Clarification on Selection Process for 2014

A reader asked a question in the Comments section of a previous article regarding the selection process for the new Gold Ball team event in March. Since I didn’t have the answer, I contacted my Go-To Guy, Bill Ozaki, Director of Programs & Player Development in the Southern section. Here is what he shared with me:

Players for that event (March Team Event – 32 draw) will be chosen from the National Standings at the time of selection. There are five national events where sections will have a quota: National clay, hard and winter championships and the February and October closed regionals. Zonals and intersectional team events are by section selection. All other events are selected from the National Standings.

I hope this help clarifies things for y’all. For the complete National Schedule for 2014, please click here (right click on the schedule page to rotate it).


One Comment on “Clarification on Selection Process for 2014”

  1. This is outright depressing_ even to a parent of a jr player who is going to college next year and no longer needs to participate in this new format. Perhaps the time is ripe to replace USTA national jr. tournaments_ just like how TennisRecruiting rankings have replaced USTA rankings.

    As a brain storming suggestion, perhaps you can work with TennisRecruiting to sponsor 3 national tournaments similar to USTA’s Zoo/Winter/Clay 128 draw (or even a 190+ draw). The key is to attract top players to play_ perhaps by doubling/tripling TennisRecruiting ranking points for these tournaments; selection to these tournaments are based on TennisRecruiting rankings.

    Make it profitable for tournament sponsors. Perhaps you can hook up with hotels, car rentals, or get financial support from tennis advocates. Personally, I would pay $300 entry fee because with these tournaments, my child has the MOTIVATION to develop and play his game by having the opportunity to play with other top players from other parts of the country and being able to be scouted by many college coaches in one location.

    I think if you set this up correctly, the kids will play.

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