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2020 Tennis BC Junior Calendar

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For more details regarding each step of the BC Junior Development Competitive Pathway, please see below

2020 January and February Rookie Tour tournaments can now be found online on the tournament calendar. Click here. 

The Rogers Rookie Tour is a national program designed to bridge the gap between entry-level tennis and the provincial competitive junior circuit. It’s a lot to ask a young person to jump from entry-level tennis to the provincial competitive junior circuit. The Rogers Rookie Tour makes that jump more of a step, allowing junior players to play competitive tennis at an introductory level suitable for their age. Depending on the age category, matches are played with progressive balls and on smaller courts:

  • 8&U – red ball; 1/2 court
  • U10 – orange ball; 3/4 court
  • U12 – green dot ball; full court
  • U14 – U18 – yellow/regular ball; full court

It is a fun way to start tennis and makes it easy for children to play the game, develop good technique and a love for the sport. Events could be combined boys and girls depending on the number of entries.

The Rogers Rookie Tour is for:

  • beginner-to-intermediate players who wish to compete for the first time
  • players who wish to compete at an introductory level
  • players who have not participated in any competitive events*

*players who have participated in five Future Stars events are not eligible to play in Rookie Tour.

Entry and Acceptance:

  • Acceptance is first-come, first-served.
  • Late entry may be accepted.
  • Tournament Committee may cancel an event if there are insufficient entries.
  • Tournament Committee has the final decision.
  • Registrants must have valid Tennis BC membership. You may sign up for a free Recreation membership to enter Rookie tour – Set up your free Tennis BC membership (recreational) here
  • Players are responsible to read the tournament regulations before registering.

Prizing

Participant will receive one of the following three prizes:

  • Sweater (players will only receive one sweater regardless of the number of events they participated in)
  • Hat
  • Water Bottle

Refund Policy:

  • Players must withdraw from the tournament online before the withdrawal deadline to be eligible for a refund.
  • Refund will be processed after the tournament by the end of each month.
  • Players who are ineligible to play in Rookie will not receive a refund unless they have withdrawn their entry online before the registration deadline.

Code of Conduct for players, parents & coaches:

  • Players are expected to know and understand the Tennis Canada Rules of the Court and the Code of Conduct.
  • Players or any persons associated with a player (i.e. parents, coaches, friends or family) are expected to give due respect to the host clubs, their members, officials, other players and any other person associated with the tournament.
  • Misconduct, whether on or off the court, will result in penalties against the player. Tennis BC has a no-tolerance policy towards abusive or inappropriate behaviour.

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2020 U9/U10 Future Stars Circuit

The aim of the Future Stars Tour is to create a healthy and positive competitive opportunity for the more advanced U9/U10 junior tennis players from across the province to participate in year-round competitions. Players must compete in at least 3 Rogers Rookie Tour tournaments before being eligible for Future Stars.

For all Future Stars Circuit information including: event information, player eligibility, regulations, parent information, etc. please click here. 

Check out the video through the following link for the messages from Bianca Vanessa Andreescu and Felix Auger-Aliassime, the #1 Junior players in Canada.

Bianca: https://youtu.be/06h3lKm9avA

Felix: https://youtu.be/FJigmFyTNPk

 

2020 Primary Age Groups:

U18 – born in 2002, 2003

U16 – born in 2004, 2005

U14 – born in 2006, 2007

U12 – born in 2008, 2009

2020 2-Star Development Series (★★)

This series of tournaments is designed for players who are transitioning from the Rogers Rookie Tour and Future Star Tour or have minimal tournament experience.  Players will obtain Tennis Canada ranking points.

Eligibility

  • All entrants must hold a current Tennis BC membership or active membership of other Provincial Tennis Associations in Canada.
  • NEW in 2020: Players are allowed to play 2 age categories up.

EXCEPTION: players born in 2010 or 2011 will only be eligible to compete in 2-Star U12 events.

Acceptance

  • NEW in 2020: Acceptance is based on first come first serve.
  • Draw size may be limited to 16 depending on court availability.
  • Wild cards may be issued at discretion of host club (1 WC/8 entries).

Draw and Match Format

  • Draws will be set up to give players minimum of 2-3 matches.
  • Match format can be short set to 4 games (U12) or 2 regular tie-break set and a 10-point match tie break in lieu of 3rd Other match formats may be adopted depending on court availability.

