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2006 UPTA Mixed Doubles Regulations

2006 USTA MIXED DOUBLES TENNIS LEAGUE
UPTA LOCAL LEAGUE RULES – ADULT AND SENIOR

*** USTA League Tennis National Regulations, Southern Regulations and USTA/SC Mixed Doubles Regulations shall apply to the USTA Mixed Doubles League and take precedent over UPTA Mixed Doubles League Rules.

FORMAT

1. Three mixed double partnerships. A minimum of six players (3 of each gender) per team.
2. Team that wins at least 2 of the 3 individual matches is the winner of the team match.
3. Individual matches = best 2 of 3 sets with set tiebreak when score of a set is 6 games all.
4. ADULT LEAGUE: 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 SENIOR LEAGUE: 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0.
5. Individual player’s ratings may be no more than 1.0 apart (i.e., a 3.0 player and a 4.0 player may play 7.0).
6. The combined ratings of a partnership must not exceed the level of the flight.

ELIGIBILITY

1. All players must have a USTA membership valid through the end of the local league season.
2. ADULT – Player must reach at least 19 years of age during 2006.
3. SENIOR – Player must reach at least 50 years of age during 2006.
4. A player may play on multiple adult teams in SC as long as they are at different NTRP levels. A player may play on multiple senior teams in SC as long as they are different NTRP levels. (I.e., a player can play on 4 teams, 2 adult and 2 senior teams, if he/she so desires.) Play on an adult team and a senior team at the same flight level is permissible.
5. If a player plays on two SC adult teams at the same level or two SC senior teams at the same level, all matches played will be defaulted and the player removed from both rosters.
6. A player may not play out of his/her Local League Area (as defined by player’s primary residence as listed in USTA records) unless approved by both of the Local League Coordinators that are affected and the State Mixed Doubles Coordinator.  A player playing out of his/her Local League Area without obtaining prior approval for each team may be subject to sanctions, which may include disqualification from further play and voiding of matches already played.  Sanctions may be applied to the team captain as well.  A player who received approval, in 2005 or before, to play out of his/her area MUST reapply if he/she desires to play out of his/her area in 2006. 

7. a) A player from another state (as defined by the player’s primary residence as listed in USTA records) may not participate in South Carolina without approval by the Local Mixed Doubles Coordinator representing the area that is affected and the State Mixed Doubles Coordinator.  A player playing out of his/her home state without obtaining prior approval may be subject to sanctions, which may include disqualification from further play and voiding of matches already played.  Sanctions may be applied to the team captain as well.
       b) A player from another state who previously received approval to play in the South Carolina Mixed Doubles League and who has played in the South Carolina Mixed Doubles League in every year since that  approval was granted, need not reapply for approval to play in 2006 in the same local league and the same division (adult or senior) as in 2005.  In addition, a player from another state who has received approval to play in 2006 in the Adult or Senior League need not reapply to play Mixed Doubles in the SAME Local League.

COMPUTER RATING

1. A player with a valid computer rating as a result of playing in the Adult, Senior, or Mixed USTA League Tennis program must play at that level or higher.

SELF-RATING

1. Players who do not have a computer rating on file in TennisLink shall self-rate in accordance with the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Guidelines and complete the self-rating process on TennisLink when registering for a team.  Failure to do so or omission of information regarding a player’s tennis history will subject the player, the captain and/or others who condoned inaccurate self-rating to sanctions and disqualification.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

 Grievance Complaints (National Regs 2.01).  Grievance complaints may be filed not only for infractions of the regulations but also for failing to abide by good conduct, fair play, and good sportsmanship.  Such grievances must be filed in writing with the Local League Coordinator prior to commencement of the next team match involving such player or team, or within 24 hours after the end of local league play, whichever occurs first, except a complaint based on ineligibility may be filed at any time after learning the person is ineligible.
 
