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USTA National Winter Championships (L1) BG12&14

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
Reffkin Tennis Center 50 S Alvernon Way TucsonAZ  85711
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
Reffkin Tennis Center 50 S Alvernon Way TucsonAZ  85711

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Division: BG(12-14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,COMP; BG(12-14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )d,SE

Notes:IMPORTANT!
Due to a new policy from the USTA’s legal department, tournament directors will no longer have access to phone numbers and email addresses of the tournament participants unless the player re-enters their contact information at time of event registration. This means that if a player does not enter their phone and email information each time they register for a tournament, the tournament director cannot contact them for any reason, including withdrawals, defaults, byes, rain delays, etc. Your cooperation will ensure that tournaments can continue to communicate necessary information to you. Thank you.

Reffkin Tennis Center & the City of Tucson welcome the 2016 USTA National Winter Championships to Tucson, Arizona!

LEVEL 1 - USTA NATIONAL WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP – Boys & Girls 12s & 14s

Tournament Sanctioned Dates are December 27th – January 2nd
Mandatory Check-in Date & Meeting -- December 26th

Tournament Director:
Meghan Houk
ustawinternationals@gmail.com
Reffkin Tennis Center - 520-791-4896
Tournament Cell Phone -
520-500-7352
For Fax - 707-772-4896

Tournament Referee:
Ed Osnowitz

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0) Selection Process
1) Deadlines

2) Wild Cards
3) Entering Multiple Divisions
4) Sectional Endorsements
5) Doubles Information
6) Draw and Match Formats
7) Date And Time For Draw To Be Made And Posted
8) Tournament Selection Procedures & Alternates
9) Late Entries Policy
10) Withdrawal/Entry Fee Refund Policy for USTA Junior National Championships
11) How Alternates List Is Ordered
12) How Alternates Get Into The Draw
13) On-Site Alternates
14) Check-In
15) Check-In Day Schedule
16) Tournament Schedule ***(Schedule is tentative and subject to change)***
17) Practice Court Reservations
18) Tournament Sites
19) Practice Sites
20) Racquet Stringing
21) Major Airports
22) Enterprise Rental Car
23) Official Hotel Accommodations
24) Tournament Training Sessions/Private Hitting Sessions
25) Professional Photography
26) Awards
27) Weather
28) Tournament Ball
29) Eligibility Requirements
30) Seeding Method
31) Dress Code
32) Thank You to Tournament Sponsors
33) Tournament Committee
34) Guest Speaker Information
35) Elevation in Tucson
36) Average Temperature in December
37) PLAYER WAIVER/RELEASE FORM
38) Match Point Pro Shop at Reffkin Hours
39) Tournament Sponsor - iTUSA Tennis

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0) SELECTION PROCESS:
Sectional Quota - 120 Spots
Wild Cards - 8 Spots
Singles = 128 Draw
**Please note to be accepted for a quota spot you need to be on your section's endorsement list.
Sectional Quota Breakdown:
(THIS INFO BELOW IS THE CORRECT INFO ON QUOTA'S, IGNORE THE SELECTION PROCESS TAB - USTA CANNOT UPDATE THAT TAB FOR SOME REASON)
Caribbean - 2
Eastern - 10
Florida - 11
Hawaii Pacific - 2
Intermountain - 4
Mid-Atlantic - 6
Middle States - 4
Midwest - 14
Missouri Valley - 4
New England - 5
Northern - 2
Northern California - 8
Pacific North West - 3
Southern - 19
Southern California - 12
Southwest - 4
Texas - 10
Link to more details on selection process:
https://www.usta.com/youth-tennis/junior-competition/ntlchsgselect_bg1412/

1) DEADLINES:
Tournament Registration Deadline – Thursday, December 1st at 11:59 AM (EST)
Wild Card Application Deadline – Applications must be received no later than five days after the entry deadline for the tournament for which the Wild Card is sought. Earlier application is strongly encouraged. (December 6th)
USTA Player Selection -- Should be completed by December 5th
Doubles & Partner Registration Deadline – Wednesday, December 14th at 11:00 PM (EST).
Deadline to Submit Doctor's Note/Trainer's Notes January 2nd, 2017

2) WILD CARDS:
Wild Cards are granted for the USTA National Championships by the USTA Wild Card Committee.

