Juniors May Earn $10K Per Year and Keep NCAA Eligibility; Small College Super Bowl Champions; Collarini Returns to Argentina; Mylan Smash Hits Tuesday Features Townsend and Crawford
I am embarrassed to say that I didn't know this by now, but thanks to Lisa Stone at Parenting Aces, I learned last week that the NCAA proposal allowing juniors to earn $10,000 per year in prize money while still maintaining their amateur status was approved back in late April and is now in effect.
First proposed back in 2007, the rule change, according to the synopsis posted on the ITA's website, permits collecting prize money under these circumstances:
In tennis, prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual may accept up to $10,000 per calendar year in prize money based on his or her place finish or performance in open athletics events (events that are not invitation only). Such prize money may be provided only by the sponsor of an open event in which the individual participates. Once the individual has reached the $10,000 limit in a particular year, he or she may receive additional prize money on a per-event basis, provided such prize money does not exceed the individual's actual and necessary expenses for participation in the event. The calculation of actual and necessary expenses shall not include the expenses or fees of anyone other than the individual (e.g, coach's fees or expenses, parent's expenses).
The ITA website also provides a complete list of the changes, some of which are clarifications regarding recruiting visits, calls, what and how much the institution can pay for. Another gray area has always been "sponsorship," but it appears that as long as the player isn't sponsored by an agent, a school, or a booster, the potential student-athlete can be provided with funds for travel expenses, etc. by a business or "angel."
Anyone with an interest in college tennis should read this document, and I apologize for not posting it this spring, when these decisions were made.
The small college champions who won the annual Super Bowl in Mobile, Alabama Sunday will play in New York next month as members of the elite 32-player draws at the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Barbora Krtickova of Armstrong Atlantic will play in both the singles and doubles draws, the latter with Aleksandra Filipovski. The men's Super Bowl winner is Adrien Berkowicz of Tyler Junior College. The team of Georgi Rumenov and Daniel Reagan of Armstrong Atlantic won men's overall doubles title to earn their place in New York. Full draws from each of the eight divisions can be found at the ITA tournament page.
I first heard over the weekend from the Running Forehand blog that Andrea Collarini, who had played under the US flag for more than two years, including at 2010's US Open Junior Championships, will return to playing for Argentina, where he grew up and developed prior to receiving a USTA grant for training in Boca Raton. For more on Collarini's initial switch to the US, see this Newsday article from September of 2010. For another article (in Spanish) on his current decision, click here.
The big annual Billie Jean King/Elton John Smash Hits fundraiser for AIDS charities is tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, with world junior No. 1 Taylor Townsend and US Open girls champion Samantha Crawford taking part. Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and Christina McHale are among the pros participating in the event, which has raised over ten million dollars since 1993. The exhibition will feature a World Team Tennis format competition, with Anna Kournikova and former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris serving as celebrity coaches. For more information on all participants, see this release. And if you can't attend, you can watch for free via live streaming from the WTT website.