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2003 Southern Regulations

USTA Southern Section Regulations

for USA League Tennis

Adult, Senior & Mixed Double Divisions

League Year 2003

The USA League Tennis Regulations have full force and applicability at all levels of play in USA League Tennis in the 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. Any recommendations for changes to the USA League Tennis Regulations must be properly forwarded via the Section to the USTA Leagues Committee for consideration in the next revision. USA 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 2003 USA League Tennis Regulations.)

1.0 GENERAL

1.09 AMENDMENTS. The Section Adult Leagues Committee may amend these Southern SectionRegulations.

1.14 APPLICATION FOR ENTRY. These Southern Section Regulations may be amended by the Section Adult Leagues Committee.

1.16 ADULT LEAGUES COMMITTEE. The 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.

1.19 LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATORS. The State League Coordinators with the approval of the Sectional League Coordinator may appoint Local League Coordinators to implement and administer USA League Tennis.

1.23 CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEES. Each state association within the Southern Section is responsible for appointing championship committees within their area.

1.25 LOCAL LEAGUE SEASON. All local leagues shall obtain approval of the State and Sectional Coordinators for the dates of the local league season(s) within the Southern Section.

2.0 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES. All Local Leagues will appoint Grievance and Grievance Appeals Committees. The State League Coordinator shall approve these committees. 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. All grievances with regard to any aspect of USA League Tennis 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. The USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Grievance Committee and USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Grievance Appeal Committee will handle all grievances against administration. Decisions of Grievance Appeal Committees shall be final and binding.

3.00 ADULT DIVISION REGULATIONS

3.01 LOCAL LEAGUE.

3.01B Team. State Associations may limit the number of players on a team roster. No limit shall be set on the number of players on a roster at a specific NTRP level.

3.01G SCORING AND REST. Each state association may determine the method of scoring for Local league competition.

3.01H COMPETITION

3.01H(2) Team Match and Scoring. The local league shall state the method of determining the winner of the local league. This shall include tiebreak procedures to be used. The team winning the majority of individual matches shall be awarded one team point.

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 3.03K, 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, forfeits will be awarded to individual match positions where opponents are not available and ready to play.

Note: In the event that rain or inclement weather forces the cancellation and re-scheduling of a team match, substitutions may be made in any individual matches which had not begun. Points awarded for forfeits during the original lineup exchange will stand. All players involved in such forfeits cannot participate in the re-scheduled match.

3.01H(5) Player Participation. If, during a league season, a player moves to a higher level of play, he/she is not in violation of this USA League Tennis Regulation but must meet the two-match eligibility requirement at the higher level. Any individual match(es) won at lower level cannot be considered a loss(es).

Note: This is a USTA Interpretation.

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.

3.01I. 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 Section shall determine the progression from State Championship to Sectional Championship.

The State Association shall hold a State League Championship to be held on or before the 8th day of July 2003 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, 2003 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.)

DATE AND LOCATION. The 2003 USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships will be played in Columbia, SC, July 19 -27, 2003.

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

3.03C 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 3.01G USTA Regulations)

3.03J Individual Forfeits - Special Scoring for Forfeits and Retirements.

In the event that proper procedures for forfeits are not followed, the forfeiting team will subsequently lose any individual matches won at lower singles or doubles positions. If a team match results in a tie due to a double forfeit (both opponents forfeiting in a given position), the tiebreak procedures are outlined in USA League Tennis 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

3.04C NTRP Appeal Committees.

3.04C(1). LOCAL LEAGUE PROCEDURES. The Sectional League Coordinator and the State League Coordinator shall first approve all local NTRP Appeal Committees. NTRP Disqualification Appeals are considered based solely on missing or incorrect information.

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. 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 generated 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

3.05B 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 or 2002 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: If you have a computer rating from 2001 or 2002 and you want a reconsideration of that rating due to a disabling injury or illness, you 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 Appeal Committee. The request must be accompanied by one attending physician's evaluation of the injury and all other substantiating information. The NTRP Appeal Committee will review all information and render a decision in writing.

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.

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 a tentative 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.

5.01E LEVELS OF PLAY. The levels offered will be combined (4.5-10.5 Adults and 6.5-8.5 Seniors) where each individual mixed doubles team’s combined NTRP ratings may not exceed the level entered. The following limitations shall apply:

To play in the:

  • 4.5 level, your rating cannot exceed 2.5
  • 5.5 level, your rating cannot exceed 3.0
  • 6.5 level, your rating cannot exceed 3.5
  • 7.5 level, your rating cannot exceed 4.0
  • 8.5 level, your rating cannot exceed 4.5
  • 9.5 level, your rating cannot exceed 5.0
  • 10.5 is open to all levels

SENIOR MIXED DOUBLES LEVELS.

The Senior Mixed Doubles Levels 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5 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. Seniors may not advance to championships on two senior mixed doubles teams.

4. 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 State Championships.

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 within 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.

5.01I 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 tot he deadline set by the state association.

5.02 PROGRESSION

5.02B. AREA/STATE CHAMPIONS. 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 Section shall determine the progression from State Championship to Sectional Championship.

The State Association shall hold a State League Championship to be held on or before the 1st day of October, 2003 to determine its State Champions. Any State who cannot comply with this date must seek the permission of the SLC and Adult Leagues Committee.

DATE AND LOCATION. The 2003 USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships will be held in Chattanooga, TN, October 17 - 19, 2003.

5.03 AREA, SECTIONAL AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

5.03A. Eligibility.

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 4.04E(4) for scoring in the event of retirements.

USTA Southern Section Adult League Committees – The 2002 Adult League Committees will serve until December 31, 2002. The 2003 Adult League Committees will be announced no later than the 2003 USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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