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Age Eligibility   |   Daily Playing Limitations   |   Ranking Requirements


The USTA Southern Section has reviewed the following chart of Daily Playing Limitations and approved its dissemination as GUIDELINES for tournaments.  KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE ARE GUIDELINES FOR PLANNING AND RUNNING SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS.  They are intended to assist the tournaments in scheduling and promulgating a standard set of Daily Playing Limitations.

Age Division Born End of Eligibility
10 2000 Last day of Month preceding 11th birthday
10 2001 or later Eligible all year
12 1997 Last day of Month preceding 13th birthday
12 1998 & later Eligible all year
14 1995 Last day of Month preceding 15th birthday
14 1996 & later Eligible all year
16 1993 Last day of Month preceding 17th birthday
16 1994 & later Eligible all year
18 1991 Last day of Month preceding 19th birthday
18 1992 & later Eligible all year


Junior Daily Playing Limitations
The USTA Southern Section playing limitation guidelines are provided for planning and running sanctioned tournaments. They are intended to assist the tournaments in scheduling and promulgating a standard set of Daily Playing Limitations.
Junior rules & regulations chart 2011
(A) Rest Period Between Matches
A minimum rest period of not less than 1 hour is required between two singles matches. A minimum rest period of 30 minutes will be required between a singles match and a doubles match or two doubles matches. Should a player be involved in a lengthy match which runs into late evening, it is strongly suggested that this player be given a minimum of 12 hours before their first match is scheduled the next day.
(B) Split Sets Rest Period
Boys’ and Girls’ 18 Divisions are allowed no rest period except under certain conditions when the Referee, in his independent judgment, may permit a 10 minute rest period. The Boys’ and Girl's 12-16 Divisions require a mandatory 10 minute break.
(C) Scheduling Limitations.
Play under lights will be allowed in accordance with the following provisions: Age Divisions 10’s-14’s may not start matches after 8:00pm. Ages Divisions 16’s-18’s may start matches anytime before 10:00pm.
For your information, the USTA Southern Section has adopted the following:
Singles matches consisting of at least two full sets(short scoring) count for Southern ranking and standing. In lieu of a third set, a match tie-break may be played to determine the winner of the match. In doubles, regular scoring, short scoring and 8 game pro sets will also count for ranking and standing purposes.
Minimum ranking requirements
Boys and Girls 12-18
Singles: One (1) Southern Championship and a minimum of two hundred (200) points earned in the Points Per Round system used by the USTA Southern Section. Eligible Southern Championships are the Southern Junior Closed, Southern Junior Open, Spring Southern Closed, Fall Southern Closed Championship, and Winter Southern Closed Championship. A player's best 6 tournaments will be counted in the Rankings. Points are earned only in the age group played and are not applied, if eligible, to the lower age divisions to earn final ranking
Boys and Girls 10-18
A minimum of one point must be earned in the Points Per Round system to appear on the Southern Standings Lists. Standings are posted weekly. Play in the upper age division will also count in a player’s lower age division. For example, a player who is age eligible in 12’s, plays in a 14’s tournament and earns points. Those same points will also go on the player’s 12’s record and his 14’s record. A player’s best 6 tournaments will be counted in the Standings.
For additional Rules and Regulations, click here.

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