including local, Sectional and National league rules and local
a calendar with deadlines, can be found on the Fort Worth Men’s
Tennis web site at:
- By the designated “Deadline for Initial Team Rosters”:
a team must have the minimum number of players required to play
a team match registered to their online TennisLink roster. Failure
to meet this requirement will result in the team not being included
in the scheduling process for that season.
- Before any player can play a match he must:
on the internet roster. Anyone playing a team match that is not
on the TennisLink roster will forfeit the line they
a current NTRP computer rating (good for 3 years; 2 years for
60+) or self rate during registration based on the
players will be required to fill out an online questionnaire
during the registration process as a part of the
teams are responsible for match times at their facilities.
times are now typically being provided on the schedules as assigned
by the facilities.
will be played on Saturday’s with start
times between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Where the league overlaps with
the women’s league, the women will receive the earlier match
team captain should contact the Visiting team captain with the
match time by the Sunday prior to the match.
both captains agree, teams may:
match times if it does not interfere with other team play and
match time outside of the recommended start window,
on a different day,
some sites may have to split court times due to shortage of courts
or scheduling problem. It is advisable that
both captains inform the league coordinator of schedule changes.
Format: 2 singles and 3 doubles matches per team match in a round
robin (3.0 – 4.5; 2.5 and 5.0 plays 1 singles
and 2 doubles).
Format: 1 singles and 3 doubles matches per team match in a round
robin (2.5 plays 1 singles and 2 doubles).
will be 2 out of 3 sets, regular scoring - the third set will
be a match/championship tie-break (first to 10 points,
win by 2).
a third set is played out in full rather than by tie-break, the
set will still be recorded as 1-0 in TennisLink.
sets will play a 12 point tie-break at 6-6.
tie-break rotation should be used for all tie-breaks to be consistent
with format played at Sectionals and Nationals.
minute warm-up including serve. Choice of serve/sides should be
made before warm-up.
- “Continuous play” format
is being employed. The first three (3) games of each set are
played without a break
and a break (2 minutes) is taken between sets one and two. A 10
minute break between sets two and three is allowed unless a match
tie-break is being played in lieu of a third set, then only a two
minute break is allowed.
scoring system consistent with that being used by the TennisLink
tie in a team match, down to the fewest games lost, will be broken
by the TennisLink system. The computer will decide
the winner and historically gives the win to the visiting team.
- Playoffs are held for the Spring Leagues during June (look to schedules
for specific dates and locations). Typically the top 40% of the
teams per flight are typically invited to participate in the playoffs.
The playoff will be a round robin format. Levels at playoffs may
be broken into flights depending on the number of participating
teams. In such a case, the flight winners will meet in a final
to determine which team advances. Teams participating in the playoffs
are required to compete in every match assigned.
must appear on at least two scorecards to participate in championship
play (local playoffs or Sectionals). Of these two
matches, only one can be obtained through default - the other must
have been played (new rule from Nationals in 2007).
- Blank “old
can be downloaded or printed from the home page of this website
scorecards can be printed through TennisLink. If you print a
blank scorecard for a specific match, that scorecard
will list the rosters of both teams assigned to the match number.
This can alleviate problems with players being on the scorecard
but not on the roster. Note: there is no “signature” line
on these scorecards but signatures can be and should be obtained
or designates, should sign the scorecards only after the scores
are recorded and verified.
scores in TennisLink system within one day of match. Action is
required from both teams. Promptness in
scoring is a necessity in the DNTRP system. The TennisLink system
will automatically confirm matches not confirmed within 48 hours
of the result entry.
the league coordinator with any problems.
the signed scorecards as protection for disputed scorecards on
the TennisLink system.
Playing in Multiple Leagues
- It has been approved that players in the Texas Section may play
in two leagues at the same time. There is a risk associated with
playing two levels at the same time. All scores will be used to
calculate the DNTRP rating and players may find themselves bumped
to the higher level. The rules regarding Multiple League Play are:
leagues not beginning at the same time, the player is committed
to the first team he signs with for championship play
(Sectionals or USPTA tournament). Once the primary team is eliminated,
his commitment ends and he may continue with the second team. (i.e.
