USTA Florida Leagues Rules and Regulations

Below you will find the USTA Florida Sectional League Regulations covering those items that the National Regulations authorize the section to establish.

Coman Tiebreak

Coman Tiebreak Procedure

History

John Coman from the USTA Southern California district championed what was first referred to as
the “Balboa Tiebreak,” named after the tennis club it originated at in the early 1980s. The Coman
Tiebreak was created by Balboa Tennis Club players when they realized it was unfair to wait six
points until sides were changed during a first-to-seven or 12-point tiebreak. In 1985 the Coman
Tiebreak was designated an “experimental tiebreak” by the USTA, and in the early 2000s it was
adopted for national league play.

In 2004 the name was changed from the Balboa to the Coman Tiebreak in memory of Coman, a
recently-deceased player who was a strong proponent of the tiebreak.

“In recognition of a lifetime devoted to tennis, USTA decided to remove the designation
‘experimental’ from the tiebreak he fought so hard for and name it in his honor. A fitting tribute to a
real gentleman,” wrote Margaret Anderson, who has served on the USTA Adult/Senior Competition
Committee.

How Does It Work?

The Coman Tiebreak Procedure is played out the same as the standard tiebreak except that court
sides are changed after the first point, then after every four points (i.e., after the 5th, 9th, 13th,
17th points, etc.), and at the conclusion of the tiebreak.

For example, if the Coman Tiebreak Procedure is used when the set score reaches 6-all, the player
whose turn it is to serve shall serve the first point from the deuce court; after the first point, the
players shall change ends and the following two points shall be served by the opponent(s) (in doubles,
the player of the opposing team due to serve next), starting with the ad court; after this, each
player/team shall serve alternately for two consecutive points (starting with the ad court), changing
ends after every four points, until the end of the tiebreak.

When will it be used?

USTA Florida uses the Coman Tiebreak at all USTA League Tennis region and section
championships for all set and match tiebreaks. Use of the Coman Tiebreak is encouraged during
local league play.

What are the advantages?

Fairness – By changing ends more frequently, the effects of the elements (sun, wind, etc.) are
distributed more evenly between the two opponents, as opposed to playing six consecutive points
before changing ends.

Consistency – In doubles, the server will always serve from the same end of the court, rather than
having to serve from both ends.

General/Player Participation

1.04 General/Participation

1.04B(3)a Sectional League Coordinator

The Sectional League Coordinator for USTA Florida is responsible for the day-to-day administration of all USTA League programs within USTA Florida. Interpretation of the USTA Florida League Regulations is a joint responsibility of the Sectional League Coordinator and the Chair of the Leagues Committee’s Rules and Regulations Subcommittee. In the absence of the Chair of the Rules and Regulations Subcommittee, the Sectional League Coordinator may, if deemed necessary, issue an interim interpretation.

1.04B(3)c Local League Coordinators

The Sectional League Coordinator shall appoint Local League Coordinators/Contractors to implement and administer USTA Leagues within USTA Florida. See the USTA Florida website for a listing of Local League Coordinators/Contractors.

1.04B(4) Team Captain

The team captain or designee shall be the official spokesperson for the team. All communications
will be directed to the team spokesperson.

1.04C(1) Official League Registration

TennisLink is the official and exclusive system for registering teams and players, reporting scores, and providing standings for the USTA League Program. Each player’s name must be listed on the team roster, as shown on TennisLink, prior to participation in any match. Each player will be required to pay the applicable league registration fee when registering for a team at the local level.

1.04C(2) Official Score Reporting and Standings System

Match results must be reported in TennisLink within 48 hours following the completion of the final individual match/position(s) in a team match. After match scores have been reported in TennisLink, the opposing team must either confirm or dispute the match within 48 hours of the initial entry or the initial score will be considered valid automatically; and, no NTRP dynamic disqualification reviews, complaints, grievances, and/or appeals related to those scores will be allowed. An exception will be made only in those cases where an incorrect player was recorded in a match in TennisLink; in which case, a League Coordinator/Contractor will be allowed to effect correction.

1.04D(3) Local League Season

The Local League Coordinator shall determine and define the time frame of the local league season in order to meet national/sectional deadlines and shall formulate local league regulations with final approval by the sectional office.

