Rogers First Set Tour – RISING STARS

The Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars provides young Canadian tennis players (ages 7 to 10) with an opportunity to play competitive tennis in a fun environment. Last year, approximately 1,000 boys and girls across the country competed in almost 400 events. Rising Stars tournaments are the perfect opportunity for young tennis players to improve their skills and make new friends. The Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars is designed to provide a tournament format for kids whereby they take part in multiple meaningful matches in a short block of time, making it convenient for families.

Rogers First Set Tour – RISING STARS is for: 

2024 age groups as of January 1st, 2024:
• U9: open for players born in 2015, 2016, and 2017
• U10: open for players born in 2014, 2015, and 2016

IMPORTANT
• Players are required to have competed in at least 3 tournaments (minimum of 3 matches in each tournament), such as Rogers First Set Tour (Rookie Level) events or club tournaments. Players will be put at the bottom of the waitlist until at least three tournaments have been played.

How to join & find a tournament

To compete in Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars tournaments, players must be a registered member of their Provincial and Territorial Tennis Association (PTTA) Tennis BC. Once players purchase a Tennis BC membership, they must register for a specific tournament on the Tournament Software website. For a complete list of province-wide Rising Stars tournaments, click here.

Step 1: How to register for a Tennis BC membership*

To register please click here

  • Click on the Log In/Sign Up button 
  • Select your Province (insert province name)
  • Agree to Rules and Regulations 
  • Create a profile
  • Pay for membership and finalize account

*If players have participated in Rookie tournaments previously, they simply need to upgrade their membership type within the membership section

Step 2: How to register for a tournament 

  • To Register for a tournament, click here
  • Click on an event in your province & age category (U9 or U10) to register 
  • Click button on top-right corner to enter online

IMPORTANT – Entry is NOT acceptance into the main draw. Once you have entered, your entry will be considered for the main draw. Read below for more information.

Acceptance Timeline:

  • Registration opens one month before the tournament.
  • Registration closes one week before the tournament (Friday).
  • Acceptance list will be posted on Saturday, one week before the tournament.
  • To confirm your spot (in the main-draw and for the top 5 reserves), payment must be made by Monday midnight (week of the tournament). Payment instructions are linked here.
  • Withdrawal deadline is Monday midnight (withdraw from the waitlist if you do not wish to be called in to replace a player)
  • The final draw and schedule posted by Tuesday noon (the week of the tournament)

*Reminder: It is a violation of the code of conduct to enter two tournaments in the same time period without prior permission of both Tournament Referees.

Acceptance

Random Lottery entry. All entries will be considered for the main draw up until the entry deadline.

Priority entry for those entries who were on the waitlist for the tournament previous (ONLY for tournaments at the same location – e.g. waitlist for Richmond Hub tournament 1 will get priority entry to tournament 2. No priority entry from tournament 1 if you register for tournament 3)

Tournament Format  

The aim of Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars tournaments is to provide year-round quality matchplay opportunities for advanced U9/U10 junior tennis players. Rising Stars tournaments are recommended for players looking to take their first step along the competitive pathway. Take a look at the competition formats below to see how each age groups’ matches are structured:

U9 – orange ball competition

  • 3/4 court will be used
  • Racquet: 23” (depending on child’s size)
  • Boys and girls combined draw

U10 – green ball competition

  • Regular full court will be used
  • Racquet: 23-25” (depending on child’s size)
  • Boys and girls on separate draw

Draw Format
Compass or Round Robin draw format will be used to provide a minimum of three match opportunities to each player.

