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United States Tennis Association
Mid-Atlantic Section
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To Promote and Develop
the Growth of Tennis.
 
 
junior tournaments
 
2014 Junior Tournament Rules and Regulations
 
  RED marks changes for 2014
  BLUE marks comments by Junior Competition Committee
 
  I. Eligibility Requirements
  1. USTA Membership
    1. In order to credit player match results for Standings/Rankings purposes, players must possess a current USTA membership before registering for any tournament. Where TDM does not confirm that a player possesses a current, valid membership, Tournament Directors shall demand that a valid USTA membership card be presented at tournament check-in. USTA membership can be purchased by credit card on-line or by calling 1-800-990-USTA (8782). Information about membership benefits is available from the Mid-Atlantic Section office.
       
  2. Age Eligibility
    1. The USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section uses the same age-eligibility rule as USTA National. Junior players are able to play in an age division until the month of birth in the year in which they “age out” of their current age division. This means that players who are 10, 12, 14, 16, or 18 years old may continue to play in their age division until the last day of the month preceding the month in which they turn 11, 13, 15, 17, or 19, respectively. NOTE: The start date of a tournament determines the player’s eligibility for that tournament.
       
  3. Birth Certificate 
    1. The Section reserves the right to require players to submit a copy of their birth certificate or other proof of age that is acceptable to the Section.
       
  4. Residency Requirements  
    1. Only players holding a current USTA membership card assigned to one of the Districts within Mid-Atlantic Section and who have established legal residency within USTA/MAS may play in a USTA/MAS Championship SUPER SIX SERIES (Levels 3 and 4+) or Challenger (Level 4) event. A player’s legal residence shall be the domicile of that player’s parents, or in the absence of a parent the player’s legal guardian. Domicile is defined as the bona fide, true and permanent home of the player’s parents or guardian. The USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section reserves the right to require proof of residency.
   II. USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section Junior Tournaments
  1. These events are open to all juniors in the Mid-Atlantic Section meeting the Residency Requirements set forth in Section I-D above.
    1. Selection and seeding of USTA/MAS Section Junior tournaments is completed by the Mid-Atlantic Section office. 
    2. Selection and seeding of singles players and alternates into Junior tournaments will be determined strictly by a player’s position on the most current USTA/MAS Standings List. All singles matches are 2 out of 3 tie-break sets. In singles events hosting a doubles draw, the seeding for the doubles will be based on the partners’ combined Singles Standing.
    3. Selection and seeding of doubles teams for doubles only events will be based on the sum of the partners’ position on the Doubles Standings List (individual). Doubles are 8-game pro-sets, except for Championship #4 (see below).  Please check the website regularly for the most current schedule information.
    4. USTA/MAS Standings are based on a rolling 12-month calendar of tournament results and once published, will supersede the previous List. It is important to note that “available results” are tournament results that are published online and thus available to the USTA-MAS Standings program. Accurate weekly Standing lists are dependent on many conditions, including timely completion of tournament events (e.g., no weather delays) and how quickly the Tournament Director publishes results. The Districts of the Mid-Atlantic Section (VA, MD, WV and DC) make every effort to see that the results are published promptly but cannot guarantee that all results are available in time to meet Standings List publication deadlines every week.
       
  2. USTA/MAS Championship SUPER SIX SERIES (Level 3 and Level 4+) Tournaments: Designated Events
    1. Designated Events count toward a player’s National Ranking
      1. SUPER 700 (Level 3) EVENTS
        1. SUPER 700 Events will receive both National and Section Level 3 Points.
        2. USTA/MAS CHAMPIONSHIP SUPER 700 singles events will be held twice per year (2) tournaments in each age division with a “back draw” or full feed in consolation (FIC). Championships #1 will be limited to a draw of 32;  Championship #4 will be a maximum draw of 64.
        3. USTA/MAS CHAMPIONSHIP Doubles Only SUPER 700 events will be held twice per year. Doubles only draws will be limited to 16 teams with a Full Feed In consolation through the quarters. The match format for Championship #1 will be 8-game pro-sets. The match format for Championship #4 will be 2/3 tie-break sets.
        4. The SUPER 700 events will be held as follows
          JANUARY:
          Championship #1 Singles Only; 2/3 tie-break sets; FIC; Draw limit = 32
          Championship #1 Doubles Only; 8-game Pro-sets; FIC; Draw limit = 16 teams
          JUNE:

