2015 Tournament Dates: July 31-August 09
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Tournament Information





• Singles (draw of 192) with Feed-In Championship
• Doubles (draw of 96)

• USTA National Championship Entry Regulations
The USTA Regulations now allow a player to enter more than one age division of a USTA National Championship. If you want to play the Nationals in Kalamazoo, but aren't sure if you'll be accepted, you may now enter up to two age divisions. In the past, players had to decide which division to enter at the time of entry and if they entered and didn't get into the older division, they were left playing no tournament at all.

When Tournament selection is done, players will be first selected for the 18's and then for the 16's division. If you are selected for the 18's Nationals in Kalamazoo, you will not be considered for selection into the younger age division you entered. If you are not selected for the 18's Nationals in Kalamazoo, you will only be considered for selection into the 16's division and you will only be eligible to be an alternate in the younger age division, but not in the older division. Additionally, a player may not enter one division in singles and a different division in doubles at sites where two divisions are held. This is an important thing to consider before entering - if you enter two divisions, are not accepted into the older division, you can be considered for the 16's and if not selected, you can be considered to be an alternate in the younger division only.

The Boys’ 18 and 16 National Championships officially has a sanction period that begins August 1; however the Boys’ 18 division will begin on July 31 to accommodate the tournament schedule and other events that have traditionally been a part of the Kalamazoo tournament.  Although matches in the Boys’ 18 division begin on July 31, the age eligibility for this event will be the same as if it were to have started on August 1.

Eligibility: Boys' 18 - Born September 1, 1996 or later
Eligibility: Boys' 16 - Born September 1, 1998 or later

Entry is open to professional players

Entry Fee: $118.75 singles / $119.26 doubles (Per USTA rule: Entry fee will be refunded only if player withdraws before Entry Deadline)

• Singles Entry - Online Registration begins Thursday May 21, 2015

Tennis Link Registration  Tournament ID # 850001015

Online Registration closes Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:59 A.M. EDT

• Start date for Boys' 18s Singles and Doubles is Friday, July 31
• Start date for Boys' 16s Singles and Doubles is Saturday, August 1


• USTA, Medical and Media Supplemental Release Form

USTA, Medical and Media Release 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. Note: There will be a web-provider removal fee if you request removal of your photograph in the future.

College Coach Contact

Players will have to make their own contact arrangements with College Coaches before they go through register at the Nationals.


New Selection Process for USTA National Championships

1. Winner of May/June Sectional Championships - The USTA National Championships (Hard Courts) ONLY. Age eligible players who win the singles event at each May/June Sectional Championship shall be selected for the same division of The USTA National Championship.  Note that Sections are required to hold their Sectional in either May or June.  Prior to 2015, the tournament was required to be held in June.

 2. NEW:  Players on Direct Acceptance List - BG18 and 16 Divisions of USTA National Clay Court Championships and The USTA National Championships (Hard Courts) ONLY.

• 18 Divisions.  Up to 32 players shall be selected in the order in which their names appear on the list.

16 Divisions.  Up to 16 players shall be accepted in the order in which their names appear on the list.

See below for information on how the Direct Acceptance List is created.

 3. Players within Sectional Associations’ Quotas.  Junior players not previously selected who are on the Sectional endorsement lists, within the established Sectional quota, and who have submitted timely entries shall be accepted in the order determined by the Sectional Endorser.

4. NEW: Additional Endorsed Player if Winner of May/June Sectional Championship does not enter The USTA National Championships. If the winner of a Section’s May/June Sectional Championship does not enter The USTA National Championships, the highest listed player not previously selected on the Sectional Association’s Endorsement List shall be selected for The USTA National Championships.

5. Endorsed Players on National Standings List.  The Selection Process shall fill remaining spots in the draw, except for those reserved for Wild Cards, with endorsed players who have submitted timely entries and appear on the most recently published National Standings List.

 6. Wild Cards.  The Tournament Committee shall accept those junior players granted Wild Cards by the USTA Wild Card Committee - up to 8 wild cards may be granted for each USTA National Championship.  Wild Card recipients do not need Sectional endorsement and timely online entry is not required; however the Sectional office must approve of a player’s Wild Card application. http://www.usta.com/Youth-Tennis/Junior-Competition/NtlChampWildCards/

 7. Additional Endorsed Players on National Standings List.  The Tournament Committee shall fill remaining spots in the draw with endorsed players who have submitted timely entries that remain on the most recently published National Standings List.


Direct Acceptance List:

The USTA Junior Competition Department shall publish to www.USTA.com a Direct Acceptance List for the Boy’s 18 & 16 Division on May 1 of each year. The Direct Acceptance List for each tournament will appear on the Selection Process page that is reached from a tournament’s TennisLink Tournament Home Page.

Note that the Direct Acceptance List is currently called the National Championships Selection List on the Selection Process page that is reached from a tournament’s TennisLink Tournament Home Page, and found when searching for ranking lists.

