FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE ISTLA JUNIOR BRANCH?
The Illawarra Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association (ISLTA) - Junior Branch is a committee of volunteers, mostly parents of players, who organise and run two competitions a year across all suburbs of both the St George and Sutherland Shire areas.
✅ A, B and C Grades are offered
✅ Premier Grade (by invitation only)
✅ Premier, A and B Grades are UTR events
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✅ The competitions are played across both the St George and Sutherland Shire areas
✅ Follow our ISLTA JB Facebook page for updates.
WHAT HAS RECENTLY CHANGED ABOUT THE ISTLA JUNIOR BRANCH?
A number of new members have recently joined the ISLTA Junior Branch Committee.
The Committee is excited to advise several changes and improvements to the competition, including establishing Premier, A and B grades as UTR events from our Winter 2021 Competition. Our new website is just one of the other improvements the Committee has made.
Keep an eye on the ISLTA JB Facebook page for updates.
WHAT IS A UTR?
UTR - Universal Tennis Rating - is a global rating system, which is supported by Tennis Australia, that provides a single, objective, consistent and accurate measurement of skill level for tennis players for all ages, geographies and gender. A player’s UTR is a number between 1.00 and 16.50.
Premier, A and B grade competitions are run as UTR events. All players must therefore be UTR-registered.
Don't have a UTR? Register now and create your profile at universaltennis.com. Once registered, please send an email with your name, surname and suburb and with "UTR Registration" as the subject line to: email@example.com.
HOW CAN I ENTER THE SATURDAY MORNING JUNIOR UNISEX COMPETITION?
All competitions are now run as UTR events. Don't have a UTR yet? Register now at universaltennis.com.
Your tennis club contact or coach will confirm your team details and provide you with a copy of the Rule Book.
HOW DO I CHECK WHICH SUBURBS ARE INCLUDED IN THE COMPETITION AND HOW CAN I FIND A COACH?
All suburbs across both the St George and Sutherland Shire areas form part of the Illawarra Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association (ISLTA).
WHAT IS THE FORMAT FOR PREMIER GRADE AND HOW CAN I BE CONSIDERED FOR SELECTION?
Premier Grade is different to A, B and C Grades. Premier Grade teams and the individual seedings are selected by the Committee. There are six teams with five seeds in each team. Every week four players play against their equivalent seeds, with specific seeds having specific weeks rostered off.
Prospective players are invited by the Committee to trial. After the Premier Grade trials (existing highly-seeded players are not required to trial) the Committee decides seeds based on players' trial results as well as previous results data. Regrettably not all players who trial can be selected but reserves are always welcome.
A TO C GRADES - SUBSTITUTION PLAYERS
In the event where a player is needed to fill in for your team please send an email to the Results Recorder to obtain permission.
See Rule 14 on page 13 and Rule 24 on page 19 of the Competition Rule Book and Draw (A, B & C Grades).
See the substitution player section on the second page of the Result Sheet.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY TEAM'S RESULTS?
BOTH TEAMS MUST email the scanned or photographed Result Sheet to the Results Recorder. Results must be received by no later than 7pm on the day of play. Please ensure that the following details are clearly filled out on all
Each player's name and surname
Correctly completed score and winning team name
Whether new balls were supplied
Both captain's signatures
Good sportsmanship nomination - optional
Please be aware that only one warning will be issued for late results, after which, for every incidence of late submission, penalties may apply, including – but not limited to – a draw being recorded and the points shared between the two teams.
Premier Grade Result Sheet
A - C Grades Result Sheet
WHAT DO WE DO IN THE EVENT OF WET WEATHER?
In the event of wet weather please call the court telephone number listed in the Rule Book to ascertain if court is playable (on safety grounds). If the court is likely to be playable or if it is uncertain, players must proceed to the court where a decision will be made up to 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. The home team must advise the Results Recorder if play does not go ahead.
Optional: teams to advise the Results Recorder of the players who were due to have played.
WHAT IS THE COMMITTEE AND HOW CAN I JOIN?
The ISLTA Junior Branch Committee is a volunteer group of players' parents and other interested members. The Committee organises the draws and manages the registrations and results. Committee members make several important decisions involving the competition and ensure everything runs smoothly, including but not limited to, holding the Premier Grade trials and selecting and seeding players as well as seeding the teams in all other grades.
The Committee is the heart of the competition and organises everything to do with it.
New members are always welcome. To join the Committee please contact:
0423 487 584