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USTA Jr. Team Tennis is designed for kids ages 5-18. They are immediately placed on teams practicing together and playing matches together. This is a national program and USTA Jr membership is required ($20/yr.) Matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. 8U teams need a minimum of 6 players. All other age divisions need a minimum of 4 boys and 4 girls per team. Each team will need to have a team captain, usually a parent but can be, tennis professionals, teachers, recreation leaders or volunteers. Team captains will have to perform a background check (at no charge to the volunteer) before they can head a team.
Any kids can play - from beginner to intermediate, to advanced. Divisions include 10 & under 12 & under 14 & under and 18 & under; beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
8U (36ft court play), 10U (60ft court play), 12U, 14U and 18U.
Age eligibility deadline is Aug 31, 2011. (ie: a child who turns 13 on Aug 31 plays 14 & under)
USTA Jr. Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values, it creates a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. Also, it’s a fun environment for kids in which they learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game – win or lose.
Matches consist of 5 lines:
Match Format is best 2 of 3 short (4 game) sets with "no ad scoring" and a 10 point tie break in lieu of a third set.
Winners are determined by total games won.