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2020 USTA Southwest Junior Player Handbook

2020 USTA SOUTHWEST JUNIOR PLAYER HANDBOOK

This is our parent/players' resource to all things junior tennis in the Southwest, including tournament schedules, and rankings and tournament levels-explanations. Please bookmark the page and refer back to this document for items you may need to view again during the calendar year.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Junior Team Tennis……………………..………………….Section 1

Net Generation………………………..……………………Section 2

Tournament Level Based Information………..……….........Section 3

National Information and Tournament Schedule….……......Section 4

Southwest Section Changes and Information……….……....Section 5

2021 National Changes and Information...............................Section 6

Southwest Junior Closed..........................................................Section 7

Endorsement and Tournament Selection………….…............Section 8

Standing/Rankings/Endorsement Endorsement Lists.............Section 9

Age Eligibility/Seeding/UTR/Points Per Round………...…...Section 10

Point Charts………………….…………………………...........Section 11

2020 Southwest Junior Tournament Schedule….………...........Section 12

10 and Under Pathway and Youth Progression…...….................Section 13

Non-Ranking Team Event Opportunities……..…………..........Section 14

Tennislink…………………………………..……………….........Section 15

Frequently Asked Questions…………...…………………............Section 16

Sportsmanship…………………………...…………………...........Section 17

Residency and Citizenship…………...…………………….............Section 18

Filing a Tournament Grievance........................................................Section 19

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JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS

USTA Jr. Team Tennis is the largest youth tennis program in the country, helping girls and boys ages 7 to 18 get in the game, get on the court, and have a good time.

Teams are coed and made up of at least six players, three boys and three girls, based on similar ages and skill levels. The emphasis is on skill development, fun, teamwork and friendly competition, all with the possibility of advancing to the Section and National Championships.

Tennis is a sport you can play for life and Jr. Team Tennis lays the foundation for a lasting relationship.

Teams may participate in one of the following age divisions:

* 8 and Under (Beginner format using the 36’ court and red felt or foam tennis ball)

*10 and Under (Beginner format using the 60’ court and orange low compression ball)

*12 and Under Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced-Green low compression balls

*14 and Under Intermediate, 14 & Under Advanced

*18 and Under Intermediate, 18 & Under Advanced

Jr. Team Tennis Leagues

Local League Varies (single gender, school teams, club teams, etc.)

Flexible Format

Non-USTA members can participate

Local championships, but no advancement opportunities

Championship Leagues

Co-Ed League

Minimum of 3 boys/3 girls per team

USTA Membership IS required

Advancement opportunities to Southwest Section Championships and National Championships

2020 Season Dates for Southwest Play

Junior Team Tennis Leagues-year round Championship Leagues: April-July 2020

USTA Southwest Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships:

July 24-26, 2020 in El Paso, Texas

Players advancing to section championship will receive USTA Southwest Section ranking points per each individual singles and/or same gender doubles match won per round.

Intermiediate-L6 team points and Advanced-L5 team points

Players advancing to national championships for Advanced will receive USTA Southwest

Section/National L4 team points per each individual singles and/or same gender doubles match won per round and intermediate will receive sectional L5 team points

USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships:

14U-September, 17-20, 2020 in Orlando, FL

18U-September 24-27, 2020 in Orlando, FL

If you are interested in becoming a team captain or have any questions regarding the program starting contact your Local League Coordinator (LLC) or Ashley Portwood at the USTA Southwest office. at portwood@southwest.usta.com

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www.netgeneration.com

#NetGeneration

Net Generation is the youth brand of the USTA and embraces all aspects of youth play for kids ages 5-18. The objective of Net Generation is to have millions of kids connected to the sport.

Net Generation is also a platform to celebrate individuality and champion’s self-expression. We believe we can inspire a new generation of tennis players, providers (coaches, organizers, etc.) and parents.

Parents and players are able to search for programs and coaches in their area using the website www.netgeneration.com, and for coaches the site is an invaluable resource, replete with ready-made lesson plans along with an always-updated list of skills and drills for young players.

TOURNAMENT LEVEL INFORMATION

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LEVEL-BASED PLAY

USTA Southwest divides our level of tournaments for kids into seven levels (1-7 and National events).

The beginning, lower stages of play start with a higher number (i.e. LEVEL 7), and as players progress they move to numbers more fitting of their improving skill level (with the highest level of play being LEVEL 1).

LEVEL 7

Entry Level tournaments provide new or less experienced players an opportunity to get started in a variety of different formats.

Formats: Include one day or half day non-elimination or round robin formats

What they count for: These tournaments do not count in the rankings/standings as the focus is more on experience and participation

Selection: Open entry

Where to find them: You’ll find these tournaments in the TennisLink searchable schedule under “non-sanctioned events” or “entry level” and will have a L7 at the end of the tournament name. Not all entry level events will be published online so check with your local facility to see what they have to offer.

