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VIRGINIA TENNIS IS LAUNCHING WORLD TEAMTENNIS RECREATIONAL LEAGUES

Founded by Billie Jean King in the early 1970’s, WTT is the most exciting format in league tennis. Featuring co-ed teams competing in six sets—men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. This format also includes no-ad scoring, substitutions, on-court coaching and no lets on serves.

WHAT DO 650,000 TENNIS PLAYERS HAVE IN COMMON? WTT Recreational Leagues started in 1985, and since then more than 650,000 tennis players of all ages and abilities have discovered what Mylan World TeamTennis is all about — Inclusive, Innovative, and Fun! 

INCLUSIVE - Players with different NTRP ratings can play on the same team.

INNOVATIVE - From junior events to corporate leagues, the WTT Recreational Leagues deliver fun, social and competitive programs.

FUN - Friends, family, co-workers, classmates — everyone can play together on the same team. Introduce new players to league tennis with WTT’s user-friendly format.

Format Scoring - Each team is comprised of a minimum of two men and two women. Team matches consist of six sets, with one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and (2) mixed doubles. The first team to reach six games wins each set. One point is awarded for each game won, and a nine point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches five all. If necessary, overtime and a “Supertiebreaker” are played to determine the outcome.

Substitutions - A team can, at any point, substitute a player (same gender) into a set for any reason. This makes for exciting strategy.

League Levels - 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 & 5.0 are based upon the average NTRP Rating of the top two men & top women. For example, if the top four players have ntrp ratings of 4.0+3.5+3.0+3.0=13.5 then 13.5 divided by 4 players = 3.75. this team would register for a 3.5 and under division. No team may carry a player more than one ntrp point above a division entered, for example a 5.0 player cannot play on a team in a 3.5 division.

Determine ratings of players - If you do not have a rating on file with the usta, wtt will accept a self rating. Self rating is subject to the approval of the local league administrator or Virginia Tennis office upon completion of a player profile sheet.


VIRGINIA TENNIS IS LAUNCHING WORLD TEAMTENNIS RECREATIONAL LEAGUES

WTT Benefits When you register, you will be E-mailed league information during the season and have access to WTT Member benefits (WTT Point of Contact Newsletter, Discounts on Hotel, Rental Cars, 2 for 1 Tickets, Plus more).

Seasonal Information Spring, Summer & Fall. Deadline to submit roster with minimum number of players will be two weeks prior to the start of each respective league season.

Tri-State Championships - June 2014 Open to teams participating in a 2014 WTT League

World TeamTennis Play-offs National Qualifiers March 28, 2014 Charleston, SC - Wild Dunes Resort April 25, 2014 Las Vegas, NV - Darling Tennis Center July 18, 2014 Kansas City, MO - Plaza Tennis Center July TBD Manchester, MA - TBD (Indoor) August 8, 2014 Landisville or Philadelphia, PA - TBD August 15, 2014 Raleigh, NC - Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center September 19, 2014 Irvine, CA - Heritage Park

National Championships November 7-9, 2014 * Indian Wells, CA

Cost Quality National program at nominal cost Only $15 per player per league season (excluding local admin fees) Virginia Tennis will conduct a WTT Promotional event for your local league season Would you like to play in a WTT league? For more information on leagues in your area, contact: info@virginiatennis.com or 540-982-5524 donny@virginiatennis.com or 757-472-2020


WORLD TEAMTENNIS RECREATIONAL LEAGUE RULES

Mylan World TeamTennis reserves the right to change rules at any time without notice. A current copy of the WTT Recreational league rules is posted at www.wtt.com All World TeamTennis matches are governed by The International Tennis Federation’s Rules of Tennis and USTA interpretations which are located in the USTA Friend at Court except for the specific WTT rules that are listed below. Mylan WTT Local League Directors have the authority to institute any local rules or regulations to make sure that the league operates smoothly and safely as long as they aren’t specifically addressed in the Rules of Tennis or the Mylan WTT Recreational League Rules listed below:

