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2012 2013 Season

About the Circuit

The Gateway Junior Grand Prix is a circuit of tennis tournaments geared towards the recreational player.  The circuit consists of a series of single-night round robin tournaments. The tournaments will be held at nine different indoor clubs throughout the St. Louis Area. Players accumulate points at each tournament, and the players standings are updated on the website during the season.  The circuit begins in the fall and culminates with the Masters Championships in the spring.   

Player Eligibility

Players who have received a USTA District ranking in the top ten are disqualified from playing the circuit. However, these top ten players may play two age divisions higher if one exists. Boys who have received a USTA District ranking of #11 thru #20 can play, but must play one age division higher.  Rankings which are published during the Gateway season are not considered only published rankings before the season begins.

Getting Started

Before entering tournaments, players must register to play in the league.  To do this, the League Registration Form must be filled out and submitted, and an annual $37 League Fee must be paid.  Now, for the first time, this process can be carried out on-line at the league website www.jrgrandprix.com.  If you would rather do this off-line, you may complete the attached League Registration Form and mail it in with your payment.  If this registration process was handled through Terry Ward during the summer months, the League Registration Form and League Fee wont be due again until next summer. 

Entering Tournaments

Once a player is registered to play in the league, that player can begin entering tournaments.  The fee for all events, including Doubles Nights, is $30 per event.  Masters Tournaments at the end of the season are priced at $45.  Tournaments cannot be entered on-line through the website.  A Tournament Entry Form must be cut out of the back of this pamphlet, and then mailed into the host club with a check for $30.  Please make these checks for entry fees payable to the host club.  Entries must be received by the host club no later than 6 pm on the Thursday night before the event.  Players may withdraw from an event with a full refund up until 6 pm on the Friday night before the event. 

Tournament Format

Every tournament will use a round-robin format where the participants will play four different opponents. During these four rounds, a total of five games will be played, each time using no-ad scoring.  The Boys 16s and Boys 18s will play six game rounds.  After the four rounds, the top four finishers in terms of total games won will go into the playoffs.  In the playoffs, a full set will be played with the score starting at two games all. The #1 seed will play against the #4 seed, and the #2 seed will play against the #3 seed.  The two winners will then play for the championship, and the losers will play each other for third place.  The championship round will again be a set starting at two games all, and the third place round will simply involve the playing of a Super-Tiebreaker to ten points.  In the 10 and under divisions, only Super-Tiebreakers to ten points will be played.   Tournaments generally take about three hours to complete.  Players can be defaulted if they are twenty or more minutes late to a tournament. 

Age Group Eligibility & Point System

1.      Boys and Girls 10 and under : Must be born on or after May 1, 2002

2.      Boys and Girls 12 and under : Must be born on or after May 1, 2000

3.      Boys and Girls 14 and under: Must be born on or after May 1, 1998

4.      Girls 16 and under: Must be born on or after May 1, 1996

5.  Girls 18 and under : Must be born on or after May 1, 1994

6.   Boys 16 and under : Must be born on or after February 11, 1996

  1. Boys 18 and under : Must be born on or after February 11, 1994                

Points will be awarded to the participants as follows:

            Each game won in four rounds 5 points

            First place 40 points

            Second place 30 points

            Third place 20 points

            Fourth place 10 points

Only a players top five tournament results will count toward a players point total.   Points earned at a Doubles Night and at The Masters are added to a players point total.   Point standings and other helpful information can be found at our web site: www.jrgrandprix.com.

The Masters Championships

After all of the tournaments have been completed, the top eight ranked players in each age division will be invited to play in The Masters Championship. The Masters Championship will be a conventional tournament played over a weekend.  A compass format will be used, so all players will play three full matches.  A weighted point system is used for this event, and points earned are added to a players final point total. The Masters will cost $45 per player. The club that is hosting the Masters will contact all of the players who have qualified to participate.    

                                        Gateway T-Shirt

          Each player will be entitled to receive a complimentary Gateway T-shirt once a player has registered to play in the league.   Shirts can be picked up at either Racketman location Des Peres or Chesterfield. 

