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Junior regulations

February 14, 2017
<p><span class="articletitle">Junior regulations</span></p>

2017 Junior Regulations

1. Player Eligibility

2. Sportsmanship & Conduct

3. Tournament Circuits

4. Tournament Entry

5. Tournament Draws

6. Tournament Match Play

7. Ranking System & Point Tables

8. New England Teams

9. National Entry & Endorsement

10. Financial Assistance

11. Grievance Procedures

Changes are underlined

 

 

1. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

 

A. USTA Membership - A player must be a USTA member in order to enter sanctioned USTA New England ranking point tournaments.

 

B. Abide by Rules of Play - All players participating in USTA sanctioned events are expected to know the rules of playing a tennis match including keeping score and how to play a tiebreak, be familiar with the general rules of fair play contained in the Code and agree to abide by USTA Rules and USTA New England Regulations.

 

C. Age Eligibility - The USTA uses a “month of birth” age eligibility rule for junior players competing in USTA sanctioned tournaments. Juniors may continue to play in the 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 age divisions until the month they turn 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, or 19, respectively. Players should use the starting date of a tournament to determine eligibility when a tournament begins in one month and ends in the next. Players may “play up” in a higher age group but may not “play down.” The Section reserves the right to require players to submit a copy of their birth certificate or other proof of age that is acceptable to the Section.

 

D. Residency Requirement - USTA New England “Super Six” L3, L4 and “Super Six Qualifier” tournaments are open only to “residents of New England” whose “legal residence” is in the geographical area of any of the six New England States with the exception of that area of Connecticut which is defined in the By-Laws of the USTA as part of the USTA Eastern Section (i.e., Greenwich, Cos Cob and Riverside).

i. “Residents of New England” are those juniors who are: i) citizens of the United States, ii) permanent resident aliens in possession of a valid alien registration receipt card, iii) aliens who have resided in the New England section of the USTA continuously for more than one year and who are members of families in the diplomatic or consular corps, iv) aliens who have been granted Refugee or Asylee Status, v) aliens who have been granted Temporary Protected Status, or vi) aliens whose 1-485 (Application to Register Permanent Resident or Adjust Status) has been accepted for filing.

ii. “Legal residence” means the true, fixed, primary and permanent and bona fide home or the home for the indefinite future of the player’s parent(s). A player can only have one “legal residence” at any one time. Factors used to determine whether the parent is a true legal resident include, but are not limited to, where the parent files state tax returns, where the head of household (primary wage earner) resides and is employed, the address on the parent’s federal income tax return, where the parent’s and player’s (if applicable) driver’s license and voter registrations are maintained, the parent’s intent to reside permanently and indefinitely in New England notwithstanding the eligibility of the player, the player’s siblings’ declared residence for higher education tuition aid and the residence of dependent children of players’ parents. Parents residing temporarily outside of the United States will be considered residents of the New England section only if they were residents of the New England section under this regulation immediately before leaving the United States and they continue to file state resident income tax returns with a state within the New England Section. In the case of a player whose parents are divorced or legally separated and are residing in different USTA sections, the parent claiming primary physical custody must first establish that he or she is a “legal resident” of the New England section. Once the legal residence of the custodial parent is established, a player must then provide evidence and documentation sufficient to show that he or she has resided for the majority of the past ranking year with that custodial parent within the New England section. In any case in which either parent (including in the case of divorced or legally separated parents a non-custodial parent) currently physically resides outside of the New England section, an affidavit addressing these factors and supporting documentation, as well as other details sufficient to show player residency within the New England section is required. The above list of factors is not intended to be definitive or all inclusive and other factors may be considered in determining whether a player’s legal residence is within the geographic scope of the section. USTA New England may in its sole discretion request whatever additional documents or information it deems reasonably necessary to make a fair and accurate determination of a player’s eligibility. Players who have made a declaration of citizenship to a foreign country or who have accepted endorsement from another federation to an ITF Junior or Open tournament shall not be eligible to participate in New England’s Level 3 and 4 events and shall not be endorsed by the New England Section to any national or team event. USTA New England shall have absolute authority to decide any question relating to satisfaction of the Residency Requirement, including any question of legal residence, and such decision shall be final and not subject to further appeal.

 

 

2. SPORTSMANSHIP & CONDUCT

 

A. Point Penalty System

 

i. Code Violations and Penalties – Refer to USTA Friend at Court, page 108, Table 14

 

ii. Time Violations and Penalties for Lateness - Refer to USTA Friend at Court, page 109, Table 15 and page 110, Table 16 respectively.

