USTA LOUISIANA LEAGUE REGULATIONS 2017 Championship Year 3/8/17

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1 USTA League National, USTA Southern, and USTA Louisiana Regulations have full force and applicability at all levels of play in USTA League Tennis in USTA Louisiana and there is no authorization to modify, amplify or change them by Local or State League Coordinators, or Grievance or Grievance Appeals Committees. USTA Louisiana League Tennis Regulations are available on the USTA Louisiana website: Printed below are the USTA Louisiana League Regulations as authorized by the USTA League National Regulations. (Note: Paragraphs included herein are numbered according to pertinent paragraphs of the 2017 USTA League Regulations and should be applied in conjunction with those paragraphs.) 1.00 GENERAL. The Regulations in 1.00 GENERAL in conjunction with USTA National and USTA Southern regulations shall apply to all League Divisions ( and Mixed); as well as Southern Combo and Tri Level GOVERNANCE. 1.02B Amendments. These USTA LOUISIANA LEAGUE REGULATIONS may be amended by the USTA Louisiana League Council with approval of the USTA Louisiana Executive Board. 1.02C Written Interpretation. The State League Coordinator, in conjunction with the USTA Louisiana League Council shall have the authority to interpret the USTA Louisiana League Regulations. 1.02E Committees. Each committee referenced in the USTA League Regulations shall consist of a minimum of three members, including a chair. All decisions shall be by majority vote. The members of a committee may be the same as, or different in whole or in part from the committee first approved USTA LEAGUE. 1.04B Administration. The USTA Louisiana League Council through recommendations from the Local League Coordinators and State League Coordinator establishes the USTA Louisiana League Regulations. The USTA Louisiana Executive Board grants final approval of the USTA Louisiana League Regulations. 1.04B(3)c Local League Coordinators. Local league administrators who include Local League Coordinators and Board of Directors of the local Community Tennis Associations are responsible for administering and promoting the USTA League Programs in their area. 1.04B(3)c(i) League Code of Ethics. All league administrators will adhere to the USTA Southern Section League Tennis Officials Code of Ethics: League Tennis Pages/9305_USTA_Southern_Section_League_Tennis_Officials_Code_of_Ethics As_of_21804/ 1.04B(3)c(ii) League Coordinator Responsibilities. Establish procedures and regulations for all aspects of their local league that are not covered by the national, sectional or state regulations. A copy of the local regulations must be submitted to the State League Coordinator for review prior to the leagues team captain s meeting. Local league regulations shall be published to the internet on either the local CTA site or louisianatennis.com prior to the start of local league competition. 1.04B(3)c(iii) Captains Meeting. A mandatory team captain s meeting must be held prior to the start of league play for each local league program. Topics to be covered include local regulations (provide internet links to National, Sectional, State regulations), championships eligibility requirements, and deadlines. Local league coordinators should review all regulations and procedures with new team captains. March 13, 2017 Page 1 of 13

2 1.04B(5) Championships Committees. The State League Coordinator is responsible for appointing championship committees for all USTA Louisiana Championships. 1.04C Official Information System. 1.04C(1) Official League Registration. 1.04C(1)a Team Registration. Team captains must create their team and register the following minimum number of players in TennisLink by the date established by the local league administration: s and = 8 (except 2.5 and 5.0+=5); and 65 & Over = 6; Mixed, Combo and Tri Level = 6 players able to combine and compete. The deadline date must be prior to the start of the local league season and must be no later than one (1) month of the state championship with local league schedules published. Local teams must be included in the local league schedule if the teams have fulfilled this requirement. Failure to register a team in TennisLink by the established deadline date may result in the team being declared ineligible for the USTA League Program. The (Local League governing body) may amend local league deadline dates in order to optimize flights. 1.04C(1)b Player Additions. All player additions to existing registered team rosters must be made no later than 14 days prior to the state championship except for local leagues played during a state championship. All player additions for NTRP levels playing their local league during a state championship must be made no later than 7 days prior to the state championship. Local leagues may set a deadline date that is more than 14 days prior to the state championship for player additions to existing teams. Players shall not be added to the team roster during local league flight play offs or at any championship. 1.04C(1)c League Fees & Financial Statement. All Local leagues must have any local league fees approved by the USTA Louisiana League Council prior to the start of their local league registration. Local league fees include all monies collected through TennisLink and/or directly from teams and/or players as a requirement for registration/participation in the USTA League Program. 1.04C(1)d League Financial Statements. The local Community Tennis Associations or Local League Council in the absence of a CTA are responsible for making available upon request a financial statement to the local team captains at the conclusion of each league year. Any fees paid to the local league coordinator, level coordinators, league assistants, and/or league secretary must be itemized on the financial report. 1.04C(1)e. The 2016 USTA Louisiana league year enrollment fees are as follows: USTA : $10/person/roster entry USTA : $10/person/roster entry USTA : $5/person/roster entry USTA 65 & Over: $5/person/roster entry USTA 70 & Over: $5/person/roster/entry USTA Mixed : $10/person/roster entry USTA Mixed : $10/person/roster entry USTA Mixed : $5/person/roster entry March 13, 2017 Page 2 of 13

