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September 28, 2018
Junior Tennis









Does my child have to be a USTA member to participate in youth progression events?

Some sections offer entry-level tournaments and Junior Team Tennis programs that do not require membership. However, players will need a USTA account number in order to be tracked (i.e., to accumulate stars and trophies – see below for more information). A free account can be set up by visiting When you’re ready to get a paid membership, this number can be upgraded so you can keep your current progression profile and status.


What are the stars and trophies you receive as part of USTA Youth Progression? And how does a player earn them?

A child can advance to another level (i.e., from orange to green or green to yellow) by earning the required amount of virtual participation stars and trophies. ADVERTISEMENT Players have to collect a combination of 20 stars and/or trophies to advance to the next level. Players collect stars for tournament participation and Junior Team Tennis. In addition to the stars earned for participation, players collect trophies for winning a tournament and reaching the final of a tournament.


What if we are visiting from another USTA section. Can my child get credit in our section for playing in a USTA Southern tournament?

Players can receive participation stars for playing outside their home section, provided the event is in same ball color or level as the player regularly participates in. Stars and Trophies earned will follow the criteria set by the home section. Players will not be eligible for bonus trophies when playing outside of their home section.


What is a Youth Progression Tagged Tournament?

Events that appear in TennisLink Orange Level 1, Orange Level 2 or Green Level 1 are called progression tagged events. Players can collect progression stars and trophies for participating in these events.


Which events count toward Youth Progression?

Players can receive participation Stars by playing in the following events:

· 10U Progression Tagged Tournaments

· 12U Level 7 & Level 8 Green Ball Events

· Junior Team Tennis

Players collect “bonus Trophies” in singles for achievement by either:

· Winning a 10U progression tournament or a 12U Level 7 or Level 8 Green tournament

· Reaching the final of a 10U progression tournament or a 12U Level 7 or Level 8 Green tournament


My child played in a doubles tournament but never received any stars?

Players only receive credit for playing 10U singles. Playing doubles in 10U tournamentsis fantastic for player development and is highly recommended, though it does not count towards progression.


My child played in a tournament did not receive any stars?

· What day of the week was the tournament completed? Awards (stars & trophies) are calculated and added every Tuesday night for play that was completed and input by Monday. If play was still happening Tuesday, or if the results were not input by Monday, then the awards would not show up until the following week’s Tuesday calculations.

· Was the tournament a tagged progression event? (Orange Level 1, Orange Level 2 or Green Level 1). If it wasn’t, then they would not receive any stars.

· Also, if your child defaulted or retired from a match, he/she will not receive any credit.


My child played one match for his/her JTT team but never received any participation stars?

Players must play a minimum of two matches for their team in order to receive any participation stars.


My child played on more than one team in a season but only received credit for one team?

Players will only receive participation stars for one team per season and a maximum of two seasons per year.


How come my child, who is an Orange Level 1 player, was allowed to register for a 10U green Junior Team tennis league?

Players can play in either 10U orange ball or 10U green ball leagues and receive participation stars in their current level.


How can my child receive bonus result Trophies?

Players collect “bonus trophies” in singles for achievement by either:

· Winning a 10U progression tournament or a 12U Level 7 or Level 8 Green tournament

· Reaching the final of a 10U progression tournament or a 12U Level 7 or Level 8 Green tournament


How long do you expect it to take for the average player to progress through each level?

How a child progresses through the pathway is entirely up to them. We’ve made the pathway flexible so that more advanced or dedicated players can go through the system faster, while other players might want to take their time and play more events and go through on the participation track. The number of events needed to advance to each level will vary depending on the section.


As is now, decisions of how fast or slow a child will move through the pathway is a collaborative decision made between the player, parent and coach. Counting participation and results will ultimately provide a system for parents and coaches to be able to evaluate their child’s readiness to move ahead based on their success against their peers.


Designed to help players develop their fundamentals and get the most out of tennis, the progression tracking system rewards players for competing and inspires them to play more often. These requirements are minimum recommendations to ensure each player has the basic skills to move on to the next level. Players are welcome to stay at their current level until they have fully developed their skill set for that specific court. Remember, it’s not a race to the yellow ball!


My child is 6 years old or younger. Why can’t he/she play orange ball events?

The red ball is the recommended place to start on the pathway at ages 6 and under. The minimum age to start playing an Orange Ball Progression Tournament is 7 years old. Players 6 and under are encouraged to participate in Play Days, Junior Team Tennis and Junior Tournaments using the red ball. The focus should be on fun, team play, skill development and learning the game.


Is it true that my child can’t start playing yellow ball until 11 or older?

