Bradenton, Daytona Beach, and West Palm Beach were the sites this past weekend for the first of the 2012 USTA Florida Adult League Regional Championships, comprised of local league team winners looking to win regional contests and book their tickets to Daytona Beach for the August Sectional Championships.
"The wonderful regional hosts included Trish Faulkner, director of tennis at BallenIsles Country Club, and Lance Martin, programming coordinator at the Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center," said USTA Florida Leagues Coordinator Dona Garcia.
This weekend will see the conclusion of regional play around the state when Amelia Island hosts the North Regional (Escambia/Okaloosa Walton/Leon/Duval counties), and Daytona Beach hosts the Central Regional (Hillsborough/Pinellas/Orange Seminole/Brevard counties), both on July 20-22, 2012.
Here are the winning teams advancing to the Florida Sectional from regional play last weekend:
North Central Region Champions (held in Daytona Beach) --
Volusia (Women's 2.5, captain Cheralyn King), Marion (Women's 3.0, captain Christine Godek), Polk (Women's 3.5, captain Kimberly Jeffares), Alachua (Women's 4.0, captain Lenhs Louis), Alachua (Women's 4.5, captain Kar Yee Fransham), Volusia (Men's 3.0, captain James Devis), Marion (Men's 3.5, captain John Wheeler), Volusia (Men's 4.0, captain Donald Hutchins), Alachua (Men's 4.5, captain Donald Blair).
South West Region Champions (held in Bradenton) --
Collier (Women's 3.0, captain Andrea Washak), Collier (Women's 3.5, captain Carol Loebs), Sarasota (Women's 4.0, captain Lance Martin), Sarasota (Women's 4.5, captain Janet Kempton), Lee/Charlotte (Men's 3.5, captain Dan Campbell), Collier-Heritage Bay (Men's 4.0, captain Art Nowakowski), Sarasota (Men's 4.5, captain Alan Amero).
South East Region Champions (held in West Palm Beach) --
South Miami-Dade (Women's 3.0, captain Jennifer Cameron), Indian River (Women's 3.5, captain Sandy Palma), North Palm Beach (Women's 4.0, captain Joann Gandhi), Broward (Women's 4.5, captain Hermine Greene), Broward (Men's 3.5, captain Gary Lazarus), South Miami-Dade (Men's 4.0, captain James Moore), Broward (Men's 4.5, captain Gabriel Arraiz).
The 2012 USTA Florida Adult League Section Championships will be held at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach on Aug. 10-12 for the men's and women's NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 divisions, and on Aug. 17-19 for the 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 divisions. Winners at the USTA Florida Adult League Section Championships will advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at USTA League Nationals later this year.
For more information on the USTA Florida League Championships, go to http://www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/championship_info
or e-mail Dona Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida's Crawford Singles R-up, Wins Doubles with Keys at USTA Pro Circuit Tennis
Florida's 17-year-old Samantha Crawford almost made it a double over the weekend at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Yakima, Wash., losing in the singles final after claiming the doubles title with fellow Floridian Madison Keys.
Tamarac's Crawford and Boca Raton's Keys won the all-unseeded doubles final, defeating Yi-Fan Xu and Yi-Miao Zhou of China 6-3, 2-6, 12-10.
In the singles final, which also featured two unseeded contestants, Crawford was edged 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 by 19-year-old American Shelby Rogers. It was the first USTA Pro Circuit title for Rogers.
Crawford is ranked No. 4 on TennisRecruiting.net's Florida rankings, and No. 6 nationally. Crawford rose to No. 395 from No. 567 after the singles runner-up effort. Rogers rose to No. 299.
Rogers beat top seed Irina Pavlovic of France in the quarterfinals, and Crawford upset No. 2 seed Madison Brengle in the quarters.
Jacksonville, West Palm Beach Juniors Attend USTA Leadership Camp
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) national body announced that Bernard Thomas, 13, from Jacksonville, Fla., and Jason Jones, 14, from West Palm Beach, Fla., are two of 36 student athletes from around the nation selected to attend the 28th annual USTA/NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp in Minneapolis on July 16-20, 2012. The camp is for youth ages 12-14 who participate in National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network chapters nationwide. This year's camp will be held on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Thomas was nominated by Terri Florio from the MaliVai Washington Kids' Foundation based on his leadership qualities, academics, tennis skills and extracurricular activities. Thomas was also the recipient of MaliVai Washington Kids' Foundation's Extra Effort Award Scholarship sponsored by USTA Serves. The scholarships are given to deserving members who have made an "extra effort" in one or more areas: on the court, improving grades, improving attitude and sportsmanship, solid academic performance, community service or other areas.
Jones was nominated by Deputy Sheriff Ira Peskowitz from the Kids and Police Tennis Association (KAPTA) based on his leadership qualities, academics, tennis skills and extracurricular activities. Jones, son of Ernest and Petra Jones and youngest of seven children, has been involved in tennis for three and a half years.
