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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 do the tournament levels mean? PDF  | Print |  E-mail


In the Points Per Round Ranking System, tournaments will fall into categories, or Tiers, to determine the point values a player receives when playing in a particular tournament. The highest level tournaments which will bring out the strongest players are Level 1 tournaments. On the other hand, the lowest level tournaments which bring out the players who are new to tennis are Level 5 tournaments. Tournaments can also be rated in more than one category. For example, an NC Level 3 tournament may also be rated a Southern Level 4 tournament. When you are searching for tournaments to play, make sure you pay attention to the tournament level.

How does a tournament receive a level?

The first component in determining the strength value of a tournament is the average size of the draw. The size of the draw is given a point value. The average number of players in a draw is determined by the number of players entered into a tournament divided by the number of draws held.

The second component in determining the strength value is the quality of the players competing in the event. For each highly ranked player (Top 50 in NC & Top 100 in USTA Southern Section), the tournament will be awarded a certain number of points. The player’s ranking is based only on the age group in which he or she is playing. Therefore, when a player ranked #25 in the Boys 12’s in NC plays in the Boys 14’s (and is not ranked in the Top 50 in NC in the 14’s), the tournament will not receive a point for him.

These two components will be added together. The value of the Tournament Director Point System (this point system is designed to give tournament directors points if they do not comply with NC Sanction and Schedule Rules) will then be subtracted from the previous two components to calculate a final tournament value. Depending on this value, the tournament will be determined either a Level 3 or Level 4.

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