 Grievance Committee    Appeals Commmittee
 1. Mark Harvey    1. Nick Giannopoulos
 2. Jennifer Chapin-Chambers   2. Kim Miller
 3. Anne Gerhiser    3. Steve Spoon
ROSTERS and FEES

1. Captains will submit their team using TennisLink. When naming a team, the adult league will use UM--, using the first initial of their first name and first initial of their last name for the last two letters. Seniors will use UZ--, using the first initial of their first name and first initial of their last name for the last two letters. After the initials, captains may name their team whatever they like.
2. Teams, other than Adult 10.0 and Senior 9.0, must be entered into TennisLink no later than May 16, 2006 with a minimum of three (3) qualified doubles teams to play in UPTA mixed doubles league; i.e., three (3) men and three (3) women meeting the level of play. Adult 10.0 and Senior 9.0 must be entered into TennisLink no later than June 26, 2006.
3. The deadline for adding additional players to the roster, other than Adult 10.0 and Senior 9.0, is July 15, 2006.
4. Fees will be collected (via credit card) when a person is put on a roster in TennisLink. The cost to play in the UPTA 2006 Mixed Doubles League is $13.00. This includes the TennisLink user fee of $2.00, USTA/SC head tax of $6.00 and UPTA Local League fee of $5.00.
5. Once placed on a roster through TennisLink, there will be no refunds. However, a player may transfer from one team to another without additional fees by contacting the UPTA Mixed Doubles League Coordinator.
6. For teams playing local league at the Mixed Doubles Championships, Adult 10.0 and Senior 9.0, players may not be added to rosters after August 21, 2006.

LOCAL PLAY

1. Each team will play a round robin competition with at least one other team in the same flight (i.e., level). Each team in a round robin must play every other team in the round robin at least once and an equal number of times. The following guidelines will apply to determine round robin play:

2-3 teams, 1 flight, each team plays each other three times.
4-6 Teams, 1 flight, each team plays every other team in the flight twice
7-10 Teams, 1 flight, each team plays every other team in the flight once.

2. It may be necessary to divide a flight into several sub-flights if there are too many teams for a single round robin group. In that case, there will be a local league play-off to determine the UPTA champion and which team(s) advances to the State Championships. If a flight is subdivided into sub-flights, the following guidelines will apply:

11-12 Teams, 2 sub-flights; each team plays every other team in the sub-flight twice; the top team in each sub-flight will play off to determine
which team goes to state.
13-15 Teams, 2 sub-flights; each team plays every other team in the sub-
flight once; the top two teams in each sub-flight will play a round robin to determine which team goes to state.  In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by the head to head result in the playoff round robin.  If teams are still tied, the tie will be broken by the criteria stated below in section 4.

16-22 teams, 2 sub-flights; each team plays every other team in the sub-flight once; top two teams in each sub-flight play a round-robin to determine which two teams go to state. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by the head to head result in the playoff round robin. If teams are still tied, the tie will broken by the criteria stated below in section 4.

3. Each team must play at least three (3) matches in local league to qualify for championship play.
4. Winners will be determined based on the number of team matches won. Procedures for playoffs may vary according to the flight and number of teams. In all cases, ties will be broken in the following order:

a. Winner of most individual matches.
b. Loser of fewest sets
c. Loser of fewest games
d. Winner of head to head
  e. Toss of coin by Mixed Doubles Coordinator

5. Home team is responsible for providing courts, paying court fees, and providing new balls.
6. Rained out matches are to be made up within two weeks. If captains cannot agree on a date, Coordinator will set a date. Make-up matches may be played individually.
7. Players must report for scheduled matches on time. The 15-minute default rule will apply-unless prior arrangements have been made between captains.
8. Adult 10.0 and Senior 9.0 will play their local league at State Championships.  These levels may be required to play at a different time and/or location.
9. For levels with 10, 11 or 12 teams, play may begin as early as May 21, 2006. In the event that a team is playing in the state playoffs for spring league, captains are asked to work with each other to determine a make-up date.
 
10.Captains of the home team for the adult league are to contact the visiting
     captain no later than Wednesday preceding a Sunday match. Captains of the
     home team for the senior 6.0 level are to contact the visiting captain by
     Saturday preceding a Wednesday match. Captains of the home team for the
     senior 7.0 and 8.0 level are to contact the visiting captain by Sunday Preceding 
     a Thursday match. . Captains of the home team for the senior 8.0 are to contact
     the visiting captains by Friday preceding a Tuesday match.


     All Adult levels will play on Sunday afternoons, between 1:00 – 5:00
     Senior 6.0 teams will play on Wednesday nights 6:00 – 7:30
     Senior 7.0 teams will play on Thursday nights 6:00 – 7:30
     Senior 8.0 teams will play on Tuesday nights 6:00 – 7:30

SCORECARDS and LINE-UPS

1. Captains are to print scorecards from TennisLink for each match.
2. Captains are to exchange scorecard line-ups simultaneously at match-time. No changes may be made after line-ups are exchanged, except as indicated in the substitution rule. Please note:  After scorecards have been exchanged, if a team receives a default, the receiving team does not have the option to change their line-up!
3. Substitution. After scorecards have been exchanged, substitution may be made only in case of injury, illness, disqualification or no show of a player any time before the match begins with an onsite player (an individual match is begun when the first ball is put into play).  In the event rain or inclement weather forces cancellation and rescheduling of a team match, substitution may be made in any individual match that has not begun.  Points allowed for a default during original line-up exchange will stand. Players involved in a default may not participate in rescheduled match.

