GOLD BALL WINNING TEAM:
#1 RAMS COACHED BY GLENN ALLSOP
SILVER BALL WINNERS
#9 SAINTS COACHED BY MATIAS MARIN
BRONZE BALL WINNERS
#16 PATRIOTS COACHED BY WILLIAM BROWN
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WENT TO LUKE GAMBLE
GOLD BALL WINNING TEAM:
#20 TORNADOS COACHED BY ZACH BUENGER
SILVER BALL WINNERS
#26 FIRECRACKERS COACHED BY JOHN MEINCKE
BRONZE BALL WINNERS
#19 LIGHTNING COACHED BY KENNELL YU HSIEN
Van Linge, Elena
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WENT TO KAREENA MANJI
You can find your coach on your team's designated courts Saturday morning.
Court assignments are posted on page 17 of the Player Handbook.
Attached are the Boys Water-falled teams.
Attached are the Water-falled Girls teams.
HOT TOPICS: (updated 3/6)
REGISTRATION - While the Official Registration is Friday 5:00 - 8:00 pm, we will have staff at the Mobile Marriott until 9:30 pm. Please make every effort to make it by that time. If you do not make it by 9:30 pm, the Boys can register Saturday morning 7:30-8:30 am, and the Girls can register Saturday morning 8:30-10:00 am. Saturday Registration will be held at the Mobile Tennis Center.
What to do if you are Missing Friday Registration - If you do not make registration Friday night, please fax (251-208-5195) or email (email@example.com) your Medical Release Waiver. Please include the name of your hotel and cell phone number(s) in use during the tournament. Also, email or text (251-610-0483) by 8:00 pm, your expected arrival time.
ENTRY FEE - A few of you still need to take care of your entry fee payment. Please call the Pro Shop at 251-208-5185 to make payment. The Pro Shop will open at 8:30 central time Friday morning.
ONSITE ALTERNATES - Please check in during registration at the Mobile Marriott.
SATURDAY - Daylight Savings Time - Spring Forward: Before you go to bed Saturday night, make sure the device you use as an alarm clock will set forward one hour.
PLAYER HANDBOOK - Click the "more info" button to view the Player Handbook which we will give you at registration
NIKE has gone above and beyond as a sponsor by providing Dri-Fit shirts and tanks for the players during the tournament. Each player will receive 4 shirts each, one for each day of matchplay. Attached are the exact styles and colors provided. Thank you to NIKE for making this an even more special tournament.
During registration, we will have shirts available for sizing. Once everyone's size has been determined, player packages will be available for pick up on Saturday after the player's first practice.
JUNIOR MEDICAL RELEASE FORM
USTA requires a medical release SIGNED BY THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN for
every player. This form must be presented at the time of tournament
registration. Please download and bring this completed form with you, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or fax
to us (251-208-5195) to speed up the registration process. Players are
not allowed on court without this signed release:
The link below leads to the Competitors List.
This is a two page document - Boys on the first page and Girls on the Second page.
ALL TIMES POSTED ARE CENTRAL TIME:
01/03/14 Wed - Entries Open ( I am waiting for a response to my inquiry of the delay )
02/06/14 Thu - 11:59 am Eastern Time (One minute
before Noon) Entries will Close
02/11/14 Tue - By 6:00 pm Selection Lists posted to the Tournament Website
02/12/14 Wed - Ordered Alternates posted (There is a delay in posting this list. We are working with USTA and TennisLink to get the information need to order the list.)
02/13/14 Thu - Start calling alternates
for any open spots - You have 8 hours to respond
02/19/14 Wed - 8:00 am Alternates will
now have 4 hours to respond
03/03/14 Mon - 8:00 am The first
Alternate we reach will be offered any open spot
03/07/14 Fri - 8:00 am-8:00 pm Practice Courts open at Mobile Tennis Center
03/07/14 Fri - 2:00-9:00 pm Host Hotel Mobile Marriott Welcome with Root Beer Float Station
03/07/14 Fri - 3:00-8:00 pm Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcome Desk at Mobile Marriott - Let these ladies help you with directions, restaurants, site-seeing, and COUPONS!