Examples: Includes Tempe’s East Valley NET tournaments and Northern New Mexico Rookie L7s

Ball Used: This level of tournament may be using red, orange, green or yellow depending on the level and age. Refer to the tournament for more information.

LEVEL 6

Local tournaments provide the next step in improving and challenging your game.

Formats: A variety of different formats including round robin, compass draw and traditional consolation and vary in length from half a day to three day tournaments. For instance, Super Sets are half day round robin or compass draw non elimination tournaments

What they count for: These tournaments count in the USTA Southwest Section rankings/standings and endorsement list

Selection: Open entry; some tournament may have limited draw due to court restrictions

Where to find them: You’ll find these tournaments in the TennisLink searchable schedule under “sanctioned events” and will have a L6 at the end of the tournament name

Examples: Super Sets, Shootouts, Mesa Jr. Open, Tennis West Jr. Open, Jerry Cline Jr. Open

Ball Used: 8U red ball; 10U orange ball and green ball; 12U green ball; 14U, 16U, 18U

LEVEL 5

DISTRICT QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS/CHALLENGERS

District qualifying tournaments or “Challengers” serve as regular local/regional competition and as a qualifying tournament into the next Level 4 Master Series Event.

For more information on these tournaments refer to the endorsement section later in this document.

Format: Full Feed-In Consolation through the R16 with Quarterfinal consolation draw; Dates held are typically Saturday through Monday (depending on draw sizes)

What they count for: These tournaments count in the USTA Southwest Section standings and USTA Southwest Endorsement list

Selection: Open entry with limited draws; selection based on Universal Tennis Rating

Where to find them: You’ll find these tournaments in the TennisLink searchable schedule under “sanctioned events” and will have a L5 at the end of the tournament name

Examples: Arizona Junior Challenger L5, El Paso Junior Challenger L5

Ball Used: 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U Yellow ball

LEVEL 4

There are four Section Masters Series tournaments that provide a high level of competition.

One is held in each of the larger districts- USTA Phoenix, USTA Southern Arizona, USTA Northern New Mexico and USTA Greater El Paso.

For more information on these tournaments refer to the endorsement section.

Format: Limited 32 player draw with alternates; Full feed-in consolation through R16 with Quarterfinal consolation; Saturday through Monday

What they count for: These tournaments count in the USTA Southwest Section standings, USTA Southwest Endorsement list and USTA National rankings/standings

Selection: Open to all section players and up to 8 players per division from outside section and selection based on Universal Tennis Rating

Where to find them: You’ll find these tournaments in the TennisLink searchable schedule under “sanctioned events” and will have a L4 at the end of the tournament name

Examples: Masters Events—Racketbusters, Sun City Jr., NNM Jr , Jeff Myers Jr.

Ball Used: yellow ball for all age divisions (only 12-18 age divisions)

NATIONAL LEVEL TOURNAMENT INFO

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LEVEL 3

Section Championships, Masters Championships & National Level 3 events

There are two Level 3 Section tournaments, the Section Championships (Southwest Jr. Closed) and Phoenix Junior Masters .

There are 6 other date blocks for L3 National events. These provide a high level of competition and point value.

For more information on these tournaments and their format refer to the endorsement section later in this document.

What they count for: These tournaments count in the USTA Southwest Section and USTA National rankings/standings

Selection: Closed to section residents and selection based on Universal Tennis Rating

Where to find them: You’ll find these tournaments in the TennisLink searchable schedule under “sanctioned events” and will have a L3 at the end of the tournament name

LEVEL 2

There are 4 date blocks for National Level 2 events throughout the year. Please refer to the national junior tournament schedule and our section endorsement page later in this document for information on selection and format for these events.

What they count for: These tournaments count in the USTA Southwest Section, USTA Southwest Endorsement list and USTA National rankings/standings

Selection: Based on National Standings List (NSL)

Where to find them: You’ll find these tournaments in the TennisLink searchable schedule

Examples: National selection tournaments and Zone Team Championships

Ball Used: Yellow ball for all age divisions

LEVEL 1 - USTA NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS

There are a variety of National Level 1 events throughout the year.

The Format: Refer to endorsement section for more information

What they count for: These tournaments count in the USTA Southwest Section and USTA National rankings/standings

Selection: Based primarily on Southwest Section Endorsement or NSL. This will place an increased importance on achieving excellence at the Sectional level before advancing to national competition.

