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New rule for determining an athlete's age for competition in USTA events( Sun, Oct 27 00:10:AM)

New rule for determining an athlete's age for competition in USTA events

 

The date for determining an athlete’s age for competition in USTA events has changed from December 31 of each calendar year to August 31 of each competition season. Athletes will compete at the age they are on August 31 of each competition season. The competition season runs from September 1 to August 31.

Therefore, the 2019-2020 competition season runs from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. During the 2019-2020 season, athletes will compete in USTA events at they age they will be on August 31, 2020.

The rule was changed so that more athletes are competing at their actual age during the competition season. The previous age rule had many athletes competing a year older than they actually were.

Please note: This rule change does NOT apply to the WBTF events of PreTrials, Trials, International Cup and the World Championships. The date for determining an athlete’s age for competition in those WBTF events remains December 31 of each calendar year.

USTA examples:
An athlete whose birthdate is September 15, 2010 turned 9 years old on Sept. 15, 2019. She will still be 9 years old on August 31, 2020. Therefore, s/he will compete as a 9-year-old during the 2019-2020 competition season, which runs from Sept. 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

An athlete whose birthdate is January 15, 2010 will turn 10 years old on Jan. 15, 2020, so s/he will be 10 years old on August 31, 2020. Therefore, s/he will compete as a 10-year-old during the 2019-2020 competition season, which runs from Sept. 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Another way to think of this is: if an athlete’s birthday is in Sept., Oct., Nov. or Dec., they will compete during the 2019-2020 season  at the age they turned in 2019, because their 2020 birthday falls AFTER August 31, 2020.

If an athlete’s birthday is in January through August, they will be competing at the age they turn in 2020, because their 2020 birthday falls ON OR BEFORE August 31, 2020.