USTA Junior Circuit – Star Island Resort’s One-Day Orange Ball Fest
What time will the tournament start? The first matches typically start between 8 and 9 am, but that doesn’t mean you will. Start time are very dependent on the number of player in the tournament and in your specific draw. I can’t answer this question until we have completed taking entries, compiled the draws, and the draws are officially posted.
How will I know when the draws have been posted? Typically the draws are posted on Friday morning by 11AM. Please don’t call, text, or email prior to this time asking for your match times, if we haven’t posted it, it’s because it isn’t finalized yet. When the draws are complete and posted, you will find them under the DRAWS tab. We will send out an email when draws are posted to notify players to check online.
What is the format? It will vary by division depending how many players are entered, but normally it will either be a short set(s) to 4 with no-ad scoring or a single 8-game set against each opponent. It will be a round robin, non-elimination format, and we will get all the players as many opponents as reasonalby possible within a 2.5 – 3 hour time frame.
Do we combine divisions? Yes, but only when there are small draws. We want to get the green dot players as many opponents as possible to give them experience playing multiple players with different playing styles. Typically the players in these age groups are novice players, so the age and gender differences don’t have the same amount of bearing on who wins or losses as it would for older players in a higher level event. We would only merge divisions that signed up to play with the same ball and court size.
I live far away, can I get a late start? No, since orange ball is a round robin format, all of the players typically need to start at the same time.
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