Getting Started With USTA Florida Leagues

Yes, for most leagues, but not all, players must be members of USTA. Check with your captain or coordinator for details. You may become a member online. Please call 1-800-990-8782 (USTA) for all membership questions, renewal, purchase, lost, forgotten password.

During the self-rate process, before you exit the system it will ask if you would like to appeal your assigned rating. If you want to request to bring your rating up or down:

  1. Click the appeal button.
  2. Complete the questionnaire with all relevant information.

Your request will go to committee which can take up to 3 weeks. You will be notified by email the results of your appeal once it is reviewed.

Start by checking with the local tennis facility that you play at to see if they have any teams that you could join at your level. Contact the USTA Local League Coordinator for your county at www.ustaflorida.com/localcontacts to see if there are teams looking for players. You may also decide to start your OWN team with your tennis friends. Once you find a team the Captain will provide a team number for you to register.

 

All team members must be registered on your roster in the Tennislink system prior to playing their first match. To register, players must be a current member of the USTA and have either a valid computer rating or will need to self-rate and have a valid team number provided by their captain. Go to usta.com and click on the word TENNISLINK at the top bar of the webpage. Then go to Create or Access Your USTA Account.

  1. Go to tennislink.usta.com
  2. Click ‘USTA League’
  3. Click the ‘Self Rate’ button (If you don’t see the self-rate button, you are not eligible to self-rate)
  4. Answer all of the quesitons truthfully

The 2019 Florida local league registration fee per player is $25.00 ($3.00 non-refundable processing fee is included). Some non-traditional leagues that have different inclusions, such as court costs may be more. If your team advances to a Sectional event, the additional cost per player is $35.00 additional to the local league fees.  

  1. Go to TennisLink at tennislink.usta.com (you can also click the link at the top here on USTAFlorida.com or on USTA.com for easy access).
  2. Click on the login button. 

You must first create an account on TennisLink if you don’t already have one. Always login with your email and password to go to your unique page before you do anything in the system.

Please attend the captains meeting in your area to be eligible for the $30.00 complimentary Tennis Warehouse e-gift card. Your Local League Coordinator will provide you with information concerning the Captain’s meetings in your area and how to receive your online gift card.

NTRP Ratings

Please visit the NTRP Frequently Asked Questions Page on USTA.com for all NTRP related questions at www.usta.com/en/home/play/play-as-a-member/national/usta-league-faqs.html

Teams

To find your team schedule and other information:

  1. Visit tennislink.usta.com 
  2. Click Login
  3. Click on ‘USTA League’
  4.  Under My Teams, click on your team name or enter your team number into “Stats and Standings” search bar.

Team Summary, Match Summary, Match Schedule, Player Roster, and Captains Resources are all available.

To print a blank scorecard:

  1. Visit tennislink.usta.com
  2. Login
  3. Under My Teams, click on your underlined team name or enter your team number into “Stats and Standings” search bar
  4. Go to schedule or summary and hover over the date of the match and the link for a blank score card, view scores, enter scores will come up in blue

This rule states that 75% of your roster needs to be at the level you’re playing. The other 25% can come from one level below. 

Scoring

Yes, both captains must sign each other scorecards so there are no discrepancies.

The opposing captain will either “confirm” the score or have a chance to “dispute” the score within 48 hours.  Once the match is input and both captains confirm, your division standings will be updated immediately. If the score is disputed, the captain will be notified.

The 3rd set is always reported 1-0, regardless of the point scores.

Captain’s are assigned to report scores into the system.  If your #1 singles won 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 10-7 you would report it as 6-4,6-7, 1-0 and select your player as the winning team by clicking the winner button. The match tiebreak is reported 1-0. Don’t forget to click on completed, retired, default or whatever applies.

You would select Default (for each match defaulted), add the players that were prepared and ready to play.

Once score is entered, you would select “Complete” from the dropdown.

The lineup should be exchanged at the published start time of the match. Once the lineup is exchanged all players proceed on court. The match default time is 15 minutes from the published start time.

If match was started & a player had to quit the match due to injury/ sickness, enter the score that’s played, then select Retired.

The method of determining the winning team in the event of a tie at the Local League level shall be, Individual matches, head to head, sets and games.

On Court

All electronic devices (including phones and internet wrist watches), must be turned “off” during all USTA matches.

Penalties for violations are as follows:

  • 1st offense – point
  • 2nd offense -game
  • 3rd offense – default

The Coman tiebreak which changes sides after the 1st and every 4th points are played for both the sets (if applicable) and the 3rd set. In USTA leagues the third set is usually a 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a full set.

Players get:

  • 90 seconds for changeovers
  • 120 seconds for set breaks
  • 20 seconds in between points

Not usually. USTA League matches at the local level are un-officiated.  Occasionally, players will request a court monitor because of disagreements on court. The court monitor’s primary duty is to help all players in an impartial and unbiased manner in accordance with The Code. One or two monitors may be used, with each positioned at a net post. A Player may ask for assistance with calling obvious foot faults, keeping score, and/or timing intervals between points, changeovers, and sets. Otherwise, the monitor should remain silent and not interject himself into the match. When asked the monitor should overrule a call only if he is 100% sure that the original call made was in error. If unsure, the court monitors should allow the original call to stand. If two monitors are used, the one with the closer and clearer view of the play should make the call, especially along his sideline. In a situation in which both monitors believe they saw the play clearly, yet disagree on the call, the point shall be replayed. The time to find a court monitor is needed should not exceed a few minutes.  The player may notify his captain or another player to help find a monitor. Play should resume, the players should not wait for a court monitor to arrive.

A Medical Timeout is 8 minutes to include evaluation and treatment. Once treatment has taken place within the 8 minutes, a player must continue play or must retire. Only one medical timeout is permitted per player, per match.

If at any time the partners disagree about a call, the opposing team is issued the point. Any close calls go to the opposing team, you must be 100% sure the ball is out to call the point. Once the ball is called, there is no reason to circle the mark. Asking off-court help is not allowed.

In all cases when a “let” is called, except when a service let is called on a second service, the whole point shall be replayed.

Coaching is not allowed in USTA League programs.

Any player on court may call a let due to an unintentional hindrance, such as an errant ball rolling on court. 

Grievances

Yes, general grievances must be filed before the next match or within 24 hours if it’s the end of the season.

Grievances are classified as follows:

  • General grievances are generally filed for violations of regulations or The Code (sportsmanship).
  • NTRP grievances contend that a player’s NTRP level is lower than his/her actual skill level.
  • Eligibility grievances are filed when a player or team’s eligibility, other than NTRP is concerned.
  • Administrative grievances concern the administration of the programs.

The committee reviews all relevant information and affirms or denies the grievance

Only a captain, league coordinator, or member of a Championship committee may file a grievance. Players must file through their team captain.

Sectionals & Nationals Advancement

The method of determining the winner in Local League shall be, Individual matches, head to head, sets and games.

A player is eligible to progress to a local league flight playoff if that player has played on that same team in at least two (2) matches during its local league season. A maximum of one (1) default received by the player during local league competition shall count for advancing. A retired match shall count for all player. For Nationals 3 matches are required and 1 default shall count.

Yes, if you’d like to continue playing on the same team. Teams that qualified or advanced to National Championships may play together as a team, in whole or in part, if they move up one NTRP level.

Yes, if the players want to remain at the same NTRP level, if they are eligible. No more than 3 players on a team that advanced to National Championships may play together the following season in the same age group & same NTRP team level.

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