Captain's Corner & Player ResourcesLake Norman Tennis Association
Welcome to LNTA’s Captain’s Corner & Player Resources
This page provides captains & players with helpful resources for USTA league play. Visit our Adult Leagues page for all the leagues offered, each league’s general season dates, and the dates when team registrations open. Each league also has its own dedicated page with more specific details.
USTA League Rules & Regulations
All players, teams, and local leagues must abide by all USTA rules & regulations. The regulations are categorized by geographic areas: Lake Norman (our local playing area), North Carolina, Southern Section, and National.
- 2019 LAKE NORMAN Local League Rules & Regulations — awaiting approval for the 2020 Local League Regs. For questions about the new changes to the 40 & Over format, as well as to the 4.5+ and 5.0+ leagues, please refer to the 2020 NC State Regs.
- 2020 North Carolina State Regulations
- 2020 National & Southern Regulations
- 2020 National Regulations
- Coman Tie – Break Procedures
- Inclement Weather Rules
- 2020 Friend at Court — a guide to tennis rules
- The Code is a helpful section in Friend at Court (begins on page 36) that explains rules, etiquette, & match play situations.
- Remember, USTA league matches are unofficiated.
Players who do not have an NTRP Rating must self–rate in accordance with the General & Experienced Player Guidelines available through TennisLink when registering for a team.
Team & Player League Registration
Reminder: Your USTA membership must remain active throughout the league. If your renewal date falls during the league season, you’ll need to renew your membership prior to registration.
- Renew My USTA Membership – Click on the Renew button on TennisLink.
- Captain’s Guide – pre-season, during the season, & post-season sections, with step – by – step instructions on how to register your team, how to handle rain make – ups, & more.
- Create a New Team Online – The captain registers the team, which generates the team number
- Player Registration – Once your captain gives you the team number, players can register
Tasks Done on TennisLink:
- register your team
- view your team’s match schedule
- get opposing captains’ contact info
- see your team roster with player info
- enter / confirm / dispute scores
- view current flight standings
Match Scorecard Info & Example
It’s match day! Print the match scorecard: login to TennisLink, pull up your team’s match schedule, and hover over the match date. Choose PRINT A BLANK SCORECARD. As players finish their individual matches, write down the scores. Once all the courts have finished, confirm scores with the opposing captain. The winning captain enters the scores into TennisLink. Using the same steps as you did to print a scorecard, hover over the match date and choose ENTER SCORES. The non-winning captain uses the same steps, but chooses the CONFIRM SCORES option.
Captains, use the Scorecard Correction form when there’s an error with scores or player names. Once scores have been submitted, only the League Coordinator can make corrections. Deadline for corrections to be made is 2 weeks after match completion. Email the opposing captain, copy Iris (firstname.lastname@example.org), and submit the form. You’ll need the Match ID # (found on the scorecard & schedule).
If you need a court for a make – up match at a park facility, the League Coordinator will make the reservation. Submit the Make – Up Court Reservation form and provide the original match date, how many courts you need, and the preferred location. If your home facility is a private club, contact the club directly to reserve make – up courts.
2020 Adult League Incentives
LEAGUE VIP – Do you really LOVE to play tennis? This is the incentive for you! Play on 10 teams in 2020, and get your 11th team registration FREE! Claim form.
USTA NATIONAL — REFER A FRIEND TO TENNIS – From Nov 15 – Feb 15, if you recommend a friend to USTA League play & you may be eligible to receive a $25 gift card. More details.
NC USTA – BRING A FRIEND TO TENNIS — For every new or returning player that you bring to USTA leagues, you’ll receive $10. A returning player is defined as someone who hasn’t played on any league team from 2017 – 2019. Claim form.
iPhone App for USTA League Tennis allows you to view match schedules, track rosters and stats, record scores, find an NTRP rating, and more. On the app, you’ll need to view match locations in landscape perspective.
The Team Management Tool found on Tennislink has useful features for captains. Schedule team practices, view player availability & generate lineups. It’s free and makes communication more efficient. To use the Team Management Tool, you must first be signed into your USTA account. Once on your personalized page, select “Team Management” under My Quick Links.
- Tennis Link Management Tool – Tutorial
- Tennis Management Tool – Player Guide
- Team Management Tool – Captain’s Perspective
USTA league matches are assigned to various court locations around the Lake Norman area. Be sure to consult your team’s match schedule on Tennislink to verify the locations of all your matches.
Click here to find court locations, so you can get your team to the match on time!