This summer we will be holding USTA sanctioned Compass Draw Tournaments for boys and girls divisions 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s. To participate you must be a current USTA member, you can sign up on the United States Tennis Association website. All participants will receive a t-shirt and there will be a pizza party on Saturday evening for participants and their siblings.
Elysium Tennis Club Compass Draw Description and Match Flow
A compass draw is a relatively new method of Junior tournament draw administration. In this example, our compass draw will contain 16 participants. Everyone is guaranteed four matches over the two days (as long as there are 16 participants in the division, i.e. Boys 16′s, Girls 14′s). If less than 16 register, which is rare, we will use modified 8, 12, or 14 compass draw formats. A limit of 16 boys and 16 girls will be selected to play, they will not be charged. The 16 ranked registrants, will be selected to play based on the latest USTA MW rankings. If the participant is not in the 16 selected to play, they will not be charged. Compass draws are June 3, 4,17,18, July 15, 16, 29, 30 and August 12 and 13.
There will be 2 matches Saturday afternoon/evening and 2 Sunday morning/afternoon. Saturday matches begin at 4 pm, please check the draws for your individual match time. Sunday matches will begin at 8 am so that they are finished by 2:30 pm. There is great viewing for family and friend on the concourse at Elysium Tennis.
With a full draw of 16, there will be four seeded players. The seeding will be done by using the latest available USTA Midwest rankings. The highest four ranked players will be placed according to their seeds, with the remaining twelve players being placed randomly by the computer in the draw. If there are fewer than 16 entrants the number of seeds will be determined according to the size of the draw and the USTA rules.
The first round will consist of 8 matches among the 16 participants in each division. The winners go east to the next round, just like a regular draw. The losers go west, basically like the backdraw in many other tournaments.
Then there is another round of matches among the eight remaining players in the east and the eight players that moved to the west. The four winners on each side continue going in the same direction.
The losers in the east go into a north division (players that won their first round match, and lost the second). There are now four players in the north division that will play off amongst each other on day two.
The losers in the west go into a south division (players that lost their first round match, and lost the second). There are now four players in the south division that will play off amongst each other on day two.
We now have four groups of four players (the four points of the compass).
East – the four players that have won their first round and second round matches.
West – the four players that lost their first and won their second round matches.
North – the four players that won their first and lost their second round matches.
South – the four players that lost their first and second round matches.
Now we have a semifinal and final amongst the four players left in each compass division. The winners of the semifinal matches play off for the championship in each of the compass divisions. Semifinal losers in each division play off for third place in their compass division.
To register, please sign up online at www.usta.com. Click on TennisLink, then tournaments, then enter ID numbers. If you have any questions please email our tournament directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.