Preliminary 2014 Info - SUBJECT to CHANGE
Preliminary 2014 Info - Subject to Change!
2014 USTA Boys’ 18 and 16 National Championships
Tournament ID # 850001014USTA, Medical and Media Release Form
COLLEGE COACH CONTACT
Due to lack of participation by the players, the tournament will no longer host the College Coach Expo prior to the tournament as we have done in the past. Players will have to make their own contact arrangements with College Coaches.
Beginning in 2014, the Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships will hold a 64-player Qualifier for both age divisions. Below is the information provided by the NCAA regarding when recruiting may take place at these events:
1. Players competing in the Qualifier may speak with coaches PRIOR TO signing in the Qualifier.
2. Qualifier players that play the subsequent USTA National Championship areconsidered signed in for the Main Draw at the time they have signed in for the Qualifier and may not speak with coaches between the end of the Qualifier and the beginning of the Main Draw.
3. Qualifier players who do not play in the subsequent USTA National Championship are eligible to speak with coaches once they have been released from the Tournament.
PLAYER ENTRY & SELECTION INFORMATION
This event is restricted to the following Junior players: U.S. Citizens; Permanent Resident Aliens; Diplomats, Refugees and asylees; Junior players residing in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Samoa or Guam and Canadian residents of British Columbia.
Players with I-485 Filings Eligible for Junior National Ranking and to Compete in USTA Junior National Championships. Non-US citizens whose I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Resident or Adjust Status) has been accepted for filing may receive a USTA junior national ranking. They may also play in USTA National Championships, USTA National Opens, USTA Boys and Girls 18 Interscholastics (East/West), and USTA National Team Championships (Zonals, Intersectionals, Fed and Davis Cup).
Eligibility of Professionals: Age-eligible professional players may play in the USTA National Championships. They are selected into the tournament under the existing selection rules which are the most likely means of selection into the tournament.
• Entering the Tournament
All registration and payment of entry fees is done via internet:
USTA.com, Junior Tournaments: TennisLink Tournament ID #850001014
Online registration begins Thursday, May 22 and ends Thursday, July 3 at 11:59 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time. No late registrants will be selected for the tournament.
Eligibility: Boys' 18 - Born August 1, 1995 or later
Eligibility: Boys' 16 - Born August 1, 1997 or later
• USTA, Medical and Media Release Form
Form must be filled out by parent/guardian and be turned in to Player Registration at Markin Tennis Center when player registers at the Nationals. Parents who are not traveling with their player may download the pdf file and fax or send in to the Nationals office before the tournament begins. Mailing address and fax number are listed at the bottom of the form.
• For Players Unable to use the Internet
If you do not have access to the internet or are unable to make payment of the $110 entry fee by credit card, contact either your Sectional Endorser for assistance or Mark Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org 269.337.7079. In order to ensure timely registration, please contact your Sectional Endorser or Mark Riley on or before July 3.
• Singles Acceptance - Qualifier
If you are not accepted in the Main Draw there will be a 64 player Qualifying Event enabling 8 participants to qualify for the Main Draw.
• Singles Acceptance - Main Draw
The selection of a singles player into the Nationals (except Wild Cards) is done by computer after the entries close for each division (Boys' 18s and 16s). Selection for the Singles Draw will be posted as soon as the USTA makes the entry selections and will be posted to the Tournament's USTA TennisLink Home Pages and also to the ustaboys.com website.
• Wild Cards
Up to eight Wild Cards for each division (Boys’ 18s & 16s) may be granted for The Nationals. The tournament does not have applications - players are to complete the online application. The USTA Regulations have changed with respect to Wild Cards. Applications are no longer due on the entry deadline. They are now due to the Director of Junior Competition no later than five days after the entry deadline. This will allow a player to wait to learn if he has been accepted into the tournament before he submits his Wild Card application. Applications, however, may still be submitted on or before the entry deadline.
After the application deadline, the Wild Card Committee will meet to select Wild Cards, if any. Wild Card recipients will be notified by the USTA Director of Junior Competition. Wild Card recipients will need to make arrangements with the tournament to pay their entry fee.
It is your responsibility to immediately take action to withdraw from the Tournament should circumstances arise which would not enable you to compete. We also ask that you cancel any hotel reservations that you’ve made or, if you’ve requested private housing, cancel your housing request with the Housing Chair.
• Before Entry Deadline
Before entries close, a player may withdraw from a tournament. A withdrawing player's credit card has not been charged and therefore no further communication between the withdrawing player and the tournament is necessary.
• After Entry Deadline
After entries close, players are instructed to immediately contact the tournament if they need to withdraw. Bona fide reasons for a withdrawal are illness, injury and personal circumstances.
All withdrawals for reasons other than illness, injury and personal circumstances or withdrawals for any reason without the proper written notification are actually defaults and Code of Conduct Reports should be completed for each defaulting player even though an alternate may take that defaulting player's place in the draw.
