GENERAL TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING! When you register, be sure to provide your email address and cell phone number during the registration process. We do not have access to phone numbers and email addresses of the tournament participants UNLESS the player re-enters their contact information at the time of the event registration. This means that if a player does not enter their phone number and email information each time they register for a tournament, we will not be able to contact them for any reason, including withdrawals, defaults, etc. Your cooperation will ensure that we can continue to communicate necessary information to all of the tournament players.
WHAT IS THE BG14S AND 16S INTERSECTIONALS?
The BG14s and 16s Intersectional Team Championships (Intersectionals) are team matches played on clay between teams from the 17 Sections of the USTA in mid-July each year. The Intersectionals (BG16s) and National Teams (BG18s) are the highest level of team competition in the U.S. and have been designated as Level 1 National Ranking Tournaments. The National Teams provide an opportunity for NorCal’s top juniors to be seen by college coaches and to compete against top juniors from other USTA Sections. It’s a great opportunity to play on a fun team and to develop and improve physical, mental, and emotional skills. These events also allow players to experience a competitive team atmosphere and on-court coaching, just like college tennis. USTA NorCal will send its strongest players to compete for the National Team title.
$500 STIPEND PER PLAYER
Each of the eight (8) players selected for the event will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the USTA Intersectional Team Championships. This is to help offset travel expenses.
ENTRY & SELECTION & PAYMENT
To be considered for this event, each player must:
1. register online through the TennisLink Registration System
2. compete the online waivers (below)
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, May 30th via email. Alternates do not travel to the event.
ONLINE WAIVERS - (reference number will show after you have successfully completing each waiver)
(1) Medical Information Form:
(2) Player Information
(3) Rules of Player Conduct
(4) Waiver and Release
(5) USTA Release
(6) Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information
Note: Be sure to provide your email address and cell phone number during the registration process.
Selected players will be required to make an online payment to confirm their spot on the team.
EVENT LOCATION & COURT SURFACE
Auburn, Alabama on Clay
FORMAT & SCHEDULE OF PLAY
A team match consists of three (3) boys’ singles, three (3) girls’ singles, one (1) boys’ doubles, one (1) girls’ doubles, and one (1) mixed doubles. Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles matches will all be best of 3 Tiebreak Sets. 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. Each team match consists of 9 points (6 singles, 2 doubles and 1 mixed doubles).
A Round Robin team competition will be used for the first three days of player. The last two days will be used for the Championship Bracket playoffs and Consolation playoffs with a Compass Draw format.
Match-play begins on July 5th and ends July 9th . If selected, players should plan to arrive on July 3rd and must commit to the entire schedule. On the return trip, please schedule your departure for the morning of July 10th around the same time as the team coach and team manager 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 May Ranking list that will be published after the USTA NorCal’s Spare Time Memorial Day Jr Excellence.
Four boys and four girls for the team will be selected from the applicants as follows:
• The winner of the USTA NorCal May Excellence Singles Tournament (up to 1 player)
• If not previously selected the player ranked #1 on the most recently published NorCal Final Ranking List (up to 1 player)
• Up to 1 Wild Card player may be selected (up to 1 player)
• If not previously selected the player with the highest standing on the most recently published National Standing Lists (up to 1 player)
• 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.
The 4th boy and girl slated to play last in the lineup will be specifically advised of their status and policy for playing 4th team member. Policy for 4th Team Member: Every team member must play in at least one official Team Match per day and at least one official team singles match during the entire competition. For example, the #4 player can play doubles every day, except one day on which that player must play singles.
Team selection, including alternates, will be announced to all applicants by the end of May 30th via email.
WILDCARD REQUEST FORM
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.
2014 Wildcard Request Form: http://assets.usta.com/assets/635/15/NorCal_Wild_Card_Request.pdf
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 150 sectional ranking points for each win in singles and doubles, regardless of the position of the player on the team.
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.
$150 – This fee includes the coaching fee. Parents are welcome to attend, but the players MUST be with their team at all times and stay in at the tournament hotel listed below. USTA NorCal would like to provide the players with an experience similar to an away college team match as much as possible.
USTA NorCal covers the application fee, transportation, uniform, hotel and housing for the players.
TRAVEL & MEALS
Players are responsible for the cost of airfare and meal expenses. Once a team coach has been selected, players will receive information about his/her itinerary to help arrange same flights or similar arrival/departure times. Some meals will be provided at the tournament site and host family home
The USTA Northern California Section will select and send one (1) team coach to the event. The coach is responsible for the well-being of all players once the trip begins. The team coach may coach players at specific times during matches. 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 Saturday June 28th at Stanford University.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.
9:00am-12noon (BG12s and BG 18s)
12-1pm PIZZA LUNCH - Coach/Parent Orientation - Everyone
1:00pm-4:00pm (BG 14's & 16's zonals, BG 14's and 16's Intersectionals)
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