USTA League Tennis Overview
USTA League is and continues to be the USTA New England flagship program!
USTA League is the country’s largest recreational adult tennis league, providing more than 350,00 players nationwide an opportunity to get on the court, have a good time, and compete. The league is organized as competitive team match play. Teams and matches are set up according to NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings, so teammates and opponents compete at the same skill levels. The competition is exciting, the atmosphere is social, and since players compete on teams, each team has a built-in cheering section. USTA League is for men and women ages 18 and older of all abilities. Whether you’re new to the game or an experienced player, there’s a spot for you.
Within New England and its ten local areas, more than 16,000players participated in six divisions in USTA League during the 2011 Championship Year, with an overall growth from the previous year of more than 8%. The New England Section growth is largely driven by the work and dedication of over 200 energetic volunteers who lead, organize, recruit, administer, and offer their time to support the program at the local level. Year-round Expanded play opportunities include offerings such as the introduction of a new division in 2010 called Tri-Level, where a team includes three different levels of doubles partners. Similar to other USTA League divisions, the section winners advance to the PNB Paribas Open Tri-Level Championship held in Indian Wells, California.
USTA League takes the fun and excitement of the game of tennis to a higher level in offering “the championship experience” of advanced season-end competition against different opponents in different venues. More than 500 teams throughout the New England Section—from Burlington, Vermont to Stamford, Connecticut— experienced the thrill of participating at District and Section Championships in the Adult, Senior, Super Senior, Mixed, and Senior Mixed Divisions. Through those competitions, thirty teams advanced to the National Championships in California and Arizona, and eight New England teams placed in the top four as the best in the country, with two teams placing first.
USTA League is changing its structure and format for 2013. Gone are the monikers “Senior” (50 & over) and “Super Senior” (60 & 0ver), replaced by a more representative grouping based on age. The structure also serves the mass population of league players with more opportunities to play.
In 2013, USTA League will fall under two divisions—Adult and Mixed. The Adult Division will be broken down into 18 & over, 40 & over, and 55 & over. USTA New England will over a 65 & over league type with Section Championship advancement. The Mixed Division will be 18 & over and 40 & over. Early Start Leagues will adopt the new 2013 Age Restructure for leagues beginning in September 2012. As they had previously, players will continue to compete by NTRP rating within each division.