2017 GSTL Spring Tennis Rules
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GSTL RULES AND REGULATIONS
ALL USTA, USTA STA, USTA SC, AND GSTL RULES MUST BE ADHERED TO. THE USTA, USTA STA, and USTA SC RULES AND REGULATIONS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER LOCAL LEAGUE RULES IF A CONFLICT EXISTS. LOCAL LEAGUE RULES MAY HAVE TO BE CHANGED ANNUALLY WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF LOCAL MEMBERSHIP IF STATE, SECTIONAL OR NATIONAL USTA REGULATIONS ARE CHANGED.
CAPTAINS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING ALL THE USTA, USTA STA, USTA SC, 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 ACCESS TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS.
FTR – FOLLOW THE RULES
THESE RULES APPLY TO ALL USTA (NATIONAL) LEAGUE DIVISIONS TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
USTA ADULT 18 AND OVER AGE GROUP – GSTL
2 SINGLES AND 3 DOUBLE POSITIONS (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, AND 4.5)
1 SINGLES AND TWO DOUBLE POSITIONS (2.5 AND 5.0+ ONLY) ***
USTA ADULT 40 AND OVER AGE GROUP – GSTL
2 SINGLES AND 3 DOUBLE POSITIONS (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5+) ***
NTRP LEVEL TEAM ROSTERS (4.5+ – 40 AND Over) MAY REGISTER UP TO THREE 5.0 PLAYERS BUT RESTRICTION OF TWO PLAYERS IN A MATCH STILL APPLIES. 5.0 PLAYERS MUST ALWAYS PLAY IN THE #1 POSITION, EITHER #1S OR #1D.
NTRP LEVEL TEAM ROSTERS (5.0+ – 18 AND OVER) MAY REGISTER UP TO TWO PLAYERS FROM THE NEXT HIGHER LEVEL. HIGHER LEVEL PLAYERS MAY ONLY PLAY IN THE NUMBER ONE POSITION, (#1 SINGLES, #1 DOUBLES) ONLY ONE HIGHER LEVEL PLAYER MAY PLAY IN A MATCH.
USTA ADULT 55 AND OVER AGE GROUP – GSTL
3 DOUBLE POSITIONS (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, AND 9.0 COMBINED)
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2. TEAM SIZE:
a. AGE GROUPs requiring 5 positions must have a minimum of 8 players
registered by the time team registration is over.
b. AGE GROUPs requiring 3 positions (55, 65, 70 and Over)
must have a minimum of 6 players registered by the time team registration is over.
c. 2.5 and 5.0(+) in the spring must have a minimum of 5 players registered by the
time team registration is over. d. A TEAM MAY ONLY REGISTER LATE IF APPROVED BY ALL OTHER TEAMS IN THAT LEVEL AND IF ONLY 2 DAYS PAST THE DEAD LINE DATE.
The Coman tiebreak format will be used in lieu of the standard set tiebreak
and match tiebreak for all leagues in the Grand Strand, State, Sectional
and National Championships.
A. Membership in USTA must be current USTA members in good standing through
the local league season. Any player that progresses to a championship level must be
a current USTA member through each championship.
B. There are no restrictions for high school players who play on
recreational teams for eligibility. This is a state law, but if there
is conflict with the school schedule, a student must get permission
from the high school coach to participate on the recreational team.
C. Players may appeal their 2016 year-end ratings on-line at any time during the
2017 LEAGUE YEAR. TennisLink will allow players to appeal their 2016
Year-End-Rating as often as they want; however, after the first appeal all it will tell you
is that you have already appealed your rating. (YOUR RATING WILL NOT CHANGE
AFTER THE FIRST APPEAL. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU CLICK
THE APPEAL BUTTON)
D. National Benchmarks may not be appealed the first year received.
If you played at 2016 Spring League State Championships you will be a
LOCAL FLIGHT AND SUB-FLIGHT BENCHMARKS ARE APPEALABLE.