          Championship #4 Singles Only; 2/3 tie-break sets; FIC; Draw limit = 64
          Championship #4 Doubles Only; 2/3 tie-break sets; FIC; Draw Limit = 16 teams
      2. SUPER 660 (Level 4+) EVENTS
        1. SUPER 660 Events will receive both National Level 4 and Section Level 4+ points
        2. USTA/MAS CHAMPIONSHIP SUPER 660 events will be held four (4) times per year as follows:
          MARCH:
          Championship #2 Singles Only; 2/3 tie-break sets; FIC; Draw limit = 32
          Championship #2 Doubles Only; 8-game Pro-sets; FIC; Draw limit = 16 teams
          MAY:
          Championship #3 Singles and Doubles; Single Elimination; Singles draw limit = 48 with 2/3 tie-break sets; Doubles draw limit = 24 teams with 8-game pro-set matches.
          SEPTEMBER: 
          Championship #5 Singles and Doubles; Single Elimination; Singles draw limit = 48 with 2/3 tie-break sets; Doubles draw limit = 24 teams with 8-game pro-set matches.
          OCTOBER:

          Championship #6 Singles Only; 2/3 tie-break sets; FIC; Draw limit = 32
          Championship #6 Doubles Only; 8-game Pro-sets; FIC; Draw limit = 16 teams

           
  3. USTA/MAS Challenger Events: Non-designated
    1. Non-designated events will not count toward a player’s National ranking
    2. Challenger events will consist of six (6) tournaments in each age division and each Challenger event will be limited in entry by the following schedule:
      Open to 48 players using single elimination format and offering a doubles draw of up to 24 teams, single elimination format. A Play-off for 3rd/4th place shall be offered. Challenger tournaments will count for Section Level 4 points and will be indicated in title as L4.
February: Challenger #1
April: Challenger #2
June/July: Challenger #3 -available weekends
August: Challenger #4
November: Challenger #5
December: Challenger #6
  1. Northeast Regional Championship
    1. Held in conjunction with the 3 Sections that comprises the 'Northeast Region' for the 2014 National Junior Tournament Schedule. These Sections are: Mid-Atlantic, Middle States, Eastern and New England. The Mid-Atlantic Section Quota for this event is eight (8) players per age division. Entry to this event will be determined by a player's Section Standing on the most recent Standing List prior to the deadline. A Singles Draw of 32, FIC and a Doubles draw of 16 teams, SE, will be held. The event will count as a Championship for Section Level  L4+ Points, but not for National Points.
       
  2. Non-Designated Doubles Only
    1. The Section will offer some Championship Doubles Only tournaments that offer Level 4+ points for Section standing but do not offer national points. These will be indicated in the title as L4+ NL0. Draw format for these events is FIC; 8-game pro-sets; Draw limit = 16 teams.
       
  3. District Events
    1. Each District schedules events throughout the year at 4 levels as follows:
      1. Level 5: District/State Championships; Some District Events – L5 (220 pts)
      2. Level 6: Intermediate Level District Events – L6 (165 pts)
      3. Level 7: Entry / Intermediate Level Events – L7 (110 pts)
        1. In 2014, it is strongly recommended that L7 events in the 12U age division use the Green Ball; In 2015, the use of Green Ball for 12U events will be mandatory.
      4. Level 8: Futures – L8 (Participation points only)
    2. Formats for District Events vary
    3. Please review the associated Point Tables
    4. Contact the District Offices/Websites for additional information
      1. DC District
      2. Maryland District
      3. Virginia
      4. West Virginia
         