**Eligibility**: Applications for Wild Cards will be considered in extreme cases where extenuating circumstances have made the normal procedure of qualification and endorsement impossible. Wild Cards also may be granted based on the recommendation of the USTA National Coaching Staff that a player has demonstrated significant potential at the national and international level. No player that is under suspension by the USTA may be awarded a wild card. No player who has a national stating below the standing of the first alternate may be awarded a wild card unless, in the opinion of the wild card committee, the player will improve the overall strength of field of the tournament.

**Applications**: Request for Wild Cards are submitted by players using an online application. A link to the application is posted on the USTA website and shall be posted by the tournament to its website:
https://usta.fairplayams.com/AMS/public/sites/tennis/usta/ustaRequestWildcard.aspx

Wild Card applicants do not require Sectional Endorsement, but the application must be approved by the Sectional office. Note: Applications MUST be filed separately for each National Championship and received by the appropriate deadline (See below).

**Deadlines**: Applications must be received no later than five days after the entry deadline for which the Wild Card is sought. Earlier application is strongly encouraged. December 6th.

**Awarding of Wild Cards***: The Wild Card Committee will meet as soon as is practicable after the entry deadline to select from among the Wild Card applicants. The USTA Junior and Collegiate Competition Department will coordinate distribution of applications and the meeting time. As soon as Wild Card players are selected, they are notified by the USTA Junior and Collegiate Competition Department. The Tournament Director should also attempt to make contact with the player to receive the entry fee and any additional information that is required.

If you have any questions about Wild Cards please email Chandra Capozzi at Capozzi@usta.com.

Wild Card recipients should be notified by December 14th.

3) ENTERING MULTIPLE DIVISIONS:
A player may be entered in up to two age divisions of USTA National Championships when entries close. The TennisLink system will select players for these divisions in the following order: 18s, 16s, 14, and 12. If a player is entered in two age divisions and is selected into the older division, that player shall not be eligible for selection into the younger division. If a player is NOT selected for the older division, that player is eligible for selection in the younger division and is eligible to be an alternate in the younger division, but not the older division.

Additionally, a player may not enter one division in singles and a different division in doubles at sites where two divisions are held.

Contact the Director of Junior Competition IMMEDIATELY if it is discovered that a player is entered, at the time entries close, in two concurrent USTA National Championships. Players who are found to be entered in two concurrent National Championships will not be accepted into either USTA National Championship and must be levied Suspension Points.

4) SECTIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:
Make sure that your junior player is on your section's endorsement list for this tournament. To find out if your player is on the list, please contact your USTA Junior Competition Manager for your section.

5) DOUBLES INFORMATION:
1. All players entered into singles will automatically be entered into doubles as well. If you WOULD NOT like to play doubles, you need to email the tournament director to withdraw from doubles at ustawinternationals@gmail.com

2. The deadline to specify a specific partner is Wednesday, December 14th. If you do not specify a partner or withdraw from doubles by December 14th, you will be randomly assigned a partner.

3. To register with your doubles partner, you need to email the tournament director your child's name and USTA number along with the name and USTA number of their partner. You must CC: (copy) your doubles partner when you email the tournament director with the pairing.

FACEBOOK: We have a tournament Facebook page to assist players in finding doubles partners, warm-up partners, updated tournament information, and to make communication with other players easier. Copy and paste the following link into your web browser, which will direct you to the Facebook page.
www.facebook.com/winternationals

Special note: If any of the 128 singles players withdraw from doubles only, then we will fill the doubles draw based on the ordered singles alternates list. If we do have a doubles spot, we will email you an online invoice. In order to confirm you want a doubles only spot, that invoice will need to be paid within 24 hours. Accepting a doubles only spot will not change your position on the ordered singles alternates list. If you are asked to fill in for doubles, you will be randomly assigned a partner.

6) DRAW AND MATCH FORMATS:
Boy’s & Girl’s 12s
Singles – 128 Draw - Compass Draw – Main Draw Format is Best of 3 Sets (4 guaranteed opponents)
Singles Consolation - Match Tiebreak in Lieu of Third Set
Doubles – 64 Draw - Single Elimination – Match Tiebreak in Lieu of Third Set (1 guaranteed round)
Doubles Semi-Finals & Finals - Best of 3 Sets

Boy’s & Girl’s 14s
Singles – 128 Draw - Compass Draw – Main Draw is Best of 3 Sets (4 guaranteed rounds)
Singles Consolation - Match Tiebreak in Lieu of Third Set
Doubles – 64 Draw – Single Elimination – Match Tiebreak in Lieu of Third Set (1 guaranteed round)
Doubles Semi-Finals & Finals - Best of 3 Sets

7) DATE AND TIME FOR DRAW TO BE MADE AND POSTED
Draws will be made on Wednesday, December 21st at 3PM (EST) at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, AZ. Draws will be published online and at player registration on Monday, December 26th. All players are instructed to Check-In at their match site 15 minutes prior to their scheduled match time.

