Know The Code: Answering USTA League Questions
Welcome to the hub for USTA League rules and guidelines. This page will be updated to include rules tips, guidelines and explanations. We hope you find this to be a useful resource to help clarify any questions that may arise regarding USTA League rules. We will cover a variety of topics, but will mainly focus on common issues we see across leagues in the section.
Teams failing to complete play in their published league schedule will be subject to penalty. Teams totally defaulting a match will not be allowed to advance to Section Championships nor will the team be eligible to accept a wild card offered in their district. Please notify your District League Coordinator Immediately.
- 5 court format - 2 court; anything greater than 2 is a total team default
- 4 court format - 1 court, anything greater than 1 is a total team default
- 3 court format - 1 court, anything greater than 1 is a total team default
Often time teams do not realize what happens when they start defaulting courts. Not just that, but they are unsure of what order. Always default from the bottom up!
Check your local regulations for further information.
A player is eligible to play the Section Championships if the player meets the applicable minimum match requirement.
- (S) Self-rated players-must play at least 3 matches on the same team at that same level in that same age group. Defaults do not count.
- (S) Self-rated players whose appeals have been granted—must play at least 3 matches on the same team at that same level in that same age group. Defaults do not count.
- (A) Computer-rated players whose appeals have been granted—must play at least 3 matches on the same team at that same level in that same age group. Defaults do not count.
- (M) Mixed exclusive players- For Mixed leagues only- Players must have at least 2 matches on the same team at the same level in that same age group. ( they may have won 1 match by default.)
- (C) Computer rated players—must play at least 2 matches on the same team at that same level in that same age group. (They may have won 1 match by default.)
Please refer to the USTA Missouri Valley League Regulations for further information.
Q: I have a player that didnt get the required number of matches to be eligible for Sectionals. Is there anything that we can do to allow them to play?
A: No, there are no exceptions to the eligibility requirement rule. There are no waivers and no work arounds that will be allowed to get an ineligible player eligible. The deadlines for matches to be played are posted online and there are no exceptions to those deadlines. This also applies for all National Championships. No waivers or exceptions are made for National Championship requirements.
Self-Rated - Self Rated players are eligible to participate in a Section Invitational, but must generate a Year end Computer Rating, at the same level they competed in the local league, to be eligible to compete at the National Invitational. (i.e., all players competing at the National Invitational must have a computer rating; a minimum of 3 matches are required to generate a computer year end rating.)
Self-Rated, Appeal-Rated, DQ and promoted players are only required to have 1 match played on their team, with no defaults counting, in order to advance to Tri-level sectionals.
All Computer Rated players - Must play at least one match with their team to be eligible to play at the section event. Defaults do not count for matches played.
Roster Requirement - Teams wishing to compete at the Section Invitational must have at least 2 rostered players in each of the NTRP levels registered and able to attend/compete at the invitational. If not, the team will not be invited to attend.
Tri-Level Sectionals will be held November 4-6, 2022 in Omaha, NE.
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