The 13th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend takes place January 28-31, 2022 at various facilities across the country.
The ITA Championships Subcommittee did identify a COVID-related issue that affects the Northeast Region’s representation within the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Due to limited play in the Northeast region in 2021, current draft policies would limit that region to zero teams competing on the men’s side and one team competing on the women’s side. As a result, the ITA Division I Operating Committee voted and approved the below modification, which will be implemented for the upcoming ITA Kickoff Weekend draft on June 16th and June 17th.
2022 ITA Kickoff Weekend Policy Modifications – “Northeast Region Representation”
The 60 teams who are guaranteed a spot in the ITA Kickoff Weekend based on the criteria below will not be affected.
- Up to 36 teams may earn regional representation if they are ranked top-3 in their region based on the ITA National Rankings and fall within the top-75 nationally.
- The remaining spots in the 60-team Kickoff Weekend are filled with at-large selections based on the year-end ITA National Rankings.
The following adjustments are consistent with the spirit of our rules to provide representation opportunities for the Northeast Region in the 2022 ITA Kickoff Weekend.
- Identify the top 3 men’s and women’s teams from the Northeast region using the 2021 year-end ranking for teams that competed in the 2020-2021 season and finished in the top-75 nationally; and, using a 3-year ranking average (2018-2020) for teams that did not compete in the 2020-2021 season. Only teams with a 3-year ranking average of 60 or better will be considered.
- Teams with a 2021 ranking in the top-75 nationally will draft at the position that they have earned based on their year-end ranking.
- Teams being identified using a 3-year ranking average will be placed at the top of the alternate list, drafting immediately following any of the aforementioned 60 teams that guaranteed their spot in the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
2022 ITA Kickoff Weekend Results