 

B. Suspension Points - Refer to USTA Friend at Court, page 113, Table 17

 

C. Suspension and Appeal Process

i) If player is assessed suspension points from national schedule tournament(s) then the process is as per USTA Friend at Court, page 114

ii) Suspensions from points assessed at sectional junior tournaments follow these procedures:

a) First Suspension - If a player receives ten (10) suspension points within a twelve (12) month period, he or she will be suspended from competing in USTA sanctioned tournaments for three (3) months. Upon suspension these 10 points shall be cleared from the player's record. All other suspension points shall remain on the player's record and count towards a second suspension.

b) Second Suspension - If a player receives eight (8) suspension points within the 12 months immediately following the first suspension the player shall be suspended from competing in USTA sanctioned tournaments for six (6) months. Upon suspension these 8 points shall be cleared from the player's record. All other suspension points shall remain on the player's record and count towards a third suspension.

c) Subsequent Suspensions - If a player receives six (6) suspension points within the 12 month period immediately following the second suspension ( and any suspensions subsequent to the second suspension), the player shall be suspended from competing in USTA sanctioned tournaments for a period to be determined by the New England Junior Sportsmanship Committee. The suspension period shall not be less than one year and may be up to the remainder of the player's junior career. These 6 points will be cleared from the player's record.

d) Upon receipt of a sectional suspension notice, a suspended person or player will have the right to contact the section office to correct any errors in the record, and the right to a hearing before the USTA New England Junior Sportsmanship Committee. To correct the record or to request a hearing, a suspended person or player must make a written request to the USTA New England Junior Sportsmanship Committee within five (5) days following the receipt of the suspension notice and mailed or emailed to the USTA New England Player Development Manager.

e) If the Committee affirms the suspension, the suspension will commence the day after the committee has made a decision affirming such suspension.

f) If a hearing is not requested, the suspension will commence the day after the expiration of the five-day period.

g) The Committee may also suspend a player or not endorse a player to National individual and team events if a pattern of unsportsmanlike conduct (including line call overrules) is documented and player is provided written warning first.

 

D. Player Associates Conduct - Unsportsmanlike or inappropriate conduct against an official, player, spectator, or other person at a tournament site by a parent, relative, coach or other person associated with a player may result in that player associate being suspended from attending USTA sanctioned tournaments and events.

 

 

3. TOURNAMENT CIRCUITS

 

A. Elite Level

 

Super Six Championship L3 & L4

i) New England L3 and L4 Super Six singles and doubles events offer an advanced level of competition for USTA New England residents only and award New England and National ranking points.

ii) All Super Six singles events will have “Super Six Qualifier” tournaments the week prior to the Super Six events with the winners and finalists earning selection into the respective upcoming Super Six events. “Qualifier” draws will be single elimination with all matches using regular scoring and a Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points by a margin of two) in lieu of a third set. “Qualifiers” will have a maximum of 32 players per draw and will award L6 points-per-round ranking points.*

The June L3 Super Six Sectionals singles event will have a Qualifying draw with a  maximum of 16 players per draw the day before the Main draw starts with the four semi-finalists earning selection into the respective Main draw.

ii) Singles draws for the January L3 and all L4’s are limited to maximum of 16 players and are Feed in Championship (FIC) through Quarter Finals format with semi-final losers playoff for third place (winner third, loser fourth) and round of 16 and quarter-final losers playoff for fifth place. (Consolation fifth/sixth place finals are not played). All matches are best-of-three tiebreak sets and use regular scoring. Only in an emergency, such as a power failure, extreme weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstance, may a Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points by a margin of two) be used in lieu of a third set. Such an occurrence should be rare.

iii) Singles draws for the June L3 Sectionals are limited to maximum of 24 players and are Feed in Championship (FIC) through Round of 16 format with semi-final losers playoff for third place (winner third, loser fourth), quarter-final losers playoff for fifth place and round of 32 and round of 16 losers playoff for ninth place. All main draw matches are best-of-three tiebreak sets. All FIC matches use a Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points by a margin of two) in lieu of a third set. All matches use regular scoring.

iv) Doubles draws are limited to maximum of 16 teams, with a Feed In Championship, FIC, through the quarter finals and a main draw semi-final loser’s playoff for third and fourth place. (Consolation finals are not played). All matches are eight game pro sets with regular scoring and a set tiebreak at 8-8.

 

B). Advanced Level

Championship L5

i) New England L5 singles events offer an advanced level of competition for USTA members that award New England ranking points only.

ii) Singles draws are limited to maximum of 24 players and are Main Draw with a Non-Feed-In Championship Consolation format with semi-final losers playoff for third place (winner third, loser fourth) and quarter-final losers playoff for fifth place. All main draw matches are best-of-three tiebreak sets. All Consolation matches use a Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points by a margin of two) in lieu of a third set. All matches use regular scoring.

Challenger L6

i. New England L6 singles and doubles events offer an advanced level of competition for USTA members that award New England ranking points only.

ii. Singles draws are single elimination and if, based on court availability, there is a draw size limit, it is posted prior to the entry deadline on the tournament home page. All matches are best of three tiebreak sets and use regular scoring. A Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points by a margin of two) may be used in lieu of a third set. (Super Six Qualifiers will have a maximum of 32 players per draw and will use regular scoring and a Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points by a margin of two) in lieu of a third set.)

iii. Doubles draws are Round Robin format. All matches are six (6) game sets with regular scoring and a set tiebreak at 6-6. If only three teams then eight (8) game pro set with no-ad scoring. If only two (2) teams then best-of-three tiebreak sets. A multi day event offering singles and doubles may play the doubles with round robin, six (6) game sets or single elimination with optional consolation eight (8) game pro sets.