FW and Dallas league play)
the leagues begin at the same time, the decision regarding primary
commitment must be made prior to the start of the league.
(i.e. FW only leagues)
is the player’s
responsibility to inform both captains that he is playing on
another team and to declare primary
participating in two levels take the risk of having their NTRP
rating increase because of the participation
at the higher level.
- This approval includes the ability for players to play in more
than one league at the same level (i.e. Fort Worth and Waco or
Dallas, etc.). Declaration of participation is required in both
leagues. League participation in this arrangement has been left
to the discretion of each local league.
should reschedule when the weather is too severe or when the
home site is inundated with rain at match time.
should not rely on the rain date provided at the end of the season
to serve as an automatically available date for
their make-up. Dates listed on the schedule as rain dates need
to be reserved for "crisis management" to get outstanding
matches played for playoff standings determination. Make-up matches
should be played on Sundays, during the week, via a double header
on Saturdays or scheduled line-by-line to ensure the match gets
made up in a timely fashion.
captains will take responsibility for contacting the other. Both
captains should offer two dates/times for the make-up
as a whole team or two dates/times for each individual court. If
individual players are contacting the opposing players, by court
assignment, these players are not locked in, unless they had started
play before the rainout.
weather related postponements within one week 72 hours and play the match
within 10 days of the originally scheduled
date or by the cutoff for the end of the league, which ever comes
not rescheduled by 12:00 noon on the following Saturday will
be scheduled for play, sometime during the following
week (Tuesday through Tuesday) by the Local Grievance Committee.
captains should e-mail the league coordinator
with new times, dates, and site for all lines
needing to be played. This protects teams against any confusion
that may occur.
is no start time window for rescheduling rainouts. The matches
can be played mornings, afternoons, nights or on weekends.
a match is rescheduled and confirmed by both captains, the date,
time and site cannot be changed unless it is rained out
again or the weather is too severe.
the rescheduling deadline has past and the coordinator has not
received a team’s reschedule information, the Local
Grievance Committee dates will override any times received from
teams past the deadline.
lineup can be changed if zero matches have been started before
one court starts playing, the roster is locked for all courts
scheduled to play at that time, including any forfeits.
down the scores, sets, games, who was serving, which side, etc.
when a match’s progress is delayed due to
there is no rain but courts were wet at scheduled time of play,
allow 30 minutes for courts to dry. If still not
playable, then treat the match as a rain out.
indoor courts are available to continue rained out play, the
matches will be considered as a rain makeup. Not all
courts are required to play makeup indoors at that time.
courts are recommended only if the forecast indicates a high
probability of wet weather.
captains must agree to use indoor courts.
players will share indoor court fees.
match time is limited (i.e. indoor courts are used) then the
captains should agree on the format before the match is
played. Options include starting sets at 2-2 and no-ad scoring.
forfeiting a court before play should start with court 3 doubles
or court 2 singles (court 1 if in the Fall
or 2.5/5.0). Please notify the opposing captain of a forfeit at
least two hours before scheduled play (not required but good sportsmanship).
a captain declares a forfeit a few days before the match and
later has an available player, the opposing captain will
not be required to play the court involved. If this occurs and
the match is rained out, the original line-up can be changed and
defaults removed as outlined above in "Rained Out Matches".
MATCH TIME, Captains need to make sure their watches have the
same time. If a player is 15-minutes late from the start
time and courts are available, the match is a forfeit. If the missing
player was scheduled to play doubles, some of the doubles teams
will not start until the 15-minute forfeit is called. However,
the singles can start their play on time and the same holds true
for the doubles when a singles player is not on time.
3rd doubles late, the 1st and 2nd doubles can start on time.
2nd doubles late, the 1st doubles can start on time.
1st doubles late, all doubles will have to wait until a forfeit
a player fails to appear and no substitute is available, the
forfeit will start from the bottom up for singles and/or doubles.
Example: #1 doubles missing a player, the 2nd doubles will move
to 1st doubles and the 3rd doubles will move to 2nd doubles and
the 3rd doubles will forfeit.
players, still in the time frame, will be allowed a 5-minute
warm-up, including serves.