"Jason is now an active Kids and Police Tennis Association NJTL participant," Peskowitz said. "I am proud that he will be representing KAPTA. The leadership skills he learns at camp will help him become a young leader in our community."
The all-expenses paid week-long camp provides the attendees with tennis instructions as well as rewarding educational and motivational experiences. During the camp, instructors emphasize the importance of individual skill development, physical fitness, proper nutrition and good sportsmanship. The students will receive tennis lessons four to seven hours daily from several of the most experienced coaches in the game; hear from guest speaker Jon Rydberg -- U.S. Men's wheelchair tennis player and 2012 Paralympian; and volunteer locally to sort and pack donated books for shipment to the "Books for Africa" projects and programs.
The USTA/NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp was created in 1984 to provide an educational and motivational tennis experience for NJTL participants who might not otherwise have access to such an opportunity. The camp is held in a different city each year and has recently been held in Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Diego, Orlando, and Sonoma Valley.
Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, the USTA/National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group of more than 600 non-profit youth development organizations that provide free or low cost tennis, education and life skills programming to more than 250,000 children each year. Celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year, NJTL is one of the USTA's largest community-based offerings.
USTA Florida Jr. Tournament Sanctioning Deadline for 2013
USTA Florida has released new junior tournament sanction application procedures for the 2013 USTA Florida junior tournament schedule. All applications for the 2013 tournament schedule must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 1, 2012. Applications dated after this time will not be accepted.
"USTA Florida has implemented some amazing new programs and procedures to improve the quality and consistency of our sanctioned tournaments, effective with the 2013 sanctioning period," said USTA Florida Competitive Education Coordinator Ann Brown.
A new format is currently being developed for 10 and Under Tennis orange and green ball tournaments, and subsequently USTA Florida is not accepting renewal sanction applications or new applications for 2013 for the 10s and 11s tournaments, or for the Rookie level tournaments. The Tournament Sanction Committee will be providing updates, but in the meantime facilities interested in hosting events with the new format can email email@example.com for more information.
The USTA Florida Junior Competitive Council has voted to reduce the number of Super Series (Level 6) in each of Florida's 8 regions in 2013. There will be a total of 16 weekends of Super Series (1 per region over 12 weeks = 96, 1 per Region over 4 weeks = 32; total of 128).
"With the number of points allotted to the Super Series (Level 6) it is critical these events be placed strategically on the calendar so play opportunities are maximized for the players that should be playing these events," Brown said. "Consideration was given to ranking opportunities, periodization, play up, age up, development, formal school schedules, rest and the national schedule. Consideration was also given to current tournament directors, but not at the expense of doing what's best for the players in the above stated components. Please check the calendar to see what weekends the council has denoted as Super Series (Level 6) tournament weekends and adjust your sanctions accordingly if you are interested in hosting a Super Series (Level 6) event."
There will also be a mandatory bid form for Sectional (Level 4), Designated (Level 5), and Super Series (Level 6) sanctions, as the USTA Florida Sanction and Schedule Committee wants to know more about the facilities running the Florida-sanctioned tournaments.
Before tournament sanction applications are submitted, tournament directors must take the Tournament Director Comprehensive Quiz.
"The quiz will cover some important points that USTA Florida feels a quality tournament director should know when running a USTA Florida junior sanctioned tournament," Brown said. "As of now the questions will concentrate on junior tournaments, as this is the bulk of the USTA Florida tournament schedule, and most tournament sites run both junior and adult tournaments. If you are applying only for an adult tournament sanction for 2013, you do not need to take this comprehension quiz."
Applicants must register when taking the quiz for the first time. Applicants' login for TDM and the Tennis Link System are not the same for the quiz. A minimum score of 85% is required to pass the quiz and to be considered for sanction. Applicants can take the quiz up to three times. Quiz answers can be found in the Junior Regulations, 2012 Friend at Court, and TDM Information Center documents.
A facility will be limited to one (1) USTA Florida sanctioned tournament per month subject to approval (Rookie, Local, Super Series level. This does not include National, Designated or Sectional events. A second tournament can be applied for and approved as long as it is a different level and it does not overlap with another event within the same region either the week before or the week after. Any tournament director who submits more than one request for a month must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org listing the order of preference. If a facility and/or tournament director submits more than two applications for the same month then they must submit a written request for an exception, detailing the reasons for the tournament sanction committee to consider for approval.
The sanction application fee for junior and adult tournaments will be $118 per approved sanction.
The TennisLink team will be available for technical support and questions during the sanctioning period at email@example.com. Also check out "Ace," the Online Sanction Form Helper that is on each page as a PowerPoint presentation. All tournament directors/sites hosting a USTA Florida sanctioned tournament are required to use TDM and publish tournament results online at TennisLink. The TDM program and technical support will be available at no cost to tournament directors through the TennisLink team: firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 603-3138.
To view the full instructions for the USTA Florida Jr. Tournament Sanctioning Deadline for 2013, go to http://assets.usta.com/assets/651/15/2013_Tournament_Online_Sanction_Introduction.pdf