2022 Florida Cup
2022 Florida Cup Summary
Team League Play
Team league play consists of 6 players from each team competing at the same time on 3 courts, as follows:
- 1 court of Women’s Doubles
- 1 court of Men’s Doubles
- 1 court of Mixed Doubles
Teams registering for the Florida Cup register as part of a complete team. Players who are in areas where there is a USTP local league must check with their local league coordinator about joining the local league in order to participate in the Florida Cup. Players in areas where there is not yet a USTP local league may be allowed to participate in the Florida Cup, as determined by the Cup Director. Each team participating in the Florida Cup must have one captain who the Cup Director can communicate with about the tournament. The team captain speaks for the team. While a team may have more than one captain (a co-captain for example), there shall be 1 person who is designated as team captain.
The Florida Cup is a 2-day event, but each team plays only 1 day – on the day for their division.
- Divisions 3.0 and 4.0 – March 26, 2022
- Divisions 3.5 and 4.5 – March 27, 2022
- Play will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day and will continue until completed. Depending on the number of teams in each division, one of the divisions may have a later start time. You will have your start time no later than March 15, 2022. Plan on being there all day on your day of play.
There are four divisions. The Cup Director may move teams if they are in the incorrect division. For areas with local leagues, the local league coordinator determines what team travels there for each division. For areas without a local league, it is expected that the team will place itself in the proper division. If more than one team from an area without a local league wishes to play in the Florida Cup, the Cup Director may require them to play a playoff at the local level to determine the team that will represent the team in the Florida Cup.
- 3.0 Division. If 2.5 teams wish to play, they may sign up under this Division and let the Cup Director know that they are 2.5. Unless there are sufficient teams to have their own division, the teams in this division will be merged for play and then evaluated separately for results.
- 3.5 Division. A team may have some players who were 3.5 but are now 4.0 on their team. This occurs when a team has played in a local 3.5 division that qualified to go to the Florida Cup but the player is now a 4.0 player. In any event, the majority of the team must be 3.5.
- 4.0 Division. A team may have some players who were 4.0 but are now 4.5 on their team. This occurs when a team has played in a local 4.0 division that qualified to go to the Florida Cup but the player is now a 4.5 player. In any event, the majority of the team must be 4.0.
- 4.5 Division. There are no restrictions on players in this division. If a team is composed of mostly 5.0 players, the Cup Director may create a 5.0 Division. The teams would be merged for play and then evaluated separately for results.
All play will be round robin. Whether it is 1 grouping or more than 1 grouping will depend on the number of teams registered for each division. It is expected that your team will play a minimum of 6 games on each court (3 rounds of 2 games each).
Each game will be to 11, win by 1. Each round is 3 courts of play – 6 players for each team playing at the same time.
The Florida Cup will be played at the Pictona Pickleball Facility located at 1060 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hills, Florida. All players attending the facility must comply with facility requirements.
Recreational, or open, play is great. We are big fans of it and it is an important part of pickleball. But there are times when we want a little more structure to our play. And we also want a bit of a challenge. There is no better way to get that than with team league play.
Team league play is not a single-day event where you have to travel to the venue, hope for good weather, and see how it goes. It is also not a whole-day (or weekend) affair that consumes the entire period. You are also not alone when you play, as you are in a tournament.
Instead, team league play is a once-per-week match against an opponent from your area where you get to compete for a couple of hours with the support of your teammates. Vastly different experiences.
If you are a purely recreational player – you go out to the courts just to move around some and say hello to your friends – then perhaps not. But if you enjoy the competition when you are out there and enjoy supporting (and being supported by) others, then league play is for you. It is also perfect if you want a little more structure and competition when you play but to do not want to traipse all over the place following the tournament calendar.
No, team league play is not a ladder league. In team league play you are playing as a team of more than one court of play.
While it shares similarities with a club league, it is not restricted only to clubs. Clubs are certainly welcome to form one or more teams (our current leagues have many teams playing out a single club). Any group of pickleball players may form a team and participate in the league from any facility, public courts, or community center.
In most areas, teams are organized by skill level. In smaller areas, or areas that are new to pickleball, teams may be organized in such manner as will be supported by the local playing community.