3 1.04C(1)e. The 2016 USTA Louisiana league year enrollment fees are as follows: (Continued) Southern Combo : $10/person/roster entry Southern Combo : $10/person/roster entry Southern Combo : $5/person/roster entry Tri Level: $10/person/roster entry Tri Level : $10/person/roster entry Tri Level : $5/person/roster entry Flexible Format: $2/person/roster entry 1.04C(2) Official Score Reporting and Standings System. The initial entry of match scores into TennisLink should take place within 48 hours of the completion of the match. Each state association should implement procedures on what actions will take place if the team match is not reported within 48 hours. Local leagues shall establish deadlines and procedures for reporting scores in TennisLink. 1.04D LOCAL LEAGUE 1.04D(1)a New Local Leagues. The local CTA or Local League Council in the absence of a CTA must present a proposal to the USTA Louisiana League Council showing growth potential for league and USTA membership along with a recommendation for a local league coordinator. This proposal must show intent to develop multiple USTA League Programs. All proposals must be submitted three months prior to the USTA Louisiana State Championship scheduled for the inaugural program. 1.04D(3) Local League Season. All local matches should be completed two (2) weeks prior to the state championship. 1.04D(4) Team. Each local league may limit the number of players that appear on a team who have an individual NTRP level below the team NTRP level. Each local league may limit the number of players who appear on a team roster, but may not have fewer than the minimum number of players as shown in the following table: DIVISION Age Group 2.5 (women), 2.5 (men)* & , 3.5, 4.0, 4,5 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4,5+ * Straight Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 9.0 *65 & Over Straight Levels 3.0, 3.5, MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS TEAM COMPOSITION GENDER Same Gender Same Gender NTRP LEVEL A player s NTRP rating level shall not exceed the team NTRP level except for 5.0+ and When using straight NTRP rating levels, player s NTRP rating shall not exceed the team NTRP level. Combined NTRP rating levels of partners shall not exceed the team NTRP level. NTRP rating level difference between partners shall not exceed 1.0 The minimum NTRP level for 9.0 is 4.0. March 13, 2017 Page 3 of 13

