USTA 16U Team Zone Championships

Hours of Operation

M-Th: 8am – 9pm
Fri: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Summer Hours-Sun: 8am-2pm

 

July 26-July 30

Welcome to the Boy’s and Girls 16’s Zone Team Championships. We welcome the 12 teams that will be competing this year: Carribean (1), Northern (2), Pacific Northwest (2), Middle States (3) and Texas (4) Section Teams. The Southlake Tennis Center is excited to be hosting the event again this year. The tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24 to Monday, June 29.

Tournament Contacts:

Director: Mia Gordon-Poorman, email: td@southlaketennis.com, cell: 214-394-6293
Promoter: Stephen Poorman, email: stephen@southlaketennis.com, cell:817-690-6284
Referee: Marvin Smith, email: marvin.tp@verizon.net

 

Schedule

Zonals is scheduled from Wednesday, July 24 to Monday, July 29. Players are expected to arrive no later than noon on Wednesday so that they can attend the mandatory Player Meeting that afternoon. Players should arrange to depart no earlier than 4 pm on Monday to allow time for the final singles matches to complete.

  • Wednesday, July 24
    • 12:45-1:00 pm   Coach Check In at Marriott Solana
    • 1:00-1:45 pm     Mandatory Coaches Meeting
    • 1:00-1:45 pm     Player Check In at Marriott Solana
    • 1:30-1:45 pm     On-Site Alternate Check-In
    • 2:00-3:00 pm     Mandatory Player Meeting
    • 3:15-3:45 pm     Team Meetings and Team Pictures
    • 4:00-5:00 pm    Team Practices (Player Party to follow)
    • 5:00-6:00 pm    Team Practices
    • 6:00-7:00 pm     Team Practices
    • 5:00-7:30 pm     Player Party at STC
  • Thursday, July 25-Sunday, July 28
    • 8:00 am      Matches start at STC (2)
    • 8:30 am      Matches start at WW and RTC (1)
    • 11:30 am    Matches start at STC (2)
  • Sunday, July 28
    • 4:30 pm      Final Round Doubles Matches at STC (TBA)
    • 3:30 pm      Warm Up Courts no earlier than 3:30 pm
  • Monday, July 29
    • 8:00 am     Final Round Singles Matches at STC
    • 8:30 am     Final Round Singles Matches at WW and RTC
    • 11:30 am   Final Round Singles Matches for Teams 1-4
    • Awards Ceremony to follow Final Round matches

Transportation

Southlake Tennis Center is located approximately 15 miles west of DFW Airport. This is the most convenient airport for players. Dallas-Fort Worth is also serviced by Love Field, which is approximately 45 minutes from the host site. We will be playing at multiple sites, so teams will need access to transportation during the event.

Lodging

The host hotel and site of the Player Meetings is the Marriott Solana in Westlake, TX. This is a business hotel with on site tennis courts and a pool. It is located 5 minutes from the main site. Reservations can be made until either July 3 or until the block is sold out using this link.

The block will sell out, so it is important to make reservations as soon as possible. If you are unable to make reservations for the days you need, please contact the Tournament Director, Mia Gordon at td@southlaketennis.com

The hotel has transportation to and from the nearest airport, which is DFW. For more information please contact the hotel.

Match Schedules

There are 6 matches scheduled for each day.  Matches will be played at 3 different sites.  Two matches will play at Southlake Tennis Center at 8:00 am.  One match will play at 8:30 am at Richland Tennis Center and one match will play at Wagon Wheel Tennis Center.  Two matches will play at Southlake Tennis Center at 11:30 am, immediately following the 8:00 am matches.  All the matches are being played at full service public tennis centers with locker rooms, ice/water and viewing with shade.  Here are links to our three sites.

Match Schedule for the Week (to be posted closer to the event)

Team Rosters (to be posted closer to the event)

Click here for a copy of the Player Waiver  USTA Player Waiver

Team Match Format

A team consists of 12 players per team, 6 boys and 6 girls. The players are seeded by their section and play singles in order of strength. Each match consists of 6 boys singles, 6 girls singles, 2 boys doubles, 2 girls doubles and 1 mixed doubles match for the first three rounds, and 3 girls/boys doubles for the remaining matches.  The match format for singles is 2 of 3 sets, regular scoring, with a 10 point match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Doubles is an 8 game pro set, no-ad scoring, with a 7 point tiebreak at 8-8. Each match counts as one point. In the event of a tie, a Super Match Tiebreak will be played by players selected by their coaches.

