Find the right tennis programs
For Youths and Adults
January 1, 2017
A crucial component of your coaching is both finding players and finding the right programs for those players. The good news is that there are exciting options for players of all ages and abilities, including simple ways to get new people – and former players – into the game.
Adult Tennis Programs
For young adults through super seniors, tennis can be a time for family, friends, fitness, fun, teammates, competition, tournaments, social play and more.
The benefits of tennis for your players and community are almost limitless. Tennis will help broaden social networks, give people a fun way to get fit and provide an outlet for competition.
Here’s a look at a few options:
- USTA League: The country’s largest recreational tennis league, USTA League is open to all USTA members 18 and over and includes 40 & over and 55 & Over divisions. Starting a USTA League team at your facility is a great way to engage your current players and perhaps bring in a contingent of fresh faces.
- Flex Leagues: Organized to group players of similar ability levels, Flex Leagues have the excitement of organized, league tennis but with a schedule that accommodates busy lives. Players can arrange a match when and where is most convenient for them and their opponents, again providing an avenue for competition for your players and perhaps drawing new players to your facility.
- Adult Tournaments: There are an array of adult and senior tournaments offered through or sanctioned by the USTA, whether it’s a local tournament where are players can compete or a national event. So whether you want to host an event yourself or alert your students to opportunities, adult tournaments are a great outlet.
- Social Play Opportunities: Social play opportunities mix competition with a big dose of fun, with a focus on meeting new people and hanging out with friends. From Cardio Tennis to social leagues like “Sets in the City,” social tennis clubs or mixed doubles and post-match happy hours, there are a variety of options available throughout the country. Offering one at your facility could be a great way to attract younger adults to your programs.
Youth Tennis Options
Getting kids into the game early will help ensure a solid base of players for the future. With youth tennis and tennis sized right for age and ability, there are now an array of exciting and fun formats keep kids engaged in the sport and learning proper technique.
- Play Days: These events are designed to introduce kids to competition in a low-pressure setting, where results aren’t documented and the emphasis is on fun. Play Days generally run two-three hours in length and can serve both as a great introduction to tennis and as a way to provide kids with the opportunity to continue to develop and enhance their skills. And the kids who come to these Play Days could become the future of your programs.
- Junior Team Tennis: Kids love playing on teams. Through singles, doubles and mixed doubles, team competition promotes social skills and gives kids the opportunity to play with friends on a coed team. Offering Junior Team Tennis is a great way to captivate young players – and to get and keep them in the game for life.
- Junior Tournaments: For kids looking to compete at a higher level, or to improve their games through competition, USTA Junior Tournaments can be a great fit. And like adult tournaments, hosting a junior event is a great way to draw new players and the support of the local community.
- Schools Tennis: A strong tennis program in your local schools is a great way to introduce tennis to a large population of players – players that could eventually come to your programs. To that end, the USTA has created an extensive package of resources designed to make starting and maintaining a PE or after-school tennis program easy and enjoyable for all.
- Kids’ Tennis Clubs: Often associated with schools, Kids’ Tennis Clubs can be offered anywhere – schools, parks, youth centers, tennis facilities and more. The programs encourage kids to sample tennis in a social and group environment and give them the chance to have fun, gain confidence and meet new friends – all while potentially growing your business.