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No Service Let Rule

Continuing in 2021 at Tennis Manitoba junior tournaments, service lets will not be played: if the serve hits the net and goes into the correct service box, the ball will be in play. The rule change aims to reduce disputes in junior matches, which are largely played without a chair umpire, and is consistent with the ATP Next Generation 21 & under event.

The “no service let” rule will be implemented by Tennis Canada at the National Junior events this summer and will be in effect at all ITF Junior events worldwide.

Team Prairies Junior National Qualification 2021 outdoor

You can find the requirements for the 2021 Outdoor Junior Nationals here.

2021 Junior Qualification Schedule in MB/SK:

Prairie Region Outdoor Qualifier # 1 – Saskatoon – 2021 (Aug. 20 -22)

Prairie Region Outdoor Qualifier # 2 – Winnipeg (Aug. 26-29 at TMB Hub @ Deer Lodge)

ITF POLICY

**if an ITF Junior Tournament conflicts directly with the dates of a Prairie Qualification Tournament, the player may choose to compete in the ITF event and receive credit for competing in the conflicting Prairie Qualification Tournament .  The player must submit a COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE to the appropriate Provincial Coach for approval that the LEVEL of the ITF event is appropriate for the player**

Fischer Junior Nationals COVID Protocols as per Tennis Canada
With the Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 Fischer Junior Nationals fast approaching, we would like to provide an update regarding some of the measures that will be taken at these events to protect participants, staff, officials, and coaches from the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraged by the successful delivery of provincial and regional tournaments which have taken place over the past 6 weeks without incident. The Fischer Junior Nationals will be held outdoors with extra protocols in place to ensure the safety of all. Please share the information below with your players, parents and coaches so they can be well prepared for a positive experience at the Junior Nationals.

The health and safety of everyone involved in the Fischer Junior Nationals is, and will remain, our top priority. As such, strict measures – which adhere to the Provincial public health guidelines – will be implemented, including:

  • Tennis Canada is mandating that all staff, officials, parents, coaches and spectators either working at or attending the Fischer Junior Nationals must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the start of the tournament. The method in which proof of vaccination will be provided will be communicated in due course.
  • It is highly recommended that anyone travelling to the tournaments does so with their own coaches and/or family members only. Tennis Canada discourages anyone from travelling with other players, their families and/or coaches in order to minimize the risk of being classified as a close contact should contact tracing come into effect due to a positive COVID-19 case.
  • All players due to compete in the Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 categories will be contacted shortly to complete a short survey regarding their vaccination status.
  • It will not be mandatory for players to be fully vaccinated in order to compete, but there may be enhanced protocols implemented for those individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated. These enhanced protocols include, but are not limited to, a daily health check questionnaire, testing, temperature check upon arrival at the venue, a mandatory mask policy and strict physical distancing requirements.*
  • Tennis Canada will assign one individual at each event as the lead to manage the health protocols and have a medical doctor on call to advise as needed.
  • At all venues, there will be regular sanitization of all high-traffic areas.
  • We will create and implement clear contact tracing and positive case management plans.

*Some of these protocols, including mask wearing, the daily health check questionnaire and physical distancing may also be required for fully vaccinated participants, particularly while in indoor spaces. More will be confirmed shortly.

Age Group Eligibility

Tennis Canada and our Provincial Tennis Association partners currently use the calendar year to determine age group eligibility for sanctioned national and provincial events.  Read more

“Playing Up” Rules for Junior Tournaments

View “playing up” rules for Tennis Manitoba junior tournaments:

U10 players: only be allowed to compete in the U10, U12 and U14 categories
U12 players: only be allowed to compete in the U12, U14 and U16 categories
It has also been agreed that each province will have an “exception clause” to this recommendation which will allow players who have demonstrated results in top provincial or national level events to compete in more than two age groups above.

Exceptional Player Clause (for BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)

U10s: if they qualify on their own merit for U14 Nationals or are meeting the published performance levels for 2nd year U10 Players (see below), then they can compete in U16 events.

U12s: if they qualify for the U16 Nationals on their own merit or are meeting the published performance standards for 2nd Year U12 players then they can compete in U18 event.

Read the full guidelines.

Online Parent Portal

Tennis Canada and Tennis Manitoba are pleased to announce the newly launched Online Parent Portal.

The parent portal is now live on the Tennis Canada web site, and conveniently located in the Tournament drop down menu below Calendar and Rankings here: http://www.tenniscanada.com/parent-portal/.

The portal is designed to be a user-friendly way for parents of competitive players of all levels to easily access pertinent information. It’s divided into 8 sections including the following:

  1. Safe Sport
  2. Fair Play
  3. Being a Sport Parent
  4. Getting Started: Kids Tennis
  5. Understanding the Competitive Environment
  6. Navigating the Player Pathway
  7. US College & Canadian University Tennis
  8. Careers: Coaching Certification & Officiating

Each section includes links to relevant articles, resources, and videos. The dynamic portal will have new information and resources added periodically, and we encourage you to refer to it often throughout your child’s competitive career.