iv. Teams are selected to flights in descending order of doubles only standing. Flights will have 4, 5, 6 or 7 teams. (Example; with 10 teams-flight A will have the four (4) highest ranked teams, flight B will have the next six (6) highest ranked teams).

v. Teams play 2 matches in flights of 3, and 3 matches in flights of 4, 5, 6 or 7 (in a flight of 5 or 7 one team at random plays 4 matches). No playoffs.

vi. In a tiebreak set, the first team to win six games, by a margin of at least two games, is the winner. If the score reaches 6-games all, a Set Tiebreak (12-point tie-break, first to 7 points by a margin of two) should be played. This means a team can win 6-0, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 or 7-6.

vii. The team who wins the most matches in the round robin is the winner. Wins include wins against a team that defaults, withdraws or retires.

viii. Defaults, withdrawals and walkovers do not have game scores and do not count toward % of games won.

ix. Retirements include game scores and they do count toward % of games won.

x. Tiebreak counts as 1 game toward % of games won.

xi. If two teams are tied, the winner of the head-to-head match is the winner.

xii. If three or more teams are tied, the winner is determined by using the first of the following methods that successfully breaks the tie:

a) The win-loss record (head-to-head) in matches involving just the tied teams;

b) The team with the highest percentage of games won of all games played (games won divided by total games played).

c) To the extent that the above methods eliminate teams from consideration at any step, the win-loss record between the remaining teams shall be considered before going on to the next step.

d) If at any point only two teams remain tied, then the head-to-head result (if played) between these two teams determines the winner.

e) If a tie cannot be broken after all the steps are employed, a random drawing between the remaining tied teams shall be used to determine the winner.

 

C. Intermediate Level

Futures L7

i. New England L7 singles and doubles events offer an intermediate level of competition for USTA members that award New England ranking points only.

ii.16 and 18 and under divisions singles draws are single elimination and if, based on court availability, there is a draw size limit; it is posted prior to the entry deadline on the tournament home page. All matches are best-of-three tiebreak sets and use regular scoring. A Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points by a margin of two) may be used in lieu of a third set. If only three (3) players register then a round-robin may be used. Events may offer one (1) day non-elimination round robin flights format if posted on Tennislink schedule before ‘Entries Open’ date.

iii. 12 and 14 and under singles draws are one (1) day events with round robin flights using tiebreak sets and no-ad scoring. In a flight of 3 players eight (8) game pro sets with no-ad scoring may be used -this includes a flight of four (4) players where one player withdraws. In a flight of three (3) players where one player withdraws the remaining two (2) players may play best two out of three tiebreak sets with no-ad scoring.

iv. 12 and under division matches play with approved green type ball on a 78 x 36 foot court. Any player who has not yet turned 11 and who wins five (5) round robin flights in 12 and under singles tournaments may request to be made eligible for L6 yellow ball tournaments. Requests can be made via email to the Player Development Manager, David Zeutas-Broer: zeutas-broer@newengland.usta.com.

v. Doubles draws are Round Robin format. All matches are six (6) game sets with no-ad scoring and a set tiebreak at 6-6. If only three (3) teams then eight (8) game pro set with no-ad scoring. A multi day event offering singles and doubles may play the doubles with round robin, six (6) game sets or single elimination with optional consolation eight (8) game pro sets.

vi. Players (teams) are selected to flights in descending order of standing. Flights will have 4, 5, 6 or 7 players (teams). Example; with 10 players (teams) -flight A will have the four (4) highest ranked players (teams), flight B will have the next six (6) highest ranked players (teams).

vii. Players (teams) play 2 matches in flights of 3, and 3 matches in flights of 4, 5, 6 or 7 (in a flight of 5, one player (team) at random plays 4 matches). In a flight of 7, 3 players (teams) at random play 4 matches. No playoffs.

viii. In a tiebreak set, the first player (team) to win six games, by a margin of at least two games, is the winner. If the score reaches 6-games all, a Set Tiebreak (12-point tie-break, first to 7 points by a margin of two) should be played. This means a player (team) can win 6-0, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 or 7-6.

ix. The player (team) who wins the most matches in the round robin is the winner. Wins include wins against a player (team) who defaults, withdraws or retires.

x. Defaults, withdrawals and walkovers do not have game scores and do not count toward % of games won.

xi. Retirements include game scores and they do count toward % of games won.

xii. Tiebreak counts as 1 game toward % of games won.

xiii. If two players (teams) are tied, the winner of the head-to-head match is the winner.

xiv. If three or more players (teams) are tied, the winner is determined by using the first of the following methods that successfully breaks the tie:

a) The win-loss record (head-to-head) in matches involving just the tied players (teams);

b) The player (team) with the highest percentage of games won of all games played (games won divided by total games played).

c) To the extent that the above methods eliminate players (teams) from consideration at any step, the win-loss record between the remaining players (teams) shall be considered before going on to the next step.

d) If at any point only two players (teams) remain tied, then the head-to-head result (if played) between these two players (teams) determines the winner.

e) If a tie cannot be broken after all the steps are employed, a random drawing between the remaining tied players (teams) shall be used to determine the winner.

 

D. Entry Level

i) New England events that offer an entry level of competition for USTA members with half day, non-elimination formats and no ranking points awarded.

