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Regulations/Requirements

Age Eligibility   |   Daily Playing Limitations   |   Ranking Requirements
 

2009 JUNIOR AGE ELIGIBILITY

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
12 1996 Last day of Month preceding 13th birthday
12 1997 & later Eligible all year
14 1994 Last day of Month preceding 15th birthday
14 1995 & later Eligible all year
16 1992 Last day of Month preceding 17th birthday
16 1993 & later Eligible all year
18 1990 Last day of Month preceding 19th birthday
18 1991 & later Eligible all year

2009-2010 JUNIOR DAILY PLAYING LIMITATIONS
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.
Scheduling Guidelines for Junior Divisions:
Maximum Number of Matches Per Day
Match Format 10s Divisions 12s Divisions 14s, 16s, & 18s Divisions
All Matches: Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets N/A 2 singles 2 singles doubles
  1 singles 2 doubles 1 singles 2 doubles
  3 doubles 3 doubles
All Matches: Match 2 singles 1 doubles 3 singles 3 singles 1 doubles 
Tiebreak in lieu of 3rd set  1 singles 2 doubles 2 singles 1 doubles 2 singles 2 doubles
    1 singles 2 doubles 1 singles 3 doubles
    3 doubles 4 doubles
Main Draw Singles: N/A 2 main draw singles 2 main draw singles
Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets  
    2 doubles 
Doubles:   1 main draw singles 1 main draw singles
8 game pro sets.  
    3 doubles 3 doubles
    4 doubles 4 doubles
Main Draw Singles: 2 main draw singles 3 main draw singles 3 main draw singles
Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets  
    2 doubles
2 main draw singles 2 main draw singles 2 main draw singles
Doubles:
8 game pro sets. 1 doubles 2 doubles 3 doubles
  1 main draw singles 1 main draw singles 1 main draw singles
 
  2 doubles 3 doubles 4 doubles
  3 doubles 4 doubles 5 doubles
Combination of singles, doubles, and consolation singles not shown above   117 games, no more than 88 of which should be singles 117 games, no more than 115 of which should be singles
(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 
(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’ 16 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.
 
NOTE:
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 (formerly Southern Indoor Open), and Winter Southern Closed Championship (formerly Southern Indoor Closed). A player's best 6 tournaments will be counted in the Rankings.
 
Standings
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 allupper 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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