Dallas Tennis Association


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Adult Leagues

Why the 2014 USTA Dallas 40 and over ADULT M. League is using Year End ratings as opposed to Early Season Ratings (ESL) similar to our 2014 W. League?

The Dallas Tennis Association (DTA) has recently been asked why the 2014 USTA Dallas 40 and over ADULT M. League is using Year End ratings as opposed to Early Season Ratings (ESL) similar to our  2014 W. League.  Please note the following points:


1. The 2014 USTA Dallas 40 and over ADULT W. League is scheduled to begin on Saturday, 11/9/2013.  This date was selected due to the following criteria:

  1. Recent DTA Survey results STRONGLY indicated that Dallas players want a minimum of 8 weeks of play.

  2. TCD Ladies Ends 11/7/2013.

  3. METRO Ends 11/16/2013

  4. League required Black Out Dates:

  • Tri Level Weekend Tournament 11/15-11/17/2013

  • 2014 USTA Dallas Fall 18 and over ADULT City Championship 11/22-11/24, 2013

  • Thanksgiving Holiday 11/28-12/1/2013

  • Christmas/New year Holiday 12/22-1/4, 2014

  • TCD Spring 2014 Season begins 2/20/2014.  They have a One Day Tourney on 2/13/2014.

  • METRO Spring 2014 Season begins 2/22/2014

Basically leaving a total of 9 weeks for regular season league play.  The DTA leaves 1 week for possible make up matches and Championship planning.

2. Sections that utilize Early Season Ratings do so because of actual calendar constraints similar to what was         outlined above.  Per the Texas Section:

Not all the sections, (there are 17 total), use ESL Ratings.  Texas is just one of a few that use ESL Ratings.

Tournaments do not go by ESL Ratings.

 Combo, Mixed Doubles, Seniors, Super Seniors, Super Senior Plus leagues do not go by ESL Ratings.

Why does Texas use them?  We are one of the biggest sections and due to the number of leagues (USTA and others), number of players in those leagues, number of courts available, etc., we cannot play all the leagues within a calendar year, (January 1 to October 31), so we have to start some of the leagues early, thus "Early Start Leagues".  Early start leagues use early start league ratings.

Todd A. Reed
NTRP Coordinator
USTA Texas Section

3.  2013 USTA Dallas 40 and over ADULT League was the inaugural year for the league.  The DTA’s main goal was to offer the league to our players.   League dates were initially set according to the women’s available dates rather than utilizing the same principle in place for our Men’s Spring/Summer league which have an earlier start date due to a lack of calendar constraints.  We are able to offer the Men’s League a longer regular season.  Again, Survey Results from Captains STRONGLY indicated that our players wanted as many regular season matches as possible. 

For the 2014 USTA Dallas 40 and over ADULT League, the DTA has the opportunity to offer regular season play through the month of March, 9-10 weeks depending on the number of teams registered.   There is truly not a need to start league play prior to Year end ratings publishing.   Using the later start date, we’ve also avoided scheduling 1 match in November, taking  3 weeks off,  scheduling  2 matches in December and another 2 weeks off .  Instead we’re maximizing the available 8 straight weeks to schedule play before Spring Break 1 week after if needed before Play Offs on March 28-30, 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The 2012 USTA Dallas 40 and over ADULT Pilot was a weekend tournament.  Per the Texas Section, it too utilized Year End Ratings:

League Coordinators email from Tosha dated 7/12/2012.  

The Early Start League Ratings will come out on Monday afternoon. These will be posted up on our website at

Please be sure and put the ESL date of July 15th in Tennislink for your fall leagues.

Just a reminder that Tri-Level will go by the 2011 year-end ratings and not the early start league ratings.


Combo, Mixed Doubles, Seniors, Super Seniors, Super Senior Plus  and the 40 & over 2012 pilot league also goes by the 2011 year-end ratings, not the early start league ratings.

Tosha Smith
Section League Coordinator
USTA Texas

4.  Leagues that utilize a cross pollination on NTRP (ESL and Year End) ratings due to a NECESSARY early start of league play  are not encouraged by the Texas Section.  They present several issues and CTA’s are encouraged to avoid when possible.  Please see email the DTA received from the Section:

Well . . . . this is one of the big problems when a league is being played in-between ESL ratings and year-end ratings.  The players that received a rating lower than their ESL rating, but signed up under their ESL rating are upset, and then the people who got a rating higher than their ESL ratings upset the other players who say, "how can  4.0 year-end rated player play at the 3.5 level?" . . . and you get to explain it to them. The only consolation of a player who signed up using their ESL rating and later received a higher year-end rating is, they are subject to dynamic disqualification at the lower level.  

USTA Texas Section

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Where can I get a blank scorecard?

Blank scorecards are available through TennisLink.  Go to and click on "Record a Score" located under MY QUICK LINKS on the right.  Enter your match number, then scroll to the bottome and click on "Print a Blank Scorecard." 
NOTE:  Scorecards printed off TennisLink for matches will include the most up-to-date rosters from both teams.  Captains can use this list to verify players prior to match time.

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Who enters our match scores?

Both captains are responsible for Score Entry on Tennis Link League at within 12 hours of a completed match. However, any team member may enter the scores.
For disputed Score Entry or Score Entry problems, please email with Match # and explanation.

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What is the allotted time for the break between the 2nd and 3rd set tiebreaker?

Players are allowed a 3 minute break between the 2nd and 3rd set tiebreaker.

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What is the Coman Tiebreak?

The Coman Tiebreak Procedure is the same as the present tiebreak (set or match), except that ends are changed after the first point, then after every four points (i.e., after the 5th, 9th, 13th, 17th points, etc.), and at the conclusion of the tiebreak. The scoring in the Coman Tiebreak Procedure is the same as a traditional set or match tiebreak, and the procedure for playing the Coman Tiebreak is the same as a set or match tiebreak. For example, if the Coman Tiebreak Procedure is used when the set score is 6-6, the player whose turn it is to serve shall serve the first point from the deuce court; 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 with the ad court; after this, each player/team shall serve alternately for two consecutive points (starting with the ad court), changing ends after every four points, until the end of the tiebreak game.
When will it be used?
The Coman Tiebreak Procedure will be used at all USTA League Tennis Sectional and National Championships in the 2006 league year for all set and match tiebreaks. We will be using the Coman Tiebreak Procedure for all USTA Dallas League matches starting immediately.
Principal Advantages
1. 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.
2. In doubles, the server will always serve from the same end of the court, rather than having to serve from both ends.

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Is coaching allowed at any time during a USTA Dallas league match?

Coaching is not allowed during league matches.

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