  4. Jr. Team Tennis
    1. Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) events are organized and run separately from the regular junior tournament structure which deals exclusively with individual and doubles tournament play (see the section on JTT on the Mid-Atlantic website). However, players in the Intermediate and Advanced JTT District and Sectional Championship events will earn points toward their Mid-Atlantic Standings/Rankings. The point schedule for points earned is as follows:
      1. District Championship: 40 points per match, maximum 240 points
      2. Section Championship: 65 points per match, maximum 390 points
         
  5. High School Participation Points
    1. Participation in High School matches will be awarded participation points, as long as the match is posted on tennislink searchable schedule and the player holds a current USTA Membership as follows:
      1. 20 points for a Dual Match
      2. 40 points for District Play-off
      3. 50 points for Regional/Conference Play-off
      4. State Championship = Level 5
  1. Section Rankings and Standings
  1. Residency Requirements
    1. To be considered for any USTA/Mid-Atlantic Ranking List, a player must be a USTA member in good standing. The player must also maintain a residence or reside within the USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section. No player qualifying and receiving a ranking in another USTA section will be ranked in the USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section.
  1. Tournaments that count for Section Ranking Lists
    1. Jr. Team Tennis
    2. High School Tennis Matches
    3. All sanctioned District Events
    4. All sanctioned Section Events
    5. National Tournaments on the USTA Online Searchable Schedule
  1. List Definitions 
    1. Weekly Standings List
      1. Published every Tuesday
      2. The Combined Standings List consists of 100% of a player’s best six (6) singles point totals and 15% of a player’s best six (6) doubles totals recorded in the Standings program over the preceding twelve (12) month period.
      3. All age-eligible players who have played at least one tournament in an age division and have at least one match win in the division, will receive a Standing.
      4. Bonus Points for wins over players in the top 100 of the Final Ranking List from the previous month will be added according to the point chart.
      5. New Residents: Players whose families have moved to the Mid-Atlantic Section, holding a National Standing in the Top 150 of an age group, will be placed as ‘Eligible’ on the Mid-Atlantic Standing List, at a position commensurate with the rankings of adjacent players, {For example: A new player whose national standing is 89 will be placed on the MAS Weekly Standing List between 2 players who are ranked 72 and 105 on the National Standing List.} as long as the Parents can show proof of residency to the satisfaction of the Junior Competition Committee, such as (but not limited to):
        1. Military Transfer Orders
        2. School registration
        3. Driver’s License
        4. Home Purchase
           
