For parents of junior tournament players, there are important rules and regulations; forms and schedules; and facts and resources that will make the USTA tournament process easier to follow.
USTA Eastern has several levels of programming ranging from fun to recreational to competitive to high performance. Whatever level your child is at, USTA Eastern has a program for you.
What is the USTA Eastern Pathway for tournament players?
If you are just getting started in the system, the following Tournament Level Definitions serve as a guide to becoming a top-ranked junior in the USTA Eastern Section:
These Sectional Closed Championships are the pinnacle of competition in the Eastern Section. L1 tournaments are for sectional residents only who represent the top-ranked individuals around and may be ranked nationally as well.
The Eastern Level 1 Championships are open tournaments that are the next step up geared for those advanced ranked players.
The Eastern Level 1 Challenger events are open tournaments for intermediate and advanced players.
These Eastern Level 2 Championships are open tournaments for the intermediate, ranked players.
The L2R is a Regional Championship tournament for the same intermediate, ranked players. However, only regional residents can compete in these closed tournaments.
These are our introductory tournaments designated for unranked players (UPS) only. After winning two Level 3’s you must move on to compete in Level 2 (L2) tournaments.
Please note that a junior player must be a USTA member to play any of these tournaments.
Click here to find out how to become a USTA member.
How do we enter a tournament?
Start by reviewing the Age Eligibility Guide. This will tell you, based on what year your child was born, what age level he/she is eligible to play in.
Next, review the Rules & Regulations of USTA Eastern regarding tournament entry, point penalty suspensions, and ranking.
Finally, it's time to sign up. Check out the schedule to find a tournament in your area. Entries should be done on-line; entry fees apply.
Tournament players receive Regional, Sectional, and/or National rankings.