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Rules, Scoring & FAQs

The Ins and Outs of League Play---the Rules!

Rules to keep communication running smooth on the courts.


AGE REQUIREMENT: Players must be at least 18 years of age by the last day of league play.

SCORING: Use no-ad scoring -- the first player/team to win 4 points wins the game. At deuce (3 points all), the receiver has the choice of receiving serve in the ad (right)t or deuce (left) court.

A Coman tiebreaker (see additional explanation below) is played if the players reach 6 games each in each in either the 1st or 2nd set (1st player to 7 points, win by 2) and for the 3rd set a 10 point tiebreaker is played in lieu of a full 3rd set (1st to 10 points, win by 2). In mixed doubles, man serves to the man, woman serves to the woman.

MATCH RESULTS: Winners reports scores and return balls to the pro shop.  Fill out a green form at the league counter to report make-up match scores.  

POINTS AWARDED: Match results are recorded as WIN (1 point) or LOSS (0 points), with no point differentiation between a 2-set and a 3-set match. Any match unplayed involving a reschedule, will be recorded as '0' to the rescheduler and '1' to the reschedulee. Any match unplayed as a result of factors other than a reschedule (bad weather, both opponents no-showing, etc) will be recorded as a 0-0 tie. Head to head results, then total games lost, will break final standing ties.

AWARDS: Gift certificates are the default awards for 1st and 2nd place winners.

FORFEIT/DEFAULT: You forfeit your match by arriving more than 15 minutes past your schedule match time or by no-showing. You may ask your opponent(s) if they are willing to re-schedule. We encourage you to attempt to contact them and do so.

RE-SCHEDULING/SUBSTITUTES/SCORING: You may reschedule (1) match per league without penalty --only if your opponent agrees in advance. Please notify High Point and then arrange to make up your match as soon as possible (reserve a court here in the usual manner or play the match elsewhere). If you opponent does not agree to reschedule, you must either provide an appropriate sub (notify High Point in advance of the sub's name and phone number) or forfeit the match. In order to be in the running for 1st or 2nd place, you must play ALL matches (including make-ups), reschedule no more than ONE match, and report all match results (including make-ups and forfeits) no later than the league make-up deadline. Don't have a substitute player in mind? Call the pro shop and ask for some player names & contact info from our "Sub List."

WITHDRAWAL FROM LEAGUE: Before signing up for a league, please onsider carefully whether or not your other activities will conflict with your match schedule. If injury, illness, or family emergency does require you to withdraw from a league once play begins, notify High Point immediately. If you have a possible replacement for yourself in mind, please let us know that as well. Repeated no-shows, re-schedules, and/or excessive use of subs may bar a player from league play for one year.

Frequently Asked Questions

WEATHER INFORMATION: Wondering if it's raining at High Point?


Download "Rainout Line" app onto your Android or iPhone. Enter "Plano" in the search box. Click on "Plano Parks & Recreation RainoutInfo." A listing of Parks & Rec facilities is listed, including High Point. Tap on the star to make it a favorite! Want updates automatically sent to your phone? Tap on the bell.

How do I contact my opponent(s)?

You will receive a phone/e-mail list of players in your league one the first day of league play. Phone #'s and e-mail addresses are not posted online.

How do I find out what playing level I am? USTA offers a good overview of their levels. High Point uses these guidelines for leagues here. To self-rate, please click  on "USTA SELF-RATING SYSTEM."

What is the Coman Tiebreak?

The Coman Tiebreak Procedure is used at all USTA League Tennis National and Sectional Championships for all set and match tiebreaks. Use of the Coman Tiebreak Procedure is also used during local league play.

For a quick diagram on how the Coman Tiebreaker works, click on the court image below!

The Quick N Easy Coman Tiebreak!

1st Point: Serve 1st point from Deuce (normal) side. (This person only serves once).  Switch sides.

2nd & 3rd Point: Serve 2nd point from the Ad Side. Serve 3rd point from the Deuce side. Do not switch sides.

4th & 5th Point  Serve 4th point from the Ad Side. Serve 5th point from the Deuce side. Switch sides.

All serves are from the Ad side. Switch sides of the court after every four points ----after the 5th, 9th, 13th, 17th points, etc.


Why It's Used:

1. Fairness - By changing ends more frequently, the effects of the elements (sun, wind, etc.) are distributed more evenly between the two opponents as opposed to playing six consecutive points before changing ends.
2. In doubles, the server will always serve from the same end of the court, rather than having to serve from both ends.

(Source: http://www.texas.usta.com/News/USA-League-Tennis/2006_05/313818_The_Coman_Tiebreaker/)

For more questions, please contact High Point Tennis Center, 972-941-7170, (option 5) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.