 

 

4. TOURNAMENT ENTRY

 

A. Entry Limitations on Players

i) A player may enter any level of tournament for which they are age-eligible but they may only play in one (1) age division at each tournament. At one (1) day doubles events ONLY a player may play in two (2) age divisions provided that they are scheduled on separate different days.

ii) A player may enter only one singles event and one doubles event at each tournament. Refer to exception in 3. A. i. above.

iii) When entries close, a player shall not be entered in two or more sanctioned tournaments if any parts of the tournament overlap, unless each tournament director understands the situation and concurs in writing.

 

B. Online Entry, Entry Deadlines and Withdrawal

i) Players enter USTA New England tournaments using the online TennisLink Registration System.

ii) The entry deadline for weekend tournaments (Friday, Saturday and Sunday start dates) is the previous Sunday at 11:59 p.m. The entry deadline for weekday tournaments is five (5) days prior to the start date at 11:59 p.m. Exceptions to this are noted below and on the Tennis Link schedule.

iii) The entry deadline for all New England Super Six (L3 and L4) singles tournaments is Sunday at 11:59 p.m TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE of the tournament.

iv) The entry deadline for all New England L6 Super Six Qualifier singles tournaments is Monday at 11:59 p.m. the week of the tournament.

iv) Please check the New England online TennisLink tournament schedule for entry deadlines for the following team events: the USTA 12, 14 and 16 Zone Team Championships, the 14 and 16 USTA Intersectional Team Championships and the USTA 18 National Team Championships.

v) Players withdrawing from tournaments prior to the deadline must use the online TennisLink Registration System to do so. Players withdrawing after the registration deadline must contact the tournament director directly.

 

C. Late Entries and Onsite Alternates

i) Tournament entries (and requests to change divisions) received after the published tournament deadline may be accepted at the discretion of the Tournament Director, if the late entry player will not be seeded.

ii) After the tournament draw is made, a late entry, or a player coming to a tournament as an onsite alternate, may be accepted to replace a withdrawing player, if the replacement does not invalidate the seeding. (A replacement player who will be unseeded may replace a seeded or unseeded player, and a replacement player who will be seeded may replace a player with equal or higher seeding).

 

D. Refunds

i) The tournament shall refund a player’s entire entry fee if the player is not selected, if a player is selected in error, if the player did not play a match because his/her only opponent withdrew or if the player plays no matches because the tournament is cancelled due to inclement weather.

ii) No refund is required after the online registration entry deadline.

iii) The TennisLink processing fee is non-refundable in the above instances.

 

 

5. TOURNAMENT DRAWS

 

A. Selection

i) Selection into all singles tournaments is based on most current combined standing list available, in descending order, with the highest ranked players 1, 2, 3 ... selected first, and not on a first-come, first-served basis. In 10, 12 and 14 and under round-robin flights, players are selected to flights in ascending order, from the bottom up with players with no standing first and then up the standings 350, 200, 180.... until all available flights are filled and by filling the smallest size flight for that tournament first.

ii) Selected players are randomly selected into single elimination draws using USTA Tournament Data Manager (TDM) software. Tournament Directors may separate siblings from playing each other in the first round of a singles or doubles draw or from a round robin flight.

iii) Selection into all doubles tournaments is based on current doubles standing lists, in descending order and not on a first-come, first-served basis. Doubles tournament registrants who identify partners will have priority for selection provided that each player registers online and provides credit card information. Tournament director will randomly match selected doubles players who do not identify a partner. Teams are selected by adding together the doubles standing of each player and the teams with the lowest sum of both standings are selected first. If a player has no standing (but a high standing in a younger age group) and is playing with a player with a high standing they may consider submitting a Player Performance / Wild Card request form before the close of registration.

iv) Ties will be broken as follows: For singles a player whose best event has the highest number of points, second best, third best, etc through eight events. For doubles the total points of both players for each team are added together.

v) The tournament director has the right to limit the size of an L6 or L7 draw if he or she deems it necessary and this limit is posted prior to the registration (entries) open date on the tournament home page on the TennisLink schedule.

vi) If the number of applications for entry exceeds the size limit of the draw, the following procedure will be used. Players are selected according to the most current standing list available. In all L7 divisions players must be selected using a bottom up approach whereby the unranked and lowest ranked players on the most current standing list available are selected first until the draw limit is reached.

vii) USTA New England expect that all tournaments and events, once scheduled, will be held. An event will be held if there are two or more entries except if it is a 12 or 14 and under round robin. If there are four or fewer entries, awarding of prizes is at the discretion of the tournament director.

viii) At one day doubles only tournaments when a team withdraws from the main draw the tournament director will normally replace the withdrawn team in the consolation draw with a BYE. The withdrawn team will remain in the consolation if they are able to play (ex they were defaulted late for the main draw or a player was temporarily ill but is able to play a consolation match a couple of hours later.) A team that gets a withdrawal win in the main draw and then loses will not go into the consolation draw. Tournament directors will be advised to attempt to give this team a second play opportunity for the practice but not as part of the consolation draw for points and scheduled as if it were a match for points.

