USCTA POLICIES

Policies adopted by the USCTA will be posted here.

U.S. Open Policies

U.S. Open Policies

Attached are revised US Open policies. These were approved by the USCTA at its February 25, 2011 Board Meeting.

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U.S. Professional Singles Policies
National Open Policies

National Open

Approved by the USCTA in February 2013 and amended on June 22, 2013, November 8, 2014 and June 6, 2015.

Limited to the top USCTA Amateur players and US based professionals.

Entries close 2 weeks prior

Draw posted 1 week prior, limited to best 24 players

Club USCTA Representative and Head Professional to do the draw

 

Seeding: World Ranking 100 points and higher and then off handicap (at close of entries), seed 1 for 2, flip for 3/4 and draw 5-8 seeds. Refer to US Open Policy #5 for players with exactly the same handicaps.

 

Non seeds: drawn randomly from hat. If colleagues drawn together for first round matches, place player one bracket down; if on bottom of the draw, place player at the top

 

Player withdrawals: as per US Open policy (on USCTA website) but 24 hours instead of 48 hours

 

Amateurs need to be USCTA members

 

2/3 set matches, final is 3/5 sets – all deuce and advantage

 

Appearance / prize money split: 60/40 for appearance / prize

All prize money will be distributed within sixty days of the completion of the
event.

Prize money: 0.5 points for R16 losers, 1 point for QF losers, 2 points for SF losers, 4 points for Finalist, 8 points for Winner

 

Marking may not be done from the marker’s box.

 

 

 

Unaffiliated Pro Policy:

 

National Open prize and appearance monies are granted to affiliated professionals and to unaffiliated professionals who are Category 1 players (handicap 5.4 and better).

 

Unaffiliated professionals with a handicap of 5.5 and higher are only eligible to receive National Open prize money.

 

Affiliated pros are those who draw a regular salary from a US court tennis club or who have worked at least twenty (20) days at a US court tennis club in the prior twelve (12) months.

 

U.S. Amateur Policies

US Amateur

Approved in 2012, amended on June 22, 2013 and June 6, 2015.

 

Tournament Committee

The hosting Tournament Committee (TC) must designate a Tournament Chair and post names of TC and TC Chair on the tournament notice. The name of the TC Chair is to be included on the posted draws. It is suggested, but not required, that the club’s USCTA Representative, Alternate, or At-Large member serve on the TC to help ensure that the USCTA’s tournament rules are being followed.

 

Eligibility

Amateur status

Current member of a national tennis association (ask IRTC)

 

Draw Size

No limits (open to all who are eligible)

 

Seeding

One for every two players (or teams) for a maximum of 8 seeds (6 seeds for doubles). Place 1 through 4, draw 5 and 6 to see who plays #3 (remaining player plays #4), and then (for singles, if applicable) draw 7 and 8 (to play #1 and #2 seeds, respectively). Refer to US Open policy #5 for players / teams with exactly the same handicap.

 

A player without a singles result in RTO in the twelve months prior to the closing of the draw cannot be seeded but may enter the tournament. Seeds are based on players with 100 or more World Ranking points first and then, secondarily, on handicaps. A player with a World Ranking of 100 or higher but without a singles result would still be seeded. An inactive singles handicap has no impact on seeding for doubles draws.

 

Titleholder Seeding: If exactly equal by handicap, titleholders get seeding preference.

 

Doubles Handicaps

Round at the end of the calculation.

 

Use the better of a player’s singles or doubles handicap.  If a player does not have one recorded singles match in RTO in the prior six months (to the setting of the draw) and three recorded singles matches in the prior twelve months, then a doubles handicap will be used.  The Tournament Chair shall be the final arbiter of handicap questions.

 

Format

2/3 sets with deuce and advantage, singles and doubles finals to be held the same day and 3/5 sets with deuce and advantage. Prior to the Round of 16 for singles and doubles, the TC has the option for 40-all (no deuce) scoring. Players are capped at no more than four matches (singles and / or doubles) per day.

 

Player, Team Withdrawals, and Re-Seeding

Follow US Open Policies #8, 9, and 10 but use 12 hours instead of 48 hours.

 

Injuries, Timeouts, and Suspension of Play

Follow US Open Policies #12 & 13

 

Other

The Marker has authority and control for all play decisions once the match has started. Refer to the USCTA’s policy on player conduct, marker authority, and incident reporting for more information. The TC Chair acts as Tournament Director and is the point person for all non-play (match) decisions.