Doubles Nights

         One Doubles Night will be offered for each age group this season.  These will be fun practice nights.  No scores will be recorded, and no trophies will be awarded.  Each participant will be awarded 50 points.  These 50 points are added to a players overall point total.  A player may play up in an older age division in the doubles if they wish, but once you have played in one Doubles Night, that player will not be awarded any additional points.  If a player is ranked in more than one age group, fifty points will be added to all of the age groups that the player is ranked in.  Players are to sign-up individually for the Doubles Nights.  If a player would like to play one round with a certain person, this may be requested on the entry form.  The fee for these Doubles Nights will also be $30.  Please be aware that participants may play rounds with players of different age groups and genders.  All players need to report to the host club at 5:45 PM for these Doubles Nights.  These events will end promptly at 8:30 pm.

Ten and Under Events

         All Girls 10 and under tournaments will use a sixty-foot court and the slower, orange and yellow ball.  In the Boys 10 and under events, there are two different divisions offered.  One is the format which uses the sixty-foot court and the slower orange and yellow ball.  These events are listed on the schedule by the designation:  B10s (60).  The other division for the Boys 10 and under will use the full court and the standard tennis ball.  These events are listed on the schedule by the designation: B10 (FC).

         All Boys 10 and under players are welcome to participate in both the sixty-foot court and full court divisions.  These events are always held on different weekends, including The Masters, so players are free to compete and be ranked in both divisions.   Please be aware that in the sixty-foot court events, players must use a 25 length racquet or smaller.  

 

2012-13 Gateway League Registration Form

*Please note that this form, and the $37 Annual League Fee, can be submitted on-line at our website: www.jrgrandprix.com.  Please use the on-line method if possible.  Thank you.

 

Name: ______________________________________________

 

Address: ____________________________________________

 

City/State/Zip Code: ___________________________________

 

Birth Date: _______________

 

Phone Number: (_____) _____________________

 

Email Address: _____________________________________

 

Please mail this form, along with your $37 payment, made payable to: Craigwell, Inc., to:    Craig Tidwell   725 Jacobs Crossing   St. Charles, MO  63304.

2012-2013 Schedule of Tournaments

For singles tournaments, the age group listed first will need to report to the host club at 5:45 PM.  The age group listed second will report at 7:45 PM.  All players in Doubles Nights and tournaments where only one age group is being held will report at 5:45 PM.

