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Ratings/Age

Do I need to be an active USTA member to participate?
No. Players do not need to be USTA members or currently playing USTA. We are simply using USTA ratings as a guideline to keep the tennis competitively fun. If you do not have a USTA rating, you will need to self rate your skills based on USTA rating guidelines.

What if I get bumped up at early start? Can I play at my old rating?
Your USTA rating at the time of registration determines the division in which you can play, with the following provisions: If 1-3 players on your team are bumped up in early-start ratings, after MPLT registration, your team may still play at the lower division (3.5). If four or more members of a team are bumped up due to early start ratings, then your team must play at the higher division (4.0).  

Can ratings within one team vary? Can 3.5s be on a 4.0 team?
As with USTA leagues, players are allowed to play up. A 4.0 team can have 3.5 players and a 3.5 team can have 3.0 players. Our guideline is that the majority of players on a team be at the level of the division in which they play, for example, there must be at least four 4.0 players on a 4.0 team of seven players.

Can I put together some 4.5s and 3.0s to make up a 4.0 team?
No. The rating of a player cannot exceed the division in which they are entered.

What are the guidelines for 3.5/4.0 Combo teams?
On the 3.5/4.0 Combo team, a 4.0 can only be paired with a 3.5. Two 4.0 women cannot play together. Two 3.5 women can play together in this flight. Combo teams must be played from the top down. For example, if there is only one combo team in the line up, they must play in Line 1. If there are two combo teams in the line up, they must play in Lines 1 and 2. Three combo teams can also be in a line up, filling all three lines. There’s no limit to the number of 3.5s or 4.0s that can be on a team; however, the above rules apply to each match.

What are the guidelines for 4.0/4.5 Combo teams?
On the 4.0/4.5 Combo team, a 4.5 can only be paired with a 4.0. Two 4.5 women cannot play together. Two 4.0 women can play together in this flight. Combo teams must be played from the top down. For example, if there is only one combo team in the line up, they must play in Line 1. If there are two combo teams in the line up, they must play in Lines 1 and 2. Three combo teams can also be in a line up, filling all three lines. There’s no limit to the number of 4.0s or 4.5s that can be on a team; however, the above rules apply to each match.

What if I’m only a 3.0…can I play?
Yes, a 3.0 can play up on a 3.5 team. In order to keep things as “competitively fun” as possible, we do not want players to play up more than one level. (We discourage 3.0s from playing at the 4.0 or 4.5/4.0 level.)

How strict are you on age?
Participants must be age 45 or older, or turning 45 within the calendar year. You can be 44 and play in the tournament if your birthday occurs on or before December 31 of the calendar year in which you are playing.
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