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2014 – GSTL RULES
COMBO DOUBLES
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GSTL 2014 COMBO League Rules

2014 – GSTL RULES

COMBO DOUBLES

18 & Over, 40 & Over, 55 & Over, 65 & Over

 

GSTL Combo Coordinator-Marilyn Grigas

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Local League Coordinator-Susie Honeycutt

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THE USTA, THE USTA SOUTHERN SECTION, AND THE USTA SOUTH CAROLINA RULES AND REGULATIONS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ALL LOCAL LEAGUE RULES. IF A CONFLICT OCCURS, THE ABOVE WILL OVERRULE THE LOCAL LEAGUE RULES. LOCAL LEAGUE RULES MAY HAVE TO BE CHANGED ANNUALLY WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF LOCAL BOARDS IF STATE, SECTIONAL OR NATIONAL USTA REGULATIONS ARE CHANGED.

CAPTAINS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING ALL THE USTA, SOUTHERN, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND GSTL RULES AND REGULATIONS, AND FOR ENCOURAGING TEAM MEMBERS TO FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS. CAPTAINS SHOULD ENSURE THAT EACH TEAM MEMBER HAS A HARD COPY OR INTERNET ACCESS TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS.

A. FORMAT:

1. Three Combo Doubles Partnerships. Minimum of six PLAYERS ABLE TO COMBINE TO FORM three ELIGIBLE TEAMS.

2. The combined ratings of a partnership cannot exceed the level of play.

3. Adult League — 18 & Over (maximum NTRP level of play in the combined    5.0 is 2.5), 5.0, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, and 10.5.

4. Adult League — 40 & Over – 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5.

5. Adult League – 55 & Over and 65 & Over – 6.5, 7.5, and 8.5. Individual matches – best two of three sets with a ten-point match Coman tiebreak in lieu of the third set. Coman procedure for Set Tiebreak (first to 7 by a margin of 2), and Match Tiebreak (first to 10 by a margin of 2) in lieu of the third set.

 

B. Eligibility

1. Players must have a current USTA membership through November 2014.

2. Players renewing memberships must do so before being placed on the roster.

3. Adult League — 18 & Over – Player must reach at least 18 years of age during 2014.

4. Adult League — 40 & Over – Player must reach at least 40 years of age during 2014.

5. Adult League — 55 & Over — Player must reach at least 55 years of age during 2014.

6. Adult League — 65 & Over — Player must reach at least 65 years of age during 2014. Note: This 65 & Over League is a South Carolina League only.

7. A player may play on more than one NTRP level in Adult 18& Over, 40 &      Over, 55 & Over, and 65 & Over Age Group in the same Local League      during the same season.

8. NO SCHEDULING ACCOMMODATION WILL BE MADE FOR PLAYERS ON    MULTIPLE TEAMS.

9. A player may not be dynamically disqualified based on match results    from Southern Combo Doubles and match results are not calculated in    year-end NTRP computer ratings.

10. Each team must maintain its roster with at least 60 percent of its players with South Carolina Residence through the South Carolina State Championships (the players primary residence is to be defined in USTA records as South Carolina).

11. For District Championship competition and including local league competition play at District Championships, 60 percent or more of the total number of players on the USTA-SC team roster must reside in South Carolina, as indicated by the player’s primary residence and is defined in USTA records as South Carolina.

12. Pre-approval is granted to any GSTL player wishing to play out of state.

13. If a self rated player or a player with a granted medical appeal is disqualified for a particular level of play all matches played by that player shall be Losses and scored (6-0, 6-0). All players who have a computer rated appeals (A), or dynamic ratings (E), which are subject to disqualification, will not be subject to match reversal if disqualified.

14. Any player who is 60 years of age or older AND PROMOTED is eligible to appeal such rating based on HIS/HER THREE MOST RECENT YEAR-END RATINGS rather than on the three prior consecutive years.

15. For a two team flight in any Age Group, each roster must have a minimum of three combined pairings with each individual doubles team’s combined NTRP ratings not exceeding the level entered.

C. COMPUTER RATING:

1. A player with a valid computer rating as a result of playing in the Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over, Adult 55 & Over, Adult 65 & Over or Mixed USTA League Tennis Program must play at that rating level or higher.

