The SARC Tennis Committee came into existence in response to a need determined by the SARC community to have, among other things, guidance and communication in relation to the formation of the expansion of tennis teams.
This document is intended to provide information and guidance in the process of tennis team formation. It is up to the members of the tennis community to bring a positive and accepting attitude to the process and to create an accepting and encouraging environment for all.
In our area, there are two main organizations that support the local tennis competitive community, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the World TeamTennis (WTT). There are some competitive tennis opportunities outside of these, but these are the main two. Distinctions are noted below:
The Southern Tennis Association (STA) and the North Carolina Tennis Association (NCTA) are the governing bodies of the USTA play in North Carolina. This league utilizes the rules and regulations of the USTA. Membership in USTA is required for team play.
Tennis seasons are Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
The USTA Southern program has three divisions – Adult, Mixed Doubles and Combo Doubles.
The Adult Division is broken down into:
• 18 & Over
• 40 & Over
• 55 & Over
• 65 & Over
The Mixed Doubles will be:
• 18 & Over
• 40 & Over
Combo Doubles will be:
• 18 & Over
• 40 & Over
• 55 & Over
Fall Season (commonly referred to as “Combo”)
Utilizes the rules and regulations of WTT (some slight differences from USTA). No USTA membership requirements to play. Year-round play is available – visit the website for more specific information at www.wtt.com.
A local option for 2.5 & 3.0 ladies includes the Raleigh Team Tennis league (RTT) which follows the same rules as WTT.
Local Groups, Ladders and Tournaments
Advertised and supported by individuals. Information is shared within the SARC Tennis email community but these guidelines and team formation suggestions do not encompass this area at this time.
Communications are sent prior to team registration and dates vary and are determined by the area league coordinator, but this information is as accurate as possible. Team Captains are given a registration number for USTA teams when they register the team in TennisLink. This registration number is sent to the team players by the Captain to allow for registration online. Current USTA membership is required to sign up for a team. If a current membership expires during a tennis team season, renewing a USTA membership is required to continue play.
Summer Season (for other season information, check their website www.wtt.com.
Within four weeks prior to USTA/RTT team registration opening date, the Tennis Chair will send an email communication to the SARC members via e-mail to include information about the opportunities of the coming tennis season. The email will contain the contact information for the Tennis Committee member for each gender/level. SARC members should email their level representative to let them know which league they are interested in playing, including the age group(s). Some SARC Tennis Committee members may use other means to track interest, but the communication should start with an email from each member until instructed otherwise.
Players interested in captaining a team should make their level representative aware. If the captain has a desired roster, that information should be shared as well.
Once the deadline for responses has passed, the SARC Tennis Committee representative will assist the captains with team formation. Results of the tennis teams will be communicated back to the involved members and instructions to the captains will be sent within plenty of time for team sign-up.
The Tennis Committee representative will try to help all members join their desired at level teams. That is not always possible depending on the number of players that are interested. Members wanting to “play up” at a higher level will be at the sole discretion of the team captain. The Tennis Committee will use the following guidelines to assist with team formation:
Spring, Winter and Singles
Each member should have indicated which age group(s) they are interested in playing. The representative will work with the captains to ensure each member has one at level team before allowing another member to be on two or more at level teams for different age groups. The representative may require captains to add additional players up to the following maximums:
Each member should have indicated which age group(s) they are interested in playing. The representative will work with the captains to ensure each member has one at level team before allowing another member to be on two or more at level teams for different age groups.
For combo, at level is the level where that player is the highest level allowed on the court.
The tennis committee will attempt to work with captains to ensure each member has at least one team to play on. Due to the large number of level combinations and the desire of spouses to play together, there is no way to ensure each member will be on a team even when other members have multiple teams. Committee representatives will encourage captains to be inclusive.
Due to the limited number of playing spots at each level, team formation will be at the captains’ discretion.
For all seasons, committee members will notify members without a team in a timely manner such that those members can attempt to form additional teams.
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