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2009 USTA Mixed Doubles League Registration Begins

May 20, 2007 05:00 AM

USTA League Tennis Mixed Doubles is similar to USTA League Tennis in that it offers competitive league tennis play at the local and sectional level, culminating in a National Championship consisting of top teams from across the country. The USTA League Tennis Mixed Doubles program allows players of different NTRP levels to play together, encouraging participants to play with their friends, family and co-workers.

Players without an NTRP rating are permitted to self rate. The levels offered include adult 2.5 to 5.0 - with combined partnerships of levels up to 10.0 and senior 5.0 - 9.0.

The program is open to all players 19 years of age and over. There are currently over 2,000 players participating in the USTA League Tennis Mixed Doubles program in Kentucky. Contact your Local League Coordinator for more information! League season ends late August. 

 

Registration is now open for USTA Adult and Senior Mixed Doubles League Tennis for the 2009 season starting in June. The initial roster deadline is June 11, 2009. Captains must have at least 6 players (3 men and 3 women on each team) registered by this date.

To register go to Tennislink the official registration of the league. Choose CREATE A TEAM ON LINE. You will have a series of drop down menus and you need to input the following information:

Section: Southern

District/Area: Kentucky

Area: Ashland

League: 2009 Ashland USTA Adult Mixed Doubles or 2009 USTA Ashland Senior Mixed Doubles

Flight: Enter level of your team 

Team name: Enter team name as  "KY/ASH/CAPTAINS LAST NAME, FIRST NAME"

HOME COURT: CHOOSE YOUR FACILTY FROM the following they will be on a drop down menu

                             Greater Ashland Tennis= Ashland Tennis Center

                         &nbs​p;   Ritter Park=Ritter Park Tennis Center

                             Portsmouth Racquet Club=Portsmouth Tennis Academy

                     &n​bsp;       Huntington Tennis Association=Huntington Tennis Club

                            Chillicothe Racquet Club= Chillicothe Racquet Club

 

 You must register one player to create a  team number. Once you have completed the registration process give this team number to your team  and have them go on a register. It's quick and easy! If you have any questions give Jerry a call at 606-329-2245.

2009

USTA KENTUCKY LEAGUE REGULATIONS

 

The USTA League Tennis Regulations and Southern Regulations shall have full force and applicability at all levels of play in USTA League Tennis, and Super Seniors in the state of Kentucky, and there is no authority to modify, amplify, or change them by Local League Coordinators, Community Tennis Associations, or committees.

 

USTA Kentucky has appointed the Kentucky State League Coordinator (SLC) to organize, coordinate and supervise all USTA League Tennis, Southern Combo, and Super Senior activities at the state level. The SLC, in conjunction with the Kentucky Adult League Committee, has the authority to interpret the USTA League Tennis Kentucky Regulations.

 

The USTA Southern Section Kentucky League Program shall be governed by the Kentucky Adult League Committee appointed by the President of USTA Kentucky and subject to the control and direction of the USTA Kentucky Board of Directors.

 

A.        STATE REGULATIONS COMMITTEE

1.         The Kentucky Adult League Committee, through recommendations from the Local League Coordinators, establishes the Kentucky League Regulations. The Kentucky Adult League Committee and USTA Kentucky Board of Directors grants final approval of the USTA League Tennis Kentucky Regulations.

B.        LOCAL LEAGUES

1.         Local Leagues shall be approved by USTA Kentucky to administer USTA League Tennis.

2.         An existing league level is defined as an area that enrolls two or more teams per NTRP level. USTA 3.01A

3.         Local League administrators, including Local League Coordinators and Community Tennis Associations, are responsible for the administration and the promotion of the USTA League Tennis Program in their Local League area.

4.         Local League Appointments

a.         Local League Committees shall submit the name of a candidate for local league coordinator to the State League Coordinator.

b.         The State League Coordinator shall forward the name along with the recommendation to the Kentucky Adult League Committee.

c.         The Local League Coordinator shall be appointed for a period of one year and is subject to a yearly renewal as well as entering into a service contract with USTA Kentucky. USTA Kentucky may remove the Local League Coordinator at any time during their contract period.

5.         Local League Coordinators are required to follow the current job description, which is subject to change each league year.

