Missouri Valley / Kansas


May 11, 2020

Below are some answers to questions you might have regarding USTA Missouri Valley and USTA Kansas programs and COVID-19.


1. Now that Adult League and Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Nationals are canceled for 2020, does that mean Adult League Section Championships and JTT Sectional Championships will be canceled as well?


Yes, all USTA Missouri Valley JTT and Adult League Section Championships, including Mixed, will be canceled for 2020. There are no plans to reschedule these events in 2020. District Adult League and JTT coordinators are busy working on local leagues and JTT play opportunities once tennis is back open for business. Districts will concentrate on developing local play that encourages social distancing, competition, fun and of course, tennis.


2. Why are the USTA Missouri Valley Section Championships canceled?


USTA Missouri Valley has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Section Championships. We understand that this may be very disappointing for our players, but health and safety remain the USTA’s top concerns. With that being said, we are committed to getting our players back on the court as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Our hope is for the districts to offer vibrant local summer leagues. They are working diligently to develop innovative play options once tennis is open for business again. Without being confined to section dates, districts will have more flexibility to schedule these leagues right through August/September if they choose to. In addition, prioritizing local play will hopefully provide support to local facilities, who have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


3.  Will there be Adult District League Championships?


No, there will not be a formal Adult District League Championship, however, we are working to coordinate an end of season playoff of some kind. Stay connected with our District League Coordinator, Amy Mathew USTAKansasDLC@gmail.com, for updated event schedules.


4.  Will there be a Junior Team Tournament District League Championship?


No, there will not be any formal JTT District League Championship, but stay connected with our JTT Coordinator, Janet Glaser janetglaser70@gmail.com, for updated event schedules.


5.  Are JTT and adult local leagues that have not completed—or didn’t start yet—canceled?

Yes.  The Adult 18 & Over indoor league that was in progress when play was suspended, has been canceled.


6. When will the new junior and adult standings be published?


The determination has also been made to suspend the calculation and publication of the National Standings List (NSL) for Adult, Junior and Wheelchair play until further notice. The NSL published on March 18, 2020 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes. The junior USTA Missouri Valley standing published on March 12 and the adult standings published on February 28 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes.


7. Will my expiring membership get extended?


Expiring memberships will not be extended at this time.


8. Can I get a League or Junior Team Tennis refund?


If you registered to play in a USTA League or Junior Team Tennis (JTT) that was suspended or canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and you played 0 matches, you may receive a one-time full “Covid” credit of your registration fee (less the $3 Tennislink fee). This one-time credit may be applied to a registration fee for a future league or JTT team through December 31, 2021. You are responsible for any future Tennislink fee or the difference between any future league fee and the applied credit. The “Covid” credit will be automatically held in the USTA system and applied when you next register to play. The credit must be used for a similar product, (i.e., league for league), and cannot be used for tournaments, for another player/account, or applied to USTA membership dues.


If you registered to play in a USTA League or Junior Team Tennis (JTT) that was suspended or canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you played 0 matches, and you no longer wish to play USTA tennis in the future, you may request to receive a one-time full refund made directly to the credit card that was used for registration. The refund would not include the Tennislink fee. Please allow up to 60 days for the refund to appear in your account.


Any request for credit or refund for a League or JTT suspended or canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic must be made prior to June 1, 2020, otherwise the request will be considered waived.


9. Can I register for tournaments whose start dates are after May 31?


We will continue to be transparent about the next steps moving forward for our programs and events. Updates from the USTA and USTA Missouri Valley will continue to be posted on this page. We have attempted to change as many tournaments as possible to the “tournament director selection process." This means that players won’t be charged an entry fee until after selection is completed, at which point we hope to have made a decision as to whether the suspension period is extended.


10. I am a tournament director. How do I select players for my tournament now that the tournament has been switched over to the TD selection process?


Click here to view an article from the TennisLink Help Center that will walk you through the steps.


For more FAQs, please visit the USTA National FAQ page.

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