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Adult Leagues through USTA
Cincinnati has a large USTA Adult League network, designed to help you take full advantage of competitive league play. There are three playing seasons to offer year round options for busy adults. Detailed information is available below, but if you have a question not answered here feel free to call the Adult Local League Coordinator Brandi Schuermann at (513) 550-3350 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Season Information – When Do We Play?
There are three sessions throughout the year:
• Winter Session (January through April)
Teams due December 15th
• Summer Session (May through July)
Teams due April 7th
• Fall Session (September through December)
Teams due August 20th
To view the Championship calendar visit the OVTA website.
To view the levels available during each of the sessions click here for a downloadable pdf.
Rating Your Ability Level
If you have not played USTA before, or at least in the last 3 years, you will need to self-rate. There will be a description on the USTA website when you go to register that will help guide you in your self-rating. It is strongly recommended that each player consult a teaching pro at the club they will be playing for on what rating they should request. There will be a questionnaire that must be answered regarding past tennis history which will help the computer determine what your rating should be.
Registering for a Team
To register for a team you must go through Tennis Link on the USTA’s website. Click here to download a pdf for detailed directions.
Adult Leagues through GCITA Interclub
Cincinnati is fortuanate to have strong interclub relationships provided by the Greater Cincinnati Indoor Tennis Association. Teams are formed at local tennis clubs and accommodate all levels of play, for both men and women. Matches are played throughout the year. GCITA'a schedule can be accessed here.
How do the USTA levels compare to the GCITA Interclub levels?
The USTA levels are normally about 1 level below the GCITA Interclub levels. For example, if you are a 4.0 Interclub player, you are most likely a 3.0 USTA player. There are times when there can be a 1.5 level difference. The best way to determine your level is to see what levels the people you are playing with are and also consult with a teaching pro at your club to help you.
What are the costs to play on a USTA team?
An annual USTA membership is required to play on USTA teams. The cost is $44 for an adult yearly membership. Junior membership is $20 and Family memberships are $72. For each team a player wants to play on, they must register for that team. The cost of each team registration is $17 (plus a $3 administration fee charged by Tennis Link). Each match played requires all players to pay a court fee to cover the court time and the balls. From September through April the court fee is $14 per player. From May through August the court fee is $10 per player.
How do I find a team to play on?
Contact the club coordinator at the club you play at first. If they do not have a team at your level, contact Brandi Schuermann, the USTA local league coordinator. She will help find a team for you.
Do I have to be a member of a club to play on a USTA team?
The answer to this question is different depending on the time of the year. In the summertime, you do not have to be a member of the club to play on a USTA team. Between September and April, some of the clubs do have a requirement to play. You would need to check with them to see what their rule is. For GCITA, you must be a member of a club to play on a team.
What is the structure of play?
This answer varies depending on the level you are playing. Levels 2.5 and 5.0 play two courts of doubles and one court of singles in a match. Levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 all play three courts of doubles and two courts of singles. Seniors, Mixed and Combos each play three courts of doubles.