Marking may not be done from the marker’s box.

 

Publish tournament rules and 15-minute default reminder with posting of draws.

 

Tournament rules to be enforced by the TC.

Level Championship Policies

Level Championships
Approved in 2012, amended on June 22, 2013 and June 6, 2015.

 

Tournament Committee
The hosting Tournament Committee (TC) must designate a Tournament Chair and post names of TC and TC Chair on the tournament notice. The name of the TC Chair is to be posted on the draws. It is suggested, but not required, that the club’s USCTA Representative, Alternate, or At-Large member serve on the TC to help ensure that the USCTA’s tournament rules are being followed.

Eligibility
Amateur status

Current member of the USCTA

Must have at least three recorded singles matches on RTO in the three months prior to the tournament entry deadline.

Seeding
1 for 4

Format
2/3 sets with deuce and advantage from the quarterfinals. Format for rounds before the quarterfinals are the purview of the TC.

Player Withdrawals and Re-Seeding
Follow US Open Policy #10 but use 12 hours instead of 48 hours.

Injuries, Timeouts, and Suspension of Play
Follow US Open Policies #12 & 13

Other
The Marker has authority and control for all play decisions once the match has started. Refer to the USCTA’s policy on player conduct, marker authority, and incident reporting for more information. The TC Chair acts as Tournament Director and is the point person for all non-play (match) decisions.

Marking may not be done from the marker’s box.

Publish tournament rules and 15-minute default reminder with posting of draws.

Tournament rules to be enforced by the TC.

Age Levels Policies

Age Levels
Approved in 2012, amended on June 22, 2013 and June 6, 2015.

 

Tournament Committee
The hosting Tournament Committee (TC) must designate a Tournament Chair and post names of TC and TC Chair on the tournament notice. The name of the TC Chair is to be included on the posted draws. It is suggested, but not required, that the club’s USCTA Representative, Alternate, or At-Large member serve on the TC to help ensure that the USCTA’s tournament rules are being followed.

Eligibility
Amateur status

Current member of a national tennis association

Need to turn the required age in the calendar year of the tournament

Doubles Handicaps
Round at the end of the calculation.

Use the better of a player’s singles or doubles handicap. If a player does not have one recorded singles match in RTO in the prior six months (to the setting of the draw) and three recorded singles matches in the prior twelve months, then a doubles handicap will be used. The Tournament Chair shall be the final arbiter of handicap questions.

Seeding
A player without a singles result in RTO in the twelve months prior to the closing of the draw cannot be seeded but may enter the tournament. Seeds are based on players with 100 or more World Ranking points first and then, secondarily, on handicaps. A player with a World Ranking of 100 or higher but without a singles result would still be seeded. An inactive singles handicap has no impact on seeding for doubles draws.

Refer to US Open policy #5 for players / teams with exactly the same handicap.

Titleholder Seeding: If exactly equal by handicap, titleholders get seeding preference.

Seed 1 for 4 players and teams

Format
2/3 sets with deuce and advantage from the quarterfinals. Format for rounds before the quarterfinals are the purview of the TC.

Player / Team Withdrawals, and Re-Seeding
Follow US Open Policies #8, 9, and 10 but use 12 hours instead of 48 hours.

Injuries, Timeouts, and Suspension of Play
Follow US Open Policies #12 & 13

Other
The Marker has authority and control for all play decisions once the match has started. Refer to the USCTA’s policy on player conduct, marker authority, and incident reporting for more information. The TC Chair acts as Tournament Director and is the point person for all non-play (match) decisions.

Marking may not be done from the marker’s box.

Publish tournament rules and 15-minute default reminder with posting of draws.

Tournament rules to be enforced by the TC.

Player Conduct, Marker Authority, and Incident Reporting
Player Conduct, Marker Authority, and Incident Reporting Approved by the USCTA on June 22, 2013. Player Code of Conduct (largely excerpted from the T&RA’s website as of June 2013) Players shall conduct themselves, both on and off the court, in a manner consistent with the etiquette, sportsmanship and exemplary standards of behavior and dress expected of the sport. In particular, players should: – Abide by the laws and spirit of the game; – Accept the decisions of markers and other officials without question or protest and treat them with respect at all times; – Exercise self control at all times; – Treat their opponents and fellow participants fairly and with respect at all times and not seek in any way to intimidate or belittle them; – Accept success, failure, victory or defeat with good grace and without excessive display of emotion; – Not behave in any way likely to bring the game into disrepute. Marker Authority The marker has authority over the match once it has begun. If needed, the marker may choose to control the match via the following subsequent disciplinary measures: warning, then loss of game, then loss of set, then loss of match. If warranted, the marker also has the authority to go from a warning straight to the loss of match. Incident Reporting Tournament Committee Chairs are expected to provide a written report of incidents to the USCTA’s Executive Committee.
Policies for RTO Administrators Regarding Posting of Matches

