There are three levels of sanctioned tournament competition in Southern California. ”Novice”, “Satellite” and “Open” tournaments. We recommend that juniors start playing in novice or satellite tournaments. Novice tournaments are one day events where players play numerous opponents over the course of hours. Satellite tournaments are for players that are not ranked in the top 50 in Southern California (or top 40 in the 10’s). The majority of the players involved in satellites have had little tournament experience. Open tournaments are for players at a more advanced level and have moved beyond satellite competition.