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USTA Junior Competition and Sportsmanship Committee update

April 11, 2013 09:03 PM
April 11, 2013
 
In an effort to improve the junior tournament experience for thousands of young players throughout the country, the U.S. Tennis Association’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the Junior Competition and Sportsmanship Committee’s recommended changes to the 2014 National Junior Competition Structure.
 
The changes include creating more national play opportunities and more competitive options for junior players than had existed in the previously adopted plan, while upholding the ideals of earned advancement and driving more competitive play locally (i.e., to the Section level). The changes will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
 
The vote by the USTA Board of Directors followed discussions at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference with National and Sectional leadership, as well as during nine Listening Sessions held throughout the country, which drew more than 600 attendees, and through the Letusknow@usta.com e-mail address, where approximately 150 unique individuals provided feedback.  
 
The recommended changes were put forth unanimously by the volunteer-led USTA Junior Competition and Sportsmanship Committee. And prior to the vote by the USTA Board of Directors, the recommendations were unanimously approved by USTA Section Leadership during the Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference.
 
"We think we have struck a nice balance with the approved plan," said Dave Haggerty, Chairman, CEO and President, USTA. "We said we were going to go out and listen, and that’s exactly what we did, and the Committee continued its fine work incorporating feedback from our various constituents from the Listening Sessions. This has resulted in a plan that will be good for American junior tennis players."
 
Any additional feedback will continue to be welcomed at the Letusknow@usta.com e-mail address.
 
 
March 18, 2013

The U.S. Tennis Association has taken another positive step toward approving some significant changes to the previously approved 2014 National Junior Competition Structure during the Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference this weekend in Weston, Fla.
 
In recent months, the proposed changes to the National Junior Competition Structure have been socialized extensively. This includes at the USTA National and Sectional levels as well as during nine Listening Sessions held throughout the country, which drew more than 600 attendees, and through the Letusknow@usta.com e-mail address, where approximately 150 unique individuals provided feedback.  There has also been considerable junior competition content posted on various blogs and via social media that has served to inform and provide a forum for discussion. 
 
Below are documents outlining and explaining the recommendations—as put forth unanimously by the USTA Junior Competition and Sportsmanship Committee—which were discussed extensively and unanimously approved by USTA Section Leadership during the Association’s Annual Meeting on Monday, March 18. These changes will be officially voted on by the USTA Board of Directors in mid-April.
 
A few of the changes that have been recommended include creating more national play opportunities and more competitive options for junior players, while upholding the ideals of earned advancement and driving more competitive play locally (i.e., to the sectional level). The goal of these changes is to create a structure that best serves juniors who compete at all levels—and with it, the sport of tennis as a whole.
 
If there are any additional questions or comments, please continue to direct all correspondence to Letusknow@usta.com.
 
Documents:
 
 
 
 
 
March 6, 2013
 
The USTA Junior Competition and Sportsmanship Committee presented its recommendations on changes to the Junior Competition Structure to the USTA's Sectional Leadership earlier this week.
 
Below you will find links to three relevant documents (updated March 18 to reflect the most up-to-date versions). The first of these documents provides the rationale for the recommended changes. The second document provides a summary of the 2014 National Junior Competition Structure. The third document is the proposed 2014 National Junior Tournament Schedule.
 
Please note, per the USTA’s earlier communications, the communications process for the proposed changes will continue at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference later this month (see below posting, March 5). We encourage anyone to submit their thoughts regarding these proposals to Letusknow@usta.com.
 
Documents:
 
 
 
March 5, 2013
 
The USTA plans to review the Junior Competition and Sportsmanship Committee’s recommendations with USTA Leadership this week. 
 
After the USTA Leadership is fully apprised, the  Junior Competition and Sportsmanship Committee’s recommendations will be made public on USTA.com for all interested parties to review. Comments regarding the recommendations will continue to be welcomed at Letusknow@usta.com
 
These proposed changes and accompanying feedback will be vetted by USTA Leadership at the USTA Annual Meeting, March 16-18, 2013, and then presented to the USTA Board shortly thereafter.
 
 
February 28, 2013
 
The Junior Competition and Sportsmanship Committee of the USTA had a positive and productive meeting in Dallas from February 26 to February 28 regarding the 2014 National Junior Competition Structure.
 
During this meeting the committee reviewed feedback received at the Listening Sessions and the Letusknow@usta.com e-mail address. This included comments from key stakeholders including parents, coaches and players, tournament directors, teaching professionals, college coaches, USTA sections and other tennis constituents.
 
The proposed changes developed during this meeting were unanimously approved by the committee and will be presented to USTA National and Section Leadership on or about March 14, 2013.
 
 
 
 

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