Top 10 Midwest Team Up Ideas:
1. Sweetheart Tournament
2. Wimbledon Whites Grass Court Tournament
3. Rosé All Day
4. Nightmare at the Net
5. League Appreciation Tournament
6. Davis Cup
7. Community Fundraisers
9. US Open Watch Party
10. College Clash
With the upcoming holiday season, don't forget Ugly Christmas Sweaters and a Friendsgiving potluck!
Five Provider Tips to Help You Plan Your Next Team Up
1. Keep registration fees low ($30-40)
2. Utilize social media (recommend creating a Facebook event)
3. Timed rounds of play to help keep the night on track
4. A food sponsor, donation, potluck enhances the social play
5. Promo, giveaway items, raffles add a level of excitment to the night
Start/Restart Helpful Hints and Benefits
Illinois Tennis Service Representative, Bret Schrama, shares some tips that have helped Illinois create a casual environment for adults to experience tennis:
1. Host a free event to promote/kick off the program with onsite registration available
2. Targeting a specific group is an option (i.e. a local company gets a Start/Restart for their employees)
3. Use this program as a means to bring in new players, so keep the cost affordable
1. Great starting point for players just starting or out of the game for a while
2. A more relaxed introduction to tennis
3. Instructor can provide options for next steps with play and instruction
We hope to see you out on the court!
Hear From a Social League Provider:
Tyler Witsken ran a social league with 22 players at Broad Ripple Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. Below are five tips that you can use to help run a successful social league:
1. Bring a high level of energy that keeps players engaged (especially beginner level players)
2. Be prepared to help break the ice and get people acquainted
3. Keep an eye on player levels and make sure they are grouped with similar level as much as possible
4. First time league organizers will need to be prepared to spread the word in multiple different ways via social media, word of mouth, friends, etc.
5. Make sure to have a weather plan whether it is reserving indoor courts or cushioning the season enough to make up for the weather.
Social leagues are an opportunity to meet new people through the game of tennis. The Midwest is dedicated to help players improve your skills or get back to tennis in a fun and social space.