Approved Changes Still Need Board Okay
The following is the official announcement I received just a few minutes ago from LetUsKnow.com. Given that I’m going on the air in less than 15 minutes, I haven’t had a chance to read through everything yet. I welcome your comments below.
We are writing to let you know that the U.S. Tennis Association has taken another positive step toward approving some significant changes to the previously approved 2014 national junior competition structure during the Association’s Annual Meeting this weekend in Weston, Fla.
In recent months, the proposed changes to the national junior competition structure have been socialized extensively. This includes at the USTA National and Sectional levels as well as during nine Listening Sessions held throughout the country, which drew more than 600 attendees, and through the Letusknow@usta.com e-mail address, where approximately 150 unique individuals provided feedback. There has also been considerable junior competition content posted on various blogs and via social media that has served to inform and provide a forum for discussion.
Below are the links outlining and explaining the recommendations—as put forth unanimously by the USTA Junior Competition & Sportsmanship Committee—which were discussed extensively and unanimously approved by USTA Section Leadership during the Association’s Annual Meeting on Monday, March 18. These changes will be officially voted on by the USTA Board of Directors in mid-April.
A few of the changes that have been recommended include creating more national play opportunities and more competitive options for junior players, while upholding the ideals of earned advancement and driving more competitive play locally (i.e., to the sectional level). The goal of these changes is to create a structure that best serves juniors who compete at all levels—and with it, the sport of tennis as a whole.
Thank you very much for your thoughtful feedback and consideration. If you have additional questions or comments, please continue to direct all correspondence to Letusknow@usta.com.
USTA Communications Department