Where to find them: You’ll find these tournaments in the TennisLink searchable schedule

Examples: Spring Championships, Nat’l Championships, Clay Court Nat’l Championships, National Indoors, Winter Nat’l Champs, Spring Team Championships, Intersectional Team Championships, and BG 18 Nat’l Team Championships

Ball Used: Yellow ball for all age divisions

Quota System: Quota is a mathematical calculation that determines the number of players each Section endorses to Nationals.

It is currently based solely on size of junior membership in a Section. To give weight to the strength of a Section’s players, the new quota will be based on 40% size and 60% strength.

Strength will be determined by the number of players each Section (i.e. - in our case, the Southwest Section) has ranked among the top 150 in all divisions. The calculation is done at the beginning of each year using data as of December 31.

BOYS/GIRLS 16/18s CLAY and HARD COURTS: 2 quota spots

BOYS/GIRLS 12/14 CLAY & HARD COURTS: 2 quota spots

BOYS/GIRLS 12/14 INDOOR: 1 quota spot

BOYS/GIRLS 14-18 WINTER: 2 quota spots

BOYS/GIRLS 12 WINTER: 2 quota spots

2020 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE LINKED HERE

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UPDATES & CHANGES TO Southwest JUNIOR COMPETITION

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020

20% of points from a players' true age division will count up to the next age division.

Rationale: The national standings list already accounts for 20% to the next age division, so we want to be consistent since all players will be on the same list in 2021 with 20% counting up.

12's division Level 5 events will be played with yellow ball.

Rationale: In 2021, all sections will have to have Level 1-6 as yellow ball for 12's division, so we will start with Level 5 events for 2021, then add Level 6 in 2021 as yellow ball.

A new Level 4 team event will be offered for section points only.

Rationale: In 2021, each section will be required to have an Intrasectional Level 4 team event. We wanted to host the team event in 2020 to be prepared with the best format in 2021. This event will be held in Scottsdale on March 7-8, 2020.

Intersectional teams will be selected after the May Level 2 results are in instead of after Memorial weekend Level 5.

Rationale: This gives the section more time to find players for both Intersectional teams and the National Campus Clay Court Training Camp as well as the parents’ time to book travel arrangements.

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2021 Junior Competitive Structure

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SOUTHWEST JUNIOR CLOSED L3: The Southwest Junior Closed (SWJC) will be held in Tucson June 6-9, 2020.

Our largest junior tournament, the Southwest Junior Closed will be held in Tucson in 2020.

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ENDORSEMENT

All juniors who hope to be endorsed for participation in National Surface Championships and Team Events should read this information very carefully. Make sure you understand the procedures and regulations for endorsement. It is the responsibility of the player to initiate as well as secure an endorsement.

Questions regarding endorsement should be directed to the Junior Development Manager at nfintell@southwest.usta.com.

What is Endorsement?: Endorsement is the Section’s approval of a junior player to play National Events based on ranking and meeting the section’s endorsement requirements.

The draws for the USTA's National Championships, National Clay Court Championships, National Winter Championships, National Indoor Championships, and Summer National Team events are limited and are based on the Southwest endorsement list at the time of selection.

All players who have one win in an eligible tournament and accumulate points will appear on the endorsement list.

Each USTA Section has an exact, guaranteed quota for the National Championships listed in the previous section.

The endorsement list will include the past 12 months of a players’ record. A player’s best 6 singles and best 6 doubles will count at any one time. This can include any USTA Sanctioned Sectional, USTA National tournament or ITF tournament (that used TDM). This list will be a rolling endorsement list.

SECTIONAL ENDORSEMENT

A PLAYER MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE WIN IN THE AGE GROUP TO APPEAR ON THE LIST. The list will not include you if you are only counting points down from a higher age group. Consult section office for more information.

Summer National Team events selection will be based on a combined ranking during the segment.

This combined ranking will use 100% of a player’s singles points and 25% of a player’s doubles points. The best six (6) singles and doubles tournament results during the past 12 months will count.

The USTA SW Section Junior Competition Committee has the discretion to allow a player to play on more than one summer travel team.

The lineup for singles play will be set by Junior Competition Committee using Universal Tennis Rating and may not be in order of the endorsement list.

The Junior Competition Committee can also decline an endorsed player due to unsportsmanlike conduct regardless of the venue or medium, including but not limited to unsportsmanlike conduct on court, at tournament sites, tournament activities, hotels or other housing venues, or online.

The USTA Southwest Section provides a coach for the team.

SECTIONAL ENDORSEMENT

The endorsement list for each National tournament selection will be posted by our national offices’ publishing deadline for the endorsement list and will only include tournaments up until that date.