    2. Doubles Only Standings List
      1. Individual doubles rankings will be published weekly.
      2. Includes a player’s best six (6) doubles results
      3. Used for Selection and Seeding in Doubles Only Tournaments
  1. Monthly Final Ranking List
    1. Published at the beginning of each month for the preceding month
    2. Removes players who age up in the month of publishing
    3. Is used to calculate Bonus Points during the current month
  1. Yearly Final Ranking List
    1. Published in January for the preceding year
    2. Contains all players who were age eligible for any portion of the preceding year from January 1 to December 31.
    3. Players must be a USTA/MAS resident on December 31 to be included
  1. Endorsement List for National Regional tournaments and the Northeast Inter-Regional Championship
    1. Establishes players in the Quota
    2. Published on the Monday before the deadline for the National Tournaments
    3. Uses the same criteria as the Weekly Standing List
  1. Endorsement List for National Championships
    1. Establishes Players in the USTA/MAS Quota
    2. Published the Monday prior to the tournament deadline
    3. Player must have at least 1 match win (played)
    4. Player must enter and compete in at least 3* of the USTA/MAS SUPER SIX events in the 12 months preceding the publish date.
      1. Enter and compete means that the player must enter the tournament and play until he or she is eliminated. Withdrawals and/or Defaults DO NOT COUNT as completing the tournament; Results will not be added to a player’s Standing and would not qualify the player for inclusion on the Endorsement List.
      2. If a player is unable to complete the tournament, it is recommended that the player retire.
      3. *For 2014 USTA National Clay Court and Hard Court Endorsement Lists, two (2) of the USTA/MAS SUPER SIX events are required.
MAS/JCC Comment: The reason that Withdrawals and Defaults do not count toward a player’s participation is to encourage play within the Section. A player shall not enter and then withdraw, expecting the event to count towards participation for Endorsement purposes. 
  1. Point Calculations
    1. 100 % of a Player’s Best Six (6) Tournaments in an age division + 15% of a Player’s Best Six Doubles in an age division are used to calculate a player’s points.
    2. For all ranking lists, Points count down one (1) age division as long as the player is age eligible for the younger age division and has at least 1 match win (played) in the younger age.
    3. Bonus Points are added to a Player’s results for a win over an opponent who is ranked in the Top 100 of the previous month’s Final Ranking List -see point chart
    4. Byes do not qualify as wins; Player must win the following match to earn points
    5. Withdrawals qualify as wins for the advancing player and earn Points-Per-Round, but do not earn Bonus Points.
    6. Retirements and Walkovers qualify as wins for the advancing player; earn Points-Per-Round; and if eligible, Bonus Points.
    7. 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 Points-Per-Round for advancing, but shall not receive Bonus Points.
    8. 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.
  1. Levels of Events and Corresponding Point Tables
    1. All junior tournaments are defined by a specific level of event, with corresponding point tables, as designated below:
      1. Level 1 – Level 1 National Championships and Tournaments
      2. Level 2 – Level 2 National Championships and Tournaments
      3. Level 3 -- USTA/MAS CHAMPIONSHIP SUPER 700 events
      4. Level 4+ - USTA/MAS CHAMPIONHIP SUPER 660 events
      5. Level 4 – USTA/MAS Challengers
      6. Level 5 -- Certain District Events and designated State Championships
      7. Level 6 -- Other State Championships and stronger Satellite events
      8. Level 7 -- All other events that contribute to a MAS Standing
      9. Level 8 – Futures – Participation points only
  1. Tournament Regulations
  1. Online Entry Acceptance
    1. We urge all players to register online and refer to the tournament home page for pertinent information regarding registration, draws, scoring, hotels, directions and weather updates.
    2. For Section Levels L3, L4+ and L4, LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
    3. For tournaments with limited draw size, entries will be based on the players’ positions on the most current Mid-Atlantic Standing List.
  1. Making the Draw(s)
    1. The making of the draw for all USTA/MAS Junior Tournaments is the responsibility of the Tournament Referee, assisted by at least one but preferably two members of the Tournament Committee.
    2. The Section uses the Computerized List Method of seeding, based on the most currently published Standings List.
    3. The number of seeded players shall be a power of 2 (1, 2, 4, 8, 16); the maximum ratio shall be 1:3, except that any tournament may have 1 seed.
  1. Draws will be published on the Wednesday prior to every Friday/Saturday start date for SUPER SIX and Challenger tournaments, barring extenuating circumstances.
  1. Scheduling
    1. USTA Tournament Regulations as found in the Friend at Court establish formal guidelines for scheduling junior tournament match play. While USTA/MAS requires Tournament Directors to adhere to these Guidelines in planning their events, circumstances can and do arise that require Referees to exercise their authority to revise the schedule in a manner consistent with the Guidelines. Generally, the USTA scheduling guidelines provide:
      1. For Ages 10, 12 & 14 Boys and Girls
        1. No match shall start nor a suspended match be resumed after 8 pm.
        2. No player shall play more than two singles matches or one singles and two doubles matches in any one day in one age division where standard scoring, two out of three sets, and 12-point tiebreaker apply. (Exception: For all Level 4 and Level 4+ tournaments, to complete the tournament in 3 days, the Referee may schedule up to two (2) singles matches and two (2) doubles matches per day.)
