Remember how much fun it was to be part of a team when you were a kid? Well, if you're still looking to be a team player and incorporate some fun, USTA League Tennis presented by Chrysler is for you!
As the largest recreational tennis league in the United States, USTA League Tennis provides organized, competitive matches for adults of all ability levels. Teams consist of either all women or all men (or mixed doubles), and because all teams are set up according to NTRP rating, you're always sure that you'll be facing off against someone of comparable ability. And as part of a team, you've got a built-in support entourage that few pros can match.
USTA League Tennis is open to men and women 19 years of age and older, and features local, area and sectional championships, culminating in a national championship.
There's no better way to have fun and make friends while playing the game you love. Whether you're a beginner or you're in a league of your own as a player, we've got a league for a player like you.
What is USTA League Tennis?
USA League Tennis present by Chrysler, the largest tennis league in the United States offers women and men ages 18 and older competitive play in singles and doubles format. Divisions include adult (18 years or older), senior (50 years or older), super senior (60 years or older), super duper senior (70 years or older) and mixed doubles (18 years or older).
How do you find a team?
To contact your area Local League Coordinator, click sub topic Area League Coordinators.
What do I have to do to become a member of the team?
- To sign up to become a USTA Member (join or renew) go to the USTA/Maryland District website, click Membership
- Determine your NTRP level of play by reading the General Characteristics of play, talk to your club pro or compare your ability to players you know who have an NTRP rating.
- Your team captain will give you a team number required for registration on TennisLink.
What is an NTRP rating?
The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) classifies players into certain skill levels. The NTRP provides a simple method to group individuals of similar ability for league play, tournaments, group lessons, social matches and club or community programs. New players can ‘self-rate’ by referring to the NTRP guidelines. To learn more about NTRP go to www.midatlantic.usta.com (sub topic Dynamic NTRP).
What are the levels of play?
NTRP levels of play are 1.0 (beginner) through 7.0 (tour pro). Maryland USTA Leagues NTRP levels of play are 2.5 through 5.5. Combined ratings of 6.0 through 9.0 are used for mixed doubles.
Where do I self-rate and register my team?
If you do not have a computer rating you must self-rate before entering a USTA league program. Go to www.usta.com and you will be connected directly to TennisLink. You will need your membership number, your team number, and a major credit card. Click on “Register for a Team” and follow the prompts which will lead you through the registration and self-rate process. For more information, contact the Maryland District League Coordinator Debby Broadus by e-mail or at 301-230-6515.
What is a valid computer rating?
Computer ratings are valid for five years or until another rating is generated. Players without a computer rating are required to self-rate when entering the League program. The ratings of established players are taken from the relevant year NTRP ratings available on the Mid-Atlantic Section website (www.midatlantic.usta.com).
What is TennisLink?
TennisLink is a web based registration and score reporting system for USTA League Tennis, where players can track stats about themselves, friends, opponents and teams.
How much does it cost?
Each player is responsible for a USTA Membership fee. In addition, there is a roster fee when a player registers for a team. Local League and court fees vary in each local area.
How long is the season?
Seasons are divided into Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer. The Fall/Winter is Mixed Doubles leagues and the Spring/Summer is gender Adult, Senior, Super Senior and Super Duper Senior leagues. The length of the season depends on court availability and the number of teams.
How many times will I play?
The average number of players on a team is between 13-20. Playing time varies according to the length of the season and how a team captain determines who plays when.
Where do I find my schedule?
Schedules are posted on TennisLink or you can ask your team captain for a copy.
What rules are used for the league program?
To find the National, Sectional, District and Local League Rules and Regulations, go to the USTA/Maryland District website, click on USA League Tennis, click sub topic Regulations. The Friend at Court publication is a great source to lean about all rules of tennis. Go to www.maryland.usta.com to find out how to purchase this easy-to-carry publication and information about your USTA Bookstore.
Where and when do the district and sectional championships take place?
Go to the USTA/Maryland District website, click USTA League Tennis to find out more about Championships.
How do I participate at a National championship?
Your team must win the local league, the district and sectional championships.
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For more information, contact the Maryland District League Coordinator Debby Broadus by e-mail or at 301-422-6865.