THE WORLD TEAMTENNIS RULES BELOW SUPERCEDE THE RULES IN THE FRIEND AT COURT: Rule 5 - Scoring in a Game In WTT the scoring is no-ad. This means a game is won by the first team to win four points (1, 2, 3, game). When the game score is deuce (3-3) (game point), the receiving team chooses which side is to receive the serve. In the mixed doubles set the serve must be gender to gender at game point. Rule 6 – Score in a set A match consists of five or six no-ad sets and includes one set of men's and women's singles and doubles, and one or two sets of mixed doubles. The five set format has one set of mixed doubles, and the six set format has two (mixed doubles is always played last). The five set format is an option used only on the local level. The six set format is the STANDARD WTT format used at all WTT National Qualifiers and the WTT Nationals. * Home team captain has choice of sequence of sets (men's or women's). Each no-ad set is won by the first team to reach six games. A nine-point tiebreaker will be played at five games all in any set. It is imperative that you adhere to the WTT format. The only deviations possible will be extending the sets to an eight or ten game pro set provided ALL sets are extended and the nine-point tiebreaker, the thirteen-point Supertiebreaker and the Overtime rules are enforced. All "local" league rules will be superseded by existing WTT rules at the National Qualifiers and WTT Nationals.

Explanation of Tiebreakers Nine-Point Tiebreaker A nine-point tiebreaker will be played at five games all in any set. The person who is to serve next begins the tiebreaker. Each player serves two points in succession starting from the deuce court. Players change sides after four points. The first team (or person) to score five points wins the tiebreaker. If the tiebreaker reaches 4-4, the person who served the eighth point serves the ninth (final) point. The receiver, however, has the choice of sides (except in mixed doubles, where the service must be gender-to-gender). The winner of the ninth point is the winner of the set. Note: The tiebreaker can be won by one point. The tiebreaker counts as one game in overall match scoring.


WORLD TEAMTENNIS RECREATIONAL LEAGUE RULES Supertiebreaker If the match enters into a Supertiebreaker, a coin toss will decide which team serves first/ receives or chooses side in the Supertiebreaker. The Supertiebreaker should be treated as a new set and substitutions are allowed. Either player on the serving team may serve first. The receiving team selects from which end of the court they want to receive. In addition, court positions may be changed (i.e. the person who played fore hand position may switch with his/her partner to play the backhand position). Each player serves two points in succession starting from the deuce court. Players change sides after six points. The first team to score seven points wins the Supertiebreaker. If the Supertiebreaker reaches 6-6, the person who served the 12th point will serve the 13th (final) point. Since this set is mixed doubles, the final serve will be gender-togender. The winner of the 13th point wins the Supertiebreaker and the match. Note: The Supertiebreaker can be won by one point. The Supertiebreaker counts as one game in overall match scoring. Rule 7 – Score in a Match Six set format (two mixed doubles sets): Home team captain must submit starting line-up to opposing team captain before the start of each set. Each team captain has until the end of the five minute break between sets to submit starting line-up for the next set. The winner of the match will be determined by the total number of games won. However, for purposes of determining whether a match will go into Overtime, set number six will be the deciding factor. Note: Players cannot play in both mixed doubles sets. After both mixed doubles sets are finished and scores are recorded and totaled, the procedure is as follows: If the leading team won set number six, the match is over. If the trailing team won set number six, the match continues into Overtime until the leading team wins one game or until the score is tied. If a tie occurs, a Super-tiebreaker will be played to determine the winner. If the overall score ends tied, a Super-tiebreaker will be played to determine the winner. Overtime is a continuation of the sixth set. Team number six should be designated as the strongest mixed doubles team. Once you have come out of the mixed doubles set, you cannot return in Overtime. The first person to serve in Overtime is the person who was next to serve at the end of the sixth set. This Overtime rule gives the trailing team a chance to make a comeback. It also emphasizes the importance of the mixed doubles set. Five set format (one mixed doubles set): Home team captain must submit starting line-up to opposing team captain before the start of each set. Each team captain has until the end of the five minute break between sets to submit starting line-up for the next set. The winner of the match will be the team that wins the most games. After all games are totaled, if the trailing team won the mixed doubles set, the match is not over. Mixed doubles play continues until the leading team wins another game or the trailing team ties the score. If a tie occurs, a Supertiebreaker will be used to determine the winner of the match. Rule 10 – Change of Ends After every four games players change ends. In the nine-point tiebreaker, change ends only after the first four points. In the Super-tiebreaker, change ends only after the first six points.