EXCEPTION FOR FORFEITING FROM BOTTOM
a player is injured or becomes ill during warm-up and there are
courts are played at different times.
an ineligible player causes a forfeit.
a late player calls the site and states that he is almost there,
but cannot make it before the forfeit time and the
waiting player wants to still play the match, the late player will
be down 3 games with loss of toss. Player will be allowed a 5-minute
warm-up, including serves.
a match is not completed by the time another team is scheduled
to play and other courts are not available, the unfinished
match must stop for the incoming players. The home team, with the
unfinished match, must provide a court within 30 minutes or lose
the match. However, it is good sportsmanship for the incoming players
to wait if the foregoing match is about finished.
team forfeiting greater than 50% of the scheduled lines of play
at one time will not be eligible for an award or a playoff
position for that league. The team will be removed from the standings unless the teams in contention have already played the defaulting team. If three or less matches remain
to be played for the league, the forfeiting team may be asked to
play the minimum number of courts required in order to qualify players on the opposing team(s). REFER to NATIONAL REGULATION 2.03L (Scoring of Team Defaults; 2011).
Any team defaulting an entire match will have all players on the roster suspended from all USTA League Tennis in the Fort Worth area for a period of 11 months from the start date of the league the infraction occurred. If a player registers for a team while on suspension, that player will be moved to a holding team in the TennisLink system and the player will forfeit the associated registration fee. In the case of an extenuating circumstance, the suspension may be appealed to the League Committee (email@example.com).
a team is scheduled during the Spring/Fall break, religious holidays,
Sectionals or Nationals and is unable to fill
all courts, the team needs to reschedule the courts involved and
play, if possible, before the original scheduled date. The players
that are available will play on the original scheduled date. No
automatic defaults for these special occasions. The rescheduling
rules for a rain out will be applied.
- Try to arrive at the site 30 minutes prior to match time. Accidental
circumstances for no shows will be taken into concideratation.
team points are tied at the end of the league, the USA League Tennis
tiebreak procedure will be used. If circumstances
of the league make the use of the TennisLink Stats and Standing
report invalid (i.e. inclusion of preseason matches, removal of
a team forfeiting greater than 50% of their lines at one time,
etc.) the following will be applied offline:
point per team win,
individual matches won,
number of sets lost,
number of games lost,
method to be determined by the league coordinator.
can be added from roster deadline through 2nd week.
players can only be added when a player is injured for the rest
of the season, or due to extenuating circumstance.
additions can be made for last match or playoffs.
player must be same level or lower than one being replaced. Self-rated players cannot be used to replace a player.
players must pay league fee, meet all requirements and be entered
through the league coordinator on the internet roster
before they can play.
the league coordinator if you need to delete a player.
Host Team Requirements
Visiting captain by Sunday before match of the start time.
new USTA approved yellow standard sized balls. Oversized balls
may be used only if agreed on by all players on
guest fees (except splitting indoor court fees).
water on the court or notify opposing team that water is not available
on site so they may bring their own.
for drying courts.
soft drinks after the match.
visiting captains if rest room facilities are not available.
visiting captain of any known construction that might cause a
delay in travel time.
receiving schedule, verify with your club the dates/times your
team will be using home courts.
Respect Facility Rules
Facilities have their own specific rules relating to appropriate
tennis attire including shirts (some facilities do not allow
the new men’s sleeveless tennis shirts), shorts and shoes
(typically non-marking tennis shoes are fine). Facilities also
have rules regarding what types of beverages can be brought into
the facility and consumed on the premises. Please be aware of
the facility rules and respect these rules to ensure that the
leagues will be allowed to continue using these facilities in
With the inclusion of Midlothian, the following are the geographical
boundaries for the league. DFW Hilton, Southlake and Trophy Club
across the north. Midlothian to Pecan Plantation across the south.
Hilton to Midlothian across the east. Pecan Plantation northward
on the west.
All players need to turn off and not use their cell phones while
they are on the court.
USTA Rules, Code of Conduct, Friend at Court, Regulations (located
on the Texas Section web site) and Local rules will all be used.
Awards for levels with greater than four teams will be given to
the 1st and 2nd place teams, otherwise to the 1st place team.
League Coordinator contact information:
Phone: (817) 821-5640