4 DIVISION Mixed Combo Tri Level Age Group Straight Level 2.5*,, 10.0 ** * Straight Level 2.5, Combined 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 * 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5 * 6.5, 7.5, 8.5 ** Div I 2.5,3.0,3.5 (Women) Div II 3.0, 3.5,4.0 Div III 3.5,4.0,4.5 ** Div I 2.5,3.0,3.5 Div II 3.0, 3.5,4.0 ** Div II 3.0, 3.5,4.0 USTA LOUISIANA LEAGUE REGULATIONS MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS 3 men 3 women 6 6 TEAM COMPOSITION GENDER Men and Women Same Gender Same Gender NTRP LEVEL When using straight NTRP rating levels, player s NTRP rating shall not exceed the team NTRP level. Combined NTRP rating levels of partners shall not exceed the team NTRP level. NTRP rating level difference between partners shall not exceed 1.0. The minimum NTRP Level for: 6.0 is 2.5; 7.0 is 3.0; 8.0 is 3.5; 9.0 is 4.0; 10.0 is 4.5. When using straight NTRP rating levels, player s NTRP rating level shall not exceed the team NTRP level Combined NTRP rating levels of partners shall not exceed the team NTRP level. The maximum NTRP Level for: 5.5 is 3.0; 6.5 is 3.5; 7.5 is 4.0; 8.5 is 5.0; 9.5 is 5.5; 10.5 is 6.0 When using straight NTRP rating levels, player s NTRP rating level shall not exceed the team NTRP level NTRP rating level difference between partners shall not exceed 1.0 * Assigned and/or additional Divisions, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Southern will use. **Assigned and/or additional Divisions, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Louisiana will use. 1.04D(5) Two Team Leagues. If any Division Age Group consists of only two teams in a level of play, each team must maintain its roster with at least 40 percent of its players at the designated NTRP level of play. The exception is the Division Age Group that uses combined NTRP rating levels and will not be required to comply with this Regulation. This does not apply to the 65 & Over Age Group. 1.04E Player Eligibility. 1.04E(1) Domicile and Residency Requirements. The majority of registered players for each team must reside in the State of Louisiana. Exception: Vidalia s local league area will include Adams County, MS; Slidell s local league area will include Hancock County, MS and Pearl River County, MS. Each flight must have a minimum of two teams. A flight in which 50% or more of the players reside in another local league area that has its own local league at that NTRP level is not a valid flight. Exception: A local league with a single team consisting of a majority (51% or greater) of players from its own local league area (such as a 4.0 team) may invite a team from another local league that does not offer a local league and has a single team consisting of a majority (51% or greater) of players from that local league area to play a local league. The invited team must register in the host local league and pay all associated fees. March 13, 2017 Page 4 of 13

5 Any team playing in a local league at state may consist of players from any area as long as the majority of players reside in the State of Louisiana. Local Leagues may create residency requirements rules to encourage and foster local league play. 1.04F OFFICIAL LEAGUE RATING PROGRAM. 1.04F(1) Entry. A player without a valid NTRP rating level in TennisLink, a returning player with an expired NTRP rating level, a Tournament Exclusive (T) rated player or a Mixed Exclusive (M) rated player who does not have a valid computer (C) rating from a previous year and chooses to participate in the Division, must self rate to enter the USTA League Program. A player with a valid NTRP rating level in TennisLink must use that rating to enter the USTA League Program as shown in the following table: NTRP RATING LEVEL FOR ENTRY INTO LEAGUE PLAY DIVISION Age Group PLAYER S NTRP RATING LEVEL Straight NTRP levels *65 & Over Current NTRP rating level and/or up to one level above the player s current NTRP level level may have up to two players from the next higher NTRP level on a team roster level may have up to three players from the next higher NTRP level on a team roster. Mixed Combined NTRP levels *65 & Over *2.5 Straight NTRP levels ** Combined NTRP Levels Combined NTRP rating levels of partners shall not exceed the team NTRP Level. NTRP rating level difference between partners may not exceed 1.0 The minimum NTRP Level for: 6.0 is 2.5; 7.0 is 3.0; 8.0 is 3.5; 9.0 is 4.0 Limited to 2.0 and 2.5 NTRP rated players Combined NTRP rating levels of partners shall not exceed the team NTRP level. NTRP rating level difference between partners may not exceed 1.0 The minimum NTRP Level for: 6.0 is 2.5; 7.0 is 3.0; 8.0 is 3.5; 9.0 is 4.0; 10.0 is 4.5 *Combo 2.5 Straight NTRP level Limited to 2.0 and 2.5 NTRP rated players Combined NTRP rating levels of partners shall not exceed the team NTRP level. The maximum NTRP Level for: 5.5 is 3.0; 6.5 is 3.5; 7.5 is 4.0; Combined NTRP Levels 8.5 is 5.0; 9.5 is 5.5; 10.5 is 6.0 *Assigned and/or additional Divisions, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Southern will use. **Assigned and/or additional Divisions, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Louisiana will use. 1.04F(1)d Self Rating. Players who do not have a valid NTRP rating level on file in TennisLink shall self rate in accordance with the General & Experienced Player Guidelines Supplement to the NTRP Guidelines and complete the self rating process on TennisLink when registering for a team. Players who allow someone else to complete the self rating process for them will be ultimately responsible and held accountable for information submitted or omitted. Failure to self rate in accordance with the Guidelines, or omission of information regarding a player s tennis history, will subject the player as well as the captain and/or others who completed, assisted, condoned and/or approved an inappropriate self rating to penalties and suspension. Players whose self ratings are determined to be inaccurate or inappropriate shall be disqualified. (See Reg. 3.03E(1)a). March 13, 2017 Page 5 of 13

