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Revised National USTA League Age Division Format Unveiled in Florida for 2013 Championship Year

October 10, 2011 02:04 PM
mediawall-league-chartUSTA League tennis will get a whole new look beginning with the 2013 league season for USTA Florida players. Under the new national structure to be introduced January 2013 USTA League will have two divisions -- Adult (18 & Over, 40 & Over, and 55 & Over) and Mixed (18 & Over).

Gone will be the monikers "Senior" (50 & over) and "Super Senior" (60 & over), replaced instead by a more representative grouping based on age. USTA League research and focus group results predict a significant increase in the coming years in league participation, with changes designed to better align age groups with current and future league populations.

"We in Florida are very excited about the 'Age Changes' for players, being those divisions who enjoy the art of mental strategy can now challenge their opponents to a physical game of chess on the court while participating in this great lifelong sport," said USTA Florida Director of Leagues Sandy Marshall. "I believe we are going to see many more close competitive matches at all given NTRP levels in both the Adult and Mixed Divisions of play."

Increases in players in each age group will help alleviate two-team league challenges, while the age restructuring is projected to produce more competitive match play and more accurate NTRP (National Tennis Ratings Program) ratings. As they had previously, players will continue to compete by NTRP rating within each division. The 18 & over and the 40 & over divisions will feature both singles and doubles, while the 55 & over will consist of three doubles positions.

The Adult 18 & Over division will feature two singles and three doubles matches at the 3.0-4.5 NTRP levels, and one singles and two doubles at the 2.5 and 5.0+ levels. The Adult 40 & Over division will play two singles and three doubles at the 3.0-4.5+ levels. The 55 & Over division will play three doubles lines per match, and sections have the option to offer local league play using the combined 6.0-9.0 NTRP-level pairings (combined player ratings per doubles team), or the straight NTRP levels of 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, & 4.5. The Mixed 18 & Over will also have three doubles lines per match at the 2.5, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, & 10.0 NTRP-level pairings.

To be determined are the possible additions of an Adult 70 & Over division, and Mixed 40 & Over and Mixed 55 & Over divisions, with a decision to be made at the USTA national level by March 2012.

The revised USTA League changes are the result of a study conducted by Taylor Research & Consulting. The changes are projected to meet the needs of an anticipated significant participation increase in the years to come, while providing league players with more opportunities to play on more teams and enjoy making new friends. Under the previous model, players were of the same ability but not necessarily of the same playing style or fitness level. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age divisions.

Click here for more information and a Q&A on the 2013 USTA League realignment.





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