Easter Bowl/National Spring Championships (March 28-April 5, 2020) Players are selected via the NSL (National Standings List) in BG 12-16 and via the ITF selection process for BG 18s. This tournament will be a draw of 64 singles, 32 doubles. (BG 18s is a Level 1A tournament, BG 12-16 is Level 1)

National Clay Court Championships (July 12-18, 2020) Players are selected via the section quota– this tournament will be a draw of 192 in singles and 96 in doubles. Our endorsement list (used for section quota) will be published during the week of the tournament’s deadline.

National Hard Court Championships (August 7-15, 2020) Players are selected via the section quota– this tournament will be a draw of 192 in singles and 96 in doubles. Our endorsement list (used for section quota) will be published during the week of the tournament’s deadline.

National Doubles Championships (August 28-30, 2020) Players are selected via the NSL (National Standings List) and section sends in doubles team endorsement list.32 teams in 14s and 16s, Compass Draw.

National Indoor Championships (November 27-30, 2020) Players are selected via section quota-one section quota spot per age division. The tournament will be a draw of 64 singles and 32 doubles.

Winter National Championships (Dec 27, 2020-Jan 3, 2021) Players are selected via the section quota– this tournament will be a draw of 128 singles and 64 in doubles. Our endorsement list (used for section quota) will be published during the week of the tournament’s deadline.

BG 18’s National Team Championships (August 1-5, 2020) Top 7 boys and top 7 girls in 18s that are endorsed and register through the section.

BG 16 & 14 Intersectionals (July 5-9, 2020) Top 4 boys and top 4 girls in 16s and 14s that are endorsed and register through the section. Selection list date after Memorial Day tournaments.

BG 12-16 Zonals (July 30-August 3, 2020) Next 6 boys and 6 girls for BG 14-16 zonals and top 12 boys and girls for 12 Zonals that are endorsed and register through the section. Selection list date after the Southwest Junior Closed.

National Spring Team Championships (February 29-March 3 2020) 32 players in each age group/16 teams. All selections based on the NSL (National Standings List).

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STANDINGS LISTS & ENDORSEMENT LISTS

STANDINGS LISTS: Standing lists are published weekly (typically at the beginning of each week). Combined Standings will be based on a player's best Six (6) tournaments results in the last twelve (12) months.

ENDORSEMENT LISTS: Endorsement lists are published frequently. The last endorsement list published prior to a National tournament deadline that requires section quota entry will be used for selection. Endorsement lists will be based on a player's best Six (6) Singles and doubles tournament results played in the last twelve (12) months.

We use the summer endorsement list for summer teams, National Clay and National Championships and winter endorsement list is published twice for National Indoors

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2020 AGE ELIGIBILITY

10s: Birth dates in 2009 until first day of the month of 11th birthday; all birthdates in 2010 and younger

12s: Birth dates in 2007 until first day of the month of 13th birthday; all birthdates in 2008 and younger

14s: Birth dates in 2005 until first day of the month of 15th birthday; all birthdates in 2006 and younger

16s: Birth dates in 2003 until first day of the month of 17th birthday; all birthdates in 2004 and younger

18s: Birth dates in 2001 until first day of the month of the 19th birthday; all birthdates in 2002 and younger

SEEDING

The selection and seeding protocol for the Southwest Section’s designated events and tournaments that are Level 3, 4 or 5, is by use of Universal Tennis Ratings (UTR) using 80% and higher projected ratings and weekly averages. Please visit the website at www.myutr.com for more information.

Local L6 tournaments are seeded by the Tournament Director with the choice to use either the most recent sectional standings using the auto seed function in TDM, by using Junior NTRP which is also available for Tournament Directors in TDM, or UTR.

UTR VS POINTS PER ROUND FOR SEEDING & SELECTION

UTR: Features 15 levels of tennis and provides players worldwide a common language to determine their level of play. The 16 levels are based on actual match results without regard for age or gender using the Competitive Threshold* to determine accurate ratings

Point Per Round: Provides players a basis of comparison within the age groups they have competed based on the number of rounds they have advanced.

UTR Positions Determined By: Positions Determined by: Match results are based on the rating of the opponent and match score, not the “weight” of the event. A player who consistently meets the Competitive Threshold* within a given level of play will receive a Universal Tennis Rating at that level. For example, an older junior player consistently successful at the Sectional level may have a UTR of 11 (top ATP players have a UTR of 16).

*A match is considered to have been competitive when the losing player wins more than 50% of the minimum number of games needed to win the match. For example, if player A defeats player B 6-4, 6-4 the match is “competitive” because a minimum of 12 games is needed to win and player B won 8 games (more than 50% of 12). It would be said that player A had a “competitive” win over player B in this match. Generally, in a best 2-of-3 sets format, matches are considered “competitive” whenever the losing player wins at least 7 games.

For a match to be considered in your UTR calculation, one set must be completed; defaults, walk-overs, and retirements prior to the completion of one set are not included

Points Per Round Positions Determined by: Points are weighted depending on the level of event being played. Two players meeting at a Level 1 event will be competing for more points than if the same players met at a Level 3 event.