1.04D(4) Team

A team shall be defined as a group of individuals on a roster that meet the criteria for a team in a division and age group and have been issued an authorized TennisLink team number within a specific championship year. Each team in the Adult Division,18 & Over, 40 & Over, and 55 & Over age groups, must maintain its roster with at least 75 percent of its players at the team level. For purposes of this 75 percent rule, the higher level players on teams in the Adult 18 & Over age group in the 5.0 Plus (+) NTRP Level, and the Adult 40 & Over age group in the 4.5 Plus (+) NTRP Level will be considered part of the given NTRP level. The Local League Coordinator/Contractor may limit the number of players on a team roster, and/or establish a domiciliary requirement.

Total # Of Player On Roster Allowed At Lower Level
 5-7  1
 8-11  2
 12-15  3
 16-19  4
 20-23  5

1.04D(6) Cell Phones

All player’s communication devices must be turned off during match play. Any player or doubles team that violate(s) this regulation shall incur the following penalties: first offense – point; second offense – game; third offense – default.

1.04G Player Participation

1.04G(3)a A player may participate on more than one team in an area at any NTRP level, within the same age group, and in the same season, provided that the teams will not play against each other in the local league flight play. If the teams play each other in a local playoff, any such player will be required to declare which team he or she will represent.  In the absence of a declaration, the first match played will determine which team he or she will represent.

1.04G(4) A player may participate in more than one NTRP level within an age group in the same local league during the same season.

1.04G(6) 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  players involved.

1.04G(7) A player who qualifies on more than one team in two different NTRP levels entered in the same
championship or local league flight playoff may participate on both teams; however, no scheduling consideration will be given to the player. A player may not participate on more than one team at the same NTRP level in the same championship or local league flight playoff; the player must declare which team is to be represented. In the absence of a declaration, the first match played will determine the team represented.

1.06 Medical Timeout in an Unofficiated League Match

Any player whose physical condition does not permit continued play may take a medical timeout. Such a timeout may not exceed eight (8) minutes to include evaluation and treatment.  At the end of this time period or upon completion of treatment, whichever first occurs, the player must either continue play or retire. Only one medical timeout is permitted per player in any individual match (including the warm-up period). No coaching is permitted during a medical timeout. Under this procedure, a re-warm-up period is not permitted.

USTA National Regulations

USTA Leagues Regulations/Progression

2.00 USTA Leagues Regulations

2.06A National Championship Teams (Move Up/Split Up)

  • All 2.5 and 5.0 National Championship teams are allowed to retain 3 players who qualified or advanced to National Championships.

Teams may move up one NTRP level, all of the team members or just some of the team members if they chose to. This is the same as prior years however:

  • Split-up only applies to the same Division (Adult or Mixed), same age group and same NTRP team level that the team qualified for or advanced to a National Championship, and applies to players that were eligible to advance by playing three (3) matches, with 1 default counting for eligibility. This is different  an example is, your 3.5 40 & Over team qualifies for nationals there is no limit on the num-ber of players who choose to play together next year on a 3.5 18 & Over team and/or a 7.0 55 & Over team as long as their ratings permit, and they meet the age group’s criteria.

2.01A NTRP Levels of Play

For the 55 & Over age group of the Adult Division, a straight NTRP rating format (3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5) shall be used to determine the level of play in all local leagues and all championships within the section.

For the Mixed 18 & Over age group, either a combined rating format (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and 10.0) or a straight rating format (2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0) may be used for local league play. All Championship levels of play are offered at the combined levels except for the 2.5 which is authorized at the straight level of play only.

For the Mixed 40 & Over age group, and the Mixed 55 & Over age group, either a combined rating format (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0) or a straight rating format (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5) may be used for local league play.  All Championship levels of play are offered at the combined levels of play.

2.01C(1) Round Robin

USTA Florida does not authorize additional matches, selected randomly, within the flight {NR 2.01C(1)a}, or additional randomly selected matches across flights {NR 2.01C(1)b}. USTA Florida permits the top teams in a flight to play an additional round robin to determine advancement, and the remaining teams may play an additional round robin {NR 2.01C(1)c}.

2.01C(2) Team Match

A majority of matches must actually be played

In the case of invalid matches if scores are entered in TennisLink they will count for NTRP ratings and advancement.

Each Sectional Association shall establish procedures in the event of a team de-fault or double default.

2.01C(3) Match Scoring

USTA Florida authorizes only the following scoring methods for local league play: (1)
best of two tiebreak sets with a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set or (2) best of three tiebreak sets with a set tiebreak at 6-all.

