JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS

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.

WHAT PLAY LEVELS ARE NEEDED?
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.

WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUPS?
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)

WHAT IS THE STYLE OF PLAY?
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:
Boy's Singles
Girl's Singles
Boy's Doubles
Girl's Doubles
Mixed Doubles

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.

JUNIOR GUIDELINES

USTA Southern has developed tools to assist local program, team managers, team captains and players to determined which level players should play in USTA Jr. Team Tennis. In addition other forms are included to assist with administering the program.

MANAGE/CAPTAIN CODE OF ETHICS


Code of Ethics

NTRP CHARACTERISTICS FOR JUNIORS

JTT Guidelines

PLAYER ROSTER PROFILE FORM


Player Profile Form

10 and Under Tennis

Finally, the sport of tennis is scaled to fit the size of our young players!

BALLS

For 8 and under, red foam ball.
For 10 and under, orange ball.
For 12 and under, green and orange balls.

RACKETS

For 8 and under, the racquet should be 19, 21, or 23 inches.
For 10 and under, the racquet should be 23 or 25 inches.

COURT

10 and Under Tennis uses equipment that is scaled to the size and ability level of young children. Children 8 and under will play on a court that is 36 feet long and 18 feet wide.

SCORING

For 8 and under, best of three games with the first to seven points winning the game.
For 10 and under, best of three sets with the first to win four games winning the set. For the third set, the first player to win a seven-point tiebreak wins the match.

Junior Tennis Apprentice

This is an introductory tennis program designed to teach kids ages 5 & older the basics to start playing tennis!

$50 registration fee includes:

· 1st year Free Junior USTA Membership ($20 value)
· Free Junior-Sized Tennis Racket ($35 value)
· 5 Hours of Instruction & Coaching from Experienced Professional ($90 value)

Total Value $ 145 

Jr Tennis Apprentice Graduates cannot repeat the class.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

What We Offered

Junior workshop for the elementary schools.  This workshop provides physical education teachers to see a demonstration of the QuickStart Tennis format.

We can also offer a starter kit of equipment to assist them in the tennis sessions that they will conduct.

 

Our Goal

WE hope that kids, who have not been introduced to tennis prior to playng in these sponsored physical education classes, will transition into the local USTA Jr. Team Tennis League and/or NJTL or other after-school tennis programs.

Not only does the programs get elementary school kids immediately into tennis with the QuickStart Tennis format, but it gives those who enjoy the sport an outlet to play outside of the school system.  The format uses short courts and modified equipment to help make the learning process easier and a lot more fun.  Using this process, the kids will gain confidence by seeing their own immediate progress, making them more enthusiastic about continuing to play and improve.  As players advance in skill, they can continue to participate in USTA Jr. Team Tennis as they graduate from modified courts to full-court formats.

 

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