Players can start playing 12U yellow ball events as soon as they have fulfilled the orange and green pathway requirements. They don’t have to wait until age 11. A player could possibly play yellow ball in the 12U divisions as young as age 7 if they advance through the pathway extremely quickly and fulfill the requirements to advance.


Can my SuperChamps Green Level 1 child play Entry Level 12U Green Ball tournaments?

Yes! 10U Green L1 players can play in and earn Youth Progression awards for participation and results in USTA Southern Levels 7 & 8Green Ball 12 & Under tournaments.


If a kid has qualified for Green Level 1 but they play an Orange Level 1 tournament will they earn Stars and/or Trophies?

No. If an Orange Level 1 player qualifies for (levels up to) Green Level 1 they are not forced to move up. They can choose to stay at Orange Level 1 for as long as they’d like, but, after they reach 20 total Star/Trophies at any level they will not continue to earn awards (20 is the maximum).


Does the parent/player or coach make advancement decisions?

Ultimately, the decision-maker in the child-parent-coach relationship will make the final decision on advancing to the next level. Youth Progression is providing a system for parents, coaches and children to track their participation and results as well as rules for when they can move to a different ball color. YP does not force players to advance if they choose not to. YP is, however, ensuring through this system that children gain experience at each ball color and level. We believe that this will help ensure a positive experience in these early years of competitive play. The goal is to create more American players with a solid foundation and all-court skills. It has been proven that spending more time on orange and green will help develop those skills.


Will there continue to be 10U Rankings?

Each month you can search for a player's ranking with this specific page in TennisLink. This is primarily a resource for Coaches to be able to easily see how their students are progressing without logging into their Player Pages. The Progress Report may also be used by Tournament Directors when/if seeding is necessary. The old format of numerically ranking 10U players will no longer be used.


What is the 10U Blast Tour?

All 10U Green Level 1 kids are invited and encouraged to participate in the new USTA MAS 10U BLASTTour. Participants will make new friends and play lots of tennis. The exciting tour consists of six premier Green L1 tournaments held in conjunction with major professional tennis tournaments around the world. Learn more about the BLAST tour!





I understand the USTA Mid-Atlantic has made changes to the 2019 Tournament Season?

Changes have been made to the 2019 Tournament Season to both benefit the players and the parents.  The goal is to be a leader for the betterment of kids in sport.  The overarching reason for change is the desire to provide our layers with a balanced schedule of quality events that focus on fun, health, well-being, player development and a life-long love of the game.  All changes were made based on a number of recommendations by the Aspen Institute, USOc and USTA Player Development program.  To learn more about the 2019 Tournament Season Changes - CLICK HERE

To watch a webinar highlighting the 2019 Tournament Season Changes - CLICK HERE


Are there basic entry levels for Junior Tournaments?

Yes, the entry level player path has been simplified.   USTA MId-Atlantic believes entry level plaeyrs should start competing in entry level events.  In order to promote this, we have established minimum hresholds to progress to teh next level.  To learn more about the Entry Level Player Path. - CLICK HERE

Where do I find a Youth Progression Tournament and how do I register for it?

Registration will occur in Tennislink

Does the change to Concurrent Championships negatively impact players aging up?

With the 2018 change that counts points UP an age division, the need for a player to play two age divisions is greatly reduced.  The section recognizes that some players choose to "play up" while also recognizing the value of true age group competition.  The schedule changes strike a balance between opportunities to play up and encouraging true age group competition at the highest levels of competitition.  


Championships will be played on concurrent weekends.  Players may enter two age divisions  The older age divisions will be selected first.  

The Challenger schedule allows players to choose their age division and play multiple divisions by offering 14 & 18s one weekend and 12s and 16s the other. 


Regionalized L5s promote opportunities for players to manage aging up with minimized travel.  


If missing school/work is a primary concern, why do Championships still include Monday play?

Championships will play out with main draw and consolation matches taking place on Mondays.  With a redcued tournament schedule, and in consideration of the travel expense associated with a Championship, it is important to maximize matches at each championship events.  


We have carefully balanced the needs of all players across the section, as well as the National Calendar.  Although Championships will play out including Monday play,  we have streamlined the calendar, and scheduled two of the "Super Six" singles championships over holidy weekends (Martin Luther King Day & Labor Day), and the June Sectional Championship is after most schools have released for the summer. 


How is the cost of travel being addressed?

We are focusing on regional distribution as a priority for Level 5 events.  To facilitate this change, we are surveying all tournament directors through a "bid" process to determine available sites across the section. In general, two weekends a month will offer Level 5 events, and we plan to distribue the events across the section to maximize opportunities. 


How do I find my ranking?

To see how your ranking is determined and what your current section ranking is, CLICK HERE


What is Junior Team Tennis?

Junior Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self growth. It is a fun environment for kids in which they lean that succeeding is more about how they play the game – win or lose. 


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