8) TOURNAMENT SELECTION PROCEDURES & ALTERNATES
https://www.usta.com/youth-tennis/junior-competition/ntlchsgselect_bg1412/


9) LATE ENTRIES POLICY
Late entries are not accepted into the tournament. Their only option is to apply for a Wild Card.

10) WITHDRAWAL/ENTRY FEE REFUND POLICY FOR USTA JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
AFTER ENTRY DEADLINE:
Immediately contact the tournament to withdraw from the tournament. All withdrawals have to be emailed so documentation is in writing. Email player withdrawals to ustawinternationals@gmail.com. Players must also fulfill the written verification requirements described below if the withdrawal is for injury, illness, or personal circumstance and the player wants to avoid being levied USTA Suspension Points.

Withdrawal After the Entry Deadline:
Players who withdraw after the entry deadline for any reason are NOT entitled to a refund.

http://www.usta.com/youth-tennis/junior-competition/withdrawalsentryfeerefunds/

The required written verification of an injury or illness must be from a medical professional and can be faxed to (707)-772-4896 or emailed to ustawinternationals@gmail.com

Players that suffer from an illness or injury during the tournament may obtain written verification from one of our certified athletic trainers that will be at the El Conquistador Resort and Reffkin Tennis Center. It is the player’s responsibility to obtain this written verification and deliver it to the tournament director at the time of withdrawal.

All withdrawals for any reason without the proper written notification are recorded as defaults and a code of conduct report will be completed for any player who fails to submit written verification/medical verification to the tournament director by January 2nd, 2017, 9PM.

If the player is withdrawing because of a personal emergency, the player must deliver a written explanation of the situation in detail to the tournament director, and the referee will determine whether the situation will be categorized as a personal emergency.

11) HOW ALTERNATES LIST IS ORDERED:
The Tournament Committee shall prepare an alternate list of those players with timely entries not accepted into the draw who appear on the Sectional Endorsement Lists and who are doubles finalists from the four preceding USTA National Opens. Alternates shall be ordered using the National Standings List used to accept players into the draw to fill remaining vacancies. Late entrants who are eligible for selection shall be listed below these players by the date and time on which the late entry is made. If multiple late entries are received at the same time, they shall be ordered by lot. Late entrants are not ordered by position on the National Standings List.

12) HOW ALTERNATES GET INTO THE DRAW:
The ordered alternates list at the top of the website I updated immediately if we do have a withdrawal. There is no need to call or email and ask if there have been any withdrawals.

Before the draw is made, withdrawal of a player that was accepted as part of a section's quota will be replaced with the next available player on that section's endorsement list. Withdrawal of a player who was not accepted as part of a section's quota will be replaced with the next highest remaining alternate. After the draw is made, withdrawing players will be replaced with the next highest remaining alternate.

13) ON-SITE ALTERNATES:
Only those players that have gone through the registration process and appear on the alternate list will be considered for on-site alternate substitution. On-site alternates will be considered in the ranking order that they appear on the alternate list. Any alternate player wishing to be an on-site alternate must check in with the desk at the appropriate location, ready to play, 30 minutes prior to the first round commencing (so be there at 8:00am). Alternates checking in after the first round has commenced will be placed at the bottom of the on-site alternate list, regardless of ranking. If any player shows up after 8am they will be on the bottom of the list regardless of what number they were on the ordered alternates list.

On-site alternates should report to:
Girls' 12s - Reffkin Tennis Center
Boys' 12s - Tucson Country Club
Boys' 14s - Tucson Racquet Club
Girls' 14s - Saddlebrooke Tennis

If you would like to be an On-Site Alternate please fill out the survey at the link below:
--LINK TO BE POSTED SOON--

On site alternates for DOUBLES should show up 30 minutes before the first match time at the main sites listed above.

