2009 Semi Annual Meeting Minutes

DAY ONE

USTA COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

2009 Semiannual Meeting and Conference

COMMITTEE

Adult/Senior Competition Committee

CHAIRPERSON

Kathy Langer

DATE/LOCATION

September 5, 2009, Grand Hyatt, New York, New York (Meeting 1)

Committee Members in Attendance

Kathy Langer (Chair), Dina Ingersole (Vice Chair), Frank Kelly (Vice Chair), Dan Casey, Steve Duffel, Susan Habeeb, Steve Hayden, William Kellogg, Roz King, David Mathews, Carolyn Nichols, Richard Perry, Ken Robinson, Kline Sack, Sue-Anne Stuntz, Linda Temple, Laurie Covert (Council Chair), Karin Buchholz (Board Liaison), Theresa Bowen (Staff), David Schobel (USTA Director of Competition), and Lydia de la Rosa (ED Liaison). Absent: Carol Clay

Approximate Number of Observers

30

Decisions Made (and primary rationale)

  • Tournament Evaluation: A new tournament evaluation form to be completed by tournament directors and a redesigned tournament evaluation form to be completed by the players was approved for distribution on Category I National Championship and Cat II tournament home pages.
  • Intersectionals:A new Team Intersectional Point Chart was created to give more points for second and third positions in order to bolster more participation, especially for the men. These points will be in effect in 2009 and are listed on the AS web page.
  • ITF: A list of concerns regarding the senior ITF regulations that are in conflict with USTA regulations were voted upon by the committee. Carolyn Nichols will present them at the ITF Sr. Committee meeting in November. Following is the list: (continued on Meeting 2 minutes)
    • To remove the regulation that states matching outfits must be worn during doubles matches.
    • To allow coaching during the ten minute rest period between the second and third sets.
    • To recommend to the ITF to use the USTA method of bye placements.

Items Discussed Requiring Future Action

  • Diversity: Discussed ways to attract diverse groups: such as gather data via ACTIVE when players enter our tournaments; enhance diversity site on USTA website to include Diversity Resource Book; request National Ad like they do for Leagues; target Multicultural tennis organizations. Recommended that the report be presented to the Diversity Committee.
  • Circuit Chairs: A letter is to be developed for the Circuit Chairs to send to tournament directors encouraging them post on their home page the date seeds and draws will be made.
  • PPR: The 2008 rankings will be compared to the 2009 rankings to see how the new multiplier is working in the Points Per Round Table. The results will be presented at the 2010 USTA Annual Meeting in March.
  • Communications: a one-page fact sheet is being developed with a description of Adult/Senior tournaments, minimum ranking requirements, where to find information (tournament schedules, detailed requirements and standings) and will be displayed on the AS web page.
  • Tournament Home Pages: have been studied for consistency and accuracy and a “tournament home page check list” has been developed that will be distributed to tournament directors through the Circuit Chairs.
  • Family Events: Ideas include contacting the National Quick Start Committee and request a flyer that can be distributed to tournament directors who promote Quick Start. The flyer will detail the reasons why Quick Start should be included in the event and provides solutions to the common barriers of offering an event like Quick Start.
  • Entry Fees: A comparison of 2009 National Adult/Senior entry fees and amenities was started. The development of a subcommittee to continue the study of the fees and amenities.
  • Innovative Ideas: Altering the format of tournaments to attract more players, encourage participation by offering incentives, capitalize on tennis as a family event and create a family team championship.

Other Items of Significance

  • Staff Report: The marketing tool kit, prepared by the USTA Marketing Dept. is now available online, the response to the new PPR chart has been favorable, and that Theresa is working with USTA officials to conduct ITF white badge certification classes.
  • Senior International: Women’s Senior International had good results in Mallorca, Spain. Four out of the five teams finished in the top three. The Super-Seniors will be held in Perth, Australia, November 2-7, 2009, and the Seniors will compete in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, March 29th- April 4th, 2010.


    Prepared by

    Susan Habeeb



    DATE/LOCATION

    September 6, 2009, Grand Hyatt, New York, New York (Meeting 2)

Committee Members in Attendance

Kathy Langer (Chair), Dina Ingersole (Vice Chair), Frank Kelly (Vice Chair), Dan Casey, Carol Clay, Steve Duffel, Susan Habeeb, Steve Hayden, William Kellogg, Roz King, David Mathews, Carolyn Nichols, Richard Perry, Ken Robinson, Kline Sack, Sue-Anne Stuntz, Linda Temple, Laurie Covert (Council Chair), and Theresa Bowen (Staff).

Approximate Number of Observers
20

Decisions Made (and primary rationale)

  • ITF: Concerns regarding the Senior ITF regulations that are in conflict with USTA regulations were voted upon by the committee. Carolyn Nichols will present the list of concerns at the ITF meeting in November. The list is as follows: (Continuation of discussion from 9/5/09 meeting)
    • To use the language in the “Friend at Court” in regard to replacement of seeds.
    • To allow ranked and unranked players to receive a wild card.
    • To allow ties in rankings to be decided first by the results from head to head competition between the two players and second, award the higher seed to the player who has the next highest point tournament that is not included in his/her ranking point total.
    • To allow players to participate in up to two doubles events at the world championships.
    • To award Grade 2 status for Ballen Isles and Checket Cup.
    • To modify the language in Rule 23 in regard to consolations.
    • To modify the language in regard to the presence of Sports Medicine Trainers to state that their presence is not required in venues that are restricted by local laws.
    • Carolyn Nichols will clarify with the ITF if doubles and consolations are covered by ITF rules.
    • Kathy Langer will contact the Rules Committee immediately to discuss the proposed changes to the regulations.
  • 2010 USTA Adult and Senior National Championships: The proposed schedule was approved with the exception of the events that were tabled for discussion for the October teleconference call.
  • ITF Sanction Requests: The applications from the following tournaments were endorsed for ITF sanctioning: Longboat Key, Cape Coral, St. Petersburg, North Naples, and Sarasota, Florida.
  • Bye Replacement Call Item: Constitution and Rules Committee has changed the wording on the call item, which was agreeable to the committee.

Items Discussed Requiring Future Action

  • Pauline Betz Addie Cup: Carol Wood requested PPR’s for the event and that the competition be included in the Points Per Round national rankings. Kathy Langer appointed the PPR subcommittee to research similar events and determine if points should be awarded to the Pauline Betz Addie Cup Competition.

Prepared by

Susan Habeeb






















 
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