Minimum Play Time?

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  1. marcl65

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    I'm in the middle of putting together a schedule for my team and wondered if there's a minimum number of matches each player has to play in order for the team to qualify for playoffs. I checked the USTA rules and didn't see anything and I can't get ahold of the league coordinator. I have a couple of players who've told me that they're only playing for fun. They don't practice regularly and see the league as more of a "social" thing. In fact, the only time they practice is the day before they're scheduled for a league match (drives me nuts). Given this, I think it's only fair that they get less playing time than the more serious players.

    I don't see how they could make this a requirement because I had one person last season who ended up playing only 2 times because he had conflicts with work.
     
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  2. SJS

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    Here you go but the short answer is two matches:

    3.03 AREA, SECTION AND NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
    In all championships after local league competition, the following shall apply:
    3.03A(2
    A player is eligible to progress to championship level competition if that player has played on that same team in at least two matches during its local league season. A maximum of one default received by the player during local league competition shall count for advancing. A retired match shall count toward advancing for all players involved. (See 3.03N)
    3.03A(3) A player is eligible to advance to national championship competition if that player has played on that same team in at least three (3) matches through section championships. No defaults received by the player during all league competition shall count for advancing. A retired match shall count for all players involved. (See 3.03N.)
     
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  3. cak

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    SJS is right, but note the 2 game minimum is for the player to be eligible for playoffs. If the team makes playoffs, and some team members haven't played 2 matches, they will just have to go to playoffs without them. You can have people on your team that never played, and the team can still qualify for playoffs.
     
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  4. Raiden.Kaminari

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    For adult league Nationals (if you're planning on getting that far), the minimum is three match (received defaults included (given defaults don't count)).

    For mixed league Regionals/Nationals, the minimum is two.

    In most local leagues, the minimum is two to qualify for post play-offs (Districts, Sectionals).
     
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  5. marcl65

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    How about minimum players?

    Thanks for the info. I was searching for "minimum" which is apparently why I missed these sections.

    Another question, the team we're suppposed to play only has 5 players signed up which voilates rule 3.01B (found this searching for "minimum"):

    Sure, that means that we win two matches by default but it also robs 3 of my players of a match. Have any of you run into this and did you do anything about it?
     
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  6. Geezer Guy

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    They still have time to sign up more players before the match, so maybe that's what they're planning to do.

    At any rate, it sounds like whoever's scheduled to play on YOUR team WILL get credit for playing the match - even if the other team defaults.
     
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  7. marcl65

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    Unfortunately, it's this kind of stuff that soured a lot of guys on my team to league play. Previous seasons they only played one or two matches because the other teams always had to default. They want to play, not just show up and win by default. I can't say I blame them.

    What bugs me is that this club has 3 teams, none of which are full. Combining two of the teams would result in a team with 15 players. Given that 8 players are needed on any given game day, that means there will be more than enough subs. I don't understand what the point is to having one team with 5 players and another with 10. Neither has enough subs to cover those weekends when players have other commitments (kid activities, work, vacation, et al).
     
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  8. Geezer Guy

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    Yep - sounds pretty stupid. Are these women or men?

    I guess you could juggle your line-up so that different players filled the #1 and #2 courts. You're requred to forfeit court #3 first, so if you always played the same teams at #3, they'ed be getting all the forfeits.
     
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