The Coman tiebreak procedure shall be used for all tiebreaks. No-ad scoring may be used with either of the above scoring methods.

In the event of a tie the method of determining the winner of the local league competition shall be:

  • Individual Matches – Winner of the most individual matches in the entire competition.
  • Head-to-Head – Winner of head-to-head match.
  • Sets – Loser of the fewest number of sets.
  • Games – Loser of the fewest number of games.

2.01C(5) Team Lineups

Known defaults must be disclosed to the opposing captain prior to the exchange of local league team line-ups.  Team matches must proceed on court in the following order: The #1 singles must go on before the #2 singles (Adult Division). The #1 doubles must go on before the #2 doubles, and the #2 doubles must go on before the #3 doubles. Default time is defined as 15 minutes after the scheduled match time. Each local league shall include in its local rules appropriate procedures for rain-outs or other adverse weather conditions.

2.01C(6) Team Match Procedure

In local league competition a team must have the minimum number of eligible players available to field the majority of positions required for play to constitute a team match. In the Adult 18 & over age group 2.5 & 5.0+ – two (2) of the three (3) positions must be played. The Adult 18 & Over age group 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, & 4.5 and the Adult 40 & Over age group – three (3) of the five (5) positions must be played. The Adult 55 & Over, the Adult 65 & Over, the Mixed 18 & Over, the Mixed 40 & Over, the Combo 18 & Over, and the Combo 50 & Over age groups must play two (2) of the three (3) positions. In the event of a default by both players or doubles team, both sides will be given a 0-6, 0-6 loss and neither receives credit for a win.

2.01C(7) Scoring of Team Defaults

If a team defaults an entire team match for any reason during the local league season, then that match and any other matches played by the defaulting team in that round robin tier/segment shall be null and void when determining standings. Those players from the team receiving the team default will be credited with a default received for purposes of advancement. In the event of a default by both teams, no players will be credited with a default received.

2.02 Progression: 2.02A(1) Local League Competition

2.02A(1) Local League Competition. Each team that wins a specific level of local league competition shall be entitled to advance to the next level of competition. When an area has multiple season flights at the same NTRP level and gender in the same Division and Age Group, that area must have a flight playoff if the winning team player rosters are not identical in make-up or the Team Captain(s) may choose the advancing team roster. All local league playoffs must be completed and winning teams declared after the completion of the round robin competition and prior to the commencement of the next local league season of play. Championships beyond the local level will be determined administratively.

In an area that consists of eleven (11) or more teams in an Adult or Mixed Divisions, Age Group, NTRP levelm Gender, and Season – two (2) teams will be eligible to advance to the next level of championship competition representing the area.  If an area has three (3) or more seasons of play the first place teams must playoff to determine advancement.  When a team wins multiple seasons without an identical roster, the teams must playoff, or the Team Captain(s) may choose the advancing team roster.  If after completion of any Local League Playoff, the second advancing team has not been determined, any equally qualified second place teams must playoff to determine advancement.

USTA National Regulations

Championships

2.03 Championships

2.03A Team Eligibility and Entry Fees

At all championships, the minimum number of team members required at a National championship [refer to National regulation 2.03A(5)], who were on the final roster of their local league team at the conclusion of local league play, must be available and eligible to combine and compete. This requirement cannot be waived. Entry fees will not be refunded to teams that withdraw from any championship after the tournament schedule is first published. The fees for championships, which are assessed per player per team, will be determined administratively and announced in the specific championship information.

2.03B Postponement, Rescheduling or Cancellation

Should any event occur, which potentially could result in the postponement, rescheduling, or cancellation of a championship, tournament officials in conjunction with the Leagues Committee shall review, time permitting, the issues and circumstances causing the potential postponement, rescheduling, or cancellation; make appropriate decisions based on the facts; and communicate such in a timely manner.

If a championship cannot be completed for any reason, tournament officials in consultation with the Leagues Committee may determine the teams advancing to the next championship level.

2.03C Scoring, Rest and Suspended Play

All championship matches shall be the best of two tiebreak sets with a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. The Coman tiebreak procedure shall be used for all tiebreaks. No coaching is allowed at any time. If an emergency or other condition dictates, tournament officials may authorize any other approved USTA format or method of scoring compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer System or use alternate sites and court surfaces in order to complete play on schedule.