The May 1 list for the USTA National Clay Court Championships is NOT the list to be used for The USTA National Championships, although it will appear on the Selection Process page of The USTA National Championships TennisLink Home Page. The Clay Court May 1 list may include players that are not age eligible for play in The USTA National Championships. The Direct Acceptance List for The USTA National Championships will be published within 5 days after the entry deadline for the USTA National Clay Court Championships.

Sectional Endorsement is NOT required to be on a National Championship Selection List and players on the list do not count against a Sectional Association’s quota

Each list shall consist of players who are age eligible for the subsequent USTA National Championship as follows:

Boys’ 18 Divisions. The Direct Acceptance Lists in the Boys’ 18 divisions ONLY will include the following players:page1image38824 page1image38984 page1image39144

  • Players listed in positions 1 through 16 on a National Standings List of the division that shall be published on May 1;

  • Players not previously listed who have an ATP singles ranking of 800 or better or who have a WTA singles ranking of 600 or better as of May 1, which players shall be listed in the order of their ranking; and

  • Players not previously listed who have an ITF ranking of 100 or better as of May 1, which players shall be listed in the order of their ranking.

    Boys’ 16 Divisions. The Direct Acceptance Lists in the Boys’ 16 divisions ONLY will include the players listed in positions 1 through 16 on a National Standings List of the division that shall be published on May 1. 


• Wild Card Playoff Tournament:

One of the 8 wild cards for the 2015 USTA Boys’ 18 National Championships (Kalamazoo) will be awarded to the winner of a wild card playoff tournament to be held in Arlington, TX July 20-23.  This 64-player, single elimination, non-ranking tournament will offer the last chance opportunity to one boy and one girl to earn a spot in the tournaments.  For information and to register go to:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170544


• Withdrawals                                                                                                                     

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 will be completed for each defaulting player even though an alternate may take that defaulting player's place in the draw.

Per USTA rule: Withdrawals after the entry deadline will not be refunded.

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 ha 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.


• Singles Alternates

• Alternate List: The Tournament Committee shall prepare an alternate list of those endorsed players not accepted into the singles main draw. Alternates shall be ordered using the National Standings List used to accept players into the draw to fill remaining vacancies.  Late entrants who are eligible for selection shall be listed below these players by the date and time on which the late entry is made.  If multiple late entries are received at the same time, they shall be ordered by lot.  Late entrants are not ordered by position on the National Standings List.

• Replacement of Player Before Draw is Made: The Tournament Committee shall replace a player who withdraws or is otherwise removed but was accepted as part of a Section’s quota with the next player on that Section’s endorsement list.  If no players remain on a Sectional Endorsement List, the player shall be replaced with the highest remaining alternate.  The Tournament Committee shall replace a player who was NOT accepted as part of a Section’s quota with next highest remaining alternate.

• Replacement of Player Before Draw is Made: Winner of designated Sectional Ranking Tournament accepted into The USTA National Championships. The Tournament Committee shall replace a winner of a designated Sectional Ranking Tournament accepted into The USTA National Championships with the next player on the Sectional Endorsement List from the winner’s Sectional Association. If no players remain on a Sectional Endorsement List, the player shall be replaced with the highest remaining alternate.

• Replacement of Player Before Draw is Made:All other players. The Tournament Committee shall replace

  • a player accepted from a Direct Acceptance List;
  • a wild card recipient;
  • an endorsed player accepted from the National Standings List used to accept players into the draw pursuant to Regulation XIII.D.5.; and
  • a player accepted from the alternate list.

with the highest listed remaining alternate.


• 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 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 may be made payable to Kalamazoo College - Nationals and should be sent to: Mark Riley, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006. Click on this credit card link to pay.


• 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) - registration is open to both age groups:

Thursday, July 30 from 10:00am - 7:00pm  18s Doubles Sign In closes at 4:00pm

** 18s Player Meeting: 5:30-6:00pm at corner of Catherine & Academy Streets

Friday, July 31 from 7:30am - 5:00pm  16s Doubles Sign In closes at 4:00pm

** 16s Player Meeting: 5:30-6:00pm at corner of Catherine & Academy Streets

Saturday, August 1 - Registration for late arrivals only

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.


• Doubles Events

Players Eligible to Enter Doubles Event: The following players are eligible to enter the Doubles events of USTA Nationals Championships:
     • Singles Players
     • Singles Alternates 
     • Players with Doubles Only endorsements

• Doubles Registration

Players are urged to sign up for doubles when they complete their tournament registration. All players (including alternates) must have applied for entry into the tournament by the July 2, 2015 11:59am EDT deadline. Each player is responsible for finding his own doubles partner. The doubles draw officials will do no pairing of players. Teams entering doubles are categorized in three priorities: Priority 1: A team consisting of players who are in the Singles tournament; Priority 2: A team consisting of 1 player in Singles and 1 not in Singles; Priority 3: A team consisting of 2 players not in Singles. Priority 1 teams are guaranteed in the Doubles Draw; Priority 3, from past experience, have little change of getting in the Draw. Deadline for 18 doubles entries is Thursday, July 30 at 4:00pm EDT and deadline for 16 doubles entries is Friday, July 31 at 4:00pm EDT. 
• Match Formats:

All matches will be the best of 3 tiebreak sets. The Boys’ 18 singles final may be best of 5 tiebreak sets.  