Points are awarded for position attained within the draw. Wins and losses are recorded without regard to relative score differential within any one match. A win of 7-6, 7-6 is the same point value as a 6-0, 6-0 win.

All matches that result in a player moving forward in the draw earn points including defaults, walk-overs, and retirements.

WHAT DATA IS USEDUTR Ratings are determined using players’ results which include up to their last 30 matches within the last 12 months. Points Per Round A player’s point total is based on his or her best six tournament results in the past 12 months.

POINTS PER ROUND

1. Players must win a round to receive points for a tournament. Byes don’t qualify as wins.

2. Withdrawals and walkovers qualify as wins for the advancing player and earn Points Per Round, but do not earn bonus points for significant wins.

3. Retirements qualify as wins for the advancing player and earn Points Per Round and bonus points for significant wins.

4. A player who advances because of a default that takes place before the commencement of the first point in the match or because the opponent is disqualified shall receive Point Per Round for advancing, but does not earn bonus points for significant wins.

5. A player who is defaulted from a tournament for code violations under the Point Penalty System or misconduct forfeits any points accumulated during the tournament. Players defaulted in singles only lose points accumulated for singles.

6. Points earned in a higher age division count towards a player's standing in the player's natural age division, as well as in the age division of the tournament itself (standings only, not final rankings).

7. Singles and Doubles Standings will use a Combined Ranking. This combined ranking will be based on a player's best Six (6) tournaments played in the last twelve (12) months. This combined ranking will use 100% of a player’s singles points and 25% of a player’s doubles points.

8. Final Combined Rankings will be based on the best Six (6) tournaments played during the calendar year. This final combined ranking will use 100% of a player’s singles points and 25% of a player’s doubles points. There are not any minimum requirements to receive a final ranking (except participating in one tournament and winning a match). Final rankings do not include any results from other age divisions.

9. All eligible players who have won at least one match in a USTA Southwest Section sanctioned tournament will have a standing.

10. Significant win/Bonus points are based on the previous month’s final standings.

11. Results of exhibitions, interscholastic and intercollegiate matches will not be considered for ranking purposes.

12. Results of Southwest Sanctioned tournaments and tournaments on the USTA National Schedule for the ranking year under consideration will provide the sole data for standings/rankings.

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Tournaments Included in the Southwest Section Standings/Rankings

All national tournaments on the USTA National Jr. Tournament Schedule that have a “level” distinction and use the Tournament Data Manager (TDM) software (including ITF junior events) will count in a players standing/ranking. If you are unsure if a tournament that you plan to play in will count towards your ranking, please contact the Junior Player Development Manager at nfintell@southwest.usta.com with questions.

POINT CHARTS

Which point chart is used for each tournament? The point chart used to award points to a player is based on the type of draw the tournament utilizes. At the top of each chart, you’ll see a list of the types of draws that the chart corresponds to.

One match finals: Any draw that is one match will earn points equal to one round robin match for that level.

Below are different points charts the Southwest uses to rank based on entry numbers and format:

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SOUTHWEST TOURNAMENTS

Click here for a full listing of all 2020 JUNIOR EVENTS HELD IN THE SOUTHWEST

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CREATING A YOUTH PROGRESSION ACCOUNT FOR 10 & UNDER PLAYERS

Q: How do I create a USTA Account for my child that's 12 and Under?

A: Account creation for a child will happen as part of purchasing a junior or family membership. Begin by creating an account for yourself, then select a membership product to purchase. You’ll be given the chance to enter in your child’s information to create their account. Upon purchase, you’ll be able to see and manage your child’s account from within your profile. To create an account for your child without purchasing a membership, go to TennisLink or NetGeneration.com.

Players and parents can easily get started and track a child's progress through the progression by logging on to the Player Profile Page by clicking HERE. Enter the player's USTA number and password to be directed to the player's welcome screen. This screen will allow the player to access various items including his or her “Youth Tennis Progression Progress Report.”

YOUTH PROGRESSION FOR 10 & UNDER ORANGE and 10 & UNDER GREEN

A player must collect 20 stars or trophies by playing in tagged progression tournaments, JTT, and/or Net Generation Early Development Camps to move from orange to green and from green to 12s.

A player can move to green ball once they turn 10-1/2 years old, but must notify Junior Player Development Manager in order for manual adjustment to be made in the system.

