Notice to Players, Parents, Coaches, regarding the new
formats for USTA North Carolina ranked tournaments:
Player Selection Type
Effective 2021, USTA National will be implementing one National
tournament structure, click this link for more detailed information
on this 2021 National Alignment.
In preparation for these confirmed changes in USTA tournament
structure, USTA North Carolina has begun to transition with the
2020 slate of junior tournaments. Each tournament format will be
posted on respective active tournament home pages, and eventually
in the updated 2020 Junior Rules and Regulations to be posted
following our USTA North Carolina Annual Meeting in January,
As a brief overview, USTA North Carolina ranked tournaments will
now be for divisions 12U through 18U and will be using yellow ball.
For 2020 only, USTA North Carolina will offer 10U Green Level 1
divisions (and 10U standings) for players that are active within
the Youth Tennis Progression (YTP). USTA North Carolina points
tables will continue to be utilized throughout 2020.
2020 Tournaments NC L1 (Advanced) to NC L5 (Intermediate) are
intended for players that have an intermediate skill level attained
through prior level-based play. It is the expectation that each
participant understands the basics of tournament play and are at an
intermediate level of competency in scoring, match protocol and
play, as well as respect and sportsmanship toward fellow players,
parents, and tournament officials. These events are not intended
for beginner players or those new to match play. As a sanctioned
and ranked USTA event, any violations or codes given by an official
/tournament committee member may affect future tournament
Please contact Tournaments@nctennis.com should you
have any questions regarding this information.
2020 NC Level 3 Tournament
B/G 10U thru 18U
Participants: B/G 10U Green; B/G 12U through 18U Yellow
Format: Each division (B or G 12U singles = one division)
may accept up to 16 players;
Tournaments must receive prior approval from USTA North Carolina
for additional draws in any division; if approved, players will be
waterfalled into two balanced draws
Tournament play may be up to 3-days, doubles starting Fridays not
before 5pm, concluding if possible same evening; Singles on
Saturday and/or Sunday.
� 16-Draw formats are to be Feed-in Consolation to Quarterfinals
(FIC-Q); per Friend at Court, players may play (2) matches in main
draws FIC-Q), and/or (2) consolation matches per day; byes will
fill in brackets from 9-16 as needed, consolation finals WILL be
� 6-8 Players: 8-player bracket using FIC-Semi format, playing out
� 3-5 Players: Round Robin play depending on number of entries per
1) Scoring, 12U through 18U Divisions
a) Two out of three sets (set tiebreak to 7 pts at 6-6) with a
10-point match tiebreak used in lieu of the third set
b) Regular (with ads) scoring will be used; No-Ad scoring may be
used for times of weather delays, extreme heat/cold issues, as
determined by the referee
c) 8-game pro sets (with set tiebreak to 7 pts at 8-8) may be used
for DOUBLES and is prohibited in singles; regular scoring (with
ads) to be used.
2) L1-L4 singles events may use short set scoring ONLY when granted
specific permission on a case-by-case basis by the USTA North
Carolina in the event of inclement weather. Use short sets (first
to 4 games by 2). Two out of three tiebreak sets. 7-point set
tiebreak at 4-4. Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points) in lieu of the
SCORING FOR 10 & Under (10U)-Green Level 1
a) SINGLES: Players will play with USTA approved green dot balls,
the best of 2 short sets, regular scoring (with ads). The first
player to win 4 games by 2 games wins the set. If the game score is
tied at 4-4, a set tiebreak (first to 7 & win by 2) is played.
A set tiebreaker will be played for the third set. The first player
to win 7 points (win by 2) wins the tiebreaker.
In the event of inclement weather, singles play may consist of one
regular six (6) game set with a set tiebreak at 6-6 (first to 7,
win by 2), using AD SCORING, or no-ad at Referee's decision for all
10U Green Level DOUBLES: A regular six (6) game set will be played
with a set tiebreak at 6-6 (first to 7 points, win by 2), using AD
Selection: Tournament participants will be selected via
Tournament Director process, whereas a Tournament Director/Official
creates a Player Order Report based on current NC Standings.