        3. Other match formats are excluded from this rule.
        4. Players should be given a minimum of 12 hours rest between the completion of play of their last match of any day and the start of play of their first match of the following day.
        5. These limitations shall not apply for players entering more than one age group in the same tournament.
      2. For Ages 16 and 18 Boys and Girls
        1. No match should start nor a suspended match be resumed after 10 pm.
        2. No player should play more than three matches per day, no more than two of which shall be singles where standard scoring, two out of three sets, and 12-point tiebreaker apply. (Exception: For all Level 4 and Level 4+ tournaments, to complete the tournament in 3 days, the Referee may schedule up to two (2) singles matches and two (2) doubles matches per day.)
        3. Other match formats are excluded from this rule.
        4. These limitations shall not apply for players entering more than one age group in the same tournament.
  1. Tournament Withdrawal
    1. A player desiring to withdraw from a tournament after the entry deadline has passed must notify the Tournament Director (TD) in writing. Fax or e-mail is acceptable. Sending a copy of the communication to the MAS office is appreciated, but does not alleviate the player of the responsibility to notify the TD directly.
    2. Refunds are NOT required after the tournament deadline.
      1. Except for Tournament Administration Error
    3. After play has started, a player who does not intend to play the next match (complete the tournament), shall notify the tournament director in writing within one (1) hour of the end of the previous match of his/her intention not to play. Failure to do so will result in a Default/no show code for the match; five (5) penalty points on a player’s record;  loss of points for the tournament; and the event will not count toward the player’s Endorsement List eligibility.
MAS/JCC Comment: In 2013, several situations occurred in which the player failed to notify the tournament director and the opponent, resulting in additional hotel bills and loss of time for the opponent. The Committee considers this action extremely unsportsmanlike. If the player is unable to complete or participate in the next match, it is strongly recommended that the player retires.
  1. USTA National Junior Events
  1. Endorsement and Selection to National Events
    1. The MID-ATLANTIC ENDORSEMENT LIST will be used to determine which players are in the Mid-Atlantic QUOTA.
      1. FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS , Players who are on the weekly Standing List will be included in the Endorsement List as long as:
        1. The player must enter and compete in at least THREE (3) Mid-Atlantic Section Designated Level 3 or 4+ Singles Tournaments, known as SUPER 700 or SUPER 660, before the deadline for publishing the Endorsement List. (Except that, in 2014, you must complete TWO (2) before the Summer Endorsement Lists and complete the third before the Winter Nationals Endorsement List.)
        2. Enter and compete’ means that a player must enter the tournament and play until he/she is eliminated.
        3. Withdrawals or Defaults DO NOT COUNT as completing the tournament. Results would not be added to a player’s Standing and would not qualify the player for inclusion on the Endorsement List.  Per USTA Regulation IV.C.12-17., a player shall not enter a tournament intending to withdraw.
        4. If the Endorsement List Deadline falls during a designated tournament in which a player is competing and using as a qualifying tournament, the Section shall consider that the player has met the Endorsement List requirement.
      2. FOR NATIONAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS
        1. An Endorsement List will be published on the Tuesday immediately prior to the National Regional Tournament Deadline; or as requested by National Player Development.
        2. The most current Standing List will be published as the Endorsement List, minus players who will age out prior to the event.
      3. Various Sections and private organizations coordinate “Invitational” events and offer Sections the opportunity to enter players or a team. Where USTA/MAS agrees to participate in such events, players are selected based on their position on the current Standings List after considering any specific selection criteria stipulated by the event organizers and the need for time-certain commitments. For example, if an invitational event is available for boys and girls with national Standings greater than 100, then the first boy (or girl) offered a place on the USTA/MAS team is the player whose current Standing is #101. That child is contacted regarding the opportunity and given a set period of time in which to commit to participate. If the child accepts, his/her place on the team is guaranteed. If the child declines or fails to commit by the stated deadline, then the next player in the Standings (#102) is contacted. This procedure is repeated until all positions have been filled.
Note: The Junior Competition Committee (JCC) has final approval on all players selected to National and or Team events. The JCC may decline to endorse a player’s participation in any National or Team event where that player (or related party) has exhibited unacceptable personal behavior, poor sportsmanship, withdrawal after selection of players has been determined, or any acts determined detrimental to the game.
  1. USTA National Junior Schedule and Ranking Requirements
    1. Requirements for a National Junior Rankings are contained in the 2014 USTA National Junior Tournament Schedule or can be located on the website at http://www.usta.com
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