Saturday 11:30 PM Update
All matches on Sunday will be at Allen High School or Richardson High School. If you have a nomination for the tournament Sportsmanship Award you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or give your nomination to any Site Director--remember, the Sportsmanship winner wins a free week at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch in 2018. We'll have tournament t-shirts available at both sites for $15--sizes YM-AXXL. Good Luck!
Top Ten Tips for Smart Tennis Parents
Top Ten Tips for Smart Tennis Parents—by Ace Tennis Services
1. Get To Know the Tournament Web Page and Be An Expert
Review and understand how the General Information is setup
Find and Review the “Draws” Tab
Understand how the draws are setup and the abbreviations on the draw sheets
Find and understand the location codes and what they mean in the draws
2. Be an Smart Online User of the Tournament Web Page
Review the “Important Information” tab for news and updates
Review the “Draw” page for your junior and check it for changes and updates before matches and in between matches on a regular basis
3. Know the Tennis Oath That the Junior Player Must Review and Acknowledge
Read it and help your junior player understand it
Demonstrate those characteristics in your behavior as well
4. Know the Spectator Policy and Abide By Those Guidelines
The Spectator Policy is an important foundation for well-run tennis tournaments
It takes everyone to make tennis a positive experience
5. Know and Observe Tennis Etiquette
Read up on tennis etiquette and help your junior understand those guidelines
6. Respect and Appreciate the Tennis Volunteers At the Desk and the USTA Umpires
These people are there because they love the game and they want to give back to the tennis community
They have challenging tasks in keeping up with all the aspects of running the site that your junior is playing at – so please be patient – they will get to your questions
Compliment them and say thank you when you see an extra effort
7. Understand the Complexities of Setting Up and Running a Tennis Tournament
The Tournament Director and committee spend hundreds of hours of work obtaining sites for the tournament, setting up the draws, ensuring there are enough courts, and scheduling matches to follow USTA Texas rules. Much time and effort is spend getting tournament sponsors and rounding up volunteers, officials, and court monitors to run the tournament. Multiple training sessions are held for officials and site workers to ensure a high quality experience for players and spectators.
Respect that the deadline to sign up for a tournament is necessary so all this pre-work can be done in time for a successful and well run tournament.
8. Compliment Both Players When They Are Finished
You want every match played to be a positive experience for both your child and your child’s opponent— and you want the same from the other parents
Demonstrate this positive attitude and it will rub off on your junior
9. Understand the Growth of a Junior Tennis Player
Of course you want the best for your child – but please remember that tennis is a journey and the #1 goal isn’t to win matches – it is to have sustained positive growth by learning through the experience of preparing and playing in tennis tournaments
Your junior will burn out quickly if you put them under pressure to win
Instead, encourage learning and growth and having a positive experience
Find and work with an experienced tennis professional who demonstrates and follows these principles
Tennis is a “Game for Life” – this is a precious gift you are giving your Junior – make it a fun journey for them and you’ll have fun, too
10. Have Fun – Enjoy the Experience Yourself
Today will never come again and time will pass quickly – so think of it as once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your junior will soon grow up fast.
Enjoy the day, even if it seems rushed and challenging – driving to different sites, rain delays, other parents are poor sports and so forth
Other parents are on the same journey – share the experience with them
Your junior will learn from your behavior—be a good role model
The Draws Are "Up"--Here's how to find your first match playing site and time...and more!
To check your draw or your child's draw, please click on the "DRAWS" tab and
find your name or your child's name in his or her age group draw. Please
note that there are multiple draws for most age groups that are named after colors. The colors are random and have no significance. Once you have found your name or your child's name in the draw (most commonly on the far left side of the draw under the heading "Round of 32"), please
print the draw sheet or carefully note the time and location of the
first round match.
The location of your first round playing site is abbreviated with a 3-5 letter code. The sites are listed below with their site abbreviations. We'd strongly suggest checking your draw on Friday evening and again on Saturday before you leave for the tournament to see if there have been any changes in your start time due to players who withdraw from the tournament.
We'll have more tournament info and a list of "Top Ten Tips for Smart Tennis Parents" posted in the coming days...so please come back from time to time and check the website for updates.
