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Residency, Citizenship and Ranking Regulations


1. All persons ranked must hold a current USTA membership card.


2. Only persons who maintain a permanent residence within the boundaries of the Southwest Section (states of Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso County, Texas) are eligible for ranking, endorsement and closed tournaments. A junior player, who lives with one or both parents, or a legal guardian, shall be considered a permanent resident of the location where he or she physically resides for the majority of the year, where he or she attends school and/or where he or she primarily engages in training and playing tennis.



A junior player who is an established resident of the Southwest Section according to the aforementioned criteria, but is currently living apart from his or her parent(s) for reasons such as college, tennis academy or boarding school attendance, military involvement, etc. will continue to be considered a permanent resident of the Southwest Section as long as his or her parent(s) maintain a permanent residence within its boundaries. For this purpose, permanent residency for the calendar year for the parent(s) is defined as a minimum of 184 days.


3. Anyone moving into the section during the year must change their membership with the USTA membership department. The residency committee has the right to ask for proof of permanent residency. The burden of proof will be on the player/parent.


4. U.S. Citizenship - USTA National Championships, USTA National Doubles Championships, USTA National Masters, USTA National Sweet Sixteen, USTA National Selection Tournaments, Open and Closed USTA Regional Tournaments, Additional USTA Junior National Tournaments, USTA National Spring Team Championships, USTA National Team Championships, USTA Intersectional Team Championships, USTA Zone Team Championships, and our sectional L3-4 events shall be open to US citizens and:


•    Permanent resident aliens of the United States.

•    Diplomats. Aliens who have resided in the United States continuously for more than one year and who are members of families of persons in the diplomatic or consular corps.

•    Aliens with Refugee Status. Aliens who have been granted Refugee Status.

•    Aliens with Asylee Status. Aliens who have been granted Asylee Status. Aliens with Temporary Protected Status. Aliens who have been granted Temporary Protected Status.

•    Aliens with Adjustment Status. Aliens whose I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Resident or Adjust Status) has been accepted for filing.

•    British Columbians. Canadian citizens and landed Canadian immigrants who reside in British Columbia, provided that they were USTA members for at least one month during 2010 and so long as they do not allow their USTA memberships to laps for a period of more than six months.


Documents commonly used to support a particular alien status include a permanent resident alien card (green card), Form I-94, or a receipt confirming filing of the I-485.





Only players who are residents of the Southwest Section (as outlined in #2 of ranking regulations) and are U.S. citizens are eligible for prescribed sectional closed events including the Level 3 and 4 tournaments that count in national standings.




10s: Birth dates in 2010 until first day of the month of 11th birthday; all birthdates in 2011 and younger


12s: Birth dates in 2008 until first day of the month of 13th birthday; all birthdates in 2009 and younger


14s: Birth dates in 2006 until first day of the month of 15th birthday; all birthdates in 2007 and younger


16s: Birth dates in 2004 until first day of the month of 17th birthday; all birthdates in 2004 and younger


18s: Birth dates in 2002 until first day of the month of 19th birthday; all birthdates in 2003  and younger


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