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.

Pat Eastman Memorial Junior Level 5 – August 28-30, 2020

With the cancelation of the Montana State Junior Open Level 4, the Montana board had a call to brainstorm another potential junior tournament. There is limited inventory and our focus still remains on supporting our local providers and facilities. It was agreed upon to host the junior portion of the Billings Labor Day Tournament the weekend before and convert it to a Level 5.

Pat Eastman Memorial Junior Level 5 
When: August 28-30, 2020
Where: Billings MT
Entries close 8/25

Play will take place at Pioneer Park. Off 3rd and Grand. Billings, MT 59101 & The Elks Tennis Center 934 Lewis Ave.

Format: Draws with 3 or 4 players will feature Round Robbin format, Draws with 8 OR 16 players will feature compass draw format, Draws with 5-7 OR 9-15 players will feature modified full feed consolation format.

Scoring: All matches will be 2/3 tiebreak sets with a 10 point tie breaker in lieu of a third set.

Junior Tournament Updates

The USTA-MT board and Intermountain Junior Committee have met and made a few decisions/updates regarding upcoming tournaments.

-The Big Sky State Games, July 17-19, in Billings, is now a level 5 sanctioned tournament for 2020. Register and more information here.

-Dates have changed for the MT State Junior Open. New dates – July 30-Aug 2, Missoula, MT. The MT State Junior Open is still a level 4, but will also grant National Points to it in 2020. Register and more information here.

Meadow Lark Tournaments Canceled

Both the MeadowLark Junior and Adult Open tournaments scheduled for July 8-12 in Great Falls have been canceled. Please contact Dirk Baker at dbaker@meadowlarkclub.com  with any questions.

Scheduling Update

Over the past month, it’s become apparent that we will continue to experience change for some time and it’s very difficult to know when things will improve.
Still, we have a very vibrant community of league players who are optimistic that things will eventually improve and allow league play to begin. We share their optimism but want to assure everyone that our first priority is the health and well-being for all involved in our league programs.
To allow players and facilities to make future plans in regard to leagues and tournaments, we are working on an updated schedule and plan for our 2020 league schedule. Our USTA-Montana Spring Mixed League scheduled for May 29 – 31st in Helena is currently suspended as a result of USTA suspending all league play until after May 31st. We will let you know the status of this tournament as plans develop. As many of you know, Nationals has been canceled. As a result, there is a possibility that Intermountain Sectionals could be canceled. We have not received final word on this yet but will let you know as soon as we know more.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. Know that our goal is to be ready to provide league play to all of you when it is appropriate to do so. Your continued patience throughout this process will be helpful as we are all dealing with so many unknowns. Our No. 1 priority is the health, safety and well-being of all our players.
If you have any questions, please see these FAQ links:
https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-faqs-regarding-coronavirus-and-covid-19.html
https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/intermountain/intermountain-covid-19-updates.html

Coronavirus and affected programming

Greetings Montana District Tournament and League Players:

By now many of you may have received notice from USTA National, which effective immediately is suspending all USTA programming including tournaments, league play, and junior events through April 20th.

March Madness Adult tournament in Billings and the Bobcat Spring Break Classic in Bozeman, scheduled for March 20-22, have been canceled. Entry fees will be refunded. We are working with our tournament directors to reschedule events where possible.

Our league events are scheduled as planned and we will continue to accept team registrations. These are changing times and our information is fluid. As we know more, we may need to make further adjustments based on how the situation changes.

USTA-Montana League Refund Policy remains in effect and any player who wishes to withdraw by the player deadline will receive a full refund.

USTA Montana League Refund Policy

All players must pay the league fee regardless of whether they intend to go to the Section Championship. Players who withdraw by the player deadline will receive a refund, minus a processing fee, See Table 3. After the refund deadline, no refunds will be given unless the District League Coordinator and Executive Director determine a refund is warranted due to exceptional circumstances. Examples of exceptional circumstances include injuries that make it impossible to play, a death in the player’s family, or cancellation of the event.

Bozeman City Open

Hi Everybody,

The Bozeman City Open – the first sanctioned tournament of the year! – is coming up quick! Here is more information:

Compass Draws – First 8 Teams in Each Division will be accepted.

– You must have your partner’s USTA number and both players must be paid to register.

*If you are not one of the first 8 in the division you signed
up for, you will be contacted and offered to play in another division if you want.

All Teams guaranteed 3 matches

Events: 3.5, 4.0, & Open Mens & Womens Doubles 8.0 and Open Mixed Doubles

Entries close January 19

Limit of 2 events

Play begins at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 24th. You must be available to play during the day on Friday.
Draws will be posted on January 21st.

Cost – $35.00/per person/1st event $30.00/2nd event

REGISTER HERE