HOW TO FIND AND ENTER A USTA YOUTH PROGRESSION TAGGED TOURNAMENT

1. Go to tennislink.usta.com/tournaments

2. Click on “Junior Tournaments

3. Go to ‘Advanced Tournament Search

4. Select ‘Southwest’ and district you are searching for in the Section/District drop down Box

5. Select ‘Orange Level 1-Progression’ or ‘Green Level 1-Progression’ in Category drop down box

6. You can then browse the Tournament Schedule by month (located at top)

7. Click on the tournament you wish to view/enter

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NON-RANKING TEAM OPPORTUNITIES

Junior World Team Tennis Nationals

This event will be held in San Diego, California, July 19-22, 2020. There are no ranking points awarded for this event, but it is a wonderful event where players get to play a different, co-ed team format with the emphasis on having fun and performing together as a group.

Billie Jean King typically tries to attend the event each year and , when she does, usually spends tons of time with the players. In 2015 and 2017, and 2018, players got to go watch a professional World Team Tennis match on site as well. In 2016, James Blake made a special appearance!

Players must be between 15-18 years old and not ranked in the top 150 in the nation in any age group to be considered for this event.

10 & Under Border Battle

The top 6 boys and 6 girls that are 10 years old and under that compete in 10 green ball are selected for this event. The event is played with green balls. There are no ranking points awarded, but it is a super fun event where players get to train and then compete with and against players from USTA Texas.

This event is held anywhere between the end of October to Mid-December in either Texas or

Arizona. This year's 10U Border Battle will be held in Arizona in 2020.

Selections are based on the 10 and under green ball participation, input from our USTA Southwest Junior Competition committee members and Coaches Commission members, birth year, Sectional and National Coaches viewing matches at tournaments, input made by the USTA National Player Development office, commitment to the sport, and sportsmanship of both the player and the parent.

At least one boy and one girl are selected from the year's Early Development Camps.

Pacific Coast 10’s Exchange

The top 4 boys and top 4 girls that are the best age eligible 10 and Under players from USTA Southwest, Southern California, Northern California, Hawaii, and Pacific Northwest compete against each other in a fun, non-ranking team format.

Ball Color: Green

2020 location is Hawaii October 2-4, 2020.

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HOW TO ENTER TOURNAMENTS & USING TENNISLINK

The USTA currently uses TennisLink.USTA.com as our homepage and source for information on practically all junior tournaments in the country.

It is a quick and easy way to enter tournaments where you can also view information about the tournament you are playing in. Things like draws and match times will be posted by the tournament director to each event's unique homepage, so parents and players need to familiarize themselves with the navigation of this website. It is also helpful to tie a cell phone number of a parent to each player's entry, as it is often times the best means of contacting players should the need arise, especially for out of town events.

Daily and finals results can be viewed on each event's unique homepage. The system also prevents players from entering an event they are not eligible for, and players receive an immediate confirmation to events they are entering. Players can also see other applicants for each division (online entrants) they are entering into.

How to Find and Enter a USTA Tournament

1. Go to tennislink.usta.com/tournaments

2. Click on “Junior Tournaments”

3. Either input a Tournament ID# or go to ‘Advanced Tournament Search’

4. Select ‘Southwest’ in the Section/District drop down Box

Click “Find it!”

5. You can then browse the Tournament Schedule by month (located at top)

6. Click on the tournament you wish to view/enter

7. To enter, click on “Register Now” in RED

8. You must have a USTA Membership to enter online

9. You will need a credit card to enter online

Questions?

Contact the Tournament Director hosting the event for issues related to the tournament. For technical questions and problems related to online registration, email the linkteam@usta.com. For membership questions (change of address, section transfer, etc.), email memberservices@usta.com or call 1.800.990.8782.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The entry deadline for a tournament has passed. Can I still get in? It is up to the tournament director. If there is space in the draw, they may allow it, but they are not required to accept late entries. Be sure to plan your tournament schedule early. All tournaments are available on the searchable calendar.

When registering for a tournament, why am I asked for a phone number and email? Tournament directors do not have access to membership information. In order for the tournament director to contact you for any reason, they will need the correct contact information. It is highly advisable to put down a cell phone number as many times players are traveling out of area and a home phone will not do a tournament director any good if they cannot reach you.

How do I register for doubles? All players who want to participate in doubles MUST register online for a doubles event before the deadline. If you registered for doubles with a partner, but your partner did not register by the closing date, the system will not pair you together. For all tournaments, you must e-mail the tournament director BEFORE the deadline with partner information or you will be randomly paired or not guaranteed a partner.

How do I withdraw from a tournament? To withdraw from a tournament before the entry deadline, return to the tournament homepage via TennisLink and click the "Withdraw" link under the Edit Registration title. - To withdraw from a tournament after the entry deadline, send an email to the tournament director listed on the tournament homepage.

Will I receive a refund if I withdraw from a tournament? If you withdraw online before the entry deadline, you will not be charged for the tournament so there is no need for a refund. If you withdraw after being selected for a tournament, the Tournament Director is not required to refund your entry fee.

