USTA SUMMER LEAGUE AT BASS RIVER TENNIS CLUB
The Club will again be very active in USTA summer league program. Here is some information about USTA, our club and how we approach league participation.
How To Belong
Membership at Bass River is not required in order to participate. Many of our teams are comprised of members, but this is often more out of expedience. Non-members are welcome to participate. You must, however, be a member of the USTA. Sign-up for a USTA membership at ustanewengland.com. You also must have a rating with the USTA in order to get on a roster. Information on ratings can be found on “Tennis Link” at the same site as the membership info.
The 2017 USTA league season starts mid-May and ends mid-July (an extra week is added at the end if a makeup is needed). Teams that win the league then go on to the District Tournament in August. Bass River is one of the host sites for districts. From there, winning teams go to Sectionals out in the Springfield area and then the best of the best move on to a National tournament. Nationals are usually in October. Senior Nationals are the following spring.
Getting On A Team
Teams are put together and run by a team captain(s). In some cases, teams are comprised of players who may have participated together in the past and have little or no room for additional players. Other teams may be in the market for new players or subs. Bass River does not run a tryout for USTA teams. We only try to help existing teams fill rosters and, if a need arises, facilitate a new team entering the league. This is a very different approach from our North Shore League teams and Bass River members should know that we are more a provider of court time. The teams are not ours, we simply let USTA run the league play through our facility.
Once you are on a team, the captain will give you a team number. You must then go on the same “Tennis Link” site and register for that particular team. Remember that you can’t do so without a rating. The cost to register for a team is $20.00. Add this to the cost of joining USTA ($44.00 per year) and then a $18.00 per match cost and you can see team is a commitment. For those interested in subbing once or twice a season, it is unlikely you will find this to be a very good tennis bargain. An in-house match program may be more to your liking.
USTA Team Formats
USTA teams were divided by the following ages; Adult 18+, Adult 40+ Senior 55+ and Senior 65+. The Adult 18+ level played a 5-point format of 2 singles players and 3 doubles teams. The Adult 40+ level plays a 4-point format of 1 singles and 3 doubles teams. The Senior divisions are constituted by 3 doubles positions. The intent is to give some players in the larger demographics a chance to play more tennis if they desire. For example, a competitive 4.0 man who is age 45 can play in both the 18 Plus and 40 Plus divisions. Conversely, a club player, age 45 who does not wish to enter a league with players in their early 20’s has an opportunity to play with his peers in the 40 Plus bracket. In the 40+ division, teams moving on to districts and sectionals will play 2 singles and 3 doubles. While this is an unusual way to run the league in this area, it is done very frequently in other regions of the country.
Instead of USTA
If you think you may be in interested in a summer league, but don’t want to make the commitment to a travel, inter-club team (USTA), we will be running an in-house doubles league for ladies. The level will be in the 3.0 to 3.5 level and matches will be set up on a weekly basis. Please contact Mike for more information or check out the bulletin board by the front desk. This program does not require membership in the USTA or an official rating. Your Bass River membership gives you first priority on spots for this program. You may participate with or without a partner. Play will run on Monday or Tuesday evenings (TBD) from mid-May to late July.