JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS Championships

INFORMATION AND FAQs

April 19, 2017
<h1>JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS Championships</h1>
<h2>INFORMATION AND FAQs</h2>

Congratulations on reaching the Junior Team Tennis National Championships.

 

Below, you'll find all the information you need to enjoy your time at Nationals.

 

Participant Information 

Here you can review the championships handbook, find promotional releases and release waivers, learn about gift exchanges and spirit flags and get everything you need to know about the casting call, heat and hydration policy and the player party. 
 

Handbook

Help enhance the player experience by checking out our casting call for national anthem singers, the player gift exchange program and team spirit flags. Players, coaches and parents can review the official tournament handbook. 
 


Waivers

Here you will find the forms needed to compete at Nationals. Once completed, please give the waiver to your Coach/Team Manager to bring to registration on Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The waivers for your team will be handed in onsite. Original signatures are needed on the waivers, so faxes are not acceptable. 
 

 

Gift Exchange

Many teams bring "little" gifts for other teams. They should be inexpensive, small tokens. Often, the gifts represent their region or state. Past examples include: state pins, magnets, key rings, candy, macadamia nuts and leis (Hawaii). These gifts are presented to the opponent before the first match. Typically, teams bring approximately 12 gifts per team for each individual team match. It is suggested that a parent or team manager organize on behalf of their team wishing to participate.

 

Any questions, please email Tournament Director Matt Barnhart.


Spirit Flags

Each team will be given a 3x5 flag to personalize and decorate prior to attending Nationals. It is a great way to represent and show their pride for their team during the event. The flags will be displayed at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.

 

Any questions, please email Tournament Director Matt Barnhart.


Miscellaneous

There's much in the way of exciting action happening at the 2016 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships. Find out more below: 
 

  • Casting call: Are you interested in singing The National Anthem?
  • Player party: Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main Street)
     

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Travel and Destination Information 

Everything you need to know about the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center, the Lexington County Tennis Complex, local hotels and driving directions.

 

Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center

1120 Fort Congaree Trail
Cayce, S.C. 29033
Contact: Jorge Andrew, Tennis Director
(803) 227-3030
 
Features: 30 hard courts, 2,000-seat stadium court, 11,000-square-foot clubhouse
 

Lexington County Tennis Complex

 
425 Oak Drive
Lexington, S.C. 29072
Contact: Jorge Andrew, Tennis Director
(803) 957-7676
 
Features: 21 lighted hard courts, championship-sized stadium court, two-story, 4,600-square-foot clubhouse
 

Hotels

Host Hotel

Columbia Marriott
1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, S.C. 2920
(803) 771-7000
 
Please note that if you have already booked a room at the Marriott and cancel that room, you will lose your eligibility for the travel stipend.

   

Overflow Hotel
 
Wingate by Wyndham
108 Saluda Pointe Court
Lexington, S.C. 29072
803-957-5000
 
Contact: Leanna Lee, LLee@lexingtonwingate.com
Rate: $95 + tax (Includes Breakfast)
 
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Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport
110 McSwain Drive West
Columbia, S.C. 29169
(803) 391-4023
 
Contact: McCauley Wilder, McCauley@guestwelcome.com
Rate: $99 + tax (Includes Breakfast)
 
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Hampton Inn West Columbia
1094 Chris Drive West
Columbia, S.C. 29169
(803) 791-8940
 
Contact: Shannah Burden, shannah.burden@hilton.com
Rate: $89 + tax (Includes Breakfast)
 
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DoubleTree by Hilton
2100 Bush River Road
Columbia, S.C. 29210
(803) 744-0140
 
Contact: Jennifer Bolling, Jennifer.Bolling@doubletreesc.com
Rate: $129 + tax (Includes Breakfast)
 
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Harbison
211 Lanneau Court
Columbia, S.C. 29212
(803) 732-2229
 
Contact: Travis Goff, hiexharbison@hotmail.com
Rate: $99 + tax (includes Breakfast)
 
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Columbia Downtown Hotel
Hyatt Place Columbia
Downtown the Vista 819 Gervais Street
Columbia, S.C. 29201
(803) 978-2013
 
Contact: Stephanie Molick, Stephanie.Molick@Hyatt.com
Rate: $144 + tax (Includes Breakfast)
 

Directions

The most convenient airport for travel to Columbia, S.C., is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, located eight miles southwest of downtown Columbia. Shuttle service will not be provided from any of the hotels to or from either tennis complex.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What day should teams arrive?
Teams will need to arrive on Thursday. Coaches must check in for their teams and attend a manadatory meeting beginning at 3:30 p.m. An opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center for all players, team managers/coaches. Spectators are welcome to attend.
 
What time is check-out on Sunday?
Please check with the hotel.
 
Are there any group rates or discounts?
For your convenience, the USTA has reserved a block of rooms at the Columbia Marriott located near the tennis facilities. To take advantage of the discounted rate, mention the code listed below at the time of booking or click on the reservation link.
 
Is there an admission fee for spectators (parents, grandparents, etc.)?
No, there is no fee to enter Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center or Lexington County Tennis Complex. Costs incurred would be lunch and tickets to the player party.
 
What is the cost of entering the tournament?
The fee is $60 per player and a deposit of $250 is required. The deposit is a hold on a credit card to ensure the team will participate throughout the event.
 
What is the cost for tickets to the player party?
The cost is $25 per ticket for adults and $10 per ticket for 12 & under. There is no cost for players and one team coach/manager.
 
What is the scoring?
Team score will be based on total number of games won.
2 out of 3 short sets (1st to 6); 7 point tiebreaker at 5-5 all
3rd set 10pt tiebreaker
 
What is the format?
All positions will be determined. Teams are not seeded but pulled out of a hat for their flight.
 
What time will play be completed on Sunday?
We anticipate the finals and awards ceremony will be completed by 2 p.m the latest.
 
Is there shuttle service to and from the courts?
No, teams will be responsible for their own transportation. Rental cars are available at the Columbia Airport.
 
Will there be a stringer on site at the Tennis Center?
Yes, a stringer will be on site through the entire event.
 
For the player gift exchange, how many items should we bring?
It is suggested that teams bring 12 items.
 
On the flag that our team is decorating, can we include our club’s logo on the flag?
Yes, logos or anything representing your team are welcomed. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tournament Director Matt Barnhart (Matt.Barnhart@usta.com).
 
Our team would like to shower on Sunday before flying home. Do the tennis facilities have locker rooms?
Yes, locker rooms are available.
 
Should the wavier form be submitted prior to the start of the tournament?
All of the forms should be submitted at registration on Thursday evening. Original signatures are required.
 
How do we receive the travel/grant stipend?
The travel stipend is a matching grant and the National office will match up to $1,000 based upon the section's match and the requirements. Teams must complete the entire event. It is recommended the coach/manager speak to his/her section coordinator for the application process of the section grant.
 
If we submit a W-9 form, will we have to pay taxes on this at the end of the year?
The coaches receiving the grant will not be taxed or receive a 1099 for the grant they receive. They would only get a 1099 if they provided a professional service and was paid for that service.
 
Where is the link to apply for the travel stipend?
Please contact your USTA section office for more information.
 
What positions can double up (play twice)? At Sectionals, a player could only double up in doubles.
Only one boy and one girl can double up in each team match and it must occur in mixed doubles.
 
What is the earliest you would advise to schedule departure flights for Sunday?
I advise no earler than 3 p.m. on Sunday to book return flights.
 
 
 

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