Some Important Info About The Ace Tennis Services Challenger
The Ace Tennis Services Challenger is a USTA sanctioned tournament (that means we are experienced at running tournaments and use umpires, referees, and follow all USTA rules!) for 10's orange ball, 10's green ball, and 12-18's yellow ball players. Players must have a USTA membership ($20 per year) and register online at usta.com before the Thursday, July 24 at 11:59 PM deadline. No late entries will be accepted and no waiting list will be created. Please note we have extended the original entry deadline--it was originally Monday, July 24.
If you are a 10's orange ball or 10's green ball player you'll register on a separate USTA homepage--use Tournament ID # 800029017 to enter.
How Many Matches Will You Get?
All players will play at least two singles matches against kids in their age group--for example, all Boys 12 and under players will play with each other. The level of players will range from juniors playing their very first tournament to players who compete regularly. Most players will play Saturday morning and again Saturday early afternoon. We're planning to play three rounds on Saturday. Players who win three rounds on Saturday will compete on Sunday.
Why Should You Play?
Many juniors play Challenger tournaments to start accumulating points toward qualifying for the Championship level of play--complete info on this (and more) is listed below under the heading "Challenger Information and Schedule". So--whatever YOUR reason is for playing tennis--be sure to get signed up to play the Ace Tennis Services Challenger before the July 24 deadline! You'll get at least two matches, tons of experience...and have some fun, too!
We are expecting over 500 players from all over Texas to play this event, so we will be playing at several sites in the Dallas/Richardson/Plano/Allen area. Those sites are listed below with addresses and other important info. You'll get your specific match time and site location on Tuesday, August 1 by coming back to this tournament homepage and clicking on the tab "Draws". We'll also be updating this website on a regular basis, so keep checking back.
Some of the sites we'll be using are Allen High School, Richardson High School, John Paul II High School, Collin College, The University of Texas at Dallas and Fretz Park. Drive time between sites is typically less than thirty minutes, but allow for traffic and expect a longer drive between the most distant sites in opposite directions.
If you are available to volunteer with the tournament (no experience is necessary and you can pick your time and site) please email Tournament Director Sally Frame at email@example.com. Adults and older juniors are needed to help with a variety of tasks that help make the tournament run smoothly for the players, parents, and spectators.
Help The Tennis Kids--Be a Sponsor:
We're also looking for community minded individuals, families, and business sponsors to get "front and center" with Texas' finest tennis families and support kids and tennis by becoming tournament sponsors. Again, email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details. If you are a sponsor and would like to be recognized on the official tournament t-shirt the deadline is July 27 for artwork.
T-Shirt Order Info:
this part carefully as it's kind of confusing. When you registered for
the tournament you were asked your child's t-shirt size. However,
there is a big glitch in the USTA online system that does not allow you
to pay for a t-shirt online. So, please note that t-shirts are not
included in your entry fee. The two ways to get a t-shirt are to 1)
Pre-order by August 3 for $10 each, or 2) Buy a shirt during the
tournament for $15 each. Our tournament is world famous for our super
cool t-shirts, so read the info below about how to order yours!
How to Pre-Order Your Official Tournament T-Shirt:
your shirt(s) by August 3 at 11:59 PM by emailing email@example.com with
your name, size(s), DOB, and cell number. If you pre-order, your shirts
are $10 each and will be waiting for you at your site. You can pay
when you pick them up on Saturday, August 5--cash or check only please.
Quantities are limited so we strongly suggest pre-ordering. Shirts are
available in sizes
YM-Adult XXL. Shirts purchased
after August 3 are $15 each. The t-shirt design is posted on the Ace
Tennis Services Facebook page--it's super neat. Shirts are high quality
white, short sleeved, Dri-Blend t-shirts that run true to size and
fun thing that happens during the tournament is that one deserving boy
or girl will be selected by the umpires, site directors and USTA staff
as the "Sportsmanship" winner. The lucky player selected will win a
free week at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch in New Branufels, TX in 2018.
Prize value is over $500 and you'll also be recognized on the USTA
website and social media.
So, to summarize:
KEEP CHECKING THIS WEBSITE FOR UPDATES!
