65 and over

National Invitational Qualifier

USTA SoCal 65 & Over National Invitational Qualifier

December 5-6, 2020 at Laguna Niguel Racquet Club

Event Contact:
Maria Goldberg, USTA Southern California
310.209.5913 | goldberg@scta.usta.com

The health and well-being of our players and staff remains our top priority. Please adhere to all COVID-19 best practices including physical distancing, facemasks while off-court, frequent handwashing, and any other regulations as determined by tournament organizers or county officials. 

Laguna Niguel Racquet Club
23500 Club House Drive
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 496-4665
Click here for Directions

Please note that this tournament is “invitation only”.  Area League Coordinators will confirm advancement to the Invitational Qualifier.

Captains must fill out and submit a Sectional Championship Registration Form once the Area League Coordinator has confirmed their advancement. Registration forms must be submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.

Visit the Registration Portal

Team Fee – $75

All teams must be able to field full teams. If you cannot field a full team or if your team is unable to participate, advise your Area League Coordinator immediately. Teams that drop out and fail to complete the event once it has started, can result in loss of future rights to play in the USTA Southern California League program.

Penalties may be given at the discretion of the Championship Director and Committee. (Refer to the USTA League Regulations 2.03K/2.03L –Team Defaults). (Exceptions may include: illness, injury, or personal emergency).

Each participating player much sign and submit a waiver.  Failure to do so may result in match default or reversal.  

Review your championship match schedule. Note that the schedule as posted is subject to change, and captains should check back frequently to confirm dates and times. 

Click here to view the PDF schedule 

Click here to view your schedule at USTA TennisLink 

● Captains should check in at the Tournament Desk and collect their scorecards no later than 15 minutes before match time. The Tournament Desk must be notified of any defaults or missing player issues.
● All players listed on the scorecard must be onsite and ready to play once the scorecard is turned in.
● Line-ups cannot be changed without the approval of the championship director.
● Match order is determined by the Tournament Desk.

● A match will consist of 3 doubles lines/Doubles positions at 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 or 9.0 combo levels/divisions.
● All matches played will be the best of three sets, with regular scoring and a set tiebreak (first to 7 by 2) at 6-all in each set. In the event of split sets, a deciding match tiebreak (first to 10 by 2) shall be played in lieu of a third set. The Coman Tiebreak Rotation (change ends after the first point and every 4 points thereafter) will be used for all Set and Match Tiebreaks. Two-minute rest between the 1st and 2nd set and between the 2nd set and a Match Tiebreak.

Flighted Divisions will participate in a round-robin format within their flight. The winner of each flight will be determined by team matches won. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by the first of the following procedures:
○ Individual Matches: Winner of the most individual matches
○ Head-to-Head: Winner of head-to-head match
○ Sets: Loser of the fewest number of sets
○ Games: Loser of the fewest number of games
○ A method to be determined by the championship committee
*If there is more than one flight, Flight winners will advance to single elimination bracket play to determine a champion.

Un-flighted Divisions will participate in two randomly generated matches. The top two finishers will advance to single elimination bracket play to determine a champion. In the event of a tie after random match play, the tie will be broken by the first of the following procedures:
○ Individual Matches: Winner of the most individual matches
○ Head-to-Head: Winner of head-to-head match
○ Sets: Loser of the fewest number of sets
○ Games: Loser of the fewest number of games
○ A method to be determined by the championship committee

USTA Rules and League Regulations will be enforced during Championships (Regulations)

● If the championship or part of the championship is canceled due to unplayable conditions, the championship may be rescheduled. If the championship is not rescheduled, the Championship Director and/or Championship Committee will determine the champion and finalist by using one or a combination of the following based on completed matches at the championship: Team(s) with the best record and/or highest percentage of wins.

● The Section League Coordinator or the Championship Committee shall have the right to modify the format and scoring or use alternate sites and court surfaces in order to complete play on schedule in the event that there are more or fewer teams than anticipated, defaults, unplayable conditions, or any other reason, which would necessitate a change in the announced format.

● Singles Stick will not be used.
● Due to covid restrictions, score tenders will NOT be available.
● Coaching is not permitted. (No cell phones or electronic devices allowed on the court)
● Warm up courts will not be available.
● Warm up and Default – There will be a five-minute warm-up period, including practice serves. The USTA Point Penalty System may be used when players are late, and courts are available:
○ 5:00 minutes or less – Loss of Toss + 1 game
○ 5:01 to 10 min. – Loss of Toss + 2 games
○ 10:01 to 15 min. – Loss of Toss + 3 games
○ Over 15 min. – Default

● Immediately after an individual match is finished, a player from each team reports and confirms the score at the Tournament Desk.
● Upon the completion of the individual matches, both captains must verify the scores and sign the match scorecard.
● Score discrepancies will be addressed at that time. If only one captain signed the scorecard and there is a discrepancy, those results may be FINAL.

Rest in between matches is dependent on when a player finishes their match and when their next match is scheduled. Other individual matches can start prior to resting players’ adjusted start time. When playing doubles to doubles players are given a minimum rest time of 30 minutes.

Winning teams will be eligible to participate in the 65 and Over National Invitational. Details and information will be provided to the Captains of 2020 Championship teams. If the winning team at any NTRP level of competition is unable to compete further, then the second-place team will be asked to take their spot.

Roving umpires are officials who exercise jurisdiction over more than one court. Their duties are similar to those of a chair umpire and include but are not limited to the following:
● Ensuring that assigned courts are ready for play
● Enforcing the warm-up time and Point Penalty System
● Resolving scoring disputes
● Ensuring that assigned courts are ready for play
● Overruling line calls and calling foot faults when they are in direct observation of the courts
● Controlling spectators

Roving umpires may be positioned inside the fenced areas and will interfere with play as little as possible. Players should be encouraged to play tennis without the need for umpires. In the case of disputed calls and upon the request of the player, a roving umpire, if available, may oversee the match.

The hotels listed in the link above are close to the facility. The USTA SoCal is not affiliated with any of them and assumes no risk or liability associated with these facilities.

View area lodging at Hotels.com. 

Gifts and Awards
There are 12 Player Gifts available for each team. Champion Awards are provided to the 1st Place team of each level. Finalists awards are given for the 2nd Place team of each level. Maximum 12 per team.

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