Final Junior Tournament Director Workshop – October 16th

The Southern California Tennis Association Junior Department is hosting five mandatory Tournament Director Workshops across Southern California this year. Two have already been completed in Orange County and San Diego. Megan Heneghan and Ken Grassel, who are part of the SCTA Junior Department staff, have led the presentations. Barry Friedman, who is the Chairman, and Eric Stephens, who is a member of the Junior Competition Committee, added their insight based on years of industry experience.

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During the workshops, the Tournament Director’s Manual; tournament checklist; officials and court monitors; and online tournament sanction forms, are discussed. The sessions conclude with a tutorial on the “all factors” seeding method (required for Levels 1-4) and an interactive TDM (Tournament Data Manager) presentation. In previous workshops, there has been a good deal of talk about handling certain situations during an event, as well as the expectations of a Tournament Director at each junior tournament level. Information pertaining to junior tournament levels 1 (National) through 7 (Entry Level) was also provided. Overall, the gatherings take about four hours, with breakfast and lunch served between presentations and discussions.

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There are different challenges at each level, but the information presented at these workshops allow a Tournament Director to efficiently prepare and manage for challenges that may arise. For example, a common complaint from parents and players is the lack of officials at junior tournaments. A large portion of the workshop is dedicated to the requirements of officials at each event level, and the new “roving umpire” rule now implemented at every tournament. Grassel distributes the Southern California Tennis Umpires Association contact information sheet so that every director can guarantee the proper number of officials at their events.

The goal is to have every Southern California Junior Tournament Director operate consistent, high-quality junior events, from novice to the highest advanced levels. The workshops provided a Tournament Director with information and the resources necessary to meet all the essential junior tournament requirements, provide exceptional customer service and achieve success in every championship. Preparation and a positive environment are of the utmost importance. By attending a workshop, a Tournament Director is guaranteed to acquire the knowledge and confidence to consistently run exceptional events.

The final 2016 workshop will be held on Sunday, October 16th at UCLA in the Straus Clubhouse. The session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. For details and to make a reservation, please contact Megan Heneghan at heneghan@scta.usta.com

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