Notes:*** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***
Further refinement to the dates may be made after the entry deadline closes.
NEW FOR 2017: PLEASE "OPT IN" TO THE "COMMUNICATION CENTER" IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SPECIAL TOURNAMENT NOTICES VIA TEXT OR EMAIL.
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Shaker Heights Tennis Courts
15600 Parkland Dr.
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
-Additional Rain Site(s): TBD
-Players must Check In 30 min PRIOR to match time
-The "Communication Center" will be used to provide pertinent information on site and schedule updates during the tournament. Additional subscribers (family, spectators) can be added to receive communications. Please "opt in" during registration or on the "My Tennis Page" after registration.
-Online Waiver must be completed by SUNDAY MAY 21st in order to participate. It is a very easy process and just takes a few minutes:
-Registration: Players must register online via TennisLink -Providing a phone # & email address when registering is required so we can reach you in the event of schedule changes
-Refunds will NOT be made after entries are closed
-Late Entries will NOT be accepted
-ALL eligible registered players will be selected
-Players may enter ONLY 1 Age Division for BG12-18s (Players, if qualified, may participate in both the 10s Green Ball and 12s Yellow Ball events)
-Special Scheduling Requests must be made in writing to the Tournament Director prior to the entry deadline and will ONLY be considered if they are to accommodate an entrant’s graduation or the graduation of an entrant’s immediate sibling.
NEW FOR 2017: On 6/3/17 G18s will not be scheduled until 2:00 PM to avoid SAT exam offered that morning. On 6/10/17 B18s will not be scheduled until 2:00 PM to avoid ACT exam offered that morning. Additional test taking accommodations will NOT be made for the SATs/ACTs (or any other test offered on multiple dates each year). Please plan your test taking ahead of time!
-Match Times: Players are responsible for looking up their match times online. Matches on 6/2 will begin after regular school hours.
-Match Time Changes: Once match times are published on TennisLink, every effort will be made to avoid changes. However, withdrawals can necessitate a remake of the draw, causing match times to change. If needed, the TD will use the email/phone # provided during registration to contact you.
-Tournament Format (12s-18s): MAIN Draw Matches (2 out of 3 FULL sets using Regular Scoring. Playoff for 3rd & 4th place. Main draw feeds into Back Draw through the Quarterfinals). CONSOLATION/FIC Matches (2 out of 3 sets using Regular Scoring with a 10-point Super Tiebreaker in lieu of a 3rd set. Consolation finals will not be played)
-Tournament Format (10s): ALL Matches 2 out of 3 sets using Regular Scoring with a 10-point Super Tiebreaker in lieu of a 3rd set
-Seeding for the tournament will be done using the most current USTA/Midwest Section standings list at the time the draw is made.
-Endorsements for the Midwest Closed will be done according to USTA/Midwest policies (i.e. Eligibility, Appeals, Midwest Alternates, Play & Complete requirements) which can be found here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/563/15/2017-02_final_-_usta_midwest_section_closed_championship_selection_proce....pdf
QUOTA Spots: Per Midwest policies, the 8 NEO quota spots per 12s-18s age division will be awarded to the semifinalists of the Main and FIC draws. BUT, those finishers cannot be endorsed unless they meet the Midwest play and complete requirements. The number of 10s quota spots will be posted as soon as it is available. NEW FOR 2017: The NEOTA will use 1 wildcard per BG12s-18s division ONLY IF a player who earns a defined quota spot (as defined and referenced above) declines (in writing) to participate in the MW Closed prior to the endorsement list deadline. Only in this example will the NEOTA wildcard be offered to 1 player (per division) who made it to the Quarterfinal round of the Consolation draw. The Wildcard will first be offered to the Consolation Quarterfinalist that has the highest MW standing as of the completion of the tournament. If that player declines, the Consolation Quarterfinalist with the next highest MW standing will be offered the Wildcard, and so on until all Consolation Quarterfinalists have been asked. If no Consolation Quarterfinalist accepts, the spot will be returned to the MW alternate pool. All deadlines related to endorsements also apply to Wildcards.
-Players Responsibilities related to endorsements: Players must register for the Midwest Closed within 24 hours of the completion of the Qualifier in order to be eligible for endorsement. If an Endorsed Player or Alternate becomes unable to participate in the Midwest Closed, they must immediately inform the Tournament Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Names of Endorsees (Quota and Alternates) will be posted on the NEOTA website following the completion of the tournament at: (Link TBD)
-DRESS CODE: No reference to drugs, violence, alcohol, or foul language may appear on player attire and non-marking shoes must be worn. Players who do not comply will be asked to change clothes. This will be at the discretion of the tournament staff/officials. If you are wondering if something will be permitted, please consult with the Tournament Director or Referee in advance. If the host facility has a specific dress code, players will have to abide by it as well.
-ADDITIONAL DRESS GUIDELINES: Players are asked to wear proper, modest tennis attire during their matches. What tennis professionals wear during tournament play is a good guide to follow. Please notice that what the pros wear during their tournament matches is typically nicer and more modest than what they wear during their practice sessions.
-The Tennis Balls used for this tournament will be Pro Penn Marathon X-Duty USTA - Boys' 10 Singles; Boys' 16 Singles; Girls' 10 Singles; Girls' 16 Singles; Girls' 18 Singles