January 12th, 2017
Florida 10-and-Under Tennis Orange, Green Ball Circuits, Championships Unveiled for 2017
Florida tennis players age 10-and-under at the orange- and green-ball levels in 2017 now have a tournament circuit and season-ending championship all their own.
The green ball circuit will be 16 qualifying tournaments from Jan.-Sept. 2017, and the orange ball circuit 12 qualifying tournaments, both leading to respective season-ending tournaments for qualifiers.
The USTA Florida Section last year introduced the 10 & Under Youth Progression Pathway, growing unique tournament players age 10 and under from 400 to more than 1,900 players. Players on the Pathway engage in online tracking of results with game-play elements to engage players, such as earning “stars” and “trophies” as they progress.
“We have seen a large increase in 10-and-under participation, and anticipate another leap forward in 2017 with the addition of an orange ball circuit and championships added to the green ball circuit,” says USTA Florida Director of Competitive Tennis Jason Gilbert. “This reinforces the right-sized courts, balls and racquets children need to be playing with for their optimal development and success. It also helps children who have already had tennis success move on to the next stage in their development.”
GREEN BALL CIRCUIT
The Florida green ball circuit is comprised of 16 designated Level 6 Regional Qualifiers held Jan.-Sept. 2017. Players can qualify for the season-ending championship by winning or reaching the final of any of the 16 tournaments.
If less than 32 players are eligible for the championships, alternate players will be invited with the most green ball wins between Jan.-Sept. The season-ending 2017 “Bobby Curtis” Green Ball Sectional Championships will be held on Oct. 21-22, 2017 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.
Green Ball Level 6 Regional Tournament Qualifiers:
Jan. 21 — Celsius Winter Level 6
Feb. 18 — Amelia Island Spring Smash Level 6
Feb. 20 — Pensacola Country Club Junior Level 6
March 4 — Biscayne Tennis Junior Championships L6
April 9 — Lowell’s Little Legions Level 6
May 6 — Innisbrook Champs Level 6
May 13 — Rick Macci Level 6
May 20 — Academia Sanchez-Casal May Level 6
June 17 — Palm Beach Gardens Green Regional Qualifier
June 24 — Red Bug Summer Level 6
July 29 — Naples Green Regional Qualifier
Aug. 12 — Hendrickson Memorial Level 6
Aug. 26 — Coral Gables Green Regional Qualifier
Sept. 9 — Crazy Gator Championships Level 6
Sept. 9 — Coleman Junior Level 6
Sept. 9 — Seascape Fall Level 6
Oct. 14 — USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Green Ball Sectional Championships
To enter tournaments or for more info go to www.ustaflorida.com/event/2017-bobby-curtis-green-ball-sectional-championships.
ORANGE BALL CIRCUIT
The Florida orange ball circuit is comprised of 12 designated Level 7 Regional Qualifiers held Jan.-Sept. 2017. Players can qualify for the season-ending championship by winning or reaching the final of any of the 12 tournaments, and will be placed on a team for the championship.
If less than 32 players are eligible for the championships, alternate players will be invited with the most orange ball wins, and who have completed at least one season of Junior Team Tennis between Jan.-Sept. The season-ending 2017 “Bobby Curtis” Orange Ball Team Tennis Sectional Championships will be held on Oct. 28-29 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
Orange Ball Level 7 Regional Tournament Qualifiers:
Jan. 14 — The Tennis Club of Palm Beach Level 7
March 11 — Lee County CTA March Level 7 at Three Oaks Park
April 8 — Friends of Miami Tennis “Spring” Level 7
April 15 — Harbour Island Athletic Club Level 7
April 29 — Babolat Junior Classic Level 7
May 6 — Red Bug Park Spring Tournament Level 7
May 13 — Jonesville Championships Level 7
July 15 — Panama City Racquet Club Junior Level 7 Championships
July 22 — Celsius Level 7 Classic
July 29 — Rick Macci’s Summer Championships Level 7
Sept. 9 — Florida Tennis Center 10 and Under Orange Regional Qualifier
Sept. 16 — Delray Champions Level 7
Oct. 28 — USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Orange Ball Team Tennis Sectional Championships
For more info click below:
2017 USTA Florida Green Ball Circuit
2017 USTA Florida Orange Ball Circuit
For more information on the USTA Florida 10 & Under Youth Progression Pathway go to www.ustaflorida.com/youthtennis/junior-tournaments/10u-youth-progression-pathway.