03/07/14 Fri - 5:00-8:00 pm Tournament Registration at Host Hotel Mobile Marriott
03/07/14 Fri - Players Water-falled into Teams and coaches assigned (Time TBA)
03/08/14 Sat - 6:30-10:00 am Players Breakfast at Mobile Marriott (for Mobile Marriott guests)
03/08/14 Sat - 9:00 am-10:00 pm Game Zone at Mobile Marriott
03/08/14 Sat - Refer to Player Handbook
03/09/14 Sun - Refer to Player Handbook
03/09/14 Sun - Lunch on your own
03/10/14 Mon - First Round of Team Matches (Refer to Player Handbook for Schedule)
03/11/14 Tue - Second Round of Team Matches (Refer to Player Handbook for Schedule)
03/12/14 Wed - Third Round of Team Matches (Refer to Player Handbook for Schedule)
03/13/14 Thu - Fourth Round of Team Matches - Award Ceremony - Tournament concludes by 5:00 (Refer to Player Handbook for Schedule)
TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND STANDARDIZED SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Draw Format and Standardized Tournament Schedule of Play: The draw format shall be a Compass Draw of 16 teams and teams shall play one round per day. The standardized schedule will incorporate time for training and education for the tournament participants.
Seeding: The draws shall not be seeded.
Match Formats: All singles matches shall be the best of 3 Tiebreak Sets. All doubles match formats shall be an 8-game Pro Set with a 7-Point Tiebreak at 8 games all. Match Formats are annually subject to change and approval by the Junior Competition & Sportsmanship Committee. Refer to Friend at Court for updates.
Team Line-ups: The team line-up for each Team Match must be submitted to the Tournament Committee prior to the Team Match at a time to be determined by the Tournament Committee. No changes to the team line-up may be made except for illness, injury, or personal circumstances and are subject to the approval of the Tournament Committee. A player, for reason of illness, injury or personal circumstances, who does not play their a match or retires from a match is eligible to play a subsequent match on the same day.
• Singles Line-up: The #1 waterfalled players in each division will play each other; the #2 waterfalled players in each division will play each other.
• Doubles Line-up: Doubles combinations and line-ups will be determined by the coach. Coaches may pair two players from different divisions as a doubles team to create the strongest line up possible. Coaches must use good faith in determining the strongest team and play that team in the #1 doubles match.
Note: for ranking purposes, all doubles matches are treated as 18 and under division matches - points will count down to any division the player has played in the preceding 12 months.
Team Match: Each Team Match shall consist of four doubles matches followed by eight singles matches. Each team will receive one point for each singles win and the team that wins of a majority of the doubles matches receives one point.
Determining the Winner of a Team Match: Each singles and doubles match counts for one point. The total possible points earned in a Team Match is 12 points. The team that wins the most points wins the Team Match. If the score is tied 6 points all the winner of the Team Match will be determined in successive steps as follows:
1. Highest percentage of sets won of all sets completed in the Team Match
2. Highest percentage of games won of all games completed in the Team Match
3. The coach of each team shall designate two players their team to play a doubles 10-Point Match Tiebreak to determine the Team Match Winner.
Match Score Sheet: After the completion of a team match, the coaches of both teams must sign the score sheet.
WATER-FALLING PLAYERS ONTO TEAMS
Composition of Teams: Each team shall be comprised of 2 players from each of the 18, 16, 14, and 12 divisions. Players shall be water-falled onto teams as described below. There will be 16 Boys teams and 16 Girls teams.
Timing of Waterfall: No earlier than three days before the start of the tournament, the Tournament Committee shall waterfall players as described below.
Water-falling Method: Players in each division shall be water-falled onto 16 teams so as to distribute the players among the teams as set forth below. Before water-falling, players shall be ordered based on the order in which their names appear on the most recently published National Standings List of the division, except that the players ranked in the top 1000 ATP/top 500 WTA shall be placed on the top of the list in rank order, followed by players ranked int he top 100 ITF in rank order.
(This is a pretty table in my Tournament Manual, but this box does not like tables or spaces - I think you can determine the process from the following)
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17
16 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25
08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 09
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
So from the "table" above, Boys Team 1 would have the following ordered players: Boys 18s #1 and #32, 16s #16 and #17, 14s #9 and #24, 12s #8 and #25 making it an 8 person team. Boys and Girls Teams are separate.
Each team will have a designated coach.