How are the draws made? For all USTA Southwest Section Tournaments, the draws are made by a computer using software that has been developed for USTA tournaments and the tournament director is the person who pushes the “make draw” button.

How are the seeds determined for a tournament?To determine the seeds in the singles draws of L3-5 events, players are ordered using Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) weekly average, the Wednesday or Thursday of the week entries closed. - To determine the seeds in the doubles draws, the players are ordered using UTR doubles rating. We consider 80%-100% status as reliable ratings for singles and doubles seeding.

Does anybody read the comments from the tournament surveys? Yes, all submitted responses are reviewed by the Junior Player Development Manager.

Do byes count as a win? No.

How often are the Standing and Endorsement Lists updated? The Standings list is run every week between Monday and Wednesday. Any changes made to a tournament after the lists have been calculated and published will not be included until the following week. It is a player’s responsibility to check his or her results and notify the tournament director in a timely manner for errors. Endorsement lists are run every 2-3 weeks.

What does "doesn’t count toward ranking" mean? Since not all tournaments are included in the overall point total, when this note is next to a tournament it means that it is not one of the player’s top 6 results.

Do tournaments played outside the Southwest Section count toward my Southwest section ranking?  Only tournaments on the national junior tournament schedule (NJTS) and ITF junior events that use TDM for score entry outside the section, are included in the section and endorsement standings.

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SPORTSMANSHIP

In the spirit of good sportsmanship, we are asking ALL junior tournament directors have players shake hands BEFORE the match to set the tone of civility, honor and respect of the match to be played. Clearly, conduct and behavior relating to the post-match handshake at the net has become an issue enough to where we felt this was an important step we had to take.

SPORTSMANSHIP

Withdrawal Policy: If a player withdraws or defaults (for reason other than illness or injury) from any sanctioned tournament in the Southwest Section (L3-L6), after entries close, that player will be assessed 4 suspension points unless medical documentation of the injury or illness is provided to the Tournament Director AND Southwest Section Junior Player Development Manager within 48 hours after the completion of the tournament.

"Player shall not enter tournament player cannot finish. Player shall not enter a tournament (including mandatory consolation) knowing the player will be unable to finish." p119 Friend at Court

Parents, Coaches, Spectators: Coaching, interjection into a match, audible obscenities, physical confrontation or verbal confrontation deemed to be threatening or disruptive, by a Coach, Spectator, Parent, Sibling or any other person related to a player, will result in immediate ejection of the offending party from all tournament sites for the remainder of the tournament.

The Referee, Umpires, Officials, Tournament Committee Members and the Junior Player Development Manager are authorized to eject all persons engaging in any of the infractions listed above.

Such ejection will be documented and forwarded to the Junior Player Development Manager and the SWS Junior Sportsmanship Committee for review and the imposition of further penalties if warranted. Failure to leave the tournament site when directed to do so will result in increased penalties.

Player Promise: I recognize that tennis is a sport that places the responsibility for fair play on me. I promise to abide by the rules of the game, which require me to give the benefit of the doubt to my opponent. At all times I shall strive to compete with the true spirit of sportsmanship, recognizing that my behavior on the court is a direct reflection of my character.

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RESIDENCY AND CITIZENSHIP

1. All persons ranked must hold a current USTA membership card in one of the Southwest Section districts.

2. Only persons who maintain a permanent residence within the boundaries of the Southwest Section (states of Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso County, Texas) are eligible for ranking, endorsement and closed tournaments. A junior player, who lives with one or both parents, or a legal guardian, shall be considered a permanent resident of the location where he or she physically resides for the majority of the year, where he or she attends school and/or where he or she primarily engages in training and playing tennis. A junior player who is an established resident of the Southwest Section according to the aforementioned criteria, but is currently living apart from his or her parent(s) for reasons such as college, tennis academy or boarding school attendance, military involvement, etc. will continue to be considered a permanent resident of the Southwest Section as long as his or her parent(s) maintain a permanent residence within its boundaries. For this purpose, permanent residency for the calendar year for the parent(s) is defined as a minimum of 184 days.

3. Anyone moving into the section during the year must change their membership with the USTA membership department. The residency committee has the right to ask for proof of permanent residency. The burden of proof will be on the player/parent.

A person's legal residence is his/her permanent dwelling place. It is the place where he/she is generally understood to reside with the intent to remain there indefinitely and return when absent. There must be a concurrence of actual residence and of intent to remain indefinitely to acquire legal residence. Examples are as follows:

• Residence of the individual or residence of the parents for a junior,

• Location of eligibility of voter registration,

• Location of individual's or family's (in the case of a junior) personal property and payment of taxes thereon,

• Place where the individual has filed and paid state income tax,

• Address and other pertinent facts listed on federal and state income tax returns,

• Address listed on credit cards,

• State where individual's or parent's (in the case of a junior), personal automobile title is registered and the payment of property tax thereon.

