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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 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 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 is the difference between District, Southern & National Events? What is a tournament pathway? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

State Events (i.e. North Carolina)


Most players start their tournament pathway playing state tournaments. State tournaments are leveled. Players should begin in novice events or level 5 tournaments. The tournaments are structured for development and often have tournament staffs that are player friendly and can help make the entry into tournament play enjoyable. As players prove successful at this level they should progress into state level 4 and level 3’s. These tournaments are more competitive then novice events therefore bringing out stronger more experienced players. The points per round chart helps explain the difference. As players have success at these level events they progress into State Level 1 and 2. These are the most competitive state events and therefore very competitive. Do not start your tournament pathway at this level. Players should progress at their individual development timetable.

Sectional Events (i.e. Southern)

As players have success at the state level they begin to play events outside their state called Sectional Events. Sectional events are leveled very similar to local districts and states. Start in Level 4 events and progress through the levels having success at each level. Sectional Level 3 events are more competitive and most events are geographically stronger then others. An event in GA will be significantly more competitive then one in MS. Level 1A events are called Designateds and various Sectional events during the year. They are more competitive and bring out the best players in the section. Sectional Championships are Level 1 events. These events bring out all of the best players in the section. Players who apply to Sectional Events are selected from their Sectional standing/ranking. State standings are not considered at the sectional level, except for Sectional Championships. Each State has a quota that gives the players in the quota automatic entry into the Sectional Championships

National Events

As players progress through the sectional levels they begin to play national events. National Events are the most competitive events in the tournament pathway within the USTA, The events are leveled as well and entry is on a players National standing/ranking. Sectional Standings are not considered at the National level except for National Championships. Each Section has a quota that gives the players in the quota automatic entry into the National Championships. Most states/sections/districts now allow events point values to carry down to that level. For example a National Level 1 counts as a State level 1.

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