- Teams/Groups/Individuals are expected to read the division descriptions and place themselves in the most appropriate division. If players are unsure of which division to register for, they are welcome to contact the office for further clarification or advice.
- The ESSC Division offerings are based on the experience and skill level of a team - not on a team's competitive behaviour. All ESSC players and teams are expected to play with a ‘fun-first, winning-second’ attitude regardless of their division.
- The ESSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on a team's past results. The ESSC gathers statistics on all registered teams each season, and strives to align the divisions as fairly as possible.
- The ESSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on total registration numbers. The ESSC rarely runs odd numbered divisions, or divisions with a low number of teams, so in these cases division realignment is necessary.
- If the ESSC feels that a division has a clear skill discrepancy during the regular season, teams may be moved up or down a division mid-season, or in some cases a division will be split come playoff time to allow for multiple Championships.
- For certain sports, when possible, the ESSC incorporates a seeding round as part of the regular season schedule. In these cases, divisions will be re-aligned and standings reset after the completion of the seeding round. For 16 Week Leagues that incorporate a seeding round, standings will not always be reset after the completion of the seeding round, but division realignment will still occur.
Players in this division may range from new to the sport to slightly experienced, and approach the game with a "fun-first" mentality. Teams should not expect the average skill level in this division to involve lengthy rallies, as many of the players have limited experience with the fundamentals of the sport.
Using the USTA National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP), players in the Recreational Division should fall in the 1.5 - 3.0 range.
Players in this division are somewhat experienced in the sport of Tennis, or racket sports in general. Players in this division are more skilled in serving, and returning the ball and than in the Recreational Division, and longer rallies may occur more often in Recreational Plus.
Using the USTA National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP), players in the Recreational Division should fall in the 3.0 - 4.5 range.