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Membership

– What are the membership levels?

There are three membership levels:

  • Complete Season Membership – you are a member of OLTA from the beginning (typically early March) of the season through the end (typically late December). The complete season membership offers a discount over paying for two half season memberships. Your court costs are included with this membership; you will not have to pay a court fee when you play. You will be eligible to try out for the Texas Cup team. This membership does not include costs for special leagues or other events that may have special prizes.
  • Half Season Membership – you are a member of OLTA for either the first half or both. A complete season membership offers a discount over paying for two half season memberships. Your court costs are included with this membership; you will not have to pay a court fee when you play. You will be eligible to try out for the Texas Cup team (if a first half member). This membership does not include costs for special leagues or other events that may have special prizes.
  • Pay as You Go: $60 membership fee PLUS $7 for each play session. This membership does not include costs for special leagues or other events that may have special prizes.

(Online payments preferred. Or, make check or money order payable to “Oak Lawn Tennis Association” and give it to an officer at the courts)

Pay securely by credit card. It’s FREE and NO PayPal account required! (Cash only accepted for the $7 play sessions.)

All memberships allow you to attend OLTA picnics, pool parties, and other general membership activities.

– How can I pay my membership dues?

There are three ways to pay your membership dues:

  1. Cash (If paying with cash please contact an OLTA officer directly. Put the cash in an envelope with your name and date on it to ensure the payment gets applied to the correct membership.)
  2. Check or money order payable to “Oak Lawn Tennis Association” Please give your payment to an OLTA officer directly.
  3. Preferred payment method: Pay securely online by credit or debit card. It’s FREE and NO PayPal account required! Click here to pay now. (Note: If using the Pay as You Go plan cash only accepted  for the per session payment.)

 

 

Pay as You Go Membership Plan

— In general how does the “Pay as you Go” (paygo) membership plan work?

To become an OLTA member players will pay their season dues upfront.

Payment of dues entitles a player to full benefits:

  • Website maintenance
  • Texas Cup hosting expense
  • Food and prizes
  • Social events
  • Year-end holiday party and awards

However, in addition to the initial payment an additional payment is required during each session visit.

 

— To whom do I pay the per-session visit fee?

A club officer will serve as “court coordinator” and will arrive at the tennis center before the designated play session start time. Put your cash payment in an envelope, write your name and the date on the outside, then seal and give the envelope to the coordinator. Upon payment you may commence play on the designated courts at the designated start time.

— I don’t have cash on me. May I use my credit card?

Sorry, no. Only cash payments are accepted for the session fee. Please pay the exact amount as the court coordinator will not make change.

— I don’t have cash on me. May I issue an IOU, play now and pay later?

Sorry, no. OLTA must promptly pay the tennis centers for the court fees and does not have the resources to collect on IOU’s.

— What if I arrive after the designated session start time? Can I still pay my fee and play with OLTA?

Try to arrive early enough to pay the fee before the session starts.

However, if arriving late first locate the court coordinator and pay your fee (please avoid disrupting matches already in play).

Do not take a court before paying your fee.

 

 

Court Assignments

– What Are Some General Guidelines Regarding Court Assignments and Challenges?

We know doubles teams will want to prepare for GLTA tournament or Texas Cup play, but, please try to schedule those practice sessions outside of OLTA play.

However, if this does occur, then such practice matches (no more than one set) cannot occur more than 30-days before Texas Cup or GLTA tournament play.

Doubles play will always take precedence over Singles play.

It is important every effort be made to make new members or potential members (and even existing members) comfortable and welcome to OLTA.

Every effort should be made to ensure OLTA sessions are evenly matched.

If this does not occur, it is up to the players on the court to help make this happen.

Players are responsible for having a can of new tennis balls with them before taking the court to play.

Tennis balls can be purchased at the tennis centers; however, they are usually cheaper if purchased at a discount store such as Walmart or Target.

– What can I do to help encourage interaction between all players–potential members, new, and existing members?

Just be aware that OLTA sessions are for social competitive play. Therefore, no competitive matches for leagues, ladder, tournament, etc., will be allowed.

– I want to arrive and start playing early. Is that okay?

Play will not begin before the scheduled time and cannot continue beyond the allotted time, unless players pay for their own court time directly to the tennis center. If this occurs then the players are not part of the OLTA session and OLTA will not be responsible for any additional fees.

If OLTA members walk onto a vacant court to practice or play, they will be responsible for paying the court fee directly to the tennis center and will not be part of the OLTA session.

The tennis centers charge on a per player basis and not whether play is singles or doubles. In addition, the tennis centers charge for an entire session, regardless of when play begins, i.e., a session equals 1 1/2 hours of play.

– Can I just walk onto any court and start playing?

No. Court assignments will be provided by the tennis center to the OLTA court coordinator who will then relay that information to the players.

Even though courts may be vacant they are not automatically assigned to OLTA. So, do not take any court without first checking with the OLTA court coordinator.

– Can I bypass the tennis pro-shop and proceed directly to the court?

No. Players are not allowed to bypass the tennis center pro-shop and walk onto the tennis courts to play.

