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2017 ADULT 18 & OVER

League season is April - July (Saturdays*) for men and women 18 years of age or older by end of league year.  The NTRP levels of play are: 2.5 women, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 & 5.0+ for separate men's and women's leagues. A player may play only one NTRP level above the player's current NTRP level.

The 5.0+ level may have up to two 5.5 players on a team roster. Only one 5.5 level player may participate in a team match and may only play in the #1 position, either singles or doubles.  

The Move Up/Split Up rule applies to any team and players that qualified for, or advanced to any 2016 Adult National Championships. Refer to ODTA League Rules & Regulations 29.

Move Up/Split Up Table      Adult Championship Players 

Previous year's Adult National Championship players must move up according to the Move Up/Split Up Table or be counted in the three-player limit (two-player limit for Adult 2.5 and 5.0+).  Players who played on 3.0/6.0 teams are considered to be 3.0 (even if they are 2.5); players on 3.5/7.0 teams are considered to be 3.5 (even if they are 3.0), players on 4.0/8.0 teams are considered to be 4.0 (even if they are 3.5); players on 4.5/9.0 teams are considered to be 4.5 (even if they are 4.0); players on 5.0+ teams are considered to be 5.0 (even if they are 4.5).

When championship players' NTRP ratings used in the previous year’s Adult 55&Over league is the same as the "Move Up" level for the Adult 18 & Adult 40, those players must move up one level higher than shown in the Table, otherwise, the players will be counted in the three-player limit (two-player limit for Adult 2.5 and 5.0+).

A team match consists of (2) singles and (3) doubles matches, except for the 2.5 women and 5.0+ levels, which play (1) singles and (2) doubles matches.  The match format is: Best of two sets, regular scoring, set tiebreak (first to 7 by a margin of 2) at 6-all, with a match tiebreak (first to 10 by a margin of 2) in lieu of a third set. The switching of sides for service during any tiebreak shall follow the Coman TieBreak Procedure.

The minimum number of players on a team is 8, maximum 16 players.  The League fee is $28 per player.

* Some Sunday matches may be required.

Major Regulation Changes

  1. One (1) default to count towards eligibility for 2017 National Championships. (Players must still play at least 3 matches on the same team to qualify, but one match can be a default received.) USTA Reg 2.03A4; ODTA League Rules & Regulations 27

  2. Move Up/Split Up requirements only apply to players who participated in three (3) or more matches (including one default) for that team during the championship year. USTA 2.06A(3) Updated 12/15/16; ODTA Rules & Regulations 29

  3. 2017 year-end ratings for players 65 & older who are moved up will be published; automatic appeal will be granted upon request (through TennisLink auto-appeal function). NTRP Disqualification procedures will apply. USTA Reg 2.05E(2); ODTA League Rules & Regulations 6

  4. Only National Championship players will not be allowed to appeal their rating down for one year after participating in a 2017 National Championship. All other Championship players (who were on the team roster but did not play at the 2017 National Championship) will be allowed to appeal their ratings up or down. The appeal will be granted if they meet the appeal criteria. Note: The Move Up/Split Up rule still applies.  USTA Reg 2.07

  5. ODTA Rule Change: The LLC shall reschedule the date, time and location of a team match involving a team with 4 or more players who will not be available because of Section or National championship competition. The captain must contact the LLC to request the reschedule at least two weeks before the originally scheduled match date.  The LLC will notify the captains of the date, time and location of the rescheduled matchODTA League Rules & Regulations 23

Reminders to Captains & Players

  1. Withholding pertinent information when self-rating is an egregious act and a violation of National Regulation 1.04E(4) (Player Agreement) and can lead to consequences. Sanctions may include suspension from USTA League Tennis for the captain, player and team. Captains do not self-rate players. Players should do their own self-rating according to the General & Experienced Player Guidelines.

  2. No coaching allowed at any time during a match.  Cell phones and other electronic communication devices may not be used at any time during a match (including warm-up, change-overs and set breaks). ODTA League Rules & Regulations 21

  3. For each team match, a majority of the individual matches (positions) must actually be played to constitute a valid team match. The maximum number of positions that can be defaulted in a team match and the number of positions that must actually be played without defaulting the entire team match are shown in Defaults and RetirementsODTA League Rules & Regulations 22; HPS 2.01C(2)

  4. Warning: Captains and players can be sanctioned for falsifying USTA League match scores and/or reporting matches in TennisLink that were not actually played.  Individuals found in violation can receive sanctions that include being denied the opportunity to advance to championships, suspension from USTA League play and captains being prohibited from captaining teams.  This is a recreational league and unethical and unsportsmanlike behavior of any individuals associated with USTA League Tennis will not be tolerated. HPS Player Guide; ODTA Rules & Regulations 26

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League Timeline 

  • Team Registration:  February 28 - March 29 at 6pm HST
    On-Line Team Creation allows captains to register and obtain a team number from TennisLink.  To find out how to obtain your team number, click here to print the TennisLink instructions. 
    Non-playing captains and captains who choose not to use On-Line Team Creation can complete the Team Number Request form and email to the Coordinator.  Click here to complete the form. Note: Use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome (the form is not compatible with MS Edge).
     
  • Player Registration on TennisLink:  February 28 - April 28 at 6pm HST
    Requests for deadline extension should be emailed to the Coordinator before April 28. Notify the Coordinator of any player whose self-rating or medical appeal decision is pending.
     
  • Minimum Roster Deadline:  April 2 - 8 players.
    No transfers of players between teams after this date.  Requests for deadline extension should be emailed to the Coordinator before April 2.
     
  • Reserve A Court Deadline: April 2.  Court Usage fee $75
     

    Facilities: Leeward Community College, Radford & Castle High Schools, & Stevenson Middle School

    Click here to view RAC Facility Match Schedule.

    Click here for RAC Program information.  Click here for on-line RAC registration. 

  • Refund Deadline:  April 22
    Email refund requests to the Coordinator.  The $3 TennisLink fee & $3 processing fee is non-refundable.
     
  • League Season:  April 29 - July 15
     
  • Section Championships:  August 18 - 20 Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park   
     
  • National Championship Information 

League Coordinator:  Kyle Shimabukuro Sara Yoshinaga yoshinaga@hawaii.usta.com       

Contact the Coordinator if you are a player looking to join a team or a captain looking for players.

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