Thursday, 15 May 2014

Tennis Manitoba’s Junior Nationals Selection Eligibility, Process and Policy Updates

Eligibility 
In order to represent Manitoba as a member of Team Prairies at the Rogers Junior National Championships, a junior must be a Canadian citizen and/or permanent resident of Manitoba and compete in a minimum of two Tennis Manitoba Junior Tour tournaments in their age category during the past 52 weeks (which includes Regionals). Students attending school out of province are eligible assuming they meet the residence criteria. In addition, a junior must be in good standing with Tennis Manitoba (membership, financial, discipline, etc.).

Process and Policy
Tennis Manitoba (TM) will use the new Tennis Canada national ranking system to determine provincial rankings to select juniors to represent Manitoba to compete with Saskatchewan in a Prairies Qualifier (Regionals) for the opportunity to participate at the Rogers Junior National Championships. 

Manitoba’s top four juniors of each age category and gender may have the opportunity to participate in the indoor and outdoor Regionals, where Tennis Manitoba reserves the right to appoint one selection due to exceptional circumstances as well as limit participation to only the top eight ranked juniors for each age category / gender.

Draws at Regionals will contain up to eight juniors, with participating provinces having the opportunity to increase provincial representation to fill the draws.

Wildcards for Regionals may be granted only for extraordinary circumstances. If a junior desires to compete for a Nationals spot and has extraordinary circumstances such that they were not able to participate in sufficient TM sanctioned junior tournaments within their desired age category and/or has a competitive justification for the request, they must notify TM of these in writing thirty (30) days prior to Regionals to be considered for a wildcard.

2014 Outdoor Regionals
Outdoor Regionals selections will use a cut off date of July 20, 2014, which is one day after the completion of the Deer Lodge Jr Classic.

2015 Indoor Regionals
Indoor Regionals selections will use a cut off date of one day after the completion of the 2015 Winnipeg Winter Club Junior Open (January 2015 dates to be determined).

TM reserves the right to make reasonable discretionary decisions toward the goals of and in concert with the policy regarding issues unforeseen within the policy as it currently stands.

Policy updates and TM sanctioned junior tournament schedule and results will be posted at Tennis Manitoba Junior Tour.