2. Players may appeal their 2013 year-end ratings at any time during the 2014 league year. USTA allows one appeal per year. 2013 National benchmark players cannot appeal their 2013 year-end ratings except for medical reasons. District/Area, Sectional and National benchmark players cannot appeal their 2013-year end ratings for 12 months except for medical reasons.

NTRP Grievances will be sent to the Local League Coordinator and then to the State Combo Doubles Coordinator to be forwarded to the Section Grievance Committee.

Medical Appeals must be submitted in writing, by fax, mail, or email, to Mary Goins, State League Coordinator. Forms for medical appeals are available on www/sctennis.com

                                                     NTRP appeals to computer ratings must be done online.

3. Combo season starts before the year-end computer ratings are published, but sectionals are after the ratings are published. A player may play the entire season at the level he/she played at the beginning of the season except as noted in Southern COMBO RULE #6 for players that are moved up 2 levels. If a player’s rating is lowered during the Combo season, the player must continue to use the rating submitted on the roster for that season.

D. SELF-RATING:

1. Unrated players must self-rate in accordance with the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Guidelines and complete the self-rating process on TennisLink when registering for a team. Failure to self-rate or omission of information regarding a player’s tennis history will subject the player, the captain and/or others who condoned the inaccurate self-rating to penalties and disqualifications.

2. Players who submit an appeal to their self-rating through the Tennis Link system before their local league deadline for registering players will be permitted to register up to seven days after the notification of final self-rating.

3. A player who does not have a computer rating, but does have a self-rating on file in TennisLink, must play at that level and cannot self-rate lower for COMBO Doubles.

4. NTRP Grievances filed within 21 days of the start date of the player’s and/or captain’s State Championships will be administered after the event unless the section authorizes the administration of the grievance prior to that time. If the grievance is not administered until after the event, points won by players will stand. Disqualified players and/or captains that are suspended will not be eligible to advance to the next level of championship play. USTA South Carolina mandates that the party (ies) that file(s) the NTRP grievance complaint must provide the documentation to support their complaint at the time of their filing.

5. Players with expired ratings will not be allowed to self-rate at a lower level than their last published NTRP rating. However, they will have the opportunity to file a self-rate appeal.

6. Self-ratings are valid for 2 years from the date issued or until replaced by a dynamic or computer rating.

E. ROSTERS and FEES:

1. TennisLink is the official system for team registration.

2 Deadline to register a team for Combo Doubles is July 14, 2014. Teams may not be added after deadline. The last day to add additional players to a roster is September 10, 2014.

3. Fees will be collected (via credit card) when the captain/player registers on TennisLink. The cost to play in the GSTL Combo Doubles League is $20.00. This includes the $3.00 TennisLink user fee and the $6.00 SC League head tax.

4. Once a player is placed on a roster through TennisLink, the TennisLink fee and the SC Head Tax will not be refunded.

F. LOCAL PLAY:

1. Each team will play a round robin competition with at least one other team in the same level. Each team in a round robin must play every other team in the round robin at least once and an equal number of times.

2. It may be necessary to divide a level into two or more sub-levels if there are too many teams for a single round robin group. In that case, there will be a local league play-off to determine the GSTL champion and the team(s) to advance to the State Championships.

3. Each team must play at least three matches in local league to qualify for championship play.

4. Local League winners will be determined based on team matches won or winning percentage of team matches. Procedures for playoffs may vary according to the flight and number of teams. In all cases, ties will be broken in the following order:

a. Team Wins

b. Least sets lost

c. Least Games Lost

d. Winner of head to head.

5. Home team is responsible for providing courts, paying court fees (if applicable), and providing new balls.

6. Captains may not reschedule any match except in the event of inclement weather (RAIN, SNOW, and HURRICANE and temperatures below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees in the summer). In EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES (local tournaments, state or sectional League Championships) both captains may request Combo League Coordinator approval to change a scheduled match or individual positions to an earlier date. Such requests must be submitted via email at least two weeks in advance and the rescheduled match must be made up prior to the regularly scheduled match. Not having your strong players available is not a LIGITIMATE reason to have a match rescheduled.

Captains may also reschedule position(s) if they have players going to play in a

local Tournament and it LEAVES THE TEAM SHORT OF PLAYERS. This rescheduled

POSITION(S) must be played prior to the regularly scheduled match and captains must

agree to this arrangement one week prior to the regularly scheduled match.  

