League Rules

  1. By registering to play tennis in FlexTennis League, you authorize FlexTennis League, LLC, a Georgia limited liability company ("FlexTennis") to use, reuse, and to grant others the right to use and reuse, without any further compensation to me, my name, photograph, likeness and any reproduction or simulation thereof, in any media now known or developed in the future (including but not limited to social media, news articles, on the FlexTennis website or advertisements). Such uses will be in a customary and commercially reasonable manner for marketing, promotional and other purposes reasonably related to the business of FlexTennis and its affiliates, in the good faith judgment of FlexTennis as to each such use.
  2. Please register to play using your USTA NTRP rating and play at that rating or above. If you do not have a current NTRP rating, please review the NTRP Guidelines at http://www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/USTA-League/Information/1655_General_Characteristics_of_Various_NTRP_Playing_Levels/. For doubles, partners' ratings, or estimated ratings, should be no more than 1.0 apart and register at the level of the higher rated player. For instance, a 3.0 and 4.0 can play together (and would register at 4.0), but a 3.0 and 4.5 cannot.
  3. Only players who are 18 years old or older may play FlexTennis League tennis.
  4. If FlexTennis League determines that any player (and for purposes of these rules, "player" also includes teams) has underrated or overrated himself or herself in his or her first season of play with FlexTennis League, FlexTennis League reserves the right to adjust players for the next season and to prevent such player from participating in the playoffs.
  5. You will designate a home court where you will play your matches when you are designated as the "Home" player. All "Home" courts must have functioning restrooms available to the players. If your court is unavailable, you should offer to play at your opponent's home court (if the fees are not more than the fees for use of your Home court) and, if that court is unavailable or fees are higher than the fees for the "Home" player's court, then the 2 players should choose a court mutually convenient (and preferably in between the home courts of the 2 players).
  6. The "Home" player is responsible for providing a can of new balls for the match, for reserving the court and for paying any court costs/guest fees. The Home player is responsible for reserving the court for sufficient time to play the match.
  7. FlexTennis League will provide a schedule for you to play your matches. Schedules will be created with the goal of minimizing drive time for players.
  8. The players can agree on any time to play the matches during the season prior to the ‘Final Date". It is encouraged, however, that you play the matches in the week listed on the schedule. (See Item #10 below).
  9. For weekday leagues, matches should be scheduled to start between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, unless each player agrees to another time. For weeknight and weekend matches, matches should be scheduled to start between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm on weeknights and between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on weekend days, unless each player agrees to another time.
  10. If players cannot agree on a date and time to play their matches, the player who was most available during the assigned week in the schedule (and not just for the entire season), will be the "winner" of the match, may default the other player. FlexTennis League encourages each player to try to play the matches, however, instead of defaulting others (see limits on number of defaults in item #15 below). As such, please do not enter a default for another player until shortly before the Final Date.
  11. Once match times are scheduled, each player must be at the court for the match at the agreed upon time. If a player is not at the court within 15 minutes of the designated time, the late player may be defaulted by a player who is at the court.
  12. In the event of inclement weather on the date of the scheduled match, the players shall reschedule in accordance with the guidelines above. In such event, however, if the assigned week in the schedule has already passed, then, if the players cannot agree on a new date and time to play after the canceled match, then it is the player most available the rest of the season who will be the "winner" of the match by default.
  13. All matches should be completed and scores entered by the Final Date.
  14. Each match will consist of 2 sets (with a 7 point tiebreak at 6-6 in either set) with a 10 point match tiebreak in lieu of a third set (unless all players agree otherwise). In switching sides in any tiebreak, the players will switch at the end of each 6 points.
  15. The player who win the most matches in each division is the winner. If two players are tied, then the winner of their head-to-head match is the winner. If three or more players are tied, or if the two players did not play head-to-head during regular season, the following steps will be used to break the tie:
    • The head-to-head win-loss record in matches involving all the tied players;
    • The player with the highest percentage of sets won of all sets completed;
    • The head-to-head win-loss record in matches involving the players who remain tied;
    • The player with the highest percentage of games won of all games completed; and
    • The head-to-head win-loss record in matches involving the players who remain tied.

    After the above have been applied and if any players are still tied, FlexTennis League may, in its discretion, choose a division winner.

    Notwithstanding the above, no more than 2 wins by default will be counted in the division standings unless the player can show to FlexTennis League that he/she tried to schedule those matches timely and cooperatively during the season but the other player did not respond. For this purpose, though, wins by default against opponents who have withdrawn count as matches played and not wins by default, as that is beyond the player's control.
  16. Seeding in playoffs will be done first by division winners, and then by highest percentage of games won. Only those players who have marked themselves as available for the playoffs by the last date of the season and who have actually played 57% of their scheduled matches, both as shown on FlexTennis League's records, will be eligible to play in the playoffs. FlexTennis League may waive the 57% requirement for a player or team if the player or team can show, in the opinion of FlexTennis League, that they use reasonable steps to schedule their matches throughout the season.
  17. One "wildcard" spot in the playoffs in each rating level will be randomly awarded to a player who timely makes himself/herself available for the playoffs, does not otherwise qualify for the playoffs and has played at least 80% of his/her matches.
  18. Playoffs will be held at the end of each season over a 2-3 week period. Championship matches will be played at a central location selected by FlexTennis League. For weekday players, the championship matches will be scheduled for a Friday. For weeknight and weekend players, the championship matches will be played on either Saturday or Sunday, as listed on the FlexTennis League website for each specific season. FlexTennis League will attempt to schedule the playoffs so that they do not conflict with ALTA or USTA league play, but no guarantee can be made that a conflict will not exist.
  19. In the event of any disputes between players or with FlexTennis League with respect to any of the above or with respect to any matter not addressed above, FlexTennis League will be entitled to resolve each dispute and you agree to accept the decision of FlexTennis League.

A final note: All players are expected to display good sportsmanship and play by "The Code". If you are unfamiliar with the Code, please review "The Code – the Players' Guide to Fair Play and The Unwritten Rules of Tennis". You can find this at page 47 in the 2014 Friend at Court at: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/2014FAC_final.2.pdf

Good luck and, most of all, HAVE FUN!

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