6 1.04G PLAYER PARTICIPATION ELIGIBILITY. 1.04G(6). Any player who qualifies to advance to the USTA Louisiana State Championship in the, Mixed, Southern Combo or Tri Level division may advance on more than one team within an age group only if they are different NTRP Levels. No accommodations for scheduling will be made at the USTA Louisiana Championships for teams with players that may be competing on two or more teams during a state championship USTA LEAGUES REGULATIONS. 2.01A 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 Division, and in the 4.5+ NTRP level of the Division,. Division, 5.0+ team rosters may include up to two (2) players from the next higher NTRP level. Division, 4.5+ team rosters may include up to three (3) players from the next higher NTRP level. DIVISION Age Group Local Leagues Mixed Combo Tri Level NTRP LEVELS OF PLAY All Championships Below National Championships National Championship 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, , , 3.0, 3.5, , women, 3.0, 3.5, , , 3.5, , 3.5, , 3.5, *65 & Over ** * * * ** ** Straight Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 9.0 Straight Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 9.0 Straight Level 2.5, 10.0 Straight Level 2.5 and 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, , 6.5, 7.5, , 7.5, 8.5 Div I 2.5, 3.0,3.5 Div II 3.0,3.5,4.0 Div III 3.5,4.0,4.5 Div II 3.0,3.5,4.0 Div III 3.5,4.0,4.5 Straight Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 9.0 Straight Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 9.0 Straight Level 2.5, 10.0 Straight Level 2.5 and 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, , 6.5, 7.5, , 7.5, 8.5 Div I 2.5, 3.0,3.5 Div II 3.0,3.5,4.0 Div III 3.5,4.0,4.5 Div II 3.0,3.5,4.0 Div III 3.5,4.0,4.5 ** Div II 3.0,3.5,4.0 Div II 3.0,3.5,4.0 * Assigned and/or additional Divisions, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Southern will use. **Assigned and/or additional Divisions, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Louisiana will use. National Invitational, 10.0 N/A Not Part of National Program Not Part of National Program March 13, 2017 Page 6 of 13

7 2.01C Competition Format. 2.01C(1) Round Robin. 2.01C(1)a. Each Local League may permit additional matches, selected randomly, within a flight. 2.01C(1)b. Each Local League may permit additional cross flight matches in which each team in one flight plays an equal number of matches in the other flight, selected randomly if not a full round robin. 2.01C(1)c. Each Local League may permit additional matches by scheduling the top teams in a flight to play an additional round robin to determine advancement, and the teams without a mathematical chance to advance may play an additional round Robin. 2.01C(2) Team Match. Each team match in a local league shall consist of such number of individual matches of singles, doubles, or any combination thereof as determined by the local league. For each team match, a majority of the individual matches must actually be played to constitute a valid team match. 2.01C(2)a. Each local league shall establish a procedure for ensuring the minimum required # of courts are played when the combination of individual match defaults given by the two teams in the team match results, or would result, in a situation where the majority of the individual matches would not be played. 2.01C(3) Match Scoring and Formats. The method of awarding points in order to determine the winning team of a local league team match and the winner of the local league competition may be the same as that used in championships competition or may be another method compatible with the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System selected by the local league. (See 2.03D Competition Format and 2.03E Team Match and Scoring for championship competition). The scoring in the event of a default or disqualification shall be 6 0, 6 0. Retirements shall be scored as described in 2.03N Scoring of Retirements. 2.01C(5) Team Lineups. 2.01C(5)c. Each local league will decide how to regulate rescheduling of team matches due to rules for making up matches rescheduled due to rain, inclement weather and/or USTA League related conflicts. 2.01C(5)e. Each local league may decide how to score a team default. If local league has no specific rule to cover a full team default it must follow the National Championship Regulation 2.03L. Local leagues may impose additional penalties on a team forfeiting an entire team match (not playing a majority of the individual courts) PROGRESSION. 2.02A(2) Local League Champions. The regulations for each local league will state the process that will be followed for determining which teams advance to the state championship and how these teams will be ranked (i.e. BR#1, BR#2, BR#3). See USTA Louisiana Championship Procedures for details on team deposit and player registration. March 13, 2017 Page 7 of 13