14) CHECK-IN:
All players must check-in on December 26th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel – Reid Park-Tournament Registration Desk at 445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ, 85711

If you absolutely cannot attend check-in, go to the link below, provide us with the reason you are not attending, and fill out the other information requested. This form needs to be submitted by December 22nd.

Link to be posted by December 3rd.

15) Check-In Day Schedule:
December 26th, 2016
9:00 am ---- Training Workout Sessions Begin @ Reffkin
11:00 am – 5:30 pm ---- Event Check-in @ DoubleTree Hotel (Boojum Room)
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm ---- Mandatory Parents Meeting @ DoubleTree Hotel (Ballroom)
5:30 pm ---- Training Workout Sessions End @ Reffkin
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ---- Players Party, Dinner & Entertainment @ DoubleTree Hotel (Ballroom)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ---- Guest Speaker Dr. Jorge Valverde @ DoubleTree Hotel (Ballroom)
(Times and Locations are subject to adjustment – please check back often)

16) TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (Schedule is tentative and subject to change)
We will be playing doubles first then singles each day.
---Dec. 27 (Day 1 of 7)
1 Round of Singles + 1 Round of Doubles
---Dec. 28 (Day 2 of 7)
1 Round of Singles + 1 Round of Doubles
---Dec. 29 (Day 3 of 7)
1 Round of Singles + 1 Round of Doubles
---Dec. 30 (Day 4 of 7)
1 Round of Singles + 1 Round of Doubles
---Dec. 31 (Day 5 of 7)
1 Round of Singles (for Main Draw), 2 Rounds of Singles (for Consolation Brackets) + 1 Round of Doubles (Semis)
---Jan. 1 (Day 6 of 7)
1 Round of Singles (Main Draw Semis), 1 Round of Singles (Consolation Bracket Finals) + 1 Round of Doubles (Finals)
---Jan. 2 (Day 7 of 7)
Singles Finals, Singles 3rd/4th Play Match, Singles Gold Bracket Finals
When making your travel arrangements, please remember that finals day matches will continue through the afternoon and cannot be rescheduled.

17) PRACTICE COURT RESERVATIONS:
Limited courts will be available for reservation December 25th & 26th at Reffkin Tennis Center. $12 per court, Non-refundable. Call (520) 791-4896.

18) TOURNAMENT SITES:
(Age Groups Listed Below next to each site are subject to change. Towards the end of the tournament (January 1st and 2nd), all matches will be played at the Reffkin Tennis Center. ALL Tournament sites and dates below are subject to change. Time mentioned below is an approximate travel time from Main Site Reffkin to site listed.)
1.(REFF) Reffkin Tennis Center - GIRLS 12s -(12/27-1/2)- (Main Site) - 50 S. Alvernon Way
2.(TRC) Tucson Racquet Club - BOYS 14s -(12/27-12/31)- (12 min. from REFF) - 4001 N. Country Club Rd.
3.(ECRES) Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort - GIRLS 14s - (12/27-12/31)-(32 min. from REFF) - 10000 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ
4.(OVCC) – Oro Valley Community And Recreation Center – GIRLS 14s – (12/27 – 12/31) – (36 min. from REFF) - 10555 N La Cañada Dr, Oro Valley, AZ
5.(PIMAW) Pima Community College WEST - GIRLS 12s - (12/26-12/30) - (18 min. from REFF) - 2202 West Anklam Rd., Tucson, AZ 85709
6.(WWL) Westward Look Resort- BOYS 14s - (12/27-12-30) -(10 min. from ELCON) - 245 East Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
7. (SCOV) Sun City Oro Valley - GIRLS 14s - (12/27-12/31) - (14 min from OVREC) - 1565 East Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, Oro Valley, AZ 85755
8. (DESOA) Desert Oasis Recreation Center - (12/27-12/30) - (14 min from OVREC) - 14650 N Sun City Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755
9. (LAPAL) La Paloma - BOYS 12s - (12/27-12/30) - 3800 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718
10. (LAMAR) La Mariposa - BOYS 12s - (12/27-12/31) - 1501 N. Houghton Rd., Tucson, AZ 85749
11. (TCC) Tucson Country Club - BOYS 12s - (12/27-12/31) - 2950 N. Camino Principal, Tucson, AZ 85715
12. (HIMM) Himmel Tennis Center - BOYS 14s - (12/26-12/30) - 1000 N. Tucson Blvd, Tucson AZ 85716
13. (CFHS) Catalina Foothills High School - BOYS 12s - (12/26-12/30) - 4300 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718
14. (SADDL) Saddlebrooke - GIRLS 14s - (12/26-12/30) - 64335 Saddlebrooke Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85739

