Originally Posted by Litespeeds
Does anyone else have problems with the selection process for Regional tournaments? My son is now 15 and is working hard to earn national points to qualify for Regional 16 tournaments. I already feel it is unfair for these tournaments for giving 2 to 6 positions to players from the younger 14 age group division if they are ranked within top 200 in the nation in 14's.
My son along with many other good players who are 15 or 16 years old are on the alternate list. My problem with USTA is their alternate list selection has changed and this is what I was emailed:
"The ordered alternate list will be posted today. Please note that the alternate list is ordered by the following:
Players in the event division with a 100 or more ranking points
Players in the younger division with a 100 or more ranking points in the younger age division
Players in the event division with less than a 100 ranking points
Players in the younger division with less than a 100 ranking points in the younger age division
Unranked players in either division by lot (random draw)
Since most of the players in the division with a 100 ranking points or more were selected into the main draw, the alternate lists all start with the younger players with a 100 or more ranking points. Most players in the age division will have less than a 100 ranking points in the division and so will follow them. Please check this before you write and tell me that you are in the wrong position. We do make mistakes occasionally, and if we do, we will correct the list. However, we will not go back retroactively if someone has already been added to the main draw."
My issue with this section process is USTA already allowed 6 players from the younger age group into a tournament with a draw of 32. One spot is open for a wildcard. That means only 25 kids that have actually earned their ranking points qualified for this tournament and 7 kids gets a free ride. Now all the other kids that are working hard to qualify for this tournament gets put into an alternate list. Why in the world would the kids in the younger 14 age group get the first opportunity to be selected from the alternate list before the kids that are playing in the 16's? USTA already took 6 kids from the 14's. Now they are going to take more from the 14's when selected players withdraw? This is totally not fair.
Kids should earn their way into each tournament. Actually no kids should be given a free ride into any tournament just because they were the top 200 in the nation in the younger division. Each kid should play in their age group and if they want to play up in a higher age group, they should go through the same process like everyone else by playing local Championships, Excellence and Sectional tournaments to earn national points so they can qualify for the Regional tournaments like everyone else. What are your thoughts?
Thanks for posting.
1) The alternate email is very strange, I agree.
This is of course new............
And the first time I have ever read it.
Typical, that I learn about this stuff on TT and not through the USTA.
You can complain....... but, it will be a waste of time.
2) The rule is 4 players..... not 6 players are allowed to age up.
If they are taking 6 players off the bat right into the main draw,
I am going to say that 4 of them are top 100 in the Boys 14's and the other 2 already have acquired 16 national points.
However, if they took 6 players with just 14 rankings ( and no 16 points) into the main draw, they are breaking the rules. Call Lew Brenner and rat them out.
3) Wildcard. There was a tournament where an 8th grader was playing in the boys 16's. Regional. He was not top 100 for boys 14's and I thought that was an outrage that he took a spot from a kid who is turning 16 this fall ( a high school junior) who was sitting there at the tournament, hoping someone didn't show.
Young kid did lousy. Totally not right. You can complain to the USTA, but it is their kids who get the wildcard, so it falls on deaf ears.
3.5) Now, I do disagree with one of your statements strongly.
No kid should play up?
Come on, the boy who is ranked 25 in the country shouldn't play up?
4) If you live in California, who cares about this tournament?
Seriously, consider yourself lucky that he gets great competition every week.
If he signs up for a sectional, then he will get to play these exact same great players in the QF, SF and Final.
5) High school tennis teams, especially in California, are really good.
Sign him up.