Captains, please remember to try and cooperate with each other so players can support

the local tournaments. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!

 

           COORDINATORS MUST BE NOTIFIED OF ANY CHANGES.

 

STATE, SECTIONAL AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER LOCAL LEAGUE MATCHES.

 

Only people that are going to the championships or playing in the local tournament may play in any rescheduled match. If found that this rule is not followed The team playing an unauthorized player will have the position defaulted.

 

THE INITIAL ENTRY OF MATCH SCORES (BY WINNING CAPTAIN) MUST TAKE PLACE WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE COMPLETION OF THE MATCH. AFTER MATCH SCORES HAVE BEEN ENTERED ON TENNISLINK, THEY MUST BE CONFIRM/DISPUTED BY THE OPPOSING CAPTAIN WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE INITIAL ENTRY OR THE INITIAL SCORE WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE CONSIDERED VALID. NOT POSTING THE SCORES WITHIN THE TIME FRAME ABOVE WILL RESULT IN THE FIRST TIME BEING A WARNING, BUT ANY FURTHER FAILURE TO POST SCORES WILL RESULT IN A POSITION BEING DEFAULTED BY THE WINNING TEAM.

 

MATCHES RESCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MATCH. If the match has to be rescheduled due to the weather and the captains involved are unable to agree on a date the LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATOR will set the time and date.

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE CAPTAIN SHOULD CALL THE CLUB TO ASK ABOUT THE COURTS AND ONLY THE CAPTAIN CAN TELL THEIR PLAYERS THAT A MATCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

7. Captains should encourage all players to show up at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled match time. Captains are encouraged to exchange lineups not later than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled match time UNLESS NOT ALL PLAYERS ARE PRESENT. The 15-minute default rule will apply – unless prior arrangements have been made between captains. Direct substitutions may be made for any player injured or becoming ill during warm-up. A direct substitution may also be made for a no-show. However, the no-show substitution must be made prior to expiration of the 15-minute default period. Captains and players are encouraged to begin the 10-minute warm up at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled match time. If court(s) are not available at the scheduled time, each position will complete the 10-minute warm-up and commence the match as soon as a court(s) become available. Matches/Positions that do not start within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time or within 15 minutes of the time of court availability will be forfeited to the team whose player(s) is at the court ready to begin play. The home team captain and the visiting captain should confer to insure both agrees as to the “official” time for beginning the 15-minute default period. Any captain violating this policy will be reported to the Local League Coordinator and repeat offenders may have disciplinary sanction placed on the Captain and/or the team.

8. If a home team has access to more than one court surface, the home captain must call the opposing team to let them know at least 4 days before the scheduled match that they will be using multiple surfaces for their match. Within 2 days of this notice, the visiting team captain must notify the home team of the visitor’s choice of which positions will play on hard surfaces and clay surfaces.

EACH LOCAL LEAGUE WILL ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR REGISTERING TEAMS ON TENNISLINK. THE LOCAL LEAGUE SEASON ENDS ON THE DATE PUSLISHED IN TENNISLINK AS THE LEAGUE SEASON END DATE. NO MATCHES MAY BE PLAYED AFTER THE LEAGUE SEASON END DATE. ANY MATCHES/POSITION NOT PLAYED BY THE LEAGUE SEASON END DATE WILL GO IN TENNISLINK AS A DOUBLE DEFAULT.

G. SCORECARDS AND LINEUPS:

All scores MUST be recorded in TennisLink by the WINNING team captain, within 24 hours after the last position of each match is finished. The LOSING team captain MUST confirm the match score within 48 Hours after the final position scores are recorded. If the captain fails to confirm the scores, TennisLink will confirm them automatically. ONCE TENNISLINK HAS CONFIRMED THE SCORES, CHANGES MAY NOT BE MADE.

1. LOSING TEAM CAPTAIN MUST CONFIRM THE MATCH NAMES AND SCORES WITHIN 48 HOURS.

2. Line-up/scorecards will be used to exchange line-ups only. Each captain will provide their own line-up scorecard, or portion thereof. Each Captain should keep a copy of final scores to assist in posting or confirming scores on TennisLink. (SUGGESTION: HAVE THE OTHER CAPTAIN CHECK THE SCORES ON YOUR SCORECARD AND SIGN IT SHOWING THEIR AGREEMENT. THIS WILL AVOID WRONG SCORES AND WRONG NAMES BEING PUT IN TENNISLINK.