Players must have standing to participate in an NC L3 singles and
included doubles event; any players without standing (out of state,
returning from injury, other players with special circumstances
must be approved by USTA-NC, and would be placed after NC resident
players are confirmed.
All 12U players must be "Mission Complete" within the Youth Tennis
Progression, or be 11 years of age.
Eligibility: All B/G 12U through 18U events will be played with
yellow ball. As of 2020, players must be 11 years of age or
"mission complete" in the youth tennis progression to participate
in 12U or higher events. 12U through 18U standings points and
calculations remain unchanged for 2020.
10U players must be in "Green Level 1" of the youth progression to
participate in any 10U event in 2020. All USTA North Carolina Level
5 (NCL5) through Level 1 (NCL1) 10U Green singles events in 2020
will be tagged as a youth progression event and players will earn
YTP stars/trophies as needed until they are mission complete. 10U
Players will earn standing points but they will not carry forward
to the 12U Division.
Start Times: Draws should be available by noon Thursday
prior to first day of tournament. Specific start times and court
locations will be on the draws posted not later than Thursday noon
prior to tournament start.
Players are encouraged to be at the tournament check-in 30-minutes
prior to their scheduled match time to ensure timely scheduling.
USTA Rules will be enforced for lateness.
Tennis Balls: New USTA-approved tennis balls will be used at
the beginning of each match event for each division in both main
and back draw events. This includes 10U green level play.
Awards: Each B/G Age Division will receive a
Finalist/Champion Award at the end of each divisional finals (main
Registration: Players will follow the registration prompts
on the tournament home page; entry fees are set by each individual
tournament and will also include a non-refundable TennisLink usage
fee of approximately $3. Only on-line entries will be accepted. NC
L3 registration typically closes at 11:59pm the Thursday (or 8
days) prior to start of tournament. Withdrawals must be made prior
to the registration deadline.
It is considered to be a conduct violation should a player
withdraw/no-show in any portion of the tournament (including
consolation rounds) for reasons other than illness, injury,
personal circumstance, or previously authorized entry into another
tournament. The tournament officials may code this as an unexcused
"default", which bring suspension points to the player
Late entries will not be accepted.
It is the expectation that this USTA-North Carolina sanctioned
event is a safe, friendly, and professional environment. Each
facility should meet or exceed the minimum requirements of safe
courts, accessible water/restroom facilities, score tenders, and
singles sticks for quality and consistent competition. Each site is
expected to have a tournament representative on site for the
duration of the event.
Spectators are to keep a moderate distance from the courts. While
shade and/or seating may be available at each venue, spectators are
encouraged to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas, etc for their personal
USTA North Carolina Rules & Regulations:
The USTA North Carolina Jr Competition and Sanction & Schedule
committees, as well as the USTA North Carolina Board of Directors
have approved these formats for USTA North Carolina for 2020 in
preparation for the 2021 National Tournament Structure. USTA/USTA
North Carolina 2020 Rules and Regulations will be enforced.
In the event of rain/unplayable courts, the current USTA North
Carolina Rain/Inclement Weather policy remains in force and is
published in the current Junior Rules and Regulations found at
Official(s) will be available throughout the weekend to answer
questions and to enforce the rules. Matches going to tie-breakers
will be expected to play according to "The Code" as all other games
played. Parents/Coaches are expected to conduct themselves also in
accordance to "The Code" to ensure fair play. Players are expected
to make their own calls in accordance with the procedures outlined
in "The Code" in Friend at Court.
Players are selected manually by the tournament director after the close of registration.
Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members. Entries must be submitted by Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:59:00 PM 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: 700077520 from the searchable schedule homepage.
Division and Draw Type Abbreviations
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