On behalf of the United States Tennis Association, thank you for your interest in running USTA Junior programs! Your support and feedback is incredibly important as we continue to create the most developmentally appropriate tennis experiences.
USTA Team Challenge, USTA Junior Circuit, and Team Tournament Pilot are new programs offering low pressure team environments for children of all ages to gain match experience. These experiences help players develop their skills through level based play, and demonstrate good sportsmanship.
These programs and their supporting resources will help you deliver a fantastic introduction to the sport of tennis to youth all over, which can lead to a lifelong love of tennis from the very first play opportunity!
LOCAL PROVIDER TESTIMONIALS
"Our community tennis association has hosted four separate Red Ball Team Challenge events this year. As a former physical education teacher, I immediately recognized the value of the provider’s manual. The directions were easy to follow and included an event program schedule for providers, which included skill activities, cooperative play, and character development. With the access to these teaching tools, I observed that the providers were on task and the students were engaged in a fun learning environment.” -Kaye Cochran (Shreveport, Louisiana)
“Red Ball Team Challenge was a great way to introduce kids to competitive tennis and the kids had a lot of fun. We definitely want to do it again and we hope to be involved in the Orange Ball pilot program and Green Ball pilot program as well.” -Peter Green (Schenectady, New York)
"The kids and parents loved the team challenge. Every kid was asking when the next one was and we already have word of mouth interest from kids that heard about it. It is a great retention tool and recruitment tool to introduce tennis to new young players." -Adam Moulda (Andover, MA)
"I felt the red ball team challenge accomplished two major things: 1.) The parents better understand why the modified equipment works and 2.) We have convered at least one coach working with this age group to proper modified equipment. On top of everything else the kids had fun!" -Leigh Chak (Gainesville, FL)
"The team challenge was a game changer not only for our facility, but our community. The strucuture of the red ball team challenge allowed our staff to hit a winner every week by providing a first class experience for the youngest of players and their parents. I would highly recommend facilities to try it!" -Mark Faber (Toledo, OH)
"We love team challenge because it's a great way to introduce our youngest players to the thrill of tennis. We get our parents engaged from the beginning and make them a part of our team environment. With the age appropriate sized racquets and balls, everyone is sure to have a great time!" -Jessica McMillen (Austin, TX)