• Tournament Singles FIC will feed in losers through the quarterfinals.

• Format: There will be a playoff for 3rd and 4th place in singles and doubles. Play in the FIC and playoff matches is mandatory.

Main Draw Singles (including play off for 3rd& 4th place): best of 3 Tiebreak Sets, except that finals of The USTA Boys' 18 Nationals (Kalamazoo) shall be the best of 5 Tiebreak Sets.

Feed-In Championship; Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets with a 10-Point Match Tiebreak Set in lieu of a 3rd set.

Doubles Matches: The Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets shall be used in the semifinal, final, and playoff for 3rd place. All other doubles matches shall use the Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets with a 10-Point match Tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd Set.


• US Open Wild Cards
Singles Wild Cards
Boys 18 Singles Champion - Singles Main Draw: US Open* and Junior US Open**
Boys 18 Singles Finalist - Singles Qualifying Draw: US Open*
Boys 16 Singles Champion - Singles Main Draw: Junior US Open

Doubles Wild Card
(Players must play with the same doubles partner to receive the doubles Wild Card)
Boys 18 Doubles Champions - Doubles Main Draw: US Open* and Junior US Open**

* Per Grand Slam rules, players under the age of 14 will not be eligible for entry
** Players must be age eligible by ITF Rules to receive the Wild Card for the Junior US Open 
 


• Sportsmanship Awards
The Nationals will present the USTA Sportsmanship Award. Each participant will be invited to nominate up to three players for the Tournament Committee to consider for the Sportsmanship Awards. You have been involved in tournaments with these players all year and are in a good position to bring to our attention those players worthy of consideration for these awards. The winner of the USTA Sportsmanship Award will receive a commemorative plaque from the USTA.
 

Three sportsmanship trophies are given each year. The Dr. Allen B. Stowe Award is presented in Boys 18s; the Bobby Kaplan Trophy is awarded in Boys' 16s; and the Wes Richards Feed In Trophy winner is named from players in the consolation tournaments.


• Match Start Times
At the end of each day, players can find their start times for the next day on the large draw board at Stowe Stadium on the campus of Kalamazoo College or by visiting www.ustaboys.com - click on sidebar item SCHEDULES and on the Match Times tab.

Players are solely responsible for checking their own start times.

Start times with the prefix “S” will be played at the host site, Stowe Stadium on the campus of Kalamazoo College. Start times with the prefix of “W” will be played at the co-site, Sorensen Courts at Western Michigan University.


• Dress Code
All players are required to wear appropriate tennis attire and dress in a manner consistent with being a participant in “The Nationals.”


• Water and Ice

For your information, water is available on all courts at both tournament locations, bring your own water cooler and ice if you want it. If you'll be using the local practice courts, bring your own cooler with water, as most don't have fountains.

• Practice Courts

Practice times will be scheduled for the Stowe Stadium courts beginning at noon on Wednesday, July 29. 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.

• Tournament Site Shuttle
The tournament will supply a free shuttle service (USTA Tournament Site Shuttle) that will transport players and guests from the Radisson (host hotel) to the two tournament sites: Stowe Stadium at Kalamazoo College and the Sorensen Courts at WMU. USTA Tournament Site Shuttle will run a continuous 15-minute loop between the Radisson, Stowe Stadium and Sorensen Courts on Thursday July 30 11am - 8:00pm (approx). Beginning Friday July 31, the USTA Tournament Site Shuttle will start at 8:00am and run until approximately 8:00pm. USTA Tournament Site Shuttle will end it's service and stop running at 5:00pm on the final Friday of the tournament, August 7.

• Trainers, Doctors and Dentists
Trainers, Doctors and Dentists will provide continual medical coverage throughout the entire tournament. Trainers will be on duty an hour before the first match until the finish of the last match each day. At Stowe Stadium, trainers are located at the court level of the Tower and will call for a tournament doctor if necessary. Trainers will be at or near the tournament tent at WMU Sorensen Courts. In case of an emergency, any Tower Official will help contact a tournament physician. If you need to withdraw from the Tournament for medical reasons, you must come to the Tower to have the Official Referee sign your withdrawal form. Failure to do so will result in suspension points.


• Tournament Director: Mark Riley 269.377.3940 (cell)

• Tournament Main Site: Stowe Stadium at Kalamazoo College

Location: 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 Map

• Tournament Co-Site: Sorensen Courts at Western Michigan University

Location: 1900 N Dormitory Road just North of Corner of W Michigan Ave &
N Dormitory Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 Map

NOTE: Due to construction on the WMU campus located off Dormitory Rd, limited parking will be available. There will be FREE PARKING in the ramp adjacent to the upper courts. All other metered campus parking spots require payment. We suggest that players, coaches and parents utilize the Tournament Shuttle that runs from 8am until the last match of the day between the Radisson Hotel, Stowe Stadium and Sorensen Courts at WMU.

• Pet Policy

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.
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