Team Coaches will be selected by the national Player Development Staff from among National Coaches, RTC Coaches, and USTA "faculty" coaches.
A player may receive coaching from the coach during a match, but only during a changeover or set break. Coaching must be carried out in a manner that does not distract play on adjoining courts. The coach may only enter the court on a changeover or a set break. On-court coaching must be done from the net post area where players rest on changeovers. Off-court coaching must be done from a position behind the court and outside the fence.
Parents and personal coaches are welcome to attend the tournament, but will not be involved with the tournament except as spectators.
In matches without an official on court, players are expected to follow "The Code"
If you have never read it, please do so.
For the Boys:
* Any T-shirts worn must be plain or tennis related
* No underwear should be visible above waist band or below hemline
* Shirts must be worn at all times
* Shorts must be worn appropriately above pelvic bones
* Sleeveless shirts are acceptable if made that way - no cutoffs
For the Girls:
* Any T-shirts must be plain or tennis related
* Compression shorts must be fully
covered with a skirt or dress. Also known as "shorties" or "booty
shorts" are not allowed to be worn without being covered
* Skirts and shorts must be worn appropriately above the pelvic bones
* The bottom of your Shirt must touch
the top of your Skirt or Short while standing upright-shoulders back; this means do not roll down your skirts or shorts. Trust us when we tell
you that your equipment (skirt or short) is not working properly during
play when rolled
Thank you for your cooperation
The Role of Parents in Junior Tennis
This is a NEW Level 1 National Team Championship.
The competition will include 2 days of training and education followed by 4 days of competition.
There are 16 Boys teams and 16 Girls Teams
A player must be present all six days to participate in this event.
Registration will be Friday evening.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams shall receive Gold, Silver and Bronze Balls.
You will register as an individual.
Participants will make and pay for their own travel arrangements, and will require chaperones.
At this time, there will not be transportation provided from the host hotel. (This may change; but, please understand minors must be accompanied by an adult if transportation from the hotel is provided.)
You may only register for one age division - the Standings List from 2/5/14 will be used for selections.
You need only register for singles. Although the system allows doubles entry, it asks for a partner name which you will not know.
Coaches are only responsible for on court activities and team building exercises. Coaches are not chaperones and will not provide transportation. Even if a player's regular coach is at the event, that coach may be assigned to a team which does not include that specific player. That coach will be occupied with his team and cannot be responsible for his regular student during the event.
No housing is provided for players.
USTA Reg. IV. D. 15. - Timing of imposition of penalties. An official who is not on the court has a reasonable amount of time to reach the court and impose the penalty even if intervening points have been played. Any intervening points stand as played. Example: An official responsible for a bank of courts #9, #10, #11, #12 can be on court #9 and a player have a code violation on court #12 and that player can still be penalized for the violation even if subsequent points have been played. BEST ADVICE - DO NOT HAVE ANY VIOLATIONS BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO IS WATCHING!
NATIONAL RANKING POINT TABLES, Effective January 1, 2014
Significant changes have been made to the ranking points table. Click her for
TOURNAMENT SELECTION AND ALTERNATES
Selection Process: Separate USTA National Spring Team Championships shall be held for boys and girls. The TennisLink selection system shall accept 32 players from each division (BG 18-12) in the draw as follows:
- Up to 4 wild cards are granted by the USTA Wild Card Committee.
- The remaining players from the most recently published National Standings List from each age division, provided they have submitted timely entries, in the order in which their names appear.
- Online Notification: Main draw players and alternates can view lists published to the TennisLink Tournament Home Page no later than 3 days after the entries close. All players accepted by the TennisLink system will be sent a confirmation email that includes as part of the text of the email the USTA Release and USTA Medical Release Form. Any accepted player whose credit card was unable to be charged will also be sent an email notifying them of the problem with the credit card and instructing them to contact the tournament to make arrangements for payment (call the Pro Shop at 251-208-5185 to arrange payment.)
- Ordered Alternate List: The Tournament Committee will prepare an alternate list for each division of those players with timely entries not accepted into the draw in the order in which their names appear on the same National Standings List used to accept players into the draw. Late entrants shall be placed on the alternates list in the order received after timely entries.
Withdrawal Prior to Entry Deadline:
Go to the Tournament website and click "EDIT REGISTRATION" on the right
side of your screen then "Withdraw". From there you can withdraw. If you
do not know your Confirmation #, then click "Locate Confirmation" just
below "Withdraw." We cannot withdraw you, you must do this yourself.