Date

Event

Host Club

Sat. September 29, 2012

B12 / B16

Forest Lake Tennis Club

Sat. September 29, 2012

G10 / G14

Vetta Sports - Concord

Sat. October 6, 2012

     Girls 12s

MO Athletic Club - West

Sat. October 6, 2012

B10 (FC) / B18

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. October 6, 2012

Boys 14s

Frontenac Racquet Club

Sat. October 13, 2012

B12 / G14

Forest Lake Tennis Club

Sat. October 13, 2012

B10 (60) / B16

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. October 20, 2012

G12 / B18

West James Courts

Sat. October 20, 2012

B10 (FC) / G16

Sunset Tennis Center

Sat. October 20, 2012

Boys 14s

Woodsmill Racquet Club

Sat. October 27, 2012

B12 / G18

Forest Lake Tennis Club

Sat. October 27, 2012

G10 / G14

MO Athletic Club - West

Sat. October 27, 2012

Boys 16s

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Sat. November 3, 2012

Boys 14s

Frontenac Racquet Club

Sat. November 3, 2012

B10 (60) / G16

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Sat. November 3, 2012

G12 / B18

Sunset Tennis Center

Sat. November 10, 2012

G10 / G18

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. November 10, 2012

G12 / B16

Woodsmill Racquet Club

Sat. November 10, 2012

B12 / G14

Forest Lake Tennis Club

Sat. November 17, 2012

B10 (FC) / B18

MO Athletic Club - West

Sat. November 17, 2012

Girls 16s

Vetta Sports - Concord

Sat. November 17, 2012

Boys 14s

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Sat. December 1, 2012

G14 / B16

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Sat. December 1, 2012

B12 / G18

MO Athletic Club - West

Sat. December 8, 2012

  B10 (60) / G16

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. December 8 2012

Boys 14s

Sunset Tennis Center

Sat. December 8, 2012

G10 / B18

Vetta Sports - Concord

Sat. December 15, 2012

Girls 14s

Woodsmill Racquet Club

Sat. December 15, 2012

G12 / G18

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. December 15, 2012

Doubles Night G10, B10(60), B10(FC) & B12

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Sat. December 15, 2012

Boys 16s

Frontenac Racquet Club


Sat. January 5, 2013

B12 / G16

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Sat. January 5, 2013

B10 (FC) / B18

MO Athletic Club - West

Sat. January 5, 2013

G12 / B14

Forest Lake Tennis Club

Sat. January 12, 2013

Girls 14s

Frontenac Racquet Club

Sat. January 12, 2013

Boys 16s

Woodsmill Racquet Club

Sat. January 12, 2013

G10 / G18

Vetta Sports - Concord

Sat. January 19, 2013

B12 / G16

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. January 19, 2013

Doubles Night B14, B16 & B18

Forest Lake Tennis Club

Sat. January 26, 2013

B10 (60) / B14

Vetta Sports - Concord

Sat. January 26, 2013

Doubles Night G12, G14, G16 & G18

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Sat. February 2, 2013

B12 / G14

Woodsmill Racquet Club

Sat. February 2, 2013

B10 (FC) / G18

MO Athletic Club - West

Fri. Feb. 8 Sun. Feb 10, 2013

Masters - B16 & B18       

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Sat. February 9, 2013

G12 / G16

Vetta Sports - Concord

Sat. February 16, 2013

G10 / G14

Forest Lake Tennis Club

Sat. February 16, 2013

B14 / G18

Frontenac Racquet Club

Sat. February 23, 2013

G12 / G16

MO Athletic Club - West

Sat. February 23, 2013

Boys 12s

West James Courts

Sat. February 25, 2012

Boys 14s

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. March 2, 2013

G10 / G14

Sunset Tennis Center

Sat. March 2, 2013

Boys 14s

Woodsmill Racquet Club

Sat. March 2, 2013

B10 (60) / G18

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. March 9, 2013

Boys 12s

Sunset Tennis Center

Sat. March 9, 2013

G12 / G16

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Sat. March 16, 2013

G14 / G18

West James Courts

Sat. March 16, 2013

Boys 14s

Frontenac Racquet Club

Fri. April 5 Sun. April 7, 2013

Masters - B12 & G14

Woodsmill Racquet Club

Fri. April 12 Sun. April 14, 2013

Masters - G10, B10 (60) & G16

Creve Coeur Racquet Club

Fri. April 19 Sun. April 21, 2013

Masters G12 & G18

Sunset Tennis Center

Fri. April 19 Sun. April 21

Masters B10(FC) & B14

Chesterfield Athletic Club

Club mailing addresses to send entry forms and fees (Make checks payable to host clubs.)

 

1.  Sunset Tennis Center

     10911 Gravois Industrial Court

     St. Louis, MO  63128

     Attention Grand Prix Director   Phone: (314) 849-2327

 

2.   Frontenac Racquet Club

     10455 German Road

     St. Louis, MO 63131

     Attention Jennifer Wilhelm   Phone: (314) 991-5599

    

3.   Woodsmill Racquet Club

     910 Old Woodsmill Road  

     Chesterfield, MO  63017

     Attention Bill Barker   Phone: (636) 227-3385

    

                 4. Missouri Athletic Club (West)
                  1777 Des Peres Road

     St. Louis, MO 63131

    Attention Kim Steinmetz   Phone: (314) 539-4444

    

                  5.  Creve Coeur Racquet Club

                       12691 Conway Road

                  St. Louis, MO  63141

                      Attention Alan Douglas   Phone: (314) 434-0344

 

        6. Chesterfield Athletic Club (Club Address: 16619 Swingley Ridge Rd.)                            Mail entries to: Craig Tidwell                          

  725 Jacobs Crossing                                 

  St. Charles, MO  63304       Phone: (636) 448 - 2443                               

            

                   7. Vetta - Concord

12320 Old Tesson Road

St. Louis, MO  63128

Attention Kevin Ebert   Phone: (314) 842- 3111

                        

                 8.  West James Courts

                      1330 Harvestowne Industrial

                      St. Charles, MO   63304

                      Attention Jean Zerr    Phone: (636) 441- 0006

 

                 9. Forest Lake Tennis Club

                     1012 N. Woodsmill Road

                     Chesterfield, MO 63017     

                     Attention Tom Fluri     Phone: (314) 878 - 2722                

 

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