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What's New in The Midwest in 2012
USTA College Information Session at the ACC Tournament
Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier
What's New in The Midwest in 2012   2012 has brought many new changes for junior competitive tournament players. National USTA has made significant changes to the tournament schedule which have reduced opportunities for many. Meanwhile, the Midwest USTA has responded to the requests of players and parents with several notablechanges: • Midwest now "owns" the elevated tournaments (Levels 1-5); this should ensure more consistent standards for tournaments, including:
o No matches starting before 8am
o 12 hours guaranteed between matches from one day to the next
o For 14s, 12s, and10-and-Unders, no matches start/resume after 9pm
o For 16s and 18s, no matches start/resume after 10pm
• Efforts made to better distribute elevated tournaments (Levels 1-5) geographically (53% in Michigan and Ohio, down from 71%)
• All events begin on Saturday
• There are elevated tournaments during all holidays, so less school is missed
• New 2-day 32-draw tournaments added
• Many more doubles added, most with a one-match consolation
• All are Feed-In Consolation
• Boys and Girls 10s compass draws added
• Concurrent events of different levels held on same weekend, allowing players to sign up for both Let us know your thoughts on these changes....join our Facebook community!  
USTA College Information Session at the ACC Tournament High school players, parents, and coaches are invited to attend a College Information Session hosted by the USTA on Saturday April 23rd at the ACC Championships, held at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary NC.
Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier We have found information about the 2011 Tar Heel Qualifier changes posted at on NCTennis.com since the first of the year but know that some folks are still just finding out. We encourage you to make a regular stop at www.nctennis.com from time to time as that as forum is used to distribute the most information. But, in case you have not visited the site or have and have questions, please read the following.
What should be in my tennis bag? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Young players often start with two racquets and a water bottle. As players progress through the ranks, they begin to learn about nutrition, injuries, heat issues, sweating, hydration, and equipment requirements for different surfaces, temperatures and altitudes. All of this can become very confusing for players and parents. This is a short guide to get you started on the correct path. Players should adapt based on their individual needs.

  • Extra racquets - often strung at different tensions to accommodate temperature and humidity changes.
  • Extra Strings - one never knows if a tennis shop has your type of strings available or how much they might charge for them. It is best to travel with many extra sets in your bag.
  • Extra Grips - humidity levels, excessive tension, dropping the racquet can all cause the grips to wear out. Towel - to remove sweat and to help a player focus.
  • Snack - for glucose and glycogen replacement.
  • Electrolyte Drink - to help hydration and electrolyte replacement.
  • Extra shirts - to help with perspiration (e.g., white ones for hot days).
  • Hat - to help keep the sun out of the eyes and off the head.
  • Wristbands - to keep hands dry and to use for removing sweat during play.
  • Warm-up balls - some events do not provide them so carry at least six (6) balls.
  • Socks and Shoes - extra socks helps prevent blisters and keep feet dry. Rarely shoes will rip through the soles and an extra pair often comes in handy.
  • First Aid Kit - for blisters, cuts, scrapes, sprains, muscle pulls, etc. This should contain band-aids, heat and ice gels, gauze pads, cleaning ointments, etc.
  • Water - every player should carry a water bottle and at least follow the minimum guidelines for hydration (16 oz. 30 minutes before competition, 5-6 oz every changeover), and check your weight before and after the match and drink enough water to replace your lost water weight.
  • Stencils - for players with sponsors, they are required to have their racquets stenciled so a player should carry the ink and stencil at all times.
  • Sunscreen - to prevent skin cancer and sunburn.
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