6.         Local Leagues are required and have the authority to compose regulations that preside over local play. Local League regulations shall not conflict with any existing National, Southern, or Kentucky regulation.

7.         Prior to the start of the Local League Season, the Kentucky Adult League Committee must approve the local League Rules and Regulations. Local League Rules and Regulations must be distributed to Team Captains along with USTA, STA, and Kentucky Regulations before the League Season begins, preferably during the Captain’s meeting. Copies of such regulations may also be available on Local League Websites and by Email to team captains.

8.         The approved Local Leagues for the 2009 season are: Ashland (ASH), Bowling Green (BG), Henderson (HEN), Pennyrile Area (HOP), Lexington (LEX), Louisville (LOU), Owensboro (OWN), Purchase Area (PUR), Northern Kentucky (NKY), and Paducah (PAD).

9.         Local League Coordinators and/or Schedulers may not captain any USTA League Tennis team. Local League Coordinators and/or Schedulers may be a non-playing captain, as long as it is at a different level than they are playing.

10.       A CTA may add a nominal fee to their existing league fee, but the fee must first be approved by the SLC and the Kentucky Adult League Committee. The CTA must request in writing prior to the registration being opened for each league and/or season that it intends to add a nominal fee, specifying the amount, which must be approved by the SLC and the Kentucky Adult League Committee. Once approved, the amount of the nominal fee as well as how the funds will be used will be published in the CTA’s local league rules and regulations. At year end, an accountability form must be submitted to the SLC to document how the funds were spent.

C.        USTA MEMBERSHIP

1.         All players participating in USTA League Tennis and/or Southern Combo and/or Super Seniors must be a current member of the USTA for the entire league season.

2.         Participants competing in State Championships are required to have a current USTA membership throughout the entire event.


 

D.        SELF-RATING

The process of self-rating shall be administered by TennisLink and the Southern Sectional office. Players who do not have a computer rating on file in TennisLink shall self-rate in accordance with the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Guidelines and declare their self-rating on TennisLink when registering for a team. Omission of information regarding a player’s tennis history will subject the player, the captain and/or others who condoned inaccurate self-rating to sanctions and disqualification. STA 3.01D(2)

 

E.         FEES

1.         State and Local League fees, as well as Championship fees, shall be reviewed prior to each league year. Final fees shall be established by the USTA Kentucky Management Committee acting upon the recommendation of the SLC and the Kentucky Adult League Committee.

2.         2009 Minimum Fees:

i.          USTA League Tennis Adult/Senior                   $22.00 (KY Head Tax $13.00)

ii.          USTA League Tennis Mixed Doubles   $17.00 (KY Head Tax $8.00)

iii.         Southern Combo Doubles                                 $17.00 (KY Head Tax $8.00)

iv.         Super Seniors                                               ​    $28.00 (KY State Championship)

 

F.         TWO TEAM NTRP LEVEL

1.         A two team league is approved by USTA to encourage growth in areas otherwise not able to field a three-team league at a specific NTRP level.

2.         Two team leagues are required to play a minimum of three matches. USTA 3.01 H (1).

G.        ONE TEAM NTRP LEVEL

1.         A team cannot advance to Championship level without playing a local league.

2.         Local leagues that enroll less than the required two teams per NTRP level may compete in the regular USTA league tennis program by joining another existing Local League.

a.         The State League Coordinator in conjunction with the Local League Coordinators shall assign a team to a local league and move the team to the appropriate league within TennisLink.

b.         The assigned team will be required to travel to all matches within the existing local league they are assigned, unless the other teams within that local league agree to share the traveling.

c.         The assigned team must abide by the Local League Regulations and deadlines of the local league in which the team is assigned.

d.         In the case that two one team leagues join together, both teams will be required to travel equally.

3.         If two or more Local Leagues have only one team at the same level, an Area Local League may be formed and played during the “Championship weekend”. If another Local League has two or more teams at this level, an area local league may not be played during a Championship, unless determined by the SLC. NTRP levels in Kentucky with 5 or less teams may be considered for Championship weekend, which would be considered Local League at State.

