- Events & Highlights
|10 And Under:
(Doubles or Singles)
(10 And Under:)
(After 5pm July 5)
| Online Entry Deadline: July 16 |
T-Shirt Deadline: July 5 at 5pm
Registration on USTA site ends July 12. After deadline email Leonard Harkless at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.
Click the button below to view photos of the BSSG Tennis event.
3rd St. W. & Ave. D
Billings, MT 59102
8th St. W. & Central Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
(Park in the alley)
1441 Governors Blvd.
Billings, MT 59105
21st St. W. & Grand
Billings, MT 59102
898 Parkview Dr.
(Parkview Dr. & Yellowstone Ave.)
Billings, MT 59102
1500 N. 27th St.
Billings, MT 59102
Event Sponsored by:
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.
All 2017 and 2018 Big Sky State Games medalists, and some 2019 medalists are eligible to compete in the
2018 State Games of America in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Archery, Basketball, Biathlon, Billiards, Bowling, Cycling (Mountain Bike), Disc Golf, Equestrian, Fencing, Figure Skating, Golf, Ice Hockey, Karate, Lacrosse, Pickleball, Racquetball, Road Race, Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do/Judo, Tennis, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
Please see the State Games of America website for more information.
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, 2018 determines your age division.
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 email@example.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.
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 21 at 9:00am for the one-day event. Event will take approximately 2-3 hours.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may submit any information you have which would help in the seeding of players.
Draws will be posted for adults and juniors Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 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 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.)
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 may force alternate scoring and/or schedule changes. Please check with your tournament desk if weather is a factor. NO REFUNDS.
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.