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What is USTA Jr. Team Tennis?: 
USTA Jr. Team Tennis is a national youth tennis league played in all 50 states.  It is not about the individual.  It’s about kids getting together to play singles, doubles, and mixed doubles against other teams.  It promotes values you would expect from any sport by fostering a spirit of cooperation, unity and individual growth.  Also, it’s a fun environment for kids where they learn that succeeding is really more about how you play the game –win or lose.

How does Jr. Team Tennis work?
USTA Jr. Team Tennis is designed for kids 6-18.  Right away, they are placed on teams.  All you need to get started are two teams to form a league.  Matches can be held anywhere—a local park, school or a commercial or private club.  Teams are typically co-ed.  They are divided by age and play levels.  High School age kids play in the 18 and under Intermediate or 18 Advance groups.

Program Benefits:
1.  Progression to District, Section and National Championships
2.  Program grant and coordinator bonus opportunities
3.  Free marketing support to help with program launch
4.  Nationally branded program and marketing increases the visibility of your league
5.  Free access to TennisLink registration and tracking system 
6.  Players participating in Section Championships have the opportunity to receive USTA Midwest Level 5 Ranking Points for Advanced Divisions and Level 6 Ranking Points for Intermediate Divisions. 

Minimum Requirements: 
• Name the league-USTA Jr. Team Tennis
• 2 teams in a division, three boys and three girls minimum per team
• Each player wanting to advance to championships must participate in 3 local league matches that take place on at least two separate dates. 
• All participants must be USTA Members. $20.00
• Player registration ($6.00 TennisLink fee), match schedules, and results must be recorded in TennisLink for all leagues.
 

Formats:
Local leagues may use any format that fits the characteristics of the league.  Below are the recommended formats.  The World Team Tennis format is used at playoffs.

Midwest Youth Team Tennis (Quickstart format)-  Used for beginner leagues for kids six to ten years old.  It is a modified team tennis format that gets players playing tennis on a scaled down court.  

World Team Tennis- One boys' singles, one girls' singles, one boys' doubles, one girls' doubles and two mixed doubles matches.   All games count towards overall team score.

Levels of Play: 
USTA Jr. Team Tennis offers the following levels based on age and NTRP rating:

Beginner 8, 10, 12, 14, 18 and Under:             2.5 JNTRP and Below 
Intermediate 8, 10, 12, 14, 18 and Under:        3.0 JNTRP and Below
Advanced 8, 10, 12, 14, 18 and Under:            3.5 JNTRP and Above
• All participants must be age eligible for each age division through Aug. 31.

Midwest Section Additions to National Rules
• Coaches and parents must use NTRP Ratings as a guideline to enter a division.  Players may not have more than 200 year end Midwest Ranking Points to participate in the Intermediate Division at District, Midwest and National Championships. 
• For a team to play in an advanced league, at least four players must be above 3.0 using the NTRP rating system.

Steps to a Successful Program:
1. Locate and train a coordinator (Local League Coordinator)
     • Program manuals, videos, and free training is available for coaches and coordinators
2. Define characteristics of league
     • Sites, target audience (age and ability), dates/times, format, fees
3. Fill out USTA Jr. Team Tennis league application on TennisLink
4. Set up registration process/sign-ups
5. Design flier and promote to target audience
     • Schools, Park Districts, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA
6. Complete Roster Registration, make schedule of play and enter results in TennisLink
7. Parent involvement-volunteer to be a Team Captain or other duties
8. Support of the community tennis association
9. Coordinate local playoff and send teams to District and Midwest Section Championships

 


 
 
 
 
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