Event Information

Tennis

Dates

  • Fri, July 14, 2017 - Sun, July 16, 2017
  • *The Junior/Adult event is a 3 day tournament; please plan on playing on Friday.

  • Schedule

  • Junior/Adult Event:
  • Start Date: Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Start Time: 8:00am
  • Location: Pioneer Park
  • 10 & Under Event:
  • Start Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
  • Start Time: 9:00am (1 day event)
  • Location: Pioneer Park

  • Other Info


Entry Fees

Doubles Event: $25/participant
Singles Event: $30/participant
10 And Under:
(Doubles or Singles)
$15/participant
Late Registration
(10 And Under:)
(After 5pm June 30)
$20/participant
 Online Entry Deadline: July 6
 T-Shirt Deadline: June 30 at 5pm

Registration on USTA site ends July 6. After deadline email Leonard Harkless at hdawards@msn.com for availability.

Event Photos

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Pioneer Park

3rd St. W. & Ave. D
Billings, MT 59102


Central Park

8th St. W. & Central Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
(Park in the alley)


Castle Rock Middle School

1441 Governors Blvd.
Billings, MT 59105


Rose Park

21st St. W. & Grand
Billings, MT 59102


Lillis Park

898 Parkview Dr.
(Parkview Dr. & Yellowstone Ave.)
Billings, MT 59102


MSU-B Indoor Courts (rain delay)

1500 N. 27th St.
Billings, MT 59102

Event Sponsored by:

Commissioners

Leonard Harkless started playing tennis with his children and wife in 1992, and has served as BSSG commissioner for over 15 years. Prior to becoming the Tennis Commissioner, Leonard was the Big Sky State Games Armwrestling Commissioner for several years. Leonard is assisted by his wife Jo and their children Andrew and Lyndsey. In 2007, his family was honored with the Big Sky State Games Osborne Volunteer of the Year Award. Leonard is a United States Tennis Association Umpire and is certified to umpire in the Intermountain Region. Leonard owns Screen Printing by Design in Portland, OR.

Lisa has been playing tennis for over 40 years. She played high school and college tennis. She retired from a 20+ year high school coaching career in 2015. Lisa now teaches the USTA program "Tennis is Elementary" at Trinity Lutheran School, gives lessons to 10 year old and under children during the summers, and plays for fun with her ladies group.

State Games of America Qualifier

All 2015 and 2016 Big Sky State Games medalists, and some 2017 medalists are eligible to compete in the
2017 State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Current sports are:

Archery, Basketball, Billiards, Bowling, Cycling, Disc Golf, Fencing, Figure Skating, Flag Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Karate, Lacrosse, Pickleball, Racquetball, Road Race, Rollerskating, Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do/Judo, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

Please see the State Games of America website for more information.

Tournaments

Adult Tournament

Players must be 18 or over to play National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) events. Juniors may play in OPEN Events and in the Junior Tournament. Your age as of July 31, 2017 determines your age division.

Adult/Junior Tournament

Participants can only enter 2 events for the tournament. If you wish to participate in the Parent/Child event as your third event, you will need to email hdawards@msn.com. Limit two (2) events in Tennis plus Parent/Child division. Partners must fill out separate entry forms. Minimum of 3 entries in each event. In cases of 1 entry, the athlete is uncontested in that event and receives a free entry one level up. In cases of 2 entries, athletes play 1 match and receive a free entry one level up. Please note on entry form if you do not wish to play one level up.

10 & Under Tournament    

New official 10 & Under Tennis division at State Games. No experience necessary. Clinic at 9:00am, followed by play. Slower moving and lower bounching balls, shorter and lighter racquets, and smaller courts. Equipment provided by Billings Parks and Recreation. 10 & Under report to Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 15 at 9:00am for the one-day event. Event will take approximately 2-3 hours.

Volunteers Needed

The entire tournament is operated with volunteers. Volunteer site directors and tournament desk workers are needed. Please volunteer your time. E-mail your availability--volunteer time will be scheduled around your playing time. Email: hdawards@msn.com.

Seeding & Matches

Seeding

You may submit any information you have which would help in the seeding of players.

Match Times

Draws will be posted for adults and juniors Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the USTA website. Click on Tennis Link under tournament ID 250009617. *If you have a scheduling conflict, please notify the tournament director before the draws are posted. All effots can be made to help, but the information must come to the director as soon as possible. Players must check with their tournament desk to find out if the tournament is ahead of schedule or being delayed. Players must be ready to play 30 minutes before their first match, and at least 15 minutes prior to all others. This 3-day tournament is volunteer driven, your cooperation in helping throughout the weekend will be greatly appreciated.

Match Locations

Match sites will be determined by individual draw sizes. Pioneer Park (3rd St. W. & Ave. D); Central Park (8th St. W. & Central Ave, Park in the alley); Castle Rock (1441 Governors Blvd.); Rose Park (21st St. W. & Grand), Lillis Park (1298 24th Street West), MSU-B (1500 N. 27th St.)

Match Scoring

Please note on entry form if you do not wish to play one level up. Draws will be a full feed in with the consolation determining 3rd and 4th place on brackets 16 and under. Players will utilize regular deuce-ad scoring. Matches will be the best 2 of 3 sets with the 3rd set as a MATCH  tie-breaker. A set tie-breaker is played at 6-6. Winner must win 7 points or win by 2 point margin. A match tie-breaker is played when all players have won one set each. Winner must accumulate 10 points or win by 2 point margin. All Final Matches and 3rd Place Matches will play a regular 3rd set, take a 10 minute break and receive new balls for the final set.

Inclement Weather

Inclement weather may force alternate scoring and/or schedule changes. Please check with your tournament desk if weather is a factor. NO  REFUNDS.

Junior Players Level of Play

General Characteristics/NTRP Rating Categories

Competition for Juniors is based on age, NOT on experience. They compete against players of the same age group. Levels of competition will vary because of player’s experiences. A younger player will be allowed to play in an older age category in order to increase their level of competition.

2.5 Rating: This player is just starting to play tennis. Player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play and can sustain a rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability. This player has obvious stroke weakness but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play. This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak.

3.0 Rating: This player is consistent when hitting medium paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks control when trying of directional intent, depth, or power. This player has better judgment on where the ball is going and is able to cover the court to keep the ball in play.

3.5 Rating: This player has achieved improved stroke dependability and direction on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player is starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles.

4.0 Rating: This player has dependable strokes, including directional intent and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate paced shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overhead, approach shots and volleys with some success.

4.5 Rating: This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning to vary tactics according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve and is able to rush the net successfully.

5.0 or higher NTRP: This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game can be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth and spin on most second serves. This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and has dependable shots in a stress situation.