2018 Parent Information
We are delighted to have you with us and hope your stay will be a memorable one. Our committees are making every effort to see that you enjoy your stay while you are watching your son participate in this important event in his life. If our committees can be of any assistance to you, please let us know and if you have any suggestions for future tournaments we would be happy to hear from you.
Please remember the weather in Michigan can change from day to day. Be prepared for hot, cold, wet and dry!
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.
• USTA / Medical / Media Release Form
The Release Form must be signed and submitted before your son can play the Tournament. You may fill it out and mail, fax or email to the Nationals before check-in begins. Electronic submission is preferred and can be emailed to Emily Fink-Craig: Emily.Fink-Craig@kzoo.edu. Forms can be mailed to: Emily Fink-Craig • USTA Nationals • Kalamazoo College • 1200 Academy Street • Kalamazoo MI 49006. Fax to: 269.337.7385.
USTA/Medical/Media Fillable Release Form
• 2018 Registration/Check-In
Parent and Personal Player Coaches are encouraged to register at the Hospitality table in the lower level of Hicks Center (see Campus Map below) during the times listed below:
Thursday, August 2 from 10:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Note: 18s Double Sign In closes at 4:00pm
Friday, August 3 from 7:30am - 5:00pm EDT
Note: 16s Doubles Sign In closes at 4:00pm
The Tournament Committee will provide up to 5 guest passes (which include the Exhibition) to player's parents, siblings, and/or personal coach. Additional daily and/or weekly passes are available for purchase at the Stowe Stadium Ticket Booth.
• Dress Code
All players are required to wear appropriate tennis attire and dress in a manner consistent with being a participant in “The Nationals.”
• Pet Policy
We cannot allow pets inside Stowe Stadium due to public health laws. Additionally, no pets allowed inside the enclosures at Sorensen Courts (WMU). We welcome ADA-qualified service animals that are specifically trained to work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
• Social Activities
Saturday, August 4
• 5:45 - 6:45pm - Ages 5-13 – Free
Local Tennis Pros with lead the clinic with Nats Junior players on the front 3 courts at Stowe Stadium
(In case of inclement weather event is rescheduled for Friday, August 10 from 5-6pm)
• 7:00pm - The Rx Optical/Greenleaf Trust & Greenleaf Hospitality Exhibition
Opening Night Ceremonies - This event is free of charge for players, their families, and personal players coaches with Tournament badges.
Sunday, August 5
• Player Party hosted by the Tournament
Party will be at the Radisson Hotel, in the upper level ballroom from 7-10pm. Player Party includes a pasta buffet dinner and features music and ping-pong.
• "Our Serve" Dinner - Parent & Personal Player Coaches
The Tournament and Discover Kalamazoo are hosting a dinner for player parents, families and personal player coaches at the Radisson Hotel from 7-10pm. A buffet dinner will be served until 9:30pm. Invitations will be distributed at Registration/Check-In.
Tuesday, August 7
• Neighborhood Picnic hosted by West Main Neighborhood Association
The Picnic is held at Henderson Park (within walking distance of Stowe Stadium) for all contestants, their families and their coaches. Picnic hours are 6-8pm with food being served until 7:30pm. (Rain or shine).
Head west on Academy St toward Thompson St - 0.3 mile
Turn right onto Monroe St - 0.1 mile
Turn left onto Grand Avenue - 371 feet
Wednesday, August 8
• Dinner at the Nats
Box dinner and a beverage by Millenium Restaurants are available for purchase at $10 each. Pick up dinners between 5-6pm at Stowe Stadium. Please reserve by Friday, August 5. Contact Emily Fink-Craig at 269.337.7343.
Parking spaces for spectators are limited. For those of you staying at the Radisson, we encourage you to use the USTA Tournament Site Shuttle that will transport players and guests from the Radisson (host hotel) to the three tournament sites: Stowe Stadium at Kalamazoo College, Sorensen Courts at Western Michigan University, and Portage West Middle School. The USTA Tournament Shuttle will run two shuttle loops: Shuttle #1 from Stowe Stadium on the campus of Kalamazoo College and the Sorensen Courts on the campus of Western Michigan University, and Shuttle #2 from Stowe Stadium to Portage West Middle School. Shuttle service will begin on Thursday, August 2 from 11am - 8:00pm (approx). Beginning Friday, August 3, the USTA Tournament Site Shuttle will begin at 8:00am and run until approximately 8:00pm. The USTA Tournament Site Shuttle will end it's service and stop running at 5:00pm on the final Friday of the Tournament, August 10
On the campus of Kalamazoo College, Acker Lane, Light Fine Arts and Severn Hall parking lots are reserved for our Distinguished Sponsors and Patrons. Academy Street and other streets around the courts are available on a first come - first served basis.
NOTE: Due to construction on the WMU campus located off Dormitory Road, 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.
• Road Construction
In Michigan we have two seasons: Winter and construction! Construction projects in and around Kalamazoo are currently being solidifed. Please check back here for construction updates and alternate routes.
In the event of Severe Weather
Stowe Stadium - Go directly to the Fine Arts building lower level
enter via the handicap ramp located on the west side of Stowe parking lot
Western Michigan University - Go directly to the Bronco Mall
Portage West Middle School - Go directly to the closest door of Portage West Middle School