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Midwest / Mid-South Illinois

Junior Tournament Update

November 17, 2020

UPDATED 11/19/20

Due to the high increase in the COVID-19 cases in all 11 EMS regions in the state of Illinois, the state has implemented Tier 3 mitigations effective Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01am. View details here.


With the health and safety of the Mid-South tennis community as our top priority, MSITA is pausing all USTA programming including Junior Team Tennis, adult and junior tournaments, USTA Adult Leagues and social leagues until Tier 3 mitigations are lifted. Tennis is recognized as a low risk sport that can be played safely if precautions are followed. The USTA has released updated Safety Guidelines that can be found here


We look forward to the return of competitive tennis play in the Mid-South. Stay healthy and safe over the holidays.

The State of Illinois and USTA Midwest have granted USTA Mid-South Illinois and all Illinois USTA Districts, the right to resume junior tournament play. With this ruling, all Mid-South Illinois players need to abide by the following protocols when entering a MSITA tournament.


Only Intra-EMS Region Tournament Play Allowed The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions of Illinois dictate the tournaments in which players may compete. Players are ONLY allowed to compete in a tournament in the EMS region in which they live, as shown in the chart below.

MSITA EMS Region Counties    

EMS Region 2: North-Central

Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putman, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, and Woodford


EMS Region 3: West-Central

Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, and Scott


EMS Region 4: Metro-East

Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington


EMS Region 5: Southern

Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson


EMS Region 6: East-Central

Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, and Vermillion

The EMS region of the facility hosting the event will dictate the EMS region from which players are selected. As an example, while a player from Sangamon County might regularly practice at Decatur Athletic Club in Decatur, Region 6, that player would only be allowed to compete in Region 3 tournaments facilities. 

EMS Regions and MSITA Clubs 

See below for all MSITA clubs and the associated EMS regions to help you find a club/facility in your region. 


EMS Region 2: North-Central

  • Bloomington Tennis Center
  • Evergreen Racquet Club        
  • Lakeside Recreation Facility  
  • Parkside Athletics                                                                                          
  • Clubs at River City

EMS Region 3: West-Central

  • Lincoln Park District
  • Quincy Racquet Club
  • Springfield Racquet Club                   


EMS Region 4: Metro-East

  • None


EMS Region 5: Southern

  • Garden Grove Center
  • Robinson Tennis Center
  • Shipman Sports Center


EMS Region 6: East-Central

  • Atkins Tennis Center  
  • Champaign Park District        
  • Danville Tennis Club
  • Decatur Athletic Club

Draw Size and Player Selection

The draw sizes per event are limited to 16 players.


Level 4: players are selected top to bottom from the most current USTA Midwest Standings List 


Level 5: players are selected from the bottom up, meaning players with no record on the USTA Midwest Standings List will be selected first, and then those from the bottom up next.

COVID-19 Procedures

We will be following the State of Illinois guidelines which include the following for USTA tournaments:

  • Participants will be limited to 16 per age division in order to keep players and staff as safe as possible
  • Players will be given 2 balls to be hand-marked or sorted by tournament staff • Players/spectators may not arrive more than 10 minutes before scheduled match times and will be required to leave immediately after scores are reported
  • ONLY Player and one (1) Spectator (coach or parent) allowed on site; additional spectators can wait in parked vehicles but will not be allowed courtside, at the tournament desk, or in any indoor/outdoor areas at tournament sites
  • Players and spectators will be required to bring their own cooler or lawn chairs to sit on as benches/bleachers may not be available
  • Players will be required to bring their own water bottles
  • Six-foot social distancing will be enforced for all spectators and each spectator will be required to stay at least 6-feet from the fence at all times
  • Players will be required to wear masks when approaching the tournament desk until they reach their court
  • Spectators will be required to wear masks at all times on tournament site, except for when watching their player, 6- feet from any other spectator; at all times if event moves indoors
  • No player who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event or been in close contact with another person who has tested positive will be accepted
  • Failure to comply, by player or spectator, will result in player disqualification and suspension points


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