USTA Junior Tournaments
A NEW NATIONWIDE STRUCTURE
A new, simplified USTA Junior Tournaments structure took effect in January 2021! After extensive research, including feedback from our players, we developed these standardized systems to provide greater consistency and more opportunities for our players, parents, coaches, tournament directors and officials. Here is everything you need to know about this new system.
Below are some highlights and resources for the new structure that is now in place.
- You can now find and register for events right here on usta.com. USTA Junior Tournaments are no longer based in TennisLink.
- The new structure utilizes seven levels of events, ranging from Level 7 (Intermediate) to Level 1 (National Championships) and a universal ranking system that distributes points consistently across the country. ADVERTISEMENT VIEW THE 2021 RANKINGS AND STANDINGS
- This nationwide system provides consistent tournament levels and standardized tournament operations for all events—regardless of location—replacing a system that was greatly dependent upon the region.
- The new system allows players to more easily compete across sections, as the levels are now standardized with an increased number of open events, providing even more playing opportunities for junior players.
- In addition, there are on-ranking events available, such as the USTA Junior Circuit events, which focus on age-appropriate competition, development, and fun.
“In order to properly grow and retain tennis players, it is imperative that we provide offerings that are developmentally appropriate, consistent, and easy to navigate, and that is one of the many reasons why we have made the changes to the junior competitive structure,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Our research and data told us that our current structure needed change based on many factors that ultimately have contributed to a decrease in participation and player retention. The new system, based on the American Development Model, puts into place a consistent, clear and simple pathway, which will attract and retain more players into the game.”
Martin Blackman, General Manager for USTA Player Development stated, “The simplification and standardization of our Junior Competitive structure will simplify the competitive and play pathways for millions of children coming into our sport, giving their families a progression of play and tournament competition that is easy to understand and fully aligned with our American Development Model.”
For questions, please contact JuniorTournaments@usta.com.