WHAT IS USTA JR. TEAM TENNIS?
USTA Jr. Team Tennis is the largest youth tennis program in the country. It brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. 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.
JTT emphasizes fun, fitness and friends. The focus in this kind of play is enjoying the exhilaration of exercise and refining the skills that make tennis fun for players at all ages and levels of competition.
WHO CAN PLAY?
USTA Jr. Team Tennis is for girls & boys, ages 5 to 18 of all abilities and experience. Whether your child has been playing tennis for years, or has never held a racquet, there's a spot on the team for them.
Teams are divided into one of five league divisions:
• 8 & under (Beginner) *QuickStart Format
• 10 & under (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) *QuickStart Format
Min. 3 boys & 3 girls
• 12 & under/ 14 & under/ 18 & under (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)
Min. 3 boys & 3 girls
* Participants’ ages must be within the appropriate division through Aug. 31, 2013
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Spring Season will typically run from February to July; however, most local league seasons will consist of 6 to 8 weeks of practices and matches. Only 2 teams are needed to create a league. Teams then compete against other teams from the same geographic region and can be played anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. Players have the opportunity to participate in both singles and doubles play throughout the season. The season concludes in a State, Sectional, and National Championship.
Interested in starting your own league? Click Here to find out how to start a kids tennis league.
The cost to participate can vary by local market. Minimum fees include costs for a USTA membership (if new member) and a program fee. A USTA Junior Membership is required for all JTT programs and the cost is $20 for one year. Program fees vary across the state and are determined by the local program coordinator based on their local program offerings and expenses. On average, a season of play can cost anywhere from $24-$60. If you cannot afford these fees, please talk to your state or local coordinator about financial aid opportunities.
*To receive a 10 & Under FREE USTA membership, click here!
- Arkansas USTA Jr. Team Tennis State Chchampionships
(July 19-21, 2013 - North Little Rock, AR)
- USTA Jr. Team Tennis Sectional Championships
(August 16-18, 2013 - Auburn, AL)
- National USTA Jr. Team Tennis Championships
(City of Cayce, SC)
14 & Under - October 17-20, 2013
18 & Under - October 24-27, 2013)
All players have access to TennisLink the USTA's online player registration system. TennisLink allows registered players to keep track of their record and stats, as well scout their competition. Whether on the court or online, USTA Jr. Team Tennis builds a passion for a sport kids will be able to play for a lifetime.
IMPORTANT LINKS AND DOCUMENTS
For more information, please contact the Arkansas Jr. Team Tennis Coordinator