WORLD TEAMTENNIS RECREATIONAL LEAGUE RULES Rule 14 – Order of Service The home team serves first in all doubles sets. (In the six-set format, the away team serves first in the fifth set and the home team serves first in the sixth set.) The away team serves first in the singles sets. Note: Since the serving order is predetermined, the receiving team selects from which end of the court they want to receive. Rule 22 – The Let During a Serve When a serve hits the net and bounces within the service court, the ball is playable. In doubles, either player on the receiving side may return the ball after it bounces. If any player on the court calls “let”, their team loses the point. If players on both teams call “let” then the point will be replayed. Rule 30 – Coaching Coaching is allowed throughout the match as long as it does not interfere with continuous play. Coaching is not allowed between first and second serves as the second serve must be struck without delay. Only one member of the team is permitted to go out on the court to coach and the coaching must be completed within the twenty (20) second time limit allotted between points. We encourage team members to stand along the court and support their team. Coaches and non-participating players must remain in a designated “player’s bench” area until the completion of each point. WTT Staff or the Local League Director will determine the “player’s bench” area for the facility/courts. Only the two players (singles) or four players (doubles and mixed doubles) can make the line calls. Team members along or near the court cannot make line calls or call footfaults. WTT Specific Rules Not Addressed in the Friend at Court: 1. Substitutions: A team can at any point, INCLUDING THE SUPERTIEBREAKER, substitute a player (same gender) into a set for any reason. Once a player is replaced, he/she cannot return in that set and players cannot play in both mixed doubles. If a substitution occurs in doubles, the remaining player cannot change the side on which he/she receives or the service order. Substitutions are allowed in Overtime if a player has not already played in mixed doubles. The Super-tiebreaker should be treated as a new set, and all substitutions are allowed. 2. Warm-Up Time: In WTT you warm up with your teammates. All players are allowed a five minute warm-up. All team members are encouraged to warm-up during this time. Once play has begun, a five minute warm-up is allowed between sets. This must be adhered to so that all sets will be completed in the time allotted. 3. Default Rule: If the home or away team player does not show up on time for his/her match, there will be a 15 minute default time should a substitute player not be available. If a set is defaulted, the score should be recorded as 6-0 in favor of the players present. The default rule will not apply when the missing player is on court playing a previous match. If the home or away team does not show up on time for the match, there will be a 15 minute default time. If a match is defaulted, the match score should be recorded as 36 -0 in favor of the team present. If a player retires during a set and cannot be substituted, the score will be recorded with the games played standing with the opposing team receiving six games.


WORLD TEAMTENNIS RECREATIONAL LEAGUE RULES 4. RECOMMENDATION FOR BREAKING TIES FOR LEAGUE WINNER: Final standings will be determined as follows: teams with the best overall win/loss match record will be placed higher in order of finish. If there is a tie in the final standings between two teams, the following tiebreaking procedures will apply: 1. The tie will be broken in favor of the team with the most direct wins over the tying team. 2. If a tie still exists, it will be broken in favor of the team with the best overall winning percentage (total games won divided by total games played). 3. If a tie still exists, the team which has won the most total games overall will be given precedence. 4. If a tie still exists, it will be broken by the team who has lost the least amount of total games overall. 5. If a tie still exists, a Supertiebreaker will be played. If there is a tie in the final standings between three or more teams AND none of the tying teams has won all matches against all tying opponents, the same tiebreaking procedures above will apply beginning with step 2. If a team has won all matches against all tying opponents then they will be placed higher in order of finish. It is assumed all teams will play all of their scheduled matches. If a team defaults an entire match during round robin play, then all matches of that team played or to be played, will not count. If all teams in contention for the championship have already played the defaulting team in good faith, the matches stand as played. 5. Court Assignment for Sets: Sets 1, 3 and 5 on the WTT scorecard will be played on the same court while sets 2, 4 and 6 will be played on the same court when you are playing the 6 set format. If a mixed doubles team plays on the wrong court, the games that have been played will stand and the error will be rectified immediately and play continue. If the sets have been completed, the scores will stand and games won will be recorded in the appropriate location based on the rule stated above. 6. Determining Ratings of Players and the Appropriate Division for a Team: All players must have an NTRP rating. Ratings from the start of the local league will be used. Since all sections do not use the “early start ratings”, they will not be recognized by WTT. If at the start of the local league a player does not have a rating on file with the USTA , WTT will accept a self-rating. This self-rating is subject to the approval of the local league director and the WTT National Office upon completion of a USTA Player Profile sheet. Ratings will only be accepted on a .5 basis (i.e., 3.5, not 3.4). The average NTRP rating of the TOP two men and TOP two women is used to determine a team’s level of competition. (Example of top 4 players: 4.0 + 3.5 + 3.0 + 3.0 = 13.5. 13.5 divided by 4 players = 3.375. This team would register for the 3.5 & under division.) No team may carry a player more than one NTRP point above the division entered. Additional rating rules for Recreational League teams/players attending the National Qualifier can be found in the National Qualifier rules section.


