ENCOURAGED IN TREASURE VALLEY DUE TO INCREASED FLIGHTING FOR LEAGUE MATCHES
of flighting has increased in the 2013 season as the addition of leagues has
shortened a few league seasons. All of the USTA leagues (USTA Mixed 18 &
Over, USTA Adult 18 & Over, USTA Adult 40 & Over, USTA Adult 55 &
Over) are eight weeks long while the ITA Fall Mixed is six weeks long. The IdTA
will continue to attempt to offer 1-2 matches a week; therefore if a league is
eight weeks long the maximum number of matches a team could receive are 12 team
matches, thus any levels with more than 13 teams will be flighted. If a league
is six weeks long the maximum number of matches a team could receive are nine
team matches, thus any levels with more than 11 teams will be flighted. Levels
with two teams will get no fewer than six matches and levels with three teams
will get no fewer than eight matches. Teams are encouraged to carry no more
than 10-12 players.
A: The fastest way to become involved in local tennis activities is to join the USTA and become familiar with TennisLink the USTA’s secure web-based communications system. Through TennisLink, you can join or renew your annual membership with USTA, create and register for Adult League teams, enter and confirm scores, access team rosters, standings, schedules and scorecards and register for local tournaments.
Go to usta.com/membership to join the USTA for the first time or to renew your membership. To join for the first time click on Adult Memberships and to renew click on Renew Membership (make sure you are logged into TennisLink. Cost for an Adult USTA membership (18 and over) is $44 for one year, $119 for three years, or $176 for five years. A junior membership (under 18) is $20 for one year, $54 for three years, or $80 for five years. Family memberships (two or more members of the same family) are $72 for one year, $195 for three years, or $288 for five years. TennisLink accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
A: To captain or create a team in a Treasure Valley league, go online to tennislink.usta.com/leagues. On the right side of the screen, click “Online Team Creation." Then select the section (USTA/Intermountain), the district/area (Idaho), the league you want to captain a team for, the flight, the sub-flight, enter a team name (please include at least the last name of the team captain in the team name), click on “Create Team,” and follow the remaining instructions.
To captain or create a team in a Twin Falls, Pocatello or Idaho Falls league, contact your local league coordinator.
Magic Valley Area League Coordinator: Ann Vogt, (208) 731-4786, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pocatello Area League Coordinator: Nicole Osborn, (208) 237-2909 or (208) 251-1808, email@example.com
Idaho Falls Area League Coordinator: Lori Griffel, (530) 902-6449, firstname.lastname@example.org
A:The 2013 season has a few new elements in store including plus (+) level leagues at the USTA Adult 18 & Over and USTA Adult 40 & Over leagues. The USTA Adult 18 & Over league at the 5.0+ level and the USTA Adult 40 & Over league at the 4.5+ levels may have up to two players from the next higher NTRP level on a team roster. The 18 & Over 5.0+ league may have up to two players from the next higher NTRP level on the team roster, however no more than one Plus (+) level player shall be allowed to play in a team match and shall be required to play in the #1 position, either singles or doubles. The 40 & Over 4.5+ league may have up to two players from the next higher NTRP level on the team roster, however two Plus (+) level players may play in a team match and shall be required to play in the #1 position, either separately in the #1 singles and #1 doubles positions or together in the #1 doubles position.
Below are the USTA League Regulations that relate to the NTRP Levels of Play:
2.01A NTRP Levels of Play.
2.01A(1) When using straight NTRP levels, a player cannot have an NTRP rating higher than the NTRP level in which the player is competing except in the 5.0+ NTRP level of the Adult Division, 18 & Over and in the 4.5+ NTRP level of the Adult Division, 40 & Over. All plus (+) level team rosters may include up to two players from the next higher NTRP level. 2.01A(1)a In Plus (+) NTRP levels utilizing three individual matches within a team match, no more than one Plus (+) level player shall be allowed to play in a team match and shall be required to play in the #1 position, either singles or doubles. 2.01A(1)b In Plus (+) NTRP levels utilizing four or more individual matches within a team match, two Plus (+) level players may play in a team match and shall be required to play in the #1 position, either separately in the #1 singles and #1 doubles positions or together
A: Players can access the USTA League Frequently Asked Questions webpage by clicking HERE.
A:Leagues listed as being scheduled Monday-Friday evenings could have a start time as early as 6:30 p.m. or as late as 9 p.m. For leagues that are listed as Monday-Friday mid-mornings should have a start time around 10 a.m. For Saturday and Sunday afternoon league matches start times could start as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 4 p.m.
A:Team registrations open at 12 p.m. EST (10 p.m. MST). Once a captain has created a team and attained a team number the captain can submit their home court requests. Home court requests are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on availability of the facility for each level. Captains need to submit their home court request to the Leagues Team via email to email@example.com with the team name, team number, level, gender and top 4-5 home court preferences. If a team is playing out of a private facility they must notify the Leagues Team and the private facility (and pay additional home court fees if necessary through the private facility). The deadline to turn in a home court request is the team registration deadline. If a home court request is not provided by the team registration deadline the team will be assigned a home court at the discretion of the District League Coordinator.