If a player plays multiple matches in a day at a championship, that player is entitled to a minimum rest period between matches: The 18 & Over and 40 & Over age group of the Adult and the Mixed divisions and the Combo 18 & Over League Type – 30 minutes. The Adult and Mixed divisions, 55 & Over age group, and the Adult 65 & Over age group and all other league programs – one hour.

2.03C(1) Rainouts or Suspended Play

Play is continuous until such time as tournament officials declare that play has been suspended. Players should not leave the championship site until the tournament officials have officially issued a statement as to when play will be resumed. An individual match has officially started when the warm-up period has been completed and the first service attempt has occurred.

2.03C(1)a No Individual Matches Have Started Play

If line-ups have been submitted to the tournament desk and subsequently the team match has been declared suspended by tournament officials and no individual matches have started play, a new line-up may be presented at the start of the rescheduled team match.

2.03C(1)b Match Started, Suspended, and Resumed – Same Day

If the team match has started and play has been suspended and will be resumed on the same day, at a rescheduled time, match play will resume with the same players in the same positions, where play stopped at the exact score, set and game point (any point played is always counted and never replayed). All completed games, sets and individual matches will stand as played. Any individual match indicated as a default on the initial line-up will remain as a defaulted match. No player changes may be made.

2.03C(1)c Match Started, Suspended, and Resumed – Another Day

If the team match has started and play has been suspended and rescheduled for another day, a new line-up may be presented for any individual match that has not started and for any individual match indicated as a default on the initial line-up. Individual matches that started will resume play at the point play was suspended.

2.03K Team Defaults

Unless there is a valid excuse, any player or team leaving a championship tournament without completing all matches could face suspension from league play for the following season(s).

USTA National Regulations

NTRP Dynamic Disqualification & Review Procedures

The regulations in this section are applicable only to the USTA League Adult Division.  The regulations in section 2.04C are applicable only to the USTA Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over, and Adult 55 & Over
Age Groups.

2.04 NTRP Dynamic Disqualification

2.04B NTRP Dynamic Disqualification Procedures

Player dynamic NTRP ratings are automatically calculated in the National database throughout the season using the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System procedures. In general, year-end computer-rated (C) and benchmark (B) players are not subject to NTRP dynamic disqualification (Refer to the NTRP Dynamic Disqualification table in the National regulations for exceptions.). Players with other rating types are subject to NTRP dynamic disqualification if they reach the disqualification level three times based on all matches reported in the National database.

2.04B(1) Local League NTRP Dynamic Disqualification

If a NTRP disqualification occurs during concurrent Adult Division local league seasons, the disqualification shall affect the matches played by the disqualified player in those age groups. If the seasons are not concurrent or over-lapping, the NTRP dynamic disqualification shall affect the matches played by the disqualified player in the season in which the NTRP dynamic disqualification occurred. If a player is disqualified in the Adult Division while playing in the Mixed Division or any other sectional (non-National) age group below the sectional championship level, the player upon receiving notification shall play at the higher level. The matches played by the NTRP dynamically disqualified player shall be considered losses, and those matches shall be considered wins for the opposing player or doubles team and scored as 6-0, 6-0.

If a player is competing in more than one NTRP level, results from the higher level matches are considered in dynamic ratings and may cause strikes disqualifying a player at the lower NTRP level. In this case, if a player is NTRP dynamically disqualified from playing the lower level, all matches played at the lower level will be considered losses and shall be considered wins for the opposing player or doubles team.

Players who are NTRP dynamically disqualified may be allowed to move up and participate on another team at a higher NTRP level during the same league season provided the local league allows additions to the roster during the season. At the time of registration for the new team, the player will be required to pay the applicable league registration fee and any other applicable local league fees.

2.04B(2) Championship NTRP Dynamic Disqualification

During a local league playoff, dynamic calculations will be run following the conclusion of the playoff; and, players who have met the criteria for NTRP dynamic disqualification will be disqualified. All matches played by that player during the local league playoff will stand; however, the player may not advance.

During championships beyond local league playoffs, dynamic calculations will be run throughout the championship and players who have met the criteria for NTRP dynamic disqualification will be disqualified. All matches played by that player during that championship shall be considered losses; and, those matches shall be considered wins for the opposing player or doubles team and scored as 6-0, 6-0.