You will lose the processing fee if you do not withdraw online before
Withdrawal After Entry Deadline:
Immediately contact the tournament to withdraw from the tournament. You
must fax or email your withdrawal. DO NOT call to withdraw. The email
is email@example.com and the fax is (251) 208-5195. If the player is not playing because of an injury or illness, the player shall provide written verification of the injury or illness from a medical professional no later than the last scheduled day of the tournament. There are No
Defaulting during the tournament:
You must see the trainer and get approval from the Head Referee at the
Mobile Tennis Center. Do not tell just anyone at the desk and think you have
properly defaulted. Unless you speak to the Head Referee in person, it
will count as a "No Show." WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY WITHDRAWALS OVER THE
If the player is not playing because of an injury or illness, the
player shall provide written verification of the injury or illness from
a medical professional no later than the last scheduled day of the
tournament OR a visit with the onsite trainer will suffice.
We will use one site:
MTC - Mobile Tennis Center
(also known as Copeland-Cox Tennis Center)
851 Gaillard Drive, Mobile, AL 36608
PRO WARMUPS / PRACTICE COURTS
If you are in need of a Tennis Pro on Friday, you can call and arrange a time with them directly:
Andy Pinkus 251-533-5839
Burke DeFraites 859-992-0913
Upon arrival for you warmup, you pay for your time with the pro at the city desk, cash or credit card. Obtain a receipt and show it to the pro prior to your lesson. $45 for an hour and $25 for a half-hour.
Friday - Mobile Tennis Center, All 60 courts will be available 5:00-8:00 pm, on a first come-first serve basis.
YOUR GAME FACE PHOTOGRAPHER
The official Photographer is YOUR GAME FACE
Who will receive the award?????
HIGH-TECH TENNIS VIDEO SERVICES:
We’ve been helping tennis players play
better tennis since 2005 and we’ve learned that YOU NEED A
MATCH PLAY VIDEO if you want to compete with the top players! Please visit www.high-techtennis.com for more
info, including samples, and
contact us via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or text (678.640.2723) to reserve your match time. We
have many digital camcorders but our services are very popular…FIRST COME/FIRST
We do have a Fully Stocked Pro Shop at the Mobile Tennis Center. The
tournament discount is 20% off regular priced clothing, shoes, racquets,
and bags and 10% off most sale merchandise.
There will be two Experienced Stringers at the Mobile Tennis Center
during the tournament. Cost with your own string is $15. We also have a
large string inventory if you do not have your own.
One trainer will be on site at the Mobile Tennis Center during matches.
By law, trainers are not allowed to distribute any medicine. Please
bring your own Tylenol, Advil, Sinus Medicine, Epi Pens, etc. If you have an injury or illness, we strongly suggest you see the
trainer. If you need to withdraw due to injury or illness, the process
will be much smoother if we have confirmation from the trainer. Without
confirmation, or a written doctors excuse by the end of the tournament,
you may incur suspension points for leaving. Remember if you withdraw
during the tournament, you must see the Head Referee in person or it
will count as a "No Show"
For Area Maps and Attractions, Click Here:
MOBILE REGIONAL AIRPORT:
Click below for the Mobile Regional Airport Website. Gulfport, MS and Pensacola, FL have airports within an hour from Mobile. New Orleans is about 3 hours from Mobile.
NATIONAL CAR RENTAL:
National Car Rental 1-877-222-9058; Please use Code: XZ55080
HOST HOTEL - MOBILE MARRIOTT
The Mobile Marriott Hotel is the host hotel where most of the players
will stay. Because this is a Team
Tournament, the host hotel will be a big part of the experience. Reservations are on a first come first serve
basis and the hotel will fill quickly. The Mobile Marriott has 250 rooms with a $99
rate that includes free breakfast. Other
amenities at the hotel specifically for the Spring Team Tennis Championships
- All 32 USTA National Coaches are staying
at the hotel
- Registration will be at the hotel on
- The hotel will have special nights for
the players and parents. Root beer float
night, Smoothie Night
- A special Game Zone room is set up all
week for the players
- A free breakfast for all players/parents
- Two ping pong tournaments on Sunday
March 9 and Tuesday March 11 at the hotel
- A picture and video montage are played
throughout the hotel featuring each days matches
- Various communication and meetings will
be at the hotel
- Probably 95% of the tournament players
will stay at the Mobile Marriott. Thus
it will be a great way to spend time with all the players in the tournament.