Timeline

  • Registration opens 42 days prior to tournament date.
  • Registration closes on Monday at 11:59 pm of the tournament week.
  • Online draw: Tuesday (time posted on the website) of the tournament week
  • To view online draw: https://join.me/tennisbcdraws
  • Schedule is posted on Wednesday of the tournament week

Ranking Points

The winner of 2-Star tournament receives the same number of points as the finalist of a 3-Star Competition Series.

 

Follow this link for General Regulations for 2020 Junior Tournaments.

 

2020 Primary Age Groups:

U18 – born in 2002, 2003

U16 – born in 2004, 2005

U14 – born in 2006, 2007

U12 – born in 2008, 2009

 

3 and 3.5-Star Competition Series (★★★ and ★★★+)

3-Star Competition Series are designed for more competitive and experienced players looking to enter top 30 ranking in BC.

3.5-Star Competition+ tournaments are for players who are transitioning into Provincial and National Selection level events.

Eligibility

  • All entrants must hold a current Tennis BC membership or active membership of other Provincial Tennis Associations in Canada.
  • NEW in 2020: Players are allowed to play 2 age group categories up for 3-Star tournaments. Players no longer need to maintain a certain ranking within their primary age category in order to be eligible to play up in 3-Star events.

EXCEPTION: players born in 2010 will only be eligible to compete in 3-Star U12 events and players born in 2011 will need Tennis BC approval to play in 3-Star U12 events.

Acceptance

  • Acceptance is based on Tennis Canada ranking points.
  • When entrants cannot be distinguished by rankings, acceptance will be decided by drawing lots.
  • Draw size may be limited to 16 depending on court availability.

Draw and Match Format

  • Draws will be set up to give player minimum of 2 matches.
  • Match format is 2 regular tie-break sets and a 10-point match tie break in lieu of a 3rd set. Other match formats may be adopted depending on court availability.

Timeline

  • Registration opens 42 days prior to tournament date.
  • Registration closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm of the tournament week (3-Star) and 7 days prior to start of tournament (3.5-Star).
  • Online draw: Tuesday (time posted on the website) of the tournament week.
  • To view online draw: https://join.me/tennisbcdraws
  • Schedule is posted on Wednesday of the tournament week.

Ranking Points

The winner of 3-Star tournament receives the same number of points as the 16th position of a 4-Star Selection Series event.

The winner of 3.5-Star tournament receives the same number of points as the semi-finalist of a 4-Star Selection Series event.

Follow this link to access General 2020 Junior Tournament Regulations.

4 Star Selection Series and Provincials (★★★)

4-Star Selection Series tournaments are used as qualification for Provincials. Players performance in 2 out of 3 selection series tournaments will determine if they qualify for provincials. Players in these tournaments have the opportunity to represent Team BC at Canadian Nationals.

Eligibility

  • All entrants must hold a current Tennis BC membership or active membership of other Provincial Tennis Associations in Canada.

Acceptance

  • Acceptance is based on Tennis Canada ranking points.
  • Draw size of 16 players.
  • Doubles is mandatory for all players.
  • NEW in 2020: there is no qualifying event for indoor selection series.
  • NEW in 2020: singles (75%) and doubles (25%) results will count towards the points race.

Volunteering Requirement

  • Players competing in the 2020 indoor selection series tournaments are required to complete the volunteering requirement.
  • Volunteering requirement is 2 shifts of volunteering (3-4 hours per shift). It is therefore, 6-8 hours of total volunteering.
  • A family member can volunteer on behalf of the player.
  • Once the volunteering requirement is complete, the player will be refunded the $75 charge.
  • Please click here to access the volunteering website. 

Please click here to view the 2020 Indoor Team BC National Selection Document.

Please click here to view the Late Withdrawal/Failure to Complete (LW/FC) suspension point policy. 

Junior ITF tournaments are international tennis tournaments catering to our 13+ high level juniors. Acceptance into ITF tournaments are initially based off of ITF rankings. If you do not have an ITF ranking, national ranking may be considered.

For ITF tournament regulations, all information can be found on the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors website. These tournaments are run by a different set of rules as Tennis BC tournaments so please inform yourself prior to participating.

2020 confirmed West Coast ITF tournaments (more still to be confirmed):

  • J5 Victoria: May 23-29
  • J5 Kamloops: May 30-June 6
  • J4 Calgary: June 20-27
  • J4 Edmonton: June 27-July 3
  • J3 Vancouver: July 4-11
  • J5 Victoria: October 3-10
  • J4 North Vancouver: October 10-17

All confirmed ITF tournaments can be found on the ITF calendar.