Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Can you go to USTA League Nationals on two different teams?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a player were to qualify for a given Nationals on two different teams?  Could they play on both?

The answer is no of course, the USTA specifically has language in the regulations that says a player that must declare which team they will play on and cannot play for two.  Sections and districts have similar language that preclude a player from playing at those championships on multiple teams.

But does this conundrum ever happen?  It actually has this year, at least once.  The teams that won the 18 & over 3.0 Sectionals in Eastern and Middle States have nine shared players.  What is a little odd is that it appears the National's rosters for each team include the shared players on each team.  Each team has a roster of 16 which means all 9 can't decide to play with the same team without causing the other team to not be able to field 8 players.  So the nine will have to be split, some on one team, some on another.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out and who plays on which team.

The teams are in different flights, so each would have to win their respective flights to happen to have to play each other.  But this is potentially good news for the other teams in each flight as it is likely that neither team will be as strong as they would be otherwise with players having to play on just one or the other.