3. Captains must exchange line-ups simultaneously. NO CHANGES may be made after the line-up has been exchanged, except as allowed in the substitution rule. NOTE that after lineups have been exchanged, if a team receives a forfeit, the receiving team DOES NOT HAVE THE OPTION TO CHANGE THEIR LINE-UP!

H. FORFEITS:

Forfeits are used for Defaults or for Disqualifications. These two different forms of forfeit are defined as follows:

1. Forfeit by DEFAULT- when a player fails to appear on time,

2. Forfeit by DISQUALIFICATION- Disqualification occurs when a player is ineligible to participate for any reason [i.e. under age, not a USTA member, NTRP disqualification, etc.]

3. SCORING OF FORFEITS: Scores for forfeits are not entered in TennisLInk—the word Default is selected for “status” of match and the team receiving the default shall be awarded the win for the individual match that was forfeited. In the event of forfeit by both teams (double default), neither team will receive credit for the win.

4. Team Forfeits/Defaults: If a team forfeits an entire team match (2 positions), THE TEAM THAT RECEIVES AN ENTIRE TEAM FORFEIT WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE WIN. IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF BOTH TEAMS TO WORK IT OUT SO THAT AT LEAST 2 POSITIONS CAN BE PLAYED.

 Number of position defaults a team may have per season(s) is 20% of the number of positions scheduled. (Example: If your level is scheduled for seven matches during the season (21 positions), you may have only 4 positions defaulted during the season.)

 

 

If it is determined by the Local League Coordinator, at any time during the season, that such a team default will affect the league standings in a material fashion ( i.e., which team goes to local league playoffs or State Championships) then none of the team’s individual matches for the entire season will count in the final standings.

A grievance may be filed against any team that defaults an excessive amount of individual matches or that defaults an entire team match. The situation will be assessed by the Grievance Committee and penalties. imposed as appropriate. Penalties could include barring the team and/or its players from participating in future Grand Strand Combo Tennis League play for some specific period.

5. For a forfeit to count as a win, the player[s] receiving the forfeit must be present at the match site. Players receiving the forfeit must be listed on the line-up and entered in TennisLink. Players giving the forfeit must not be entered in TennisLink.

6. In case of a forfeit, the # 3 doubles positions must be forfeited first. Forfeits must always be from the bottom up. Please check your USTA regulations for further examples of how to forfeit.

7. In the event line-ups have already been exchanged and a player listed fails to show, that position in which the player was to play, is the position that is forfeited (defaulted). Once exchanged, line-ups may not be rearranged.

8. Two players will play together in the higher position when both of their partners do not show in order to avoid two defaults (as long as combined ratings do not exceed the designated level of play.

9. Points awarded for forfeits during original line-up exchange will stand. No players involved in such forfeit CAN participate in the rescheduled match.

DO NOT PUT SOMEONE IN THE NUMBER ONE OR TWO POSITIONS THAT YOU KNOW IS GOING TO BE LATE OR YOU KNOW WILL NOT SHOW. REPEAT OFFENCES WILL BE GROUNDS FOR A GRIEVANCE TO BE FILED AGAINST THE CAPTAIN BY THE LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATOR.

I. RETIREMENTS:

A retirement occurs when an individual match has started and a player is unable to continue due to injury, loss of condition, or emergency. SCORING OF RETIREMENTS: In case of retirement after commencement of match, the non-retiring player[s] shall be credited with such number of additional games as would have been won if the match were completed and the non- retiring player[s] won every subsequent game. Note: for NTRP computer data entry, actual scores are required, (i.e. the winner of the retirement if the match ended at 6-4, 4-3, should be recorded as a retirement at that score.)

J. REPORTING SCORES

All scores must be entered into TennisLink within 24 hours of the match. The WINNING team captain is responsible for entering the scores, and the losing team captain must confirm or dispute the scores within 48 hours. After 48 hours, the scores are automatically confirmed by TennisLink and cannot be disputed later. If a captain disputes the scores in TennisLink, the captain must also notify the League Coordinator right away that there is a disputed score.

