The Junior Competitive Tennis Council has mandated a strict enforcement of the Florida Residency Requirement for USTA Florida Level 3, 4, & 5 tournaments, endorsement to USTA National events, and Intersectional and Zonal teams. For all these events, USTA Florida follows the USTA eligibility rule for USTA National tournaments.
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.)
- A copy of the player’s birth certificate.
- 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.
- A copy of the player’s USTA card.
- Processing fee of $25.00 per player. Please make the check out to USTA Florida.
- 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.
Where To Send Your Documents
Send your documents and processing fee to:
Attention: Junior Competitive Department
12005 Performance Drive
Orlando, FL 32828
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:
- Where the parent files a state tax return.
- Where the head of household (primary wage earner) resides and is employed.
- Address on the parents’ federal income tax return.
- Affidavit of domicile executed by the head of the household.
- Intent to permanently reside in Florida notwithstanding the eligibility of the player to qualify for closed tournaments.
- Siblings declared residence for higher education tuition aid.
- Residence of dependent children of player’s parents.