19) Practice S
ites:
When courts are in use for practice and are limited, please share and warm-up four to a court.
SITE NAME (Distance from Reffkin) - ADDRESS
1. DoubleTree Hotel -Available 12/27-1/02- 3 Courts - 445 S. Alvernon Way
2. Catalina Magnet High School – Available 12/27-1/02- 10 Courts - 3645 E. Pima Street
3. Ft. Lowell Tennis Center -Available 12/27-1/02- 8 Courts - 2900 N. Craycroft Rd. - $2.50 adults, $2.00 kids
4. Rincon High School - Available 12/27-1/02- 10 Courts - 300 N. Swan Rd. - This site has limited availability, official hitting sessions have priority.
5.Cholla High School - Available 12/27-12/30- 9 Courts - 2001 W Star Pass Blvd
6.Ironwood Ridge High School - Available 12/27-12/30- 8 Courts - 2475 W Naranja Drive
7.Best Western Inn & Suites - Available 12/27-1/02- 2 Courts, No net strap - 6201 N Oracle Road
8.Green Fields School -Available 12/27-12/31- 2 Courts - 6000 N Camino De La Tierra
10. Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort - (Available 12/27-12/31) Players will have access to all courts from 7:30-9:00 AM. It will be first come first serve, or they can reserve the court for $10 an hour ($5 a half hour) with a non-refundable advance reservation 24 hours in advance.


20) RACQUET STRINGING:
Stringer will be onsite at Reffkin Tennis Center and Tucson Racquet Club during the duration of the tournament. Prices differ at both sites so please be sure to check with the site in advance. Links are provided below for more information:
Reffkin Tennis Center: http://reffkintenniscenter.com/other/proshopinfo/
Tucson Racquet Club: http://tucsonracquetclub.com/pro-shop-tucson/

21) MAJOR AIRPORTS
Tucson International Airport -- (8 miles from the Tennis Center, approx. 18 min)
7250 S Tucson Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85756

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport -- (115 miles from the Tennis Center, approx. 1 hr & 45 min)
3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85034


22) ENTERPRISE RENTAL CAR
Get a 5% off at the time of booking and 5% off for booking online.
To get this rate copy and paste the link below into your web browser:
https://legacy.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=028&refId=JIMREFFK
Or call and use code: L508634 and Pin: Jim
Enterprise Tucson International Airport: (520) 295-4900
Enterprise Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: (602) 225-0588

23) Host Hotel Options:
MAIN HOST HOTEL
DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park - Rate: $99 (Breakfast included)
Phone Reservations: (520) 881-4200 – mention group code "RF9”
445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ, 85711
Online booking link --> http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/T/TUSBTDT-RF9-20161221/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Recently Remodeled 295 Guest Rooms, Pool, 3 Tennis Courts, Fitness Center, Day Spa, Business Center, 10,000 sq. ft. ballroom – Across the street from Jim Reffkin Tennis Center
Reservation cut off date: December 21st.

RECOMMENDED HOTEL FOR GIRLS 14S
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort-
Rate: $129 (Includes resort charge)
Phone Reservations: 1-800-325-7832 (group code "SST”)
10000 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
Distance from ECRES (GIRLS 14s Main Site): Walking Distance
Distance from ECCC (Boys 12s main site): 4.1 Miles
Distance from Reffkin (Main Site): 15.5 miles

Red Lion Inn & Suites Tucson North (G14)
https://reservations.redlion.com/ibe/details.aspx?propertyid=13708&nights=1&checkin=12/25/2016&group=USTA2016
Booking Code: USTA1226
Rate is $85/night for the single/double plus a $5 hotel service charge for two room suites with one king bed and kitchen or two room suites with two queen beds & FREE Breakfast -- great deal!
(520) 575-9255
12 min. from Hilton El Conquistador Resort (G14)
13 min. from El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Club (B12)
8 min. from Canyon del Oro High School (B12)
6 min. from Westward Look Resort (G14)

