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Eastern Mass Local League Rules

Adult, Senior and Mixed Doubles Divisions

3/10/04 revised 3/13/04

1. GENERAL

A) The following rules and regulations shall be known as the Eastern Massachusetts (EMALT) USA League Tennis Local Rules for the adult, senior and mixed doubles divisions.

B) The Eastern Massachusetts USA League Tennis Local Rules are supplemental and subordinate to the National and Sectional USA League Tennis Regulations. Players are responsible for reviewing all rules.

C) The Eastern Massachusetts USA League Tennis committee votes on EMALT local policy and regulation changes. Any person interested in a position on this committee should contact the league coordinator. Policy and regulation changes specific to local league play may be voted upon by the captains at the beginning of the league season in March at the Captain’s meeting.

D) Eastern Massachusetts USA League Tennis Local Rules and communications will be posted on www.usatennisemass.com.

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 and 5.0 level, which plays 1 singles and 2 doubles positions with no repeats. Senior and Mixed Doubles team matches will consist of 3 doubles positions respectively.

B) Player Participation: A player may participate in more than one NTRP level within a division (Adult, Senior, Super Senior, Mixed Doubles) in the same local league during the same season. Refer to the USA Tennis New England USA League Tennis Regulation III.E. Prior to registering for the second team the player must submit a Player Intent Form (04). No matches will be scheduled or rescheduled to accommodate players who are playing at more than one level. The Player Intent Form (04) and instructions are found on www.usatennisnewengland.com, select USA League Tennis.

C) 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:

- Adult & mixed doubles division players must turn 19 within the 2004 calendar year.

- Senior division players must turn 50 within the 2004 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 an NTRP computer rating he must self-rate. A player cannot self-rate if he has a current NTRP rating.

7. A player must have played at least 2 matches or received credit by default during the local league season as a rated player in order to qualify for championship play.

D) Fees & Balls: Each player will be assessed a one time registration fee of $10 upon registration on TennisLink. Team fees, which cover court fees and balls, are paid directly to EMALT by the specified deadline (refer to 2F). Tennis balls will be provided by the facility.

E) 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 a roster at their published NTRP level. Senior teams must have a minimum of 3 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.

F) Timelines:

1. April 3, 2004 – Commitment Form and $100 deposit must be mailed to and received by the local coordinator. The team deposit is non-refundable if the team drops out from EMALT after submitting the Team Commitment Form. Any team that has prior outstanding fees from local or championship events will not be eligible to participate in EMALT until their account has been reconciled.

April 17, 2004 – Team registration - Adult teams consist of 8 players and senior teams consist of 6 players respectively. In- level NTRP requirements must be met (refer to 2E). Failure to meet the deadline for team registration may render the team ineligible to participate in the 2004 championship year.

2. Local League Season- 2004 championship year

May 17 – July 22 – Adult & Senior

July 26 – July 29– Match make-up week

3. MATCH REGULATIONS

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

B) Each match has a time limit of 1- ½ 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 3.D. In the event that a match has to start later than the scheduled time it will still be 1-½ hours in length. Under no circumstances can an unfinished match be stopped before the time limit of 1-½ hours.

C) Due to the 1-½ hour restriction of all matches, play will be continuous throughout the match. Refer to USA League Tennis 2004 New England Regulations V.B (page 4). There is no rest after the 1st game of any set but players will change ends. If requested by any player on the court a two minute set break between any set may be taken.

D) Match scoring format: All matches will be the best of 2 out of 3 sets with no ad scoring. A Set Tie break (first to 7 by 2) will be played at 6-6.

Captain vote passed at March 10, 2004, Captains Meeting to stay with original regulation – 75 yes/50 no.

Under no circumstances can match points be split. If the match does not complete in the allotted time, finish the game in progress and the total number of games won determines the winner. If the number of games won is tied, a Set Tie break (first to 7 by 2) will be played to determine the winner. Exception to this rule would be a single point (sudden death) if a facility has limited court time. The serving rotation will continue in order and the opponents can pick which side receives. Important - The home team must inform the visiting team before the start of the match if a single point (sudden death) has to be played. If this regulation is not complied with and a Set Tie break cannot be played, the visiting team will be credited with a win for the match.

Captain vote passed at March 10, 2004 Captains Meeting to stay with original regulation – 117 yes/7 no.

E) Coaching is not allowed.

F) Players should determine before the start of the match whether to switch ends on the odd games. USA League Tennis Regulations state that if 1 person requests to switch on odd games, then all players will do so on that court.

G) Players should determine before the start of the match, whether curtains on adjacent courts are to be opened or closed. USA League Tennis Regulations state that if 1 person requests the curtains to be closed, then they will remain closed. Curtains will also remain closed if it is a pre-determined facility rule.

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

I) 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 a default at 15:01 minutes late and considered a 6-0, 6-0 win for the player(s) present. If the player arrives after 5 minutes past the scheduled start time but before the default time, he is to receive a 5-minute injury prevention warm-up. Refer to the USA Tennis New England USA League Tennis Regulations V.A. (page 4). Appeals of a defaulted match based on lateness must be in writing to the local grievance committee.

J) How the winner of a flight will be determined.

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. EMALT 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. To view team standings go to TennisLink (national.usta.com) and enter your team number or select Report Drill Down/Leagues Advance Search (at the bottom of the page); select the local area or ‘Stats & Standings’.

