Displaying Great Sportsmanship
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Great Sports Make A Sport Great
USTA Missouri Valley expects all players, spectators and providers to respect each other and the game of tennis to provide a welcoming experience to all involved. Players who go above and beyond to display good sportsmanship have an opportunity to be nominated by their peers to win a sportsmanship award. For more USTA resources about sportsmanship, click here.
Handle victory and defeat with grace and dignity and treat opponents with fairness and courtesy.
Set the example for your kids by creating a positive and encouraging environment.
Stress importance of Sportsmanship as highly as the development of strokes and strategy.
For more insights into positive coaching and sportsmanship, please watch these videos with former WTA player and current tennis coach Tara Snyder.
Suspension Point System
Players, parents and coaches can all earn suspension points for the player. Anyone associated with the player can now earn suspension points for engaging in unsporting behavior. Learn more.
USTA Missouri Valley is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for athletes to thrive in. Safe Play is the USTA’s comprehensive athlete safety program consisting of education, screening, reporting tools, and policies for appropriate conduct in tennis. The USTA works with the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the United States Olympic Committee to develop Safe Play policies, procedures, and educational resources to support the USTA Safe Play program. We have adopted the educational resources provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport to inform parents and athletes of all ages about preventing misconduct in sport.
At USTA Missouri Valley, we STRONGLY encourage all athletes and their parents/legal guardians to familiarize themselves with Safe Play. To access these resources please visit https://www.usta.com/en/home/safe-play/resources.html.
Did you recently play in a junior tournament and want to nominate one of your peers for going above and beyond to display good sportsmanship? Fill out this form to reward your peers for making your recent tennis experience a great one. There will be one winner per age division and each winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Winners are selected quarterly.
Are you a USTA League player who witnessed or experienced good sportsmanship? Please use this form to nominate your peers for their display of great sportsmanship. We know leagues can get competitive, so we want to highlight and honor those who go above and beyond to make everyone's experience on the court a positive one. You can nominate as many people as you would like but they have to be on an opposing team. At the end of every month we will randomly draw a winner to receive an amazing tennis prize pack. This prize pack is filled with tons of USTA swag and a $30 credit towards your next league registration! At the end of the quarter we will then randomly select someone who submitted a nomination and that person will get a gift from USTA Missouri Valley. See, it pays to nominate too! The more you nominate the more times your name is entered.