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Q&A with Erica Perkins: Campus Showdowns
They are going on now - and at a college near you. Campus Showdowns - one-day, short-format tournaments that take place on college campuses across America - are open to everyone from juniors and amateurs to college players and professionals. These tournaments give junior players a unique chance to check out college - as well as the level of competition. Erica Perkins, current ITA C.O.O and formerly of USTA Player Development, discusses this joint initiative between the USTA and ITA. MORE

 

Campus Showdowns: What are they?

  • One-day, short format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals and adults. Generally draws are compass draws for both singles and doubles with matches being one set with a tiebreaker at 5-5, although format and scoring is at the discretion of the director.  Events can be men’s, women’s, or coed.  
  • The tournaments are run on college campuses with the college coach acting as tournament director.  Both ITA Membership and USTA Organizational Membership are required
  • No officials needed. 
  • Entry Fees are kept low to provide access to full range of players. Generally entry fees run $10 for singles, $5 for doubles, and $15 for both. 
  • These tournaments are non-sanctioned, non-ranking events.


The Role of the USTA’s office of Junior and Collegiate Competition:

  • Provide staff support to handle questions and paperwork. 
  • Coordinate dates with USTA Sectional Staff liaison.
  • Connect College Coaches to Sectional Staff.
  • Promote events on USTA Sectional websites.
  • Promote events on the USTA National website in the collegiate and junior sections. 
  • Provide a stipend of $150 after completion of event--maximum one stipend per team per school year.
  • The stipend is provided to keep entry fees affordable for all participants.


The Role of the College Coach:

  • Serve as tournament director taking entries and making the draw.
  • Assist USTA staff in event promotion. 
  • Ensure the events are run according to NCAA and NAIA rules. 
  • Provide the facility and the balls.
  • Forward draws to USTA National office upon completion. 


Benefits of these Events:

  • COMPETITION: Giving College players an opportunity for more competition--on their own campus AND within NCAA rules. 
  • EXPOSURE: Getting more American Junior players on college campuses—giving them a taste of college life and a chance to compete against college players.
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Helping build stronger ties between college programs and the local tennis

College Coaches looking to host events, click here to access the registration form, as well as guidelines for hosting.