Sectional Level 7
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: These tournaments are for the junior player with some tournament experience. Age groups 14-18 will compete with the Yellow ball. 12s will compete with the Green Dot ball. 10s will compete with the Orange ball. Players must compete in age group of their Current age. No “Playing Up” for any age group.
Sectional Level 8
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: These events are designed for players just starting to compete in tournaments. These tournaments are non-elimination events with Round Robin Formats and timed matches. Age groups 12-18s will compete with the Green Dot ball. 10s will compete with the Orange Ball.
10 & Under Tournaments & Youth Progression
Players participate in Youth Progression from age 7 to the first day of his or her 11th birthday month.
Players 6 and under are not permitted to compete in USTA sanctioned tournaments.
Players begin in the 10s ORANGE Ball Division and must participate in a minimum of 10 open level tournaments before advancing to 10s GREEN Ball division.
Once a player is eligible to compete in the 10s GREEN ball level, he or she must participate in a minimum of 10 GREEN open level tournaments to advance to the 12s YELLOW ball division.
Players will earn additional stars by playing in a final match or by winning a tournament.
Players eligible to play in the 10s GREEN ball division may also play in a 12s GREEN division, but they will not receive 10s GREEN credit in Youth Progression for playing in the 12s GREEN division.
Players may choose to play in the ORANGE or GREEN level matches even if they have met the minimum participation to advance to YELLOW ball.
Players and parents can easily track their progress through the progression by logging onto the player’s profile on TennisLink. Enter the player's USTA number and password to be directed to the player’s welcome screen. This screen will allow the player to access various items including his or her “Youth Tennis Progression Progress Report.”
For assistance to connect to a player’s profile, call USTA at 1-800-990-8782.
A Challenger is a novice player who has not won an open tournament. A junior may continue to participate in challenger events, in their age appropriate division, until they have won no more than (2) Challenger Tournaments. After two (2) Challenger Tournament wins, a junior is no longer eligible for a Challenger event until they age up into the next division.
A player may not play out of his/her age division in a Challenger event until the month in which the junior ages up. Players must compete in the age group of their Current age.
10’s Challenger will be best of 3 short sets (first to 4 games). If the score reaches 4-4 in games, a 7 point tiebreak will be played to determine the winner of that set. Matches will be no-ad scoring.