National Championships FAQs
January 1, 2017
USTA League National Championships FAQs:
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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 $55 individual player entry fee. Non-playing players that wish to receive the player amenities (player gifts, tournament t-shirt, ticket to player social, etc.) 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.ADVERTISEMENT
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 2pm. 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 5 pm. You want to be sure to play your best and not worry about missing or changing flights while you’re playing.
Is my team required to participate in the player gift exchange?
Starting in 2018, in place of the traditional gift exchange USTA National will provide Color War wristbands for each team to exchange with their opponents after their match. Wristbands are available at the tournament desk.
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. Courts may become available and your match can be called earlier than the time indicated on the schedule.
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, facilties will open 1 hours 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 tournament handbook.
If I register on line, do I need to give my player shirt sizes and quantity 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.
How many player social tickets will my team be given at no charge?
You will be given tickets for the number of registered players from your team. If 10 players registered you will receive 10 tickets at the captain’s check in on Thursday. All guests’ tickets are $20.00 cash per ticket, Children under 12 can come free.
When can I buy the guest party tickets?
You can purchase guest party tickets starting at the Captain’s registration on Thursday through NOON on the Friday of your event. Cash is accepted only - no checks, credit, or debit cards.
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.
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 www.usta.com website and to national championships and open the link to your event. Here you will find the current match schedule. Please keep checking frequently for revisions to the schedule.
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.
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.
Will water be available on site?
Yes, there are water containers on the courts, but not complimentary bottled water. You should come prepared with your own water vessel and fill it up before heading out to your match.
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, 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.
Will ice be available?
Yes, there are ice containers located near the tournament desk, but if you want to fill up your water container with ice, you should do so at the hotel prior to going to the courts. In the hot desert climate, continual ice consumption at the championships becomes a challenge.
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.
Can I get a registration refund?
Players may send refund requests to firstname.lastname@example.org , refunds will be granted until the registration deadline for each specific Championship. Please see deadline schedule below.
- Adult 18 & Over Championships: September 10, 2019
- Adult 40 & Over Championships: September 24, 2019
- Adult 55 & Over Championships: October 15, 2019
- Mixed 18 & Over Championships: October 29, 2019
- Mixed 40 & Over Championships: October 29, 2019
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 at the captains meeting on the Thursday prior to each National.
Will players who don’t attend nationals be eligible for a trophy?
Players who do not attend nationals will be given the opportunity to buy a trophy. Captains of teams who place 1st-4th will fill out a trophy order form on Sunday after their matches. Trophies take about 6 weeks to ship, please see the onsite National Staff Representative for more information on purchasing additional trophies.
What is Color Wars?
Color Wars is a chance to show your section pride! Every team that qualifies for nationals will be given 2019 National Championship wristbands at the conclusion of their Section Championships in their section’s designated color. When each team arrives at their National Championship, they will be given wristbands in their section’s color to exchange with their opponents for each of their matches on Friday and Saturday. We would love for you to show us your spirit by posting on social media sporting your 2019 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 stop by the tournament desk as we will have extras on site.
How can I be eligible to win a Color Wars gift package?
Individuals who post in the USTA League Facebook Group using #ustaleague will be entered into a drawing to be held at the conclusion of the last national championship event. 40 individuals will be randomly drawn and a color wars prize package will be mailed to them.
Can I purchase USTA Nationals Merchandise?
Merchandise can be purchased online by visiting this page. Merchandise is typically available online the week following the first National Championship.
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