4.         Local League Coordinators must inform the SLC of a single team league as soon as determined. The team will register according to registration requirements approved by the Local League. Local League Coordinators must be aware of registration deadlines in surrounding local leagues. If a team does not meet the registration requirements for the league they wish to enter, the Local League will not have to accommodate the team.

5.         All teams participating in the 2009 Adult and/or Senior USTA League Tennis season must be registered in Tennislink by April 15, 2009. A team is defined by National Regulation 3.01 B. A team shall consist of a minimum of 8 players of the same gender eligible to compete at a specific level of competition. Team members shall not have a higher NTRP rating than the maximum NTRP rating of the level in which they are competing. The section association may limit the number of players that appear on a team roster and the number of players on that roster that are at a specific NTRP level. For 2.0, 2.5 and 5.0 levels, a team consists of a minimum of 5 players. For Seniors, a team consists of a minimum of 6 players. (This regulation applies to all teams and must be met by the published local league initial roster deadline date.) Exceptions may be given by the Kentucky Adult League Committee (ALC).

H.        LOCAL TEAM ENTRIES/PLAYER PARTICIPATION

1.         Local Leagues may limit the maximum number of players on a roster. This number must be published in the Local League Regulations. STA 3.01 B

2.         Each local league shall accept entry to teams of which the majority of the players are comprised of team members from another area. A local league cannot reject a player from another area.

3.         The team winning the majority of individual matches shall be awarded one team point. STA 3.01 H (2)

4.         Any Local League divided into flights must establish playoff regulations and the format for determination of local league winners. Playoff regulations must be published prior to start of the league season.

5.         Local Leagues shall determine the procedures and/or penalties if a team forfeits an entire team match during Local League play and must be included in Local League Regulations. STA 3.01 H (2)

6.         Local Leagues shall determine the procedures for rescheduling of team matches including inclement weather procedures.

7.         Scores must be reported in TennisLink within 48 hours of the completed team match.  After match scores have been entered on TennisLink, they must be confirmed by the opposing team within 48 hours of the initial entry or the initial score will automatically be considered valid.  Local Leagues may determine any penalty for a team not adhering to these guidelines. USTA 1.05

8.         A player may play at their actual NTRP level and one NTRP level up in a local league provided his/her rating does not exceed the rating at that level. Limits may not be imposed on the number or percentage of players that can play up on a team, except by special request submitted to and approved by the State Adult League Committee.  STA 3.01 H (5) b (ex. Player rated 3.5 may play 3.5 and 4.0, but not 4.5)

9.         A player may play on more than one team within a division in the same season provided it is in separate local leagues. STA 3.01 H (5) c.

10.       Kentucky has the authority to regulate advancement on more than one adult and/or senior team to the State Championships. STA 3.01 H 5 (d) A player may play on two adult and two senior teams while advancing to the Kentucky Championships as long as they are not the same NTRP level in Adult and/or Senior Events.

11.       Last day of play for the Adult USTA League Tennis season is May 28, 2009. Last day of play for the Senior USTA League Tennis season is May 8, 2009.

I.          APPEAL PROCESS:  

NTRP Appeals for computer rated players may be submitted throughout the year in the “Find a Rating” area of Tennis Link.  This appeal is granted based on mathematical criteria established by USTA and is automatically denied or granted based on a player’s computer rating.  If a players computer rating appeal is granted (up or down), that rating will be used for all future registrations until a new rating is published.  Ratings will not change on current rosters unless the player or captain requests the change to the Local League Coordinator.  Players are entitled to keep the rating that is authorized at the time of registration for any program through that program’s championships season unless notified that the player’s rating has reached “clearly above level” (disqualification) status.

 

Medical Appeal Forms are available on www.kentuckytennis.com or from the Local League Coordinator.  Appeals submitted by a captain for a player will not be accepted.  All appeals are processed by the Medial Appeal Committee, and will be considered and either granted or denied on a quarterly basis.

 

 

 

 

There are limited reasons an appeal can be granted:

 

MIXED EXCLUSIVE APPEAL

           All players appealing,  except District/State, Section and National benchmarks  whose rating is within .05 above or below NTRP level will be granted.

           New player (self-rated) with 4 or fewer dynamic ratings may be granted an appeal if it falls within .20 above the level.

