MOUNTAIN TENNIS LEAGUE RULES

 

  

 

The purpose of the USTA Mountain Tennis Association is to promote team league   play for men and women at established ratings of the National Tennis Rating   Program (NTRP).

 

 

 

I.

Regulations

 

 

The   Mountain Tennis Association agrees to the rules and regulations of the USTA,   Southern Tennis Association, and Georgia Tennis Association as published. In   addition, the Mountain Tennis Association also sets forth the following rules   to apply to local team matches.

 

 

 

II.

Membership

 

 

A.

All   team members must have reached the minimum required age prior to or during   the calendar year in which such player participates in his or her first   league. All team members must be paid members of the USTA through the current   league season. Each member must pay local league fees, as applicable.

 

 

B.

Players   must play at their current computer rating or higher. Any player without a   computer rating must self-rate using the self-rating form on Tennis Link.

 

 

C.

Combo   and Mixed Doubles must self-rate following the same rules.

 

 

 

III.

Captains: Pre-Season Responsibilities

 

 

A.

The   captain should read and be familiar with the rules of the USTA, STA, GTA, and   Local League.

 

 

B.

Team RegistrationCaptains of   men’s, women’s, combo and mixed doubles teamsMUST   register on the "Captain Team" established by the Coordinator by   the designated deadline and will be assigned  a team number by the coordinator through   Tennis Link.

 

 

C.

Once   a player’s name appears on a Tennis Link roster they cannot change teams if   league play has begun unless they have been DQ’d.

 

IV.

Captains: Match Responsibilities

 

A.

“Home” team   captains should contact the visiting team captains 3 days prior to a scheduled match to make   final arrangements for the match, including the number, surface type, and   location of courts (or alternate courts in case of inclement weather).   Visiting captain must field as many courts as are presented(a minimum of   two). If both captains agree, additional courts can be used as   they become available. The location of the match cannot be changed without   notifying the visiting captain 3 days prior to the match unless both captains   agree. If the captain listed on the schedule will not be present at the match   he/she should notify the opposing captain the name of the person acting in   his/her stead.

 

B.

The captains may   agree on the order of play. However, if no prior agreement is made then the   order of play will be #1 singles, #1 doubles, #2 singles, #2 doubles and #3   doubles. Players in the second time slot must be available one hour after the   first time slot begins; players in the third time slot, must be available 2   hours after the first time slot begins.

 

C.

Team captains must   simultaneously exchange scorecards with completed line-ups BEFORE the   scheduled match time. Match time is stated on your   tennis link schedule. This match time is the beginning of the   20-minute default time (see section V.C). Warm-up time, beginning at match   time, should not exceed 10 minutes.

 

D.

Recording of ScoresIt is   the responsibility of the WINNING captain of men’s, women’s,  combo and mixed doubles teams to report   scores to Tennis Link within 24 hours of completion of the match.The   LOSING captain should confirm or dispute scores on Tennis Link within 48   hours of completion of the match. If scores are not confirmed or disputed   within 48 hours of completion of the match, the team will lose the right to   dispute the match score. Tennis Link will confirm scores after the 48-hour   period has passed.

 

E.

Note that an individual player   playing in men’s, women’s, and/or mixed doubles must play a minimum of two   matches within a league year to generate an individual Dynamic NTRP (DNTRP)   computer rating. Combo leagues do not generate computer ratings. Players only   playing mixed doubles will generate a rating to be used in mixed doubles,   men’s, women’s, and combo the following year.

 

V.

Format   of Play

 

A.

Each team shall   identify and reserve its home courts. The “home” team must guarantee a minimum   of 2 courts for league play. The “home” team pays any court fees. The “home”   team provides new balls for each match.

 

B.

One point for each dual match won will be awarded to the   winning team. These are individual wins.

 

 

C.

Defaults

 

 

1.

The 20-minute default clock begins   at the scheduled match time, when a court is available and a player has not   arrived.

 

 

2.

When a player does not show up   within the 20-minute default time, or a player becomes ill or injured during   warm up and there is no substitute available, only the affected position is   defaulted. Players already listed in the lineup cannot be moved to another   position.

 

 

3.

If a substitute player, not already   in the lineup, is available within the 20 minute default time, then that   player may substitute for an absent, sick or injured player, at the affected   position ONLY. If a substitution is made during the warm-up, the substitute   player is entitled to a 10-minute warm up.

 

D.

Players should be ready to take the   court when the previous match is finished. For example, if a match begins at9.30 amand ends at10.15 am, default time for the next match on that court   is10.50 am, since10.30 amis the   scheduled time of the next match. If the first match ends at10.55 am, then players must take the courtimmediately  since the next time slot players must have been available at10.30 am. Captains should communicate and   agreeaheadof time which positions will take the court and in which   order. If the captains cannot agree, refer to IV. B (Captains: Match   Responsibilities).

 

E.

The   Mountain Tennis Association encourages playing positions by order of   strength, as established by fair play practice in “The Code.” However, a   player may play any position at any time. There are no restrictions on the   movement of the players from position to position, week to week.

 

F.

If you know you must default one or   more positions at the start of the match, follow the guidelines stated in the   USTA Regulations handbook.   You must default from the bottom of the line-up e.g. either #2 singles or #3   doubles. In the case of 2.5 and 5.0 leagues, you can default either the #1S   or the #2D. This default may not be taken back for ANY reason.

 

G.

Mountain Tennis Association   Regulations for defaults are covered by the USTA REGULATIONS. A   team having excessive defaults may have all of its matches nullified and may   be treated as a bye for the remainder of the season. Excessive defaults shall   be defined as defaulting all points of any match or averaging more than one   default per dual match in a season. This may result in a grievance filed   against the team.