E. A MEDICAL APPEAL of a disabling injury or illness for a player must be
accompanied by THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN’S EVALUATION of the injury or
illness stating the extent and permanency of the injury or illness and any other
substantiating information. The Southern Medical Review Committee will
evaluate all medical appeals, and if the injury/illness is deemed permanently
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disabling; the appeal will be forwarded to the National Medical Review
Committee for further review. Medical Appeals must be submitted in writing, by
fax, mail, or email and sent to Mary Goins, P.O. Box 386, Easley, SC 29641.
can be found on the USTA South Carolina Tennis webpage at sctennis.com. or
Grand Strand Tennis.net. Appeals must be done on an individual basis;
no group appeals will be accepted.
F. 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
G. Ratings for players 65 & Over who are moved up will be published; automatic appeal will be granted upon request (through TennisLink auto- appeal function).
If players are granted the appeal, they will be considered an “A” player which means they are subject to disqualification.
5. SELF- RATINGS:
A. Players who do not have a computer rating on file in TennisLink shall self-rate in
accordance with the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Guidelines and complete
the self-rating process on TennisLink PRIOR TO or when registering for a team.
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.
B. 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.
C. Any self-rated player who is playing at an NTRP level lower than his/her
actual skill level is subject to an NTRP Grievance. If an NTRP Grievance
committee determines that the self-rated player has an inaccurate or
inappropriate self-rating, the player shall be disqualified and have his/her
NTRP level adjusted by the NTRP Grievance Committee. The NTRP Grievance Committee may additionally impose other penalties against the player who has inappropriately
self-rated, including suspension. Also, a captain or others, who have assisted,
condoned or approved inappropriate self-rating will be subject to such penalties
as the NTRP Grievance Committee may decide, including suspension.
D. Self-ratings are valid for 2 years from the date issued or until replaced by a
Dynamic or computer rating.
6. LOCAL PLAY AND PROGRESSION TO STATE
A. During the South Carolina Local League season a player may play on more
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than one NTRP level in Adult 18 & Over, 40 & Over, 55 & Over, 65 & Over, 70 &
Over AGE GROUP in the same Local League during the same season.
B. Players may play up to only one NTRP level above the player’s current NTRP level.
C. If an Adult AGE GROUP consists of only two teams in a level of play, each team
must maintain its roster with at least 40 percent of its players at level of the
designated NTRP level of play.
D. 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 player’s primary residence is to be defined in USTA records as South Carolina.
E. Players may not move to a different team once match play has begun for that level.
F. Players who qualify for the Adult State Championship may advance on
more than one team in the same Age Group (i.e. player can play on an
Adult 18 & over 3.5 and 4.0 Team) but with no scheduling accommodations.
G. Once championship play has begun, any team defaulting a court for any reason at the State Championships will incur a $100 fine per scheduled court payable immediately (cash or check) for each court defaulted. That team will not be allowed to play their match until that fine is paid. If a team refuses to pay the fine, a grievance will be filed against all players on the state roster, which could result in the suspension of play from any USTA League play until the fine is paid. It is your team’s responsibility to have players on every court at each match at a state championship.
H. Grand Strand Tennis League fees for all AGE GROUPs, are $20.00 and must be paid for EACH LEAGUE TEAM a person is on. (75 and above $13.00)
GSTL players may play out of his/her Local League area without approval.
GSTL area players may play in another state without GSTL LLC approval.
I. Captains may reschedule matches in the event of inclement weather (rain,
snow, hurricane, and (if both captains agree) temperatures below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees in the summer). (DOES NOT INCLUDE CHILL FACTOR OR HEAT INDEX)
All positions must be made-up within two weeks of the regularly scheduled match.
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.
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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 24 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. (SUGGESTION: GO RIGHT HOME AND ENTER SCORES AND PLAYERS)
J. Captains must reserve courts as soon as they get their schedule. If there should
be problems with court availability, any schedule changes must be approved by the LLC before the season begins.
K. A Standard two USTA approved ball must be used in USTA League matches…
Clay court balls (regular duty felt) for clay surfaces and Hard court balls (heavy duty felt) for hard surfaces.