WORLD TEAMTENNIS LEAGUE INFORMATION

VIRGINIA TENNIS WTT LEAGUE ADMINISTRATOR FORM 1. E-mail this completed form to Virginia Tennis at info@virginiatennis.com. 2. Allow one week for processing 3. All information must be completed in its entirety before teams can be created and information distributed League Administrator: _____________________________________________________________ E-mail: _________________________________________________________________________ League Name: ___________________________________________________________________ Zip Code: _____________ Area Represented: __________________________________________

LEVEL

TOTAL # TEAMS # FLIGHTS

FLIGHT A

FLIGHT B

FLIGHT C

FLIGHT D

Player Registration

Start Date: ____________________ End Date: ____________________

League Season

Start Date: ____________________ End Date: ____________________

Local Player Administration Fees ($15 Virginia Tennis fee not included): $ ____________________________ See reverse for League Format information


WORLD TEAMTENNIS LEAGUE INFORMATION

VIRGINIA TENNIS WTT LEAGUE ADMINISTRATOR FORM Levels Offered: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 & 5.0 How to Determine League Level: The League Level is based upon the average NTRP Rating of the top two men & top women. For example, if the top four players have NTRP ratings of 4.0+3.5+3.0+3.0=13.5. Then 13.5 divided by 4 players = 3.75. This team would register for a 3.5 and under division. No team may carry a player more than one NTRP point above a division entered, for example a 5.0 player cannot play on a team in a 3.5 division. Team Formation: Each team is comprised of a minimum of two men and two women. The maximum number of players is five men and five women. Match Format: Team matches consist of six no-ad sets, with one set each (to 6 games) of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and (2) mixed doubles. The first team to reach six games wins each set. One point is awarded for each game won, and a nine point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches five all. If necessary, overtime and a “Supertiebreaker” are played to determine the outcome. Substitutions: A team can, at any point, substitute a player (same gender) into a set for any reason. This makes for exciting strategy. Determine ratings of players: If you do not have a rating on file with the USTA, World TeamTennis will accept a self rating. Self rating is subject to the approval of the local league administrator or Virginia Tennis office upon completion of a player profile sheet.

Once completed, this form should be be e-mailed to Virginia Tennis at info@virginiatennis.com For more information or questions, contact: info@virginiatennis.com or 540-982-5524 donny@virginiatennis.com or 757-472-2020


INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING A TEAM

1. Go to www.topdogtennis.com 2. Click on League 3. Create an account (upper right) 4. You will be sent an email with login info 5. Under home club enter “<<TBD>> under league enter <<Respective League Name>> 6. Return to website and Login (upper right) 7. Click Home Club (upper left) 8. Click Division you are in 9. Click New Team 10.Enter Captains name, click search, click circle next to name, proceed 11.Enter “TBD” as facility, click circle next to “TBD” continue 12.Check that correct Division is indicated, continue 13.Enter team name 14.Confirm 15.Finish


INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER A WORLD TEAMTENNIS PLAYER

1. Go to www.topdogtennis.com 2. Click League 3. Create account using <<Your Home Club>> as home club and <<Your Respective League Name>> League, you will receive login info from an email 4. Return to website and login 5. Click sign up above your name 6. Pick Division and continue to team and check info on summary continue to PAY


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF VARIOUS NTRP PLAYING LEVELS

