San Diego Captain Resources

Captains are a very important part of the USTA League program. Leading a league team is undoubtedly a lot of work, but we hope it’s also a rewarding commitment that serves both your team and tennis as a whole. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a veteran captain, we are here to help you lead your teams to victory on and off the court!

General Responsibilities

  1. Ensure that all players have a current USTA Membership and are registered to the team prior to the first match. Know which players are self-rated and have an NTRP rating that reflects their skill level.
  2. Make sure all players are committed to playing on the team. (No refunds available for lack of play)
  3. Communicate with your home facility to reserve/ confirm courts/ court conditions. (i.e. wet courts, heat)
  4. Communicate with the opposing captain beforehand to confirm matches, line start times, plan for potential weather issues and reschedules.
  5. Communicate with your players regarding: accurate rule interpretations, scheduled matches, court fees, who brings balls and/or snacks and team practices.
  6. Print a blank scorecard for each match number, fill in your line-up and exchange it with the opposing captain before the start of each match. Any known line default(s) must be communicated to the opposing captain prior to the exchange of the line-ups.
  7. Report, confirm, or dispute scores in TennisLink within 48 hrs after the match.
  8. Ensure that all matches are played in accordance with league regulations.
  9. Set the example for good sportsmanship, rule knowledge, and being fair and impartial when assisting court disputes.
  10. Provide a good experience for those on your teams, at your club, and those you play.
  11. Attend the Annual Captain’s Meeting.

New Players

Throughout the year, players contact us in hopes of finding a league team. When we get an inquiry, we will reach out to our captains with contact info for these new players. If you need a player we urge you to contact them so they don’t need to wait another few months for a league. New players often bring new energy to the team, and having more players (and teams) ultimately helps the league. You never know if one of these new players will be your next star!