USTA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
PLAYERS, PARENTS, & COACHES.
Southern California prides itself on grooming players who display outstanding sportsmanship as they compete in our section and across the United States as representatives of #TeamSoCal. Good sportsmanship is as simple as following the rules and showing respect for the game and the opponent.
We remind PARENTS to set the example for junior players by creating a positive and encouraging environment. We ask COACHES to stress the importance of sportsmanship as highly as the development of strokes and strategy. And we empower PLAYERS to accept victory and defeat with equal grace and dignity, while treating opponents with fairness and courtesy.
Recognition of Sportsmanship
Sofia Rodas and Atharv Arora
10U coed orange ball sportsmanship winners from the Junior Circuit event in Long Beach at El Dorado Park on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
At the Racquet Club of Irvine, Aubrey received a Sportmanship award at the club's L3 event. She was gracious in winning or losing, had great on court positive behavior, and treated everyone (staff, opponents, other players) with a lot of respect!
At the Racquet Club of Irvine, Brayden received a Sportmanship award at the club's L3 event. He was gracious in winning or losing, had great on court positive behavior, and treated everyone (staff, opponents, other players) with a lot of respect!
Kyle Klosson and Arnon Jittathai
At the Final 8 Junior Masters 12s Division in Lakewood, Kyle and Arnon had true fighting spirit and sportsmanship. The tournament umpire noted that “their calls were impeccable, each player giving the other the benefit of the doubt all match.”
At the Final 8 in Rancho Mirage, Ta'leighah Saulter turned her ankle suddenly and fell to the court. She was unable to continue, so her opponent Raina Kim of Santa Monica offered to help Ta'leighah over to the trainer's table for treatment on her injury.
Won the sportsmanship award and tied for 1st place in her division at the Junior circuit tournament in Costa Mesa on April 30th
We are proud to recognize some of the many players who are acknowledged for their impeccable sportsmanship at tournaments across Southern California.
Tournament Directors and Staff are encouraged to capture images of players who receive sportsmanship honors. To submit a player photo, please attach and email to email@example.com.
In addition, USTA Southern California’s Junior Competition Committee (JCC) and the Sportsmanship and Grievance Committee (SGC) bestow annual sportsmanship honors on players who embody the ideals of fair play and strong character.
The JCC and SGC select one boy and one girl per age division for their sportsmanship recognition awards. Players and officials are encouraged to notify the USTA SoCal office of individuals who should be considered for these awards.
What Is Good Sportsmanship?
As a tennis player, it is important that in addition to just knowing and following the rules of the game, you also show good sportsmanship on the court. Sportsmanship includes respecting your opponents, playing fair and doing your part so that everyone is having fun!
The USTA provides resources in order to ensure positive play experiences and good sportsmanship. Learn more on the Rules of Tennis, Friend at Court and The Code by visiting USTA.com.
An important criteria for SCTA Foundation scholarship grants is exemplary sportsmanship. For information about Grants and Scholarships for juniors, please visit the SCTA Foundation homepage.
Evelyn Houseman Junior Sportsmanship Award
The Evelyn Houseman Lifetime Junior Sportsmanship Award is presented annually to one boy and one girl who have exemplified good sportsmanship throughout their junior tennis careers. This prestigious award includes a lifetime USTA membership for each player and both players are honored at an awards banquet during the year.
Recipients in 2022 were Masato Perera of Santa Barbara and Anne Christine Lutkemeyer of Irvine. USTA Southern California congratulates both players for their performance both on and off the court.
2020 – Noah Zamora & Winta Woldeab
2019 – Siem Woldeab & Eryn Cayetano
2018 – Eric Hahn & Julia Deming
2017 – Timothy Sah & Jennifer Kerr
2016 – Bryce Pereira & Devon Jack
2015 – Brandon Holt & Ena Shibahara
2014 – Brandon Yeoh & Gabrielle Andrews
2013 – Garrett Auproux & Monica Robinson
2012 – Jonathan Hammel & Maegan Manasse
2011 – Marcos Giron & Sarah Lee
2010 – Daniel Kosakowski & Lorraine Guillermo
2009 – Walker Kehrer & Kaitlyn Christian
2008 – JT Sundling & Thien-Trang Nguyen
2007 – Ryan Thacher & Stephanie Hammel
2006 – Nicolas Meister & Cosmina Ciobanu
2005 – Sam Querrey & Kelly Stewart
2004 – Martel Campbell & Jessica Nguyen
2003 – Brandon Wai & Cindy Chu
2002 – Jesse Ferlianto & Judith DeVera
2001 – Chris Surapol & Lori Stern
2000 – Brian Wilson & Jieun Jacobs
1999 – Ryan Haymond & Abigail Spears
1998 – Jose Lieberman & Allison Bradshaw
1997 – Ryan Moore & Katey Becker
1996 – Bob and Mike Bryan & Faye DeVera
1995 – Kelly Gullett & Monique Allegre
1994 – Jakub Pietrowski & Ania Bleszynski
1993 – Cameron Lindee & Pam Trump
1992 – Jonathan Elsberry & Nikki Willett
1991 – Heath Montgomery & Cindy Kuragami
1990 – Brett Hansen-Dent & Branaca Elsberry
1989 – Neal Grover & Heather Willens
1988 – Michael Noel & Deborah Graham
1987 – Daniel Mattera & Dorey Brandt
1986 – Eric Peus & Wendy Ouwendijk
1985 – Woody Hunt & Catherine O’Meara
1984 – Craig Johnson & Mary Graber
Suspension Points & Grievance
Players who bend the rules, display bad manners, throw equipment, or use foul language may be subject to suspension point(s). Any player who receives 10 suspension points within a 12-month period shall be suspended from competing in sanctioned tournaments for three months (first suspension).
Players are not permitted to enter two tournaments with overlapping sanction dates. Players who do enter overlapping tournaments will be disqualified from both tournaments, lose ranking points from both tournaments, and will receive (5) suspension points.
For complaints or grievances about player or parent behavior that occurs during a USTA SoCal sanctioned tournament, please click the link below to access a Grievance Form. Complete the form and submit it to the Sportsmanship and Grievance Committee. Grievances may include violations of SoCal regulations, standards of conduct, fair play, or good sportsmanship. Anonymous grievances will not be accepted.
Please note that grievances related to USTA National-sanctioned events – even if played in Southern California – should be directed to the national Sportsmanship & Grievance office.
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