For RTO Administrators and others interested in handicaps:

Injured Player Match Postings

–          Matches are to be counted on RTO if a player is injured but still plays the match.

National League Postings

–          All National League playoff matches are to be counted on RTO, regardless of marker / no marker, and as Competitive / IHSC-Sanctioned.

Tournament Score Postings

–          Tournament matches should be entered on RTO within 48 hours of the tournament’s completion and in the order they were played.

Incomplete Matches

–          Defaulting player concedes all remaining games in that set to the opponent. If player defaults after completion of a set, the next set is 6/0 to the remaining player.

IHSC-Sanctioned Competitive Match Eligibility

–          See 10/26/10 list of US tournaments where handicaps of CAT1 players (5.4 and better) can move.

Maximum Handicaps

–                      Suggested maximum of 80 for true beginners and maximum use of the

provisional status.

Handicap & Ranking Committee Views:

Manual Adjustments

–       Discouraged but pros have latitude to do them if them necessary. If done, an explanation needs to be provided on the player’s RTO page.

–       Leaning towards not allowing them for Cat 1 and requiring IHSC approval for players in the 5.5-10 handicap range. Other manual adjustments are purview of national associations.

Category 1 and Social Matches

–       Social matches involving Category 1 players are not to be counted on RTO.

Policies Regarding Dormant Handicaps

The treatment of handicaps of dormant players

The following changes have been agreed in respect of players with dormant handicaps i.e. no results recorded on RTO for twelve months.

  1.            Adjustment to handicaps

With effect from 1st October 2011, any player, irrespective of handicap category, who is inactive (i.e. fails to records at least one Singles result on RTO in a twelve month period) should have his or her Singles handicap automatically adjusted upwards by two handicap points by RTO and, if he or she remains inactive, by a further one point on the each anniversary of the original adjustment. Where a player only has a Doubles handicap and fails to record a Doubles result in a period, the relevant adjustment will be applied to his or her Doubles handicap.

The IHSC remains of the opinion that it is the responsibility of each the club professional periodically to review (in conjunction with a local Handicap Committee) and encourage actions to remedy incorrect handicaps, such as regular recording of results, use of provisional status and, in the last resort and where permitted, making manual adjustments. RTO will be amended so that a player’s record will show, upon enquiry, all activity in the preceding twelve months. RTO show clearly the impact of any automatic adjustments.

  1.            Dormant players who enter tournaments
  2. a)            Category 2 players and above

Different approaches have been adopted by the member associations to deal with the issue of validating the handicap of a tournament entrant who has few or no recent recorded results on RTO and the arguments around this have been well rehearsed elsewhere. The broad agreement seems to be that tournament entry should be encouraged and that national associations may make their own rules on the validity of a tournament entrant’s handicap. However, particular care must be taken where seeding in tournaments is based on handicap to ensure that proper account is taken of entrants’ handicap status. The IHSC recognises that this may result in tournament organisers deciding that any player falling within Category 2 and above and having a dormant handicap should not be seeded.

  1. b)            Elite players

Additional concerns arise where the dormant player is a member of the elite Category 1 group, where, importantly, handicap can be used as the test for tournament seeding (although much ranking in major international tournaments is done on World Ranking Points). The existing resolution of the IRTC that handicap movements for this group should be generated exclusively from tournament matches, together with a relative lack of accessible tournaments may result in a player becoming dormant without losing his or her effectiveness as a tournament match player.

The adjustment set out in 1 above will apply to Category 1 players. However:

  1. i) a dormant Category 1 player entering a tournament will always be considered for seeding, based on his or her handicap after any adjustment relating to their dormant period; but
  2. ii) any dormant Category 1 player entering a handicap tournament will be required to play off his or her handicap before taking into account any adjustment relating to their dormant period.

It is acknowledged that tournament organisers will need to give careful consideration of the data available within RTO if such adjustments are to be correctly dealt with, although we believe it would apply to relatively few tournament entrants.

