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Adult/Senior Tournaments

2013 US Team Selection Guidelines

May 18, 2012 10:21 AM


The Adult and Senior Competition Selection Committee will select the strongest teams to represent the United States and the USTA in the ITF Senior and Super Senior World Team Championships based on the following guidelines:
Minimum Tournament Play
The following tournament play is REQUIRED to be played within the 12 months prior to a player’s selection to a team:
Two Category 1 National Championships OR
One Category 1 National Championship and one of the following: 
  • Category 2 Tournament
  • Women’s Intersectionals
  • ITF World Individual Championships
  • ITF Regional Closed Championships
These tournaments must be played in a player’s actual age division (or in the same age divisions in the case of a player who qualifies for a division younger than his or her actual age division).  (In the case of a player moving into a new age division, this requirement can be met by combining play in the two age divisions.)  
These are minimum play requirements only. Meeting the minimum play requirements does not mean that a player will qualify and be selected to play on a Cup team. 
Wins and Losses
The time period considered for team selection is January 1-December 31 of the year prior to the selection date and the current year up to the selection date published at usta.com, or the actual date of a player’s selection to a team (in the case of a player replacing an injured or otherwise unavailable but previously selected player). The selection time period for which results are considered varies annually depending on the scheduled dates and location of the ITF World Team Championships
Significant direct and indirect wins and losses against USTA players and teams in a player’s actual age division (or in the case of players new to the division, against players and teams in the immediately younger age division) during the selection time period (as defined in the previous paragraph) will be considered. 
Results in the following tournaments will be considered: 
· USTA senior tournaments including team events which earn ranking points
· ITF senior circuit events
 NTRP results shall not be included. 
The following are the most important results:
· Results from Category 1 National Championships,
· Results on the surface of the competition, 
· Results in the age division being considered (or in the case of a player aging up, results in that player’s actual age division) 
· Recent results
These are all important and are not listed in a priority order: 
Results from a different age division may be considered. 
Length and strength of a playing record will be considered.  
Wins and losses, not rankings are used in selecting the USTA Senior International Teams.   
Age Division Considered
A player may be considered for any age division for which he/she meets the minimum play requirements.
Players selected for International Cup Teams are representatives of the United States and the USTA. A record of exemplary sportsmanship is expected from every team member. The following are examples of poor sportsmanship which could disqualify a player from qualifying for an International Cup Team:
· Disqualification or default by a USTA or ITF certified referee or umpire for poor conduct while participating in a USTA or ITF sanctioned event.
· USTA warning or suspension because of poor conduct by any USTA district, section or national grievance committee. 
· A grievance filed and verified by an ITF Official, Tournament Referee, USTA Representative, or USTA Cup player while playing on a Cup team. The grievance shall be received in writing by the   USTA Competitive Play Department. 
· Suspension  from play  by the ITF under the Code of Conduct of  the ITF Seniors Regulations 
A copy of the grievance form used by the USTA National Grievance Committee can be found here: http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/Organization/usta_grievance_report/
Physical Condition
The player must certify that he/she is in good physical condition to play singles and/or doubles. Any player  who is not in good physical condition to play singles and/or doubles at any time up to the date for travel should contact his/her Team Committee Representative and the Adult/Senior Competition Department immediately regarding his/her physical condition. Failure to do so will be considered poor sportsmanship for future team consideration.  
Team Makeup
Each team shall consist of at least three strong singles players and one combination of players which results in a strong doubles team. Each team shall consist of a total of four players.
ITF Regulations
If a player is not a citizen or has dual citizenship and is interested in being considered for a USTA team, the player must notify the Senior International Competition Committee at least four (4) months in advance of the event. A player must have a USA passport unless a waiver has been obtained from the ITF.  A player must have an IPIN (www.itftennis.com/ipin) in order to play on a senior international team. 
Selection Time Frame 
· Letters sent to prospective players:  Letters of inquiry (asking if a player is interested in playing on a Cup team) shall be sent to prospective Cup players no later than four weeks prior to the published selection date. The Committee reserves the right to send letters to additional players up to the selection date if additional tournament play or information comes to the attention of the Committee. A minimum of eight (8) letters of inquiry per cup team shall be sent initially. 
· Selection Date:  Notice of the selection date will be published at www.usta.com/SeniorInternational  not later than four (4) months prior to the selection date.
· Receipt of Letter:  Any player who has not received a letter of inquiry within three weeks prior to the Selection Date may contact the Committee Chair or Adult/Senior Competition Department if that player believes he/she should have received a letter. The rationale for receipt of the letter shall be stated.
Request for Reconsideration of Non-Selection to a Team or Removal from a Team
· A player (Applicant) may request a reconsideration of his/her non-selection to a team to the Competitive Play Department. 
· The request for reconsideration shall be in writing using the Request for Reconsideration Form, which may be found on the Adult/Senior Competition website here. 
· The Request Form must be sent via email, fax or US Postal Mail to Competitive Play Department. 
· The Request Form must be received within seven (7) calendar days after the published selection date. 
· Absent good cause shown, requests not received within seven calendar days after the published selection date are barred. The only recourse shall be filing a grievance with the National Grievance Committee.
· The Chair of the Adult and Senior Competition Committee or his/her designee shall select a subcommittee to address the request for reconsideration (the "Reconsideration Subcommittee"). The Reconsideration Subcommittee shall consist of three individuals appointed by the Chair/designee, none of whom may be a member of the subcommittee which initially selected the team. The Chair/designee shall appoint one of the members to be the Reconsideration Subcommittee chair.
-The Applicant and the Chair shall be notified of the decision of the Reconsideration Subcommittee in writing (via email).
-If the Reconsideration Subcommittee upholds the initial selection, the Applicant may file a grievance with the USTA Grievance Committee. That process is described here: http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/Organization/usta_grievance_report/ 
If the Reconsideration Subcommittee overturns the initial selection, then the Selection Subcommittee shall convene to revise the selections accordingly.  Players sent a letter of inquiry shall then be notified of the change.  If a player is removed from a team as a result of this process, then the player removed may immediately file a grievance as outlined above with the USTA Grievance Committee. 


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