2016 Frequently Asked Questions
I want to enter the tournament what do I need to do?
This event has two different entry methods. For the 18's all of the entries are handled by the ITF in London. Players must sign up for an IPIN account and enter with their IPIN. For the 16's players must enter by going to the www.usta.com/isc website (Not tennislink) and clicking the 16's entry form on the right side of the screen. Players in the 16's division need an IPIN number so they must obtain an IPIN but you should not try to enter on the IPIN screen because that is only for the 18's.
Will everyone that signs up for the event get into the event.
No, players must sign in by the entry deadline. The ITF in London will create the acceptance list for the18's usually by Wednesday following the entry deadline. The 16's acceptance list should be posted by Friday following the accpetance deadline. Players will be accepted into with the main draw (MD), qualifying (Q) or they will be listed as alternates (A).
How are selections made for this event
For the 18's ITF division players are selected by ITF Ranking. This is perfomed by the ITF in London and the USTA has no say over the order of the players on the list. Usually the cutoff for the main draw is around 250-500 ITF Ranking. Qualifying selction are based on ITF Ranking and if there are spots remaining the ITF uses the Top 200 list.
More information on the Top 200 List can be found by clicking here
18 Selection Procedure
Qualifying (18's) -64 draw (56 direct, 8 wild cards)
Main Draw (18's)-64 draw (48 direct, 8 wild cards, 8 qualifiers)
For the 16's division, players will be selected by ITF Ranking, followed by the 16's National Standing List (Combined). The qualifying for the 16's is limited to 32 players and usually all of those players from from the standing list. Players from foreign countries will be considered into main draw or qualifying based on strength of player record (National & International results.)
16's Selection Procedure
Qualifying (16's) -64 draw (26 direct, 6 wild cards)
Main Draw (16's)-48 draw (34 direct, 6 wild cards, 8 qualifiers)
If Im an alternate do I have no chance of getting into the event.
No not necessarily. At ITF 18's events players are allowed to enter multiple tournaments and so the acceptance lists change a lot until the withdrawal deadline. Players who are alternates and qualifiers should check the list online or in thier IPIN account to see if their status has changes. 16 and under players should check the tournament website for updates. In addition, players who are alternates can come sign-in during qualifying registration. If players fail to arrive by the regsitration deadline then alternates will be accpeted based on their order on the alternate list.
I have noticed that there are players that are ranked below me on the usta 18's national ranking above me on the acceptance list. Why did that happen.
All of the acceptance list are done by the ITF in London for the 18's division. They do not look at USTA National Ranking in doing acceptances. They look at ITF ranking followed by the USTA Top 200 list.
This list includes results from 14's, 16's and 18's. After the Top 200 list is used then everyone after the 200 names is sorted randomly by the ITF.
May a player enter the 16's and 18's division and see which division they get into?
No a player must enter one division or the other.
Do I have to stay at the Tournament Hotel to get hosiptality reimbursement (18's)?
No a player can stay at any hotel but they will only be reimbursed up to the maximum rate listed on the fact sheet. Players must bring a copy of their hotel bill to the tournament at the end of the event.
Will I receive Grade 1 points for the 16's and 18's divisions?
The 18's is both a ITF and USTA Grade/Level 1 event. The 16's is a level 1 USTA event and players will not get ITF points. However the 16's event follows international rules.
I have my doubles partner do I email the tournament director?
No at ITF events the players will sign in for doubles during main draw registration.
Is there a backdraw?
No there is not a backdraw for the 16's and 18's divisions. All ITF events are single elimination events. Players in he main draw are encouraged to sign up for doubles.
2016 General Information
To enter the event use the following links:
The 16's need an IPIN but players enter the tournament at www.usta.com/ISC
The 18's division you log into your IPIN account and enter the division.
Players may only enter 1 division (16's or 18's)
This event uses ITF age eligibility so players turning 17 this year may not play the 16's division and players turning 19 this year may not play the 18's division.
18's division-The ITF receives and accepts all of the players for this division. They use ITF rankings for accepting main draw and qualifying players (they also consider ATP and WTA Rank for acceptances). They then use the top 200 list for each country (please note the USTA top 200 list is different than national ranking). Then all players are drawn randomly. For the specific details for the acceptance procedures go to www.itftennis.com/juniors and click on rules and regulations.
16's division-The USTA accepts these players. We use ITF ranking first followed by Country National Rankings. For the USA, we use USTA 16's National Seeding and Selection List. We will use the most updated national ranking list at the time of acceptance.
ITF and USTA National Points
This is an ITF Grade 1 event for the 18's division. The 18's division is the only division to receive ITF points.
The 16's and 18's division both receive USTA Level 1 points. (SCTA players also receive level 1 points in their section)
According to ITF rules, all players must physically sign-in at the tournament and pay their entry fee.
16's Qualifier and Alternate players must sign-in from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on Friday, March 25th
18's Qualifier and Alternate players must sign-in from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm on Friday, March 25th
16's Main Draw players sign-in from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 27th
18's Main Draw players sign-in from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 27th
Please Note that all players (main draw, qualifiers and alternates must sign in during registration for an opportunity to play in the event (Main Draw 18's players (Grade 1) do not have to sign-in but they must register and pay prior to competition) .
16's - 48 Main Draw and 32 Qualifying Draw (8 players qualify)
18's - 64 Main Draw and 64 Qualifying Draw (8 players qualify)
Rounds of Matches (weather permitting)
16's Qualifying - 1 rounds on Saturday and 1 round on Sunday
18's Qualifying -1 round on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday
16's qualifiers will play singles on Monday
18's qualifiers will start singles matches on Tuesday
18's main draw singles first round matches will be played over 2 days (Monday and Tuesday)
16's main draw singles first round matches will be played on Monday (seeds will have byes)
16's Doubles Sign-In closes at 4:00 pm on Sunday
18's Doubles Sign-In closes at 12:00 pm on Monday
16's Doubles starts on Monday
18's Doubles starts on Tuesday
18's and 16's Doubles Acceptance Procedures are located in the Player's Handbook
Lucky Losers shall be selected as follows: Those players who lost in the last round of qualifying. Players with an ITF junior ranking shall be randomly drawn and ordered first, thereafter the order of the unranked players shall be randomly drawn.
Lucky Losers should look at the bottom of the schedule each night to see what time they must sign-in.
ITF rules will be used. Please note some rules are different from USTA rules
All main draw singles and doubles matches will be chaired (weather permitting). There will be roving officials for qualifying matches. According to ITF rules the chair umpire will make all of the line calls. Players should be prepared to play every ball.