After much evaluation and discussion, the SCTA Adult Department and Management will implement the following championship restructure for Southern California USTA and SCTA leagues starting in 2017.
WHAT: The Sectional Championship will have four spots at each NTRP level and gender. The Sectional Championship will feature the best of the best teams competing to earn a spot at the National Championship.
All local league winners will advance to an Area Playoff. (Exception: If there are 4 or less areas competing at a NTRP level, the local league winners will advance directly to Sectionals). The playoffs will be divided into two events – one for the northernmost league areas and one for the southernmost areas.
Local League Winners in BAKE; SB; VENT; SFV; LA and SGV areas will advance to the North Area Playoffs.
Local League Winners in BC; OC; IE; CV; SD and SDNC areas will advance to the South Area Playoffs.
Teams will be placed in flights at the playoffs, and a round robin format will be used, just as it has in the past. The winning team in each flight in the North playoff, and the winning team in each flight of the South playoff will advance to the Sectional Championship.
WHEN: Changes will be in effect with the start of the 2017 leagues.
WHY: The USTA and SCTA league programs have grown steadily every year and so have the demands for courts. This change will enable us to keep running fun, exciting and organized events by offering nice venues and team-friendly schedules.
Under the current structure, six or seven league areas with the most teams at a certain NTRP level and gender advance straight to the Sectional Championships, while the rest advance to Area Playoffs where they compete for the remaining spots. The current structure awards automatic bids based on team numbers, not on strength.
The Area Playoffs will now become livelier with all the local league winners participating, offering more competition. Teams will receive their local league awards and lunch will be provided, giving it a Sectional-like atmosphere. Creating centralized playoffs in the north and south will cut down on driving time for players and may eliminate some of the expenses that are currently associated with our events – like gas and hotel costs as well as time taken off from work. Players will be able to plan their schedules around the Area Playoffs since the dates and locations will be set in advance. Participating at Area Playoff will also help the sectional winners qualify players for Nationals.
This restructure aligns USTA Southern California with the majority of other USTA sections – where teams play in one or more playoff events to earn a bid at Sectionals. This restructure will create fairness in the league and all teams will feel equally a part of the fabric of the Southern California USTA and SCTA league programs.
For questions, please contact a member of the SCTA Adult Department at 310-208-3838.