VTF Richmond League (FALL)
2020 VTF Richmond Fall League

What is World TeamTennis?
WTT is co-ed teams competing in 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.
Click here to view WTT Rules
 
What is a WTT team?
A team must have two men and two women, as a minimum. Only 10 players on a team can advance to a National Qualifier, and each player must have played in two matches of that particular season. Advancing teams may take one alternate to a National Qualifier; however, even if all players on a local league roster aren't able to advance to a National Qualifier, their names should be included on that roster should that team with the Qualifier and go to Indian Wells. Any player going to Indian Wells has to be on the roster at the Qualifier.




COVID-19 Information
The following changes will be implemented during this season's matches:
  • Only players involved in the match are allowed on the court. The remaining players and spectators should remain outside the gate while socially distancing.
  • Players should use a racquet tap instead of the end-of-match handshake.
  • Captains should exchange lineups and enter scores electronically (phones, tablets, etc.). This eliminates the need to exchange paper copies.
  • All players must bring their own water, towels, and masks.

In addition to the above guidelines, players must follow any club restrictions regarding COVID-19. Home court captains should make sure that visiting captains/teams are aware of any of these restrictions.

Additional recommendations/suggestions:
  • Players should each bring their own can of balls to use only for their respective matches. The tennis balls should be identified by noting the number of the ball. If using the same numbered ball, they should be marked for identification.
  • Use only your foot or racquet when returning tennis balls to other players or the other side of the court.
  • If both captains agree, teams may forego switching sides during a match.
  • Masks for spectators are suggested as per the state or club guidelines.
  • Players experiencing any of the associated symptoms of COVID-19 should not play.
  • Equipment should not be shared (towels, water bottles, racquets, etc.).
  • Avoid, or minimize, touching common areas whenever possible (scorekeepers, gate latches, etc.)
  • Wash hands before and after matches.
  • Avoid touching your face after handling the ball, racquet or other equipment.
  • Clean or wipe down your equipment, including your racquet, after playing. You may also consider changing overgrips after matches.
Additional information may be added as needed.


 
Who can play?
Anyone 18 and over.
 
When do leagues start?
September 25, 2020
The season will last approximately 6-8 weeks, depending on the number of teams.


Match Schedule
Matches will be scheduled for Friday evenings at 6p (Some times may need to be slightly adjusted to accommodate facility schedules).

 
Sign-Up Deadline: September 18, 2019 for teams to register (Players may register throughout the season, but must be signed-up prior to playing)
Captains must submit the following by 9/18/2020:
  • Team Name
  • Home Courts (Each team must have home courts and must be able to provide courts for at least half of their team's matches. Each match requires two court and lasts approximately two hours)
  • Any dates during the season your home courts cannot host a match.

Players may sign up throughout the season, but must be registered prior to playing in a match. Please remember that players must participate in at least two team matches in order to be eligible to take part in a National Qualifier.
 
What Divisions (levels of play) are offered?
The levels of play being offered are 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, & 4.5.
 
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?
Matches will be played at various tennis facilities in the Richmond Area.

Do I need a team in order to sign-up?
Players are encouraged to sign up as part of a team, but it is not required. We can assist in trying to find a team for you, but placement cannot be guaranteed.

Each team is required to have a Captain.
 
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?
League fees are $30.00 per person.


 
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:

Click for WTT Rules page

Click for printable scorecard with rules
 
For more information contact:
Richmond WTT League
admin@virginiatennis.org
757.255.8780
 
Click on the Registration link at the top of the page to register!