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ITA Summer Circuit 2019 with Cory Brooks

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Welcome to Season 8, Episode 22 of the ParentingAces Podcast! In this week’s episode, I chat with Cory Brooks, the ITA Senior Director of Championships, Rankings and Membership about the 2019 ITA Summer Circuit. Be sure to check out our new News & Notes feature at the bottom of the page!

The Summer Circuit is one of my favorite series for junior players as well as incoming college freshmen and other college players looking for quality competition during their time off from school. These tournaments are held on college campuses across the US and offer the opportunity to play both singles and doubles for a relatively low entry fee. You can read more about the Summer Circuit and find all necessary links in my recent article at https://parentingaces.com/ita-summer-circuit-2019/.

If you have more questions about the ITA Summer Circuit in general, you can reach Cory at cbrooks@itatennis.com or visit the ITA website. Otherwise, Cory suggests reaching out to the Tournament Directors for questions regarding specific events. You can find that contact information on the UTR event page for the particular tournament.

In the podcast, you will hear Cory reference a new aspect to this year’s Summer Circuit. For more information on the NCAA rule regarding prize money for college tennis players, see this excerpt from the NCAA website

Can a student-athlete accept prize money?

In all sports except tennis, a student-athlete or prospective student-athlete may accept prize money as long as the amount of the prize is less than or equal to his or her expenses for participating in the competition, such as meals or lodging. The prize money may not pay for expenses of parents or coaches.

In tennis, a prospective student-athlete may accept up to $10,000 per year in prize money. Once he or she has accepted $10,000 in prize money in a particular year, he or she may accept additional prize money on a per-event basis as long as the amount of the prize does not exceed his or her expenses. A current tennis student-athlete may accept prize money as long as the amount of the prize is less than or equal to his or her expenses for participating in the competition.

Thank you to my son, Morgan Stone, aka STØNE, for our intro and outro music this season! You can find more of his music at SoundCloud.com/stonemuzic. If you’re interested in House Music, please be sure to check out his social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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News & Notes

  • The NCAA DI Championships Semifinals start this afternoon at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, FL. I will be there Sunday for the Men’s and Women’s Team Finals as well as for the first round of the individual tournament on Monday. If you’ll be there, too, please let me know so we can connect! The tournament is being televised on the Tennis Channel. For more information, click here.
  • The NCAA DIII Championships Elite 8 begin Monday, May 20th, at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. For more information, click here.
  • The NAIA Championships begin today at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL. For information on the men, click here. For information on the women, click here.
  • We have added a Certified Coach Membership to our options. If you are a tennis coach certified by USPTA, PTR, WTCA, or iTPA, you are eligible to join our site at a discount. For more information, click here.
  • Our panel is almost finalized for the Tennis Parent Info Session on College Recruiting for Female PSAs on August 23rd in New York! This is going to be a great event for parents of female players looking to play college tennis! For more information, click here.
  • If you are a Premium Member (or are considering upgrading your Free Membership), be sure to take note of all the amazing discounts and offers from our “partners”! Premium Members, click here to see everything available to you – we have added even more summer camp discounts! Free Members, suffice it to say if you take advantage of just one of these offers it will more than pay for your upgrade!



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One thought on “ITA Summer Circuit 2019 with Cory Brooks

  1. For the first week of ITA summer circuits which start in 2 1/2 weeks, out of 223 males players registered so far only 3% are UTR 12+, 4% are 11.5-12, 9% are 11-11.5, 19% are 10-11, 57% are UTR 5-10, and 7% are unranked. So 2/3 of players registered arent even UTR 10, while only 7%-10% would probably play a midmajor D1 lineup. In scanning those 200 names, I have seen one player who plays lower in the lineup of a 60ish ranked Power school. Only 3 of the 11 tourneys that weekend have at least 32 males registered so far. Even for the prize $ tourney at UCF, out of 44 players registered so far, only 2 are UTR 12+, 20% are UTR 11+, 18% are 10-11, but still 61% are UTR <10 or unranked.

    ITA has got to do a better job of marketing these tourneys to college players. Very few D1 college players or better players from other divisions are going to register for these tourneys before the deadline when they see 60%-2/3 of players are not even UTR 10+. One idea to get the ball rolling for next year is to give free registration to the first 4 players with UTR above 11.5 or 12 at each site. Then other players may sign up if they see applicants they could play for competitive matches.

    The ITA summer circuit could be an ideal setup for college players with UTR rankings 11-13+. Most of the guys getting in Futures are 13.5+ with some lower 13s/high 12s getting in on ITF world points. Prize money tourneys or local men's opens may run during the week or be long tourneys-hard for college players who have to work during the summer. The summer circuit tourneys run Sat-Mon which could mean no missed work except for the finalists. If the A draw was 16 players, it could be finished in 2 days and end on Sunday. Every year there are a couple ITA circuits either local or within 2 hours drive, but son has not played because there are only a couple of D1 level players (mostly MMs). Each year we hope the draws will be stronger, but with the exception of ITA summer championship that has not happened. The prize $ is a great idea, but other tweaks that would help are max draw of 16 for A draw with a set min UTR, 1-2 week early registration for current college players before opening to all, and free registration for a few top players at each site as mentioned before. There is a real gap for summer tourneys for US college D1 players who arent Futures level (or cant get in this year but got in last summer). Internationals can play high level club at home. The ITA summer circuit should fill that gap but those players are not going to sign up when they see all the UTR 7s and 8s.

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