Originally Posted by BMC9670
Here's an interesting one in our section - my son, who is 10 1/2, is playing in an L6 12U USTA event this weekend with GREEN. One of his peers, who is also 10, but not yet 10 1/2 is not allowed to play due to age (cut off is 10 1/2). Both players are intermediate to advanced level. So, his friend is forced to play ORANGE or sit out. That's what mandates do.
Hard to believe 12U must play green. That's not the case here in Socal. What we do have is 14 year old novices playing regulation while ranked 10 year olds play green on the adjacent court.
What I have noticed is that the 8U division has gone away here. There's no place for these kids to play anymore. Why? To play 8U, the tournament directors must mark off courts to a 36' format. They don't want to do this because it limits their flexibility in scheduling the other age divisions. Before the 36' court requirement, there was no extra work or sacrifice to include 8U in their events. The mandate has forced them into a corner. Just another instance where a policy--not driven by market demand
--has hurt the very people that mandate was intended to benefit.