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2016 Important Junior Updates

USTA National Standings List Announcement:
Counting Points Up Beginning in January 2017

The USTA Junior Competition Committee has approved an amendment that affects how the National Standings Lists are calculated:

Beginning January 1, 2017, the singles and doubles results for each player earned in a division for the previous 12-month period shall be counted as results in the next-older division at 20%.

The Committee believes this amendment will facilitate the aging up process so that a player is less pressured to play in two age divisions (and possibly overplay) in advance of the player aging into an older division. By allowing a player to start in the next older division with more than 0 points, this should help ease the transition.

How does Counting Points Up Work?

Examples of how the new standings are calculated are on the next page.

• Results in a younger division shall count in only the next-older age division. For example, 14 division results will count only in the 16 division, not also in the 18 division.

• Results in the younger division shall appear in the older division, regardless of whether a player has won a match in the older division.

• A player’s results in the younger division that count in the older division shall be considered the same as all results that are actually played in the older division. They shall be eligible for the Best of 6 results if they are among the best six results in either singles or doubles.

Does Counting Points Up Work the same way as Counting Points Down?

Counting Points Up works almost the same way as we currently Count Points Down. The differences are:

• Points Count Up only one division (Points Count Down to all divisions)

• Points Count Up at 20% (Points Count Down at 100%)

• Points Count Up even if the player has no results in the older division (Points Count Down to a younger division only when a player has an on-court win in the younger division).

What happens to the National Standings Lists on January 1, 2017?

The first National Standings List of 2017 will include all results in the older division that were played in the younger division during the previous 12-month period. This means that the first National Standings Lists of 2017will look significantly different than the last lists of 2016 because all of the next-younger division players will be appearing on the next-older division lists with 20% of their points. This also means that next-younger division results will be a part of the selection process for all national junior tournaments that use National Standing Lists, including for the first time all USTA National Championships.

When can we see sample National Standings Lists?

The USTA is re-programming the national ranking system to be able to implement Counting Points Up. It is currently working on the ability to publish unofficial lists in late 2016 so players can see how the change can benefit their choice of tournaments to play.

Are there any other related changes?

Yes. Because younger-division players will now be appearing on the National Selection Lists of the next-older age division even if they have no older-division results, the Junior Competition Committee has also changed the selection process for the USTA National Level 2 Tournaments (formerly the USTA National Selection Tournaments):

Beginning in 2017, players will be selected for USTA National Level 2 Tournaments ONLY from the National Selection List of the division of the tournament; players will no longer be selected from the next-younger division National Standings List.

The new USTA National Level 3 Tournaments will also use only the National Standings List of the Division to select players.

How does this affect my Section Lists?

The change to the National Standings Lists does not change how any Section’s lists are calculated. Please refer to your Section for information on how your Sections lists are calculated.

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about Counting Points Up, or any other issue related to national junior competition, please contact USTA Junior Competition at jrcomp@usta.com.


Southern Closed Wild Cards: Starting in 2016, up to four (4) wild cards will be issued for the Southern Closed in June. Players will be able to apply for a wild card for reasons of injury, illness, or personal emergency.  The deadline for submitting an application for Wild Card is Monday, June 6, at 9:00 a.m. ET. This will be a hard deadline. Please understand there are no guarantees and a committee of five will determine whether approved or not. For the application, please click here.

Beginning with the Southern Clay Courts (Level 1A) over Labor Day, an additional independent draw will be run for the losers of the Round of 16. By taking this action, the day with no play for the Round of 16 losers will be eliminated. This will also be done with Southern Winter Level 1 event in January (both are four day events).

Late Entry Fee: Effective immediately, players signing up for a tournament as a late entry will be charged an additional $25.00 if selected. This policy will cover Level 1, 1A, and 2 events.

Starting March 1, 2016, the “benchmark” in the 11 & Under division has been eliminated. Now, as long as age eligible, a player may play 10 & under orange ball, 11 & under green ball, or 12 & under yellow ball. All selections will be based on standing in the division. Beginning in early April, standings for the 11U division were posted in TennisLink, and minor changes have been made to the 10U standings as well. The 11U standings include all age-eligible 11U players, regardless of whether or not they have played in an 11U tournament, and these standings are being used for selection and seeding for the STA L3 tournaments. Moving forward, results from 11u STA L3 tournaments are only being counted in the 11U and 10U standings for Southern, and they have been awarded full credit for points earned in both of these divisions. 

The draw size for the 2016 Southern Closed 12s event will increase to a 160 draw and the format will be FIC-Quarterfinals. There will also be a draw for those players losing first and first.

For additional information, please contact Bill Ozaki by email or at 770-368-8200.

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