Junior Tournament Guide


When your child is ready to compete, there is no better way to start than with USTA Junior Tournaments. There is local competition for kids of all levels—entry-level, intermediate and advanced—and as age and ability advance there are also national level tournaments.

USTA Junior Tournaments are offered in a variety of formats, including individual, team, non-elimination and elimination. This allows kids to compete in a way that makes them feel comfortable…that matches their level of play and helps them to experience success.

Junior Tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want—high school, college or pros—or just have fun competing, all while advancing as players.
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Signing Up for USTA Tournaments

We’ve had several USTA ranked players in our program, and recently had some inquiries from parents about how to get their kids started along that same path. Here are some of the top questions:

Q. Do I need a USTA membership to participate in tournaments?
A. Yes, you need a USTA number in order to register for tournaments. There are a variety of membership options. Go to www.membership.usta.com

Q. How stiff is the competition?
A. I think what parents are really asking is obvious, “Will my child get crushed and embarrassed?” No, your child will most likely not get “crushed”. The USTA divides the junior tournaments into three basic categories. Your child will be competing in ENTRY LEVEL events or what is know as DISTRICT LEVEL 8 Jr. Tournaments.

Q. Where are the tournaments?
A. Tournaments are regional. Our region in Pennsylvania is the Middle States Region. When finding a tournament you will look for Middle States: Pennsylvania tournaments. This means you will be given a list of every tournament available in Pennsylvania. During the summer months it’s easy to find tournaments in and around the Philadelphia area. In the fall and winter, you may need to travel further out of the immediate Philadelphia area to find them.

Q. How does my son or daughter get a ranking?
A. There is a formula that the USTA uses to determine rankings. They apply the formula to everyone equally. At this point, I wouldn’t worry too much about figuring it out. Just compete and keep getting better.

Q. Can my child play outside his age group?
A. He/she can play up but not down. If you have a 12 year old who plays 14 and under tournaments, he/she will not be able to play 10 and under tournaments. The age categories are 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under–for both boys and girls.

Q. When must my child move up an age group?
A. For example, he/she can play 12 and under tournaments until their 13th birthday.

Q. Can I sign up online?
A. Yes!!! In fact the USTA has made it very simple. It can all be done by going to www.middlestates.usta.com. But the first step is to get a USTA Junior Membership. As always, we are happy to help and can walk you through the process online.

Q. What can I expect when I arrive at the tournament?
A. Tournament directors want you to arrive at least 30 minutes before your match. The “Draw” is posted online one or two days before the tournament start date. Match time is also posted. Arriving late (even by a few minutes) can result in a forfeiture or lose of a game or two. When you arrive, check in with the tournament director. When your match is ready, both participants will be called to the desk, instructions will be given, and a court will be assigned. Take some snacks and a book to read during the down time. Waiting around for the next match time can be lengthy!

Q. Where can I get more information?
A. Usta.com/Youth-Tennis/Team-Tennis

Additional information

NEW District Level 8 (DR L8) Jr. Tournaments

DR-Level 8 entry level events are used to introduce competition at all ages in such a way that individual pressure is minimized and learning opportunities are maximized.

  • (DR-L8) events will be introductory 1-Day tournaments with multiple play opportunities.
  • (DR-L8) 8 and under divisions will use a Red Ball on 36′ court (replaced the DR L7’s)
  • (DR-L8) 10 and under divisions will use a Orange Ball on 60′ court (replaced the DR L7’s)
  • (DR-L8) 12 and under divisions will use a Green Dot Ball on 78′ court
  • (DR-L8) 14, 16 and 18 and under division will use a Yellow Ball on 78′ court

Entry Requirements for District Level 8 (DR L8)

  • 8 and 10 under events: players must be age eligible only
  • 12 and under events: players must be age eligible and can not have a current Sectional standing/ranking less than 40 (> 40)
  • 14, 16, 18 and under events: players must be age eligible and can not have a current Sectional standing/ranking less than 70 (>70)