RECOMMENDED HOTEL FOR BOYS 14S
Westward Look Resort
Rate (subject to change): $119 ($20 resort fee is included, 15% off on food, beverage and spa services with reservation)
Phone Reservations: 1800-722-2500 (group name “Reffkin Tennis Center”)
245 E Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85704
Registration Link:
https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham-grand/tucson-arizona/westward-look-wyndham-grand-resort-and-spa/rooms-rates?&checkin_date=12/24/2016&checkout_date=01/02/2017&group_code=12246815RT
Distance from ECRES (GIRLS 14s Main Site): 5.2 Miles
Distance from ECCC (Boys 12s main site): 6.9 Miles
Distance from WWL G14 aux site: Walking distance
Distance from CDO Boys 12s aux site: 6.9 Miles
Distance from Reffkin (Main Site): 11.1 Miles

Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson at St. Philip's Plaza
Closest hotel option to B14 Tucson Racquet Club Site
4250 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 577-0007
Group Code: "UWN"
Rate: $124/night for one Double Queen suite (subject to change) and includes a fully equipped kitchen, Free Breakfast and Wifi. The cut-off date for group rate reservations is 11/30/2016. Call 520-577-0007 to make reservations.

RECOMMENDED HOTEL FOR BOYS 12s
Radisson Suites Tucson - Rate: $99/night
Phone Reservations: (520)721-1991 Mention code "Winter Nationals"
6555 E. Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710
Distance from Tucson Country Club: 2.5 miles

Hampton Inn by Hilton -- Rate: $84 for standard room and $89 for suites (subject to change) & (Breakfast included)
Phone Reservations: (520) 514-0500
Mention Reffkin Corporate ID#0002763162 (USTA Tennis Event @Reffkin)
251 S. Wilmot Rd. Tucson East (Broadway/Wilmot)
Distance from Reffkin (Main Site): 3.2 Miles

RECOMMENDED HOTEL FOR BOYS 14s AND GIRLS 12s
La Quinta Inn & Suites (Reid Park) - Rate:$85.00 (Breakfast included)
Phone Reservations: (520)795-0330 Mention code “REFFKIN” (Tennis Event @Reffkin)
102 N Alvernon Way (Broadway/Alvernon)
Distance from Reffkin(Main Site): 0.6 Miles
Reservation cut off date: December 16th

23) TOURNAMENT TRAINING SESSIONS/PRIVATE HITTING SESSIONS:
December 26th, 2016
Get prepared! And get acclimated to Arizona - with a hitting session on the courts you’ll be playing on! 2-hour sessions grouped by gender and ability. Supervised by the Smith-Perry Tennis Academy. You may sign up for more than one session if available. These sessions may sell out, so get signed up early! Fees are non-refundable after December 15th. Each player should check in 15 minutes prior to session start time. Show up on time! Late arrivals will be replaced with on-site alternates. To be placed on the alternate wait list, please arrive 15 minutes before sessions begin.

Training Registration: (520) 791-4896 with credit card (Master Card or Visa only)
Training Location: Reffkin Tennis Center – Main Event Site
Training Session Fee: $45 per session per player (2 Hours)
Session Times: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Private Hitting Sessions are available through the Smith-Perry Tennis Academy for Winter National participants from December 27th through January 2nd. Call (520) 861-0302 and (520) 609-4683 or email RonSmithTennis@aol.com

24) PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY:
YourGameFace.com Photography - Professional photographers Lloyd & Melissa Clayton will be onsite to provide action portraits and commemorative posters of match play by appointment. Please sign up early! Email: yourgameface@mac.com Phone: (214) 543-5437
CLICK on the order form - http://goo.gl/forms/2KdIlzpwox

25) AWARDS

The USTA will award gold, silver, and bronze tennis balls to the first, second, and third place finishers in singles and doubles. In addition 4th place, Gold Bracket 1st and 2nd, Silver Bracket 1st and 2nd, and Northeast / North/ Northwest / West / Southwest / South / Southeast 1st and 2nd.

The USTA National Winter Championship will present a sportsmanship award for each age division. Players, parents, and officials are encouraged to nominate players for the tournament committee to consider. The winner of the USTA sportsmanship award will receive a commemorative plaque from the USTA. Nomination forms will be available at registration and at each tournament desk.

26) WEATHER:
In the event of inclement weather, we will be posting updates on both this Tennislink tournament page and the voice message on our pro shop phone line at (520) 791-4896. Please don't assume anything - always check for updates! Thank you!