• Address on individual's or parent's (in the case of a junior) driver’s license.

The above factors are only examples of many acts that might reveal one's true intent with regard to residency. Intent should not be determined on the basis of one of these facts alone; neither should a predetermined number of facts be required. Instead, all the acts that tend to display intent to become a legal resident of a district in the USTA Southwest Section should be listed together.

The burden of proof of eligibility for entry to USTA Southwest Section Closed tournaments and for USTA Southwest Section ranking is on the player seeking to be declared eligible.

If a player feels that there is any debate that he/she qualifies as a resident of the USTA Southwest Section of the USTA, according to the prescribed regulations, and thereby eligible to be ranked and/or participate in USTA Southwest Section Closed tournaments, he/she may appeal his/her eligibility to an appeals committee composed of:

• The Junior Competition Committee of the Southwest Section.

• The Chairman of the USTA Southwest Section Grievance Committee.

U.S. Citizenship - USTA National Hard and Clay Court Championships, USTA National Doubles Championships, USTA National Spring Championships, USTA National Selection Tournaments, USTA National Level 3 Tournaments, USTA National Spring Team Championships, USTA National Team Championships, USTA Intersectional Team Championships, USTA Zone Team Championships, Southwest Section Closed L3’s and L4’s (Central AZ and Southern AZ):

Permanent resident aliens of the United States.

Diplomats. Aliens who have resided in the United States continuously for more than one year and who are members of families of persons in the diplomatic or consular corps.

Aliens with Refugee Status. Aliens who have been granted Refugee Status.

Aliens with Asylee Status. Aliens who have been granted Asylee Status. Aliens with Temporary Protected Status. Aliens who have been granted Temporary Protected Status.

Aliens with Adjustment Status. Aliens whose I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Resident or Adjust Status) has been accepted for filing.

British Columbians: Canadian citizens and landed Canadian immigrants who reside in British Columbia, provided that they were USTA members for at least one month and so long as they do not allow their USTA memberships to lapse for a period of more than six months.

Documents commonly used to support a particular alien status include a permanent resident alien card (green card), Form I-94, or a receipt confirming filing of the I-485.

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FILING A TOURNAMENT GRIEVANCE

The following procedure shall be followed by any player, volunteer, official, or person associated with a player who observes a violation of the USTA Regulations, standards of conduct, fair play, or good sportsmanship that occurs during, and is exclusive to, a USTA Southwest Section sanctioned tournament.

Step #1: The complaining party should first seek to resolve the alleged infraction with the tournament committee, the tournament director, and the tournament official.

Step #2: If the complaint was not resolved to the satisfaction of the complaining party, a grievance may be submitted to the SWS Tournament Grievance Sub-committee in accordance with the following procedure:

- Grievances must be filed in writing and signed by the complaining party.

- Grievances must be submitted to the appropriate USTA Southwest Section staff person, either by certified mail or by facsimile: alleged violations occurring during a sanctioned SWS junior tournament should be filed with the SWS Junior Competitive Coordinator; alleged violations occurring during a sanctioned SWS adult tournament should be filed with the SWS Adult Competitive Coordinator. Grievances must be postmarked no later than 48 hours after the completion of the tournament in question. Grievances will not be considered if alleged violations occurred during a non-sanctioned tournament.

- A copy of the grievance will be forwarded to the Tournament Committee, tournament director, and/or tournament referee where the alleged violation occurred by the appropriate SWS staff liaison.

- The grievance will be forwarded to the SWS Tournament Sub-committee by the SWS staff person within 24 hours of receipt. The SWS Tournament Sub-Committee and/or the SWS staff liaison will conduct an investigation into the alleged violation. The findings of the SWS Tournament Sub-Committee will be finalized within 10 days of receipt of the grievance.

The SWS Tournament Sub-Committee will notify the appropriate SWS staff person of the decision of the committee; and the SWS staff person will notify all parties named in the complaint and the complaining party of the decision of the SWS Tournament Sub-Committee. All grievance and decisions of the SWS Tournament Sub-Committee will be filed with the SWS Sanction and Scheduling Committee.

Step #3: If the decision of the Tournament Grievance Sub-committee remains unsatisfactory to the complaining party, a grievance may be filed with the SWS Grievance Committee in accordance with the SWS By-laws Article X (b).a

$75/grievance submission will be charged to submit a grievance.

For all questions related to junior tennis in the Southwest, please contact Junior Player Development Manager Nicole Fintell at nfintell@southwest.usta.com