HOW IT WORKS

REGISTER FOR THE FIRST TIME
 
Enrollment of your child or children into a JGPT event begins with the registration of the parent or legal guardian. This not only includes their eligibility to enroll in our events, but also reserves their place in the ARC1.
 
To begin this process, please click the "CREATE ACCOUNT" tab above. This process will take only a few short minutes of your time. Below, we have outlined the 2 steps necessary to complete Junior Grand Prix Tennis Registration and enrollment.
 
1). The parent or legal guardian of the minor child/children must first set up their own individual account that will include their name, address and current email information. They will then be asked to create a password and login which will be needed to enroll their child/children.
 
2). After receiving confirmation of the parent or legal guardian’s Registration, the parent or legal guardian will then be able to enroll their child/children into our system which also includes the ARC1 Global Ranking System. Once the child/children are enrolled, they will be assigned their own individual JGPT Member number.
 
**Note all participants and those younger than 18 years of age, with their parent or legal guardian’s consent, will have their name and continent of origin publicly viewable in the form of the proprietary ARC1 Global Ranking System on our web sites. 
 
For more information on the ARC1, please go to the “Ranking” tab on our Home Page or visit ARC1Ranking.com.
 
OUR STRUCTURE
 
JGPT is proud to host 4 Divisions of Tournaments that are designed to meet the individual needs of our players based on their age, ability, and experience.
 
CHAMPION (1) designed for the most advanced and experienced players.
CHALLENGER (2) designed for intermediate/advanced tournament players.
COMPETITOR (3) designed for intermediate tournament players.
STARTER (4) designed for players with little tournament experience and for the recreational player. 
 
Note* A player may only play at their level (division/age bracket) or above never down.
 
 
CHAMPION EVENTS (1) are the highest level JGPT offers. They are specifically designed and intended for players with significant playing experience and for players who have achieved success and wins at both the “Competitor” and “Challenger” levels. In specific events, players may be selected based on their current Junior Grand Prix Tennis ARC1 Global Ranking. This ranking system will be able to identify the players who have demonstrated the ability to partake in these highly competitive events. The Ranking status of players in Champion events will be reflected on a Regional, National and Global scale.
 
 
CHALLENGER (2) EVENTS are intended and designed for players with competitive playing experience. These events would compare to a Level 6 event in Florida, or a Challenger, Open or Satellite Series in other USTA Sections. JGPT intends to meet the needs of all playing abilities and strives to meet the individual development of each child by allowing all of the players the experience of full court play with a full compression Yellow Ball. Each player will be ranked using the Junior Grand Prix Tennis ARC1 Global Ranking System. 
 
 
COMPETITOR (3) EVENTS are intended for progressive Starters moving up and intermediate players desiring to increase their competitive experience. These are introductory competitive events, open to all players enrolled in JGPT.  All Competitor players will be ranked using the ARC1 Global Ranking System. The “Competitor” events would be comparable to Level 7 events and Open or Challenger events in other USTA Sections.
 
 
STARTER (4) EVENTS are designed for new and novice tennis players that are partaking in their first tournament experiences (see below for more detail). These events foster an encouraging and supportive environment in which the players can play and grow in the sport. These events offer a “soft competitive” approach using Round Robin formats, all of which are specifically designed for each age category. All players in Starter events, except the 6 and Under age bracket, will be ranked using the ARC1 Global Ranking System.
 
Most “Starter” events take place in one (1) day. Many events are held in 3 hours or less. Below you will find a basic explanation of each age bracket and examples of scoring formats that may be used.
Please note that in JGPT, any player who wishes to play in a higher age bracket is welcome to do so, however we encourage them to take into account the player’s development as a whole. NO player can play in an age category younger than their chronological age.
 
