No Service Let Rule
At Tennis Manitoba junior tournaments in 2019, 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.
CRITERIA FOR CANADIAN JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTION
Saskatchewan – Manitoba
See the criteria below for players to represent Team Prairies at the Canadian Junior National Championships.
- Prairie Regionals qualifying tournaments are eliminated.
- Each province will host 4 tournaments within a calendar year for a total of 8.
- Players will be selected based on Tennis Canada Rogers Rankings in the Age Category by the cut off date of February 20, 2019 for the 2019 Indoor National Championships and July 10, 2019 for the 2019 Outdoor National Championships. Top 3 ranked players by gender in the age category between the 2 provinces will qualify.
To determine the Top 3 ranked players, Team Prairies will use the following requirements:
- 52 week rolling calendar.
- Using the Tennis Canada Rogers Rankings system.
- To be eligible, players must play a minimum of 1 Indoor Tournament (in either Manitoba or Saskatchewan) in the past 52 weeks.
- To be eligible, players must play a minimum of 5 Qualifying Tournaments (in either Manitoba or Saskatchewan) out of a Total of 8 Qualifying Tournaments in the past 52 weeks (with at least one of those tournaments being in the other Prairie province).
**If a player ranked in the Top 3 declines invitation to compete in the National Championships, the next eligible player on the Rankings List will be invited UP TO THE #6 RANKING IN THAT CATEGORY
**For a player to be considered to represent Team Prairies at the National Championships who is ranked outside of the Top 6 in the age category, the following criteria apply:
- A player ranked in the Top 3 of the Age Category must have declined invitation to compete at the National Championships.
- The player seeking consideration must apply for SPECIAL EXEMPTION to the Technical Director/Provincial Coach of their Province no later than 15 days prior to the cutoff date for that National Championships Ranking Deadline (ex: for 2019 Outdoor National Championships the deadline for application for Special Exemption would be June 25, 2019).
- Application for SPECIAL EXEMPTION must be made in writing citing all reasons for not meeting the above requirements and include all necessary doctor’s notes etc…(possible reasons for Special Exemption would be injury, illness or possibly competing in other countries).
**It should be noted that BOTH Tennis Manitoba and Tennis Saskatchewan would have to accept a player’s application for Special Exemption and that it would be a RARE case that a player would be accepted as the qualification requirements are minimal.
Tournament Points Awarded
Each province will host one tournament which will have a greater point value:
Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Junior Indoor Open, Regina, January 25 – 27, 2019
Manitoba: Prairie Junior Championships, Taylor Tennis Club, July 2 – 5, 2019
The remaining 6 tournaments between the provinces will have equal associated values.
Reason For Change
- This change in format has been made to eliminate the increasingly undesired Prairie Regionals qualifying tournaments which are costly and frequently cancelled or changed due to low entries
- The new system allows for travel flexibility
- Promotes inter-provincial play thus providing player variety
2019 Junior Schedule in MB:
Jan 3 – 6 Taylor Junior Open – Taylor Tennis
May 9 – 12 Kildonan Junior Open – Kildonan Tennis Club
May 30 – June 2 Tuxedo Junior Open – Tuxedo Tennis Club
July 2 – July 5 Prairie Junior Championships – Taylor Tennis
2019 Junior Schedule in SK:
January 25-27 Regina Indoor Junior Open – Sportplex, Regina
February 8-10 Prairie Regional Indoor Junior Open – Lakewood, Saskatoon
May 24-26 Riverside Junior Open – Saskatoon
June 7-9 Provincial Junior Open – Lakeshore, Regina
Indoor Nationals rankings cutoff / selection: February 20, 2019
Outdoor Nationals rankings cutoff / selection: July 10, 2019
**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**
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:
- Safe Sport
- Fair Play
- Being a Sport Parent
- Getting Started: Kids Tennis
- Understanding the Competitive Environment
- Navigating the Player Pathway
- US College & Canadian University Tennis
- 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.