What's Offered in Men's USTA League Tennis
updated: 4/3/2009
Day of Competition
Skill Level
Age Groups
League Seasons
League Format
Cost
Other Fort Worth Tennis Opportunities
League Dynamics (player numbers per level, etc)
 
Day of Competition
Fort Worth Men’s USA League Tennis is played on Saturday.  Occasionally, make-up matches may be played on other days of the week when required.
 
Skill Level
Teams are formed of players of similar ability and are categorized by level using the National Tennis Rating Program’s (NTRP) guidelines.
Players obtain computer ratings as they play league (and sanctioned tournament) matches where scores are entered into the TennisLink system.
A dynamic rating is computer generated with each new match score entered in the system.
Rating lists are updated annually for all computer rated players and mid-year postings are made available for players whose rating has changed since the last annual posting.  Players are allowed to compete at a level equal to or higher than their rating, but not lower than their rating.
Players without a computer rating may enter a league with a self-rating based on the NTRP guidelines.
Fort Worth has men’s leagues for the following NTRP levels: 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0.  Leagues are delineated by level in Adult, Senior and Super Senior age groups.
 
Age Groups
Leagues are offered in four different age group categories where player numbers will allow:
Adult – players must be, or turn, 18 years old or older by December 31 of the year the league is being played.  Players compete with other players of equal skill level or rating.
Senior – players must be, or turn, 50 years old or older by December 31 of the year the league is being played.
Super Senior – players must be, or turn, 60 years old or older by December 31 of the year the league is being played.
Super Senior Plus – players must be, or turn, 70 years old or older by December 31 of the year the league is being played.  Age is the only requirement for players in Super Senior Plus leagues.
 
League Seasons
Adult Spring Championship League – mid-March through mid-June (teams begin forming in January and may add players up to the third match).  Teams winning the spring league advance to the Texas Sectional tournament in August and compete against other local winners for the opportunity to represent Texas at the National Championships held in the fall.
Adult Fall League – September through November (teams begin forming in July and may add players up to the third match).  Teams winning the fall league contribute players to a collective “Team Fort Worth” for an indoors, team doubles tournament hosted by the USPTA.  This tournament is held in Houston one weekend in January.
Senior League – January through February (teams begin forming in November and may add players up to the third match).  Teams winning the seniors league advance to the Senior Sectional tournament held in September and compete against other local winners for the opportunity to represent Texas at the National Championships held later in October.
Super Senior League – late June through early August (teams begin forming in late April and may add players up to the third match).  A combined rating format is used in the Super Senior League where the sum of a doubles teams rating must not exceed the level they are playing (6.0, 7.0 and 8.0).  Teams winning the Super Senior league will represent Fort Worth in the Super Senior Sectionals tournament in September and may advance to further competition.  When there are only enough players to form one team, and depending on level, a team may advance directly to Sectionals.
Super Senior Plus League – typically these players are playing in lower age group leagues (Adult, Seniors and/or Super Seniors) but may form a team to go directly to Sectionals.
 
League Format
Adult (Spring league) – 2 singles and 3 doubles lines per team match for levels 3.0 – 4.5.  The 2.5 and 5.0 levels play 1 singles and 2 doubles lines per team match.
Adult (Fall league) – 1 singles and 3 doubles lines per team match for levels 3.0 – 4.5.  The 2.5 and 5.0 levels, if held, plays 1 singles and 2 doubles lines per team match.
Seniors – 3 doubles lines per team match (singles are not played in Senior League Tennis).
Super Seniors – 3 doubles per team match (singles are not played in Super Senior League Tennis).
Super Senior Plus – 3 doubles per team match (singles are not played in Super Senior Plus League Tennis).
 
Cost
A $25 league fee (per league played) and a USTA membership (valid through the duration of the league) are required. Other costs are associated with home matches where the home team player pays the court cost (for himself and one opponent), provides tennis balls and a drink following the match.
 
Other Fort Worth Tennis Opportunities
Many of the Fort Worth tennis facilities have their own programs open to the public.  Such programs include facility leagues, group drills and private lessons. Links to tennis facilities web sites can be found on the Links page.