Prior to entering tennis tournaments, players and parents may wish to view the information guides below:
- USTA Rating Guideline Chart for Adult Players
- SCTA INFORMATION GUIDE FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY (FAQ’S)
- Click Here for Information regarding Novice Tournament format, rules,eligibility, etc.
- Find a Tournament
DHTC Junior Tournaments:
Satellite tournaments (level 6) are for players getting started in regular junior tournament competition. To play Satellite tournaments, players must be eligible according to the SCTA rules below:
The below rules do not apply to the 10s & 8s divisions.
1. A player ranked in the top 100 (18s-12s only) on the standings list at the entry deadline is not eligible for Level 6 play in that age division. They may choose to play in a Level 6 tournament in an older age division provided they are not ranked in the top 100 of that division.
2. All Level 6 tournament winners will be invited to participate in the 2018 Satellite Masters. Please note that in order to have the tournament count as a “win”, the player must have won three or more matches (not including byes or defaults, unless the default is in the finals) to win the tournament.
3. A Round Robin Tournament winner is eligible for the Satellite Masters, as long as the player wins 3 matches (not including defaults).
4. Singles eligibility determines doubles eligibility.
5. Players who have had success in Level 6 play are HIGHLY encouraged to move up to Level 5 tournaments.
6. A junior player who has difficulty competing in Level 5 (open) junior tournaments may petition to the SCTA Junior Satellite Committee to return to Level 6 tournament play.
If you plan to enter a Level 6 or Level 7 tournament, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure that you are eligible to play in those levels of tournaments. Players who repeatedly enter levels of tournaments they are ineligible for, are subject to probation or suspension of play. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the SCTA office directly.
Novice (level 7) Round Robin Tournament
LEVEL 7 Novice tournaments are designed so that entry-level players have an opportunity to participate in a tournament setting where they get to compete against a number of opponents during a set period of time (usually three hour blocks). This type of tournament is for players who have not competed in junior tournaments or who have very little tournament experience. Novice tournaments do not count toward SCTA ranking. These rules do not apply to the 8 and under division.
1. No player who has won a match (not including defaults or byes) in the main draw of any SCTA junior open tournament (1-5 level) will be eligible for Level 7 Novice events.
2. Players who win 2 rounds in a main draw (not including defaults or byes) of a SCTA Level 6 junior satellite tournament are not eligible to participate in Level 7 Novice Events.
3. Players who win 2 Level 7 tournaments (with draws of 6 or more) must move up to Level 6 Satellite Tournaments, regardless of the age division(s) they won.
4. Various formats may be used at these events. Most Level 7 tournaments will be round robin with multiple opponents.
NOVICE TOURNAMENT FORMAT:
The Novice or Pre-satellite format is run differently than Open or Satellite tournaments. Instead of single elimination play, “Novice” is a round robin style of play where players compete against opponents of the same age bracket during a set period of time (typically 3 hours). For example, the B10 may be scheduled from 12 noon to 3 p.m., the G12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and so forth. Once the exact times are determined they will be posted the Friday prior to the tournament. The number of games played against each opponent is determined by the following: The total players in a division divided into 36 will determine the number of games played per round. For example, if there are 5 players in the B12 they will play a total 7 games total against each opponent. If there are 8 players in the division they would play 4-5 games total (all no-add scoring) against each opponent. If draws are small, the tournament committee reserves the right to combine divisions (lower/higher divisions or male and female same age) at their discretion. Winners will still be determined by the gender or age bracket.