Houston Tennis Association
2017 HTA Rec League - Winter

What is World TeamTennis?
WTT League is a format that consists of 6 no-ad sets. One set each of men's and women's doubles followed by men's and women's singles, ending with 2 sets of mixed doubles. Total games won from all sets determines the winner. Substitutions and coaching are allowed during the match. The HTA WTT league will run from January 2017 to July 2017. The winner of the local league is eligible to compete in one of the National Qualifiers tournaments that are scattered all over the US starting in late spring and the last one is in early fall.
 
What is a WTT team?
A team must have two men and two women, as a minimum. (10 players maximum). This allows for periods of rest and missing matches.
 
Who can play?
Adults (18 & older) may sign up as a team. Please email Ann Wilde (ann.w@houstontennis.org) HTA WTT Coordinator if you are an individual wanting to play on a team. The league is recreational co-ed tennis promoting goodwill and competitive fun for area tennis players.
 
When do leagues start?
All divisions start on January 21, 2017 League play is on one Saturday of each month .
Division end dates vary according to level and number of teams in each level.
The latest league end date is Saturday, July 22, 2017. Home team will decide time and location.
 
Sign-Up Deadline: 1/13/2017
Teams will need to register by January 13, 2017 and have at least 4 players by January 20, 2017.
 
What Divisions (levels of play) are offered?
For the 2016 Corporate/Recreational Cup season Houston is proud to have competition at all levels offered! 3.0 & under, 3.5 & Under, 4.0 & Under, and 4.5 & Under, and Open divisions.

HTA will utilize and verify NTRP ratings ALREADY generated in USTA Tennislink for computer rated players and self rated players for year end 2016 ratings.
 
Determining Team Rating
The average NTRP rating of the top two men and top two women players on your team determines the team rating.
 
       Example:
  Joe- 4.5 Mary- 3.5
  Tom- 4.5 Jill-3.5
  Bill- 4.0 Gail- 3.5
  Joe- 4.5 Mary- 3.5
  Jim- 3.5 Joan- 3.0
 
The best two men and two women are: 4.5 + 4.5 + 3.5 + 3.5 = 16. 16 divided by 4 equals 4.0.
 
This team could register for the 4.0 division or a higher division. A team consists of a minimum of two men and two women. Although the limit to the number of team members is ten, the suggested number of players is three men and three women. Click here to determine your NTRP level.
 
Where do we play?
Home teams choose the facility to host at and time of play.
 
Can I register as an individual/substitute/team?
Please contact Ann Wilde - HTA WTT League Coordinator for more information about registering for a team.
ann.w@houstontennis.org
 
Note to substitute players:
If a team does not have 10 players maximum then they can add players to make the limit of 10 players. The player being added must have league fee into league coordinator before the match to be played.
 
Why register via the Internet?
You are not an official league participant until you have registered online. When you register via the Internet site you will be e-mailed league information during the season and your WTT Member Benefits (WTT Point of Contact Newsletter, discounts on hotel, rental cars, 2 for 1 tickets, plus more).
 
What is the cost?
No team fees. Just $25 per player. Teams provides balls (minimum of two cans per team match) and home team covers court costs.
 
League winners qualify for a National Qualifier?
Winning teams advance to the WTT National Qualifiers. Your team is eligible to participate in a NQ for up to one year from the end date of your league. For every four (4) teams in any official World TeamTennis (WTT) local league division, one (1) team will be eligible to participate in a NQ. Click here for more details.
 
Local League Information & Rules:
1. Player Registration continues until a team has 10 players. You can send new player information to League Coordinator for registration (ann.w@houstontennis.org).
2. There is an 10 player limit on the number of players per team; Also, please note that to qualify for National Qualifying tournament, each player selected to travel is required to have played in two (2) matches.
3. The HTA WTT Rec league play will consist of Round Robin Play with all matches counting for final standings.
4. Winners for the Divisions will be determined with these guidelines:
a. Most matches won
b. Then, in the event of a tie, the highest percentage of total games won to total games played.
c. Then, in the event of a tie, a toss of a coin.
 
For more information contact:
Contact Ann Wilde at ann.w@houstontennis.org
 
Click on the Registration link at the top of the page to register!