 

YEAR-END APPEALS

           All players appealing, except District/State, Section and National benchmarks  whose rating is within .05 above or below NTRP level will be granted.

           One year or older national benchmark whose rating is within .05 above or below NTRP level may be considered.

           Any players except District/State, Section and National benchmarks , who will be 60 years of age or older during the league year and whose rating is within .10 above or below will be granted an appeal.

           Year old computer rating that falls within .10 above, if the next highest approved NTRP level is not available will be granted an appeal.

 

MEDICAL APPEAL

           Permanent disabling injury or illness occurring after year-end ratings were achieved.

           Appeal must be accompanied by an attending physician’s evaluation of the injury and all other substantiating information including the prognosis for recovery with a timeline.

           The Medical Appeal Committee shall meet on a quarterly basis.

 

NOTE: For the NTRP Computer Ratings, if you are 59 and under, your NTRP Computer Rating is valid for 3 years and if you are 60 and over, your NTRP Computer Rating is valid for 2 years.

 

Adult and Senior Division

 

Year-end Ratings:

 

1.         No benchmark rating (District/Area, Section or National) may be appealed the first year received.

2.         Individuals 60 years of age prior to or during the league year and whose year-end rating, Computer (C) is within .10 above or below level and files an appeal will be granted an automatic appeal.

3.         Individuals 59 years of age and younger whose year-end rating, Computer (C) is within .05 above or below level and files and appeal will be granted an automatic appeal.

4.         These procedures apply to 2008 computer generated (non-benchmark) ratings.

5.         No other appeals will be granted except for medical reasons as authorized below.

6.         A player with a year old computer rating may request a reevaluation of his/her computer rating if it falls within .10 above the NTRP level only IF the next highest approved NTRP level is not available.

Mixed Doubles Division

 

  1. Non-Benchmark Computer (C) rated players whose rating is within .05 above or below level and files an appeal, will be granted an automatic appeal.
  2. A new player to the system with four or fewer dynamic ratings whose rating was generated entirely by mixed doubles matches may be granted an appeal if it falls within .20 above the level.

 

Medical Appeal

 

Permanent injury or debilitating condition:

 

Players may appeal their rating due to a permanent disabling injury or illness using the following criteria:

 

1.         Must have occurred after the year-end rating was achieved.

2.         Must submit NTRP appeal form and USTA Kentucky Medical Form.

3.         Must be accompanied by an attending physician’s evaluation of the injury and all other substantiating information including the prognosis for recovery with a timeline.

4.         All medical appeals will be reviewed first by a section-appointed review committee and, if deemed a permanently disabling injury or illness, will be forwarded to the National Medical Review Committee for a final decision.

5.         Medical appeal of a National benchmark must be submitted through the section to the National League Administrator for decision.

J.         NTRP DISQUALIFICATION AND APPEAL PROCEDURES

1.         No dynamic disqualification of Year-end Computer (C) or Benchmark (B) players.

2.         Players who can be dynamically disqualified include NTRP published level followed by (A) appeal-all, (S) self-rated, (M) Mixed Exclusive, (T) Tournament Exclusive, (D) Dynamic rating-usually an Early Start Rating moved down in the Adult and Senior divisions through the Section Championships.

3.         NTRP Disqualification Appeals are considered based solely on missing or incorrect information.

 

K.        TENNISLINK

1.         All players are required to register for Local League play in Kentucky on TennisLink. All players must self rate according to the NTRP guidelines and the self-rating process is administered by TennisLink and the Southern Sectional office.

2.         For any team in which a player is deleted from the roster more than 45 days after initial registration, the captain must submit the reason for removal in writing to the Local League Coordinator, who will then submit the statement to the SLC for approval. The SLC has the authority to deny reimbursement of registration fees to the Local League in question.

3.         Players promoted to the next level of play are permitted to join another team. Local League Coordinators will provide assistance in placing promoted players on existing teams.

 

USTA LEAGUE TENNIS -ADULT & SENIOR

L.         STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

1.         A team cannot advance to the State Championships without playing a Local League.

2.         Local leagues with the following number of teams per local season may qualify to advance to the State Championships:

Adult

 

Senior

 

2 teams

1 team

2-10 teams

2 teams

3-12 teams

2 teams

11-20 teams

3 teams

13-22 teams

3 teams

 

 

23 teams

4 teams

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.         The Tournament Committee will determine the number of teams needed to complete the draw. If it is determined that additional teams are needed to complete the draw in any level, a blind draw will be made to determine which local league area will receive the wildcard. However, the “Host City” for any tournament will be given first consideration for providing a wildcard for any level if they have a team available in that level, and assuming a wildcard is needed.

