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SSV JUNIOR GRAND PRIX
RULES AND GUIDELINES
Step One:
Get Your SSV Tennis Rating!
Step Two:
Sign Up for the SSV Grand Prix!
TABLE OF CONTENTS

GRAND PRIX OVERVIEW
HOW TO SIGN UP / ROSTERS
HOW SSV GROUPS WORK
SSV TIE-BREAKERS
HOW SSV LEVELS WORK
RESULTS & RANKINGS
RE-RATING RULES
GRAND PRIX WINNERS
PLAYER PICS
WHY GET RE-RATED?
SSV FAIRNESS POLICY
IN CASE OF RAIN
SSV DISCLAIMERS
WHY GET AN SSV TENNIS RATING?

The main reason for getting an SSV Rating is to compete with other players at your level of play. The SSV Tennis Rating determines levels of play from beginner to expert, with scores between 0 & 200.

Since everyone takes the same SSV Rating test, when you play someone within 10 points of your score, chances are good you'll have a competitive match.

SSV Tennis provides the SSV Grand Prix, weekly one-day, 3-hour Round Robin events where players compete at their level of play, not by age or gender.

If your club is an Official SSV Tennis Rating Center, contact your pro to get your SSV Tennis Rating. If you are not affiliated with an official SSV club, but would like to get your SSV Rating and play the SSV Grand Prix, click here
.
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SSV GRAND PRIX OVERVIEW

The SSV Junior Grand Prix is a series of weekly,
one-day, 3-hour tournaments in your local district
The SSV Grand Prix is a grouping of
6 types of events you can choose from:
YELLOW
BALL

ALL
SSV LEVELS
GREEN
DOT

SSV
UNDER 100
ORANGE
BALL

SSV
UNDER 80
RED
BALL

SSV
UNDER 40
DAVIS CUP
STYLE

SINGLES
& DOUBLES
TEEN
TENNIS

TEENS 13YO
AND UP ONLY
All events count toward SSV Grand Prix Rankings
Look for these icons on your SSV schedule

Regular Yellow Ball Events are held on the same day as
Green, Orange, SSV Cup and 13+ Teen events for your convenience
.

When juniors sign up for SSV Cup or 13+ events and there are
not enough for good groups, those juniors will play regular singles.
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HOW TO SIGN UP / ROSTERS


After getting an SSV Rating, players with an SSV 60 or more can sign up for an SSV Round-Robin tournament at SSVTENNIS.COM by clicking PLAYER PAGE and following instructions. Players with ratings between SSV 40 and 59.99 can sign up for Orange Ball events only.

If you have to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of the event. Simply click CANCEL instead of JOIN. If you find you can't make an event at the last minute, please contact Randy at 818 458-5882. Please don't be a no-show, it's not fair to other players.
After signing up, you can immediately see your name in the roster of players for the tournament they selected. When they show up at the tournament, they are placed into small Groups of 2, 3, 4 or 5 players, depending on their SSV Tennis Ratings and the tournament director's discretion. Ideally, players within 10 points of their SSV Ratings are matched up for best competition.



SSV does not require a large draw for a successful event, if there are enough juniors at the same level. In the event of low sign-ups or not enough juniors for a good competitive group, SSV will cancel an event the day before. In the event that there are no good match-ups for a single player, due to mis-matched ratings or other factors, SSV will contact that player and urge them to cancel that event.

Players are expected to know the general tennis rules, have proper court etiquette and good sportsmanship. SSV does not provide umpires for matches. However, the hosting club's tournament director will be happy to resolve any issues and help with tie-breakers.
How SSV Grand Prix Groups Work

SSV Grand Prix Singles Round Robin events put your
junior in different size Groups, 2, 3, 4 or 5,
depending on their SSV ratings*


Each group has it's own amount of sets and games so that, regardless of group size, players get a more balanced amount of match play and your Grand Prix points are accumulated more evenly over the course of a season:
Group of 2
One Match
Players play each other once:
4 sets of 4 games each
Winner Maximum:
4 sets/16 games
Group of 3
Four Matches
Players play each other twice:
4 sets of 4 games each
Winner Maximum:
4 sets/16 games
Group of 4
Three Matches
Players play each other once:
3 sets of 6 games each
Winner Maximum:
3 sets/18 games
Group of 5
Four Matches
Players play each other once:
4 sets of 4 games each
Winner Maximum:
4 sets/16 games
All games are no-add scoring
All tiebreakers are 9-point, Sudden Death
6 game sets have 9-point tiebreaker at 5 games apiece
4 game sets have 9-point tiebreaker at 3 games apiece
In ties for 1st place, 9-point tiebreakers will be played to determine winner of a group
*SSV Pro at each venue decides the size of Groups
and where to place your junior for best match play
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SSV LEVELS OF PLAY
SSV Levels of Play are based on the SSV Tennis Rating
SSV Levels of play are set at the beginning of an SSV Season
Note:
  Players often will get retested during a season:

If the player was retested before the 15th of the middle month of a season; the player's level of play for the season will be the higher retest rating.