 

B. Seeding

i. Seeding for L5, L6 and L7 singles tournaments is based on the most current combined standing list available and is done using the auto seed function of the USTA Tournament Data Manager (TDM) software.

ii. Seeding for L3 and L4 singles tournaments is based on the most current combined standing list available and all other information relevant to seeding including, but not limited to, head-to-head results and national rankings / standings. Any deviation from the standings list requires approval of the chair of the National Selection Committee.

iii. Seeding for doubles tournaments is based on the most current doubles only standing list available using the average doubles rankings of each team (pair). Ties will be broken by adding the total points of both players for each team together.

iv. Ties will be broken as follows: A player whose best event has the highest number of points, second best, third best, etc through eight events.

v. All levels; 3 -11 players = 2 seeds, 12 - 23 players = 4 seeds, 24 - 47 players = 8 seeds. L3 and L4 singles tournaments will seed eight (8) players if 17 or more players.

 

C. Wild Cards

 

i. At all New England “Super Six” singles tournaments and at all “Super Six Qualifier” singles tournaments up to one eighth of the draw may be reserved for players who are granted a wild card.
ii. Wild cards may be granted to any eligible player with a good record of sportsmanship, who follows the normal online entry process for the tournament by the entry deadline and who has a rating equal to or greater than the rating (to the hundredth) of the second highest rated player selected in that tournament.
iii. Wild card requests must be made on this Wild Card Request Form and must be received by the Player Development Manager prior to the respective tournament entry deadline.
iv. Players requesting a wild card must also follow the normal online entry process for the tournament by the entry deadline.
v. Wild Card Request Forms are reviewed by the USTA New England Player Development Manager and may be approved by either the chair of the USTA New England National Selection Committee or the chair of the New England Coaches Commission.

 

 

6. TOURNAMENT MATCH PLAY

 

A. Match Start Times:

All tournament directors must publish the draw with all match times for each event to the TennisLink tournament homepage no later than 72 hours before the start time of the first match of the tournament. Players are responsible for obtaining their own match time by checking the TennisLink Tournament Home Page.

 

B. Earliest Start Time

All Divisions: 8:00 am, 4:00 pm on public school days.

 

C. Latest Start Time

10U Division: 7:30 pm

12U Division: 8:30 pm

14U Division: 9:00 pm

16U and 18U Divisions: 10:00 pm

 

D. Start Day

First date of scheduled event, unless 16 or fewer entries in a division, where play may not start before Saturday or second day of scheduled 3 day event. Summer or school vacation event with a division with 16 or fewer entries may start play on the first date of the scheduled event if this is posted on the tournament home page before the ‘Entries Open’ date. Round Robin events may not start on a Friday of a week that public schools are in session.

 

E. Lateness Penalty

i. Players are expected to check and comply with all scheduling done by the tournament. A player is deemed to have arrived when the player checks in at the place designated for checking in and is properly clothed, equipped and ready to play. The lateness penalty clock starts when the match is called, a court is available and a player has not arrived.

ii. Penalties for late arrival are as follows:

5:00 minutes or less: Loss of toss plus 1 game.

5:01-10:00 minutes: Loss of toss plus 2 games.

10:01-15:00 minutes: Loss of toss plus 3 games.

More than 15:00 minutes: Default

 

F. Number of Matches Per Day

i. Round-Robin: Maximum of six (6) matches per day, of which only four (4) may be singles sets. Maximum of four (4) doubles pro sets per day.

ii. Single Elimination: Maximum of five (5) matches per day, of which only two (2) may be singles. Maximum of four (4) matches per day, of which only three (3) may be singles if a match tiebreak is being used in lieu of the third set. Maximum of four (4) doubles matches per day.

 

G. Rest Periods

i. Changeovers -There is no rest period on the changeover after the first game of each set and during a tie-break. During all other changeovers players are entitled to a maximum of 90 seconds of rest.

ii. Between First and Second Sets -Maximum of 120 seconds of rest.

iii. Between Second and Third Sets - A ten-minute rest period is mandatory in the 12, 14, 16 and 18 divisions. Coaching is allowed during this ten-minute rest period. Three minutes in all divisions if a Match Tie-Break is being played in lieu of a third set. Coaching is allowed during this three-minute break.

iv. Between 12, 14, 16, 18 Division non round-robin Matches – One hour minimum between consecutive singles matches. A half-hour between a singles and a doubles match and ten-minutes between consecutive doubles matches. *Recovery Rule: After all singles matches in which the match format is two out of three standard tiebreak sets or more, the Referee shall offer a rest of two hours before the player’s next singles match. This rule does not apply to short set matches, matches that play a tiebreak in lieu of a final third set, nor to any match played indoors where the duration of the match is less than 120 minutes.

v. Between 12 and 14 Division Round-Robin singles matches -Tournament Director discretion. Suggested up to five minutes rest between a player’s first two tiebreak set matches, and up to a ten-minute rest between his or her second and third tiebreak set matches. Up to ten-minutes between consecutive doubles pro-set matches.

vi. Consecutive Days -A player must be given 12 hours rest between the end of a night match and the beginning of the next day’s morning match.

