- Check the school system student activity handbook for any rules and regulations
- Get required school clearance for all volunteers
- Meet with the principal, athletic director and PTA/PTO president for approval
- Determine if the proposed league can be a school sponsored and funded event
- Leagues are often funded by the governing body for interscholastic and extracurricular activities or as an after school sports club
Set a schedule and a playing area
- Determine the season
- Consider weather, school terms, tennis court locations and availability and conflicts with other extra-curricular activities and sports
- Identify all public and private tennis courts/facilities located nearby. Tennis can even be played on blacktops, gym floors and multi-purpose courts.
- Contact court owners for permission to use the facilities
- Obtain insurance
- Available through the USTA to cover all sites to be used for the league, whether public or private.
- If the league is run under the auspices of the District or Sectional Association, the league is covered by USTA insurance
Contact Area Schools to grow the League
- Invite both public and private schools.
- You may include all schools and children, including charter schools and home schooled children
- Visit with the school district's administration office, athletic department and/or the community relations person
- Contact the principals of the schools
Train Your Coaches
- Host a USTA Recreational Coach Workshop to teach coaches:
- How to handle large groups of diverse levels of players
- How to Implement a play based approach for beginners by emphasizing play vs. instruction
- Download coaching tips, practice plans and match formats
- Contact your Local USTA Section Office for more information
Funding and Fees
- Reasonable participant fees sufficient to support the costs of the league should be projected and charged.
- Expenses may include:
- A stipend for the coordinator, coaches and assistants (if not supported by the school system or by the District, Section or CTA, or volunteers)
- Match balls, refreshments, team t-shirts, transportation, court fees
- Year-end tournament costs such as trophies, t-shirts, refreshments, printing and supplies
- Funding for team based school leagues may be found through district, sectional or national USTA grants or through section foundations
- Student fundraising efforts such as car washes, bake sales, tennis fundraising events and tournaments should also be utilized
Organize a first meeting
- Review league and/or club rules and policies, schedule of practices, and any other necessary information.