Event Information



  • Friday, July 17, 2020 - Sunday, July 19, 2020
  • *The Junior/Adult event is a 3 day tournament; please plan on playing on Friday.

  • Schedule

  • Junior/Adult Event:
  • Start Date: Friday, July 17, 2020
  • Start Time: 8:00am
  • Location: Pioneer Park

    Other Info

     2020 Entry Form

     2020 Sport Information

    State Games of America

    To view the State Games of America Qualifier Information please click here.

Entry Fees

Doubles Event: $25/participant
Singles Event: $30/participant
 Online Entry Deadline: July 9
 T-Shirt Deadline: July 1 at 5pm

Registration on USTA site ends July 9. After deadline email Leonard Harkless at hdawards@msn.com for availability.

    additional $4 processing fee for each online and paper transaction

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Pioneer Park

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

Rose Park

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

MSU-B Indoor Courts (rain delay)

1500 N. 27th St.
Billings, MT 59102

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****Special Notice****

The Big Sky State Games is monitoring the ongoing concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of the participants, friends, family members, the community of Billings and Montana are our top priority. We remain optimistic and hopeful that the Games will be held in July.

With the Big Sky State Games not scheduled to begin until mid-July (some events in June), all events are currently planned to proceed at this time but are subject to change as the situation further develops. Please refer to the Big Sky State Games website for updates.

Registration for the Summer Games will open mid April. The Big Sky State Games is following the recommendations and directives of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the state health department/Governor’s Office. We will follow their guidelines in terms of the continuation of events. Should they mandate events be canceled or rescheduled, Big Sky State Games will provide all participants with more detailed information regarding event rescheduling, cancellation, or refunds.

During these unprecedented times, we understand there is a great deal of uncertainty and concern. We all hope that soon we can return to our active and social lifestyles that for many will include sports and recreation activities including the Big Sky State Games. The immediate focus however, must be on keeping your family safe and helping to stop the spread of the virus.

Thank you for patience and your continued participation in the Games.



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, 2020 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.

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


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 18, 2019, at the USTA website. Click on Tennis Link under tournament ID 250027290. *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 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.