East Valley Tennis League Rules and Information
1. FIRST-TIME MESA
Players entering their first
league at Gene Autry must be ability rated before registering. This rating gives us an idea of your ability
so that you can be placed in an appropriate ability group.
2. RESPONSIBILITY, RESCHEDULING, DEFAULT FEE
Nothing destroys a league more
than defaults and league players have a responsibility to their opponents to
play or arrange for a substitute. Most players are serious about their league
commitment, have paid their entry fee and want to play. NO MATCHES CAN BE RESCHEDULED. Players must either play the match
as scheduled, arrange for a substitute or default the match.
In an attempt to protect
responsible players and maintain league integrity, players who default a match
(for any reason) must pay a $10
default fee before their next match and 3 points will be deducted from their cumulative league score. League
default fees must be paid for a previous league before a player registers for a
3. USTA RULES AND “CODE OF CONDUCT”
USTA Rules and “Code of Conduct”
govern league play unless otherwise stated.
4. DEFAULT TIME AND WARM-UP
Matches should be started within 10 minutes of match
time. If you arrive at 6:38 for a 6:30 match, you have 2 minutes warm-up.
Please do not confuse “practice” and “warm-up”. Even on the coldest nights, 10
minutes is plenty of time to warm-up.
Players default the first set if they check-in
between 11 and 20 minutes after match time and default the match if they
check-in 21 or more minutes after match time.
5. INCLEMENT WEATHER
Call the facility if the weather looks questionable.
It may be raining at the facility and dry at your house. Staff cannot possibly
call all players about status of play. It’s your responsibility to call
6. 6. SUBSTITUTES
Players are responsible to arrange for their own
substitutes. A “Substitute List” is available at Gene Autry. Your sub should be
of your approximate ability and, if possible, should be arranged for well in
advance. You are awarded half the points the sub wins that match. Subs must
register in office before the match. A regular may sub in his league on his BYE
If a player feels that their opposing sub is CLEARLY TOO STRONG for that league, he
may protest the match (for example, 4.5 subs in a 3.5 league). The protest must
be made BEFORE THE CONCLUSION OF THE
MATCH. The Facility Manager will
rule on all protests. If the protest is upheld, the protestor will be awarded 3
points and the sub zero points.
When a sub receives a default, the regular gets 1.5
points because the regular was not present, his sub was.
On the last night of the league, a player may not
get a sub that wins the match and thus causes the losing player to be overtaken
or tied in points for first place by the player that got the substitute.
Example: Joe is 1 point
behind Fred for first place going into last league date. Joe doesn’t think he
can beat Fred and gets Tom (who he thinks can beat Fred) to sub. Tom beats Fred
and Joe gets 1.5 points to overtake Fred for first place. This match would be
declared a default and Fred gets 3 points and Joe 0 points.
7. 7. ABILITY GROUPS
Leagues are designed so players of the same
approximate ability are grouped together. Hopefully, you will win some and lose
some. Your league results determine if you are assigned to stronger or weaker
ability groups in future leagues. We don’t look at
your strokes or the fact that you want to play against stronger players (those
players don’t want to play you, they want to play players stronger than them),
we just look at league results and scores. Winning a league does not
necessarily qualify you to move to a stronger group. Generally, you must
dominate a group before moving to a stronger group.
Players must be at least 16 to register or sub in
leagues. On very rare occasions and with
prior approval, a younger player may register or sub in the highest ability
On very rare
occasions and with prior approval, a female may play in a men’s league if
she is clearly too strong for the strongest female league.
8. 8. SCORING
League scoring may be AD or NO-AD and generally a
match tiebreaker (first to 10 with a 2-point advantage) is played in lieu of
third set. Scoring for matches with no subs is as follows:
Win in straight sets (3 points) Win in split
sets (2 points)
Lose in split sets (1 point) Lose
in straight sets (0 points)
A regular receives half the points their sub earned
except for example in rule #6.
Three points are deducted from your total if you
default a match.
If there is a tie in standings, the player that won
the most head-to-head points takes the higher position.
9. 9. TENNIS BALLS
League balls are provided as part of your league
fees. Match winners return used balls and report scores immediately after
match. Other players may be waiting for your court.
10. 10. LEAGUE FEES AND AWARDS
League and unpaid default fees are payable at
registration. There are generally no league awards because we are adults
playing tennis for fun and trying to keep fees affordable.
Occasionally, a sponsor will donate t-shirts or gift
certificates as league awards.
11. 11. SPECTATORS AND SMALL CHILDREN
Spectators are not allowed inside court fences and
as a courtesy to other players, please do not bring small children to league
12. 12. INSURANCE
Neither East Valley Tennis, LLC nor the City of Mesa provides accident
insurance for participants.
13. 13. THREE-PLAYER TEAMS
Doubles and mixed teams can have 3 players on a team
under the following conditions:
All players must be registered for that team by
the end of the second league match
All 3 players must play at least 3 matches in a
9 or 10-week league and 2 matches in a 6, 7 or 8 week league. The team loses
1.5 points for each match a player was under their minimum matches required.
Players may not sub for other teams in their
league except during their BYE week.
14. 14. TWO-PLAYER SINGLES TEAMS
Two players may form a singles team under the
Both players must be registered for that team by
the end of the second league match.
Both players must play at least 4 matches in a 9
or 10-week league and at least 3 matches in a 6, 7 or 8 week league. The team
loses 1.5 points for each match a player was under their minimum matches
Players may not sub for other players in their
league except during their BYE week.