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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Junior Southern Level 1, 1A, 2, and 3 tournaments.

For any questions, please contact Bill Ozaki at ozaki@sta.usta.com.

 

Tournament Formats

Level 1

January: Draw size will be 128 with players taken right off the Southern Standings List of the age division in question.

June: Same format and selection as has been. No changes at this time. Players will qualify through their State Qualifier or State requirements, and you can click here for the state endorsement requirements.

            10s Draw East-64; Central & West-32

            12s Draw: TBD

            14-18s draw: TBD

Level 1A

Draw sizes will be 64 draw. Doubles will begin Friday no earlier than 5:00 PM local time.

Level 1A (Labor Day)

Draw size will be 128, Saturday through Tuesday. These events will be on clay. Players will be selected off the Southern Standing. 

Level 2

Draw sizes will be up to 64 players. Doubles will begin Friday no earlier than 5:00 PM local timefor 64 draws.

Level 3

These tournaments will continue to be two waterfalled 16 draws (32 players selected per division). The tournament committee will have the option to host either the Extra Draws or Doubles.

 

Endorsement

National Championships: One of the two Southern Level 1 Championships in the age division the player is seeking endorsement.


What is the USTA Southern Level 1-3 Tournaments Singles Seeding Criteria?
Seeding shall be done using only the results from most recently published USTA Southern Combined Standings Lists of the division in the order in which players appear on the list.

Effective January 1, 2017

Seeding shall be done using only the results from most recently published USTA Southern Combined Standings Lists of the division in the order in which players appear on the list

What is the doubles seeding criteria?

  • Teams shall be seeded in the order of their combined standings (e.g., Player A holds the #1 standing and Player B holds the #10 standing. The Team of A & B would have combined standing of 11.) Teams that have the same combined standing shall be seeded by the by the highest singles seed of the four (4) players..

How will standings/rankings be determined?
A player must accrue at least one point in order to be included in the USTA Southern Section standings. A player’s best six tournaments will be considered. Points may be earned in the age group played and are applied, if eligible, to the lower age group. The singles results will be added to 25 percent of best six (6) doubles results for final combined standings.

A player’s final ranking will be based on his/her best six tournaments. A player must have earned a minimum of 200 points in an age division to earn a final ranking. Points are earned only in the age group played and are not applied, if eligible, to the lower age group. The singles results will be added to 25 percent of best six (6) doubles results for final combined rankings.

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 Southern Standings Lists on January 1, 2017?
The first Southern 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 Southern 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 Southern L1, L1A, L2, and L3 tournaments.

Are there any other related changes?
Yes. Because younger-division players will now be appearing on the Standing 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 Southern tournaments:

Beginning January 1, 2017, players will be selected for Southern L1, L1A, L2, and L3 Tournaments ONLY from the most recent Southern Standing List of the division of the tournament; players will no longer be selected from the next-younger division Southern Standing List.

Are bonus points counted?
Bonus points are attached to the tournament in which they are earned to the opponents standing in the previous month. To be included, the tournament must be among the player’s best six. Bonus points are not earned against players from the younger age group who have high standings in the younger age group only. Click here for the Points Per Round Chart.

What is the tiebreak procedure for players with the same point totals on the Standings/Rankings list?
1. A player whose best event has the highest number of points, second best, third best, etc through 6 events.
2. Total Bonus Points earned in all events played during the computation period
3. Best random draw number.

Are team events counted?
Yes.
 

Will byes qualify as wins in tournaments? 
Not until the player wins a subsequent round. 

How will withdrawals, defaults or walkovers by an opponent affect the points that I earn in a tournament?
The player advancing will earn the points for that round. 

How many wins does a player need in order to be included in the standings or rankings?
The determining factor is the number of points earned not the number of wins as one of a player’s best six for standing and ranking purposes

Will match play between Southern players in tournaments outside the Southern Section count towards USTA Southern Section standings/rankings?
National Schedule tournaments outside of the Southern Section may be counted as one of a player’s best six for standing and ranking purposes.

Can a player be ranked in more than one age division?
Yes, as long as he/she has earned the required number of points in each age division. 

Are tournaments weighted?
The point levels per round are the "weighting" of a tournament. Click here for the Points Per Round Chart.

Do losses count?
No points are earned or taken away for a loss.

Will there still be endorsement requirements? 
Yes. Play in at least one of the Southern Level 1 events will be required for endorsement to the Winter, National Clay Courts, National Hard Courts,, along with the Closed Regionals. Points are earned only in the age group played and are not applied, if eligible, to the lower age group. Bonus points are earned only in the age group played and are not applied, if eligible, to the lower age group.

Can I sign up for more than one division in a tournament? 
Players are allowed to enter two divisions in Southern Level 1A, 2 and 3 tournaments with these guidelines:

#1. Players selected to both age divisions they apply for will automatically be selected in the older age division. They would be removed from the other age division.

#2. Players not selected to either division would remain on for both division but would be obligated to play the division they first get in from the alternates list. They would be removed from the Alternates list in the other division.

#3. Players selected to one age division would be removed from the alternates list of the division they were not selected.

#4. Once a player is selected for any one division no changes can be made without approval from the USTA Southern office.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS FOR SOUTHERN LEVEL 1A, 2 and 3 TOURNAMENTS ONLY AND DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN ENTER MORE THAN ONE TOURNAMENT ON THE SAME DATES. This is not offered in Southern Level 1 Championships.

What is the difference in aging up and playing up?  
Aging up is when a player’s date of birth requires them to move to the next age division and is no longer eligible for the younger age division. Playing up is when a player enters an older age division but the player is still eligible to play in the younger division.

Do the selection lists consider the players who have aged up? 
With the new standings list calculations, players points from the lower age division will count up into the next higher age division (within the past 12 months). No consideration is given for players aging up. Selections are based on the most current standings in that age group.

Do the selection lists consider players who are playing up? 
NEW FOR 2017: With the new standings list calculations, 20% of a players points from the lower age division will count up in the next higher age division (within the past 12 months). A players standing in the lower age division will not be considered for selection.

Is there a penalty for entering two tournaments that occur on the same date? 
Players could get suspension points for entering two or more tournaments that occur on the same date. Per Friend at Court, being entered when entries close in two or more sanctioned tournaments scheduled to overlap unless each Tournament Committee approves the multiple entries in writing warrants five (5) suspension points

Do I need to play doubles in the division selected for singles? 
Yes, players are to play doubles in the same division as singles.

If I withdraw from a tournament will the entry fee be refunded? 
Entry Fees are non-refundable after the tournament entry deadline.

Can I change my division entered after the deadline of a tournament?
Divisions can only be changed with approval from the USTA Southern office.

How do I find more information on college tennis?
Click here to download the USTA Guide to Tennis on College Campuses.

Where can I find information on National Tournaments?
Click here for the National Junior Tournament Structure and schedule.

What is the Youth Tennis Progression for 10 & Under players?
Designed to help players develop their fundamentals and get the most out of tennis, the Youth Tennis Progression (YTP) rewards 10 and Under kids for competing and inspires them to play more often. Click here for more information on YTP in the Southern Section.


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