Important Update

USTA Florida is eager to resume Adult and Social League play in many Florida communities. We recognize that each facility and community may have additional restrictions or guidelines when hosting these events. We ask players and providers to work together to follow all USTA Florida Adult and Social League safety guidelines and any additional recommendations that pertain to your area.

For the full list of program guidelines, please view the USTA Florida Adult and Social League safety guidelines or visit ustaflorida.com/coronavirus for more information.


 

The Responsibilities Of A Captain

Accountibility

Be accountable for upholding National Regulation # 1.04E(4) Player Agreement. All players participating in the USTA League, as a condition of said participation, agree to abide and be bound by the USTA  Constitution and Bylaws, the FRIEND AT COURT – The USTA Handbook of Tennis Rules and Regulations including THE CODE and Wheelchair Rules of Tennis (unless modified by these USTA LEAGUE REGULATIONS); the USTA LEAGUE REGULATIONS; and the standards of good conduct, fair play and good sportsmanship.

General

  1. Attend the Captains Meetings.
  2. Ensure all players have an NTRP rating, have a current USTA membership and are registered in TennisLink before they play their first match.
  3. Make sure all players are committed to playing on the team before they register as there are no guarantees to a local league refund.
  4. Schedule team members for matches. Once matches are scheduled, either by the Local Adult Play Coordinator or between captains in the case of rain make-ups the captain should ensure all  individual matches are played in accordance with league regulations.
  5. Advise players when they are scheduled and whether they need to bring balls.
  6. Exchange the line-up of the team with the opposing captain before each match.
  7. Timely report scores in TennisLink as required.
  8. Act on behalf of the team in un-officiated matches and file appeals and/or complaints. Captains are the responsible parties for rule interpretations and for challenges.
  9. Keep in contact with the Local Adult Play Coordinator. If there is doubt of a match time or scheduling question the captain must contact the Local Adult Play Coordinator and should not wait for the Local Adult Play Coordinator to call them.

NTRP Ratings

The National Tennis Rating Program is a classification system developed in 1978 that identifies and describes the general characteristics of thirteen levels of tennis-playing ability.  The USTA uses the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) for determining levels of competition for USTA League.  Click the button below for answers to frequently asked questions.

NTRP FAQs On USTA.com

NTRP Video Examples & Walk-Throughs

Check out the videos below for examples of player characteristics in the various NTRP Levels and walk-throughs of how players can self-rate and the rating appeals process.

NTRP Levels Examples - Male

Check out examples of players at various NTRP levels demonstrating groundstrokes, volleys, overheads and serves.  After lunching the video click the drop-down in the video to view each NTRP level. 

NTRP Levels Examples - Female

Check out examples of players at various NTRP levels demonstrating groundstrokes, volleys, overheads and serves.  After lunching the video click the drop-down in the video to view each level. 

How To Get An NTRP Rating

Check out this video that will walk you trough the steps to take for player in order to get their initial NTRP rating via the self rate process.

How to appeal an NTRP Rating

Occassionally players may wish to appeal their NTRP rating for a variety of reasons.  Check out this video to learn more about the steps a player can take in order to appeal their NTRP rating. 

Help With Tennis Link

Need assistance with navigating and using TennisLink for items unique to USTA League Captains?  We’re here to help.

Get Help At ActiveSupport.Force.com

Video Walk-Throughs

Check out the videos below to get step-by-step guidance with using TennisLink to view your team schedule, enter match scores, and view your team’s standings!

How to View Your Team's Schedule

This video will walk you through step-by-step to navigate to and view your team’s schedule on TennisLink.

How to enter your match scores

This video will walk you through step-by-step of how to enter your team match scores on TennisLink.

How to view your team's standings

This video will walk you through step-by-step to navigate to and view your team’s standings on TennisLink.

Penalty Sanctions

Players, Teams, and Captains can be penalized and sanctions for various actions and/or behavior.  Please click the button below to see the list of offenses and the corresponding penalties and sanctions for players and/or Captains.

Captains Beware

Players withholding pertinent information when self-rating your players is an EGREGIOUS act and a violation of National Regulation Item 1.04E(4)(Player Agreement) and can lead to serious consequences.  Sanctions may include suspension from USTA League Tennis for the captain, player and team.  Captains do not self-rate players. Players do their own self-rating.

Caution

USTA Florida has sanctioned captains, players and teaching professionals for falsifying USTA League match scores and/or reporting matches that were not actually played in TennisLink.  These individuals have been sanctioned to include the entire team being denied the opportunity to advance to championships, players being suspended from all USTA League play, and captains have been precluded from holding the position of captain, co-captain or managing a team in any form for a period of time up to one year.

USTA Florida will not tolerate the unethical and unsportsmanlike behavior of any individuals associated with USTA League Tennis in any manner.

Please govern yourselves accordingly.

Player Penalty Sanctions Chart

Rules & Regulations

The USTA League Regulations have full force and applicability at all levels of play in USTA Florida League Tennis. Local Rules and Regulations may be developed to supplement the National and Sectional regulations but may not contradict the National or Section-established rules and regulations. Click the button below to go to the Sectional Regulations of USTA Florida covering those items that the National Regulations authorize the section to establish.

USTA National & Florida Section Regulations

Additional Resources

Have Questions Or Need Further Assistance?

Do you have a question or need further assistance.  We are here to help.  

Contact Your Local League Coordinator

Jodi Manning

Adult Tennis Event Coordinator

(407) 233-0849

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