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April 7, 2020
Junior Tennis




Find information on your most frequently asked questions about junior team tennis programs and Youth Progression in USTA's Mid-Atlantic Region. 

To learn about changes coming to the Mid-Atlantic Junior Competitive Structure in 2020, click here








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. 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. Players may also earn stars for participation in Early Development Camps (EDCs).



What if we are visiting 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 the 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 Tournament?

Events that appear in TennisLink Orange Level 1 or Green Level 1 are called youth progression tagged events. Players can collect progression stars and trophies for participating in these events.  To search for a youth progression event, enter Orange Level 1 or Green Level 1 in the Category drop-down menu.  



Which events count toward Youth Progression?

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

 Youth Progression Tagged Tournaments  (Orange Level 1 or Green Level 1) – 2 stars per tournament 

· Junior Team Tennis- 3 stars per season completed

· EDCs-  3 stars per camp

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

· Winning a Youth Progression tournament (2 bonus trophies) 

· Reaching the final of a Youth Progression tournament (1 bonus trophy)  

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

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



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


· Stars and trophies typically appear within 24 hours of the completion of the tournament.  

· If a player does not complete a match (default, retirement, etc.), he/she will not receive any credit.

· If the tournament was not a progression tagged tournament (Orange Level 1 or Green Level 1), players will not receive progression credit.

· Stars/trophies will appear on a player’s record within 24 hours after any adjustment is made  



My child played one match for his/her junior tennis 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 junior tennis 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 at their current level.



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 or once they turn 11 years old. . 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.



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).



 Is there someone I can contact if stars and trophies were not awarded?

Yes, please contact Warren Waterman, Net Generation Circuit Program Manager, at



What is the 10U Blast Tour?

All 10U Green Level 1 kids are invited and encouraged to participate in the new USTA MAS 10U BLAST Tour. 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 2020 Tournament Season?

At USTA Mid-Atlantic, we are excited about the simplified nationwide structure for junior competitive events which will take place in January 2021. These changes help create a standardized system with greater consistency for players, parents, coaches, officials and tournament directors. 


Today, USTA Mid-Atlantic is proactively implementing incremental changes this year in 2020, to help everyone involved in youth competition be best prepared when the new structure is in place.  The changes are effective January 1, 2020, and are reflected in the new 2020 USTA MAS Junior Tournament Regulations


Are there basic entry levels for Junior Tournaments?

Yes, the entry level player path has been simplified.   USTA MId-Atlantic believes entry level players should start competing in entry level events.  In order to promote this, we have established a minimum threshold to progress to the 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 competition.  


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 a main draw and consolation matches taking place on Mondays.  With a reduced 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 holiday 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 distribute 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 learn that succeeding is more about how they play the game – win or lose. 


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