L. Number of Teams. When a Local League does not have the required number of Teams, (two teams) for Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over, Adult 55 & Over, Adult 65 & Over and Adult 70 & Over, to constitute a level, the affected Local League Coordinators, shall either:
(1) Offer to move that team to another age division offered in that area in that particular level,
(2) Move individual players to another team in that area, if applicable, or move them to an
“Extra Players” flight to hold for future play in other leagues, i.e. Mixed, Combo, etc.
(3) The Director of Leagues or State League Coordinator may move a singleton team to another area’s league tree only if it is agreed upon by both local league coordinators and accomplished before that recipient area’s deadline. Complete teams that are moved to play in a local league area other than their home local league must secure home courts in that local league they choose to participate unless both local league coordinators agree on something different.
(4) Refund all or a portion of the registration fee in accordance with the Local League policy.
Complete teams choosing to play in a local league area other than their home local league must secure home courts in the local league area they choose to participate unless other arrangements are agreed upon by Local League Coordinators.
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M. A player must play TWO MATCHES IN 18 & Over, 40 & Over and 55 & Over age divisions
to be eligible to go to state. Retirements received will count to qualify for championship play
beyond the local level. Only one default will count as a qualifying match for Adult State Championships and Sectional Championships. One default will count for advancing to National Championships. Forfeits do not count towards computer ratings.
A player must play in at least ONE (1) Local League match in the Adult 65 & Over,
Division in order to qualify for Adult 65 & Over State Championship. A player is
eligible to progress to the Adult 65 & Over State Championships if those players have
played on the same NTRP level team in the same Adult 65 & Over Division during the
local league season.
A player must play in at least one(1) Local League match in the Adult 70 & Over Division in order to qualify for Adult 70 & Over State Championship. A player is eligible to progress to the Adult 70 & Over State Championships if that player has played on the same NTRP level team in the same Adult 70 & Over Division during the local league season.
The 55 & Over, 65 & Over, and 70 & Over State League Coordinator, in consultation with the Director of South Carolina Leagues , will determine the number of teams at the Adult 55 & Over and 65 & Over, 9.0 Levels, and 70 & Over,( 4.0 levels) that qualify for the Adult 55 & Over, 65 & Over, 70 & Over State Championships when the rosters for these levels have been submitted. Legal team rosters for these levels must be submitted by the initial league deadline date for the area in which the team is registering.
N. For local play occurring at the state championships: players
will be permitted to play in the entire event. however, if a
disqualification occurs when the NTRP ratings are run at the
conclusion of the tournament, those matches will be handled
in the following manner:
The winner of each specific NTRP level in each age division in local league
Competition shall be entitled to advance to the State Championship. If the winning team
is unable to attend, an alternate team, preferably the 2nd place team, can be asked to
Local Leagues receiving a wildcard for the championship will be eligible for a wildcard at the same level/flights the following year. Flights must have a minimum of four (4) teams
to be eligible for a wildcard.
O. Teams that withdraw from the championship after the online registration deadline date and before the draws are published will lose their $250 deposit but may request a refund for registration fees. Teams that withdraw from the championship after the draws have been published will lose their $250 deposit and their registration fees
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2.03L(b) A $250.00 Deposit from each team advancing to the championships is required and any team withdrawing from a championship after the deadline for online registration will be subject to a fine of $250.00 per team, payable to USTA SC. The deposit is to be sent to the Local League Coordinator. Once championship play has begun, the Local League Coordinator will destroy the check. A grievance may be filed against the withdrawing team in addition to the $250 fine. Penalties against these team members may include that all members on the submitted roster be banned from participating in any USTA leagues for a period of up to 364 days.
Q. The winning team in each level will be determined by: (Local and Championships)
1. TEAM WINS
2. INDIVIDUAL MATCHES: winner of the most individual matches in the entire competition.
3. HEAD-TO-HEAD: winner of head-to-head match
4. SETS: loser of the fewest number of sets.
5. GAMES: loser of fewest number of games.
R. Home Captains are responsible for contacting the visiting team captain at
least five days prior to the scheduled match to exchange telephone numbers
and/or provide names/numbers for alternate contact persons.
