A volunteer’s first experience with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) can be somewhat overwhelming. In an effort to help you become more familiar with the association and its structure, we hope that the following will answer any questions you may have.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis. Established in 1881, the mission of the USTA is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The USTA is the largest organization in the world, with 17 regional sections, more then 675,000 individual members and 7,000 organizational members.
The USTA, which encompasses all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam, is composed of 17 geographical sections. Most sections are further divided into districts and states. Every section maintains its own staff to administer USTA programs, establishes its own tournament schedule and issues its own rankings.
The voting members of the USTA are the Sectional Associations and Member Clubs and Organizations, whose voting strength is determined by the immediately preceding December 31 membership totals.
The USTA is guided by a Board of Directors whose members are elected for a two-year term. In addition, there are approximately 40 specialized national volunteer committees that oversee particular aspects of the work of the organization. Many thousands of volunteers in addition to full-time sectional personnel implement the programs of the USTA on the local, district and sectional levels.
National coordination and administration of the USTA’s efforts is effected by the full-time staff at the national headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, N.Y., and the USA Tennis High Performance centers in Key Biscayne, Florida, and Carson, CA.
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