 

H. Postponed and Interrupted Matches

The postponing and interrupting of matches because of weather, darkness or court conditions shall be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director. Interrupted matches shall be resumed from the point of interruption as soon as ordered by the Tournament Director. If matches cannot be completed by the published tournament end date then all matches completed to that point will earn points-per-round and count in the standings. The remaining matches will not be rescheduled at a later date.

 

I. Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather forecasts, tournaments do not get cancelled, nor do they get rescheduled. In the event of actual inclement weather; each Tournament Director has the sole authority to exercise their discretion to continue their tournament based upon the ability of the facility being open to do so, and each player (parent), has the sole authority to exercise their own discretion as to whether or not it is safe for them to travel to their match. Any matches that are played and any player(s) that are on site and advance due to a withdrawal will be awarded points-per-round reached.

 

J. Continuity of Play

Tournament court time shall be continuous, with a minimum of interruptions by other activities (e.g., clinics, club matches or lessons). Matches should begin as early as possible on each day of a tournament, in compliance with regulation 5. A. – I. above and later with travel time consideration for Friday night matches.

 

K. Different Court Surfaces

In L6 and L7 tournaments matches may be scheduled on different surfaces at the same event, in one age division, only if this is stated prior to the entry deadline on the tournament home page in the schedule.

 

L. Balls

i. Three new regulation yellow balls are to be supplied to players at the beginning of every main draw match as well as playoffs in L3, L4 and L5 tournaments.

ii. Tournament directors have the option of providing three new yellow balls prior to the start of the third set. This should be conveyed to the players prior to the start of the match and if so then the request of either player for a new can of balls to start the third set will be granted.

iii. In 14 and under round-robin events, three new yellow balls shall be provided after every three (3) sets of use.

iv. In 12 and under green ball round-robin events, three new green balls shall be provided after every three (3) sets of use.

v. In 10 and under round-robin events, three new regulation orange type balls shall be provided at the beginning of play at the tournament.

 

M. Officiating

i. It is a USTA New England requirement to have a certified official onsite during match play at L3 and L4 singles events. A player must tell their opponent what they are doing when they leave the court to seek an official. The official does not have to stay on one court for the duration of that match.

ii. At L5, L6 and L7 events, a player may request an umpire if need has been demonstrated by a pattern of code violations by an opponent. A player must tell their opponent what they are doing when they leave the court to seek an official or if they leave the court to request a bathroom break. The umpire does not have to stay on that court for the duration of that match.

iii. The tournament director must be prepared to provide an umpire over 18 years of age who knows the rules of tennis and conditions of tournament play for a match. An umpire should be unbiased; therefore, a parent or coach of one of the players in the contested match is not an appropriate umpire for the match. When a tournament director assigns someone to adjudicate a match each player continues to call his or her own lines, then if a questionable call has been made a player may appeal to the assigned umpire, this umpire then gives his or her decision based on what he or she has seen. That decision is final.

iv. Parents, coaches and spectators do not have a voice in player disagreements.

v. Referees may assign umpires to a match whether the players request it or not.

 

N. Tournament Feedback

Players, parents and coaches are encouraged to provide the Section office with feedback about any junior tournament by using the online tournament evaluation form which can be found on the USTA New England website at this link Tournament Feedback Form.

 

 

7. POINTS-PER-ROUND RANKING SYSTEM

 

A. Awarding of Points

i. All matches played in the main draw or consolation draw of a USTA New England L3, L4, L5, L6 or L7 tournament, a USTA L1 National Championship tournament and a USTA L2 or L3 National Selection tournament will award points to the winner. All matches played in the USTA Level 1 Boys & Girls 18's National Team Championships, Boys & Girls 14’s and 16's Intersectional Team Championships, L1 National Spring Team Championships and L2 Boys & Girls 12's,14's and 16's Zone Team Championships will award points to the winner.

ii. Main draw and consolation draw points are a fixed number; the round a player reaches determines the points awarded.

iii. A player must win a round to receive any points for the tournament.

iv. A player who advances because of a withdrawal, walkover, default or retirement shall receive points for advancing.

v. Byes do not qualify as wins and a player who advances when a bye occurs must win the next round to receive points.

vi. A player who is defaulted from a tournament for code violations under the Point Penalty System forfeits all points earned during the tournament.

vii. A player who withdraws after having already started the tournament or is defaulted for not informing the tournament director he or she is not going to play will have all matches completed in the tournament up to the point of withdrawal count toward their standing.

viii. A player who is entered when entries close in two or more sanctioned tournaments scheduled to overlap, without the written consent of both tournament directors, and who attempts to play both may forfeit all points awarded at the second tournament.

ix. Non-sanctioned events will not be considered in determining the standing in any division.

x. Even if sanctioned, interscholastic and intercollegiate tournaments are not considered in determining standing.

