Kids

Junior Tournament Tennis

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Junior Tennis Tournament Overview

By: Elliott Datlow, Junior Tennis Director

Hello everyone! I wanted to take a minute to help everyone understand the basics of junior tournament play. Tennis tournaments sanctioned through the United States Tennis Association (USTA) count towards a player’s ranking (or standing) in our region, which is USTA/ Mid-Atlantic. A player needs to be a member of the USTA in order to play a tournament—all of our juniors should be members of USTA!

How we host entry-level tournaments

At the Club we have been hosting many USTA Level 7 tournaments. These are designed to be “entry level” tournaments and to teach kids about tournament play. Our team at the Aspen Hill Club believes that kids get BETTER and LEARN through competition.  We also host several “Level 5” events throughout the year for those experienced tournament players.

Designations within tournaments

Tournaments are designated by “Levels,” with Level 1 (L1) being the highest level while L8 is for players just learning about tournament play. The higher the level, the more points a player earns for their ranking.  As an example, a player that wins one match at a L3 earns 190 points while a player winning an entire L7 tournament earns 165 points. There is little incentive for very strong players to play lower level tournaments.

A player’s ranking is made up of the sum of their top 5 tournament events within a year. So If I had played 6 tournaments and my point totals were 200, 210, 215, 220, 225, and 100—the event where I earned 100 points would not count towards my ranking. This is a sign that I should be playing higher level tournaments!

Tips for Tournament Players:

  • Age divisions go by 2 year groupings: 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, 18s. So a 13 year old girl would play “Girls 14 and under” (G14u). She is permitted to play the 16s and 18s, but she isn’t able to play younger divisions.
  • ALL players that play a L8 tournament earn 50 ranking points! A player needs to win a match in higher level events to earn any points. Example: If I play a L7 tournament and don’t win any matches, I earn zero points.
  • Points earned in older age divisions count down! So if I usually play 12 and under tournaments, but earn points in the 14 and under—those points will count towards my 12 and under ranking.
  • Level 7 & 8 events are scheduled as 1 day and/or TIMED events! You will know the timeframe that the kids will play Level 6+up are 2 day events! They can take up much of a weekend

 

Club News & Events

Summer Outdoor Tournaments 2019

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2019 Summer Outdoor Tournaments:

The Summer Outdoor Tournaments will continue June through September. Each tournament is two weeks long. First round matches begin on Monday and/or Tuesday.
There will be no extensions to any tournament. Please do not sign-up for a tournament if you are not available for the full duration of the event. Please be courteous as any scheduling conflict affects the entire tournament and note you may be defaulted if you cannot attend your match.
Matches will be played on the outdoor clay courts, usually beginning at 6:00pm on weekdays and early mornings on the weekends. In the event of rain, matches will be moved inside as long as there are courts available.
All participants will receive a t-shirt and awards will be presented to the finalists in each division. Scoring and play format may vary depending on the size of the draw. Entry deadlines are listed. Players will be contacted about their first round opponent.

Have fun and good luck to all!                                    $20 + tax per entrant

 

2019 Summer Outdoor Tournament Schedule: 

Event                                                               Date                                  Deadline

Men’s & Women’s 50’s & 70’s Singles          June 5 – 16                       June 3

Men’s & Women’s 60’s Singles                      June 19 – 30                    June 17

Men’s & Women’s 50’s & 70’s Doubles        July 10 – 21                      July 8

Men’s & Women’s 60’s Doubles                    July 24 – August 4        July 22

 

Men’s & Women’s 2.5 & 3.5 Singles              August 7 – 18                   August 5

Men’s & Women’s 3.0 & 4.0+ Singles           August 21 – Sept. 1       August 19

Men’s & Women’s 2.5 & 3.5 Doubles            Sept. 4 – 15                      Sept. 3

Men’s & Women’s 3.0 & 4.0+ Doubles         Sept. 18 – 29                   Sept. 16