K. PROGRESSION TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

1. When a Local League does not have at least two teams, the State League Coordinator, after consultation with affected Local League Coordinators, shall either:

a. Assign the singleton team to another Local League,( Local Leagues receiving an assigned team from the State League

Coordinators do not have the option to refuse the assigned team.

 

(1) the assigned team will register on TennisLink in the Home Local League and then the State League Coordinator will drag the assigned team to the Host League. The assigned team will pay the fees and abide by the rules of the host league AND

(2) the host league will make the rule regarding travel for matches.

Or

b. Group the singleton team with other singleton teams in the state and schedule a playoff among those teams to determine advancement to the State Championships. The State League Coordinator will decide on the date(s), playoff structure, and designate the site and Local (host) League.

c. Teams playing in a Local League Area other than the area that has been the designated area for their Local League must secure home courts in the Local League Area where they plan to participate and pay all applicable court fees.

d. SHARING OF TRAVEL WILL BE LEFT UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL HOST TEAMS. (Unless the team is from the Pee Dee and then both teams will travel)

2. A player must play at least one match locally or receive one default locally to advance to the state championships. A default RECEIVED will qualify for advancement to the championships; A default GIVEN will not qualify. A default will count as a qualifying match for State Championship and Sectional Championships.

3. Players who qualify for South Carolina Combo Doubles State League Championships may advance on one 18 and over, one 40 and over, one 55 and over, and one 65 and over team, but no scheduling accommodation will be made.

 

  1. Teams that withdraw from the Championships after the roster/fee submittal deadline date will forfeit fees. Championship fees must be submitted by the Championship deadline date along with the rosters for each team participating at the championships. A team substituted for the withdrawing team will not be responsible for championship fees other than for those players exceeding the number of players paid for by the withdrawing team. If fees were not paid by the withdrawing team, that team’s Local League will pay fees. Recovery of championship fees will be up to the appropriate Local Leagues. Grand Strand Tennis League will collect the state registration fees paid by the league before anyone on the team can play another season in the Grand Strand.

6. $250.00 Deposit from each team advancing to the championships is required. If a team withdraws from a championship after the roster/fee submittal deadline, a withdrawal fee of $250.00 is added to the championship fee for the team that is withdrawing and a grievance will be filed against all members on the team roster that is submitted for the championship. The Deposit is to be sent to the Local League Coordinator to hold until the championship is completed, if the team completes the championship, the Local League Coordinator has the option to shred the check or return it. For the withdrawing teams, penalties against these team members may include that all members on the submitted roster be banned from participating in any playoff (state or higher) for a period of up to 364 days.

Teams that withdraw from the USTA SC Championships after the entry fees have been paid by GSTL will be required to reimburse the GSTL if a replacement GSTL team cannot be found. If GSTL has to forfeit entry fees for the withdrawing team, members of the withdrawing team will not be eligible to participate in future league play until the reimbursement to GSTL has been received.

6. If an entire team defaults their match during a championship, a grievance will be filed against all members on the team roster that is submitted for the championship. Penalties against these team members may include that all members on the submitted roster be banned from participating in any playoff (state or higher) for a period of up to 364 days.

L. COURT PROCEDURES:

1. Players are not allowed a rest period between the first and second game of each set. They must change sides and continue play. Players do not have the option of taking a ten-minute break between the second set and the 10-point Match Tiebreak used in lieu of the third set. A two-minute (or 120 second) break may be taken between the second set and the 10-point match tiebreak, the same as between the first and second sets.

2. Spectators may not aid players in making a line call or in determining the score. Spectators may not participate in the match in any fashion, and must refrain from doing so even if asked by the player [s]. Coaching of any player at any time is prohibited.

3. Spectators may QUIETLY watch a match in progress. They should not sit or stand at the end of the court immediately behind the servers or receivers or at the side fence because it is a distraction to the players. It is the responsibility of each team to control the noise and behavior of its spectators; if not controlled, a protest may be filed against the offending team.

4. No line judge or umpire will be provided for matches. Players are urged to call the score after each point to avoid confusion. Total disagreement concerning the score in the game will result in a spin of the racquet if players are unable to go back to a score they both agree on. If a conflict occurs during match play over line calls, the players involved may request that the captain of each team appoint a lines person for the remainder of match.

