Rules & Regulations
Each year the USTA publishes Friend at Court, a book that includes not only the USTA Regulations, but also the ITF Rules of Tennis and "The Code," the players’ guide for matches when officials are not present. It is highly recommended that each player or tennis family have a copy of this publication as a reference. You can purchase the easy-to-carry Friend of Court by calling toll free, 1-866-898-8061.
USTA Regulations prohibit a player from entering two tournaments that have dates that overlap by one or more days unless a player has the prior written consent of both Tournament Committees.
USTA NorCal Adult Tournament Rules (As of 12/21/2022)
The USTA believes strongly in the importance of good sportsmanship in making tennis more enjoyable for all. Players, parents, and coaches alike all share responsibility in ensuring that good sportsmanship is an integral part of competition - regardless of level of play.
Players will be held accountable based on the conduct they and their spectators display before, during and/or after a match in any USTA sanctioned tournament. Additionally, a person who enters a sanctioned tournament or match consents to being penalized under the Point Penalty System for abusive conduct by a person who appears to be associated with the player. Information regarding the suspension point system, which includes a chart of violations and the suspension points associated with each violation can be found in the Friend at Court on pages 113 - 118.
USTA NorCal Sportsmanship Committee Procedures (as of 8/1/2021)
National Standings List – Calculated Monthly
The National Standings List is a monthly standings list of players in each division used, when authorized, for selection and seeding. When it is used for a Closed tournament, it can be filtered to only include residents of a Sectional Association or District Association. Please see the 2021 USTA Adult & Family Tournament Regulations (found above under Rules & Regulations) for more information.
Click here to view the National Standings List
Adult and Family National Rankings – Calculated Yearly
The Adult and Family National Ranking list is published once a year, after the end of the year. The Adult and Family ranking period for all players and teams is January 1 through December 31. Please see the 2021 USTA Adult & Family Tournament Regulations (found above under Rules & Regulations) for more information.
Attention NTRP Tournament Players
Any player participating in a USTA NorCal sanctioned NTRP tournament will be required to have an NTRP rating. If a player is in violation of this rule he/she will be notified in writing by USTA NorCal.
Any singles, doubles and/or mixed doubles player who has been notified that he/she does not have a valid USTA NTRP rating must SELF-RATE prior to registering in a USTA NorCal NTRP tournament. A player violating this rule or any player playing below their NorCal self-rating level will receive an automatic 30 day suspension and any points earned from that tournament toward the Grand Prix points race and the seeding/tentative/final rankings lists will be removed.
Click here for SELF-RATE instructions (PDF).
Click here to learn more on NTRP National Championships: How to Qualify in NorCal (PDF)
National Tournament Schedule
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