PRE-ORDER YOUR T-SHIRT BY AUGUST 3: You can pay when you pick it up at your site on August 5.
TEXAS JUNIOR POINTS: Challenger Qualifying points.
ELIGIBILITY: This tournament is for all non-qualified Texas
resident junior players and Champs in the last 2 months of eligibility.
REGISTRATION: Players must register at their first match playing site 30
minutes prior to start of match.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY: As early as 8:00 am Saturday, but not all players will start at 8 AM. Players will be
expected to play up to three singles matches per day. Match times will be published on August 1.
USTA MEDICAL WAIVER AND MEDIA RELEASE FORM
USTA TX medical waiver and media release form is a USTA TX requirement to play in any Challenger, Championship Major Zone (CMZ), or Super Championship Major Zone (SCMZ).
Challenger 2-Day (12s-18s) and Challenger 1-Day (10s) are now located on separate tournament homepages
The 10s participation Division for this Challenger can be found using the "more info" link. The Tournament ID number for the 10s homepage is 800029017
Challenger Information and Schedule
Check out the new Challenger Information page on our Youth Tennis Texas website using the following link! Every Challenger tournament is listed with dates, locations, rules, formats, points, and directions on how to find ranking information!
Official Tournament Hotel--$79 Room Rate!
Great news! You can book a room at the most excellent Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Richardson at Campbell location for only $79. Use the link below to book your room. If you have any questions about your stay at the Courtyard, contact Johanna Caruthers at (972) 669-5888. The last day to book online is July 26; contact Johanna to request the tournament rate if you need to book after this date.
Allen High School, (ALLEN), 300 Rivercrest, Allen TX 75002
Allen High School, (ALLEN), 300
Rivercrest, Allen TX 75002; Allen High School has 12 lighted courts. Tournament
T-Shirts ($15), and bottled waters (2 for $1) will be available for sale to
players and spectators. Players need to bring water and ice. Fast food and gas
stations are located 1/2 mile south on Hwy 75 and McDermott Rd. Click the
attached link for a map
Collin College, (COLLN), Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074
Collin College, (COLLN),
Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074. Colin College
Spring Creek Campus is located 1/2 mile east of Hwy 75 on Spring Creek. Turn
right onto Jupiter and then left into the campus. Courts are on the left. There
are 12 lighted courts. Tournament T-Shirts ($15), and bottled waters (2 for $1)
will be available at the site. Please bring ice and water for your match.
Restaurants are located at the intersection of Hwy 75 and Spring Creek. Paste
the link into your browser for a map.
Fretz Park Tennis Center, (FRETZ), 6998 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
Fretz Park Tennis Center, (FRETZ) 6998 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254. Located at the intersection of Belt Line and Hillcrest in Richardson, Fretz has 10 courts. Tournament T-Shirts ($15) will be available for sale at the site. Snacks, water, and other drinks are available for purchase in the tennis shop. Please bring ice
and water for your match. The closest fast food restaurants are at Coit and Belt Line with tons of options.
John Paul II High School, (JOHNP), East Sports Complex, 800 Woodburn Corners, Plano, TX 75075
John Paul II High School East Sports Complex, 800 Woodburn Corners, Plano, TX 75075 JPII High School Tennis Courts are located north of
George Bush Expressway on Coit Road. At the intersection of Coit Road and Plano
Parkway, turn east (Right) on Plano Parkway and then turn left into Woodburn Corners St. The
entrance to the sports facility and the tennis courts will be on your right.
There are 8 courts. Tournament T-Shirts ($15), and bottled waters (2 for $1)
will be available at the site. Please bring ice and water for your match.
Restaurants are located on Coit Road north and south of Plano Parkway. Paste
the link into your browser for a map.
Richardson High School, (RHS), 1250 W Beltline Rd, Richardson TX 75080
Richardson High School
(RHS), 1250 W Beltline Rd, Richardson TX 75080, Richardson High School has 9
courts. Tournament T-Shirts ($15), and bottled water (2 for $1) will be
available at the site. Please bring ice and water for your match. The courts
are located across the road from the High School on the south side of
Beltline--2 blocks east of Coit on Beltline. Again, please note that the tennis
courts are on the SOUTH side of the street! Fast food restaurants are located
at the intersection of Coit and Beltline. Practice courts are available one
block away in Cottonwood Park--on Beltline just west of the High School courts.
