Junior Team Tennis Fact Sheet
USTA Junior Team Tennis is the largest junior tennis league in the USA with over 80,000 participants nation-wide. USTA Junior Team Tennis is often compared to Little League Baseball, as the program offers children the opportunity to develop their individual and team skills in a fun, yet competitive atmosphere. Winning teams progress from Local to District to Section to National Championships.
- Progression to District, Section and National Championships
- Program grant and coordinator bonus opportunities
- Free marketing support to help with program launch
- Nationally branded program increases the visibility of your league
- Free access to TennisLink registration and tracking system
- Players participating in Section Championships have the opportunity to receive Midwest Level 3. Ranking Points for Advanced Divisions and Level 4 Ranking Points for Intermediate Divisions.
- Provides a perfect “first step” pathway for new players of all ages to compete; or high school players to gain match experience in their “off season”
Minimum Requirements 12s; 14s; 18s Division
- Name league USTA Junior Team Tennis
- 2 teams in a division, three boys and three girls minimum per team
- Each player wanting to advance to championships must participate in 2 local league team matches. ADVERTISEMENT A league season may not come from a one- or two-day event. Local league matches must be played over at least a three-day period.
- Must follow all rules in the Official USTA Junior Team Tennis Rules and Regulations Book
- Additional local league rules must be sent to District Coordinator before league begins play
- All participants must be USTA Members. $20
- Player registration, match schedules, and results must be recorded in TennisLink for all leagues
Minimum Requirements 8s; 10s Divisions
- 10 Advanced (green ball/full court) Required: 2 local league match dates; program and players registered on line and scores reported on tennis link.
- Championships. Minimum of three boys and three girls per team.
- 10 Intermediate (orange ball/60’ court) Required: 2 local league match dates: program and players registered on line; scores do not need to be posted. Do not need to advance through District Playoff for Section Championships. In addition, this division is gender neutral.
- 8 and under programs do not currently have opportunity for advancement at the Section level. Check with your District coordinator for information about any other advancement opportunities.
Local leagues may use any format that fits the characteristics of the league. Below are the recommended formats.
Sectional Championship: One boys' singles, one girls' singles, one boys' doubles, one girls' doubles and one mixed doubles match. The two players playing twice within a team match must play singles and mixed or doubles and mixed. All games count towards overall team score. 10’s intermediate will consist of 2 singles and 4 doubles.
Levels of Play
USTA Junior Team Tennis offers the following levels based on age and Junior Ratings:
Beginner 12, 14, 18 and Under: 2.50 Junior Rating and Below
Intermediate 12, 14, 18 and Under: 3.44 Junior Rating and Below
Advanced 12, 14, 18 and Under: 3.50 Junior Rating and Above
(Please note 10 and under divisions do not generate ratings)
All participants must be age eligible for each age division through August 31, 2017.
Steps to a Successful Program
- Locate and train a coordinator (Area League Coordinator)
* Program manuals, videos, and free training is available for coaches and coordinators
- Define characteristics of league
* Sites, target audience (age and ability), dates/times, format, fees
- Fill out league application on TennisLink at tennislink.usta.com/teamtennis
- Set up registration process/sign-ups
- Design flyer and promote to target audience
* Schools, Park Districts, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA, indoor clubs; high school coaches
- Complete Roster Registration, make schedule of play and enter results in TennisLink
- Coordinate local playoff and send teams to District and Midwest Section Championships