League Regulations

2020 USTA League Season (Championship Year)

  • 2020 USTA National League Regulations  HERE  Major Changes HERE
  • 2020 USTA Southwest League Regulations  HERE
  • 2020 USTA Northern Arizona League Regulations HERE

Please read the regulations for the current year thoroughly. If you have questions, please contact our Local League Coordinator for clarification.

Section Championships

Format

Up to seven USTA Southwest districts may send qualified teams in each division to the Section Championships. The Section Championship match format will adapt as necessary. The SWS will announce the match format approximately 30 days before the Section Championship start date.

By that time it will be known how many of the seven USTA Southwest districts have qualified to advance. To find info on USTA Southwest League Championships, click HERE

The format may be a round robin or consist of flights with winners advancing to a semi-final playoff. This format is similar to the National Championship format.

Tiebreak

A 3rd set match tie break shall be used for Sectional Championships. The Coman tiebreak shall be used for all set and match tie break. 

Ratings

Above all, tennis should be fun. Players can get the most enjoyment from the sport by playing with others of a similar level for more compatible matches.

Designed simply as a guide, the rating categories may be adjusted depending on your competitive ability or as your skills change. Ultimately, your rating is based on your match results.  If you are unsure of your level, choose the higher level of play. 

Players without a computer rating are required to declare a self-rating on TennisLink when entering the USTA League program regardless of the NTRP level they enter. The system will assign a rating for the player. The player may accept this rating and continue the process for registering for a team or may appeal this rating and wait for the Adult/Senior Competitive Coordinator to either accept or deny the appeal.

If the rating was appealed, the Adult/Senior Competitive Coordinator will inform the player in writing which level the player is approved to play. Once the player is notified he/she may continue registration online and register for his/her team.

If a player self-rates and registers for a team without following the above process, the SWS will suspend play for that player until the necessary documentation is submitted and a decision is rendered.

Once you’ve read the descriptions, you can create a free USTA account and self-rate your tennis level at any time.
Click here for guidelines on self-rating
Click here for Characteristics on each NTRP level
Características Generales de NTRP
Click here for USTA League NTRP FAQs

Dynamic Disqualification 

There are times when player’s competitive levels actually go above the threshold that is characteristic for their NTRP skill level. The ratings categories are generalizations about skill levels and may be adjusted as a player’s skills change or as their match play demonstrates the need for reclassification. Ultimately, a player’s ratings is based upon match results.

To learn a bit more about Dynamic Disqualification, click HERE.

Click here for all additional USTA league resources and forms.