 

H.

Water must be furnished for matches.   Other refreshments are optional.

 

I.

After the first game of each set,   play shall be continuous and the players shall change ends without a rest   period. There is no rest period during changeovers of a tiebreak.

 

J.

For matches that are best two out of   three sets, play must continue as specified in USTA Regulations. When and if   the score in a set is 6-6, the winner will be decided with a 12-point tiebreaker.   All leagues in the Mountain Tennis Association will play a super tiebreak in   lieu of a third set (the first to 10 points with a 2 point advantage).Unless   all parties agree to play a third set. All tie breaks will be played using   the Coman Tie-Break Procedure.

 

K.

The Mountain Tennis Association does   not provide linesmen, umpires, court monitors, etc. for matches.

 

 

VI.

Rescheduling

 

A.

Inclement Weather

 

 

1.

The following weather conditions   authorize the cancellation of a scheduled match: rain, lightning, or severe   weather (32 degrees F or below (not wind chill) - as reported by the local   weather channel at the time of the match). Indoor courts may be provided at   extra cost to participants. Captains may agree to delay the start time of the   match up to one hour.

 

 

2.

If teams have reported for play and   the match is delayed or interrupted by rain, teams must wait 30 minutes to   determine if courts are playable. If courts are still not playable after 30   minutes, teams are free to leave and reschedule unless both teams agree to   wait longer.

 

 

3.

If inclement weather occurs after   play has begun, completed matches will stand as played and incomplete matches   must be resumed by the same players at the exact point, game, and set that   existed when play was halted. Substitutions   may be made in any individual matches that had not begun. Points awarded for   defaults during the original line-up will stand. All players involved in such   defaults cannot participate in the rescheduled match. Forfeits offered verbally   prior to the original written lineup exchanged are nullified when the match   is rescheduled due to rain or inclement weather.

 

 

4.

Once a make-up match time has been agreed upon by both   parties (different positions do not have to make up at the same place or   time), that make-up match may not be   canceled by either party   for any reason other than inclement weather. Parties have two weeks in which   to reschedule. If no agreement can be reached, the match must be played no   later than 5 PM of the 14th   day. Default will result if one party cannot play. However, available players   not already listed on the scorecard and/or players that have not played in   that match may be substituted into the agreed match time if necessary.

 

B.

Team matches or individual matches may be rescheduled if both   captains agree. The rescheduled matches must be played prior to the originally scheduled date.

 

VII.

Addition   of Players During a Season

 

A.

Additional   players may be added to men’s, women’s,    combo and mixed doubles throughout the season. In order   for new players to be eligible for play, they must be registered via Tennis   Link bymidnight before the   scheduled match. Added players may not play in a makeup match if they were   not on the roster on the scheduled match day.

 


  VIII.

STATE   CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

A.

The winner of the local   league season will progress to the State Championship, unless a playoff is   required. The winner for all Women’s leagues will be determined by the most   individual matches won over the entire season. The winner for all Men’s and   Mixed leagues will be determined by the most team points over the entire   season: Any tie shall be broken by the first of the following procedures that   does so.

 

 

1.

Most number of individual matches   won in the entire season.

 

 

2.

Sets: Loser of the fewest number of   sets in the entire season.

 

 

3.

Games: Loser of the fewest number of   games in the entire season.

 

 

4.

Head-to-Head: Winner of the   head-to-head match. If teams played more than one time during the season, the   team accumulating the greatest number of points in those matches will be   declared the winner.

 

 

5.

A coin toss by the league   coordinator in the presence of both captains.

 

B.

 

In order for a player to be eligible to progress to State   Championships, that player must have played twice during the season (including league play-offs). All league   players have to play two matches   to be eligible for their State Championship. When two different leagues of   the same level are competing in a playoff match, the eligibility requirements   must have already been met in regular season play or divisional playoffs. Only   1 default can be counted toward matches played. Note, however, to generate a   computer rating a player must play two matches.

 

C.

One women’s team and one men’s team   at each level from each season will progress to the State Championships. At   the discretion of the Local League Coordinator, leagues with more than 10   teams may be divided into divisions and, if divided, will have a Divisional   Playoff. The home court for playoffs will be decided by calculating the   percentage of matches won. The winner of the Divisional Playoff will progress   to the league playoff match.

 

D.

In the event the same team should   win both the fall and spring seasons, that team may choose which season’s   roster they would like to take to the State Championships. If the same team   wins first place both seasons, the league shall send a second place team as a   State entrant. If the second place teams in each season are different, they   will playoff to determine a State entrant. Playoff teams must use the roster   from their qualifying season.

 

E.

In the event that a first place team from a specific season   declines advancement to the State Championships, the second place team from   that same season will represent the league for that season.

 

F.

Players who qualify for Championship   level competition must choose which team/NTRP level they will represent at   the Championship’s.

 

 

 

 

IX.

Grievances

 

A.

All complaints alleging a violation   during local league competition shall be filed in writing with the chairman   of the Local League Grievance Committee within 72 hours after the alleged   violation or within 24 hours after the end of local league play, whichever   comes first.

 

B.

Any party to the complaint may appeal   the decision of the Grievance Committee within the time fixed by the   Grievance Committee in its findings.

 

C.

If unsure of procedure, contact the   Local League Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

X.

Fair Play Grievances

 

A fair play grievance may be filed   against a player and or a team who commits or condones entering a self –   rating one level or more below the actual skill level of the player. All   grievances should be filed with your local league coordinator. If a grievance   is filed, the player/ team needs to provide proof that this player is above   two levels. All grievances are sent to the Southern Fair Play Grievance   Committee. Decisions are appealable and are appealed to the Southern   Grievance Appeal Committee.