- Updated draws with “next days” times posted in the lobby.
Realistically we probably cannot fit all 256
players plus USTA Coaches and Officials into the 250 room hotel. Thus we have listed some other nice hotels in
the vicinity. But we feel you will
experience something very special by staying at the Host Hotel. Make your reservation early as the hotel will
fill up quickly with tennis players.
Ask for Special Tennis Tournament Rate. Please try to stay at a Tournament Hotel. The following hotels support the tournaments which enable us to provide more for the participants.
THE NEWLY REIMAGINED MOBILE MARRIOTT
3101 AIRPORT BOULEVARD
MOBILE, AL 36606
Ask for the "USTA National Spring Championship" group rate starting at $99
This rate is eligible for Marriott Rewards Points!
Room Block and Discounted Rate are Released 1 Week prior to
Experience the renovated Mobile Marriott! Located 3 miles
from the Mobile Tennis Center and offering unobstructed views of either
downtown Mobile or the sun setting over Spring Hill, we hope you will enjoy our
many features and amenities. Your rate will include complimentary breakfast
buffet each morning. Complimentary WiFi and Ethernet access in each room.
Complimentary on-site parking.Full access to our 2,400 square foot health club
open 24 hours per day, featuring all new Life Fitness equipment. While on
property, enjoy award winning Sage Restaurant, mix and mingle in the Marriott
Great Room and lounge, all day Room Service, our outdoor swimming pool with
sundeck, Business Center, and Gift Shop. Ideally situated in the retail and dining epicenter of Mobile. Ranked in the top 10% nationwide for Marriott Customer Service. Relax. Refresh. Revive. Rejuvenate...At the newly Reinvented Mobile Marriott.
HAMPTON INN - PROVIDENCE
525 Providence Park Drive East
Mobile, Alabama 36695
$99 per night/All Room Types (no cut-off date)
Shuttle to Mobile Tennis Center, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, WiFi, On-site and Off-site Fitness Center
For Driving Directions click here:
HOMEWOOD SUITES - MOBILE I-65/AIRPORT BLVD
NEW HOTEL Opening February 2014
1388 W. I-65 Service Road South
Mobile, AL 36609
Minutes from the Mobile Regional Airport, Homewood Suites is close
to local dinning and shopping.
An all-suite hotel, offering easy access
to local businesses, entertainment and only about 3 miles from the
Mobile Tennis Center. We offer a $99 rate which includes
a complimentary dinner Monday - Thursday. One or two bedroom suites, 42-inch LED TV,
complimentary breakfast, complimentary parking, complimentary WiFi, fully
equipped kitchen, fitness center, outdoor pool and more!
HILTON GARDEN INN
828 West I-65 Service Road South
Mobile, AL 36609
Reservations: (877) 573-7206
Sales Office: (251) 544-6009
Rate: $99 including Full Cook to Order Breakfast for two guests ($5 each additional guest)
Ask for the “Mobile Tennis Center Rate”/No cut-off date/Last room availability
Only 3 miles from Mobile Tennis Center. Rate includes Full Cook to Order Breakfast
Full Service Restaurant, Lounge and Room Service, 24 hour Pantry, Microwave and Refrigerator in every room, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Precor Certified Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool and Spa
Click here for Hotel
HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON - PROVIDENCE
530 Providence Park Drive East
Mobile, AL 36695
Phoned: (251) 634-8664
Fax: (251) 634-8695
$99.00 One Bedroom Suite with 1 King Bed and Full-Size Sleeper Sofa
$119.00 One Bedroom Suite with 2 Double Beds and Full-Size Sleeper Sofa
$189.00 Two Bedroom Suite with 1 King, 2 Doubles and Full-Size Sleeper Sofa
Each suite has a full kitchen complete with a full size refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, microwave, stove, 5 minutes to Mobile Tennis Center, Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from Tennis Center and Mobile Regional Airport, Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast each morning, Complimentary Welcome Home Reception with dinner and beverages Monday – Thursday evenings
Restaurants within walking distance
Room Block Released 2 weeks prior to tournament
For driving directions click here:
HOLIDAY INN - AIRPORT
I-65 Service Road @ Airport Blvd.