– What happens if I haven’t paid my dues before the deadline?

Only dues-paying OLTA members will be allowed to play OLTA sessions after the deadline with the exception of potential members.

– What if I arrive late to the session?

If arriving late do not simply walk onto a court, even if it’s vacant.

Instead, check with the OLTA court coordinator on available court assignments.

If courts are not available, late-arriving players should challenge to get onto a court.

– May I play a league match during an OLTA session?

No league matches will be allowed during OLTA sessions.

– May I play a ladder challenge during an OLTA session?

No ladder challenges will be allowed during OLTA sessions.

– What about pre-arranged matches?

No pre-arranged matches will be allowed during OLTA sessions.

– When playing doubles must I stay paired with the same player for the entire OLTA session?

Doubles partners can change after the first set is played, i.e., a player is not tied to the same doubles partner for the entire OLTA session.

Court Challenges

– When is it permissible to challenge a court?

A court challenge can be made at any point during a set, i.e. beginning, middle, or end.

– If our court is challenged may we finish the current set then play another set before playing the challenge match?

No.  The challenged court cannot play two sets before the challenge match occurs.

All sets will be best of “tie-break set,” i.e. win six games by two games, with a 12-point tiebreak at 6-all.

– Once a court has been challenged who is responsible for ensuring the challenge match occurs?

Both the court challenger and challenged will be responsible to ensure the challenge match regardless of the court locations.

The challengers will play the winner of the challenge court. The loser of the challenged court can challenge another court or move to another court to play if courts are available.

– If our court is challenged and my team loses can we immediately challenge back?

To promote the spirit of the challenge system you cannot immediately challenge the court you just lost on.  Instead, challenge another court.  After playing a challenge on a different court you may now challenge the court you originally lost on.

– What should happen when play is in progress on both the challenger/challenged courts and one court has finished their set?

If either of the challenger/challenged court has finished their set and the other has not, then play can continue until the court has finished their match or the court can stop their match and move to play the challenge match.

Use reason if such a conflict occurs.

For instance, if the challenger has just started play and the challenged court is in the middle or end of their set, then the challengers must stop play for the challenge to occur.

When making a challenge make sure all players on the challenged/challenger courts are aware of the challenge.

– When making and/or accepting a challenge may we change doubles partners?

Yes. The doubles teams can change if agreed upon before play begins.

Texas Cup

— What is Texas Cup?

Texas Cup (TxCup) is the annual tri-city tennis competition between the GLTA clubs in Dallas (OLTA), Austin and Houston.

The location of the TxCup rotates between the three cities.

The three clubs compete in singles and doubles during the two-day event to determine which city is the TxCup champion. The TxCup trophy goes to the winning club and stays with that organization for the year.

It is a good opportunity to meet tennis players from other cities and enjoy the hospitality of the host club.

TxCup is not a GLTA sanctioned event.

– Who may play in Texas Cup?

Only club members who have paid their OLTA membership dues may qualify to be on the Texas Cup team. All membership levels apply.

— What are the Texas Cup Rules?

Check back later for the 2016 rules.

Texas Cup 2015 Rules

I. Lineup Development and Submittal

1. All Texas Cup participants must be members in good standing of their respective clubs prior to the Texas Cup competition.

2. Team captains must rank their lineups according to the strength of the team’s players in order to foster fair and competitive play for all event participants.  “Sandbagging,” i.e., listing a strong player or team below a weaker player or team is strongly discouraged.

3. The ranked team lineup should consist of at least 24 singles players, and 12 doubles teams, present at the event and physically capable of competing. Players do not have to play in both events.

4. The ranked team lineup shall be reasonably based on each participant’s relative playing ability and experience.  Team captains should base their ranking decisions on regularly scheduled league play, ladder results, intra-team competitive play, and results in tournaments sanctioned by the GLTA and USTA.  However, it is ultimately up to each team to set their own criteria for ranking the strength of individuals and teams.

5. Team captains must submit the FINAL team lineup for both singles and doubles at 8:30 a.m. on the Saturday morning on which Texas Cup is to begin.

6. For singles match play, only alternates listed on the official team roster may replace a participant listed on the singles team lineup after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.  The alternate must be placed in the same position on the ranked team lineup occupied by the injured or sick participant.  All team captains must approve the use of any alternate.

7. Only alternates listed on the official team roster may be used for the doubles competition.  Moreover, alternates may be used in the doubles competition only in the case of injury or illness to a participant originally listed on the ranked team lineup.  Doubles teams may not be rearranged to accommodate the alternate.  Rather, the alternate must be placed in the same position on the ranked team lineup occupied by the injured or sick participant.  If a team has placed all its alternates in the doubles competition and there are spots remaining to be filled, the team must forfeit those doubles matches for which it does not have a complete doubles team ready to compete.  All team captains must approve of the use of any alternate.

II. Match Format and Play

8. SINGLES – Each team will play twenty-four (24) ranked singles players.  Each of the twenty-four (24) singles players will play one (1) match against a player from one (1) of the other teams.