8 2.02B Championships. USTA Louisiana State Championship Dates & Locations Championship Levels Date Location 65 & Over All Levels April 7 9, 2017 Lafayette, La All Levels April 21 24, 2017 Lake Charles, La Even Levels Odd Levels ** Even Levels ** Odd Levels Tri Level All Age Groups 3.0, 4.0 May 5 8, 2017 Baton Rouge, La 3.5, 4.5+ May 19 22, 2017 Monroe, La 3.0,4.0 June 9 12, 2017 Shreveport, La 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, 5.0+ June 16 19, 2017 Baton Rouge, La All Levels August 11 14, 2017 Baton Rouge, La Mixed All Levels Sept 1 4, 2017 Mandeville, La Mixed All Levels Sept 8 11, 2017 New Orleans, La Mixed All Levels Sept 22 24, 2017 Slidell, La 70 & Over All Levels Sept 29 Oct 1, 2017 Shreveport, La Combo All Levels Nov 6 6, 2017 Shreveport, La Combo All Levels Nov 10 13, 2017 Monroe, La Combo All Levels Nov 17 19, 2017 Baton Rouge, La **NTRP Levels for the and USTA Louisiana State Championship will be rotated every two years DISTRICT/AREA, SECTIONAL AND NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS. 2.03A Eligibility. 2.03A(1)a, Combo and Tri Level Divisions. Local leagues that enrolls a minimum of two (2) teams at an NTRP level shall send the winner to the USTA Louisiana State Championship. Local leagues enrolling fourteen (14) or more teams at a specific NTRP level will receive two (2) entries and local leagues enrolling twenty one (21) or more teams will receive three (3) entries into the USTA Louisiana State Championship. No local league will have more than three (3) teams at any level. 2.03A(1)b Mixed Division. Local leagues that enrolls a minimum of two (2) teams at an NTRP level shall send the winner to the USTA Louisiana State Championship. Local leagues enrolling 14 teams will receive 2 entries to the USTA Louisiana State Championship. Additional entries to the state championship will be awarded to local leagues based on the number of teams in the NTRP level (1 entry for every 7 teams over 14). No local league will have more than six (6) teams at any NTRP level. If the local league winner(s) of an earned spot (as described in 2.03(1)a and 2.03A(1)b) declines team invitation, the Local League Coordinator may offer an invitation to the next place team as recorded in TennisLink until the spot if filled. 2.03A(1)c Wildcards. At the discretion of the USTA Louisiana League Council, wild card teams may be added to the championships draw to optimize tournament scheduling. The USTA Louisiana League Council may authorize a local league played during the state championship for any NTRP level that did not play locally. The winner of the local league at the state championship will advance to championship competition either district or sectional depending on the number of local leagues enrolled in Louisiana. March 13, 2017 Page 8 of 13

