ITA to experiment with new game scoring system this fall

Sept. 6, 2001

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division IMen's and Women's Operating Committee has voted in favor of experimenting with a new game scoring system at the Division I level in ITA regional and national tournaments this fall.

The new system that will be experimented with this fall is called 'Collegiate Game Scoring.' Collegiate Game Scoring (CGS), also known as 'One Ad,' is a scoring method similar to No Ad scoring, but considered less radical. CGS allows one deuce if the score goes to 3-3 (or 40-40). The game is won by reaching four points with at least a margin of two points (4-0, 4-1,4-2) or a score of either 5-3 or 5-4.

CGS will be used at the Division I level in the following events this fall: the Riviera Women's and ITA Men's All-American Championships, the 17 Omni Hotels Regional Championships, and the Omni Hotels Men's and Women's National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. The collegiate tennis season is divided into two seasons: the fall individual, singles and doubles, season, and the spring team season. It is expected that standard scoring will still be used in this year's spring team season.

Some of the benefits for CGS include: every game becomes more time definableand matches are easier to schedule and promote, CGS retains the excitement of No Ad scoring and the sudden death element that captures the attention of fans, by increasing the maximum number of points to 9 instead of 7 (as in No Ad), the receiver's advantage is diminished, and finally, the experimentation with CGS further establishes the willingness of college tennis to innovate and take a significant leadership role in tennis.

'Collegiate Game Scoring is only at an experimental stage, and a great deal needs to happen for this to become the standard game scoring system for collegiate tennis,' ITA Executive Director David Benjamin said. 'But our ITA Operating Committee feels it is important to try new things to see which may be of significant benefit to the college game.

Collegiate tennis used No Ad scoring from 1974 through the mid 1980s, but hasused regular scoring for the past 14 years.

Since CGS is only in an experimental phase this fall, the earliest it could be implemented would likely be for the 2002-03 season. For implementation to occur the system will need to receive support from the ITA membership.

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