ADULT/SENIOR COMPETITION COMMITTEE
2003 SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING
NEW YORK, NY
August 31, 2003
- Called roll- The following members were present: John Donelan; James Nelson; Patricia Graham; Steve Solomon; Margaret Anderson; Roy Barth; Ben T. Ball; Don Cleveland; Jacque Croft; Norman Fitz; Eddie Gonzalez; Jeff Gray; Ollie Gresham; Dina Ingersole; Alberto Monagas; Carolyn Nichols; Nancy Reed; David Schobel; Paul Settles; Leslie Vanardo; William White; and Mary Wilson. Absent- Joe Thompson. Excused: John Powless; Jeff Gray; and Norman Fitz.
- The Minutes of the 2003 Annual Meeting were approved unanimously.
- 2003 Gold Slam recipients were recognized with a Certificate of Achievement from the Chairman. The following winners were present: Wesley Cash; Elaine Mason; June Dickey; Dodo Cheney; and Jean Harris. Bob Sherman was unable to attend.
- The Chairman thanked Bill Tully for providing financial assistance to the recipients to help defray their travel and hotel costs in New York City.
- Joe Rasgado was then recognized for his work as prior Chairman of the Adult/Senior Competition Committee. Joe was given a token of appreciation from the Committee.
- Points Per Round (PPR) Ranking System Call Item.
- The Chairman applauded the work of the Points Per Round Ranking Subcommittee members: Jim Nelson; Patricia Graham; Paul Settles; Carolyn Nichols; and Advisors: Joe Grover; Larry Turville; and Peter Bronson.
- The Chairman then reviewed in detail the process whereby the Subcommittee identified the variables to be included in the Points Per Round Ranking System and the manner by which the full Committee adopted these variables. This process included the identification of the variables by the Subcommittee; input from the full Committee and tournament players by way of the Adult/Senior web page; and ultimately a vote by the full Committee to adopt these variables. When it became clear that the variables should be adjusted, the process was repeated. The final variables adopted by the full Committee were:
- Minimum number of tournaments required for ranking: 1 Category I Tournament, with no wins required.
- Maximum number of tournaments to be counted for ranking: Six (6) tournaments in Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles Events and four (4) Tournaments in Family Events.
- Individual rankings for Men's and Women's doubles were approved.
- National Intersectional events will be considered for ranking. Other
special events will not.
- Points Per Round tables were developed and adopted.
- The Committee then engaged in a lengthy discussion about whether the Points Per Round tables were appropriate or whether they should be modified in the future. The Chairman advised the Committee that the Points Per Round Ranking Subcommittee would meet after the Semi-Annual Meeting to determine if it was necessary to modify the Points Per Round tables.
- The Women's Vice-Chair, Patricia Graham suggested that some of the variables were not what the women wanted; for example, some women wanted four (4) tournaments to be counted for ranking rather then the six (6) tournaments approved by the Points Per Round Subcommittee and ultimately the full Committee.
- A number of Committee Members and audience engaged in a spirited debate whether different ranking criteria should be applied for Men and Women players. The Chairman noted that while it was clear that each speaker had the best interest of the players in mind, no one was sure how the perfect ranking system should be structured. The Chairman reminded the Committee that the reason why the Points Per Round Ranking System was approved at the Annual Meeting was because the system was easy for players to understand and would also increase participation, particularly in Category I Events.
- The Points Per Round Subcommittee and ultimately the full Committee decided to make six (6) tournaments rather than four (4) tournaments the number to be counted for ranking. This decision was made with the belief that the additional tournaments would encourage players to play in not only the four (4) Category I Tournaments but also in additional Category II, sectional and local tournaments as well. Several people expressed the concern that if four (4) or fewer tournaments were counted for ranking, players would play in Category I Tournaments only, thereby undermining the viability of the Category II, sectional and local tournaments schedules. The Chairman reiterated that the results of the ranking system would be reviewed after the first year to determine if changes should be made. In fact, the Chairman noted that it was likely that the system would have to be reviewed for the first three years at minimum.
- A number of motions were made to modify the Points Per Round Ranking System to distinguish Women's and Men's requirements, but no second was made to these motions.
- Carolyn Nichols was thanked for preparing a primer on how to achieve a national ranking. Because of the Committee's change to the Points Per Round Ranking System, Carolyn was asked to update this primer for use in 2004 under the new ranking system. She agreed to do so.
- Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
Minutes - Sanctions & Schedules
- Roll Call: The following members were present: John Donelan; James Nelson;
Patricia Graham; Steve Solomon; Margaret Anderson; Roy Barth; Ben T. Ball; Don Cleveland; Jacque Croft; Eddie Gonzalez; Ollie Gresham; Dina Ingersole; Alberto Monagas; Carolyn Nichols; Nancy Reed; David Schobel; Paul Settles; Leslie Vanardo; William White; and Mary Wilson. Absent: Joe Thompson. Excused: John Powless; Jeff Gray; and Norman Fitz.
- Circuit Chairs: after the Annual Meeting, the Chairman appointed Circuit Chairs for each age division for the purpose of upgrading the four (4) Category I National Championships in each division. Each Circuit Chair would also assist the tournament directors in seeding for each Category I Tournament. Patricia Graham was appointed Women's Circuit Chair Coordinator for the Women. Steve Solomon was appointed Circuit Chair Coordinator for the Men.
- USPTA Category II Sponsorship: The Committee reviewed the existing sponsorship contract between the USTA and the USPTA for USPTA sponsorship of Category II Tournaments. The Committee reviewed the obligations of each party and it was decided that staff and the Chairman would contact Joe Thompson to review how the USTA could assist the USPTA in maximizing its sponsorship visibility for these tournaments
- The Committee then approved a recommendation that Category I and Category II events with five (5) or fewer players would play a round robin rather than a single elimination format.
- Category II Events: Subsequent to the 2003 Annual Meeting, the Chairman appointed Don Cleveland, as Category II Subcommittee Chair. This Subcommittee was charged with two tasks: the first was to develop criteria for Category II designation; and the second was to review the existing Category II tournament events to determine if their Category II designation should be maintained or withdrawn.
- Don reported that the Subcommittee had adopted the following criteria for considering whether a tournament should receive a Category II designation:
- the tournament must be recommended by section and players in the section;
- it must be an existing and successful tournament;
- the tournament must attract players from multiple sections;
- the tournament must have multiple senior age divisions;
- the tournament must follow all National Ranking Regulations; and
- the tournament must follow all Sectional Sanction Regulations.
- The committee unanimously voted and agreed to eliminate Mixed Doubles events from Category II desigination.
- After review, the full Committee unanimously approved the recommended criteria. The Subcommittee also recommended that the Category II designation for Men's and Women's Intersectional events should be withdrawn. This recommendation was also adopted unanimously by the Committee. It was further recommended and agreed that Intersectional Team Events would be called "National Intersectional Team Events" in the future.
- The Committee then voted to take the following actions:
- o Existing Category II tournaments would retain their Category II designation with the exception of the Intersectional Events.
- The Atlanta Senior Invitational would retain its Category II designation. (ten (10) in favor, five (5) opposed). Several Committee members expressed the concern that because this event was an invitational event it should not be placed on the Category II Tournament schedule.
- The Committee voted to table the question whether the USPTA National Tournaments should retain their Category II designation. The Chairman indicated that he would review this matter with Joe Thompson to determine the USPTA's position.
- The Committee then agreed to evaluate potential Category II events annually.
- Nancy Reed proposed that a new National Clay Court Mixed Doubles Tournament for ages 40-90 [in ten (10) year increments] receive a Category II designation immediately. The Committee discussed whether such a designation should be given to a new tournament and declined to do so. The Committee decided that this issue should be revisited after the tournament operates as a sectional event for a year or two.
- The National Tournament Director's Workshop will be held November 14-16, 2003 in Dallas, Texas at the DFW Hyatt. The Workshop will emphasize TennisLink and enhancing tournaments through the use of local sponsors.
- New Business: Don Cleveland will work with staff to develop a timetable for the consideration of the award of Category II designation for individual tournaments in 2004. David Schobel identified the National Public Parks Tournament as a possible addition to the Category II Tournament schedule.
- The Grandfather/Grandson pilot was successful. A motion was made and passed to make both Grandfather/Grandson Gold Ball events. It was also proposed and approved that the Grandparent/Grandchild event would be held as a pilot next year.
- A motion was then made and passed unanimously to sanction the Wimbledon Racquet Club to host the 2004 Women's 40/50 Singles and Doubles Category I Indoor National Championship.
- Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.