Adult Programs

2018/2019 BGITA USTA Adult 18 & Over Registration opens: TBD
League Season: TBD

• Men’s 4.0
• Women’s 3.0
• Women’s 3.5

2019/2020 BIGTA USTA Adult 40 & Over
Registration opens: TBD
League Season: TBD

• Women’s 4.0

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Tennis Apprentice Program

The USTA Tennis Apprenticeship program will be offered again this Fall.
Tennis Apprentice is a special introductory program designed to train, then offer an optional pathway to league play. 
For a regulated modest fee, student receives;
-5 sessions with certified professional
-Free USTA membership
-Free Head racquet
- Intro to Local League play.

Being A Captain

Captaining a team is easy and rewarding! Learn more about what they do. If you are interested in being a captain but have not done it before, we have mentors that can help make it easy for you. If you already know a great captain, be sure to let us know! Nominate your captain as part of our Captains Kudos recognition.

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What it Means to Be a Captain: Understand• Be familiar with the structure, procedures and local league, sectional and national rules, as well as the general rules of tennis to keep your team informed. Find Interested Players• Recruit enough players to field a complete team for every match. BGITA can help in finding players too. Logistics• Ensure that all players meet the eligibility requirements: Have a valid NTRP rating, USTA membership and be the minimum age for the league.• Obtain a team number from your league coordinator.• Distribute all materials to your team including: Team number, schedule of play, current rules and regulations and a list of team members with telephone numbers and emails.• Confirm home and away matches and contact opposing team captains to confirm date and time of match. Assist your local league coordinator in rescheduling postponed or delayed matches.• Organize all materials necessary for the team’s participation at the championship level, if your team qualifies. Get Results In• Record match results on TennisLink within 48 hours (per regulations). Have what it takes to captain a team? Email us at:

BGITA League Policies

CODE OF CONDUCT

1. All BGITA league matches follow USTA rules set out in “Friend at Court.”

2. All players are expected to display good sportsmanship and courteous behavior during each match. This means:

*No profanity

*The server should announce the score clearly before each point.

*Respect the line calls of your opponent. It is acceptable to question a line call, but the decision is made by the players on the side of the net on which the ball lands.

*Maintain a friendly attitude whatever the score.

3. The involvement of spectators begins and ends with cheering good points. It is bad manners to cheer an easy mistake from the opposing team, such as a double fault.

4. Spectators may not question line calls, the score, or give their opinion on these even if asked.

5. We are ambassadors for the sport of tennis – be respectful and considerate of your opponents and players on adjacent courts.


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

1. Inclement weather is defined as rain (current rain or wet courts) or lightning. There is no provision for wind.

2. The official start time of any match is the date and time set out by the league calendar. If both captains have agreed to an earlier start time, then that becomes the official start time.

3. If a match start is delayed by inclement weather, then both teams should be prepared to wait one hour from the official start time to determine if the courts are playable. Any of the four players may determine that the courts are not ready.

4. If the courts are not playable after one hour has elapsed, teams are free to leave and matches should be rescheduled. Captains may change the original lineup for the rescheduled match.

5. If all four players in any match are willing to wait longer than an hour, then they are free to reschedule their match for later the same day. Both teams must agree to this.

6. The match should be rescheduled prior to the next match date, usually one week.

7. In the event that a match is started and then interrupted by inclement weather, any completed matches stand. Any incomplete matches must be resumed later by the same players, with the same score and court position as when the match was halted. An individual match is considered to have started once the first serve is struck.

8. For an interrupted match, both teams must be prepared to wait one hour to determine if the courts are ready for safe play. After one hour, the match is then rescheduled, for any mutually agreed upon date and time up until the official starts time of the next league match. It may be scheduled for later the same day if all four players agree. Matches do not need to be played on the same date.

9. For the final match of the season, rain-out matches must be made up within one week of the official start time (unless that date also has inclement weather, which allows one more week in which to finish).

10. In the event of lightning, all players should leave the court and seek shelter. Play can resume after 30 minutes from the last audible thunder. If the delay is one hour or longer, the match should be rescheduled.

11. Captains should do their best to cooperate with scheduling requests from the opposing captain. We all need a little help every now and then!