National Championships FAQs
USTA League National Championships FAQs:
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How many matches do I have to play in order to be eligible to compete with my team at Nationals?
In the Adult and Mixed Divisions, all players other than self-rated and valid computer-rated appealed players are eligible to advance to National Championship competition if that player has played on the same team in at least three matches at the same NTRP level, in the same age group, through Sectional Championships and is otherwise eligible. A maximum of one default received by the player during local league or championship competition shall count for advancing.
All self-rated and valid computer-rated appealed players are eligible to progress to National Championship competition if that player has played on the same team in at least four matches at the same NTRP level, in the same age group, during their local league season and is otherwise eligible. ADVERTISEMENT No defaults received by the player during local league or championship competition shall count for advancing. Retired matches shall count toward advancing for all players involved in both USTA League divisions.
Do I notify the national office that my team is going to Nationals?
No, your Section League Coordinator will notify the national office and will forward your team’s roster.
Am I required to complete the player registration to be eligible to compete at nationals?
Every player advancing to the USTA League National Championships is required to register and pay the $60 individual player entry fee. Non-playing players that wish to receive the player amenities need to register and pay for the event. *ALL CAPTAINS, both playing and non-playing, need to register and pay for the event.
If I’m a non-playing captain or I am a player not competing but attending Nationals with my team, do I register and pay the fee?
Yes, *ALL CAPTAINS, both playing and non-playing, need to register and pay for the event.
Can I get a registration refund if I am unable to attend Nationals?
Players may send refund requests to email@example.com. Refunds will be granted until the registration deadline for each specific championship. Please read the player handbook for the specific refund date of the championship for which you are inquiring.
As a captain, If I register online, do I need to give my players shirt sizes and quantities at the captains’ registration?
No, since everyone is registering individually and submitting their shirt sizes, you will be given the sizes that were submitted. Everyone will be able to exchange sizes over the weekend.
Can I get shirts and player gifts for the players who could not come to Nationals?
We are not able to sell any of the player gifts at the events as we need to make sure that every registered player in attendance receives their items in their desired sizes. However, you may put your name and the items you would like to purchase for teammates down on a list and you will be notified if items are available after the last national is completed.
Will players who don’t attend Nationals be eligible for an award?
Awards will be provided by USTA for all players who registered for their National Championship. Players who do not register for nationals will be given the opportunity to buy an award. Captains of teams who place 1st-4th will fill out an award order form on Sunday after their matches. Awards take about 6-8 weeks to ship. Please see the onsite National Staff Representative for more information on purchasing additional awards.
What day should players plan to arrive at Nationals?
It is advisable that all players arrive at their hotel and acclimate to the time change and weather no later than Thursday. Arriving on Friday morning is risky and may cause stress to both players and captains if flights or traffic cause delays. Even if you view your match schedule and see that your team’s first match is later in the day on Friday, all players should still arrive on Thursday as schedules change right up to the start of play.
If our team makes it to the Sunday playoffs, what is the earliest matches and awards ceremony will be completed so we can plan returning flights to home?
The Sunday Semis and Finals and awards are typically completed by 3pm. We present awards as teams complete their matches in order to help teams in a hurry to catch flights. We highly recommend that you do not book flights earlier than 6 pm. You want to be sure to play your best and not worry about missing or changing flights while you’re playing.
How many matches will my team play at Nationals?
Each team will play two matches on Friday and two matches on Saturday. Based on the Tennislink standings after all match play is completed on Saturday the top 4 teams will move on to the Semi Finals on Sunday. Teams who make it to the Semi Finals will play 2 more matches on Sunday, a semi final match and then either the Championship match or the 3rd/4th place match.
What time should I arrive on site for my scheduled match?
Every player is required to be on site and ready to play 30 minutes before the scheduled match time as courts may become available and your match can be called earlier than the time indicated on the schedule.Your captain will turn in your team’s lineup for you.
Will we be allowed to practice or hit while the matches are in progress?
No, all courts at each site will be used for matches. However, facilities will open one (1) hour prior to the first match of each day and all courts are open for warm-up. Some locations may have nearby courts to warm-up on. Please check your event handbook for more information.
When will the schedule for my National Championship be posted online?
Tentative match schedules are posted on our homepage starting in early September. Please keep in mind that match schedules can change for many different reasons and that the final schedule will be sent out on the Thursday prior to your National Championships. All teams and players should be prepared to play 2 matches on Friday and 2 matches on Saturday.
When I look online at the match schedule, I don’t see my team listed.
You are probably looking in Tennis Link and if you don’t see all teams it’s probably because the computer person is in the process of building the championships for score entry. You should go to the national championships homepage and open the link to your event. Here you will find the current match schedule. Please keep in mind that schedules posted online are tentative and can change due to unforeseen circumstances. Keep checking frequently for revisions to the schedule.
How often can the match schedule change?
It is advisable that you check the match schedule on our website frequently. Often, teams decline the opportunity to go at the last minute and the schedule is altered and can be quite different than the previous schedule. It can even change the same week of the tournament. A final schedule will be given to captains Thursday prior to each National.
Will water be available on site?
Yes, water fountains and filling stations will be available throughout the facilities; however, due to new local and state safety guidelines, we will not be able to provide water on court at every facility. You should come prepared with your own water vessel that is large enough to provide you with enough water for your needs and make sure to fill it up before heading out to your match.
Will ice be available?
Due to new local and state safety guidelines, we will not be able to provide ice to refill water bottles or coolers onsite at each facility, we strongly recommend that each player come prepared with enough ice to meet their needs during match play. We will have ice available with the trainer for any injuries that may require ice.
Will there be free Gatorade or sports drinks for all players?
No, Gatorade or power drinks may be available for purchase in the pro shop or onsite vending machines, but it is suggested that you bring your own from a local store to be sure you are prepared with your preferred beverage.
Will lunch be accessible on site?
Food for purchase options may be available on site; however, there are restaurants and fast food options near all our national championships sites.
What is Color Wars?
Color Wars is a chance to show your section pride! Every team that qualifies for nationals will be given 2021 National Championship wristbands at the conclusion of their Section Championships in their section’s designated color. We would love for you to show us your spirit by posting on social media sporting your 2021 National Championship wristbands as you prepare for nationals using #ustaleague. Check out your tournament handbook for more information on Color Wars.
I didn’t get my Color Wars wristband, can I get a new one?
Please contact your Section League Coordinator for any replacement/additional wristbands.
Is there a player gift exchange?
Please do not bring gifts to exchange with your opponents at this year's National Championship. Due to COVID protocols, wristbands will not be provided to exchange with your opponents.
Can I purchase USTA Nationals Merchandise?
Merchandise can be purchased online by visiting this page. Merchandise will go on sale prior to the first National Championship and will be available online through the duration of the National Championship season. Merchandise will only be available online for the 2021 National Championship season, there will be no onsite merchandise for purchase.
Where do I find our team photos?
Click here Please keep in mind that team photos will go up online about 1 week after your National Championship has concluded.
Do my friends and family need to purchase tickets to watch our matches?
No, your friends and family can move about and watch your team and any matches at any time. There is no fee to come on the grounds of the facility to watch your team play. Please check your specific Championship Handbook for any spectator restrictions due to COVID.
Should my friends and family bring chairs or will there be benches for them to sit on to watch us play?
While some courts at some facilities have benches, it’s advisable to bring along small chairs in the event that your match is assigned where there are no benches available. For sunny venues, umbrellas are also a good idea.
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