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2020 EKOLU 18 & OVER

This is a mixed league for men and women 18 years of age or older.  There will be no flight or district playoffs, and section championships.

League season is September - November (Saturdays*).  The NTRP levels of play are combined 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0.  The NTRP difference between doubles partners may not exceed 1.0, and the combined NTRP level of the doubles partners may not exceed the level at which the team is competing (i.e., 7.0 doubles partners could be a combination of two 3.5 players, or a 4.0 player with a 3.0 partner, or a 3.0 player with a 3.5 partner).

A team match consists of: (1) men's doubles; (1) women's doubles and (1) mixed 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.

New 2020 Competition format (Update 7/26/20):  When there are 13 or more teams in a playing level, teams will compete in at least 9 unflighted matches against randomly selected opponents. This format is the same as used at national championships.  The round robin competition format will still be used for playing levels with 12 or less teams.

Move Up/Split Up: Ekolu League section champions must move up one level as a team or disperse to form new teams with no more than three players who were on the final roster at the conclusion of local league play on any single team for the following league year.  2019 Ekolu Championship Players Refer to HPS Rules & Regulations 2.06A  

Teams will need to follow USTA Playing Tennis Safely guidelines, and the most recent Honolulu City & County requirements for masks and social distancing.  Players must sign a waiver of claims before participating in this league.

The minimum number of players on a team is 3 men and 3 women, maximum 16 players.  The League fee is $13 per player.  Players are to provide their own can of balls for each match.  Penn Championship Extra Duty felt balls should be used.

Note: Some players were issued credits to their TennisLink account due to the cancellation of the 2020 Adult 18, 55 and 70 leagues. In order to redeem those credits, a player must be logged into their own TennisLink account and not have someone else register for them.

Click on the link below to see if you have any credits and how to track your balance. Should you have any questions about your credit balance, contact the coordinator before registering for a team. http://activesupport.force.com/usta/articles/en_US/Article/Player-Credits

* Some Sunday matches may be required.

Major Regulation Change

  1. Players must be 18 years of age prior to participating in the USTA League program. HPS/USTA League Regulations 1.04E(3)

  2. A player without a valid NTRP rating level in TennisLink, a returning player with an expired NTRP rating level, a Tournament Exclusive (T) rated player or a Mixed Exclusive (M) rated player who does not have a valid computer (C) rating from a previous year and chooses to participate in the Adult Division, must self-rate to be assigned a new rating, reassigned to their last expired rating or a higher rating based on their playing history to enter the USTA League Program.  HPS/USTA League Regulations 1.04F; ODTA 6

  3. Head-to-head tie-break procedures clarified.  Winner of head-to-head match between the tied teams only if all tied teams have played each other and one team defeated all the teams that are tied. HPS/USTA League Regulations 2.03H; ODTA 16.

  4. The Championship Committee has the authority to file a grievance when match default(s) given by a team has a material impact on the championship’s standings. HPS/USTA League Regulations 2.03K; ODTA 22 

Reminders to Captains & Players

  1. All captains and players must act in accordance with ODTA Tennis Court Rules. (ODTA Addendum III)

  2. 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.

  3. 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, set breaks, and bathroom breaks). (ODTA 21)

  4. 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 Retirements. (ODTA 22; HPS 2.01C(2))

  5. 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 26)

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League Timeline 

  • Team Registration:  August 1 - August 22 at 6pm.
    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 download and complete the Team Number Request form.  Click here to download the form.
     
  • Player Registration on TennisLink:  August 1 - September 4 at 6pm.
    Requests for deadline extension should be emailed to the Coordinator before the deadline .  Notify the Coordinator of any player whose self-rating or medical appeal decision is pending.
     
  • Minimum Roster Deadline:  August 26 - (3) men and (3) women.
    No transfers of players between teams after this date.  Requests for deadline extension should be emailed to the Coordinator before the deadline.
     
  • Reserve A Court Deadline: Not Available
  • Mandatory Virtual Captain's Meeting: August 24 6pm
  • Refund Deadline:  August 29
    Email refund requests to the Coordinator.  The $3 TennisLink fee is non-refundable.
     
  • League Season:  September 5 - November 14
     
  • Section Championships:  None

League Coordinator:  Sara Yoshinaga adulttennis@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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