9 If a local league if offered either a wildcard or an alternate spot to the state championship and the next best team as recorded in TennisLink cannot fill to spot, then the spot shall be given back to the state. 2.03A(3) Player Eligibility to Advance. A player is eligible to advance to championship competition if that player has played the minimum number of required matches on that same team at the same NTRP level in the same Age Group in accordance with the following table. A retired match shall count toward advancing for all players involved. MATCHES REQUIRED TO ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIPS Sectional Championships and Below NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Division Age Group Local Matches Required for State and Section Championship Default received counting to advance Minimum Matches through Section Championship Defaults received counting to advance *65 & Over 1 Local or State Championship Match 1 Not Part of National Program Mixed Minimum matches to advance to Section Championships for States with 2 or more teams Combo 1 1 Not Part of National Program Mixed ** 1 1 Not Part of Sectional nor National Program **Tri Level 1 1 Not Part of Sectional nor National Program *Additional Division, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Southern will use. ** Additional Age Groups and Levels that USTA Louisiana will use. Note: RETIRED matches shall count for all players. 2.03A(5). At all Championships, a minimum number of team members as shown in the table below, who were on the final roster of their local league team at the conclusion of local league play must be available and eligible to compete or to combine and compete, as appropriate. The Championship Committees at events below the National level, can reduce that number to not less than minimum noted in the table below. March 13, 2017 Page 9 of 13

10 DIVISION Mixed Tri Level Combo USTA LOUISIANA LEAGUE REGULATIONS MINIMUM NUMBER OF TEAM MEMBERS REQUIRED AT CHAMPIONSHIPS Age Group MINIMUM NUMBER AT ALL CHAMAPIONSHIPS MINIMUM NUMBER WITH APROVED WAIVER AT ALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2.5 women, 2.5 men* 5 3 & , 3.5, 4.0, *65 & Over Men 2 Men 3 Women 2 Women ** ** ** 6 4 ** * * 6 4 * *Additional Division, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Southern will use. ** Additional Age Groups and Levels that USTA Louisiana will use. 2.03B Official League Championships Entry. The USTA Louisiana League Council has the authority to extend registration deadlines. When a deadline is extended for a particular level, that deadline extension shall apply to the entire state and all coordinators shall be notified of the extension. 2.03C Scoring. At all USTA Louisiana State Championships: All matches will be the best of three tiebreak sets with a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. There will be a two minute set break at the end of each set with no coaching. The match tiebreak shall be scored as 1 set and 1 game for tiebreak procedures. The Coman Tiebreak Procedure shall be followed in all tiebreaks (Set and/or Match). 2.03D Competition Format. USTA Louisiana State Championship format shall be round robin in all levels of competition. Each team shall play every other team in its flight and the team with the most team points shall be champion in its flight. Each team shall be scheduled for a minimum of 4 matches during a four (4) day event, 3 matches during a three (3) day event with the following exception: Best of three matches shall be the format for any NTRP level that has only one (1) local league winner (determined prior to the state championships) and the local league at state championship winner (played during the state championships). A double round robin may be scheduled, if necessary, to provide these matches. Levels may be divided into flights as necessary based on number of teams in the draw. Levels with multiple flights shall include format for determining champion in USTA Louisiana Championship Regulations single elimination finals or semi final & final, for example. Teams should expect to play on any USTA approved surface at the state championships. March 13, 2017 Page 10 of 13

11 2.03E Team Match and Scoring. For each team match, a majority of the individual matches must actually be played by the two teams to constitute a valid team match. The Championship Committee has the authority to determine the actions to take when the combination of individual match defaults given by the two teams in the team match would result in a situation where the majority of the individual matches would not be played. 2.03H Procedures in the Event of a Tie. In the event of a tie, whether in round robin or single elimination competition, the tie shall be broken by the first of the following procedures that does so: 2.03H(1) Individual Matches. Winner of the most individual matches in the entire competition. 2.03H(2) Head to Head. Winner of head to head match. 2.03H(3) Sets. Loser of the fewest number of sets. 2.03H(4) Games. Loser of the fewest number of games. 2.03H(5) A Method to be Determined by the Championships Committee. Procedure to be announced prior to commencement of championship competition. 2.03J Scoring of Individual Defaults. The scoring in the event of a default, forfeit, or disqualification shall be 6 0, K Team Defaults. DIVISION Mixed Combo Tri Level AGE GROUP 2.5 women, 2.5 men* & , 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 *65 & Over ** * * * ** ** ** ALLOWABLE DEFAULTS AT ALL CHAMPIONSHIPS MINIMUM NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE PLAYERS REQUIRED TO BE AVAILABLE PER MATCH MAXIMUM NUMBER OF POSITIONS THAT CAN BE DEFAULTED players who are eligible to combine and compete 4 players who are eligible to combine and compete 4 players who are eligible to combine and compete REQUIRED POSITION(S) AND ORDER OF MATCH DEFAULTS No. 1 Singles Or No. 2 Doubles Singles: No. 2 Singles before No. 1 Singles Doubles No. 3 Doubles before No. 2 Doubles, and No. 2 Doubles before No. 1 Doubles 1 No. 3 Doubles 1 No. 3 Doubles *Additional Division, Age Groups and Levels that USTA Southern will use. ** Additional Age Groups and Levels that USTA Louisiana will use. 1 Any individual level where players cannot combine and compete March 13, 2017 Page 11 of 13