2.04C NTRP Dynamic Disqualification Review Procedures

NTRP dynamic disqualification reviews are considered based solely on missing or incorrect data. Any match confirmed by the 48-hour rule [See 1.04C(2)] will not be considered for NTRP dynamic disqualification review purposes for any player who is NTRP dynamically disqualified. A request for a NTRP dynamic disqualification review must be in writing to the Sectional League Coordinator. The review will be conducted by the section’s NTRP Dynamic Disqualification Review Committee, whose decision is final and binding.

USTA National Regulations

Year-End NTRP Computer Ratings and Appeal Procedures

2.05 Year-End Ratings And Appeal Procedures

2.05B Year-end Computer Ratings

Year-end NTRP computer ratings are effective upon incorporation into the TennisLink system. Each year a player who plays three (3) or more matches in the Adult Division, except for the 65 & Over and 70 & Over age groups, will generate a year-end computer NTRP rating.

A Mixed Exclusive year-end NTRP rating will be generated for players who participate in the Mixed Division only. To generate a rating, at least three (3) matches must be played.

2.05B(3)d Early Start Leagues

Early start league players who receive a computer year-end rating (after having completed the electronic appeal process), that places them above the NTRP level at which they are competing, must adjust to their new NTRP level January 1st of the Championship year. Prior team matches played are valid.

2.05C Appeal of Year-end Ratings

Players who wish to appeal a computer rating may do so through TennisLink. If the player does not appeal or the appeal is denied, the player must play at the higher rating. The player may not play at the prior, lower, rating until the appeal has been granted.

2.05D Medical Appeals

Players who wish to appeal because of an intervening permanent disabling injury or illness must file a written appeal, in accordance with the appeal guidelines, with the USTA Florida office. 

USTA National Regulations

Grievance Procedures

The regulations in 3.00 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES shall apply to all USTA League programs.

3.00 Grievance Procedures

3.03A(2) Administrative Grievances

A grievance pertaining to the administration of a local league shall be filed in writing with the Sectional League Coordinator and processed by the section’s Leagues Grievance Subcommittee. A grievance against the Sectional League Coordinator and/or a section-level leagues coordinator shall be filed in writing with the Chair of the section’s Leagues Committee The decision of the section’s Leagues Committee shall be final and binding.

3.03A(2)a Grievances at Championships

All grievances filed at a championship, except NTRP grievances, must be accompanied by a nonrefundable, cash payment of $50.00. There is no charge for filing a NTRP grievance.

3.03B(1)a Local League Grievances

All local league grievances filed, must be accompanied by a nonrefundable, $50.00 check or money order. There is no charge for filing a NTRP grievance.

More Information    USTA National Regulations

Sectional (Non-National) League Programs

Mixed 55 & Over

All USTA League Regulations and USTA Florida League Regulations apply to this league with the following exceptions:

5.5 Mixed 55 & Over League Regulations

5.51 Age

The minimum age for participation in the Mixed 55 & Over Age Group, shall be age 55. Each player shall have reached the appropriate age prior to or during the calendar year in which such player plays the first local league match.

5.52 Team

A team shall consist of a minimum of six team members (three women and three men) who are eligible to combine and compete at a specific level of competition.

5.53 Levels of Play

For the Mixed 55 & Over Age Group, either a combined rating format (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0) or a straight rating format (3.0, 3.5, 4.0,and 4.5) may be used for local league play. All championship levels of play are offered at the combined levels of play. The combined NTRP ratings of each doubles team may not exceed the level in which they are competing; and, the NTRP rating difference between the members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 1.0.

5.54 Format

Each team match will consist of three doubles matches.

5.55 Disqualification Procedures

None, unless that player has been dynamically disqualified in the Adult Age Division under the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System while playing in the Mixed 55 & Over Age Group, or any other sectional (non-National) age group below the sectional championship level. The player upon receiving notification, must be able to combine and compete at the new rating level.

5.56 Move-up/Split-up

There is no move-up/split-up rule for these league types.

Adult 65 & Over

All USTA League Regulations and USTA Florida League Regulations apply to this league with the following exceptions:

6.50 Adult 65 & Over League Regulations

6.51 Age

The minimum age for participation in this Age Group shall be 65. Each player shall have reached the age of 65 prior to or during the calendar year in which such player plays the first local league match.

6.52 Team

A team shall consist of a minimum of six team members of the same gender eligible to combine and compete at a specific level of competition.

