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2018 USTA Southwest Junior Competition Changes

November 2, 2017

USTA Southwest Section Junior Competition News


POINT RACE:  Effective November 1, 2017, the section will have a point race including the Nov L3, Phoenix L4, El Paso L4, and conclude with the Southwest Junior Closed.  The winner of the point race per age division (12-18) is guaranteed an endorsement spot for National Hard Courts and will receive an award.


L4s:  Effective Jan 1, 2018, Sun City Junior Masters and Northern New Mexico Level 4s will be opened to out of section players with up to 8 players per age division.  Selection will remain to be by UTR. 


SOUTHWEST JUNIOR CLOSED L3Effective 2018, The Southwest Junior Closed (SWJC) will be held in Tucson in June 2018.


DRESS CODE:  Effective January 1, 2018, all players are required to wear appropriate tennis attire. Cut off shorts, bare midriffs, and compression shorts alone are not allowed.  Shirts should not reference sex, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.



REFUND POLICY:  Effective June 1, 2017, players will receive a refund if withdraw online before entries close.  There will be no refund after entries close.


UNIVERSAL TENNIS RATING (UTR):  Effective October 1, 2107, Projected UTR of 80% or more and weekly averages will be considered reliable for selection and seeding.


10 AND UNDER:  Effective January 1, 2018, all 10 green ball events will be 2 short sets with ad scoring and with a set tiebreak (7 point) in lieu of third set

There will no longer be 8U-10U divisions in L3-5 tournaments except for the Southwest Junior Closed.


L6 tournament directors that would like to have 10U events in their tournament, must conclude in a half day, must offer round robin, compass draw, or Non-elimination play, and make it a special event for the players (stand alone, team event, similar to the slam series).

L5 v L5A:
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The Junior Competition Committee has created a table that shows the average Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) per gender division (BG12-18) to qualify as a Level 5.  Any average UTR per division below the number designated in the table after the first round, will be deemed a L5A and receive L5A points.


RESIDENCY AND CITIZENSHIP: Effective January 1, 2018 (changes in red)

1.           All persons ranked must hold a current USTA membership card in one of the Southwest Section districts.

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.


A person's legal residence is his/her permanent dwelling place. It is the place where he/she is generally understood to reside with the intent to remain there indefinitely and return when absent. There must be a concurrence of actual residence and of intent to remain indefinitely to acquire legal residence. Examples are as follows:

•            Residence of the individual or residence of the parents for a junior,

•            Location of eligibility of voter registration,

•            Location of individual's or family's (in the case of a junior) personal property and payment of taxes thereon,

•            Place where the individual has filed and paid state income tax,

•            Address and other pertinent facts listed on federal and state income tax returns,

•            Address listed on credit cards,

•            State where individual's or parent's (in the case of a junior), personal automobile title is registered and the payment of property tax thereon.

•            Address on individual's or parent's (in the case of a junior) driver’s license.


The above factors are only examples of many acts that might reveal one's true intent with regard to residency. Intent should not be determined on the basis of one of these facts alone; neither should a predetermined number of facts be required. Instead, all the acts that tend to display intent to become a legal resident of a district in the USTA Southwest Section should be listed together.


The burden of proof of eligibility for entry to USTA Southwest Section Closed tournaments and for USTA Southwest Section ranking is on the player seeking to be declared eligible.


If a player feels that there is any debate that he/she qualifies as a resident of the USTA Southwest Section of the USTA, according to the prescribed regulations, and thereby eligible to be ranked and/or participate in USTA Southwest Section Closed tournaments, he/she may appeal his/her eligibility to an appeals committee composed of:

•            The Junior Competition Committee of the Southwest Section.

•            The Chairman of the USTA Southwest Section Grievance Committee.

U.S. Citizenship - USTA National Hard and Clay Court Championships, USTA National Doubles Championships, USTA National Spring Championships, USTA National Selection Tournaments, USTA National Level 3 Tournaments, USTA National Spring Team Championships, USTA National Team Championships, USTA Intersectional Team Championships, USTA Zone Team Championships, Southwest Section Closed L3’s and L4’s (Central AZ and Southern AZ):


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.


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