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Flex League Rules
1. Level of Play – Play is ordered by NTRP levels. If you have a current NTRP rating, it is suggested you play at that level or above. Not sure you know your level? Check out the NTRP guidelines. Match results from this program are not utilized to generate NTRP ratings. Due to this program’s less restrictive approach to inviting non USTA members and lapsed members to participate, it is understood that players may underestimate or overestimate their current skill level in their first season or may choose a lower or higher NTRP level for singles play if they primarily play doubles or visa versa. The Local Tennis Organizer has the authority to adjust players for the next season.

2. Schedule Matches – Schedules will be created suggesting a week for matches to be played. Matches can be played any time agreed upon by both players (or both doubles pairs). All matches should be completed and scores entered by the Season End Date for the program. Most leagues will schedule an extra week to complete all matches. Defaults should not be recorded until end of league season unless a player or doubles team has cancelled twice once a day/time has been confirmed. It is understood that some players may be unavailable during part of the season but planning to play more matches toward the end of the season.  Any match where one player or doubles team attempted to schedule a day/time with opponents that remained unplayed at the end of the season should be recorded as a default by the player/doubles team that attempted to schedule the match.

3. The schedule will designate one player (pair) as “Home” – The home player provides a can of new balls and courts and covers any court costs. The home player should initiate the contact with an opponent, but the “away” player can choose to make the contact. It is perfectly okay for either player or pair to offer an alternate facility such as a facility midway between both players or an opportunity to reserve a discounted or “free” court. The important thing to remember is the desire to get the match played. In the rare case of conflicting choices, the home player or pair’s court is the determining factor. Some players may register in the league because they work or visit the local league area but live outside the area. They must choose a court that is within the commonly accepted area of the local league.

4. It is recommended that the winner enter the scores for the match and the opponent confirms it is correct. Either player can enter scores. Only the Local Tennis Organizer can change a score that has been entered.

5. Play either singles or doubles. The local league will choose either scoring method below:A. best of three sets with a set tiebreak (first to 7 points by 2) at 6-6 in any set.B. match tiebreak in lieu of 3rd set (first to 10 points by 2). Set tiebreak (first to 7 points by 2) at 6-6 in first or second set.Note: some areas are confined by one hour court times and the local league may establish a “timed match” procedure.

6. Play is self-regulated and disputes should be worked out by the players. It is recommended you read the Code for Unofficiated Matches to familiarize yourself with the rules of tennis. 2009 Friend at Court

7. In leagues with multiple flights, a play-off could be scheduled between flight winners. The Local Tennis Organizer will let you know how a play-off would be scheduled. Local standings are determined by most matches won, then head to head results. If a double round robin is used, or head to head is tied for other reasons, then sets won, sets lost, games won, games lost are considered in order until the tie is broken.