6.53 Levels of Play

The levels of local league play shall be offered at the straight NTRP levels of 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5; OR the combined NTRP levels of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0. The combined NTRP ratings of each doubles team may not exceed the level in which they are competing; and, the NTRP rating difference between the members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 1.0.  Allchampionship levels of play are offered at the combined levels of play.

6.54 Format

Each team match will consist of three doubles matches of the same gender.

6.55 Disqualification Procedures

None, unless that player has been dynamically disqualified in the Adult Age Division under the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System while playing in the Adult 65 & Over Age Group, or any other sectional (non-National) age group below the sectional championship level. The player upon receiving notification, must be able to combine and compete at the new rating level.

6.56 Year-end Rating

A player playing exclusively in this league will not generate a year-end rating. The player will need to self-rate as required if participating exclusively in this league.

6.57 Move-up/Split-up

There is no move-up/split-up rule for this age group.

Adult 70 & Over

All USTA League Regulations and USTA Florida League Regulations apply to this league with the following exceptions:

7.50 Adult 70 & Over League Regulations

7.51 Age

The minimum age for participation in this Age Group shall be 70. Each player shall have reached the age of 70 prior to or during the calendar year in which such player plays the first local league match.

7.52 Team

A team shall consist of a minimum of six team members of the same gender eligible to combine and compete at a specific level of competition.

7.53 Levels of Play

The levels of local league play shall  be offered at the straight NTRP levels of 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0; OR the combined levels of 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0 or 5.5, 6.5, and 7.5. The combined NTRP ratings of each doubles team may not exceed the level in which they are competing; and, the NTRP rating difference between the members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 1.0.

7.54 Format

Each team match shall consist of three doubles matches of the same gender.

7.55 Disqualification Procedures

None, unless that player has been dynamically disqualified in the Adult Age Division under the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System while playing in the Adult 70 & Over Age Group, or any other sectional (non-National) age group below the sectional championship level. The player upon receiving notification, must be able to combine and compete at the new rating level.

7.56 Year-end Rating

A player playing exclusively in this league will not generate a year-end rating. The player will need to self-rate as required if participating exclusively in this league.

Combo 18 & Over, and Combo 50 & Over

All USTA League Regulations and USTA Florida League Regulations apply to this league with the following exceptions:

8.50 Combo 18 & over Combo 50 & Over

8.51 Age

The minimum age for participation in the Combo 18 & Over Age Group shall be age 18. The minimum age for participation in the Combo 50 & Over Age Group shall be 50. Each player shall have reached the appropriate age prior to or during the calendar year in which such player plays the first local league match.

8.52 Team

A team shall consist of a minimum of six team members of the same gender eligible to combine and compete at a specific level of competition.

8.53 Levels of Play

A combined NTRP rating format is used to determine the level of play. In the Combo 18 & Over Age Group, the combined levels of play are 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, and 10.5. In the Combo 50 & Over Age Group, the combined levels of play are 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, and 8.5. The combined NTRP ratings of each doubles team may neither exceed the level nor be more than 1.0 less than the level in which they are competing. The NTRP rating difference between the members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 0.5

8.54 Format

There shall be a men’s age group and a women’s age group in both the Combo 18 & Over Age Group and the Combo 50 & Over Age Group. Each team match will consist of three men’s or women’s doubles matches.

8.55 Disqualification Procedures

None, unless that player has been dynamically disqualified under the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System while playing in the Combo 18 & over, or the Combo 50 & Over Age Group, or any other sectional (non-National) age group below the sectional championship level.  The player, upon receiving notification, must be able to combine and compete at the new rating level.

8.56 Year-end Rating

A player playing exclusively in these leagues will not generate a year-end rating. The player will need to self-rate as required if participating exclusively in these leagues.

8.57 Sectional Championships

In an area that consists of eleven (11) or more teams in a Combo 18 & Over, and the Combo 50 & Over Age Group, NTRP Level, Gender, and Season – two (2) teams will be eligible to advance to the next level of championship competition representing the area.  If an area has three (3) or more seasons of play the first place teams must playoff to determine advancement.  When a team wins multiple seasons without an identical roster, the teams must playoff, or the Team Captain(s) may choose the advancing team roster.  If, after completion of any Local League Playoff, the second advancing team has not been determined, any equally qualified second place teams must playoff to determine advancement.

In order to advance to either a local league flight playoff or the Combo Sectional Championships, the player must have played on that same team in a least two (2) matches during its local league season. One (1) defaults received during local league competition shall count for advancing. A retired match shall count for all players involved.