3630 Springhill Memorial Dr South
Mobile, Alabama 36608
Hotel Front Desk: 251-344-7446
Hotel Fax: 251-344-7448
Rate: $99 Breakfast included
Full service restaurant/bar and room service
Microwaves, refrigerators, complimentary WIFI, fitness center and indoor pool, Located 3 miles from Mobile Tennis Center, Complimentary shuttle to the Mobile Tennis Center and Mobile Airport
Click here for Mobile Tennis Center rate:
WINGATE BY WYNDHAM - SPRINGHILL
Springhill Avenue & I-65
516 Springhill Plaza Court
Mobile, AL 36608
Closest to Mobile Tennis Center
QUALITY INN & SUITES
150 West I-65 Service Road
Mobile, AL 36608
Rate: King Suite or Double Suite $69 Plus Tax
The Quality Inn & Suites offers a great location, 3 mi from Mobile Tennis Center, with close access to Walmart & restaurants. All-Suite hotel offering free full, hot breakfast buffet with indoor pool/hot tub/fitness center & microwave/refrigerator in each room. For Online Reservations at the Mobile Tennis Center’s Special please click on the following link OR Call hotel @ 251-343-4949 & ask for the Mobile Tennis Center’s special rate.
HAMPTON INN I-65
1028 West I-65 Service Road South
Mobile, AL 36609
Rate: Double and King $99.00
Click here for Hotel
1000 South Beltline Highway
Mobile, AL 36609
Rate: Double and King $99.00
Click here for Hotel
950-A West I-65 Service Road South
Mobile, AL 36609
Rate: Double and King $ 89.00
Click here for Hotel
HAMPTON INN NORTH MOBILE/SARALAND, ALABAMA
1320 Industrial Parkway
North Mobile/Saraland, AL 36571
Hotel Front Desk: 251-679-7953
Hotel Fax: 251-679-7993
Rate: $89 (Full Hot Breakfast)
Renovated Hotel, Microwaves, refrigerators,
complimentary WIFI, fitness center and pool, Social hour Monday - Thursday,
Located 7 miles from Mobile Tennis Center. Click here for Mobile Tennis Center
WINGATE BY WINDHAM - BELLINGRATH
5190 Motel Court
Mobile, AL 36619
Rate: $74 King, $84 Doubles
Approximately 9 minutes to Mobile Tennis Center
Wingate by Windham Mobile I-10 West is near Mobile Regional Airport and Downtown, is conveniently located at Exit 15-B off Interstate 10, Our business-savvy amenities include oversized guest rooms with work space, 37-inch flat screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, safe in all rooms, free Wi-Fi, newspapers, hot and continental breakfast. We also have an outdoor pool, fitness center, guest laundry and business center. Local attractions: Bellingrath Gardens, Historic Downtown, USS Alabama Battleship, World Class Golf Courses and much more.
WILD CARD APPLICATION, DEADLINE & CRITERIA
Application: Requests for Wild Cards are submitted by players using an online
application. Click link below.
Deadline: Applications must be received no later than five days
after the entry deadline for the tournament.
- Wild Card applicants do not require Sectional Endorsement, but he application must be approved by he Sectional Office.
- No player that is under suspension by the USTA, a Sectional Association, the ITF, the ITA, the WTA, or the ATP may be awarded a wild card.
- No player who has a national standing below the standing of the first alternate may be awarded a wild card unless, in the opinion of the Wild Card Committee, the player will improve the overall strength of field of the tournament.
- No player who submits a late wild card application may be considered. Timely entries into the tournament are recommended, but are not required (Note: if the only excuse is a late tournament entry, a wild card most likely will not be awarded.)
- A player with an established record in international, professional, or collegiate competition may be considered.
- A player whose ability to qualify has been affected by injury, illness, or other personal circumstance may be considered.
- A player with a high standing in a younger age division of the event may be considered.
- A player with a high standing in the division of the event who was not endorsed by their Sectional Association may be considered, provided that the player has been recommended for a wild card by their Sectional Association.
- A player who has been recommended for a wild card by the USTA National Coaching Staff may be considered.
