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2018 Preliminary Tournament Calendars

Please submit an online 2018 Tournament Acceptance Letter for each tournament sanction that you are accepting within 14 days of notice.


If you wish to appeal, you must complete the 2018 Sanction Decision Appeal Form. The fee for appealing is $100 per appealed sanction. Both the form and appeal fee must be submitted to the USTA NorCal Office within 14 days of notice. Your appeal may be rejected or dismissed if you fail to properly complete the 2018 Sanction Decision Appeal Form or do not send in the $100 appeal fee per appealed sanction by the deadline.

2018 Tournament Acceptance Letter

Submit an online letter for each tournament sanction that you are accepting.


If you are looking to become a tournament director, then you are at the right place.

To apply to host a tournament in 2018, complete the sanctioning process by the deadline below.

The 2018 Adult and Junior Tournament Primary sanctioning period was from July 1 - August 1, 2017. Following the primary sanctioning period, the USTA NorCal Sanction and Schedule Committee will be reviewing tournaments bimonthly.

Who Is

the TD?

The tournament director's main job is to oversee the general operations of the tournament.

Being a tournament director can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as long as you have the tools and information necessary to run a successful tournament.

Some of the basic list of duties include:

  • Implementing the policies and rules of the tournament;
  • Interacting with the person overseeing the facilities;
  • Coordinating event finances;
  • Overseeing registration, draws, scheduling, communication, promotion, marketing, and participation.

Become A Tournament Director

NorCal Staff  |  May 1, 2017
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Bimonthly Application Deadline

  • We will provide you with the new dates that go under Bimonthly Application Deadline once it gets approved by the Board.


2018 Sanctioning Process and Information

Thank you for your interest in hosting a USTA NorCal tournament. To help you as a potential applicant for a USTA NorCal tournament, we have prepared a set of informational documents. It is important that you review all of the relevant sanctioning materials before applying for a tournament. The documents are as follows:

  1. Timeline for Applying for a 2018 USTA NorCal Sanctioned Tournament
  2. USTA NorCal Tournament Sanction Rules
  3. 2018 USTA NorCal Junior Sanction Date Blocks
  4. 2018 USTA NorCal Sanction Instructions for Junior Tournament Sanctions
  5. 2018 USTA NorCal Junior Tournament Descriptions
  6. 2018 USTA NorCal SAT and ACT Avoidance Policy for Junior Tournaments
  7. 2018 USTA NorCal Schedule and Court Requirement
  8. USTA NorCal Sanctioning Guidelines
  9. USTA NorCal Tournament Site Permission Letter
  10. Safe Play Background Check Screening (required for all Junior Tournament Directors in 2018)

Applicants are required to complete the USTA NorCal Sanction Application Form and submit site permission letter(s) by the deadline. ADVERTISEMENT Only those sanction applications that are approved will be required to fill out the USTA Online Sanction Form. Please submit one USTA NorCal Sanction Application Form for each tournament bid.

Should you have any questions regarding the sanctioning process please email You may also contact Tommy Tu at (510) 263-0447 or Michelle Wilson at (510) 263-0446.



Tournament Director Workshop Schedule

New Tournament Directors of a USTA NorCal Sanctioned Adult or Junior tournament must attend a Tournament Directors Workshop prior to their first tournament.

Returning Tournament Directors who have served as tournament director at USTA NorCal sanctioned tournaments for 3 or more years and have not had any infractions or probations in the previous year may attend a tournament director workshop once every 3 years. Tournament directors who receive an infraction and/or probation must attend a tournament director workshop the following year.


The next Tournament Director/TDM Workshop is on April 23, 2018 at the USTA NorCal Office.

Register HERE.


Levels of Tournaments

There are many different types and levels of tournaments. Below is a list of tournament levels that USTA NorCal offers.

Junior Tournaments: Orange Ball, Green Ball, Challenger, Open, UTR Round Robin, Championships, Super Series, Excellence, Sectional

Adult Tournaments: Senior, NTRP, Open, One Day, Wheelchair, Family


Sanction Rules for USTA NorCal Tournaments

Review the sanction rules to learn about what is required from Member Organizations and Tournament Directors to host a tournament before submitting a sanction application.

View Tournament Sanction Rules >


Tournament & Sportsmanship Rules

Understanding the tournament and sportsmanship rules is a crucial aspect for a successful tournament.


Online USTA NorCal Sanction Application

USTA NorCal Sanction Application >


Acceptance Letter

View Document >


Tournament Site Authorization Letter

View Document >


Certificate of Insurance

A certificate of insurance is required for each approved sanction holder. Sanction holder will procure and maintain through the sanction period, at the sanction holder's expense, Commercial General Liability Insurance including spectator and participant liability from a company or companies licensed to do business in the state of California.  The policy must be in the minimum amount of at least $1,000,000 each occurrence for Bodily Injury and Property Damage.  USTA NorCal shall be named an Additional Insured on the Commercial General Liability policy at no cost to USTA NorCal.


Written Referee Confirmation

View Document >

If you need help securing a referee for your tournament, please contact Chris Wilson at


Timeline for Planning and Managing  a Tournament

View Timeline >


Tournament Improvement Program

In order to complete the Tournament Improvement Program without penalty, a Tournament Director must accurately complete the online Pre-Tournament Checklist prior to the entries opening date and complete the Post Tournament Report within seven days of the competition of the Tournament.

Tournament Improvement Guide >