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2007 ODTA Ekolu League

TIMETABLE and GENERAL INFORMATION

June 19, 2007: Players may begin registering on-line (http://national.usta.com).

July 5, 2007: deadline for captain’s information sheet (pdf) or (doc). Fax to 942-6589 or mail to Norene Wong, 737 Bishop Street, Suite 1600, Honolulu, HI 96813.

July 12, 2007: Initial team roster deadline (6 player minimum).

Sponsor payments due to ODTA. Any sponsored teams registering after 7/12/07, please contact local league coordinator or pay the $20 player fee.

Starting August 10th: Schedules will be mailed to team captains along with ball pick up information (from McCully Bicycle) if no captain’s meeting.

August 28, 2007: Last day to add players to roster in Tennis Link.

August 18 or 25, 2007: Season Begins!

September 11, 2007: Schedule Posted (Sorry for the delay!)

December 7-9, 2007: Sectional Championships on Maui (Wailea Tennis Club)

Updates for the Ekolu League will be posted on the new website at www.oahu.usta.com

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The following information is provided for all 2007 ODTA Ekolu Tennis League captains to review with their players. Please read it thoroughly as there are changes to procedures that were used in prior years.

Web Access: Tennis Link (http://national.usta.com).is used to register players and report match scores as well as enabling captains to view rosters and match results. New ODTA website: www.oahu.usta.com will post league information (schedules, timelines, update for the season, etc.).

Levels of Play: Play will be conducted at the following combined NTRP levels. 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0. All players must have a current NTRP rating prior to playing their first match. New 2007 Rule: The NTRP difference between partners of each doubles team may not exceed 1.0.

Player Eligibility and Rating: All players must reach their 19th birthday by December 31, 2007 and be a current USTA member through the end of the season. Players may sign-up for USTA membership via Tennis Link (http://national.usta.com) or by calling 1-800-990-8782. Player ratings are verified accessing ratings on (http://national.usta.com) website. Computer generated ratings from the 2004 through 2006 match seasons (Note change: three years vs. five) will be valid ratings for 2007 league play. Players with a computer rating must enter at that NTRP level or higher. Players who do not have a computer rating (generated within the last three years) shall self-rate themselves in accordance with the national tennis rating program (NTRP) guidelines and declare their self-rating on Tennis Link by answering on-line questions prior to registering. Please note that the on-line questions ask multiple items in a single question. Even if four of the five listed items would be answered “No”, if any one answer is “Yes” (in particular, ranked junior questions),.then you must answer “YES” to the question.

Team Registration, Rosters and Fees: Each team captain will be assigned a team number prior to registering (you must submit a captain’s info sheet in order to receive this team number). Players may begin registering with Tennis Link on June 19th and teams must have a six player minimum registered by July 12th. The Tennis Link system will assess a $3 registration fee as well as an $17 Ekolu League fee (total of $20) at the time of registration. A player needs a valid USTA membership number (valid through November 30, 2007) and charge card number in order to register. Teams will be limited to 14 players. Roster additions can be made only until August 28th.

Sponsored Teams: If your team has a sponsor that would prefer to pay one check to Oahu District Tennis Association for tax purposes, please indicate so on the captain’s information sheet. Therefore, as your players register in Tennis Link, only the $3 registration fee will be charged per player (which cannot be omitted). The deadline for sponsor payment is July 12th. Checks should be payable to ODTA – Ekolu League and mailed to Norene Wong, 737 Bishop Street, Suite 1600, Honolulu, HI 96813. Please note that sponsored teams are in a separate registration category in Tennis Link and will have to merge with the other teams in appropriate divisions prior to the end of registration. At that time, any player registering will be charged $20. If you prefer not to pay the $20 and get reimbursed, please contact local league coordinator.

Home Courts: Team Captains may request the use of “Home” courts for league play. Requests should be submitted on the Captain’s Information Sheet and an authorization letter from the Facility Manager should be attached. Facilities being utilized should have a minimum of three (3) courts available for your matches. Use of public park courts as Home courts is not authorized.

Sectional Championships: The 2007 Ekolu Tennis League Championships will be held December 7-9, 2006 on Maui at the Wailea Tennis Club. Each division will send one team for every six teams or major fraction thereof in their division. Note that a player must play at least two matches during the local league season in order to qualify to play in any championships.

Internet Access: Updates for league information such as schedules (do not reference Tennis Link match schedule information) is posted on the Oahu District Tennis Association’s website – www.oahu.usta.com. Please use Tennis Link (http://national.usta.com) for printing blank score cards, entering completed match scores, printing team rosters, viewing team standings and match results. Tennis Link is a very user-friendly program, however, if you would like some assistance, please call the phone number or email below with your questions. Helpful reminder: Tennis Link, like most computer programs, can have momentary glitches from time to time. If you have trouble in Tennis Link, in any situation (registering, retrieving info, etc.) please try again. If it does not work a second time, wait a few minutes and try again. If the problem persists, double check your computer settings and try again in a few hours. From personal experience, most of the time the glitches are temporary. If you feel the problem is being persistent, please send an email to the address below with the specific steps you took and what you are trying to accomplish.

Contacts: General Questions – call 955-6696 ext. 32 and leave a message or send an email to norene@cnscorp.us.

 

 
 
 
 
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