JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS

ENTERING TWO DIVISIONS

The USTA Regulations prohibit a player from being entered, when entries close, in two or more tournaments if any part of the tournaments overlap, unless each Tournament Committee understands the situation and concurs in writing. There are exceptions to this rule on the national junior level.

The USTA National Championships, USTA National Sweet Sixteen, USTA National Selection Tournaments, Closed USTA Regional Tournaments, and Open USTA Regional Tournaments permit a player to enter more than one age division.
However, it is important to understand the consequences of this decision.

If you want to play in one of these tournaments, but are unsure if you will get in, you may enter up to two different age divisions.  When selection is done, players are selected for the oldest age division first.
  • If you are selected into the older age division entered, you will not be selected into the younger age division.
  • If you are not selected into the older age division, you will only be considered for selection into the younger division and you will only be eligible to be an alternate in the younger division.

ENTERING CONCURRENT TOURNAMENTS

Several times each year, the USTA has sanctioned national tournaments with different National Ranking Levels at the same time and players are permitted to enter both tournaments. If you want to play in one of these tournaments, but are unsure if you will get in, you may enter up to two different tournaments (in addition to up to two divisions that is described above). 
 
These tournaments and the maximum number of entries are as follows:
 
February:  USTA National Selection Tournaments (Level 2) and Closed USTA Regional Tournaments (Level 4)
Entries are permitted in up to two divisions of up to four sites of USTA National Selection Tournaments AND up to two divisions of the Closed USTA Regional Tournament to which your Section has been assigned.
 
May:  USTA National Sweet Sixteen (Level 1A) and USTA National Selection Tournaments (Level 3)
Entries are permitted in up to two divisions of the USTA National Sweet Sixteen AND up to two divisions of up to four sites of USTA National Selection Tournaments.
 
October:  USTA National Selection Tournaments (Level 2) and Closed USTA Regional Tournaments (Level 4)
Entries are permitted in up to two divisions of up to four sites of USTA National Selection Tournaments AND up to two divisions of the Closed USTA Regional Tournament to which your Section has been assigned.
 
November:  USTA National Selection Tournaments (Level 2) and Open USTA Regional Tournaments (Level 4)
Entries are permitted in up to two divisions of up to four sites of USTA National Selection Tournaments AND up to two divisions of up to four sites of Open USTA Regional Tournaments.
 
When selection is done, players are selected for the highest level of tournament first (for example when a National Selection and Regional are held at the same time, the selection is first done for the National Selection tournament).
  • If you are selected into the higher level concurrent tournament, you will not be selected into the lower level concurrent tournament.
  • If you are not selected into the higher level concurrent tournament, you are eligible for selection into the lower level concurrent tournament AND are eligible to be on the alternate lists of both the higher and lower level tournaments.
Because the process permits players to appear on an acceptance list and multiple alternate lists at the same time, players will have a limited amount of time - until the Freeze Deadline to decide on what list they want to remain.

FREEZE DEADLINE

What is the Freeze Deadline?
 
The Freeze Deadline is the deadline by which a player that is on the alternate list of the higher level tournament and the accepted player list of the lower level tournament has to commit to being on one list. The Freeze Date for all concurrent national tournaments shall be 11:59 a.m. ET 16 days before the start date of the concurrent tournament scheduled to start first, or such other time as is published on the tournament website.  For example, if the earlier of two concurrent national tournaments is scheduled to begin on the 17th of the month, the Freeze Deadline shall be 11:59 am ET on the 1st of the month.
 
Prior to Freeze Deadline
 
Prior to the Freeze Deadline, a player may appear as both an alternate for the higher level concurrent tournament and as an accepted player at a lower level concurrent tournament. Prior to the Freeze Deadline, any such player that is offered and accepts a place on the acceptance list of the higher level tournament shall be permitted to withdraw from the lower level tournament without penalty and play in the higher level tournament.
 
After the Freeze Deadline
 
After the Freeze Deadline, a player may ONLY appear as EITHER an alternate for the higher level tournament OR as an accepted player at the lower level tournament. A player not yet selected for any tournament may continue to appear on the alternate lists of multiple concurrent tournaments.
 
Player Obligation by the Freeze Deadline
 
A player that appears on the acceptance list of the lower level tournament and a higher level tournament alternate list that desires to remain on the alternate list for the higher level tournament must withdraw from the lower level tournament by the Freeze Deadline. Such a player shall be required to send an email to the Tournament Directors of both tournaments by the Freeze Deadline stating this preference and the player shall be refunded their entry fee by the lower level tournament.
 
Any player that fails to email their preference to withdraw from a lower level tournament and remain as an alternate for the higher level tournament shall not be permitted after the Freeze Deadline to withdraw from the lower level tournament and accept a spot in the higher level tournament draw. Any violation of this policy will result in the levying of 4 suspension points for withdrawing from a tournament to play in another.
 
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