2022 East Texas USPTA Morning League!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN at EastTexasTennis.topdoglive.com

League Information: The East Texas USPTA adult league is open for all players ages 18 & above as of the end of 2022. Players do not have to be a member of the USTA or USPTA to participate. Teams consist of a minimum of 6 players eligible to compete at the team’s level of play. Players should play by their most recent published USTA rating. Any player who was DQ'd at any time after January 2021 ratings were published must play at that higher rating. If a player appealed his/her rating he/she must play by the appealed decision. If a player already has a self rating from earlier leagues and no published rating then that self rating must be used. Players with no rating may join any team he/she feels he/she is eligible for. Self rated players are subject to review and disqualification at any time by USPTA pros committee. Ratings entered by players on their EastTexasTennis.com account are not always current.

Team Registration: EastTexasTennis.topdoglive.com will be used for all USPTA team registrations. All players should login to EastTexasTennis.topdoglive.com and create a free account. When you fill out your free account informationPLEASE be sure and fill out all information requested so we can contact you with schedule changes and league updates. All players must pay the $20 player fee during registration with a credit or debit card. When you register please be sure and write down your user ID and password. Duplicate accounts can cause problems with team scores so please don’t create two accounts. If you have forgotten your password please click the "email me my password" button so you do not end up with two accounts and not get credit for your matches played. After you register you should see your name on the team roster within a few hours.

To Captain a Team: If you will be captaining a team go to EastTexasTennis.topdoglive.com and once you create your account if you don't already have one click on “Create New Team” and follow the steps. If your home court facility is not found please email Jim at netxuspta@gmail.com and I will add your facility before you can complete the team registration process. Most East Texas area clubs and schools should already be in the database. Always try various spellings and words such as THE Cascades and not just Cascades to find your home courts. Once you have created your team follow the steps below to “join” the team. Forming your team and selecting yourself as a captain does not register you to “play” on that team but only to captain it. If you’re going to be a player you will need to “join the team” after creating the team. If you are only captaining the team and not playing on the team you do not need to "join" the team after registering to be the captain.

To Join a Team: Go to EastTexasTennis.topdoglive.com and create a free account if you don't already have one. Click "email me my password" if you have an account but forgot your login information. Please do not create another account or your scores and matches will not be recorded properly. Please be sure and fill out all requested information so you can be contacted with league updates, schedules, scores, etc. Once you have created an account click on the red “Sign Up” button next to the division you would like to enter and select your captain’s name. Once you pay the $20 league fee you will be listed on the roster! There are no additional fees for the online registration. Follow these same steps if you would like to join another team at a different level of play. Refunds cannot be given for any reason but we will have the ability to move players from one team to another at no additional charge if necessary prior to the May 8 player add deadline and as long as they have not played a match.

League Details:

League format will be two lines of doubles play each week – Line #1 worth 5 points and Line #2 worth 3 points for the win (captains must not only enter scores weekly but must also enter the points won)

Match starting times will be scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Facilities allowing several teams to play on a given morning could have staggered match starting times. Anyone with permission to reserve two USTA approved outdoor hard courts for the length of the season may form her own team. Facilities are not required to provide “warm up courts” prior to the match start time. Please check with your home facility for any policies they might have on requirements for forming teams.

The length of each league season will be based on the number of teams entered / some levels may be divided into two flights and some may have a playoff

Teams may have a few matches scheduled on days other than “normal” day of play - this is due to scheduling and court conflicts not a team’s choice

Winning captains will have the opportunity to advance to the USTPA Champions event at River Oaks Country Club in Houston in April 2023. Winning players who are not rating eligible after the 2022 ratings come out this November will NOT be eligible to advance. Only TWO players from the winning team are needed for the Champions event in Houston although others may go as “subs”. More information will be provided to the winning team.

Players must play at least two regular season local league matches (and at least one playoff match if applicable) to advance to champions event. If a team is scheduled to play 9 or more matches then a player must play in at least (3) regular season matches + a playoff match if applicable in order to advance to the state championships. Defaults do not count as a match played.

All matches will be 2 out of 3 tie-break sets with a 10-point super tiebreak for split set matches

Home team is responsible for providing new balls for each home match.