12 2.03L Scoring of Team Defaults. If a team defaults an entire team match for any reason during round robin play, that team is ineligible to continue play at that championship. All matches of the defaulting team already played shall be null and void when determining standings but will be used for ratings and advancement purposes. If all teams with a mathematical chance to advance have played the defaulting team in good faith, those matches shall stand as played when determining standings. The Championship Grievance Committee may impose further penalties on the defaulting team NTRP DISQUALIFICATION AND REVIEW PROCEDURES. 2.04D NTRP Dynamic Disqualification Review Committees. All NTRP Reviews will be handled by the USTA Southern NTRP Dynamic Disqualification Review Committee. 2.04E Scoring Procedures. 2.04E(1) Local. 2.04E(1)a Self rated (S) or Medical Appeal Players. If a self rated (S) or Medical Appeal player is promoted from a particular level of play, the player shall cease play immediately from the NTRP level being promoted from and graduate to the next higher NTRP level. All prior matches shall stand in good faith. Captains and/or teams with 2 or more promoted players within a 12 month period may be subject to an NTRP Grievance and subsequent suspension from USTA Leagues YEAR END NTRP COMPUTER RATINGS AND APPEAL PROCEDURES. 2.05C Appeal of Year End Ratings. Year end NTRP valid computer rating levels may be appealed or denied through TennisLink except for 2.05D Medical Appeals. 2.05E Promotion of Players 60 or Over and 65 or Over 2.05E(2) All players age 65 or over, if promoted, will automatically be granted an appeal ( A rating) of their current rating back to their previous valid year end rating. NTRP Dynamic Disqualification procedures as outlined in Reg. 2.04B(3) apply GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES ADMINISTRATION. All local league regulations will include the names of grievance and grievance appeal committee members and will be distributed to captains prior to the beginning of the local league season. Distribution via captains packets and/or websites is acceptable. The state shall approve State Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committees. Grievance decisions that impose sanctions will be upheld throughout the USTA Southern Section. 3.01A(1) Local. Each local league shall appoint a Local League Grievance Committee. State Associations will appoint or approve members for a Local League Grievance Committee GRIEVANCE COMPLAINTS. 3.03A General Procedures. 3.03A(1). All state grievances shall be filed with the State League Coordinator. 3.03E NTRP Grievance. 3.03E(4) NTRP Grievance Complaint. NTRP Grievances shall be filed in writing with the Local/District/Area League Coordinator or designee having jurisdiction. NTRP Grievances shall be administered by the USTA Southern NTRP Grievance Committee. March 13, 2017 Page 12 of 13

13 2017 USTA LOUISIANA USTA LEAGUE TENNIS COMMITTEES USTA Louisiana Officer in Charge: Robert Daigle League Council posted to USTA Louisiana Tennis Association website January, 2017 Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committees: All Local League Coordinators of record for Local League Areas recognized by Louisiana Tennis Association Alexandria Oak Grove/Lake Providence Baton Rouge (Women Day & Night, Men) Ruston Lafayette (Women Day & Night, Men) Shreveport/Bossier (Women Day & Night, Men) Lake Charles Slidell Mandeville/Covington (Women Day & Night, Men) Vidalia Monroe Winnsboro New Orleans (Women Day, Night, and Weekend, Men and Men Weekend) March 13, 2017 Page 13 of 13

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