If the player was retested after the 15th of the middle month of a season; the player's level of play for the season will be the lower rating from the beginning of the season.
In both cases players can keep all the points earned from the beginning of the season.
We recommend you get a new SSV Tennis Rating before the beginning of a new season to have the most accurate SSV Level and collect Grand Prix points. SSV reserves the right to assign temporary ratings or make changes to any player's rating.
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GRAND PRIX RESULTS & RANKINGS
Sets and games added up weekly for SSV rankings
The player's Grand Prix Ranking is based on accumulated sets and games won over an entire season. They can be seen in the Rankings section on SSV front page.

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  • FIRST 2 WEEKS ADVANTAGE
    For example, if a player starts a season at SSV 90 and gets re-rated to SSV 100 within the first 2 weeks of the season, any sets and games won at SSV 90 will carry over to their new SSV 100 Level.
  • AFTER FIRST TWO WEEKS
    For example, if a player gets re-rated from SSV 90 to SSV 100 after first 2 weeks of the season, they will remain in the SSV 90 level throughout the season. Re-rated players will play at their new SSV level (SSV 100), but their results will stay at the older SSV Level (SSV 90).
  • START NEW LEVEL RANKINGS EARLY
    For example, if a player gets re-rated from SSV 90 to SSV 100 after the first two weeks of the season and wants to immediately start getting stats at their new SSV level (SSV 100), they must agree to forfeit all previous stats and winnings from previous SSV Level (SSV 90) and start fresh at the new SSV level (SSV 100). Players must contact SSV to clear their stats and start ranking at new level.
Contact your Club Pro/Coach to
schedule your SSV Rating Test.
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GRAND PRIX WINNERS
Grand Prix Certificates are awarded at the end of the season to the players with the most sets in each SSV level of play, SSV 40, 50. 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140 and 150. If 2 players in the same level have the same number of accumulated sets, the number of games won will be the tie-breaker. If the number of sets won and the number of games won is the same for 2 players, each will receive a Grand Prix Certificate for that SSV level.

NOTE:  Players can only win the 1st Place Grand Prix Certificate one time in their current SSV level. After a player wins the 1st Place Grand Prix Certificate, they should re-test to try to get a higher SSV level before the next season. This way, they can accumulate Grand Prix points and win the 1st Place Grand Prix Certificate for their new level in that season.
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PLAYER PICS
Your Smiling Face!
SSV uses your face pic for your Player Page,
Who's Playing Page
and Newsletter Results.

If you're new, ask your SSV Pro at your
next SSV event to take a new pic of you!

If your pic is too old or you don't like it,
ask your SSV Pro to take a new one, or
feel free to send us a pic you prefer!
SSV also takes pics of juniors with their trophies for our weekly Results Newletters. Let SSV know if you'd like us NOT to take a face pic, or if you'd like a pic removed from our database. This also applies to trophy-winning pics that we take of winners of SSV events.
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Juniors Get Rated at least Once-A-Year!
WHY SHOULD I
GET RE-RATED?
  • I'm a better player now
    You've been taking lessons/playing tournaments and
    are ready to move up to higher competition

  • I had too many errors on my last test
    Your ability is higher than your SSV Level reflects
    or SSV competition is not challenging enough
  • I won the SSV Grand Prix Award last season
    Players cannot win the end-of-season Grand Prix Award for the same level more than once

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SSV FAIRNESS POLICY
SSV is dedicated to providing the best in junior tennis development, instilling good habits both on and off the court. It is our purpose to offer exciting, positive experiences to juniors as they learn to both win AND lose.

Cheating is not tolerated in SSV Tennis programs. If your junior is playing another junior who is consistently making bad line calls or calling incorrect scores, we recommend the following actions for your junior to take:
  • 1st Offense
    Your junior asks are they sure about the call
  • 2nd Offense
    Your junior warns that another bad call will get the SSV Tennis Director involved
  • 3rd Offense
    SSV Tennis Directors will take action as they see fit
Please let juniors resolve their own disputes. If there are more issues, get the on-site SSV Pro involved to settle the dispute. Parents will not resolve disputes

We ask that parents do not coach
their juniors
during matches


Please contact us about participants that show patterns
of cheating or causing disruption to SSV events
.


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PLAYER/PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

If a player must leave or stop playing (completely) in the middle of an event, they must default.  They will get 0 games for the matches they did not play.  Their opponents will win the set and get the maximum games for that match depending on the size of the group.

If a player (or junior's parent) cannot be found/contacted within 30 minutes of needing to play their next match, they will default. This will make the entire tournament longer and it is not fair to the other players, parents or hosting venue to have to wait.


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IN CASE OF RAIN
  • 1. If the event has not started, the event is cancelled with no fees collected and no results recorded.
  • 2. If the event has started, but no matches completed, the event is cancelled and fees returned with no results recorded.
  • 3. If some matches have been completed, those results are kept. Any remaining matches in progress, regardless of the score, or yet to be started, will be declared a tie with both players receiving the maximum games given for that group.

    There will be no refund of entry fees when any results are recorded.
SSV tournaments are one-day events. There are no makeup matches.
The above rules are designed to not limit a player from obtaining points, when they are not responsible for not completing a match.


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SSV DISCLAIMERS

SSV is not responsible for the actions or
behavior of any player or parent of player.


SSV is not responsible for any physical injuries
to any participants during an SSV event.


SSV reserves the right to assign temporary ratings
or make changes to any player's rating.


SSV reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
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