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WHAT IS THE ZONE T
The USTA sanctions four (4) Zone Team Championships (Zonals) for 12-and-under boys and girls, held in late July each year. The Zonals provide an opportunity to compete against top juniors from other USTA Sections. They provide a great opportunity to play on a fun team and to develop and improve physical, mental, and emotional skills. They also allow players to experience a competitive team atmosphere and on-court coaching, just like college tennis. For the 12s division, USTA NorCal is in the Pacific Zone and will send three (3) teams and two (3) team coaches.
ENTRY & SELECTION
To be considered for this event, each player must register online through the TennisLink Registration System. To register, click on the red “Register Now” button on the top of this page. Team selection, including alternates, will be announced to all applicants by the end of Friday, June 21 via email. Alternates do not travel to the event. Selected players will be required to send in a check and complete the following forms:
(1) Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information Form
(2) Medical Information Form
(3) Player Contact Information Form
(4) Rules of Player Conduct Form
(5) Waiver and Release Form
(6) USTA Release and Medical Release Form (for tournament)
(7) A Check for Correct Amount Payable to USTA Northern California
Note: Be sure to provide your email address and cell phone number during the registration process.
EVENT LOCATION & C
Tucson, Arizona on Hard
FORMAT & SCHEDULE
Each team will play four other teams so all players are guaranteed 4 singles and 4 doubles. Each team will have 12 players of 6 boys and 6 girls. There will be two flights of six teams. Singles matches will be best of 3 tie-break sets. Doubles matches will be 8 game Pro Sets with a 7 Point Tiebreak at 8 games all. Singles matches will count one point each. Doubles matches will count one point each. Each mixed doubles match will count one point for the team score but not for ranking.
Robin Round competition will be held the first four days. Each team will play four matches during the Round Robin competition. A Championship team match and other playoff team matches will be played on the last day of the event.
A team match consists of:
12 singles matches (6 boys’ singles and 6 girls’ singles)
4 doubles matches (2 boys’ doubles and 2 girls’ doubles)
2 mixed doubles matches
Each team match consists of 18 points (12 singles plus 6 doubles). In the case of a 9-9 tie, the team that won the majority of the doubles matches will be declared the winner. In the case of a total tie (no majority winner of the doubles) the Section Coach will designate one boy and one girl to play a mixed doubles "Super Match Tie-Break" to determine the team match winner. Defaults, walkovers, withdrawals, and retirements count as losses. All singles and doubles matches will play to completion.
Match-play begins on Wednesday, July 24 and ends Sunday, July 28. If selected, players should plan to arrive on Tuesday, July 23 and must commit to the entire schedule. On the return trip, please schedule your departure for after 4:00PM to allow time to get to the airport! Please see below under TRAVEL & MEALS.
Registering for this event does not mean that you will automatically be selected. Selections will be based on the June Ranking list that will be published after the USTA NorCal Sectional Championships.
Boys and girls for each team (12s teams: 18 boys and 18 girls), will be selected from the applicants as follows:
• The winner and runner up of the USTA NorCal Sectional Championships (up to 2 players)
• Players not previously selected that are ranked in the top 5 on the most recently published NorCal Final Ranking Lists (up to 5 players)
• Up to 3 Wild Card players may be selected (up to 3 players)
• Players not previously selected that are in the top 100 of the most recently published National Standing List AND who have played to completion at least one USTA NorCal Championship or Excellence Tournament or the Sectional Championships within the immediately preceding 6 months, selected by order of standing.*
• Vacancies will be filled with players from the most recently published sectional Final Ranking Lists, selected by order of rank.
* Playing the tournament to completion means a player must not have withdrawn from the tournament without playing a match. Matches won by withdrawal, walkover, default and retirement count as playing a match.
Team selection, including alternates, will be announced to all applicants by the end of Friday, June 21 via email.
WILDCARD REQUEST F
Wild cards are available for junior players to play in USTA NorCal Sectional Championships, USTA Zone Team Championships and USTA National Team Championships, and USTA Intersectional Team Championships.
2013 Wild Card Request Form
Line-ups will be ordered as follows:
• Players in the top 100 of the most recently published National Standings List will be ordered first, in the order of their standing.
• Remaining players are ordered by rank using the most recently published NorCal Final Ranking Lists.
• Wild Card recipients will be placed in the lineup as determined by the Wild Card Committee.
Line-up will be announced to the participants as soon as possible after selection is determined.
Players will receive sectional and national ranking points for each win in singles and doubles.
For USTA NorCal, each player will receive 125 sectional ranking points for each win in singles and doubles, regardless of the position of the player on the team. If one NorCal team happens to play another NorCal team, any Bonus Points earned will be awarded to this total.
For USTA, national ranking points will vary since ranking points earned are based on the playing position of each player on the line-up. Any Bonus Points earned will be added to the total for national rankings.
$245– This fee includes the $95 application fee and $150 coaching fee. All players are required to travel with a parent. The players do not need to be with their team at all times.
USTA NorCal covers uniform for the players.
TRAVEL, MEALS & HO
Players are responsible for the cost of airfare, meal expenses, and hotel accommodations. Some meals will be provided at the tournament site. Once team coaches have been selected, players will receive information about their itineraries to help arrange same flights or similar arrival/departure times.
Information about hotel rooms available at preferred rates will be posted once we are given hotel information from the Tournament Director in Tucson, Arizona.
The USTA Northern California Section will select and send two (2) team coaches and two (2) team managers to the event. Team coaches may coach players at specific times during matches and will work together with team managers to supervise the teams. Team managers, players’ personal coaches and parents are NOT permitted to coach during this event.
ALL players selected are expected to attend a MANDATORY team practice with the team coaches on Sunday, July 21 at the Harbor Bay Club. The Harbor Bay Club is located on 200 Packet Landing Road, Alameda, CA 94502. The approximately 3-hour team workout event will include no less than 2 hours of tennis and a meeting/party with food following tennis. There is no charge to the team workout.
This team workout will be held by the team coaches and USTA NorCal staff for the participants in the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16, 14, and 12 Zone Team Championships and the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18 National Team Championships. Attendance by the team coaches is mandatory. Attendance by the team managers is mandatory. Attendance by the players is mandatory, unless clearance is given by USTA NorCal.
Time: 9:00am-12noon (BG14s & 12s) and 1:00pm-4:00pm (BG18s & 16s)
The purposes of this workout include:
-build team spirit and camaraderie
-introduce the coaches to the players and parents
-allow for time to review policies and rules, prior to arriving at the tournament, with the opportunity to ask questions
-finalize the arrival logistics of the coaches, team managers, and players
-secure parents to volunteer (w/ managers) to organize meals, to better allow the coaches to concentrate on coaching
-allow for the distribution of team uniforms
This a Level 2 tournament and only Northern California players are allowed to be on the team.
Players are selected manually by the tournament director after the close of registration.
Entry to this tournament is restricted. To see how entrants will be selected, follow the “Selection Process” link to the left. It is the player’s responsibility to check the selection list(s) after registering online to be sure that a check mark appears beside the player’s name on the list, in order to insure proper registration. Entries must be submitted by Monday, June 17, 2013 11:59:00 PM Pacific Time. Only USTA members can register online if available.
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