005. Senior league players must have reached the age of fifty - (50) prior to December 31, 2005. Super Senior League players must have reached the age of sixty - (60) by December 31, 2005.

VII. A minimum of sixty percent (60%) of rostered players on any team shall be in level. This applies to USA League Tennis -- Adult only.

SECTION THREE: LEAGUE PLAY

I. SCHEDULES

A. Your league coordinator will send match schedules to all captains approximately two weeks before the start of that level's league play. Captains should confirm scheduled start times, directions, etc. with the opposing team at least 4 days prior to each match. Either the home or away captain may call.

B. Any changes in match schedules because of weather or any other reason must be reported to the League Coordinator.


II. COURT AVAILABILITY

A. Adult local league teams must guarantee the use of at least three (3) indoor or outdoor courts for all league matches and rainouts. Senior local league teams must guarantee two (2) indoor or outdoor courts.

B. Where there are only 3 or 4 courts available in an adult League match, the two captains should agree on the order of play. Courts should be fielded in order (e.g. #1 singles before #2 singles and #1 doubles before #2 & #3.) Notification should be given 4 days prior to the match.

C. When there are only 2 courts available in a Senior League match the two captains should agree on the order of play.

D. Home teams are responsible for the court fees and new balls.

III FORMAT

A. Team Format:

· Adult League - 2 Singles and 3 Doubles (1Singles/2Doubles For 2.5 & 5.0)

· Senior League - 3 Doubles

· Super Senior League - 3 Doubles

B. Match Format: Best of three (3) tie-break sets

C. Point Penalty: The USTA Point Penalty System will be used for league play. The clock starts for the Point Penalty System at the time the match is scheduled. Warm-up is part of the match. This is for Adult only.

D. Warm Up Period: All matches should start promptly at the time scheduled. Under USA League Tennis rules, players are allowed only a ten-minute warm-up. Warm-up is never taken away even if the player is late.

E. Team Contacts: The home team captain will contact the visiting captain at least four (4) days prior to discuss the place and order of courts (if less than 5 courts). If you are unable to field a full team, please contact the opposing captain prior to the match so they can make adjustments so as not to inconvenience anyone.

F. Scorecards: Captains must fill out scorecards and exchange before the match begins. Match results MUST be reported within 72 hours of completion. Opposing captain must verify within 48 hours or forfeit right to appeal the score.


IV. RESCHEDULING AND FORFEITURE

A. The District League Coordinator will reschedule matches ONLY for reasons of:

1. Rain or Snow

2. Unexpected Club Conflicts

3. Other USTA league playoff matches

4. It is permissible for two teams to reschedule on their own if both captains agree.

5. PLEASE NOTE: A team which forfeits an entire team match after the schedule has been mailed to captains will automatically forfeit their eligibility to compete in the District playoffs. Ninety percent (90%) of courts must be played. All matches must be played and reported to TennisLink or teams will not be eligible for Area Championships.

V. RAIN PROCEDURES AND MAKE-UPS

A. Indoors and Outdoors: If you are unable to complete a scheduled match because of court conflicts or weather you must arrange to finish the match at a time and location mutually agreeable to all players as soon as possible.

B. Rain Procedures: In the event of impending rain, both captains should communicate by phone in sufficient time prior to the match so that team members can be notified of any cancellation. As long as both captains are in agreement the match may be postponed because of the weather. Captains should try to reschedule the match on their own, however, if a mutual time cannot be arranged, both captains should call their League Coordinator and have him/her make the necessary decisions.

C. Matches suspended after play has begun should be rescheduled at a time and place mutually agreeable to the players involved. The match will resume between the same players at the point of suspended play, (i.e. 5-2 1st set, 30-15, team A serving). If the match is suspended, be sure players keep a record of the existing score.

D. Both captains must call their coordinator to register makeup arrangements. The only acceptable reason to cancel such makeup arrangements is bad weather.

E. All matches must be completed and reported by July 10, 2005 in the Adult League and August 25, 2005 in the Senior League.

VI. ADVANCING COMPETITION

A. To be eligible for Area, Sectional or Regional Championship play a player must have played in two local league matches, only one of which can be a forfeit. For National Championships, 3 matches must be played before advancing.

B. Match Format – Area & Sectional Championships: Best of two (2) tiebreak sets will be played. In lieu of a third set a “Match Tiebreak” (First to 10 points by 2) shall be played.

C. If during Championships play, indoor courts are required, an additional fee will be assessed to cover these costs.


VII. COURT CONDUCT

A. All matches should be conducted according to USTA Code of Conduct rules, any violation of these rules may be grounds for filing a grievance. Please remind your players of the following rules to avoid the most common on-court arguments:

· Announce the score before beginning each point.

· When unsure of a line call, the ball is GOOD.

· Players may NOT enlist the aid bf spectators when making line calls.

· Coaching is not allowed except if there is a 10-minute break between second and third sets.

· Gamesmanship or abusive language is prohibited.

B. If you have a cell phone, turn it off before you go on court. If it rings during play, your opponent wins that point. If you answer it, your opponent wins that game.

VIII. GRIEVANCES

All Captains should read the 2005 USA League Tennis Regulations and the USTA/Middle States Sectional Rules for rules and grievance procedures. When in doubt about a rule or procedure, contact your league coordinator. If you find it necessary to file a formal complaint regarding any matter, please be sure to follow the exact procedures spelled out in the 2003 USA League Tennis Regulations. All grievances must be filed in writing prior to the protesting team's next match. Mail to your coordinator. Grievance Committee members are Ralph Mundy and Tom Shelly. Grievance Appeal Committee will be chosen as needed.

IX. LEAGUE SCORING

· A team will receive 1 point for each match won. In the event of a tie, the championship tiebreaker method will be used as outlined in the 2005 USTA League Regulations (3.03l, (1-4).

· In a 7 or 8-team division, each team will play each other one time. The teams finishing in the top four will play each other a second time; the teams in the bottom half will play as well.

¨ Matches from all ten weeks of the season will count to determine the champion in such a division. “If a team forfeits an entire team match for any reason” (during the season continuation), “then all matches of that team played or to be played, shall be null and void. If all teams in contention for the Championships have already played the forfeiting team in good faith, the matches stand as played.” (National League Regulations 3.03M)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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