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ALTA Procedures
ALTA Procedures

     The following procedures are suggested for fairest establishment and control of ALTA/USTA teams. The suggested rules address three areas that have been sources of conflict within the Tennis community during past seasons. These three areas are:

     Control of Teams
     Procedures for New Residents Joining Teams
     Rules Governing Movement of Players Between Existing Teams

While not fully comprehensive or detailed, these guidelines do provide a more structured approach to governing of the teams and players within our community. The intention is to allow the Tennis Committee to govern team formation without having to resort to the Home Owners Board for final mediation.

1. Control of Teams

A. At the conclusion of each ALTA season, we need to know the new captain of the team for the next season. Suggested that the co-captain become the new captain for the following season. Each team then needs to elect a new CO-CAPTAIN for the upcoming season. This provides a logical and potentially orderly line of succession for each team if enforced. More importantly, this provides a point of contact for each team for New Residents, other roster changes, and other communication. This needs to be made clear at each Captains Meeting. This is key for us as the Tennis Committee then as we then have a clear understanding of how many teams we have for a given season and their approximate rosters, size, and level of play.

B. By ALTA rules, neighborhoods may have as many teams as the facility has courts. Thus, our limit for any MENS, WOMENS, or MIXED season is a maximum of 6 teams. Currently, for weekend ALTA play, there are no openings for MIXED teams. Any new teams must petition the Tennis Committee prior to the Captains      meeting for the season of proposed play. Tennis Committee will then determine if space exists to add a new team. If not, players on the proposed roster will be directed to teams of the appropriate level.

2. New Residents Joining Teams

     New Residents looking for teams will be instructed to contact their appropriate neighborhood Tennis Committee representative.

     As a Tennis Committee member, we need to ask the following few questions to assess possible playing level of the individual and help point them to the appropriate team captain. Again this requires knowledge of all teams, levels of play, and captains:

     1. Do you have a current ALTA or USTA rating?
     2. What is your playing experience? (High School team, College, teaching pro, etc.).

     If no experience, then assign this individual to the lowest available ALTA squad.

3. Current or Experienced Residents Changing Teams:

a. Players moving up or down - Captains discretion of team they are applying to join.

It was recognized during the meeting that our biggest problem exists with teams at the highest level not having enough residents or players (overall) to remain as teams. Our rules must accommodate all residents of the community as fairly and equitably as possible. In order to help alleviate some of the current pressures on the upper level teams (A and above), we have proposed some modest rule changes. The proposed changes are as follows:

I.      Graduated residence level rules: Final rule suggested is as follows:

     For C level teams, we will allow one and only one non-resident player. It is felt these levels that 100% residency is the goal, but we will allow one           exception.

     For B level teams: No more than 2 non-residents. Again, 100% residency at these levels can be expected given the large number of intermediate players available throughout our community. However, the committee does recognize that there are players who have played with us and subsequently left the community, but still wish to play with their former friends and neighbors. This exception acknowledges this condition.      

     For A Level Teams and above: Rather than a strict numeric condition, we propose that 50% of a given team be comprised of residents. This rule recognizes the need for the more advanced level teams to have players on the roster that are outside the neighborhoods.

     One other additional motion was to waive the rule requiring residents to be      given ALTA playing considerations before outsiders. This rule makes little sense for higher level teams whose rosters contain a higher percentage of non-residents.