TEMPE, Ariz. (January 14, 2022) – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced rule modifications regarding competitions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous rules called for a contest to be defaulted and an ITA ranking loss assigned to any team unable to meet roster minimums of four physically able players. Today’s rule modifications, approved by the ITA Rules Committee, allow for a contest to be rescheduled or declared a no contest when one team is unable to meet the minimum of four physically able players and one institutional representative (e.g. head coach, assistant coach, volunteer coach, school administrator), provided the team can reasonably demonstrate why it was unable to meet the roster minimums. The rules modifications announced today are effective immediately. Teams are encouraged to monitor NCAA bylaws concerning sport sponsorship minimums as the season progresses.
“The ITA Rules Committee recognizes that circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic have clearly changed since last June when rules for the 2021-22 season were approved,” said ITA Senior Director Cory Brooks. “Today’s rules modifications address those changes in a fair and responsible manner. The ITA Rules Committee will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate ITA rules as the collegiate tennis season progresses.”