Level 9 (Entry-Level)

A fun way for youth tennis players to gain experience on the court in a no-pressure environment.

  • Red (10U), Orange, Green, or Yellow ball
  • For ages 18 & Under
  • Tournaments are half-day to one-day events
  • Matches are timed
  • Players must know how to serve, rally and score
  • Players learn and gain match experience
  • Fun and supportive atmosphere
  • Mandatory Court Monitors
  • Non-elimination format
  • No ranking points awarded

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Level 8 (Entry-Level)

The perfect start for the new player in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

  • Orange, Green, or Yellow ball
  • Limited to players ranked 400 and above on the USTA Florida Standings List
  • Most tournaments finish in 1 day and play multiple matches
  • Modified scoring and draw formats
  • Players must know how to serve, rally and score
  • Non-elimination format
  • No ranking points awarded

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Level 7 (Intermediate)

Theese tournaments are great for the player starting their junior competitive career.  Players should have basic match experience and have completed a number of practice matches.  Players are guaranteed 2 matches.

  • Orange or Yellow ball
  • Players are guaranteed 2 matches
  • Players should have experienced some success in Level 8 tournaments
  • These tournaments count for a USTA Florida Ranking

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Level 6 (Advanced)

These tournaments are for the more serious junior competitive player.

  • Green or Yellow ball
  • Players are guaranteed 2 singles matches
  • Players should have experienced some success in Level 7 tournaments
  • These tournaments count for a USTA Florida Ranking with a higher ranking value than the Level 7

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Level 5 (Advanced)

These tournaments are held three times per year where the top players in the state come to compete.  The draw sizes for level 5 tournaments are either a 32 or a 64.  Players are also given the opportunity to play doubles in addition to singles.

  • Yellow ball
  • The top ranked players are selected from those that apply
  • 3 of the Level 5s will offer doubles in addition to singles
  • These tournaments count for a USTA Florida Ranking with a higher ranking value than the Level 6

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Level 4 (Advanced)

Players are selected and tournaments are held one time per month. More ranking points are offered which sometimes attracts the higher ranked player.

  • Yellow ball
  • There are four level 4 tournaments (One 32 draw and three 64 draws)
  • These tournaments count for a USTA Florida Ranking with a higher ranking value than the Level 5 and and also count for a USTA National Ranking
  • Level 4 tournaments played in Florida may count for a FL ranking as well as a national ranking

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Level 3 (Advanced)

There are two Level 3 singles & 2 doubles tournaments – USTA Florida Winter Championships and the “Bobby Curtis” Junior State Championships plus the USTA Florida Level 3 Doubles Spring Challenge at the National Campus & the USTA FL “Bobby Curtis” Doubles Championship.

  • Green or Yellow ball
  • There are also Level 3 National Tournaments titled “National Selection Tournaments.”
  • Level 3 National tournaments played in Florida may count for a FL ranking as well as a national ranking
  • These tournaments count for a USTA Florida Ranking and a USTA National Ranking

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Level 2 (Advanced)

These tournaments consist of “National Selection” and Zonal Team Competition. 

  • Yellow Ball
  • These tournaments are held around the United States
  • Zonals and Level 2 tournaments played in Florida may count for a USTA Florida Ranking as well as the USTA National Ranking

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Level 1 (Advanced)

These tournaments are the highest level of competitive tennis in the United States.  These tournament are for players who have earned a high enough ranking in order to gain entry.

These tournaments count for a USTA Florida Ranking and a USTA National Ranking.

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  • USTA Florida sanctioned tournaments (Level 3-7)
  • All tournaments on the USTA National Junior schedule
  • Results of workshops, exhibitions, or unsanctioned tournaments will not be counted toward the point tabulations.
  • Players are awarded ranking points in the 12s through 18s divisions. USTA Florida does not rank players in the 10 and under division.

Rankings are published 3 days before the registration deadline of Florida’s level 3, 4 and tournaments.