Captain vote passed at March 10, 2004 Captains Meeting to stay with original regulation – 99 yes/24 no.

K) Entering Scores & Scorecards: 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 5J. Match results must be entered and confirmed (or disputed) on Tennis Link, within 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 confirm the matches 48 hours after the match results have been entered. Do not wait until the last minute in the event of unforeseen situations or other conflicts arise.

L) 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 of the matches were played. Matches that are incomplete or are scheduled to be played at a later date must be entered as 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 #, player names, position played, date played and match results. The coordinator will make all corrections to the TennisLink scorecard.

M) Rescheduling Matches: 1. If there is a change in time, date or location of the regularly scheduled match, it is the home captain’s responsibility to notify the visiting team captain at least 48 hours in advance of the start of the scheduled match. A message left on an answering machine or by email does not constitute contact. Failure to comply may result in a default. Make up matches are allowed only for scheduled matches that are affected by specific holidays, weather, extenuating circumstances (committee rule) and approved contract time.

2. If a match is re-scheduled due to a holiday (Monday May 31, Memorial Day and Monday July 5, recognized July 4th holiday) or EMALT approved contract time, both captains must make contact with each other 48 hours in advance of the start of the scheduled match. Matches may be re-scheduled prior to the make-up week when agreed upon by both captains. A message left on an answering machine or email does not constitute contact. Failure to comply may result in a default.

3. If a match is scheduled to be played outdoors and must be cancelled due to weather, the make-up match must be re-scheduled indoors. Be aware of weather conditions in advance and communicate with visiting captains in order to arrive at a mutual agreement regarding any match start time or match location changes, etc. If the visiting team has available indoor courts, and both captains agree, the match could be played at the visiting teams’ courts. If the home captain does not feel it is in the best interest for his/her team to play at the visiting teams’ courts, the match has to be re-scheduled at a mutually agreed time, and scheduled on indoor courts.

4. If the captains cannot agree on a mutually acceptable date for a re-scheduled match, the home captain should provide the visiting team captain with 3 alternative dates from which to choose. If a match is cancelled or re-scheduled notify your level coordinator immediately and inform her of the time of the re-scheduled match.

5. Make-up week (week of July 26) is to re-schedule matches for Memorial Day May 31, July 5 and weather related cancellations. The league coordinator must confirm any other uses of the make-up week in advance or a default may result

4. GRIEVANCES

A) Grievances must be in writing from the team captain and must be mailed to the league coordinator and postmarked within 3 days of the disputed match. The league coordinator will inform all teams involved of the grievance. Within 1 week of being contacted by the league coordinator, the captain of the protested team may submit a letter to the league coordinator in defense of his/her teams’ position.

B) The grievance will be resolved within 15 days by the Local Grievance Committee. The Local Grievance Committee Chair will notify all teams of the decision.

C) Either captain can file a grievance appeal within 3 days of the Local Grievance Committee decision.

D) If the above procedure is not adhered to, the grievance could be rendered null and void.

E) The Eastern Massachusetts Local Grievance Committee is comprised of 3 members and does not include the local league coordinator.

5. DEFAULTS AND FORFEITURES

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 and senior and mixed divisions; i.e. in doubles, #2 must be defaulted before #1.

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 League Committee reserves the right to decide on the exceptions.

E) Team Forfeitures:

1. Any team (a team consists of enough players to win the match) who defaults an entire team match during the local league season (regardless if the default is during the match or prior to the commencement of the match) may jeopardize the team’s participation in the EMALT USA League Tennis Local League for the next season. The Local League Committee reserves the right to decide on any exceptions.

2. Any team who defaults more than five positions in one season may jeopardize their participation in the EMALT USA League Tennis Local League for the next season.

F) 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 remains as scheduled.

G) 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 except Mixed Doubles Exclusive are subject to disqualification at the Local, District and Sectional 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. Refer to 2004 USA League Regulation 3.04. The USA Tennis New England Sectional Office will notify the disqualified player and his/her captain.

7. DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY – ADULT DIVISION

A) The EMALT Adult Local League will participate in the District Championships (Blue District) and will play August 6, 7 and 8, 2004 in Eastern Mass. Exact locations and details will be available at a later date.

B) Each team that qualifies to play in the District Championships 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.

C) A player must have played at least 2 matches or received credit by default during the league season as a rated player in order to qualify for championship play.

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

E) The winning team in each four team flight and the winner and runner-up (or wildcard) 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 position matches won – determines the team winner of the local league season. In the event of a tie at the end of the EMALT 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

Should the 1st or 2nd place team decline to compete at the District Championships, a wild card team will be decided by the District Tournament Director and Local League Coordinator. 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 District Tournament Director have final approval of all wildcards.

F) The first place team from each level at the District Championships will be invited to play in the Sectional Championships.

8. SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY – ADULT & SENIOR DIVISIONS

A) The Sectional Championships will be held in Western Massachusetts on August 20, 21 & 22, 2004 for seniors and August 27, 28 & 29, 2004 for adults. Details will be available at a later date and locations can be viewed on www.usatennisnewengland.com.

B) The first place team from each level at Sectional Championships will be invited to play at the National Championships. Dates and locations can be viewed by going to www.usatennisnewengland.com select USA League Tennis (in left column) select championship or go to www.usta.com.

C) A first place Sectional 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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