Winter Alta check in- where are you playing?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by chatt_town, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. spt

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    So here is the problem with Seniors. We have several people who play on a Sr. Mixed team and a regular mix team. Sr. Mix plays during the regular season at 10am on Saturdays, reg mix plays at 1 on Sundays. Playoffs arrive and first round of playoffs for both leagues is scheduled for Saturday (10 and 1). Our sr. match was scheduled 70 miles from our home facility while the regular mixed was scheduled at home some three hours later. It is impossible to make both matches and we were forced to make a decision to play one or the other. ALTA scheduling forced us out of the playoffs in one league. Can't understand why they couldn't keep the schedules separated.
     
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  2. ace18

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    We are running into the same problem. Fortunately, if it doesn't rain Saturday, we got lucky. We are supposed to play away, but the team we are playing has the same problem as we do (qualified for Seniors and Mixed playoffs) and their afternoon playoff match is closer to our home courts so they agreed to play the Seniors Mixed match at our place.
     
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  3. chatt_town

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    Well we sure aren't having any problems with that. My Senior team got smoked half the season and finished like 4th.lol The regular team is playing though. My first season of Seniors. One big difference I noticed is more meds on the table. bandaides, wraps, Ibuprophen & stuff like that on the table than food.lol I'm just kidding...it was fun. I was suppose to be the team stud at 44(45 sept). lol I did manage to lose one match in a 3rd set breaker.lol


     
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  4. ace18

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    Although this doesnt directly impact me, I have a real bone to pick with ALTA. Some of my friends had a Senior Mixed playoff match Sunday at 10, 45 miles away. They had a Mixed playoff match 60 miles from their Seniors Playoff Match. The captain of the Mixed team let the Regular Mixed opponent know that they could be a little late since they were playing the ALTA seniors match that morning and a great distance away. The 1s starting playing in the regular mixed match at 1, the 2s got to the courts at 1:25 and the captain of the home team said too bad, you are defaulted. The captains talked to the coordinators and it appears the coordinators were in agreement that they arrived past default time.

    First of all, what a way to advance to the next round by making the other team drive all that way and then shoot them down, but more importantly, shame on ALTA for even putting teams in this scenario. 3 hours between different league playoff matches is not very well thought out. I understand that ALTA doesn't give a hoot about USTA playoffs, but their own, come on! You shouldn't have to revise your lineup because of ALTA scheduling.
     
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  5. bcart1991

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    They're different leagues. Shame on your captain for not making sure he had both lineups covered in case that exact scenario happened.

    I've had to deal with that before as captain. Players just have to make a choice, I won't put a player in both lineups and "hope" they can make both matches.

    If I was in a tight spot and had to overlap lineups, I would have had email correspondence from the opposing captain agreeing to a later start time. Then you could send that to ALTA instead of them telling you to pound sand.
     
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  6. ace18

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    I agree that they are different leagues but do think that ALTA should plan a little better from a timing perspective. My Seniors team has the same players on both regular and seniors mixed. Since Seniors regular season is on Saturday at 10, mixed, Sunday at 1, there isn't any scheduling conflicts. But in the playoffs, another story. ALTA wants as much participation as possible but scenarios like this can make a person bitter about playing both individual leagues.

    You can say what you want about USTA, but in my local league, if you had a team that was participating in a State Tourney and a regular season USTA match that same weekend, they would let you reschedule if the bulk of your players are at state.
     
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  7. omega4

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    But isn't this an issue with 2 different leagues? If yes, it sounds like some members of your team were stretched thin and needed to prioritize which league was more important.

     
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  8. chatt_town

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    well...we're out. It was great season but when you fight back and get into the playoffs like we did after dropping a 4-1 day, we accomplished a lot. To add to that we lost to the team that beat us earlier this year. Tough division and tough team. Whoever gets them in the finals next week will have their hands full no doubt. They are strong all the way through. My hat is off to them. :) We just have to learn from the mistakes we made and move forward this summer. Good luck to anyone's team who is playing next Saturday.


     
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  9. Slim Pickens

    Slim Pickens New User

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    Holy crap!!! Just looked at the Men's league for the spring and realized our newly formed team is playing B-1 after we requested B-5, this should be fun. Looks like I will be playing lines 4 and 5 this season, lol.:shock:
     
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  10. ace18

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    Well, we won the big plate in Seniors Mixed but kind of in a crummy way. One of the men's doubles lines had someone sick so they had to forfeit that line. Since Seniors is only 4 lines, a forfeit automatically denies a team to play a 2-2 match tiebreak. So, we won the WD's line and it was over.
     
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