Awarding of Wild Cards: The Wild Card Committee will meet as soon as is practicable after the entry deadline to select from among the Wild Card applicants. The USTA Junior Competition Department will coordinate distribution of applications and the meeting time. As soon as Wild Card players are selected, they are notified by the USTA Jr Competition Department. After an offer has been accepted with the USTA Jr. Comp office (you must communicate to them you accept the offer), then you must immediately contact the Pro Shop at 251-208-5185 to arrange payment.
ELIGIBILITY FOR USTA NATIONAL JR TOURNAMENTS
It is imperative for you to add contact information (email and phone) during the online registration process when asked. So a player does not lose out, please help us and yourselves by offering this contact information. If you did not add your contact information during registration, you can email this information to email@example.com at anytime.
We are very excited to be hosting this brand new tournament
in Mobile, Alabama. The Mobile Tennis Center staff and the National Jr. Comp
Office staff have been working very hard to make this an incredible event for
you. Coaches are sending in their applications to be a part of this unique
event. The host hotel, Mobile Marriott, is preparing for your stay with special
treats and game rooms. NIKE has gone above and beyond as a sponsor by providing
Dri-Fit shirts and tanks for the players during the tournament. We are working
on a lot of other details and will post this information when finalized.
Now that the tournament weekend is over, we are 100% focused on this tournament
and working very hard to address your questions. I have received emails about
several topics which I will address below. Please be sure to familiarize
yourself with all the information on this website.
-- Alternates: There was a delay in the ordering of the alternates. The
technology has not caught up with this new format, so the ordering proved to be
challenge. The information you see for players and alternates does not
translate in the same fashion to the software we have to use for tournaments.
We have been able to compile a list and put in PDF format. The links are posted
above. Since there are many steps to get this information to the website, it will
not be updated automatically. So, if I have responded to your email about a
change in alternate status, it has been done.
If you were an alternate who has been accepted as a competitor, you will not
show as a "Player." You will continue to show as an alternate on the
website; although you are a competitor in the software which is the important
thing. I will add a spreadsheet showing an updated list of Players sometime in
the next few days.
-- Wildcards: The application deadline was 2/11/14 at 11:59 am Eastern
time. At this time all wildcards have been awarded and the players have been
contacted. The Jr. Comp office will give me a final list once they have
confirmed with the wildcards (in other words - make sure they plan to attend).
Look above at your specific age division for alternate and wildcard
-- Friday 3/7 Schedule: Some of you have made travel arrangements which
will prevent you from attending registration. It is imperative we know who will
be attending in order for us to make the teams. Closer to tournament time, I
will post a section regarding registration with certain requirements for those
of you who do not make it to registration. This is not permission to miss
registration; because we do feel it is a detriment to the tournament for you to
miss and use our schedule the next day to take care of the previous day's
business. Things you will miss - Making of the teams, getting your
Saturday practice time, meeting your coach, meeting with your teammates, sizing
for Nike Shirts.
-- Thursday 3/13 Schedule: On the timeline, the official conclusion is 5:00
pm. We will make every effort to schedule matches so you can leave earlier
in the day. As long as the weather cooperates, we hope to be done by 2:30. We
will not grant permission to make travel arrangements earlier than the 5:00
conclusion, so please do not ask.
-- Host Hotel Cancellation Deadline: Mobile Marriott has a cancellation
deadline of March 1st. Since we do not have a history for this tournament, the
hotel is nervous about reserving so many rooms and turning away other patrons.
Two things contribute to this uneasiness: 1. Historically "Team"
tournaments in any sport book a lot of rooms and cancel many at the last
minute. 2. The Mobile Marriott is providing a lot for this tournament in
various ways which allows us to provide more for you. We have agreed to this
cancellation date, because we do not think it will be an issue and will only
benefit the players, the hotel and potentially alternates.
-- Late Entries: Now that we have a list we can work with for players
and alternates, I can start adding the late entry requests to the bottom of the
alternates list in the order received via email. If I have addressed your
email, the work has been done - it just may not show yet on the website.
Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members. Entries must be submitted by Thursday, February 6, 2014 11:59:00 AM Eastern Time. Only USTA members can register online if available.
In the future, you can jump straight to this tournament by entering the tournament identification number: 700004214 from the searchable schedule homepage.
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