LEAGUE FAQ

What if our regular season match conflicts with a Sectional or National event?


Per the 2019 USTA Dallas Rules and Regulations:

8F. Automatic Reschedule Match Status. Any regularly scheduled league match(es) involving a team in which 50% or more of male or female roster players are scheduled to play in a USTA Dallas Local Play Off, Sectionals and/or Nationals event representing Dallas shall be granted AUTOMATIC RESCHEDULE status by the local league coordinator and the opposing team. It is the responsibility of the advancing team to notify their opponent NO LATER than 48 hours prior to the scheduled match date. Captains may reschedule the entire match or line by line. The affected match shall be rescheduled following the 14 days’ make-up rule noted in 8A.




Is coaching allowed during a match?


No coaching at anytime during the match.

2018 USTA Dallas Rules and Regulations:

7K. Coaching is NOT allowed during USTA League or Championship play.

2018 USTA Rules and Regulations

p. 110, Table 12. Rest Period for ADULT LEAGUES after 2nd set when Match tiebreak in lieu of 3rd Set. 2-minute set break. Coaching IS NOT allowed during a 2-+minute set break.




What happens if there is a disagreement on the court and we finish the match playing "under protest"?


2018 USTA Dallas Rules and Regulations:

7G. Points played in good faith stand. If a disagreement arises on court it should be resolved before play resumes. Detailed information may be found in Friend at Court “The Code". Match results will stand as played, NO EXCEPTIONS.




How much time is allowed between points, games and sets?


2018 USTA Dallas Rules and Regulations:

7L. Play should be continuous. Between points, a maximum 20 seconds is allowed. When players change ends at the end of a game, a maximum 90 seconds is allowed. At set break, 120 second (2 minutes) is allowed.




What is the weather policy?


NEW 2019! Extreme Weather Conditions. The HOME Captain determines the conditions at the match site and is responsible for notifying the VISITING Captain NO MORE THAN two (2) hours prior to match start time on the SCHEDULED DAY OF THE MATCH. Both captains should verify through www.weather.com. The following weather conditions may subject a match to be rescheduled:
(1) If the actual temperature is 35 degrees or below at the time match is scheduled to begin play.
(2) The actual temperature is 105 degrees or higher at the time match is scheduled to begin play.
If either of the above extreme weather conditions exist, either captain may reschedule the match. Once the match has started, it must be completed.




How do I default a line?


2019 USTA Dallas Rules and Regulations:
10. FORFEITS/Team Defaults:
10A. Forfeits start from the lowest singles or doubles lines. A team must play the majority of lines each team match or that match shall be considered a “team default”. If a “team default” occurs for any reason during round robin play, the defaulting team will (1) default all remaining matches in the round robin, (2) not be eligible for the same Local League Championship for that season, and (3) all team members of the defaulting team must split up in the following season with no more than 4 members of the defaulting team on any one team in the following season. At the conclusion of the season, if all teams in contention for championship play have already played the defaulting team in good faith, the matches stand as played; otherwise, all matches of the defaulting team shall be null and void.




Who's this player? How to exchange a line up and avoid playing ineligible players


2018 USTA Dallas Rules and Regulations: 7E. Rosters must be exchanged at the designated match time and all players should be on their assigned court ready to play. It is the responsibility of the captain to verify players at the time the lineup is exchanged. Ineligible players must be identified prior to the start of the match. Ineligible players will be recorded as a default (6-0, 6-0) in USTA TENNIS LINK. 7F. Captains should use scorecards on USTA TENNIS LINK to avoid playing ineligible players. Go to http://tennislink.usta.com/leagues. Click on “Record a Score” located under My Quick Links on the right. Enter your match number. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Print Blank Scorecard”. Captains are responsible for verifying player eligibility prior to match play. Scorecards printed off USTA TENNIS LINK for matches will include both teams’ most up-to-date rosters.
2018 CAPTAINS RESPONSIBILITIES: Blank scorecards are available through TENNIS LINK. Visit http://tennislink.usta.com/leagues . Click on “Record a Score” located under My Quick Links on the right. Enter your match number. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Print Blank Scorecard”. GREAT NOTE: Scorecards printed off Tennis Link for matches will include both teams’ most up-to-date rosters. Captains are responsible for verifying player eligibility prior to match play.




When is the last day to add a player to the roster?


3B. Team registration will be online through USTA TENNIS LINK at http://tennislink.usta.com/leagues using team number provided to captain by local league coordinator. Teams may add players any time prior to the date on the schedule of their second to last regular season match A player MUST play 2 times during the local league to qualify to advance to championship play (i.e. Qualifying Tournament, City Championship, Sectionals). 1 A default may be counted towards their 2-local league matches during the regular season. IMPORTANT!!! The DTA does not have roster limits for ADULT Leagues.




How to correct a scorecard?


2019 CAPTAINS RESPONSIBILITIES:
Change/Edit to Scorecard:
When requesting a change, or edit to a scorecard, please email Local League Coordinator at leagues@dta.org and copy the opposing captain with the following information:

  • Match #
  • Detailed Description of requested change/edit.
  • Both captains must agree to the requested change/edit prior to TENNIS LINK being updated.




Is play continuous during a tiebreak?


2018 Referee’s Guide:

Changeovers: The rest time for game changeovers is 90 seconds except after the first game of the set where no rest time should be taken. The rest time between sets including between the 2nd set and match tiebreaker is 120 seconds. Play should be continuous during any of the tiebreaks.





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