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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  • Players who are ineligible to play in Rookie will not receive a refund unless they have withdrawn their entry online before the registration deadline.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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Orange-Green Ball (U9/U10) Circuit Circuit

The aim of the Orange-Green Ball (U9/U10) Circuit 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 Orange-Green Ball (U9/U10) Circuit.

Orange-Green Ball (U9/U10) Circuit: For all Orange-Green Ball (U9/U10) Circuit information including: event information, player eligibility, regulations, parent information, etc. please click here. 

2022 Primary Age Groups:

U18 – born in 2004, 2005

U16 – born in 2006, 2007

U14 – born in 2008, 2009

U12 – born in 2010, 2011

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 in 2022

  • All entrants must hold a current Tennis BC membership or active membership of other Provincial Tennis Associations in Canada.
  • Players are allowed to play 2 age categories up.
    • Exception: players born in 2013 (9 years old) are only allowed to play up to 2Star-U12. They are not eligible to enter any U14 tournaments.
  • Top 10 ranked BC players are not eligible to play in their own age group or one age category up 2star tournaments.  Exceptions may be made if draw is not full.
    • For example: A top 10 ranked U12 player is not eligible to play in a U12 or U14 2Star event, but they can enter a 2Star-U16 event.

Acceptance

  • Acceptance is based on first come first served.
  • Draw size may be limited to 16 depending on court availability.
  • Priority is given to primary age group.
  • 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 2 matches (for full draw).
  • 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 on Monday on the week prior to tournament date.
  • Registration closes on Friday at 11:59 pm on the week prior to tournament date. Withdrawal closes on Monday at 11:59 pm on tournament week.
  • Draw: Tuesday of the tournament week.
  • 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.

2022 Primary Age Groups:

U18 – born in 2004, 2005

U16 – born in 2006, 2007

U14 – born in 2008, 2009

U12 – born in 2010, 2011

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 in 2022

  • All entrants must hold a current Tennis BC membership or active membership of other Provincial Tennis Associations in Canada.
  • Players are allowed to play 2 age group categories up for 3-Star tournaments.
    • Exception: players born in 2013 (9 years old) must obtain permission from Tennis BC to play in 3-Star or higher levels U12 tournaments. They are not eligible to enter any U14 tournaments.

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.
  • Tennis BC may issue wild card under special circumstances.

Draw and Match Format

  • Draws will be set up to give player minimum of 2 matches (if full draw).
  • Match format typically 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 28 days prior to tournament date.
  • Registration closes on Saturday at 11:59 pm prior to the tournament week (3-Star) and 7 days prior to start of tournament (3.5-Star).
  • Draw: Tuesday of the tournament week.
  • 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

4 Star Selection Series and Provincials (★★★)

The Indoor Selection Series Circuit will provide players with an opportunity to represent BC at the 2022 Indoor National Championships providing that each player competes in the closed indoor provincial championships.

Players will be selected using the points race and based on their best performance in 1 of the 2 selection series events plus the closed Indoor Provincial Championships. 

Acceptance to the selection series events AND the Provincial Championships will be based on the Rogers Ranking system.

Tennis BC may issue wild card under special circumstances in 4Star events.

Please click here to view the 2022 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.

2022 confirmed BC ITF tournaments (more still to be confirmed):

  • J5 Victoria May 28-June 4
  • J4 Panorama June 4-11
  • J3 Vancouver July 9-16
  • J4 North Van Oct 8-15
  • J5 Victoria Oct 15-22

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