My Opinion: I'll be honest, I'm not sure if this is a rule change or a rule that is never implemented. Either way, I'd like to see seedings not be based solely on that age group's standings list..especially in qualifying. It seems like a lot of the time, the best qualifyers are the kids from a younger age group who have just not played many tournaments in that age group. It really becomes a luck of the draw type deal. As long as the committee or person seems like they know what they are doing, I think this is a good rule.
As an aside, the opinions expressed on the rules are my own. And there is no doubt, that in the USTA's mind "growing the game" means getting American players to the final weekend of the U.S. Open. This means, more viewers, hence more advertsing dollars, hence more money to "grow the game." Successful player development will grow the game more than allowing 64 unqualified 14-year olds into a Supernational every year. I was at 14's Clays (refer to a previous blog.) The quality of play was mediocre at best. The 14's age group, needs some kind of face lift!
Ricky Becker is The Director of Tennis at Glen Oaks Club. Ricky also coaches high-performance juniors throughout the year and has been the Director of Tennis at three of Long Island’s biggest junior programs. As a player, Becker was the Most Valuable Player for the 1996 NCAA Championship Stanford Tennis team and ranked in the top-five nationally as a junior. He can be reached at email@example.com, 516-359-4843 or via juniortennisconsulting.com.