If your name does not appear on the ranking list and you have won at least one match in a USTA Florida Junior tournament and met the Florida Residency Requirement, or for any other questions, you can contact Ann Brown. Please have the age division of the player that you are inquiring about and his or her USTA membership number available.

If you disagree with any tournament results, you need to contact the tournament director of that specific tournament. Only the tournament directors can make changes to published tournament results. The accuracy of the ranking lists is dependent on tournaments being published on time.

Find Rankings On Combine Standings & Tentative Ranking Lists

These documents are required for a player to be listed on the Florida Tentative Ranking list and Florida Endorsement list. They are also required to be considered for selection into the Level 3, 4, & 5 tournaments, Intersectional and Zonal teams, and USTA National Championships. Once the documents are received the player will be eligible to enter these events.

Note: Names will appear on the Tentative Ranking list when the rankings for the next ranking period are calculated. This will also serve as confirmation that the paperwork has been approved. The Florida “Tentative Rankings” are updated approximately 1 time per month in accordance with the schedule of Florida’s level 3, 4 and 5 tournaments.

All Junior players, who intend to participate in the events listed above must submit the following and be approved by the USTA Florida office 3 weeks before the start of the level 3, 4 or 5”.
(Faxes will not be accepted.)

  1. A copy of the player’s birth certificate.
  2. A copy of a Declaration of Domicile, signed by the parent(s) proving that the player’s parent(s) live and work in Florida. The Declaration of Domicile form can be obtained at your County Clerk of Courts Office. This document must be notarized.
  3. A copy of the player’s USTA card.
  4. Processing fee of $25.00 per player. Please make the check out to USTA Florida.
  5. If the player’s Birth Certificate is from a foreign country then the player must submit a copy of the Permanent Resident Card, commonly called “the Green Card.” Visas, no matter what type, do not satisfy this rule.

Find Your Florida Clerk Of Court Office

Send your documents & processing fee to:

USTA Florida
Attention: Junior Competitive Department
12005 Performance Drive
Orlando, FL 32827
 

In the event of a dispute as to the eligibility of a player according to the requirements above based upon the domicile of the player’s parent, the following factors shall be used to determine the true domicile:

  1. Where the parent files a state tax return.
  2. Where the head of household (primary wage earner) resides and is employed.
  3. Address on the parents’ federal income tax return.
  4. Affidavit of domicile executed by the head of the household.
  5. Intent to permanently reside in Florida notwithstanding the eligibility of the player to qualify for closed tournaments.
  6. Siblings declared residence for higher education tuition aid.
  7. Residence of dependent children of player’s parents.

“Bobby Curtis” Junior State Championships

A singles tournament is held each summer and doubles tournament each fall for the top players from age divisions 12s through 18s. 

Singles 12s – 18s Info  Doubles 12s – 18s Info

“Bobby Curtis” Orange Ball Sectional Championships

New in 2017, this tournament is for the 10s age division and players qualify by being a champion in at least one of 16 designated qualifying tournaments throughout the year.

Orange Ball Championships Information  Qualifying Tournaments

“Bobby Curtis” Green Ball Sectional Championships

Introduced in 2016, this tournament is for the 10s age division and players qualify by being a finalist in at least one of 16 designated qualifying tournaments throughout the year.

Green Ball Championships Info  Qualifying Tournaments

USTA Junior Player Promise

I recognize that tennis is a sport that places the responsibility for fair play on me.

I promise to abide by the rules of the game, which require me to give the benefit of the doubt to my opponent.

At all times I shall strive to compete with the true spirit of sportsmanship, recognizing that my behavior on the court is a direct reflection of my character.

Whether this match ends with my victory or defeat, I promise to conduct myself in a way that honors my opponents, my team, those who support me, and the game of tennis.

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Additional Resources

Have Questions Or Need Assistance?

We are here to help. 

  • For Youth Pathway & Green Ball Championships related questions and assistance please contact Jennifer Wysocki
  • For Entry-Level & Orange Ball Championships related questions and assistance please Contact Thad Hawkes
  • For all other questions and assistance please contact Ann Brown
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