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USTA National Campus Championship Ready for 2008

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Virginia Tech's Kate Harrington and Andy Brown congratulate
each other after a point at the 2007 USTA National Campus
Championship at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.

Mark your calendars!  The 2008 USTA National Campus Championship will return to the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C., April 17-19.  Every year a few items relating to the Championship get tweaked to continually improve the event for you, the participants.  While the changes and enhancements for the 2008 USTA National Campus Championship are important, a few of the changes implemented at last year's tournament are worth nothing again, too.  Please review the following to ensure that your team is on track for Cary:

Eligibility 1
NIRSA has recently amended its National Campus Championship Series Eligibility Guidelines, which the USTA National Campus Championship follows.  Please review these guidelines carefully.  You may access them here.  Please contact Valerie McCutchan at valerie@NIRSA.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Eligibility 2
All rostered players must have played in two events representing their team/school in the same academic year and prior to the USTA National Campus Championship.

Eligibility 3
All 17 USTA Campus Championship - Section Events will now use the same eligibility guidelines as the USTA National Campus Championship.

Player Limitations
A rostered player may play in only two sets per match, whether as a starter or a substitute.  (The supertiebreaker does not apply to the two-set limit).

Bid System
Automatic bids given to each of the 17 USTA sections will be distributed in the following manner:

  • Section hosts a USTA Campus Championship - Section Event = 1 bid
  • USTA Campus Championship - Section Event hosts 6-10 unique schools = 2 bids
  • USTA Campus Championship - Section Event hosts 11-15 unique schools = 3 bids
  • USTA Campus Championship - Section Event hosts 16+ unique schools = 4 bids
  • "B" teams do not count toward unique schools total
  • Two teams from one school may not secure more than one automatic bid for that school
  • Bid distribution will be based on previous year's USTA Campus Championship - Section Event unique schools totals

Selection Priority for USTA National Campus Championship

  1. USTA Section automatic bid winners
  2. At-large/first-come, first-serve (teams participating in their respective USTA Campus Championship - Section Event in the current academic year and who have played at least two prior matches)
  3. At-large/first-come, first-serve (teams not participating in their respective USTA Campus Championship - Section Event in the current academic year and who have played at least two prior matches)
  4. At-large/first-come, first-serve

*Teams will be notified of their USTA National Campus Championship status after their respective USTA Campus Championship - Section Event has been held.

*Tip: All teams should submit their completed USTA National Campus Championship paperwork as soon as possible after it becomes available to increase their priority in the entry queue.

USTA National Campus Championship Seeding
The USTA National Campus Championship seeds teams with information provided by teams on their entry applications.  When filling out your entry application, please include ALL match results for the current academic year.  This includes dual matches and tournament results (include all match results for tournaments).

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