What do the new tournament levels mean?

If you have looked at our tournament schedule you may have noticed that we have added the designations of “Level 5”, “Level 6” or “Level 7” to our adult tournament descriptions. This is due to the new USTA tournament alignment occurring nationally beginning in January 2021. These tournaments have always been designated as levels 5-7, but we have not traditionally added the language. We are adding the language to our tournament descriptions to align and support USTA‘s goal of having a simplified nationwide structure. This will create a standardized system and greater consistency for players, coaches, tournament directors and officials.
Here are some FAQ’s for clarification:
What do the levels listed on the adult tournament schedule mean?
The various numbers reflect the level of events. Level 7 is a local level tournament and a Level 1 is a national championship tournament. Montana has levels 5 – 7 for our adult tournaments. It has nothing to do with needing to be a certain level of player in order to play in the tournament.
What will change in Montana for tournaments?
Nothing is changing in Montana except that we are adding the language of “Level 6” and “Level 7” to our tournament schedule so that we may be consistent with the USTA Tournament Alignment.
Will anything be different with tournament format?
No major changes, except there will no longer be single-elimination format for tournaments in Montana.