Written Notification Requirements for Withdrawals
In order for a withdrawal to be bona fide and, if after the draw is made or after play starts, coded as "Withdrawal" or "Walkover" on the drawsheet, the player must fulfill the following written verification requirements:
- Injury or Illness Written Verification Requirement: If the player is not playing because of injury or illness, the player shall deliver written verification of the injury or illness from a medical professional to the Referee no later than the last scheduled day of the tournament. If a tournament has a trainer on site, it is recommended that the trainer be asked to provide the written verification on site before the player leaves the tournament.
- Personal Circumstance Written Verification Requirement: If the player is not playing because of a personal circumstance, the player shall deliver a written description of the situation no later than the last scheduled day of the tournament and the Referee shall determine whether the situation is a personal circumstance.
National Tournament Alternate List
The National Tournament Alternate List will consist of the top 35 players in each age division of singles.
The List is used to replace certain withdrawing players as described above before the Qualifying Draw is made and to replace all withdrawing Qualifier players after the Qualifying Draw has been made. The order of players on this list is determined by using the National Standings List used to do the selection immediately after the entry deadline. The National Tournament Alternate List will be posted to the USTA TennisLink Home Page. As withdrawals that effect the National Tournament Alternate List occur, it will be revised on the TennisLink website. Players accepted into the draw from the National Tournament Alternate List will receive a telephone call from the Tournament Director.
• Payment of Entry Fee by Players Accepted into the Draw After the Entry Deadline
Players who are accepted into the draw after the entry deadline have not yet paid the $110 entry fee. This includes Wild Card recipients and players accepted because of the withdrawal of another player who was originally accepted into the draw. Such players accepted after the entry deadline will be asked to pay their entry fee by check or credit card prior to beginning play in the Tournament. Checks made payable to Kalamazoo College – Nationals should be sent to: Mark Riley, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006. To pay by credit card, call the Tournament Office (269) 337-7343.
** Prior to Registration please see NCAA ruling below **
• Tournament Registration - Boys' 18s and Boys' 16s
Players must report to Markin Racquet Center (corner of Academy and Catherine Streets) on the campus of Kalamazoo College to register for the Tournament during the following times (Kalamazoo is located in the Eastern Time Zone):- Qualifying Event Registration for Boys' 18 and 16 Singles
- Sign up for Doubles Main Draw
Only Qualifying Players may register on Wednesday, July 30 from Noon - 7:00pm EDT
Note: 18s and 16s Doubles Registration closes at 5:00pm EDT
- Main Draw Tournament Registration for Boys' 18 and 16 Singles and Doubles
Thursday, July 31 from Noon - 7:00pm EDT
Friday, August 1 from 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Note: 18s and 16s Doubles Registration closes Friday, August 1 at 1:00pm EDT
Registration for Doubles will be held at the Markin Racquet Center. Teams who have previously registered for the Doubles Championships on line MUST RECONFIRM their partnership during the Doubles Registration period.
** NOTE: Per NCAA ruling:
- Players competing in the Qualifier may speak with coaches prior to signing in for the Qualifier.
- Qualifier players that play the subsequent USTA National Championship are considered signed in for the Main Draw at the time they have signed in for the Qualifier and may not speak with coaches between the end of the qualifier and the beginning of the Main Draw.
- Qualifier players that do not play in the subsequent USTA National Championship are eligible to speak with
- Note that all qualifier players, whether or not they qualified for the Singles Main Draw are eligible to play Doubles.
- Main Draw players that have not played in the Qualifier may speak with coaches sat any time prior to signing in.
• Players Eligible to Enter Doubles Event: The following players are eligible to enter the Doubles events of USTA Nationals Championships:
- Singles Players
- Singles Qualifier Players
- Singles Alternates
- Players with Doubles Only endorsements (see "Section 6 - Doubles-Only Endorsements)
Players who are in the Singles Draw as well as any player who has been endorsed by their Sectional Endorser to play singles may apply to enter Doubles. Additionally, the first and second place finishers in the Doubles-Only Tournaments at the July, 2014 USTA National Opens automatically receive a berth, whether or not they play with the partner with whom they won the USTA National Open. Finally, any Doubles player or team who has received a Doubles-Only Endorsement from their Section may enter the Doubles event. A player may not enter one division in Singles and a different division in Doubles at sites where two divisions are held.
All teams made up of two players that have been accepted into the Singles Draw and all teams made up of National Open Doubles Qualifiers and their partners shall be accepted. If the draw is not full, additional teams will be accepted in the following order:
- Teams made up of one player in the Singles Draw and one sectionally-endorsed alternate or recipient of a Doubles-Only Endorsement.
- Teams made of two players that are sectionally-endorsed alternates and/or recipients of a Doubles-Only Endorsement. The Tournament is not responsible for matching a player with a partner.
• Replacement of Withdrawing Players When a Qualifier is Held
Lucky Losers: Immediately following the completion of the Singles Qualifier held before the USTA Boys' 18 and 16 National Championship, the Tournament Committee shall prepare a list of Singles Qualifier players who were not among the eight players who qualified for the USTA National Championship and who played the Singles Qualifier to completion. The Lucky Loser list shall be ordered as follows:
- The players who lost in the Round of 16 shall be placed at the top of the Lucky Loser list in the order in which their names appear on the most recently published National Standings List.
