USTA player development camps provide players with training and coaching from our USTA Coaching Staff and section coaches who have proven coaching success. These camps are offered to inspire, motivate and to assist players in reaching their highest level. Players with excellent work ethic, commitment, talent and attitude are encouraged to participate.
Selections for Early Development Camps and Team USA Sectional Training Camps are by invite only but players can register for them online and submit a video to be considered. Selection for Team NorCal Training is also invite only and made prior to each camp. The highest UTR rated boys and girls are selected.
Early Development Camps (EDC) are the next step to recruit and retain our most promising young athletes, ages 7 to 10. Successful EDCs located throughout the country will help grow the talent pool of junior players and create a new wave of world-class tennis professionals in the years to come.
EDCs have a limited number of participants and are invitation only, similar to Team USA Sectional Training Camps.
Our National Coaching Staff is continually evaluating and identifying the most promising young 10 and under players in the United States. We are looking for players with an excellent work ethic, commitment and attitude.
EDC Team Challenge
The EDC Team Challenge is a one-day non-sanctioned event for Orange and Green ball level players. There are no Youth Progression points for participating in the Team Challenge. Players will have the opportunity to compete against fellow Orange and Green ball players in front of NorCal's USTA Player Development coaches to be invited to participate in our upcoming EDC series starting in September (See Below).
To see the flyer for this event, go to EDC Team Challenge
For the direct registration link, go to the: EDC Team Challenge Tennislink Page.
EDC Series Structure
The Early Development Camps are made up of a progression of themes that prove to be beneficial should your child be selected. The same group of players attend all three camps providing a team environment! The camp themes for both camps are as follows:
|Orange Ball EDC||Dates||Backup Rainout Dates||Green Ball EDC||Dates||Backup Rainout Dates|
|The Expert Rallyer||Saturday, Sept. 14||Saturday, Dec. 7||Defending The Court||Sunday, Sept. 15||Sunday, Dec. 8|
|The Net Dominator||Saturday, Oct. 19||Saturday, Dec. 7|| Taking Control Of The Point
||Sunday, Oct. 20||Sunday, Dec. 8|
|The All Court Player||Saturday, Nov. 9||Saturday, Dec. 7|| Becoming An Offensive Player
||Sunday, Nov. 10||Sunday, Dec. 8|
EDC Series Selections
The EDCs are a three part series of orange and green ball camps and are designed to develop top level orange & green-ball players. Once a player gets selected, he/she needs to commit to attend ALL THREE EDCs in 2019. The camps will be held in September, October and November with a rain make-up weekend in December.
Submitting a form for a camp does not guarantee that the player will get selected for the camp but will let us know that you are interested in participating.
Coaches who would like to recommend players for selection can fill out a Coach - Player Recommendation Form.
Criteria for selection include but are not limited to EDC Tournament participation, Coaches Commission recommendation, other Tournament/Junior Team Tennis results, and player video. Selections are based on a collaboration between National Player Development staff, sectional staff, as well as the NorCal Coaches Commission.
Players can submit a video to be considered for an EDC selection. The video can be submitted at the end of the Player Application Form.
Selections are based on a collaboration between National Player Development staff, sectional staff, as well as the NorCal Coaches Commission. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to Coaches Commission recommendation, tournament results, rankings, ratings including UTR, and player video. Players selected are typically around 11-13 years old.
Team NorCal is a player development training program for the boys and girls with the highest Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) in the section. This NorCal program is designed to facilitate top level training, teamwork, competition, character development, sportsmanship and pride in the NorCal section.
The top 16 boys and 16 girls are automatically selected by their UTR for each camp for a total of 32 players. We will have training events scheduled throughout the year where the players come together to train and compete with and against each other. The events are aimed at being
scheduled around important tournaments to provide more match play opportunities.
The benefits of participating in a training session are:
- Recognition from USTA NorCal as a member of the team
- Be part of a competitive team environment
- Chance to practice and train with other top level players
- Exposure and opportunity to train with top coaches
- Team NorCal gear
Team NorCal 2019 – Training Schedule TBD (Invited Players Only)
Training #1 – Sunday, April 7th at Stanford University
Training #2 – Saturday, June 22nd at St. Mary’s College
Training #3 – Saturday, September 7th at University of the Pacific (UOP)
National Campus Visit – October 24th-27th in Orlando, FL – 8 players (4 boys/4 girls selected based on previous evaluations)
Training #4 – Saturday, December 7th at St. Mary's College