VTF Richmond
2019 VTF Richmond Spring League

What is World TeamTennis?
WTT is co-ed teams competing in a format that consists of 6 no-ad sets. One set each of men's and women's doubles followed by men's and women's singles, ending with 2 sets of mixed doubles. Total games won from all sets determines the winner. Substitutions and coaching are allowed during the match. Click here to view WTT Rules
 
What is a WTT team?
A team must have two men and two women, as a minimum. (10 players maximum). This allows for periods of rest and missing matches. Teams are responsible to have enough players in order to play all lines for all matches. There will be no rearranging if teams are short players(s). If teams are short, you should email me or look at the players looking on the teams/players page. I will keep a list of players and update it as often as I can.
 
Who can play?
Adults (18 & over) may sign up as a team or as an individual. All levels from 2.5-5.0 players can play.

Junior WTT events will be announced as we get closer to the season.
 
When do leagues start?
Play begins April 12, 2019 and continues through to June 22, 2019.
 
Sign-Up Deadline: March 31, 2019
Team registration open March 1-31. I only need team captains to email me or register as a captain and be sure you give me your preferred team name. Players need to be registered before the play in a match.

Team captains also need to be sure they notify their club so I can communicate the schedule to them and get any blackout dates.
 
What Divisions (levels of play) are offered?
The levels of play being offered are 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 AND Senior(50+) 3.0,3.5,4.0. Depending on the number of teams, divisions can be combined.

PLEASE READ THE RULE BELOW HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR TEAM RATING. If you do it correctly, a higher rated player can play on a lower division (i.e a 3.5 player can play on a 3.0 team, as long as the team rating stays at 3.0). Also, once the team rating as been determined and approved (you would hear from me if it wasn't), anyone can play together.
 
Determining Team Rating
The average NTRP rating of the top two men and top two women players on your team determines the team rating.
 
       Example:
  Joe- 4.5 Mary- 3.5
  Tom- 4.5 Jill-3.5
  Bill- 4.0 Gail- 3.5
  Joe- 4.5 Mary- 3.5
  Jim- 3.5 Joan- 3.0
 
The best two men and two women are: 4.5 + 4.5 + 3.5 + 3.5 = 16. 16 divided by 4 equals 4.0.
 
This team could register for the 4.0 division or a higher division. A team consists of a minimum of two men and two women. Although the limit to the number of team members is ten, the suggested number of players is three men and three women. Click here to determine your NTRP level.
 
Where do we play?
When you register your team, be sure you can play at your home club. If you are an independent team, I can try and arrange a location, but I can not guarantee this and there would most likely be an additional fee to use their courts. Only the independent team would incur the fee.

I will contact the club rep/captain before I create the schedule to get blackout dates. Keep in mind a blackout date is when the club/facility courts are not available, not the players availability.
 
Can I register as an individual/substitute/team?
You can register as an individual or email me if you are looking to join a team. I will make every effort to find an existing team for you to join or create a new team if several individuals are interested. I will communicate to everyone there are players looking to play. Captains can email if they need more. The individuals looking for teams can also register and I will create a "team" players looking.
 
Note to substitute players:
There are no substitute players. All players need to register and pay.
 
Why register via the Internet?
You are not an official league participant until you have registered online. When you register via the Internet site you will be e-mailed league information during the season and your WTT Member Benefits (WTT Point of Contact Newsletter, discounts on hotel, rental cars, 2 for 1 tickets, plus more).
 
What is the cost?
League fees are $35/player.
 
League winners qualify for a National Qualifier?
Winning teams advance to the WTT National Qualifiers. Your team is eligible to participate in a NQ for up to one year from the end date of your league. For every four (4) teams in any official World TeamTennis (WTT) local league division, one (1) team will be eligible to participate in a NQ. Click here for more details.
 
Local League Information & Rules:
1. Please download a WTT scorecard and read over the rules for the league. This can be found on the Virginia Tennis Website (see contact info below).

2. Inclement weather/postseason play: if it rains or there is any postseason tournament, teams have 12 days from the scheduled date to get it played. If it rains again, the timeline begins again. Home team should offer at least 2 or more dates for any reschedule. Teams need to email the opposing team and the League Coordinator by the Monday before their match if not earlier.

3. Self rated players need to be approved. If you had a USTA rating in the past, that will be your rating. If you never had a USTA rating, you will be evaluated. I will contact the captain and the player.

4. There will be meetings scheduled before the season begins. The captain or a representative of the team is required to attend. I further recommend that any player new to WTT should attend as it does help clear everything up. Meeting times and venue will be announced in advance.

5. Winning teams will be invited to attend a national qualifier. For every 4 teams, one team will be invited. Players are required to play in 2 different matches to be eligible for the NQ. See above to read more about NQ's.

6. Matches are not timed, unless the home team captain tells you before the match begins.
 
For more information contact:
Rob Johnston
League Coodinator
www.virginiatennis.org
rob@virginiatennis.org
(804) 240-5382
 
Click on the Registration link at the top of the page to register!