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TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
You need to submit the Tournament Registration Form available at https://form.jotform.com/hstennischampionships/2018-tournament-registration-form no later than February 16th! Please make sure to include all information as this will be the most valuable piece of information we will get from you. You will need to include school information, contact information for yourself and/or any assistant, player information (including name, grade), any players committed or signed to play collegiate tennis, and the number of individuals attending the Players Party. We will NOT release the tournament division and schedule/pairings until all Registration Forms have been received. If you do NOT submit this form in a timely manner it may effect your seeding in the event and your information will NOT be included in the Tournament Program. 

PLAYER UTR REGISTRATION
ALL players participating in the 2018 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships MUST register for the event via the UTR Events page and pay a $5 registration fee. This is similar to registering in TennisLink for those familiar with USTA events. This $5 entry fee does NOT go to the tournament it covers the costs associated with sanctioning the event as a UTR tournament. Please have your players visit http://events.universaltennis.com/tournaments/775/ to register for the event. There are instructions on the page for those that are unfamiliar with the UTR system. Please note that players do NOT have to be USTA members to participate in the event this year. If a player does not register for the event they will be ineligible to compete in tournament play. Registration for the event will close on Thursday, March 1, 2018. 

TOURNAMENT DIVISIONS
We plan to announce all Tournament Divisions no later than Wednesday, February 21st. We are waiting until all final rosters for the event have been submitted to ensure that divisions are competitively balanced based on the actual roster of players attending the event. Teams will be split into divisions based on their UTR Power 6 Rating which combines to UTR of the top 6 players on a team.
  
PLAYERS PARTY
We will be hosting a FREE Players Party for all tournament participants on Thursday, March 15th from 7:00-9:30pm at Champions Tennis Club. This event will be a great opportunity for players to mingle and have a good time before a weekend full of tennis. There will be food and drink on-site and we will have a number of other activities including a DJ, Photo booth, and more. We are also working with UTR and National Scouting Report to offer a couple short 15 minute seminars for players, parents and coaches during the event! We will release more information about these seminars in the next couple weeks. We just wanted you to be aware as you plan your trip.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ASAP
Just a quick reminder that if you have not done so already please book your hotel rooms ASAP. Many of our tournament blocks expire starting February 15th. We have a large number of hotel rooms blocked for the event but once these are full or the block expires you will be on your own to find hotel rooms. We worked hard to offer hotels in a variety of price ranges and with a variety of amenities. Please let me know if you have any problems booking your rooms. All information related to the tournament hotels can be found at http://www.hstennischampionships.com/p/tournament-hotels.html.

DUNLOP DISCOUNT BALL OFFER
As part of our partnership with Dunlop we are excited to once again offer our participating teams a significant discount on the Dunlop Championship Tennis Balls this season. Don't miss this limited time offer to train and play with the same balls that you will compete with at the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships. This limited-time offer gives tournament participants the opportunity to purchase the Dunlop Championship Tennis Balls at a discounted rate of $2.00 per can or $48.00 per case. Free shipping is provided with orders of 12 or more cases. Do not miss this special offer which will expire February 15th. We thank Dunlop for their support of our event and for extending this offer to our participants! To order your balls today call 1-888-215-1530 and mention promo code DecoTurf. 

FINE DESIGNS NAMED OFFICIAL EVENT MERCHANDISER
The DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships and Fine Designs, Inc. have announced a partnership for tournament merchandising and apparel. Fine Designs becomes the “Official Merchandiser” of the 2018 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships, and will be on-site at this year’s event to sell official championship merchandise. Please note that this year players will NOT receive a complimentary tournament t-shirt. They will be receiving personalized tournament bag tags. For more information on this partnership please visit http://www.hstennischampionships.com/2018/01/fine-designs-named-official-event.html. Additional information on tournament pre-orders will be made available in the coming weeks.

Key Changes for 2018
  • All participating teams will only be guaranteed 3 matches in tournament play. Teams will be split into 8 team divisions to allow for more competitive and balanced matches through all three rounds of tournament play.
  • Dual matches will use the nine-point match format in which all matches (singles & doubles) are worth 1 point. To win the dual a team must win 5 or more matches.

TOURNAMENT FORMS
2018 Tournament Registration Form

This form must be filled out by the school's head coach and submitted prior to February 14, 2018. Please do NOT fill out this form until you have all necessary information for all players that will be attending the event.
2018 Participant Interest Form
This form must be filled out by the school's head coach and submitted prior to November 1, 2017. This form is required to submit your interest in participating in the event. Without this form your team will NOT be considered for the 2018 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships.



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