I'd assume any rule would only be applied when there are 4.5s and 5.0s available for the match in play. You would never be forced to default a court if you have less than three 4.5+ players in the lineup. They'd just have to fill in S1/D1 first and foremost.Right, I missed that a little. What if there are not enough 4.5's on the team, which happens fairly frequently?
You should be allowed to fill your lineup bottom to top with people playing up, but I mean, now you're talking about a 4.5+ lineup where at least 5 or 6 guys are 4.0? This is either a 2 team league where they were struggling just to get a cannon fodder 2nd team in order to have a league so that the other team can play at sectionals or it's a team that shouldn't be in the league.Right, I missed that a little. What if there are not enough 4.5's on the team, which happens fairly frequently?
Here at least 60% or 75% of your roster has to be at level. So if you have 12 players on a 4.0 team only 4 can be 3.5s.Writing any rule is going to be tough for it, unless you write it very much like @Vox Rationis suggests. I have definitely seen teams with no 4.5's (all 4.0s) in our 4.5 league (18+, not 40 and over though). I just dont think the USTA has any interest in doing something like that. Something similiar happened on my 5.0 team where their 5.5 played our 4.5 at singles and it was over very quickly but that was the best way for us to strategically play it and it was for top of the league considerations. I dont mind having a rule like that but the USTA has not done that a whole lot but more in recent years with the 4.5+ and the 5.0+.