6 AND UNDER TENNIS is designed for children 6 years of age and younger. These players will play with a foam or Red ball, on a 36 foot court. The JGPT experience for this age bracket focuses on the child’s first “on court” experience. We host an array of activities for the players such as: games, drills, basic instruction, score keeping techniques, skills enhancement exercises and general activities that develop gross motor skills and balance. All activities are designed to promote the concept of individual and team play. We strongly believe that it is the on-court experiences as a whole that will make the players want to come back for a lifetime of Tennis. Below, you will find a list of a few of our basic concepts for this age bracket.
  • Ensuring the Children enjoy their first catching and hitting experience with a Tennis Ball and Racquet
  • Using Adaptive and modified equipment that is designed for children of this age. i.e.; Foam or Red Balls and Racquets less than 23 inches
  • Using different Activities associated with Music and Fun
  • Exposing younger players to basic scoring formats
  • Illustrating to the children the use of manipulatives to keep score
  • Emphasizing the importance of exercise and being active
  • Partaking in activities that enhance the development of Gross and Fine Motor skills, both of which are interlinked with coordination
  • Promoting and discuss basic rules and etiquette of Tennis
 
8 AND UNDER TENNIS is designed for children 8 years of age or younger. These players will play with a Red ball on a 36 foot court, using racquets of 23 inches or less, and using modified scoring based on the size of each age category and flight. In many cases, 8 and Under tennis is gender mixed and each age bracket takes place in approximately 2 – 3 hours. Parents should keep in mind a few of the basic concepts that would illustrate what is expected of a “Starter” playing in the 8 and Under age bracket.
  • Players should know where to stand on the court
  • Players should know what a Round Robin is
  • Players should be able to serve over the net using either an underhanded or overhanded serve
  • Players should know where to stand when receiving serve
  • Players should know the boundaries of the 36 foot court
  • Players should know how to call balls IN or OUT
 
10 AND UNDER TENNIS is designed for children 10 years of age or younger. These players use an Orange Ball on a 60 foot court, using a Racquet of 25 inches or less, with modified scoring based on the number of participants in each age bracket. Most age brackets play in approximately 2-3 hours or less. Below is a list of a few of the basic concepts that would illustrate what is expected of a “Starter” playing in the 10 and Under age bracket.
  • Players should know where to stand on the court
  • Players should be able to serve over the net using either an underhanded or overhanded serve
  • Players should know where to stand when receiving serve
  • Players should know the boundaries of the 60 foot court
  • Players should know how to call balls IN or OUT
  • Players should know how to keep basic score
  • Players should know basic rules and etiquette of Tennis
  • Players should know when to switch sides
 
12 AND UNDER TENNIS is designed for players 12 years of age or younger. These players use a Green Dot Ball and play on a full court, using modified scoring based on the number of participants in each age bracket. Most age brackets play in approximately 2-3 hours or less. Below is a list of a few of the basic concepts that would illustrate what is expected of a “Starter” playing in the 12 and Under age bracket.
  • Players should know where to stand on the court
  • Players should know the concept of Round Robin play
  • Players should be able to serve over the net using either an underhanded or overhanded serve
  • Players should know where to stand when receiving serve
  • Players should know the boundaries of a full court
  • Players should know how to call balls IN or OUT
  • Players should know how to keep basic score
  • Players should know basic rules and etiquette of Tennis
  • Players should know when to ask for “Help”
  • Players should know when to switch ends
  • Player should know how to score a set/match Tie-Break
 
14 AND UNDER TENNIS are designed for new and recreational players. These events are structured tennis events that promote play amongst players with similar playing ability. These players use a regular Yellow Ball and use modified scoring based on the number of participants in each age bracket. Play takes place in 3-4 hours, and usually offers no-ad scoring.
Below is a list of a few of the basic concepts that would illustrate what is expected of a “Starter” playing in the 14 and Under age brackets.
  • Players should know where to stand on the court
  • Players should be familiar with Round Robin format
  • Players should be able to serve over the net using either an underhanded or overhanded serve
  • Players should know where to stand when receiving serve
  • Players should know the boundaries of a full court
  • Players should know how to call balls IN or OUT
  • Players should know how to keep basic score
  • Players should know basic rules and etiquette of Tennis
  • Players should know when to ask for “Help”
  • Players should know when to switch ends
  • Players should know how to score and set/match Tie-Break
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