S. Matches may be played on any surface approved by National. All surfaces in the
Grand Strand has been approved for league play. If a home team has access to
more than one court surface, the home captain must call to notify the opposing
team at least four days before the scheduled match that they will be using
different surfaces for their match. Within two 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.
Surfaces may need to be changed without prior notice if courts are wet
or the facility managers/pros say that the courts you were going to use for your
matches are not playable at time of the match.
T. 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 ALL
PLAYERS ARE NOT PRESENT. Direct substitutions may be made for any player
injured during warm-up. (SUBSTITUTES OR LATE PLAYERS ARE ENTITLED TO
HAVE A FIVE-MINUTE 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 immediately at 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
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confer to insure both are in agreement as to the “official” time for beginning the 15-minute default period. Team captains should report any violations of this policy to the Local League Coordinator. Repeat offenders must be reported to the LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATOR. THE LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATOR will determine the appropriate disciplinary
sanctions on the Captain or the team.
NO MORE THAN A 10 MINUTE WARM-UP WHEN YOU TAKE THE COURT FOR THE MATCH.
II. LINE-UPS AND SCORECARDS:
1. 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 score 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/NAMES BEING PUT IN TENNISLINK.
2. Captains are to exchange line-ups simultaneously. NO CHANGES may be made after the line-up has been exchanged, except as allowed in the substitution rule.
NOTE: after scorecards have been exchanged, if a team receives a forfeit, the team receiving the forfeit DOES NOT HAVE THE OPTION TO CHANGE THEIR LINE UP.
Forfeits are used for Defaults or for Disqualifications. These two different forms of forfeits 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,
not on the roster at time of play, 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. SCORING OF TEAM DEFAULTS: IF A TEAM DEFAULTS AN ENTIRE TEAM MATCH
FOR ANY REASON DURING ROUND ROBIN PLAY, THEN ALL MATCHES OF THAT
TEAM PLAYED, OR TO BE PLAYED, SHALL BE NULL AND VOID WHEN DETERMING
STANDINGS. IF ALL TEAMS IN CONTENTION FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS PLAYED
THE DEFAULTING TEAM IN GOOD FAITH, THOSE MATCHES STAND AS PLAYED. THE TEAM THAT DEFAULTS AN ENTIRE MATCH WILL BE SUBJECT TO A GRIEVANCE FILED, BY THE LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATOR, AGAINST THE ENTIRE TEAM AND WILL RESULT IN THEIR SUSPENSION FROM LEAGUE FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.
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Number of individual defaults a team may have per season can not exceed 15%
of the number of individual matches scheduled. (Example: If your level is scheduled
for 7 team matches and 35 individual positions during the season, you may have only
5 positions defaulted during the season.)
A grievance may be filed against any team that defaults an excessive amount
of individual positions during a league season. The situation will be assessed
by the Grievance Committee and penalties imposed as appropriate. Penalties
will include barring the team players from participating in future Grand Strand
League play for some specific period of time.
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 Tennis Link. Players giving the forfeit must not be entered in TennisLink.
6. In case of a forfeit, the #2 singles and/or 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,
then that position in which the player was to play, is the position that is forfeited
(defaulted). Once exchanged, line-ups may not be rearranged.
A retirement occurs when an individual match has started and a player is
unable to continue due to injury, loss of condition, or emergency.
1. SCORING OF RETIREMENTS: In case of retirement after commencement of match,
TennisLink will credit the non-retiring player[s] with such number of additional games as would have been won if the match was 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
1. Points awarded for forfeits during original line-up exchange will stand. All players
involved in such forfeit CANNOT participate in any rescheduled positions
from this match.
After scorecards, have been exchanged substitution with an on-site player
may be made in case of injury, illness, no shows or disqualification any time before match
begins. An individual match is begun when the first ball is put into play for the first point.
In the event that, rain or inclement weather forces the re-scheduling of a team match,
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substitution may be made in any individual match which has not begun unless the match
was previously forfeited.
