District Team Cup
The District Team Cup is an invitation only event where the top players from Western Michigan compete as a team against the other districts in the Midwest. The event is held June 14-16 at various sites in the Midwest. Selection is completed after the Qualifier.
District Team Cup Selections Process
Western Michigan juniors compete every year in team competitions against the other districts of the Midwest Tennis Section. These elite competitions are held June 15th- 17th. Selection to represent our district is a privilege. Players who are already attending a full time boarding college are not eligible for team selection Players who are not competing in the qualifier cannot be selected unless approved by the WMTA. Final team selections will take place during the qualifier. The WMTA does also retain the final right of selection for all players based upon sportsmanship. The general selection procedures are as follows:
18/16's Boy's Team & 18/16's Girl's Team:
(7 participation spots for each team) 1. 18's Qualifier champion, 2. 18's Qualifier finalist, 3. 16's Qualifier champion 4-5-6. Highest ranking players in 18's prior to qualifier. (must be top 50 in Midwest) If openings, top 20 Midwest are taken from the 16's. If spots are still open, the top 100 Midwest 18's followed by top 100 16's. 7.Coaches selection based upon tournament match results, game development, and sportsmanship. (Numbers relate to selection order and not team position placement. Team order is made by the coach using level of play to form the best lineup for the district).
14's Team & 12's Team:
(4 Participation Spots for each age group and gender) 1. Age group Champion 2. Age group finalist 3. Highest ranking in age group before qualifier. 4 Coaches selection based upon tournament match results, game development, and sportsmanship. (Numbers relate to selection order and not team position placement. Team order is made by the coach using level of play to form the best lineup for the district).
The following coaches have been selected for 2018 events.
Boys 18's - Gene Orlando, Michigan State University
Girl's 18s - Bob Cawood, Hope College
B/G 14's - Zach Fink-Craig, YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo
B/G 12's- Billy Heckman, Grand Rapids Racket and Fitness
Parents provide transportation, housing, and supervision for their children on the 12's & 14's teams. Coaches will take the 18/16 teams to the event and will supervise their teams.
Boys 16/18 & Girls 16/18 - $300
14's Team & 12's Team - $150
Further information including details will be available through the coach or by contacting the Western Michigan District office.
Sites (subject to change):
- Boys 16/18 - Notre Dame
- Girls 16/18 - University of Illinois
- 14's Team - Purdue University
- 12's Team - Greenwood, Indiana