Originally Posted by LMK5
Playing up to escape the green ball may be halted soon. Here's a story: My daughter had won a novice tournament early in 2011, so she got an invitation to play in a "novice master" event on 1/28/2012. The application clearly stated what age groups were available and what the birthday cutoffs were for eligibility.
That's the residue of rigid mandates. If they don't get enough green ball entries, they will force you to play in your "natural age division" so they can later quote great participation statistics for the quickstart program.
USTA rules for Novice/Rookie is they must play their natural age group until they achieve a certain number of points. Now that they have no Points for 10s don't know how they enforce that.