 

B. Standing List

i. A player must be a USTA Member and must be a New England Section resident to be eligible for a section standing.

ii. Each age division will have one (1) current combined (singles and doubles) standing list for that age division and one (1) doubles only standing list (for individual players, not teams) for that age division, both of which will be posted on the USTA New England web site after tournament results are received in the Section office.

iii. All eligible players who have played at least one (1) match in a USTA sanctioned tournament as described in Regulation 7.A will have a standing.  

iv. A player needs to play at least one (1) match in an age group in the 52 weeks prior to the date of computation to appear as an eligible player on either the combined or doubles only standing list of that age division.

v. All matches played in a particular age division will count towards a player’s standing in that age division.

vi. Players can also use points earned in singles of an older age division in the calculation of their combined standing in their natural age division. To calculate the combined standing for the 12, 14, 16 and 18 and under divisions the computation will use a player’s best eight (8) singles point values to calculate standing in their natural age division, regardless of in which division the points were earned. The calculation will then add 15% of a player’s best eight (8) doubles point values only in the division in which they were earned.

vii. Combined standing lists are based on a player’s best eight (8) tournament points earned in sanctioned singles tournaments, plus 15% of a player’s best eight (8) tournament points earned in sanctioned doubles tournaments in the division in which they were earned, as described in Regulation 8.A, in the 52 weeks prior to the date of computation. A player’s tournament record can be reviewed by clicking on the player’s name in the standing list. The record specifies which tournament “Event Points” do not count toward total points.

ix. Doubles only standing lists are based on a player’s best eight (8) tournament points earned in sanctioned doubles tournaments in the division in which they were earned, as described in Regulation 8.A, in the 52 weeks prior to the date of computation.

x. Once a player is no longer age eligible for an age division, his/her name will no longer appear on the standing list for that division. However, all tournament results will remain for that division for a 52-week period of time.

xi. Standing lists are generated by computer using a points-per-round ranking program and unless factual data is lacking or incorrect, standing as determined by the computer program is honored.

xii. Ties on the standing list will be broken as follows: A player whose best event has the highest number of points, second best, third best, etc through eight (8) events.

 

C. Player Records and Ranking Information

i. A player’s New England and National records and ranking information are available for viewing and printing on the USTA New England web site.

ii. Players are responsible for regularly reviewing their player records and should promptly submit corrections to the Tournament Director.

iii. Players with questions on New England standings should review ranking system information in 8. A and B above and also review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the New England junior tournament page.

iv. To request a correction to ranking information contact Ranking Manager Woody Freeman at the Section office freeman@newengland.usta.com

v. Players with questions on National tournament results and ranking information must contact the National junior competitive office jrcomp@usta.com

 

D. Point Tables

 

 

8. NEW ENGLAND TEAMS AT NATIONAL TEAM EVENTS

 

A. Events - results from these events count for national and New England ranking points.

i. USTA 18 NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Matches played each year between teams from the 17 sections of the USTA in late July. USTA New England sends seven (7) players and a section provided coach to each event. The section covers expenses for player entry fees, hotel rooms and meals. The seventh team member player will be rotated in the line up according to event rules and team coach discretion. New England Section Registration Site boys, ID# 450519017 and New England Registration site girls, ID# 450519117.

ii. USTA 16 INTERSECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Intersectional team matches are played between teams from the 17 Sections of the USTA in early July. USTA New England sends a team of four (4) boys and four (4) girls and provides a coach. The section covers expenses for player entry fees, lodging and most meals. The fourth boy and fourth girl team member players respectively will be rotated in the line up according to event rules and team coach discretion. Any mixed doubles matches do not award ranking points per round. New England Section Registration Site ID# 450518917.

iii. USTA 16 ZONE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The USTA sanctions four (4) Zonal Championships for 16-and-under boys and girls, held in early July each year. New England is in the North zone. USTA New England sends a team of twelve (12) boys and twelve (12) girls and provides two (2) team coaches. New England Section Registration Site ID# 450518617

iv. USTA 14 INTERSECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Intersectional team matches are played between teams from the 17 Sections of the USTA in

early July. USTA New England sends a team of four (4) boys and four (4) girls and provides a coach. The fourth boy and fourth girl team member players respectively will be rotated in the line up according to event rules and team coach discretion. Any mixed doubles matches do not award ranking points per round. New England Section Registration Site ID# 450069717.

v. USTA 14 ZONE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The USTA sanctions four (4) zonal championships for 14-and-under boys and girls, held in early July each year. New England is in the North zone. USTA New England sends a team of twelve (12) boys and twelve (12) girls and provides two (2) team coaches. New England Section Registration Site ID# 450518317

vi. USTA 12 ZONE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The USTA sanctions four (4) zonal championships for 12-and-under boys and girls, held in early July each year. New England is in the North Zone. USTA New England sends a team of twelve (12) boys and twelve (12) girls and provides two (2) team coaches. New England Section Registration Site ID# 450517917

 

