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11 Steps to Organize a 10-and-Under Competition/Play Day

  1. What kind of competition/play day will work best for the participants?
  2. Set the date
  • Check the calendar for available dates
  • Look at potential conflicts, what else is going on in your area that might compete
  • Can the event be run to boost upcoming programming (clinic, summer camp)
  • Will you have an entry deadline or allow people to show up
  1. How many courts are available, which will help determine how many participants you can have.
  2. Determine the budget – your expenses will help determine the cost to participants
  3. Get the word out 
  1. Recruit volunteers
  • Parents
  • Local tennis players
  • High school/college students
  1. Make sure you have everything necessary for the event
  • Nets or caution tape
  • Throw-down lines/masking tape to mark off court lines
  • Balls
  • Extra racquets for participants that do not have the correct size
  • Awards and prizes for participants
  • Activity equipment for station – bean bags, hula hoops, targets
  • Food/snacks
  • Draw sheets
  • Scoring method for each court
  1. Day of the event – set up early!
  2. Volunteer orientation – if this has not been done sooner.
  3. Parent orientation
  4. Have a great event! 
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