VI. CAPTAINS/REGISTRATION: CAPTAINS AND/OR PLAYERS DO NOT HAVE THE
AUTHORITY TO ALTER OR MAKE EXCEPTIONS TO ANY USTA, USTA-STA,
USTA-SC, OR GSTL RULE FOR ANY REASON. DOING SO WILL RESULT IN
A GRIEVANCE BEING FILED AGAINST SAID PERSON OR PERSONS.
1. Captains must ensure that all rules and regulations are adhered to—KNOW YOUR RULES!
2. Rosters—Players must be registered online in TennisLink prior to playing
their first match.
3. Captains or players will pay all of their league registration fees on TennisLink using a
credit card. ANY PLAYER ON YOUR TEAM THAT IS 80 OR OVER MUST REGISTER
FOR THE TEAM AND THEN SEND AN EMAIL TO THE LLC FOR A REFUND.
4. Registration Fee for all leagues in the Grand Strand is $20 per player.
The fee includes A non-refundable $3 TennisLink fee,
a $6 head tax to USTA SC, and $11 to defer local league expenses. REFUNDS will
only be given to players that are injured or ill. (REFUNDS WILL ONLY BE GIVEN
AT THE END OF THE YEAR)
IF FOR ANY REASON A PLAYER DECIDES TO NOT PLAY (AND THEY HAVE NOT
PLAYED A MATCH) MAY REQUEST TO BE MOVED TO AN
“EXTRA” TEAM AND NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. PLAYER MAY BE MOVED
TO ANOTHER TEAM DURING 2017 provided the league has not begun.
Refunds will not be given if the level they have signed up for makes a local league.
5. It is the captain’s responsibility to see that each player has a current USTA
MEMBERSHIP. A player will not be allowed to register if the USTA# is not current
through the entire league season.
6. A PLAYER DISQUALIFIED (promoted) by DNTRP FOR PLAYING OUT OF LEVEL
DURING THE SEASON WILL BE ALLOWED TO PLAY ON A TEAM AT A
HIGHER LEVEL IF A CAPTAIN IS WILLING TO ADD HIM/HER TO THEIR TEAM AND
THE TEAM HAS AT LEAST TWO MATCHES REMAINING.
7. Captains should keep a copy of your line-up/scorecards for your own records.
They will be needed when you input or confirm your scores on TennisLink.
VII. 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
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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, 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
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: 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 lines person for the remainder of that match.
6. IF A BALL IS 99.9% OUT IT IS 100% IN
7. DISPUTES ON COURT:
A. In matches where there is no umpire, as in GSTL matches, 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 Rules and
regulations that govern play.
B. Coaches or club pros must refrain from intrusion in discussions between players or
captains unless specifically asked by both captains. Even then, it is the responsibility
of the two captains, not the pro, to decide on the resolution of the incident.
C. Disputes should be settled between players before the match is finished. Points
played in good faith stand. It is hoped that the players involved can resolve
the dispute by themselves. If that is not possible, the procedure to follow is:
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 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 acting as co-captain)
2) If the captains and players cannot agree on a resolution to the conflict, the offended
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.
c) The captain or designated captain at the match has 24 hours in which to register a complaint with the LLC, Susie Honeycutt. This initial report may be done by
phone but must be followed up within one week with a written grievance. Failure
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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
LLC on the USTA SC grievance form (available on grandstrandtennis.net) and to
the captain of the opposing team. The LLC will forward the grievance form to the
GSTL Grievance Committee for action.
3) The grievance committee will exercise the following options:
a) Rule in the complaining player’s favor
b) Rule that the match be completed at a later time—starting at the exact point
when protested or when play stopped.
c) Rule in favor of the complainant’s opponent.
d) Other actions that may be determined by the Grievance Committee.
e) 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
VIII. GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE:
1. THE LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATOR HAS THE AUTHORITY TO
APPOINT THE PERSONS WHO SHALL SERVE ON THE GRIEVANCE AND GRIEVANCE
APPEALS COMMITTEES IN THE PLACE OF THOSE PERSONS LISTED BELOW IN THE
CASE OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST, ABSENCE OR OTHER INABILITY TO SERVE. SUBSTITUTE APPOINTMENTS WILL NORMALLY COME FROM MEMBERS OF THE GSTL BOARD.