B. Selection Requirements

 

i. All players who wish to be considered for any of the teams listed in A. above must register using the New England Registration site on the New England TennisLink online schedule.
ii. Team entry information and procedures will be available online on TennisLink by May 1st. Each New England Team Registration page will have the standing # of the last player selected for that team last year. Any player who feels they have a reasonable chance to be selected for a team may follow the registration procedures online on TennisLink.
iii. Selection for teams will be based on the current combined endorsement list. Players who have exhibited poor sportsmanship on or off the court may be refused selection. A maximum of two boy and two girl players each, for the USTA Boys 18 and Girls 18 National Team Championships respectively, a maximum of one boy and one girl player each for the USTA 16 Intersectional Championships and a maximum of one boy and one girl player each for the USTA 14 Intersectional Championships, who may not have met the competitive requirements, may be granted a wild card.
iv. Wild card requests must be made on this Wild Card Request Form and must be received by the Player Development Manager prior to the respective New England Team Registration entry deadline.
v. Players requesting a wild card must also follow the normal online entry process for the New England Team by the entry deadline. Wild cards may be granted to any player(s) who applies and has a rating (to the hundredth) equal to or greater than the second highest rated player selected for the 18’s teams and a rating (to the hundredth) equal to or greater than the first highest rated player selected for the 16’s and 14’s teams.
vi. Wild Card Requests are reviewed by the USTA New England Player Development Manager and may be approved by either the chair of the USTA New England National Selection Committee or the chair of the New England Coaches Commission.
vii. Once team has been selected final lineups for New England Teams for the USTA Boys 18 and Girls 18 National Team Championships and USTA 16 and 14 Intersectional Team Championships will be determined by National Standing Lists.

 

 

9. NATIONAL ENTRY, ENDORSEMENT AND QUOTA

 

A. Online Entry System

i. All players who wish to be considered for any USTA National Championship L1 tournament or National Selection L2 and L3 tournaments listed on the USTA National Junior Tournament Schedule must apply to the tournament using the USTA online TennisLink registration system.

 

B. Endorsement List

i. USTA National Championship L1 tournaments and USTA Team L1 and L2 Championship events require endorsement from USTA New England for entry.

ii. Section endorsement for entry into these events will be based on a player’s position on the section combined standing list, in the age division in which the player is seeking endorsement, at the time of endorsement.

iii. Ties will be broken as follows: A player whose best singles event has the highest number of points, second best, third best, etc through eight events.

iv. Updated endorsement lists will be published on the USTA New England web site before the entry deadline date as follows: 

 

Event Name

 Level

Age Division

Tournaments Through This Date will Be Included In Computation

 

USTA Intersectional Team Championships - July

 

1

Boys and Girls

14, 16

 

Sunday June 4, 2017

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships - July

 

1

Boys and Girls

12, 14, 16, 18

 

Sunday June 4, 2017

 

USTA Zone Team Championships - July

 

2

Boys and Girls

12,14, 16

 

Wednesday June 28, 2017

 

USTA Girls 18 National Team Championships - July

 

1

Boys

 18

 

Wednesday June 28, 2017

 

USTA Girls 18 National Team Championships - July

 

1

Girls

 18

 

Wednesday June 28, 2017

 

USTA National Championships - August

 

1

Boys and Girls

12, 14, 16, 18

 

Wednesday June 28, 2017

 

USTA National Indoor Championships - November

 

1

Boys and Girls

12, 14, 16, 18

 

Monday October 22, 2017

 

USTA National Winter Championships - December

 

1

Boys and Girls

12, 14, 16, 18

 

Sunday November 19, 2017

 

v. Players who have exhibited a pattern of poor sportsmanship on or off the court may be refused endorsement.

vi. Non-residents may participate in L5, L6 and L7 tournaments and may appear on the section standing ineligible list. However, they will not receive New England endorsement into USTA National junior tournaments or team events. Non-Residents may not participate in L6 “Super Six Qualifier” tournaments.

 

C. Automatic Selection Quota

i. Eligible players from New England can gain acceptance into the USTA National Championship L1 tournaments by Section quota.

ii. For 2017 New England’s quota is: 4 players in the 12 and Under and 3 players each in the 14, 16 and 18 and under age divisions for the National Winter Championships, 1 player each in the 12, 14, 16 and 18 and under age divisions for the National Indoor Championships, 4 players for the 12 and under age divisions for both the National Clay Court Championships and National (hard court) Championships, 5 players for both the 14, 16 and 18 and under age divisions for the National Clay Court Championships and National (hard court) Championships.

iii. Each USTA section has a quota of automatic selection slots based on the number of junior players enrolled in that section and on the number of players in that section that are ranked Nationally in the top 150 of each age division.

iv. The quota is filled with players who appear on the endorsement list in that age division and whom have also registered by the deadline.

v. There are no Section quotas for National Selection L2 and L3 tournaments.

 

D. Other Selection Options

i. L2 and L3 tournaments use National Standing List in that age division and next in the younger age division and who have registered by the deadline.

ii. Wild Cards

 

 

10. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 

A. USTA New England Player Grants

A limited amount of financial assistance is available for New England players who are in need and who are competing either at the New England Super Six Sectional Championships or L1 National Championships and L2 National team events described in Regulations 8. & 9. above. Please submit a Financial Assistance Request Form to the Player Development Manager at the USTA New England section office if financial assistance is needed. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential. Sportsmanship and conduct records of players applying are also taken into consideration.

 

B. USTA Multicultural Individual Player Grants

Please contact the Player Development Manager at the USTA New England section office for an application for these grants awarded to players for National Competition & Training.

 

C. Reduced Entry Fee Program

Information and Application

 

 

11. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

 

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