5. FOOT FAULTS are illegal. Constant and blatant foot-faulting gives the server a definite advantage, and should be politely brought to the attention of the server during the match. If it continues, the players involved may request that captains of both teams appoint a line person for the remainder of that match.

6. Bathroom breaks may be taken at any time. It is preferred that they be taken at set breaks or at a changeover. The person taking the bathroom break may not talk to anyone or a Grievance may be filed.

7. DISPUTES ON COURT:

A) In GSTL matches where there is no umpire, players themselves act as umpires and must see that obvious violations of the rules do not occur. It is imperative that players know the USTA, STA, South Carolina AND GSTL regulations which govern play.

B) Coaches or club pros must refrain from intrusion in discussions between players or captains. It is the responsibility of the two captains, not the pro/coach, to decide on the resolution of the Incident.

C) Disputes should be settled between players before the match is finished. Remember, all points played in good faith stand. It is hoped that the players involved can resolve the dispute themselves. If that is not possible, the procedure to follow is:

1) A player should inform the opponent of the problem and his/her intent to leave the court to obtain the assistance of his/her captain. The player should leave their racquet on the court when going for the captain. The captain should contact the opponent’s captain and they should try to resolve the dispute. If the captains are involved in playing a match, the players may have to postpone their play until the captains are available to assist them. (This is a good reason to have a non-playing teammate act as co-captain).

2) If the captains and players cannot agree on a resolution to the conflict, the offended player[s] may:

a) Notify the opponent that due to his/her opinion that a violation of the rules occurred, he/she is going to continue to play but that he/she is playing under protest and intends to file a grievance with GSTL after the match is completed. His/her captain would then record the protest on the line-up exchange and have the opposing captain initial.

b) Stop play—telling his/her opponent why, and have her captain indicate on the scorecard that the match was stopped in protest. The exact place and score of the match when play stopped must be recorded and signed by both captains.

The captain or designated captain at the match has 24 hours in which to register a complaint with the Local League Coordinator. This initial report may be done by phone but must be followed up within one week with a written grievance. Failure to comply with the 24-hour rule renders the grievance invalid. If the team captain chooses to file a formal grievance, the captain must submit the grievance to the Local League Coordinator on the USTA SC grievance form (available on ) and to the captain of the opposing team. The Local League Coordinator will then forward the Grievance to the GSTL Grievance Committee for action.

M. GRIEVANCE COMPLAINTS.

General Grievance. General grievances are any complaints alleging a violation of the USTA Constitution and By-Laws; the USTA Regulations; the Rules of Tennis or other USTA Regulations (unless modified by these USTA League Regulations); USTA League regulations or standards of good conduct, fair play, and good sportsmanship other than those defined in Sections 3.02B-NTRP Grievance, 3.02C-Eligibility Grievance, 3.02D Administrative Grievance, 3.02E-National League Grievances below:

NTRP Grievance. A grievance contending that a player has stated NTRP level is lower than the actual skill level shall constitute a NTRP Grievance. Players who enter the USTA League by inappropriately self-rating at an NTRP level lower than their actual skill level, and captains and others who condone such inappropriate self-rating, are considered to have violated the standards of good conduct, fair play, and good sportsmanship. General Grievances may be filed against the players and/or captains and others that assisted or otherwise condoned the inappropriate self-rating.

Eligibility Grievance. Any complaint other than a NTRP Grievance contending that the players have failed to meet eligibility requirements to participate in league tennis shall constitute an Eligibility Grievance.

Administrative Grievance. An administrative grievance is any complaint pertaining to administration of a league at any level below the national level.

NTRP grievances shall be filed in writing with the Local League Coordinator who will then forward it to the State Combo League Coordinator who will then forward to the Section League Grievance Committee who will make the final decision.

NTRP grievances filed within 21 days of the start date of the player’s and/or Captains State Championships will be administered after the event unless the section authorizes the administration of the grievance prior to that time. If the grievance is not administered until after the event, points won by players will stand. Disqualified players and/or captains that are suspended will not be eligible to advance to the next level of championship play.

All Grievances must be filed on the appropriate Grievance Forms as mandated by the USTA Southern Tennis Association.