            The wildcard selection process is based on a draw which operates as follows: All teams eligible to participate in the potential wildcard drawing will receive one chance each to be drawn as the wildcard. The selected area for the wildcard may go to the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place local league finishers, if none of these teams accepts, then the decision to offer a wild card for that area reverts back to the Tournament Committee.

4.         Teams should be expected to play on any USTA approved surface at the Kentucky Championships.

5.         Teams progressing to the Championship are determined by placement after local league play. Local Leagues are expected to send their top finishers. A local league may send the next team in their local standings to represent their local league. Any deviation from this must be approved by the Kentucky Adult League Committee (ALC).

6.         A minimum of 8 team members who were on the final roster of their local league team at the conclusion of local league play must be available and eligible to compete at the Kentucky Championships. The Tournament Committee can reduce that number to not less than four. For 2.5, 5.0, and Senior teams, a minimum of 6 team members must be available and eligible to compete.

7.         A $100 deposit will be required of all teams at each Kentucky Championship.

8.         Any team forfeiting an entire team match will forfeit this deposit. Any team that withdraws from the tournament after the schedule is published shall forfeit their deposit and registration fees and a grievance will be filed against the entire team.

9.         A team forfeiting an entire team match during the Championships, without consent of the Tournament Committee, will be subject to a grievance being filed against the Captain by the State League Coordinator.

10.       All teams are expected to play all scheduled matches! Any team not complying will be subject to grievance procedures. In accordance with USTA League Tennis Regulations, any team forfeiting an entire team match for ANY REASON will result in all matches of that team previously played or to be played to be declared null and void. If all teams in contention for the Championships have already played the forfeiting team in good faith, the matches stand as played.

11.       All matches at the championship will be the best of two sets and the Set tiebreak shall be used at 6-all in each set. In lieu of the third set, a Match tiebreak shall be played (the first to 10 winning by 2). There will be a two minute set break at the end of each set with no coaching. The Match tiebreak shall be scored as 1 set for tiebreak procedures.

12.       State Championship Dates: All dates and Locations are subject to change by the Tournament Committee.

a.         USTA League Tennis Senior Championship:

May 29-May 31, 2009, Owensboro

b.         USTA League Tennis Adult Championship:

 June 26-28, 2009 – 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 Men and Women, Louisville

June 27-29, 2009 – 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 Men and Women, Louisville

  1. Sectional Championship Adult and Senior Dates: Adult Men and Women 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5, Senior Men and Women 4.0 and 4.5 on July 25-28, 2009, Birmingham, AL. Adult Men and Women 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, Open and Senior Men and Women 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 on July 30-August 2, 2009, Birmingham, AL.

 

USTA LEAGUE TENNIS MIXED DOUBLES

1.         The format for the USTA League Mixed Doubles League will be straight 2.5 level and 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and 10.0 for Adults and 6.0 through 9.0 for Seniors as adopted by the Southern Tennis Association. Each doubles team combined rating cannot exceed the team level, and each individual player’s rating may be no more than 1.0 apart.

2.         The format of play will be three individual mixed doubles matches per team match.

3.         Any NTRP level with only two teams are required to play a minimum of three team matches.

 

M.       NTRP ELIGIBILITY

1.         Players may enter the program with a self-rating if they do not possess a current NTRP rating from 2006, 2007 or 2008.

            For the NTRP Computer Ratings, if you are 59 and under, your NTRP Computer Rating is valid for 3 years and if you are 60 and over, your NTRP Computer Rating is valid for 2 years.

2.         Self-rated players who exclusively play Mixed Doubles will generate a NTRP at the end of the Mixed Doubles League Season.

N.        SELF-RATING - Same as Adult/Senior above STA 3.01 D (2)

O.        LOCAL TEAM ENTRIES/PLAYER PARTICIPATION

1.         A participant may play on more than one team; however, a participant may not play on more than one adult team in the same NTRP level in the same local league.

