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Each year the USTA publishes Friend at Court, a book that includes not only the USTA Regulations but also the ITF Rules of Tennis and "The Code," the players’ guide for matches when officials are not present. It is highly recommended that each player or tennis family have a copy of this publication as a reference. You can purchase the easy-to-carry Friend of Court by calling toll-free, 1-866-898-8061.
USTA Regulations prohibit a player from entering two tournaments that have dates that overlap by one or more days unless a player has the prior written consent of both Tournament Committees.
- Friend at Court - Tennis Rules and Regulations Handbook (PDF)
- NorCal Junior Tournament Regulations (as of 8/17/2022)
- 2021 Net Generation Pathway Regulations
- USTA NorCal Adult Tournament Rules (As of 10/29/2021)
- USTA NorCal Adult & Family Tournament Regulations (As of 7/31/2021)
- USTA Health and Safety Requirements
- USTA NorCal AQI Guidelines
USTA Team Championships give junior players the fun experience of representing their USTA Section and playing on a team. It’s a great opportunity to develop and improve physical, mental, and emotional skills. Players receive on-court coaching and will experience the camaraderie of a competitive team atmosphere, just like college tennis.
Zone Team Championships
Zonals Boys' & Girls' 12s - July 28-31; Oro Valley, AZ
Zonals Boys' & Girls' 14s - July 28-31; San Diego, CA
* Unlike past years where teams were comprised of players from the same section, the players accepted into the tournament will be waterfalled onto teams based on his/her National Standing (much like the USTA National Spring Team Championships in March).
Level 1 Team Championship Tournament
For the 16s and 18s age divisions, a new Level 1 Team Championship, called “The Battle of the Sections” will take place in locations near Kalamazoo, MI, and San Diego, CA, as a lead-in for the USTA National Championships. Each USTA Sectional Association will send a team composed of eight players, four competing in the 16 division and four competing in the 18 division. Together, these eight players will play as one team and participate in four singles and four doubles matches over the course of the tournament.
- Level 1 Team Championships Boys' 16s & 18s - July 31-August 3; Byron Center, MI
- Level 1 Team Championships Girls' 16s & 18s - July 31-August 3; Claremont, CA
2022 National Championships
Boys' 12s & 14s Nationals (Hard Court) - August 6-13; Mobile, AL
Girls' 12s Nationals (Hard Court) - August 7-13; Corners, GA
Girls' 14s Nationals (Hard Court) - August 6-13; Rome, GA
Girls' 16s & 18s Nationals (Hard Court) - August 6-14; San Diego, CA
Boys' 16s & 18s Nationals (Hard Court) - August 5-14; Kalamazoo, MI
Boys' 12s Nationals (Clay Court) - July 9-15; Orlando, FL
Girls' 12s Nationals (Clay Court) - July 10-17; Boca Raton, FL
Girls' 14s Nationals (Clay Court) - July 10-17; Plantation, FL
Boys' 14s Nationals (Clay Court) - July 10-17; Dothan, AL
Girls' 16s Nationals (Clay Court) - July 10-17; Huntsville AL
Boys' 16s & 18s Nationals (Clay Court) - July 10-17; Delray Beach, FL
Girls' 18s Nationals (Clay Court) - July 10-17; Mount Pleasant, SC
The USTA believes strongly in the importance of good sportsmanship in making tennis more enjoyable for all. Players, parents, and coaches alike all share responsibility in ensuring that good sportsmanship is an integral part of competition - regardless of level of play.
Players will be held accountable based on the conduct they and their spectators display before, during and/or after a match in any USTA sanctioned tournament. Additionally, a person who enters a sanctioned tournament or match consents to being penalized under the Point Penalty System for abusive conduct by a person who appears to be associated with the player. Information regarding the suspension point system, which includes a chart of violations and the suspension points associated with each violation can be found in the Friend at Court on pages 113 - 118.
Parents: Set the example for your kids by creating a positive and encouraging environment.
Players: Handle victory and defeat with grace and dignity and treat opponents with fairness and courtesy.
Coaches: Stress the importance of Sportsmanship as highly as the development of strokes and strategy.
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