1) The grievance committee will exercise the following options:

a) Rule in the complaining player’s favor

b) Rule that the match be completed later—starting at the exact point when protested or when play ended.

c) Rule in favor of the complainant’s opponent.

d) Other actions that may be determined by the Grievance Committee.

2). The Local League Coordinator has the right to file a grievance against any team or player regarding sense of fair play, sportsmanship, default and forfeits or rules violations!

 

N. GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE:

USTA South Carolina mandates that the party (ies) that file(s) the NTRP grievance complaint (or any grievance) must provide all documentation to support their complaint at the time of their filing. Questions, problems or concerns should be directed to the Local League Coordinator for assistance. Official grievance forms should be submitted to The Local League Coordinator first.

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE                            GRIEVANCE APPEAL COMMITTEE

     MARY PAIGE SINGLETON – CH             DEBBIE JONES – CH

     Jim Hubbard                                                  Dave Hobson

     Delores Blount                                               Jan Dieter

2014 GSTL COMBO Tentative Play Days/Times

2014   COMBO

TENTATIVE   SCHEDULE

 

18 & Over -

5.0 – Sunday – 5:30

5.5 – Monday – 6:30

6.5 – Tuesday – 6:30

7.5 – Sunday – 5:30

8.5 – Saturday – 10 AM

9.5 – Sunday – 3:30

10.5 – TBD

 

40 & Over -

5.5 – Thursday – 6:30

6.5 – Saturday – 10 AM

7.5 – Thursday – 6:30

8.5 – Wednesday – 6:30

 

55 & Over -

6.5 – Wednesday – 6:30

7.5 – Monday – 6:30

8.5 – Tuesday – 6:30

 

2014 GSTL COMBO Key Deadline Dates

GSTL 2014 COMBO

Key Dates

 

June 23rd – 6:30 Captain’s Meeting – Prestwick Tennis Center

 

June 23rd – Registration begins

 

July 14th – Registration ends

 

July 21st – Schedules posted to Tennis Link

 

Aug 4th – League Play begins (all teams be ready to play)

 

Sept. 10th – Deadline for add-ons (except with Combo Coordinator)

 

Sept. 20th – League Season ends

 

Oct 16-20 – S C Combo Doubles State Championships -

ALL COMBO LEVELS – Hilton Head, SC

Oct 16 – 18, 2014 – 55 and Over

Oct 17 – 19, 2014 – 40 and Over

Oct 18 – 20, 2014 – 18 and Over

 

Southern Sectional Combo Championships – Date and Place – TBD

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union renews sponsorship for 2014

The Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union has signed on as the sponsor for our 2014 program. This marks their tenth  year as a corporate community sponsor. The CTFCU logo and website link  appear on the grandstrandtennis.net home page.  Through this sponsorship, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union recognizes the valueable contribution that recreational tennis plays in promoting a healthy, family-oriented lifestyle for residents of all ages throughout the Grand Strand. We should all be sure to thank them for their support.

GSTL 2014 REVISED TENTATIVE Spring Play Days

     2014 Tentative Play Days  12/21/2013
DAY MON TUE WED THUR FRI SAT SUN
18 &Over
2.5 W 2.5 W (9)
3.0 W 3.0 W (1)
3.0 M 3.0   M
3.5 W 3.5   W
3.5 M 3.5   M
4.0 W 4.0   W
4.0 M 4.0 M  (11)
4.5 W 4.5   W (1)
4.5 M 4.5   M (2)
5.0+ M
40&Over
3.0 W 3.0   W
3.0 M 3.0   M
3.5 W 3.5   W (1)
3.5 M 3.5  M
4.0 W 4.0   W (4)
4.0 M 4.0   M
4.5+ W 4.5 W +  (5)
4.5+ M 4.5 M +  (5)
55 & OVER
3.0 W 3.0   W (3)
3.0 M 3.0   M (3)
3.5 W 3.5   W (2)
3.5 M 3.5   M
4.0 W 4.0   W  (2)
4.0 M 4.0   M (3)
9.0 W
9.0 M
SCHEDULES ARE VERY TENTATIVE. ALL WILL DEPEND
ON THE NUMBER OF TEAMS AND AVAILABILITY OF COURTS.