Spring Level 1 Natl Tournament

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by hound 109, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. hound 109

    hound 109 Semi-Pro

    Sep 17, 2010
    As many of us know, it'll be dead after next month. These are the facts as I see them:

    - It'll be dead in 2014 (except for some 16 draw tea parties).
    - This year (& previous years) the 18s play in Mobile in mid March (the same week that 40-50% of the kids in the US (who are actually going to school) have Spring Break.
    - This year (& previous years) the 12s, 14s & 16s L1 ("easter bowls") are played 2-4 weeks later depending on Easter (the same week that 20-30% of the rest of the kids attending schools get a Spring Break).

    My kid has never competed (because he can't miss a full week of school after missing several other Mondays during the year), but I'd still like to see a Spring L1 continue, because:

    - He might want to attend next year or the year after.
    - It gives my kid (or any kid) another L1 to compete in that isn't in late July or early Aug.
    - in 18s it'll be during his Spring Break (& he'd definitely want to attend) in 18s.
    - Another L1 for college coaches to scout if they wanted to.

    Here's a way "out of the box", spit balling, solution & suggestion (that I open to tweaks & comments) for keeping this L1... & actually improving it (by opening up to more kids who might be able to compete during their particular Spring Break):

    - Have 64 draws for each age group at Mobile (during the current mid March 18s week).
    - Have ANOTHER 64 draw for all age groups 2-4 weeks later in Palm Springs. (gotta sign up for one or the other, not both).
    - The day before the Easter Bowl (second location) final.....fly (have the USTA pay for) the winners & runner up of the Mobile draws in Singles (& the winners in doubles if you think) out to Palm Springs to play the winners & runner up of that draw. (make it airfare for the kid & one parent (or one coach) plus one or two nights room....whatever makes sense).


    - Keeps the L1 alive.
    - More (& better) kids compete because 75-85% of the kids won't have to miss school. (They'll compete during their Spring Break)
    - Exciting East vrs. West battle royale for the title (& only 2-4 kids miss school instead of hundreds....& I'd gladly have my kid miss school for a shot at a gold ball).
    - Families (parents) who have competitors in different age groups would be able to travel together to the same site.
    - College coaches could attend one or the other (or both) & could travel when & where THEY want to.

    (Note - if you wanted the dubs to end at the original location & get finalists points & 1/2 a gold ball.....cool. If you wanted the 12s draw to be 48 (or 32) per location.....cool. If the guru's want to hold the sites somewhere besides Mobile & Palm Springs....cool.)

    What do you guys think?

    hound <----wearing flame retardent asbestos alligator shirt.

    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  2. Chemist

    Chemist Rookie

    Dec 4, 2012
    Near a tennis court
    My son's spring break is always between 18s Spring Championship and 16/14s Easter Bowl!:cry: College coaches will be rather busy during the weeks for the spring nationals since these are the weeks when many conference dual matches are played.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  3. tennis5

    tennis5 Professional

    Jun 22, 2010
    Lisa Stone at Parenting Aces seems to have a direct link to the USTA, and is sending different proposals to them.

    She seems like a good go between as you can remain anonymous if you wish.
    I would suggest that you forward it to her.

    Whether they incorporate it or not, I couldn't say,
    but I think you have some great ideas and it is very well thought out.

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