2. USTA South Carolina mandates that the parties that file a NTRP grievance
complaint must provide all documentation to support their complaint at the time of
their initial filing. ALL GRIEVANCES MUST BE FILED ON THE APPROPRIATE
GRIEVANCE FORMS AS MANDATED BY THE USTA SOUTHERN TENNIS ASSOCIATION.
THE PROTOCOL FOR FILING GRIEVANCES MAY BE FOUND ON SCTENNIS.COM.
3. 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.
GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE GRIEVANCE APPEAL COMMITTEE
MARY PAIGE SINGLETON -CH DEBBIE JONES – CH
RICHARD JONES DAVE HOBSON
DELORES BLOUNT LARRY MERCADO
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South Carolina Adult Championship Dates for 2017
April 27-29 Adult 70 & Over, Hilton Head – Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0
April 29-May 1 Adult 55 & Over, Hilton Head – Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 9.0
May 6-8 Adult 40 & Over, Florence – Levels 3.0 3.5, 4.0, 4.5+
May 19-22 Adult 18 & Over, Aiken – Levels 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0+.
Sept.8-11 Mixed Doubles, Florence – all age divisions
October 19-23 Combo Doubles, Hilton Head
Nov. 3-5 75 & Over Invitational, Hilton Head – Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 tentative
Nov. 4-6 Adult 65 & Over, Hilton Head – Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 9.0 tentative
Nov. 11-13 Singles League, Aiken – all age divisions
A PLAYER MUST PLAY THREE MATCHES TO RECEIVE A END OF YEAR RATING
FTR – FOLLOW THE RULES
Local League Coordinator
Grand Strand Tennis League
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THE COMAN TIE-BREAK FORMAT:
The Coman tiebreak procedure is identical to the regular tiebreak
procedure except that the players change ends after the first point and
then after every four points, and at the conclusion of the tiebreak.
a) Set Tie Break: First to win 7 by 2 points wins “Game “ and
b) 3rd set Match Tie Break: First to win 10 points by 2, wins match.
c) The player whose turn it is to serve shall serve the first point
from the deuce court.
d) After the first point, the players shall change ends and the
following two points shall be served by the opponent(s) (in
doubles, the player of the opposing team due to serve next)
starting from the add court.
e) After this, each player/team shall serve alternately for two
consecutive points (starting from the ad court); changing ends
after every four points, until the end of the tie break game.
f) Switch sides after points 1,5,9,13,17..…. and at the conclusion.
Fairness – By changing ends more frequently, the effects of the elements
(sun, wind, etc.) are distributed more evenly between the two opponents as
opposed to playing six consecutive points before changing ends.
In doubles, the server will always serve from the same end of the court,
rather than having to serve from both ends.
Grand Strand Tennis Foundation publishes Diversity and Inclusion Policy
The Grand Strand Tennis Foundation recognizes that diversity and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission “to promote and develop the growth of tennis”. We welcome all people who play, watch, support or enjoy the game of tennis into our events, programs, and leadership and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, race, ethnicity, creed, sexual orientation, color, physical condition, religion or national origin. We believe that the growth of tennis hinges on effective outreach to groups that have not traditionally been heavily involved in tennis and we will actively solicit and support the participation of such groups.
GSTL Makes Memorial Donations in honor of Seven GSTL Players for 2016
Each year the GSTL memorializes members of the Grand Strand tennis community that pass away. This year, GSTL honored the following players:
Buffy Mack Knight
The GSTL made individual donations of $100 each to the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation to honor the memory of each of these individuals.
The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation (SCTPF) is a 501c3 charitable foundation that supports various charitable tennis initiatives throughout South Carolina and funds the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in Belton, SC.
Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union renews sponsorship for 2016
The Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union has signed on as the sponsor for our 2016 program. This marks their twelth 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.