For larger schedules mandatory rain make up dates will be listed on the website. Please try to make up your rain outs as soon as possible. Teams are not permitted to reschedule matches for any reason other than wet courts unless both teams agree to AND play the match PRIOR to the scheduled date.For no reason other than weather related issues should a match be postponed to be played at alaterdate unless rescheduled by or with the league coordinator.

Teams will receive 5 points for winning line #1 and 3 for line #2. If one line must be defaulted the defaulting team must default line #1. It is out of courtesy that the defaulting team notify the opponents about the default but it is not mandatory.

Players are permitted to play on as many teams as desired but only one team per level. Playing on two teams is not a reason to call your opponent and try to reschedule a team match even if both matches happen to be scheduled for the same time. If a team defaults both lines in a given match the team will receive a -4 for their score. All teams must have at least 50% of their players rated at the teams level of play to compete at a higher level than the majority of players listed on the roster.

All grievances should be emailed to coordinator within 24 hours. The local grievance committee will consist of (3) local USPTA pros. Please send emails to league coordinator within 24 hours of the issue.

The league coordinator will have the ability to move players to other teams by request but no refunds will be given once a player has registered and paid online. Teams may continue to add players until May 8, 2022.

League Play Begins:

Tuesday, April 26 – Ladies 4.0; Wednesday April 27– Ladies 3.0; Thursday, April 28 – Ladies 3.5 & 4.5

Roster Deadline: Tuesday, April 16 (teams should have 6 players listed); Last Date to add players (more than the original 6 required to be on roster by April 16) will be May 8.

Please call/text/email Jim Sciarro, league coordinator for more information or for help registering yourself or your team.

Jim Sciarro

USPTA League Coordinator

903.245.0482 NETXuspta@gmail.com Revised 3/10/22

USPTA Tyler Area Ladies Morning Doubles League

Start Dates:

Tuesday, April 26- 4.0 Ladies

Wednesday, April 27 - 3.0 Ladies

Thursday, April 28 - 3.5 Ladies, 4.5 Ladies

Format: 2 Lines of Doubles

Team: Minimum 6 players registered by entry deadline of April 16

Add Deadline:Players may be added to existing rosters until May 8

Ratings:At least 50% of the players must be rated at the team’s level of play except in the ladies 4.5 division which is limited to any combination of 4.0 and 4.5 players only. Teams may also be moved up by the league coordinator without meeting the minimum requirement of rated players if certain levels do not have enough teams to field a league following the entry deadline.

Match Times: Most matches will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Scoring: All matches will be 2 out of 3 sets with TB to 12 for 3rd

Team Points: 5 points for line #1 and 3 points for line #2

Defaults: Teams must default line #1; teams defaulting both lines will lose 4 points

Cost: $20 per player

Registration: EastTexasTennis.topdoglive.com

Captains: Anyone with guaranteed confirmed access to 2 courts

Membership: USPTA or USTA membership is not required

Host Facilities: All host facilities must be within 30 miles of Tyler's Faulkner Park.

Teams forming with a minimum of 75% of their players living outside of the 30 mile radius may request to have all "away" matches. Teams must follow each specific club's policies for forming citywide league teams.

Winning Teams in the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 divisions will have the opportunity

to advance to the USPTA Champions Cup at River Oaks Country Club in Houston

in April 2023. . The winning 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 Tyler Teams will combine to form one

team for the Champions Tournament. Only (1) line of doubles will be played from

each level in Houston. Captains will determine if the entire team qualifies or if only

a few players participate in the Championship event. Players must play a minimum of

(2) local league matches in order to advance to Houston should their team win in Tyler.

The Houston event will be played on a Wednesday & Thursday in April.

More league details will be posted at EastTexasTennis.topdoglive.com and sent to each registered captain.

Leagues will not be held and all players will be refunded in divisions with less than (3) registered teams by the deadline.

This league does not replace or have any effect on the USPTA Fall Evening Doubles League where winners advance to Indoor clubs in Houston each January

If you have any questions please email Jim Sciarro at netxuspta@gmail.com

Last change: 03/12/22

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