Rules

1. General Information

a. Cost: $40.00 (per person)
b. Age Requirement: 13+
c. Juniors must have a minimum UTR of 4.5 (not projected) and will be placed in one of the higher divisions unless they are playing with an adult.
d. Players can register up to 2 times and play in 2 different divisions as long as they register with players of 2 different ability levels.
e. Balls and court fees are included in the league fee. Balls will be located at the lobby desk at the host facility.
f. You are welcome to keep the balls but if you are only going to dispose of them please turn them into the lobby desk to help the host club.
g. Registration deadline is Tue, March 30, 2021 11:00:00am
h. Schedule to be posted Tue, March 30, 2021.

2. Doubles Teams

a. Teams will consist of two players.
b. Teams will be placed in divisions based on their combined ratings from UTR and/or Tennisrecord.
c. Partners do not have to have the same rating to play together.
d. There will be a men’s division and a women’s division.
e. At this time there are no separate age divisions.

3. League Format

a. Divisions may be flighted or unflighted.
b. 5 scheduled matches.
c. Additional match or matches for playoff round for qualifying teams, who are available to play at the scheduled time, and choose to participate.
d. Division winners will be determined in the following order: most wins, most matches played (defaults count as match played for team receiving default but not as match played for team defaulting), least sets lost, highest games wpct, and method to be determined if still tied.
e. For calculating sets won/lost or games won/lost in the standings a default counts as a 6-0, 6-0 win for the team receiving the default or a 6-0, 6-0 loss for the team defaulting.
f. For calculating sets won/lost or games won/lost in the standings where there is a retired match the team winning the retired match will be assumed to have won all of the remaining unplayed sets/games to complete the match. For example, if a team were winning a match 6-2, 3-1 but was forced to retire the assumed calculated score would be 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 such that the trailing team would have won all of the remaining games in the match.
g. Prizes TBD for each division.

4. Surface

a. Court surfaces will be either clay or hard. The court surface may vary depending on court availability.
b. This league is an outdoor league. In the case of inclement weather players can move their match inside at their own discretion and their own expense.

5. Schedule

a. Matches will be played Sat, April 3, 2021 - Fri, May 14, 2021. Matches must be completed and scores entered by the end date to be counted in qualifying for the playoff round. Playoff round will be Sat, May 15, 2021 - Sun, May 16, 2021.
b. Matches will begin at 6:00pm or 6:30pm for weeknight play. Weekend matches can start on Saturdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm or Sundays between 1:00pm and 5:00pm.
c. You are required to arrive 15 minutes before your match begins.
1. If you are 5-10 minutes late it cuts into your warmup time and you can be expected to begin play upon your arrival.
2. If you are 15 minutes late your match can be defaulted.
d. Teams may not be scheduled to play on the same day/time each week.
e. Matches are only required to be rescheduled due to weather.
1. Players should give a maximum of 15 minutes from match time for a court to dry before rescheduling.
2. Any player on the 2 teams playing can request a reschedule of a match if the temperature is not at least 45 degrees at the start of match time.
3. Please refer to our substitution policy if you are unavailable to play a scheduled match.
g. Locations of Play - TBD.
h. Please confirm your assigned court at the lobby desk when arriving to play your match.

6. Player Availability

a. When signing up each player is given the opportunity to submit an availability schedule. Please uncheck any dates/times you know you are unavailable to play.
b. It is important to please fill out the availability schedule as best as you can before the deadline to submit it.
c. The availability schedule for each player will be used to schedule the matches.
d. If your number of dates are limited to play (as a last resort) you may have to play more than one match on a given day.

7. Match Format

a. Best 2 out of 3 sets with a 10 pt tiebreak in lieu of 3rd set. Maximum of a 10 minute warm-up beginning at match time (or when court becomes available). Please note, if a player is late to the match, the warmup time does not have to be extended for the late player.
b. Players will be responsible for making his/her own line calls fairly.
c. This is meant to be a fun league and a high level of sportsmanship is expected of all players and their fans.
d. All disagreements will need to be solved between the players on the court.

8. Substitution Policy

a. If a player needs to miss a match due to unforeseen circumstances, they may obtain a substitute player to play in his/her place. Certain conditions must be met before someone can play as a substitute.
1. The substituting player will need to be the same gender and NTRP level or no more than 1/2 point lower as the player s/he is replacing for the given match.
2. Only adults can substitute for adults and the substituting player's tennisrecord rating should be no higher than the player they are substituting for.
3. A junior can have either an adult or a junior substitute for them but will need to receive approval from USNAT for their sub. As a general rule the substitute for a junior will need to have an equal or lower utr rating.
4. The substitute player should sign up on the site prior to the match if they do not have a login/account to the site. They do not pay for the league but they need to be signed up on the site.
5. A player can substitute as many times as they like for as many teams as they want.
6. If a player is already on a team in a given division they cannot substitute for another team in the same division. However, a player on a team can substitute for a team not in the same division as any team they are on.
c. Each team is only allowed 2 substitutions in total for the league or the team will no longer be eligible for the playoff round. Both substitutions can be used in the same match, in separate matches, by the same player, or by separate players. After 2 substitutions are used teams are expected to continue to play their remaining matches and/or find more substitutions as necessary.

9. Playoff Round

a. The potential playoff round match dates will be set before the league starts. The playoff matches cannot be rescheduled nor the time changed.
b. An attempt will be made to set the specific date and time for the playoff matches at least 2 weeks prior to the matches. We will be attempting to schedule the matches so that a player can play on 2 different teams in the playoff round but they may have to play back to back matches in that scenario.
c. If a team qualifies for the playoffs but is unable to attend the next team down in the standings list will be offered a spot to play in the playoff. We will keep advancing down the list until there are no further teams available to offer.
d. No substitutions are allowed for the playoffs except in the situation where all of the playoff spots are not filled by teams without substitutions. In that scenario the following rules apply.
1. The highest qualifying team that was unable to accept the offer to play in the playoffs will be allowed 1 substitute and offered a spot again.
2. We will advance down the list of teams again that did not accept the offer to play in the playoffs offering 1 substitute for each team until all of the playoff spots are filled.
3. One of the original players must be available to play in the playoffs. A team cannot participate with 2 substitutes.
4. The same 2 players must play for the entirety of the playoff round if there is more than 1 match in the playoffs. There cannot be a different sub for each match and the same original player must play in all of the playoff matches.
5. The substitute must be approved and meet the substitution policy rules.
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