USTA Missouri Valley
Flexible Formats for Leagues
USTA Missouri Valley | May 12, 2017
Lori Therrien - email@example.com
Adult Competition Program Manager
The USTA rolled out a new league format, Flexible Format, within the TennisLink Leagues platform in the summer of 2016. This format allows real flexibility for league coordinators and providers to utilize this new format for non-regulation leagues, social leagues and other creative, fun leagues to build play opportunities for adult tennis players. Training is available for any new coordinators wishing to utilize this format.
Features of the New Formats
Found within TennisLink: Easy to set up, access is the same as any local league coordinator in TennisLink, can utilize the messaging center already built within the system. Public viewing available to any user of TennisLink, (member or non-member).
Flexible Match Formats: Organization members or league coordinators can utilize this platform to create any type of league with many match formats available or transition any existing league where a public access for stats is desired. ADVERTISEMENT I.e. Inter-Club leagues, Flex Leagues, Sip & Serves, Sets in the City, etc. Processing fee of at least $3.00 is assessed for each registration.
Non-Member Participation: Leagues may be set up to allow non-members to participate, which helps to build participation, offers ability to track potential new members and recruit them for other USTA adult programs. Non-members would create a non-member account in TennisLink, which could be used even if they become a member at a later date. Young adults might want to play before paying for a membership. This would allow for networking with other players before they join the organization.
NTRP Required Optional: Coordinators may choose whether they want their league to be an NTRP based league for building teams or not. If not, any player may register without the necessity for a current rating or self-rating before registration. New players, who may not be familiar with NTRP would be more likely to participate. Coordinators may build the league teams based on their specific customer or player base.