4. Defaults.
a. Default – when a team knows in advance it will not be able to field all three positions. In this case, the # 3 doubles position must be defaulted.
b. Forfeit by default – when a player who was expected to play fails to appear or becomes unable to play and no substitute is available. In this case, the position in which the player was scheduled to play is defaulted.
c. Default by disqualification – disqualification occurs when a player is ineligible to participate for any reason (i.e., not a member of USTA, under age, doubles partners have combined NTRP rating higher than allowed for level of play, doubles partners are more than 1.0 NTRP rating apart). The position in which the disqualified player played is defaulted.
d. A team is allowed only one (1) default for a team match (TWO OUT OF THREE POSITIONS) during round robin play. A second team default, as described above, will be removed from the standings and all matches of that team played, or to be played will not count in determining flight standings. Previous points awarded to their opponents will be taken away. A grievance will be filed by the league and sanctions may be imposed against the team violating this rule.
e. Players receiving a default must be listed on scorecard; players giving a default should not be listed. The score should be listed as 6-0, 6-0 Default.
  f. Two players will play together in the higher position when both of their partners do not show in order to avoid two defaults.

5. Retirement. Occurs when an individual match has started and a player is unable to continue due to injury, loss of condition, or emergency. In case of retirement, the score is entered into TennisLink exactly as the score was at the time of retirement. For tiebreak purposes, the non-retiring team shall be credited the number of additional games as would have been won if the match were completed and non-retiring team won every subsequent game.

REPORTING SCORES

1. Captains must confirm scores with opponent captain and sign scorecards at the end of the match.
2. All scores must be entered into TennisLink within 48 hours of the match. The winning captain is responsible for entering the scores, but either captain can do so.  The captain who does not enter the scores has 48 hours from the time the scores are entered to either confirm or protest the scores. After 48 hours, the scores are automatically confirmed by TennisLink, the captain must also notify the League Coordinator right away if there is a disputed score.

NUMBER OF TEAMS
When a Local League does not have the required number of teams (two teams) to constitute a level, the State Mixed Doubles Coordinator, in consultation with affected Local Mixed Doubles Coordinator, shall either:
1.  Assign the singleton team to another Local League, in which case, (a) the assigned team registers on TennisLink in the Local (host) League to which it is assigned and pays the fees and abides by the rules of the host league, (b) the host league will make the rule regarding travel for matches.
2. Group the singleton team with other singleton teams in the state and schedule a playoff among those teams to determine advancement to the State Championships.  The State Mixed Doubles Coordinator will decide on the date(s), playoff structure, and designate the site and Local (host) League.

 

 

 


PROGRESSION TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

1. A player must play at least two (2) matches in the UPTA Adult Mixed League to qualify to play in the State Championships.  In the UPTA Senior Mixed League, a player must play in at least one (1) match to qualify for the State Championships.  A DEFAULT RECEIVED will qualify for advancement to the championships; a DEFAULT GIVEN will NOT qualify.
2. If a player plays on more than one Adult team, and both teams qualify for the State Championships, the player may participate in the State Championships on both teams, however, no scheduling accommodations will be made.
3. If a player plays on more than one Senior team, and both teams qualify for the State Championships, the player may participate in the State Championships on both teams, however, no scheduling accommodations will be made.
4. If a player plays on an Adult team and a Senior team, and both qualify for the State Championships, the player may play on both teams during the State Championships; but no scheduling accommodations will be made. (I.e., both the Adult and Senior team could be scheduled to play at the same time. In that event, no accommodations will be made.)


CHAMPIONSHIPS

 Entry fee for the State Mixed Doubles Championships will be $20.00 per Championship participant.

 South Carolina State Championships: Captains meeting September 8, 2006.
Championships: September 9-11
Rain day, September 12.
Location: Charleston, SC.
 Southern Sectional Championships:  Championships: October 20-22.
Location: Cary, NC
 National Eastern Mixed Doubles  November 2006
 Championships:    Location:  Puerto Rico

 

 
 
 
 
 
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