2.         A participant may play on the same level adult and senior teams. Each participant must pay the league fee for each team he/she plays on.

3.         No special scheduling consideration will be given to players who play on more than one team.

4.         A mixed doubles team is defined as a minimum of 3 men and 3 women of the appropriate NTRP level, who must be listed on a team roster before the published local league initial roster deadline date.

5.         If two or more Local Leagues have only one team at the same level, an Area Local League may be formed and played during the “Championship weekend”. If another Local League has two or more teams at this level, an area local league may not be played during a Championship, unless determined by the SLC. NTRP levels in Kentucky with 5 or less teams may be considered for Championship weekend, which would be considered Local League at State.

6.                  Players may advance to championships with two matches played (1 default counting).

7.         All teams participating in the 2009 Adult and/or Senior USTA League Tennis Mixed Doubles season must be registered in TennisLink by August 7, 2009. Last day of play for Adult and/or Senior USTA League Tennis Mixed Doubles is August 16, 2009. Exceptions may given by the Kentucky Adult League Committee (ALC).

 

P.         SENIOR MIXED DOUBLES

1.         If there is only one Senior team registered at a given level, the Local League Coordinator must contact another local league for the team to join. NEW 2009 SENIORS MAY NOT PLAY IN THE ADULT DIVISION TO QUALIFY.   If the Senior team wants to play as an Adult team, the LLC can move them into the Adult division.

2.         Senior Mixed players may play on both Adult and Senior mixed doubles teams.

3.         Seniors may advance to championships with one match played during their local league season instead of two, with one default counting..

Q.        STATE CHAMPIONSHIP- USTA LEAGUE MIXED DOUBLES

1.         No individual is eligible to progress to championship level competition unless he/she has played on that same team in at least two matches during its local league season (Seniors one match requirement with one default counting).

2.         Local leagues with the following number of teams per local season may qualify to advance to the State Championships:

2-10 teams

2 teams

11-20 teams

3 teams

21 teams

4 teams

 

 

3.         Teams should be expected to play on any USTA approved surface at the Kentucky Championships.

4.         A $100 deposit will be required of all teams at each Kentucky Championship.

5.         Teams progressing to the Championship are determined by placement after local league play. Local Leagues are expected to send their top finishers. A local league may send the next team in their local standings to represent their local league. Any deviation from this must be approved by the Kentucky Adult League Committee (ALC).

6.         A minimum of 6 team members who were on the final roster of their local league team at the conclusion of local league play must be available and eligible to compete at the Kentucky Championships. The Tournament Committee can reduce that number to not less than four.

7.         Any team forfeiting an entire team match will forfeit this deposit. Any team that withdraws from the tournament after the schedule is published shall forfeit their deposit and registration fees and a grievance will be filed against the entire team by the SLC.

8.         A team forfeiting an entire team match during the Championships, without consent of the Tournament Committee, will be subject to a grievance being filed against the Captain by the SLC.

9.         All matches at the Championship will be the best of two sets and the Set tiebreak shall be used at 6-all in each set. In lieu of the third set, a Match tiebreak shall be played (the first to 10 winning by two). There will be a two minute set break at the end of each set with no coaching. The Match tiebreak shall be scored as 1 set for tiebreak procedures.

STATE MIXED DOUBLES:               September 11-13, 2009,  TBD

 

SECTIONAL MIXED DOUBLES:     October 16-18, 2009, Jackson, MS

 

NATIONAL MIXED DOUBLES:       November 20 – 22, 2009, 6.0 & 8.0 in Tucson, AZ and 7.0,

 0.9 & 10.0 in LasVegas, NV.

 

 

 

 


 

 

USTA KENTUCKY COMMITTEES

 

2009 KENTUCKY ADULT LEAGUE COMMITTEE

 

Richard Wimsatt, Chairperson

Jerry Groce, Past Chairperson

Judy Anderson - Secretary

Esther Hubbard

Valarie DeSalvo

Cleo Meaux

Gerry Canter

Jonathon Amlung

Russ Coffey

Jill Smith

 

The Kentucky Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committee members will be appointed from the Adult League Committee as needed. 

 

 

 

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