27) TOURNAMENT BALL:
Wilson US Open Balls – New can of balls will be provided for third set.

28)ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:_
http://www.usta.com/Youth-Tennis/Junior-Competition/Eligibility

29) SEEDING METHOD:

Seeding Criteria for USTA National Championships
http://www.usta.com/Youth-Tennis/Junior-Competition/Seeding/

30) DRESS CODE:
All players are required to wear appropriate tennis attire. Cut off shorts, bare midriffs, compression shorts & tights (alone), or any other attire that is simply recreational and is not tennis oriented is not acceptable.

31) THANK YOU:
Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitTucson.org
Bruegger’s Bagels
www.brueggers.com
Tucson Parks and Recreation
www.cms3.tucsonaz.gov

32)TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE:
Chair Person and Tournament Director: Meghan Houk
Tournament Referee: Ed Osnowitz
Committee Member: Sam Choffin

33) ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKER:
Dr. Jorge Valverde will be giving a presentation on Sport Psychology and Mental Toughness at 7:00 pm on Registration Day, December 26th. The presentation will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel (Across from Reffkin). Dr. Valverde is a regular contributor at National Championships and will be available for individual consultations during the event. Don't miss this great opportunity!

Free 20-Minute Mental Toughness Consultation

Dr. Jorge Valverde, a renowned psychologist who has developed a specialized system to train the minds of tennis players in a positive and effective way, will be providing 20-minute free consultations (compliments of the Tournament) for players, parents and coaches during the tournament. This is an excellent opportunity for players who want to develop mental toughness.

Dr. Valverde graduated from the University of Kansas with a Doctoral dissertation research on the mental preparation of highly ranked tennis players. He has served as sport psychologist for numerous tennis academies and universities throughout the US, Mexico, Poland and South America. He has also worked with many elite players such as Luke Jensen, French Open Doubles Champion, 1993, Daniela Hantuchova, ranked as high as 5 in the WTA, Anna Lenna Groenefeld, number one junior player in the world in 2003 and ranked as high as 14 in the WTA Meghann Shaughnessy, ranked as high as 11 in the WTA, Timothy Neilly, 2004 Orange Bowl Boys' 18s Champion, Tim Smyczek, singles Semi Finalist at Wimbledon 2005, Kim Couts, 2006 Girls 18s Easter Bowl Champion, Gabriel Flores, 2006 Boy's 14 Winter National Finalist, and Ashley Weinhold, 2007 Girls18's Super National Hard Court Champion, Austin Krajicek. Kalamazoo Champion, B18s, 2008, Jordan Cox, Kalamazoo Champion, B16s 2008, Mac Styslinger, 2011 Australian Open Junior Quater-finalist, Alex Del Corral, 2011 Boys 12's, Spring National Singles and Doubles Champion.

Please call Dr. Valverde to set up your free-20 minute consultation at (785) 979-1264 or visit his web site: www.bmentallytough.com Email: valverdeinfo@aol.com

34) ELEVATION IN TUCSON:
The city's elevation is 2,643 ft (806 m) above sea level.

35) AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN DECEMBER:
Average temperature in Tucson is high of 64 and a low of 41.

36) PLAYER WAIVER/RELEASE FORM

All players must complete this form and -MAIL- (snail mail) to Meghan Houk by Friday December 16th, 2016, NO EXCEPTIONS, has to be by mail. Copy and paste the link below into your web browser to download the release form.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/1/15/usta_release_and_waiver._juniors._2015.pdf
Mail to:
Address:
Reffkin Tennis Center
Attn: Meghan Houk
50 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ, 85711

37) Match Point Pro Shop at Reffkin Hours
Sells Shoes, Racquets & String
Closed December 24-26
Open December 27-January 2

OTHER INFO:
This event is restricted to the following Junior players: U.S. Citizens Permanent Resident Aliens Diplomats, Refugees and asylees Junior players residing in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Samoa or Guam and Canadian residents of British Columbia. You may be asked for proof of status. Refer to USTA Regulation III.A.2.a.
USTA - Boys' 12 Doubles; Boys' 12 Singles; Boys' 14 Doubles; Boys' 14 Singles; Girls' 12 Doubles; Girls' 12 Singles; Girls' 14 Doubles; Girls' 14 Singles

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