- The players who lost in the Round of 32 shall be placed directly below the first group in the order in which their names appear on the most recently published National Standings List.
- The players who list in the Round of 64 shall be placed directly below the second group in the order in which their names appear on the most recently published National Standings List.
A player who plays the Singles Qualifier to completion shall be defined as a player who has not withdrawn from the Tournament, conceded a match by walkover, or been defaulted for reasons other than lateness.
Replacement of Main Draw Singles Player Before Qualifying Draws are Made:
- Player within Sectional Association quota or winner of designated Sectional Ranking Tournament before draws made. The Tournament Committee shall replace a player who was accepted as part of a Sectional Association's quota or a winner of a designated Sectional Ranking Tournament with the next player on the Sectional Endorsement List from that player's Sectional Association. If no players remain on a Sectional Endorsement List, the player shall be replaced with the highest listed remaining Lucky Loser.
- Player not within Sectional Association quota and not a winner of a designated Sectional Ranking Tournament. The Tournament Committee shall replace a player who was accepted into the draw but not as part of a Sectional Association's quota with the highest listed remaining Lucky Loser.
Replacement of Singles Qualifier Player Before Qualifying Draws are Made:
The Tournament Committee shall replace a Singles Qualifier with the highest listed remaining alternate.
Replacement of Singles Main Draw Player After Qualifying Draws are Made but Before Start of Player's First Match:
The Tournament Committee shall replace a player who withdraws, is defaulted, or is otherwise removed from the Singles Main Draw after the draw has been made but before the start of the player's first match with the highest listed remaining Lucky Loser, unless the Tournament Committee determines the player may remain in the draw. (see USTA Regulation III.B.5.d and IV.E.6. These regulations allow for exceptions when a player has been defaulted for lateness, or has to withdraw from their first round for injury, illness or personal emergency.)
Replacement of Singles Qualifier Player After Qualifying Draws are Made but Before Start of Player's First Match:
The Tournament Committee shall replace a player who withdraws, is defaulted, or is otherwise removed from the draw after the draw has been made but before the start of the player's first match with the highest listed remaining alternate.
On-Site Alternates When a Qualifier is Held:
When a Qualifier is held, on-site alternates are Lucky Losers who have stayed at the Tournament site to be a last- minute replacement for a withdrawing player.
Procedure for On-Site Alternates: The Tournament Committee shall establish a procedure for checking in On- Site Alternates and instruct players on the website. The procedure shall include the following:
- If the Tournament has a Registration Day prior to the first day of play and Alternates who are on site asked to register, no Alternate that that appeared on the published Alternate List shall be denied admittance for failing to be present at Registration.
- On each day in which Alternates may be accepted into a draw, any alternate desiring admittance must check in and be ready for play no later than 15 minutes prior to the first scheduled match time of event for which they are an Alternate.
- The order of the Alternates is based on the original Alternate List published by the Tournament, not more recent National Standings List, and not in the order in which the players check in.
On-Site Alternates may be admitted into the Singles Main Draw to replace withdrawing players until the completion of the first round of play. On-Site Alternates may not play in the Feed-In Championship or Compass Draw unless they have first played in the Singles Main Draw.
• Feed-In Matches
Play in the Feed-In Matches is mandatory as is play in the playoff for 3rd and 4th place in Singles.
18s Players losing in any singles round through the Round of 16s will be entered in the Modified Feed-In Championship. 18s Players losing in the Quarterfinals will be entered into the 5th place Feed-In Tournament.
16s Players losing in any singles round through the quarterfinals will be entered in the Feed-In Championship (FIC). The winner and runner-up in the 16s FIC are the winners of 5th and 6th places in the Tournament.
• Final Round Play and Awards
All final round play of the Singles will be on Sunday, August 10. Doubles Finals are played on Saturday, August 9, Boys’ 16s at 1:30pm and Boys’ 18s at 2:30pm, although the schedule is subject to change. The USTA will award gold, silver and bronze tennis balls to the first, second and third place finishers in Singles and Doubles.
• Dress Code
All players are required to wear appropriate tennis attire and dress in a manner consistent with being a participant in “The Nationals.”
• Practice Courts
Practice times will be scheduled for the Stowe Stadium courts beginning at noon on Tuesday, July 30. Practice courts must be reserved in person to allow all participants an equal opportunity at reserving court time – no telephone reservations will be taken. Reservations may be made at the Stowe Stadium Tower on a first come - first served basis. One player alone may not reserve a court; both players who wish to practice together must sign in together. Practice time blocks are for one hour per day. If vacant courts are available they will be assigned on a standby basis, first come - first served. Coaches may hit with a player, but will be asked to share a court if needed. During the tournament, the indoor courts at Markin Racquet Center are used as warm-up for players with scheduled matches. If there are available courts, they will be assigned on a first come – first served basis. Players with scheduled matches will be given priority.
• Pet Policy
Unfortunately, we cannot allow pets inside Stowe Stadium due to public health laws. We welcome ADA-qualified service animals that are specifically trained to work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.