  1.            Players who resume after an extended absence

It has been suggested elsewhere that players in Category 2 and above who have been dormant for twelve months or more should be reintroduced to RTO with a period where their handicap is treated as provisional. It is suggested that this period would be at least six matches, during which time they would be permitted to enter tournaments providing they can meet their national association’s rules on the validity of their handicap.

  1. Transitional arrangements

Players who have not recorded a result in the 12 months ending on or after 1st October 2011 will have their handicaps adjusted as described above.

IHSC

1st July 2011

IHSC-Sanctioned Competitive U.S. Matches

IHSC-Sanctioned Competitive U.S. Matches

The US tournaments listed below are counted as IHSC-Sanctioned Competitive for RTO.  This means that handicaps of Category 1 players (5.4 and better) can move based on their results in these tournaments.  All tournaments are singles only unless otherwise specified (S – singles, D – doubles).

– All National League matches (S&D)

– All National League qualifying matches (some teams with 3 players have playoffs to determine roster spots)

– Jimmy Knott

– US 55’s (S&D)

– US Ladies Open (S&D)

– Silver Racquet

– Jimmy Dunn (D)

– New York Open Handicap (but only in matches between two Cat 1 players)

– National Open

– Whitney Cup (D)

– Gold Racquet

– US 40’s, 50’s, 60’s 70’s (S&D)

– Bathurst Cup (S&D)

– US Amateur (S&D)

– US Open (S&D)

– Northrup Knox (D)

– US Pro

– Pell Cup (D)

USCTA can ask IHSC to include the following tournaments in the event that Cat 1 players are playing in them:

– All Club Championship matches (S&D)

– Club Championship handicap singles matches (but only in matches between two Cat 1 players)

National League Policies

USCTA National League Rules & Regulations

1. Authority

1.1 National League matches are official United States Court Tennis Association (“USCTA”) events.

1.2 The USCTA has final authority on all decisions pertaining to the administration of the National League.

1.3 The USCTA shall appoint a commissioner (the “Comissioner”) who shall be deeply involved in all major decision-making and included in all material correspondence pertaining to the National League.

1.4 The Commissioner shall be the official, neutral arbiter of any dispute pertaining to the National League.

2. Teams

2.1. National League teams (“Teams”) are to be defined and agreed upon at the start of the season with a roster of nominated players. Nominated players are only allowed to represent their specified Team.

2.2. A list (the “Floaters List”) of “floating” professionals eligible to represent any Team and to substitute for any nominated member of a Team will be circulated at the start of each season.

2.3. In the case of a player being unavailable to play a scheduled Fixture, his or her Team must select another nominated player from said Team, or selected a player from the Floaters List.

3. Fixture Scheduling & Publicity

3.1. Teams are required to agree on dates of scheduled fixtures (“Fixtures”) before the start of the National League season.

3.2. Each participating Team club shall appoint an individual to coordinate Fixture scheduling and publicity; upcoming Fixtures shall be publicized by the participating Team clubs.

3.3. The Commissioner requires Fixtures to be fulfilled on their publicized date; once a Fixture has been scheduled, both Teams have a duty to ensure that they are able to fulfill that Fixture.

3.4. Teams unable to fulfill a Fixture will be subject to a penalty, which, at the discretion of the Commissioner, could take the form of a point(s) penalty or a reduction in allocated prize money.

4. Fixture Play

4.1. Each Fixture will consist of two (2) singles matches and one (1) doubles match.

4.2. Singles matches shall consist of best-of-three 6-game sets, with a single deuce and single advantage per game and, if necessary, a 40-all one-point conclusion except where games are 5-all in a set.

4.3. Doubles matches shall consist of a single 8-game set, with deuce and advantage in each game.

4.4. Each Fixture shall feature an amateur event to be played in between the singles matches and the doubles match. The specifics of the event may vary among Fixtures, but will award a prize to the winning amateur(s).

5. Fixture Points

5.1. Each singles match victory awards two (2) points to the winning Team.

5.2. Each doubles match victory awards one (1) point to the winning Team.

5.3. The Team that wins any two matches in the Fixture receives an additional two (2) points.

5.4. The two (2) teams with the highest point totals at the end of the regular season qualify for the National League Final.

6. Distribution of Awards

6.1. Per USCTA policy, prize money shall be awarded and paid in-full within sixty days following completion of the National League Final.