9. DOUBLES – Each team will field twelve (12) doubles teams on Saturday and Sunday.  Each of the team’s doubles teams will play two (2) matches – one (1) against each of the other teams.  Once a doubles team starts the first match, that same team must play the second match. Alternates cannot be substituted once the first match has been started.

10. At 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, team captains will draw team Letter assignments (A, B, and C.) An already-existing play schedule will then be populated with each team’s line-ups based on the letter drawn by the team captain.

11. USTA Rules will apply to all matches.  Every participant should understand and follow the “Rules of Tennis and Cases and Decisions,” as well as “The Code” as a handbook of ethics and fair play.  The Home team shall have copies of “The Code,” and the “Rules of Tennis and Cases and Decisions,” available for consultation during match play.  Additionally, the Host team is responsible for having a non-playing USTA official present on-site for all matches.

12. A match is considered underway once the individual participants begin their warm-up on the court assigned for match play. Warm-up is limited to ten (10) minutes, including practice serves.  The coin toss, or racquet spin, for serve shall occur prior to the start of the warm-up period.  Once the match has begun, play must be continuous throughout the match as specified in USTA Rules.  Retirement from play will result in a win for the opposing team.  Unless otherwise agreed to by all match players or otherwise specifically provided in these Rules, no one other than the participants is allowed on the playing court, or an adjacent court, except in the case of injury or illness.

13. All matches will be the best two (2) of three (3) sets.  The 12-point tie-break, as specified by USTA Rules, will be in effect anytime the score reaches 6-all in any set.  At the conclusion of the second set, any player shall be entitled to a rest period of ten (10) minutes.  Good sportsmanship and conduct are expected from the participants and spectators.  In the spirit of fair competition, participants are expected to make accurate line calls.

14. In the event of continued disputes over line calls, a participant may request a linesperson, who will be provided if available.  Play will continue within five (5) minutes while attempts are made to obtain a linesperson.  The first choice for a linesperson should be a non-playing USTA official.  Second choice should be a non-participating spectator who is familiar with the rules of tennis but is not a member of any team.  Third choice should be a member of the team that has no participants in that particular match.  A participant can call a foot fault on an opponent after one warning.  Moreover, a participant, team captain, or acting team captain, may request a foot-fault judge.  Foot faults shall be enforced strictly during all matches.

15. Coaching is allowed only during changeovers, the two minute breaks between sets and the optional ten (10) minute rest period between sets two (2) and three (3).  Coaching may be done by the team captain or by any team member.  Only team captains are allowed to remain on the court during play.  Abuses of coaching rules will be addressed by calling the Tournament Referee; complaints about coaching abuse may be made only by players involved or team captains.
III. Match Schedule

17. The Host team captain must inform the other team captains what time matches will be scheduled to begin each day (Matches start at 9am). The Home team must furnish one unopened can of USTA approved yellow balls for each match.  If a match extends to a third set, any match participant may request a new can of balls for use during the third set.

18. Each team captain is responsible for informing their participants of scheduled match times.  A fifteen (15) minute default time will be imposed for all matches.  Defaults will not be official until all three (3) team captains approve that the match should be defaulted, but this approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.  If a player is less than fifteen (15) minutes late for the scheduled start of a match, then the progressive point and game penalties included in the USTA Rules shall apply.  Accordingly, participants should arrive for their matches more than 15 but less than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled start time to expedite play.

19. Each team must have a team captain or acting team captain present at all times during all match play.

20. Each match win earns a team one point.  Total number of points earned at the end of the competition determines the winner of the Texas Cup.  In the event of a tie, the following tiebreakers shall be used, in order, until the tie is broken:
(a) the difference between each team’s total number of sets won and total number of sets lost;
(b) the number of each team’s matches won in two sets versus three sets;
(c) the head-to-head match-ups between the tied teams; and
(d) the total number of games given up to all opponents.
If none of these methods breaks the tie, the teams shall be declared Co-Champions.

IV. Inclement Weather

21. In the event of rain, completed matches will stand as played.  The same participants must resume incomplete matches at the exact set, game and point that the match stood when halted.  Line-ups for matches not started must conform to the ranked team lineups, and substitutions for incomplete matches must conform to the rules for the placement of alternates.

22. If the teams have assembled to play and the event is delayed or interrupted by rain or wet courts, teams should be prepared to wait one (1) hour to determine if the courts become playable.  If the courts are still not playable after one (1) hour has elapsed, teams are free to leave and reschedule, unless all team captains agree to wait longer.  If rain delays prevent the completion of full matches, the team captains must agree on alternative scoring methods, such as eight (8) game pro sets with no-ad scoring.

23. If the temperature on the court is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and all team captains agree, matches may be postponed.  Teams must wait one (1) hour to determine if the temperature at the courts falls within the playable range.  Court temperature must be taken at the top center of the net by thermometer.  If no thermometer is available, no match delay is permitted.  All participants scheduled to play in a match must be present at the courts to cancel that match because of temperature.

24. Once a match has begun, it must be completed except in the event of rain or other inclement weather that creates hazardous playing conditions.  High winds, by themselves, are not grounds for stopping play.

 

 

 

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