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NITA Junior Qualifier


TOURNAMENT DATES:   May 31-June 4, 2019 for BG 12,14,16 & 18 divisions.  The evening of Friday, May 31st  matches may be scheduled for  as early as 4 pm if needed to accommodate larger draws or to accommodate players with legitimate scheduling requests (see list below) which must be received in writing via email no later than the entry deadline of Sunday, May 26th.

BG10 District Qualifier Level 3 (Green Ball, Youth Progression), listed in Tennislink as a separate tournament ID number,  will also be held at the same location and with the BG12-18 Qualifier.  Players in the 10's tournament must be able to play beginning Friday at 4:00 pm.   

ELIGIBILITY:  All residents of the Northern Illinois District with a current USTA membership and documented US Citizenship or Legal Alien status.  PLAYERS WHO HAVE NEVER COMPETED IN THE QUALIFIER MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP OR LEGAL ALIEN STATUS TO THE NITA OFFICE BY THE ENTRY DEADLINE!  Players under 11 years of age:  If you will not turn 11 by the end of May of 2019, you may not enter in the 12's age division event unless you have rcompleted your mission in Youth Progression past Green Ball and been qualified for Yellow ball tournaments.   

RESIDENCY:  Applicants must be current residents of the Northern Illinois District by county.  
If you are a resident of Cook, DuPage, or Lake County, you must play in the CDTA Qualifier, and you are not eligible for the NITA Qualifier.

EVENTS:  SINGLES ONLY for BG12-18 and BG10's.

ENTRY DEADLINE:  Sunday, May 26, 11:59 pm CST.

DRAWS:  Draws will be made on Tuesday, May 28th.  For information on the meeting time and location, please email pam@northernillinoistennis.com . NO REFUNDS AFTER THE DRAWS ARE MADE.

SEEDING:  Seeding of draws will be done using All Factors method per Friend At Court with UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) as the criteria along with all other available and verified results. When UTR information is not available (often the case with BG10's), the Midwest Standings list will be the primary reference. 

TOURNAMENT SITES:  Matches will be played at Phillips Park (next to East Aurora High School) Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Monday & Tuesday afternoon, June 4 & 5 for those draws and consolation draws not yet completed, matches will not begin at Phillips Park until 4:00 pm.    We have back-up indoor courts available in the event of inclement weather that forces the tournament to move inside, but that is not the first plan of action.  

FIRST MATCH TIMESPLAYERS SHOULD REPORT DIRECTLY TO THEIR SCHEDULED MATCH SITE indicated on the Future Match Report  available on the tournament page late Wednesday, May 29th.  Actual draws will be posted on Friday, May 31st. 

STARTING TIMES:  Players must be available to start play on the following dates and times:  Friday, June 1, 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, June 1& 2 8:00 am - 7:00 pm.  Players involved in matches scheduled Mon-Tuesday, June 3-4 must be available to play beginning at 4:00 pm  through each evening.   Report time will be 15 minutes before first match, and 15 minutes prior to each scheduled match time throughout the tournament.

SCORING & FORMAT OF PLAY:    For BG12-18, all  main draw and consolation matches will be the best of three (3) full sets, with a 7 point tiebreak at 6 games all, ad scoring (regular scoring) for all matches.  In the event of inclement weather, the Referee may change the scoring and match format for particular rounds of play if necessary to complete the tournament in a timely fashion.  


            1.  Player's own Graduation, but not related parties or sibling graduations      
            2.  SAT/ACT scheduled testing for which the player is registered.
            3.  School Finals. Verification from school is expected if requested. 
            4.  Religious Confirmation or rite of passage ceremony for the  player themselves.

We will try and accommodate scheduling conflicts that meet the criteria listed above, 
but completing the tournament is first priority.  


CONFLICTS THAT CANNOT BE HONORED:  Missing part of a school day, school party, Driver Education classes or Behind the Wheel sessions, attending or being part of a wedding, other sports events or participation.  

REQUESTS FOR SCHEDULING CONSIDERTION -- Needed by May 26th!   Please think through the dates of May 31st through June 4th, for conflicts based on the match play times described above for each day.  All requests for scheduling considerations due to conflicts must be received in writing by Sunday, May 26th. Email to pam@northernillinoistennis.com (or FAX to 847-458-5807) with details regarding event, time block you cannot play, and the earliest (or latest) time in a particular day that you are available to playand be on site in the Aurora area. No one can skip an entire day of the tournament when their draw has matches being played. 


ENDORSEMENT POLICIES & PROCEDURES:  Players in each division who qualify for endorsement to the Midwest Closed Championships either as a direct endorsement or as an alternate must complete their own online registration for the Midwest Closed ASAP, no later than the entry deadline for the event.

PLAY and COMPLETE Rule for 2019:  The tournament must be played to completion, which means a player must complete his/her final scheduled match, including  the event finals,  3/4 playoffs, consolation finals and all other final matches for individuals.  Anyone who is defaulted from or during their final match, retires during their final match, or does not show up for their final match (walkover for opponent) will not be included as a quota player or alternate on the NITA endorsement list per USTA Midwest Standing Orders.   THERE ARE NO APPEALS OF THIS RULE for 2019 District Qualifiers throughout the Midwest.  This does NOT affect the player who gets the benefit of their opponent's actions with a win. 

EXEMPTION POLICY FOR ENDORSEMENT:  NO Exemptions of any type.  Any player who wishes to be endorsed by NITA for Midwest Closed acceptance or consideration must play in the District Qualifier.

WILD CARD USE:  If a player who has earned one of the five NITA quota spots for direct endorsement to the Midwest Closed will be unable to play in that tournament for any reason and the NITA Endorser is notified prior to the entry deadline for the Closed, a wild card player will be selected to replace the quota player. Only one wildcard is available per age division/event. The order and criteria for the wild card selection will be as follows: 1) 6th place player (finalist in consolation); 2) If the 6th place player is unable to advance, the winner of a head to head match between the 7th and 8th place players (semi-finalists of consolation) in the main draw will be offered the wild card; 3) If the 7th & 8th place players did not meet in the main draw, the one with the highest UTR will be given the wild card for the quota spot. A wild card cannot be given to any player who has not played in the District Qualifier.

CONDUCT:  USTA Officials will be on site and available if you have a question or problem during play. The Point Penalty System (PPS) will be enforced.  Code violations will be reported online and appropriate Suspension Points entered on players, including those related to defaults. Foot faults will be called with no warning.

DRESS CODE:  Appropriate tennis attire.  For girls, no sports bras or spandex shorts worn alone; midriff must be covered when hands are at rest.  Boys, no tank tops or cut off t-shirts or cut-off jeans shorts. Sleeveless tennis wear may be worn.  No reference to drugs, violence, alcohol, etc. on clothing. This is the dress code for ALL TOURNAMENTS held in the Northern Illinois District. 

Tournament Gift:  All participants will receive some type of tournament gift or t-shirt.

TOURNAMENT REFEREE:          Marilyn Goldman     
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:        Joy Duerr                   duerrjy@gmail.com 
TOURNAMENT CHAIRMAN:       Pam Delnagro            pam@northernillinoistennis.com