Tournament Format

Teams are randomly placed in 2 divisions, US Open and Wimbledon. There are 6 teams in each division. Teams will play a round robin against the other teams in their division, but they will not play every team. Teams from the same section may not play each other in the round robin. The winners of each division will play each other in the finals. The team that accrues the most points in round robin play wins their division. In the final round teams are matched with teams from the other division in order of finish.

Coaching

Each team will have a designated coach. This is the only person who can communicate with the players during match play. All communication regarding match sites, match times, line ups and scores will come from the coach. Players will meet their coaches during a team meeting which takes place immediately after the Players Meeting at the Marriott Solana. Most coaches will communicate with the players by text.

Team Parent

Each team will be asked to designate a team parent who will assist the coach. The team parent will be in charge of distributing balls for matches, and recording scores on the team scoresheet, since the coaches will be spending most of their time on court.  The team parents turn in a copy of the scoresheet once the match is finished.

On-Site Alternates

Players who are available to substitute for Zonal players who get injured/ill can sign up in person on Wednesday, July 24 from 1:30-1:45 pm at the Marriott Solana during player registration.  Players must bring a Medical Waiver with them to register. Players must agree to be available for the entire tournament and must agree to play for any team that needs an additional player. Players will be chosen in order by their section ranking, with preference given to putting players on teams from the same section.  There is no way to predict how many alternates will be needed.  In the past we have required anywhere from no players to 5.

Tournament Trainer

A tournament trainer will be on site at Southlake Tennis Center starting at 7:00 am for pre-match assistance. The trainer will stay on site until 30 minutes after the last match has concluded to allow for post-match treatments.

Practice on Tuesday at STC

Players are welcome to come hit at the tennis center on Tuesday afternoon provided they call ahead to make a reservation to use the courts. There is no charge for a one hour hitting session.  Players who wish to have a hitting session with one of our tennis professionals should contact the tournament director to arrange for this session in advance.

Hitting Services

Pros are available for hitting sessions before and during the event.  To arrange for a hitting session, please contact Stephen Poorman at 817-690-6284 or email at stephen@southlaketennis.com

Stringing Services

STC has a head stringer who has professional stringing experience. We charge $15.00 labor to string racquets during the tournament. Starting on Tuesday, racquets that are brought in by 5 pm will be strung by 7 am. Racquet brought in at 7 am will be strung by 5 pm. We use (2) Wilson Baiardo stringing machines that are calibrated during the event.  We carry string by Babolat, Wilson, Head and Solinco. Players who may want to purchase string from us should verify that we carry the string prior to the tournament.

Tournament Surface and Balls

The tournament will be played on hard courts. The official ball for boys/mixed doubles matches is Wilson Extra Duty. The official balls for girls matches is Wilson Regular Duty.

Tournament Preparation

Players need to prepare to play in the Texas heat. We are starting early and only playing morning matches to minimize heat related issues. Players should bring a large water jug filled with ice to their site. While each site will have access to ice/water, it is best to start off with full jugs of water. Not all sites have concessions, so teams should be prepared to bring coolers with sports drinks/snacks for recovery.

Players should consider bringing cooling towels/neckwear for use during changeovers. Some players have found using a “slushy bucket” styrofoam container with ice water and a towel to be helpful in extreme heat. None of the sites we play at provide towels, so players should be prepared to bring their own.

Each site will have some access to shade, but spectators who want to watch specific matches may want to bring an umbrella for protection from the sun. Not all sites have seating near every court, so spectators may want to bring portable seating.  We respectfully request that spectators do not place their chairs in the landscaping, but use the concrete surfaces for viewing.

Programs and T-Shirts

Programs for the event will be available at Player Check-In on Wednesday and at the front desk at STC while supplies last.  All players will be given a t-shirt at check-in.  A few additional shirts will be available for purchase at the front desk starting on Thursday.  Players/parents who are interested in purchasing an additional t-shirt can contact the tournament director to place an order by July 15.

Places to Eat

There are over 40 restaurants within 5 miles of STC.  For large groups we recommend that teams make reservations in advance.  The following restaurants can accommodate larger groups:

Popular Restaurants

These are the local restaurants that are close to the tennis center. Most of these restaurants have vegetarian options and gluten free meals.

Things To Do

  • Southlake Town Square – This is the main shopping area in Southlake.  There is a movie theatre, restaurants and shopping.
  • Harkins Theatres – There are 14 theatres in this movie complex which is located inside Southlake Town Square
  • Grapevine Mills Mall – This is a large, indoor mall with numerous stores and activities
  • Main Event – Large entertainment complex with bowling, laser tag and other activities

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Fri: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Summer Hours-Sun: 8am-2pm

 

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