A. Begin with 1.5. Read all categories carefully and then decide which one best describes your present ability level. Be certain that you qualify on all points of all preceding levels as well as those in the level you choose. B. When rating yourself assume you are playing against a player of the same gender and the same ability. _____________________________________ 1.5 - You have limited experience and are working primarily on getting the ball in play. 2.0 - You lack court experience and your strokes need developing. You are familiar with the basic positions for singles and doubles play. 2.5 - You are learning to judge where the ball is going, although your court coverage is limited. You can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability. 3.0 - You are fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but are not comfortable with all strokes and lack execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Your most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back. 3.5 - You have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but need to develop depth and variety. You exhibit more aggressive net play, have improved court coverage and are developing teamwork in doubles. 4.0 - You have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate-paced shots. You can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success and occasionally force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident. 4.5 - You have developed your use of power and spin and can handle pace. You have sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and attempt to vary game plan according to your opponents. You can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. You tend to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles. 5.0 - You have good shot anticipation and frequently have an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. You can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys. You can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys, overhead smashes, and have good depth and spin on most second serves. 5.5 - You have mastered power and/or consistency as a major weapon. You can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hit dependable shots in a stress situation. 6.0 to 7.0 - You have had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior and collegiate levels and have obtained a sectional and/or national ranking. 7.0 - You are a world-class player.


INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER A WORLD TEAMTENNIS PLAYER

1. Go to www.topdogtennis.com 2. Click League 3. Create account using <<Your Home Club>> as home club and <<Your Respective League Name>> League, you will receive login info from an email 4. Return to website and login 5. Click sign up above your name 6. Pick Division and continue to team and check info on summary continue to PAY


2014 RICHMOND SPRING WTT LEAGUE

0.0 League All matches start at 9 am

Team Name

Captain

Telephone

1 - Racqueteers

Thomas Smith

555-1212

2 - Sweet Shots

Wendy Powell

555-4545

3 - Net Rushers

Alexander Anthony

555-9658

4 - Slicers

Tim Ellis

555-8542

March 1

March 8

1 vs 2 (ACAC)

1 vs 3 (Willow Oaks)

1 vs 4 (Westwood)

2 vs 4 (Westwood)

2 vs 3 (ACAC)

March 29

April 5

1 vs 3 (Willow Oaks)

1 vs 4 (Westwood)

2 vs 4 (Westwood)

2 vs 3 (MAC)

March 22 1 vs 2 (ACAC) 3 vs 4 (Willow Oaks)

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M A

3 vs 4 (MAC)

S

E L

March 15

The Home Team is listed on the left and will provide the tennis balls.

The Warm Up is limited to 10 Minutes

A Match is forfeit after the 15 Minute default time.

Score cards must be filled in prior to entering court.

ACAC 11621 Robious Rd. Midlothian, VA 23113

Midlothian Athletic Club 10800 Center View Dr. Richmond, VA 23235

Westwood Club 6200 W Club Ln. Richmond, VA 23226

Willow Oaks 6228 Forest Hill Ave Richmond, VA 23225


INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRINTING A BLANK SCORECARD

1. Click on Logon in the top right area and enter your email address and password 2. You are now on your Player Profile Page (this page shows all YOUR information such as match history, etc.) 3. Click on My Teams - a yellow tab near the upper right side of the page. 4. Click on your desired team. 5. You are now on the Team Page. 6. Under your team name and information, the screen is divided into two sections: your schedule and your roster. 7. To print your scorecard, simply click on Blank Scorecard next to the desired match. At the bottom of this scorecard, all players' singles and doubles ratings (from both your team and your opponent) will be printed. The first number listed after a playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name is his singles rating and the second number is her doubles rating.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING SCORES

1. Logon 2. Get to your Team Page (see Printing a Scorecard to get to this page) 3. Under your team name and information, the screen is divided into two sections: your schedule and your roster. 4. To enter a match, click on the 'Record” button next under the 'Status” column next to the match date. 5. Each line of play has a Status drop-down box that is set, by default, to 'Completed”. You can change this to 'default', 'retired” or 'double default”. Definitions are given below. 6. Click the winner of each line of play in the first column on the left. 7. Using the drop-down boxes, click on the players’ names 8. Enter the match scores per set in the appropriate boxes. For sets that played a tiebreaker, enter 7-6. You do not need to enter the actual tiebreaker score. For retired matches, enter the actual score when the match ended, making sure to click 'retired” for the status. 9. Click on the submit button. Any errors will result in non-submission and TopDog will offer possible solutions at the bottom of the screen. Default: One player did not play. List the status as ‘Default’ and list the name of the player earning the win due to the default. For the name of the missing player—click on ‘Default’ in the drop-down box of names. Retire: At least one point of the match was played before it was decided to retire the match. List the status as ‘Retired’ and enter all players’ names. Enter score as it was on the last point played. Double Default: Both teams did not send players. 'Status” is set to ‘Double Default' and ‘Default’ is the name used for all players.



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