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Can my player play in more than one age division in a tournament?
A player cannot play in two different age divisions in the same event category (ie: Singles or Doubles); however, a player can play in different age divisions in singles and doubles (ie: B14 Singles, B16 doubles), if permitted by the Tournament Director.
 
Is there a penalty for signing up for more than one tournament on the same date?
Players could get suspension points for entering two or more tournaments that occur on the same date. Two suspension points for first offense, five for any other. 
 
What is the difference in aging up and playing up?  
Aging up is when a player’s date of birth requires them to move to the next age division and is no longer eligible for the younger age division. Playing up is when a player enters an older age division but the player is still eligible to play in the younger division.
 
When does my player age up?
Players age up during the first day of the month that they turn 11, 13, 15, 17, or 19.
 
What happens to my players’ points when they age up?
Points from the younger age division are removed from the current standings as their eligibility has expired. It is suggested that 6-8 months before a player ages up that they start to participate in tournaments in the higher age division in order to earn points and become accustomed to the level and style of play in the older age division.
 
Do byes count as wins in tournaments?
Not until the player wins a subsequent round.
 
What are Bonus Points and how are they calculated?
Bonus points are awarded when a player records a win against a highly ranked player based on that player’s state standing in the age division in which the match was played at the previous month’s end. Wins over top players are awarded as follows:
 
Month-End Standing of Player Defeated
Bonus Points
1
-
10
50
11
-
20
25
21
-
50
10
 
What is the State Qualifier? Why is it important?
The State Qualifier, also referred to as "Belton" or the "Palmetto Championships", is the first event on the Road to the USTA National Championships.  All players in South Carolina who want to play their way into the Southern Closed Championships, the sectional step to qualify for Nationals, need to play the Qualifier.  For information on the State Qualifier, please visit the tournament registration homepage or the Belton Tennis Website
 
How do I get into Southerns?
In order to gain entry to the next "round" of tournaments to Nationals, the Southern Closed Championships, players are required to participate in the State Qualifier, meet specific criteria to be endorsed to participate in these tournaments, or receive a waiver from the waiver committee.  For more information, please see the "Goin’ to Southerns Guide".
 

How are waivers granted?

There are three ways a player can get a waiver.

1.  Top 25 National standing or Top 5 Southern standing at the end of April 2014 standings can request a waiver to play in a higher age division at the state qualifier, but be endorsed in the lower age division in which their top 25 National/Top 5 Southern standing is in for the Southern Closed.

2.  Players facing extraordinary circumstances, such as illness, injury, school conflict, or family emergency will be considered on a case by case basis.  These requests must have proper documentation.

3.  Waiver requests will be granted to players competing in the USTA National Selection tournament scheduled for May 24, 2014.  YOU MUST APPLY FOR  A WAIVER TO PLACED ON THE ENDORSEMENT LIST.  

Waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  All player receiving a waiver will be placed on the endorsement list based on their Southern Standing at the completion of play, May 27, 2014.  This may or may not be within our quota. 

How do I apply for a waiver?

Waiver requests must be emailed to Terry Ferrell at accessdoor@aol.com no later than May 13, 2014 with supporting documentation.  

I hear that there are some changes being made on the National Junior Tournament Schedule.  When does that happen? How will my player be affected?
The changes will take effect beginning in 2014.  For more detailed information, please click here to visit the USTA National page addressing the specific changes.