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Tri-Level League Format

(Drafted 7/11/11)

The tri-level format is a new format first introduced a few years ago as a pilot program in the Southwest Section. The original intent of the program was to allow for the smaller districts, cities, and facilities with too few players to form a regular USTA league to compete in a fun, organized competition.   However, the program has also been popular in large districts, since players now have the ability to play with players at different NTRP levels.
 If you want to play with friends at different NTRP levels or if you are having a hard time getting enough people together to form a complete team, Tri-Level is for you.  This socially competitive league is a great way to enjoy the camaraderie of friends in the ultimate team experience.


The Tri-Level League Program format would go into effect for the 2012 Sectionals with the winners advancing to the 2013 BNP Paribas Championship.    

The USTA Rules of Tennis and the USTA League Regulations shall apply except as amended and/or clarified by the following:

1.    USTA Membership required.

2.    Valid NTRP computer or self rating is required with TennisLink. It is at the discretion of each individual district whether or not they will allow self rated players to participate in Tri-Level League.  However, under no circumstances will a self rated player be allowed to advance to the Tri-Level Section Championships.

3.    The matches must be set up through TennisLink and all results posted there.

4.    Each team must have a captain who is responsible for their team registration on TennisLink.

5.    Participants must be 18 years or older prior to or during the calendar year in which such player competes in his/her first local league match.

6.    A Local League must consist of 2 or more teams in the women’s division and/or 2 or more teams in the men’s division and play a traditional local league round robin season. Winners in the men’s and women’s divisions will advance to the SWS Section Tri-Level Championship Tournament.

7.    Players are required to play a minimum of two matches during the local league season to be eligible to play at the Tri-Level Section Championships.

8.    A team shall consist of a minimum of 6 people of the same gender and should consist of a minimum of one doubles team in each of the designated NTRP levels (3.5, 4.0, and 4.5).  Players are allowed to "play up" to form a doubles team, but not to "play down". A player may "play up" at their current NTRP level or higher.

9.    No more than a 1.0 differential in the NTRP rating of a person of each doubles team will be allowed.   

10.    A team match will consist of 3 doubles matches played simultaneously (i.e.  3.5d, 4.0d, and 4.5d).  

11.    A team win will be determined by the team with the most individual match wins.

12.    Match format will be best 2-out-of-3 sets. Coman Tiebreak Procedure will be used for each set tie-break at 6-all in games.

13.    All other USTA League regulations will apply.


Local Fee:
Each district will set the entry fee for their local leagues. Entry will be through TennisLink and the SWS office will retain $8.00 per participant.

Section Championship Fee
Entry fee for all teams participating at the SWS Tri-Level Section Championship will be $15 per rostered player.



•    To be eligible to play at Tri-Level Sectionals all players must be current USTA members and have a current computer generated NTRP rating (either B or C ratings). Self-rated players will not be eligible to compete due to BNP Paribas Regulations.
•    The championship will be run over a maximum of three days.
•    Location of the championship is to be determined.
•    Similar to the existing league section championships with a more social atmosphere.  
•    Section League Coordinator will run section event with the assistance of the Local League Coordinators fielding teams to Sectionals.
•    Teams will pay a team entry fee of $15 per person to help defray costs.
•    Round Robin format
•    The winning men’s team and the winning women’s team will (3.5, 4.0, and 4.5) make up the 12 person BNP Paribas Tri-Level Team who will represent the SWS at the BNP Paribas event in March of the following year.  NOTE: BNP Paribas is a privately run tournament and tournament rules are therefore subject to change.
For more information, contact Central Arizona's local league coordinator Leslee Baska at leagues@phoenixtennis.com or at 480-639-6703.