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Old 01-25-2012, 03:38 PM   #33
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LEVEL 3
USTA Regional Tournaments - Level 3. Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments - Level 3 shall be held three times
each year concurrent with the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 National Masters and USTA National Grand Masters. The
draw sizes shall be 32 singles with an FIC format and 16 doubles single elimination.
Each time a concurrent segment of USTA Regional Tournaments - Level 3 is held, one will be sanctioned in each of four
Regions. Players must play in their own region and shall be selected based on the same sectional quota formula used for the
USTA National Championships. The Sections in each Region and the quota to each tournament are as follows:
Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4
Hawaii Pacific 1 Intermountain 5 Eastern 12 Caribbean 1
No. California 7 ******* 16 Mid-Atlantic 7 Florida 12
So. California 12 Missouri Valley 5 Middle States 7 Southern 19
Southwest 3 Northern 2 New England 6 32
Texas 9 Pacific Northwest 4 32
32 32
Note: Because USTA Regional Tournaments (both Level 3 and Level 4 described below) are held concurrently with the USTA
National Grand Masters, USTA National Masters, and USTA National Selection Tournaments, an automated selection process
will be in place that allows players to enter USTA Regional Tournaments and these other higher-level tournaments, but shall
require a deadline by which a player must commit to an acceptance in a USTA Regional Tournament and no longer be
considered an alternate for the higher-level tournament.
Sectional Ranking Tournaments - Level 3. Each Section shall have two tournaments designated as national Level 3
tournaments provided they are sanctioned as follows:
• January: The singles events of the January Level 3 Sectional Ranking Tournament must be held beginning on Martin Luther
King Weekend. Sections may opt for the tournament to be one-weekend or two weekends. At its discretion, a Section
may sanction the doubles events on any other weekend during the calendar year.
• June: The Sections shall sanction a Sectional Championship in June of each year. The first place finishers in the singles
events shall qualify for acceptance into the subsequent USTA National Championship, provided they submit a timely entry.
LEVEL 4
USTA Regional Tournaments - Level 4. Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments - Level 4 shall be held two times each
year concurrent with the USTA National Selection Tournaments. All aspects of these tournaments shall be the same as the
USTA Regional Tournaments - Level 3, except the national ranking level assigned to the tournament.
Sectional Ranking Tournaments - Level 4. Each Section shall have four tournaments designated as national Level 4
tournaments. They may be sanctioned at any time during the year; however, it is recommended that one of the
tournaments be held on Labor Day weekend.
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2014 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT CALENDAR
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 Martin Luther King Weekend Kick-Off to Junior Competition Year:
Sectional Ranking Tournaments - 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:
Easter Bowl ITF BG 18s - Level 1
USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 National Masters - Level 1A
Note: The intent is to sanction the Easter Bowl and Masters at the same site.
USTA Regional Tournament: Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments (all divisions) - Level 3
MAY Memorial Day Weekend:
USTA National Clay Court Championships (all divisions) - Level 1
JUNE Any time during the month of June:
Sectional Ranking Tournaments - Level 3
JULY 4th of July Date Block:
USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 National Masters - Level 1A
USTA Regional Tournament: Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments (all divisions) - Level 3
Beginning 2nd or 3rd Wednesday:
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:
USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18 National Team Championships - Level 1
AUGUST Beginning 1st Weekend in August:
The USTA National Championships (all divisions) - Level 1
At site of Cincinnati or New Haven Professional Tournament:
USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 16 and 14 National Doubles Championship - Level 1
SEPTEMBER Labor Day Weekend:
Sectional Ranking Tournaments - Level 4 recommended
OCTOBER Late October:
USTA National Grand Masters (BG 16/14) - Level 1
USTA Regional Tournament: Four concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments (all divisions) - Level 3
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 Years:
USTA National Winter Team Championships (BG18/16/14) - Level 1
USTA National Winter Team Championships (BG18/16/14) - Level 2
Note: The intent is to sanction the two team championships at the same location.
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TWO-YEAR PHASE IN
In an effort to:
• give the Sections and Districts sufficient time to go through a process similar to that undertaken by the Junior Competition
Committee and make adjustments, if necessary, to their own tournament calendars;
• allocate time in the Active programming calendar to re-program tournament selection processes for the 2014 tournaments; and
• undertake an educational and marketing campaign to educate our constituents, the players, parents and coaches;
the proposed changes shall be phased in over two years with only those listed below becoming effective in 2013:
Effective January 1, 2013:
• USTA National Grand Masters to be added to the National Junior Tournament Schedule and held October 2013.
• The USTA National Doubles Tournament will become the USTA National Doubles Championship with the draw and selection as
described in the proposal, and a Level 1 national ranking tournament with the top finishers receiving a gold, silver and bronze
ball.
• The Boys’ and Girls’ 18 and 16 USTA National Clay Court Championships and The USTA National Championships (hard courts)
shall be reduced to a 128 draw size.
• The July 2013 USTA Regional Tournaments shall be singles draws of 32 and doubles draws of 16.
• Ratings pilot will begin.
All remaining changes will become effective January 1, 2014.
EDUCATION, MARKETING AND BRANDING
The Committee recognizes that a comprehensive educational effort will need to be undertaken between adoption of the proposals
and the effective date on January 1, 2014 of the most significant changes and vows to dedicate time and resources to the effort.
Strategies under consideration include a Z-Card, an FAQ document, and informational sessions.
Additionally, the Committee hopes to brand the tournaments that count for national ranking using a consistent logo and phrasing
and will be working with the USTA marketing department to develop ideas that clearly identify the tournaments and the
competition pathway. Preliminarily, the Committee is considering the use of the “Advance Your Game” logo as the basis for
creating the brand with an identifier (similar to the ATP logo) that includes the ranking points earned for winning the tournament.
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