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CHALLENGER DIVISION REVISION

¾ Revise Section 9 of the 2009 USTA HPS Rules and Regulations

9. Divisions
9.1. Junior Novice.
9.1.1. Age division is determined by “FAC Guide to Eligibility.”
9.1.2. Ages 10-18: Players ranked in any year-end junior open singles ranking are permanently ineligible for novice play. Once a
player is ineligible, that player may not become eligible for any future novice play, even though that player may no longer be
ranked. Tentative year-end rankings may be used until the final year-end rankings become available.
9.1.3. Alternative match formats may be used (pro 8, short sets, round robins, etc.).
9.1.4. Players who win two (minimum draw of four players, or three players in a round robin format) novice events are no longer
eligible for novice play in any division.
9.1.5. Players will not be seeded in novice tournaments.
9.1.6. The Champion in each age division at Hawaii State Junior Tennis Tournament of Champions is no longer eligible for novice
play.
9.1.7. Tournament Directors reserve the right to exclude players holding tournament wins over barred players or to place them in a
higher age group.
9.2. Intermediate.
9.2.1. Age division is determined by “FAC Guide to Eligibility.”
9.2.2. Players that play in 10 and under Open tournaments are not restricted from play in intermediate tournaments, except for
those covered under item 9.2.3 below.
9.2.3. Players ranked 1-5 in the 12s, by the most recent standings list available as of one week before the tournament entry
deadline, are not eligible for intermediate tournament play in any age group.
9.2.4. Players 1-8 in the 14s, 16s or 18s, by the most recent standings list available as of one week before the tournament entry
deadline, are not eligible for intermediate tournament play in any age group.
9.2.5. Because of rolling records, eligibility will be based on the most recent standings list available as specified above.
9.2.6. A player winning two intermediate tournaments in the same age division in a calendar year must play in a higher division.
However, the same player may be eligible to play in intermediate tournaments the following year depending on the most
current rankings. For example, if in 2008, a player wins two intermediate tournaments in the 12s, that player is not eligible to
play in 12 intermediate in 2008, but he/she is eligible to play in 14 intermediate in 2008. However, in 2009, this player could
play in 12 intermediate again as long as he/she is still age eligible.
9.2.7. Alternative match formats may be used (pro 8, short sets, round robins, etc.).
9.2.8. Players may be seeded in intermediate tournaments at the discretion of the tournament director.
9.2.9. Tournament Directors reserve the right to exclude players holding tournament wins over barred players or to place them in a
higher division.

¾ Replace novice and intermediate divisions with a single challenger division

9. Divisions
9.1. Challenger.
9.1.1. Age division is determined by “FAC Guide to Eligibility.”
9.1.2. Players that play in 10 and under Open tournaments are not restricted from play in challenger tournaments, except for those
covered under item 9.1.3 below.
9.1.3. Players ranked 1-5 in the 12s, by the most recent standings list available as of one week before the tournament entry
deadline, are not eligible for challenger tournament play in any age group.
9.1.4. Players 1-8 in the 14s, 16s or 18s, by the most recent standings list available as of one week before the tournament entry
deadline, are not eligible for challenger tournament play in any age group.
9.1.5. The preferred match format is best of three (3) tie breaks sets with a 10 point match tiebreak in lieu of 3rd set.
9.1.6. Alternative match formats, however, may be used (pro 8, short sets, round robins, etc.).
9.1.7. A player winning two challenger tournaments in the same age division in a calendar year must play in a higher division.
However, the same player may be eligible to play in challenger tournaments the following year depending on the most current
rankings. For example, if in 2008, a player wins two challenger tournaments in the 12s, that player is not eligible to play in a
12 challenger in 2008, but he/she is eligible to play in a 14 challenger in 2008. However, in 2009, this player could play in a
12 challenger again as long as he/she is still age eligible.
9.1.8. Players may be seeded in challenger tournaments at the discretion of the tournament director
9.1.9. The Champion in each age division at Hawaii State Junior Tennis Tournament of Champions is no longer eligible for challenger
play in that division.
9.1.10. Tournament Directors reserve the right to exclude players holding tournament wins over barred players or to place them in a
higher age group.
¾ Summary

Division Description Comments


Novice ƒ Entry point into tournament play ƒ The growth of JTT on Oahu reduces the need for
ƒ Typically pro set the Novice Division, however, on the neighbor
ƒ Small draws islands JTT participation is limited.
ƒ No seeding ƒ The Hawaii Pacific Section is too small to sustain
three age divisions: novice; intermediate; open
ƒ We need to provide a competitive tournament
environment that is different than JTT (JTT is
typically a pro set for the lower skill divisions)

Intermediate ƒ Typically pro set ƒ Moving up from Novice to Intermediate or aging-up


ƒ Small draws Open Division player
ƒ No seeding or AFM for seeding

Challenger ƒ Best of 3 tie break sets with 10 point match ƒ Single division with larger draws
tiebreak in lieu of 3rd set ƒ Better tournament environment competition
ƒ After 2 tournament wins must move-up to ƒ Players moving up quicker to the open
Open Division or next level Challenger Division division
(10s to 12s; 12s to 14s)
ƒ No seeding or AFM for seeding