Match Format

U9 Events (30-45 min matches)U10 Events (35-45 min matches)
1 set, first to 6 games with no-ad scoring, or 35-minute timed match, whichever comes first

7-point tiebreak at 6 games all (if no time left, play deciding point at 6-6 in the tiebreak; otherwise, first to 7 points winning by 2)

OR
1 set, first to 6 games with no-ad scoring, or 35-minute timed match, whichever comes first

7-point tiebreak at 6-6 (if no time left, play deciding point at 6-6 in the tiebreak; otherwise, first to 7 points winning by 2)

OR
8-game Pro Set (first to win 8 games with a margin of 2 games), or 45-minute timed match, whichever comes first

7-point tiebreak at 7 games all (if no time left, play deciding point at 6-6 in the tiebreak; otherwise, first to 7 points winning by 2)
8-game Pro Set (first to win 8 games with a margin of 2 games), or 45-minute timed match, whichever comes first

7-point tiebreak at 7 games all (if no time left, play deciding point at 6-6 in the tiebreak, otherwise, first to 7 points winning by 2)
No ad scoring, players do not call letsNo ad scoring, players do not call lets

At Tennis BC, our goal is to ensure that tennis parents and coaches are educated on how to support their child and others during tournament play. Please find some helpful pointers listed below:

  • No coaching is allowed. Do not communicate, visually or verbally while your child is playing a match. Your child could receive penalties because of this.
  • No outside officiating is allowed. This includes line calls and scoring. Any score disputes on court should be referred to the on-site staff. Parents are asked not to make any judgement of line call from where you sit. The window or the curtain, as well as the angle may give you a different vision of where the ball lands. The line judges, who are sitting right at the line, make errors sometimes and so do the young players.
  • While spectators are allowed on court in some clubs, all movement should be minimized in order not to disrupt the match. Should movement be necessary, we ask parents to do it after a point is finished and do it quickly – never between first and second serve.

Click HERE for Parents/Players checklist.

Orange-Green Ball (U9/U10) Circuit Sportsmanship Awards: An Award will be given to one player of each division of Orange-Green Ball (U9/U10) Circuit.

Click HERE for details of nomination and Sportsmanship Award criteria

Prizing
Competitors will receive a Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars prize when they play in their first event and fifth event throughout the calendar year.

Leaderboard
To create a healthy and positive competitive environment, Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars leaderboards are designed to reward participation as well as performance. Points will be awarded as follows:

  1. Participation Points: Points are awarded for each tournament a player competes in (40 points per tournament played)
  2. Bonus Participation Points: One-time bonus points are awarded to players at the end of the year if they have played in 10 or more Rising Stars tournaments in the same age category (U9 or U10) (200 bonus participation points for playing 10 tournaments)
  3. Tournament Points: Points are awarded for wins and ties (10 points per match win)

Each province maintains 4 leaderboards: Boys U9, Girls U9, Boys U10, and Girls U10. At the end of the year, the top 5 players on each leaderboard are awarded prizes.

2023 Leaderboards can be found here

Fair play 

Providing a competitive environment in which all matches are contested fairly is essential to ensuring a positive experience for all players. Everyone must work together to make this happen including Tennis Canada, Provincial Associations, players, parents, and officials.

Players are expected to follow these key Fair Play elements: 

  • Following the rules of the game 
  • Treating opponents, officials, organizers, coaches, parents, and spectators with respect 
  • Embracing both victory and defeat with dignity  
  • Displaying appreciation for a good performance 
  • Exercising self-control 
  • Playing a part in creating a safe and inclusive tennis environment by not engaging in any form of maltreatment or verbal, physical or online abuse towards opponents, officials, organizers, coaches, parents, and spectators 

Tennis Canada Rulebook: Rules of the Court 2022 – click here 

Parents are asked to be familiar with the information of the Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars and tournament regulations before signing up your child to a tournament. 

  • Tennis Matchplay 101 – click here
  • Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars: Player & Parent Checklist – click here
  • Tips for Parents – click here

If you would like to provide feedback on the Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars, please take the time out to complete our survey. This short survey will take approximately five minutes to complete.

Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars events are designed to prepare players for entering the U12 junior provincial competitive structure. 

To view the Whole Player Development Pathway (WPDP) click here.

For a complete overview of province-wide tournaments, consult our calendar

To learn more about your province’s junior competitive structure, click here.

If you have any further questions about the Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars, please email jzastera@tennisbc.org

For more information on hosting a Rogers First Set Tour – Rising Stars tournament at your club, please email jzastera@tennisbc.org