FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

WHAT IS USTA LEAGUE TENNIS?

 

Random_LeagueUSTA League Tennis is the country's largest recreational tennis league, helping more than 800,000 players nationwide go on the court, have a good time, and step up their game. Leagues are organized for competitive team match play, and set up according to NTRP ratings, so your teammates and opponents will be at your skill level. The competition is exciting and the atmosphere is social. Whether you are new to the game or an experienced player, there is a League for you!

 

 

 

 

WHO CAN PLAY?


USTA League Tennis is for women and men age 18 and older of all abilities and experience. Whether you're new to the game or a former college player, there's a spot for you. Players must turn 18 on or before Dec. 31 of the year of competition.

HOW DOES IT WORK?


Idaho teams can compete in 13 different leagues. There are five national divisions: USTA Mixed 18 & Over, USTA Adult 18 & Over, USTA Adult 40 & Over, USTA Mixed 40 & Over and USTA Adult 55 & Over. There is one Intermountain Sectional division in ITA Fall Mixed Doubles league. The IdTA also offers five local leagues as well as World TeamTennis leagues (the formats feature singles, doubles and mixed doubles).

HOW COMPETITIVE IS IT?


Do you have the desire to compete on a national level? USTA league is the only adult recreational tennis program in the country with a national championship. If you just want to play regularly, meet new people, USTA can take you there too. Make it your league. Play as hard you want.

HOW DO I ACCESS TENNISLINK AND JOIN THE USTA OR RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP?


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.

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A LEAGUE?

As a USTA member, you can register for USTA-sanctioned league and tournament play. (USTA membership must be current through the end of the league season you are registering to play in.) From the League homepage in TennisLink, click on “Register for a Team” on the left side of the panel. You will need to enter your USTA number and the team number* in the spaces provided. Be sure to click on YES if you will be the Captain. Include your phone number if you want other team captains and your District League Coordinator to have access to your phone number for questions or for relaying information. Click on Continue and follow the payment instructions.

*If you are new to tennis and do not know a team captain, IdTA can help you find a team. Contact your local area league coordinator. They are:

Treasure Valley League Recruiter, Bob Ewing, (208) 322-5150, ext. 205, or bewing@idtennis.com
Magic Valley Area League Coordinator, Ann Vogt, (208) 731-4786, vogtan@tfsd.org
Pocatello Area League Coordinator, Nicole Osborn, (208) 237-2909 or (208) 251-1808, nosborn_7@msn.com
Idaho Falls Area League Coordinator, Lori Griffel, (530) 902-6449, ifleagues@idtennis.com

 
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208-340-9142.

 

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HOW DO I CREATE A TEAM OR BECOME A TEAM CAPTAIN?

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 on “Create a Team On-line.” 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 for a team number:

Magic Valley Area League Coordinator, Ann Vogt, (208) 731-4786, vogtan@tfsd.org
Pocatello Area League Coordinator, Nicole Osborn, (208) 237-2909 or (208) 251-1808, nosborn_7@msn.com
Idaho Falls Area League Coordinator, Lori Griffel, (530) 902-6449, ifleagues@idtennis.com

TennisLink allows team captains to access team rosters, standings, schedules and scorecards, and is where captains enter and confirm scores. IdTA also provides team captains with “Captains packets.” Captains’ information includes instructions on viewing team schedules, printing scorecards (match specific and blank scorecards), recording scores, confirming scores, accessing other captains’ contact information, and viewing team rosters and standings.

WHAT ARE PLUS (+) LEVEL LEAGUES


The 2015 season has plus (+) level leagues: 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 and both 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.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT USTA NATIONAL LEAGUE POLICIES? 
 

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WHAT TIME ARE LEAGUE MATCHES SCHEDULED?


Leagues listed as being scheduled Monday-Friday evenings could have a start time as early as 6 p.m. or as late as 9 p.m. Leagues that are listed as Monday-Friday mid-mornings should have a start time around 9 or 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. 

WHEN DO I NEED TO TURN IN A HOMECOURT REQUEST?
 

Team registrations open at 12 p.m. EST (10 p.m. MST). Once a captain has created a team and obtained 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 facility availability for each level. Captains need to submit their home court request to the Leagues Team via email to leagues@idtennis.com with the team name, team number, level, gender and top 4-5 home court preferences. There is no limit on home court requests; the more choices provided the better. 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. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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