Help with playing tournaments for USTA?

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  1. Brett

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    I am 23, just started doing lessons again and am about a 3.5 to 4.0 player. I used to be a USTA member but never did anything with it. Now my coach wants me to play some tournaments so of course I have to do it through the USTA and join again. The website is a little hard to navigate through. Would you go to look for tournaments under the TennisLink section?

    Which division would I put if I am looking to play singles? Also, because of my religious affiliation, I can't play matches on Saturdays. Does this pretty much rule me out of every tournament since a lot of them are on saturdays? Thanks.
     
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  2. Geezer Guy

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    Most tournaments start on Friday, and many play the first two rounds on Friday. Chances are, you won't make it to Saturday anyway. I'm not saying that to be mean - it's just the odds. 50% lose in the first round. Another 25% lose in the second round. And - if you make it to the third round, maybe it's Gods will that you should continue.
     
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    Well a lot of smaller tournaments start on Saturday and many tournaments have consolation rounds which start on Saturday. Saturday is the *main* day of most USTA tournaments I would say. I would say your best bet is to find a tournament director that will accommodate your religious beliefs. That may not be that easy though. If you can't find one, I would say USTA tournaments are going to be very difficult to participate in. You can still participate in leagues though and non-USTA stuff.
     
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  5. Doubletime

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    I live in Texas so I always go to the texas.usta.com and then click on Tournaments and it takes me to Tennislink. Maybe you can go to your section, or just usta.com and click tournaments to get to Tennislink Also, if you are a member of the USTA they send a bulletin out every year that is a magazine format booklet for all the tournements in your section with rules and whatnot. That booklet is like gold because you can go through it and see ALL the tourneys and mark the ones you want to think about.

    Sorry to say that you are out of luck for playing ANY USTA tournements if you have some sort of religious requirement that says no sports on Saturdays. That's a new one on me. Too bad for you. All USTA tournements run over the weekends. They usually start on Friday and run to late on Sunday. They have 100, 200, 400, and a few 600 point tournaments. You have to compete in five 100 pt tournaments and three 400 pt tournaments, called Major Zone tournaments, to get an official ranking. The 600 pt tournaments are worth one major zone and one 100 pt tournament.

    Good luck with your tennis and if you really love tennis and want to compete in tournaments, which I think are great because of all the friends you can make and the competition, you are going to need to get some exceptions for weekend tournament play from you religion. I hope you can work something out.

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  6. bodieq

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    ....then tournaments are NOT going to be an option for you.
     
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    Orthodox Jewish? My advice is to ask the tourament officials for each tournament you are interested in playing that "if" you happen to advance, would they be willing to work around your religous requirements and schedule your matches on Sunday.
     
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    That's only going to work if the opponents agree to it. And I'd be shocked if they did. Saturday is the one day most people can play.

    Goober is right - go to leagues. Even that is going to be a challenge - your captain needs to know immediately you can't be at all matches.
     
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  9. Geezer Guy

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    Well, I know people are not supposed to "work" on their particular religious day of worship, but I thought "play" was OK. Are you sure about that?

    Given that's your religion, you probably are. Maybe you could find a tournament that is directed toward those of similar faiths that couldn't play on Saturday's? Not in USTA, but maybe in something organized by your religion? Maybe you could help organize such a tournament.
     
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    I agree, there are often 1-day shootout tournaments. Look for those or organize your own.

    If there is only a specific time frame on Saturday you must avoid for a religious service some tournament directors may be able to accomodate you. If you cannot play the entire day then it is unlikely you can play a standard tournament.
     
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  11. Brett

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    I am a Seventh Day Adventist, that's why I can't play on Saturdays.
     
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