10 And Under Tennis Facility Resources

Welcome to the USTA Facility Assistance program's 10 And Under Tennis Facility Resources page.  Painting permanent 36' and 60' tennis lines, converting 78' tennis courts into 36' tennis courts, or constructing stand-alone 36' and 60' tennis courts for 10 and under tennis is the next step in creating permanency and changing the face of tennis in America.  The USTA is happy to partner with you and your community to help accomplish this common goal, and to grow 10 and Under Tennis to its fullest!
 
If you are interested in painting blended lines, painting a playground or other flat surface, or converting a 78' tennis court into four 36' tennis courts, please read below for all USTA 10 And Under Tennis Line Grant information.
 
If your project consists of basic facility improvements, resurfacing, or new construction that incorporates 36' and 60' tennis courts (i.e. anything more than outlined below for the 10 And Under Tennis Line Grant information), please click here to learn more about additional resources available for your project and to initiate the USTA Facility Assistance process.
*Blended Lines are permanent 36' and 60' tennis lines on an existing 78' tennis court.  Blended lines are always painted using the same color family as the playing surface - in a lighter or darker shade, depending on personal preference - and are 1.5" in width.  Blended lines never intersect 78' tennis court lines, as they stop 3" away from all 78' tennis court lines.  Please view our Blended Line Photo Gallery for examples.
 
We have 3 distinct line grants that you and your community can take advantage of:
For each of these grants, the application process and reimbursement process are the same.  Please see below for additional information.
 
 

10 And Under Tennis - Blended Line & Conversion Grant

Blended 36' and 60' Tennis Lines

The USTA will match dollar for dollar the investment an existing tennis facility makes toward the total cost of painting blended lines or converting tennis courts, capped at $4,000.  The national average to paint blended lines on existing tennis courts in good condition averages $200 - $400 per 78' tennis court.  The national average to convert one 78' tennis court into four permanent 36' tennis courts averages $8,000 - $10,000.  To be eligible for the 10 and Under Tennis - Blended Line & Conversion Grant a facility must be willing to paint blended lines on a minimum of two 78' tennis courts or convert one 78' tennis court to four permanent 36' tennis courts.
 

10 And Under Tennis - Playground Line Grant

Playground, Blacktop, & Other Flat Surfaces For 36' Tennis Courts

The USTA will match dollar for dollar the investment a community makes toward the total cost of painting 36' and 60' tennis lines on playgrounds, parking lots, and other flat surfaces, capped at $4,000. The national average to paint a 36' tennis court on a playground (or other flat surface) averages $200 - $400 per 36' tennis court.  To be eligible for the 10 and Under Tennis - Playground Line Grant a community must be willing to paint three courts.  If the courts are at different addresses, each site must complete the USTA Facility Assistance Form.  Communities that paint lines for less than three courts will be provided with detailed concept plans and instructions on how to line a blacktop surface with the help of volunteers or school personnel, but will not be eligible for financial assistance.
 

10 And Under Tennis - Collegiate Blended Line Grant

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The USTA has partnered with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association to bring colleges across the country access to the 10 and Under Tennis - Collegiate Blended Line Grant.  The USTA will contribute 100% toward the investment a college tennis facility makes to paint blended tennis lines on its courts, capped at $4,000.  The national average to paint blended lines on existing tennis courts in good condition averages $200 - $400 per 78' tennis court.  To be eligible for the 10 and Under Tennis - Collegiate Blended Line Grant, a college facility must be willing to lilne a minimum of two 78' tennis courts.
 
 

10 And Under Tennis Line Grants Application Process

Step 1 - Complete a USTA Facility Assistance Form.  When completing this form, be sure to check "10 and Under (QuickStart) Lines" in Question #4.

Step 2 - Secure the following:

  • 3-4 electronic pictures of the court conditions (or playground/parking lot conditions).
  • An electronic sketch of the current tennis court layout (or playground/parking lot) with dimensions noted.  If the dimensions are for existing tennis courts, please note distances from sideline to fence, baseline to fence, and between court sidelines.
  • Electronic copy of a contractor's estimate/quote for the work to be performed (i.e. painting lines, converting one 78' court into four 36' courts).
  • Electronic completed copy of a W-9 Form.  A scanned copy will work.
Step 3 - A USTA National Line Grant representative will contact you to learn more about your project and request the information you gathered in Step #2.  You will be asked to provide all of this information - please do so in one e-mail to expedite the process.  Please include your project number (i.e. TPA-1234, which will be supplied by the USTA National Line Grant representative) in the subject line of all e-mails.
 
Step 4 - Once all items are received and reviewed by the USTA, the USTA will return a concept plan, contractor specifications, and issue a USTA Approval Letter so you can get started with your project.
 

10 And Under Tennis Line Grants Reimbursement Process

Upon project completion, you will need to send a copy of the contractor's final invoice and electronic pictures of the painted lines (or court conversion) to the USTA.  Once the USTA receives this information and verifies the lines have been properly painted or courts properly converted, a reimbursement check will be released for the amount indicated on the USTA Approval Letter.

All 10 and Under Line Grants are awarded on a "first come, first served" basis.  If awarded a 10 and Under Tennis Line Grant, funding will be held for up to 60 days after initial approval by the USTA.  Failure to complete the project within 60 days may result in funds being released to other communities.  All projects must be approved by the USTA to be eligible for a 10 and Under Tennis Line Grant.

 

Customizable 10 And Under Tennis Letter & Poster

In case you haven't heard, the rules of tennis have changed for kids 10 and under!  If you're committed to Kids Tennis like we are, and you're going to be painting blended lines (for 36' and/or 60' tennis courts) on your existing 78' tennis courts you'll want to use this Customizable Poster and Customizable Letter to help educate and engage your current tennis population about the exciting QuickStart Tennis play format that gets kids playing real tennis quicker and better!

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