Junior Team Tennis
April 13, 2020
The suspension of USTA-sanctioned events and programming concluded on June 1, 2020. As events and programming resume, USTA Northern will be taking a phased approach over the coming weeks to prioritize local play and safety.
In addition, to ensure that play taking place at local facilities will be the focus once the pandemic subsides, the following events will be canceled for 2020:
USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships
USTA Junior Intersectional Team Championships
USTA Northern Junior Team Tennis Section Championships
USTA Northern Junior Team Tennis helps girls and boys ages 6 to 18 get in the game, get on the court and have a good time.
The emphasis is on skill development, fun, teamwork and friendly competition. There are a number of team tennis options available in USTA Northern for junior players of all ages and ability levels.
Learn more about the USTA's Team Challenge and Team Tournament formats (separate from Junior Team Tennis)
USTA Northern Junior Team Tennis
USTA Northern Junior Team Tennis Rules and Information (USTA Northern-specific)
Junior Team Tennis is the largest team tennis program in the United States. It is a "traditional" team tennis format where a minimum of three boys and three girls form a team based on Junior NTRP Ratings and compete for the right to advance to the National Championships. Leagues are available in the following categories: 14U Intermediate, 14U Advanced (3.5+ JNTRP), 18U Intermediate and 18U Advanced (3.5+ JNTRP).
Match formats consist of one set of boys singles, girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles and the match is determined by total-games won. There are minimum match requirements and you must compete in local season matches in order to play at Section championships, and possibly the National championship.
Players must be a USTA Member to participate in Junior Team Tennis.
In addition to traditional Junior Team Tennis, USTA Northern is offering a non-advancing track. All you need are two courts, two girls, two boys and 90 minutes for this fast-paced format played at any level. Leagues are available in the following categories: 12U, 14U and 18U.
Match formats consist of one set of boys singles, girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles. There are no individual match requirements. Teams will be invited to play in a non-advancing Section championship at the end of the season.
Players are eligible once registered as a non-member.
For more information about Team Tennis, contact Katie Bergmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benchmarks for 2020 Advancing Junior Team Tennis
(These are in addition to the USTA Junior NTRP requirements)
The USTA Northern junior tournament standings lists are used to set play level benchmarks. Players who meet the benchmarks stated below as of the standing list published on April 1, 2020 MUST play in the advanced division:
· For play on a 14U Junior Team Tennis team, players ranked in the top 70 in 14s or in the top 40 in 12s MUST play in the Advanced division.
· For play on an 18U Junior Team Tennis team, players ranked in the top 100 in 18s, top 70 in 16s, or top 40 in the 14s MUST play in the Advanced division.
In addition, if a player played on a National Team (Zonals, Intersectionals, B/G 18s National Team, or WTT) representing Northern in 2019 and/or will be playing on one in 2020, they MUST play in the Advanced division.
If you have summer staff looking for training opportunities, contact Mya Smith-Dennis at email@example.com for opportunities. Also, make sure to keep your staff up to date with the latest coach materials by getting registered on www.netgeneration.com.
COACH REGISTRATION: ALL COACHES MUST REGISTER ON NET GENERATION
Net Generation, the new youth tennis brand for ages 5-18 yrs. from the USTA, was designed to expand youth tennis programs; all at no cost to the providers! These national-level resources and tools can be sculpted and put into place by the providers, who know their students, children, and communities’ best.
BENEFITS OF NET GENERATION
Joining Net Generation provides coaches/providers with a number of benefits:
- Free Net Generation Coaching App
- Comprehensive print and digital curricula
- Customizable marketing materials to promote their programs
- Free Equipment starter kits and/or welcome packs (depending on provider)
- Free online and in-person training
- Incentive packages and much more
Please visit www.netgeneration.com to register as a provider. If you are already a USTA member or using TennisLink, please use the same email address and password that you are using for those accounts. They are now all linked together. You will check all the boxes that pertain to you such as Junior Team Tennis coach, high school coach, tennis director, etc. Each of you will then need to watch the SafeSport video and complete a free background check if you have not already been approved.
In regards to your background check, NCSI will be sending you an email with your 16-digit code. We are finding that if you are a teacher and using your school email, the email from NCSI is going into your junk/spam email. If you do not hear from NCSI within 10 days, please go to https://www.ncsisafe.com/Members/applicant/applicantLookup.aspx to look up your 16-digit code.
Once you receive the code, please log into your Net Generation account, where it says Hello (your name), click on edit profile, then to the left click on provider information, scroll down to Safe Play Certification to enter your number. If you would like to learn more, or have any problems, please contact Sandy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for joining Net Generation.