USTA Release Sample Calendaer: 2014 National Junior Events

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  1. 10ismom

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    USTA Release Sample Calender: 2014 National Junior Events

    This was from Zootennis last night (3/28/12).
    I will copy the calender in the next post.


    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    The USTA today released an official announcement of the changes to the national junior tournament structure which were ratified earlier this month at the annual meeting in La Costa California. The complete release:

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 28, 2012 – The United States Tennis Association today announced a series of reforms to the National Junior Tournament Schedule designed to make the system more efficient, effective and affordable for current players and those who will enter the pipeline through the association’s 10 and Under Tennis initiative. The new system also aims to foster more local and sectional competition as well as fortify two historically important elite national championships in the summer—the USTA National Clay Court Championships and USTA National Championships. The new structure aligns the Junior Tournament Schedule with the current USTA Player Development philosophy and goals for training and competition.

    The changes were proposed by the USTA National Junior Competition Committee after more than a year of research. The amendments received overwhelming support from the USTA Executive Committee (comprised of the 17 USTA section delegates, the USTA board of directors, presidential appointees and past presidents of the USTA) at the USTA Annual Meeting held earlier this month.

    “The changes to the Junior Tournament Schedule were not taken lightly; they were heavily researched and well-vetted, ensuring we proceed down the right path to develop future world-class players as well as lifelong players and fans,” said Jon Vegosen, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “These changes are part of our overall long-term strategy to grow tennis in the United States and make sure tennis is the sport of opportunity for everyone regardless of their socio-economic background or geographic location. With more kids coming into the sport through 10 and Under tennis, this new calendar will make sure that there are more opportunities for kids to compete locally, translating to lower travel expenses and less time away from school.”

    The majority of changes will take effect in two years. A sample of the 2014 USTA National Junior Tournament Schedule is attached.

    “We believe this is the right way forward for developing players at all levels of competition,” said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development. “Our goal is more competitive matches at the right levels along with more opportunities to train, and this new approach works well on both counts. It also places a greater premium on sectional and regional competition, meaning more players will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and compete close to home.”

    Changes to the schedule include:
    · Converting the USTA National Winter Championships to a team event in 2014
    · Eliminating the USTA National Spring Championships in 2014 to avoid a major national championship being contested during the school year
    · Create more local player opportunities and enhance the standing of the current flagship national events—the USTA National Clay Court and USTA National Championships
    · Change in draw size to 128 singles players and 64 doubles teams for the USTA National Clay Court and USTA National Championships for the 18s, 16s and 14s age groups and to 64 singles and 32 doubles for the 12s
    · Creation of new tournaments including the USTA National Grand Masters (a progressive event that will feature the top finishers in younger divisions advancing to compete with the best older players), the USTA National Winter Team Championships and starting in 2013 the USTA National Doubles Championships
    · Creation of more local competitive match play opportunities while reducing the expense and time of travel through new regional events

    A sample of what the junior calendar will look like in 2014 can be found at this link.

    There is no reference to the Easter Bowl, other than the ITF Grade B1, but note the calendar says, "the intent is to sanction the BG18 Easter Bowl ITF and To Be Named Event at the same site." This is a 32-draw for 12s, 14s, and 16s, but it appears a third "Masters" for the 14s and 16s has been introduced that wasn't in the proposal I linked to back in February. If it is held concurrently with the To Be Named event, it obviously weakens the TBN event and further segregates players at an age when breakthroughs from one level to another are common.

    I can't see how this furthers the goal of making the system "more efficient, effective and affordable," and I don't understand what problem that particular scheduling is solving.

    I'm sure many of you will have thoughts on the calendar, but remember to use a name, as anonymous comments will not be posted.


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  2. 10ismom

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    2014 Sample National Tournament Calender

    2014 Sample National Tournament Calendar
    Could be found at www.USTA.com


    Note: The list of tournaments below includes only the National Ranking tournaments sanctioned by the USTA or its Sections, except for USTA International Tournaments (USTA tournaments played using ITF tournament regulations), and the Easter Bowl ITF. ITF tournaments and USTA International Tournaments will also count for national ranking, and it is anticipated they will have the same ranking levels as today.

    JANUARY Kick-Off to Junior Competition Year:
    Sectional Ranking Tournaments, to be held any time in January - Level 3

    FEBRUARY President’s Day Weekend:
    USTA National Selection Tournament Segment:
    Three USTA National President’s Day Tournament (Hard/Clay/Indoors) (all divisions) - Level 2
    USTA Regional Segment: Four USTA Regional Tournaments (all divisions) - Level 4

    MAR/APR Held on concurrent date blocks in late March/early April:
    BG18 Easter Bowl ITF - Level 1
    USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 National Masters - Level 1A Boys’ and Girls’ 16, 14, and 12 Event - Name and Level 1A or 2 TBD
    Note: The intent is to sanction the BG18 Easter Bowl ITF and To Be Named Event at the same site.

    MAY Memorial Day Weekend:
    USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 National Sweet Sixteen - Level 1A
    USTA Regional Tournament: Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments (all divisions) - Level 3

    JUNE Any time during the month of June:
    Sectional Ranking Tournaments - Level 3

    JULY 4th of July Date Block
    July 2-8, 2014: USTA National Clay Court Championships (all divisions) - Level 1
    July 4-6, 2014: USTA Regional Tournament: Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments (all divisions) - Level 3

    Two Days Following National Clays (July 10-14, 2014):
    USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 Intersectional Team Championships - Level 1
    USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16, 14, and 12 Zone Team Championships - Level 2

    Beginning 4th Thursday (July 24, 2014):
    USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18 National Team Championships - Level 1

    AUGUST Beginning 1st Weekend in August (July 31/Aug 1, 2014) (in some years, may start at end of July):
    The USTA National Championships (all divisions) - Level 1

    At a US Open Series site:
    USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 National Doubles Championship - Level 1

    SEPTEMBER Labor Day Weekend:
    Sectional Ranking Tournaments - Level 4 recommended

    OCTOBER Early/Mid October:
    USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 National Sweet Sixteen - Level 1A
    USTA Regional Tournament: Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments (all divisions) - Level 3
    Late October:
    USTA National Grand Masters (BG 18/16/14) - Level 1

    NOVEMBER Thanksgiving Weekend:
    USTA National Selection Tournament Segment:
    Three USTA National Thanksgiving Tournament (Hard/Clay/Indoors) (all divisions) - Level 2
    USTA Regional Segment: Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments (all divisions) - Level 4

    DECEMBER Between Christmas and New Year’s:
    USTA National Winter Team Championships (BG18/16/14) - Level 1
    USTA National Winter Team Championships (BG18/16/14) - Level 2
     
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