Click on the link for a map
University of Dallas Tennis Center, (UTD), Park in Lot U, UTD Campus, University Drive, Richardson Tx, 75080
University of Dallas Tennis Center, (UTD) Park in Lot U, UTD Campus, University Drive, Richardson Tx, 75080. Park in Lot U by the Tennis Courts. Access the courts by proceeding North from Campbell and Waterview streets and turn right into Drive A. Proceed one block and turn right onto Drive H. Turn left on Field Street (2nd left) and proceed to park in Lot U. UTD has 10 courts.
Please bring water and ice. Bottled waters will be available for sale 2 for $1. Click on the link for a map
Youth Tennis Texas Website:
For more information on Challenger, CMZ, or SCMZ schedules, and "Junior Know The Rules," please visit www.youthtennistexas.com
First-off Consolation – All Challengers and CMZs use the First Off Consolation Format. This format will show as Single Elimination on the tournament homepage, but all players are guaranteed two matches. This format eliminates “maybe matches” and almost every player in consolation will play their first consolation match on Saturday. How does it work? Players that lose in the main draw will be fed into the consolation draw in the order that they come off the court (i.e. the first player to come off the court will go on line one, the sixth player to come off the court will go on line six). This new format ensures more players playing on Saturday and an overall better tournament.
Excessive Overrule Guideline: The USTA Texas Officials Committee along with the Competitive Department has established a guideline in reference to excessive overrules as clarified in the Friend at Court. This guideline states "Once a player has been overruled for a second time in a match, they will be cautioned that after another overrule, they will be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct under the point penalty system."
ATTENTION ALL SPECTATORS
(INCLUDES PARENTS, COACHES, RELATIVES, FRIENDS, ETC.)
In an effort to promote a more enjoyable and fair experience for all, the following policy is in immediate force and effect, and shall be diligently and stringently enforced. USTA Texas has implemented a “ZERO TOLERANCE” policy for improper behavior.
1. Any attempt by a spectator to speak to the official in an abusive or disrespectful manner regarding a line call or other ruling during match play shall be cause for immediate removal from the playing area and, if warranted, from the premises.
2. Any spectator behavior deemed unacceptable towards a player, other spectator or staff member shall be cause for immediate removal from the playing area or the entire premises. If said behavior is directed towards a player, either before, during or after a tournament, it shall result in an automatic and immediate suspension of that spectator’s right to attend USTA Texas tournaments, for a period of time to be determined by the USTA Texas Discipline and Grievance Committee.
3. Refusal to adhere to a removal request shall trigger immediate enforcement of the point penalty system against the player with whom the spectator is involved (per point penalty system regulations), including possible immediate default from the tournament.
4. The On-Site Official is the SOLE judge regarding unacceptable behavior.
Inappropriate umpire/spectator communication, whether it be about a ruling or any other facet of a tennis event is prohibited while a match is in progress. Being a parent, coach, etc. does not endow special privileges. With the only exception of the right to remove their own child from competition at any time, a parent or coach is merely a spectator.
USTA Texas "No Late Entries" Policy for Juniors Due to a new USTA Texas internal procedure, junior division players will NOT be able to register for a tournament after the online published deadline. We are aware that currently parents reach out via email or phone to the USTA Texas staff and/or tournament director requesting to be manually added to the tournament after online registration has closed. If a player misses the registration deadline, then he/she will not be permitted to participate in that tournament
Registration Confirmation: As a parent or player it is your responsibility to assure registration in the event. Regardless if you register on the website or mobile app after completing the registration you should visit the USTA web driven site and confirm your registration by finding the player in the applicants list. If you select to skip this process please be aware that should any malfunctions of the system occur, players will not be granted late entrance in the event due to a system error.
No Selection Process. All registered players will be selected.
Entry to this tournament is open to specified residents only. Entries must be submitted by Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:59:00 PM Central 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: 800028617 from the searchable schedule homepage.
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