Northern Illinois USTA League seasons continue throughout the year!
There are currently three league seasons of play in the Northern Illinois District (NITA). In the fall, NITA has the Early Start League (part of the following year's season) and Fall League. Winter League season and a very short Summer League season complete the schedule of offerings. These three seasons offer all or some of the various types of leagues for men and women.
Progression to higher levels of competition:
Teams can advance to applicable district, state, sectional, national playoffs, and invitationals which are held annually for most divisions. Along the way there are lots of opportunities for fun and great tennis, as well as meeting other tennis players from all over the country.
What is a Tri-Level League?
Example: A team match might consist of one doubles team playing at the 3.5 level, one at the 4.0 and one at the 4.5 level. All of these would be members of the same team. Friends of different skill levels can all be on the same team together. Combinations of NTRP levels can vary depending on the levels available.
Who forms teams?
Northern Illinois District teams can be formed by individual captains who get a group of players together and find a facility/club or outdoor site to host their matches. Teams may be sponsored and promoted through a particular club or facility. Teams must have access to home courts at an indoor facility for all seasons except the spring-summer season when matches can be played outside.
How to get involved?
If you are interested in becoming part of the USTA League program in your community or want to start a new team of players with similar skill levels, contact our District League Coordinator, Valerie Nagel, at 630-802-3351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional help or information about programs, contact the Northern Illinois District Executive Director, Pam Delnagro, at 630-248-6441 or email email@example.com.
Contact USTA Member Services here.
- Team Application
- Captain's Report Instructions
- How to Enter Scores
- New Age Division Team Application
If you are planning on entering an Adult, Mixed Doubles, Combo, Tri-level or Flex team into the league you will need to complete this application. If you are entering multiple teams, you will need to submit an application for each team. When you have completed your application, you will then recieve a notice thanking you for your application. If you do not receive this notice there was an error on your applcation and you will need to scroll to the top of the form and make the applicable corrections.
Anyone choosing to submit a team for USTA League Tennis is making a commitment that includes the following responsibilities:
- Explain to all recruited players the USTA League Tennis rules, National, Sectional, Local and the Code.
- Attend or send your co-captain to a captains’ meeting. The captain is responsible for knowing the rule changes and understanding the explanations that may have occurred at the meeting.
- Confirm the eligibility of each recruited player. This includes membership and rating status. Captains must verify the membership expiration date and the rating of each player. If the player has a computer rating, captains must locate the player’s name on the current rating list or the previous year’s list.
- Validate the registration of players prior to playing by accessing the Internet.
- Adhere to published deadlines. This includes deadlines for: submitting team applications; NTRP appeals; registering the minimum number of players; submitting home facility availability for scheduling purposes; confirming matches with your opponents; recording match results.
- Field a complete team for each match for the entire length of the season.
- Reimburse facilities for any court fees owed due to late forfeits and no-shows.
- Assign a co-captain to take your place in the event that you are unavailable or unable to perform the functions of captain. If your absence is for an extended period of time, inform the coordinator of the name, EMAIL ADDRESS, and phone number of the co-captain.
- Record and verify ALL match results, using TennisLink within 48 hours of the conclusion of a match. Notify the coordinator via email or phone message of any incorrect data entered immediately. This includes entering the wrong player or incorrect score. Because the rating of each player is based on this data, all efforts must be made to correct the invalid data as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of both home and visiting captain to record and/or confirm/dispute the scores in TennisLink.
Failure to comply with the above requirements may make your team ineligible to compete at the next level of competition and may make you ineligible to submit a team in the future seasons.
- NITA USTA League Rules (2024)
- NITA USTA League Rules (2023)
- NITA Court Format Chart
- NITA League Calendar (Updated 11/08/22)
- NITA Time Restriction Rules Flowchart
- Q&A Time Restriction Rules
- Tie-break Procedures
- National and Section League Rules, Regulations and Grievances (includes Suspension Point System)
- TennisLink for Leagues
- USTA Captain's Corner
Craig Berry, Chair
Pam Delnagro ED (advisory)
Val Nagel (DLC)