College Tennis Events
NorCal Staff | May 4, 2017
The following scholarship opportunities are brought to you by USTA Northern California, USTA National Diversity Department, the USTA Serves Foundation and other USTA National departments. You are strongly encouraged to confirm deadlines, the contact and address of where the application is to be sent as they differ depending on the organization offering the scholarship.
The Champions of Character Scholarships offered by the USTA NorCal Diversity & Inclusion Committee, support the Level One strategic priority of Diversity & Inclusion with a Multicultural focus. Each year we offer 4 college scholarships, $2000 annually for up to 4 years, to support and encourage multicultural participation among high school students entering college. The scholarships are reviewed and voted on by the USTA NorCal Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
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Each year, USTA Foundation awards college scholarships and player incentive awards to deserving youngsters who have participated in United States Tennis Association (USTA) and/or other organized youth tennis programs. USTA Serves awards has awarded over $4 million in scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate academic achievement, perform community/volunteer service, participate in organized youth tennis program and demonstrate financial need.
ITA Summer Circuit
The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of eight regional circuits (East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Texas and West) consisting of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the USTA/ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana in August.
These events are a great stepping stone for our juniors as well as competitive opportunities for our competitive adults. This circuit is of great value to our section as it provides back to back events for a month a top level competition. These events create much needed opportunities for more local ‘semi-pro competition’ for our Collegiate, Junior as well as Adult Open players.
The ITA Sumer Circuit brings together groups of players that would normally not connect due to certain age based events or programs with age restriction. Also this circuit provides an advancement opportunity as the men’s and women’s circuit winner progress on to Indiana University for the national playoff event in August.
Nearly 30,000 men and women have competed in ITA Summer Circuit events since it began in 1993. The circuit provides college players, as well as juniors, adults and alumni players the opportunity to compete in organized events. For NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as "open"; therefore anyone is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.
NorCal’s Collegiate Varsity Committee (CVC) lead by Chair Ryan Redondo is focused on creating increased awareness for junior players about College Tennis opportunities – thus supporting the American Pathway. The ITA Summer Circuit has been a focal point for the CVC as juniors will be playing on college campuses, competing with and against college players, and will have the opportunity to play in front of college coaches who are serving as our Circuit Tournament Directors.
Opportunity to continue to institute the Junior Council principles and pilot ‘level based play’ in NorCal. The ITA has agreed to allow any Tournament Director to have their event be level based – and organized according to the Universal Tennis Ratings.
UC Davis Head Mens Coach Eric Steidmayer is our Circuit Director and has played a huge leadership role in launching such a successful circuit. Eric, Ryan, the CVC and USTA NorCal hope to boost attendance and participation at these events. Remember these are “OPEN” level based events, all ages are welcome.
A USTA Player Development Program, Campus Showdowns are one day, short format tournaments open to EVERYONE - juniors, college players, professionals, and adults. Campus showdowns will be "level based" and players will be organized based on their rating. Many of the events with women’s teams will be coed – and a great opportunity for everyone. The tournaments are run on college campuses and the fee is nominal for a full day of tennis.
Register on TennisLink. Fees will be collected by the college coach.
Draws will not be posted online as they usually are for tournaments. Arrive at the posted start time. Players will a full day of tennis – both singles and doubles. These tournaments are non-sanctioned, non-ranking events. They are age blind – and our coed events are gender blind. IT’S ALL ABOUT TENNIS!
Don’t have to wait until college – to play against a college player! Showdowns are a great opportunity to play on the varsity courts against some new competition and also meet the players and coaches, and check out the campus.
Benefits of Campus Showdowns
- COMPETITION: Giving junior and college players opportunities for more competition--on their college campuses AND within NCAA rules.
- EXPOSURE: Getting more American junior players on college campuses—giving them a taste of college life and a chance to compete against college players.
- COMMUNITY OUTREACH & ADVOCACY: Helping build stronger ties between college programs and the local tennis community.
Campus Kids' Days
Parents, bring your kids to see the fun and excitement of varsity tennis competition first hand. Campus Kids Days are great opportunities to expose more junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis varsity team matches. Check out the team, check out the campus and take in the added activities that the coaches have planned for Campus Kids' Day.
Many of the Northern California collegiate campus' participate in USTA Campus Kids' Days. NCAA rules prohibit high school students (grades 9-12) from participating in the extra Kids Day activities, but can certainly come enjoy the tennis match.
Food and refreshments will be provided. Opportunities to get out on the courts, watch exhibition matches, listen to the coaches talk strategy, contests, raffles, prizes and more! And everything is free!
Bring your junior tennis player and come cheer for the home team. College varsity tennis is high level competition played in front of a crowd more often found at a hockey or basketball game! Yell, chant, cheer, it's a lot of fun!
Benefits Of College Kids' Days
- Player Development: Getting more junior players (the future college stars) on college campuses at a young age—exposing them to the fun and excitement of college tennis.
- Cheer for the Home Team: Sitting in the stands of a collegiate tennis match is the most fun and excitement you'll ever experience as a tennis fan. The students are loud and involved with every point!
- Community Outreach & Advocacy: Helping build stronger ties between college programs and the local tennis community.
Player Development Specialist