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Mid-Atlantic

#ServeItForward Junior Team Summer Community Challenge

July 02, 2020

Stay connected to tennis this summer and join in on the new Junior Team Summer Community Challenge. As part of USTA Mid-Atlantic’s  #ServeItForward Campaign, all Junior tennis players are encouraged to join in on this fun, engaging points race that celebrates team play AND gives back to the tennis community.  Plus, by earning points in the challenge you can win PRIZES - nearly $3,500 in prizes are up for grabs!   

 

And just for participating there is a chance to win a pretty awesome prize too! We are thrilled to partner with Slinger to give participants in the Junior Team Summer Community Challenge a chance to win a Slinger Bag! 

 

All registered participants of the Junior Team Summer Community Challenge, age 13 and older, will be entered in a random drawing to WIN a Slinger Bag! See the official rules that apply.

 

Grab your friends and get back onto the tennis courts this summer with the USTA Mid-Atlantic Junior Team Summer Community Challenge!  Hurry, the challenge is on now and ends August 31, 2020!

How to Join & Details You Need

 

This challenge is a flexible return to play program and participating teams will compete in a POINTS RACE that includes tennis activities and community engagement. Individuals can earn points for the team, and the team can earn points doing activities together. Scroll down to review the breakdown of activities and points below. 

 

See the great prizes you can win by earning points!

 

This is a FREE program open to all junior players including, but not limited to: existing Junior Team Tennis (JTT) teams, Future JTT teams, and High School teams. There are four divisions: 18U, 14U, 12U and 10U/8U.  Team sizes should be between four and six players with not more than six on a team. 

You'll want to build your team right away and start earning points because prizes will be awarded in both team and individual categories. Not only will the winners be awarded, all teams will receive a complimentary gift for participating in the challenge too, while supplies last. Reminder, the challenge runs until August 31, 2020.

 

To register your team today, click here.

 

Read the FAQs about the Junior Team Summer Community Challenge for more information. 

 

If you have questions or need help connecting with a team, please email Warren Waterman at waterman@mas.usta.com.

 

USTA Mid-Atlantic reminds players to stay safe and we encourage you to review and follow the tips and recommendations from USTA for playing tennis safely.

 

Team Requirements, Activities, and Points Information

 

Team Requirements:

All teams must have an adult, Team Lead, overseeing the team. 

  • Leads may be a JTT Coordinator, Team Captain, High School Coach, parent or a participant 18 years of age. You may act as Team Lead for more than one team.

  • All Team Leads must be USTA Safe Play compliant. This process is free and requires a background screening and completion of free online Safe Sport training. 

Teams must have at least four players, with a maximium of six players.

  • Teams may register as coed or single-gender. 
  • Players may be added to a team at any point up to the maximum six allowable, however, there are no substitutions, and players may not switch teams or be registered on more than one team.

Existing JTT teams of more than six registered players may continue to compete as “full” teams for the purpose of completing local league play, but shall be subdivided into smaller teams for the purpose of this challenge. JTT teams require USTA Membership, but to participate in this specific challenge membership is not required.

 

Participating High School teams may divide the roster into appropriate sized teams, and combine boys and girls, but must meet a minimum of four players and not exceed six players per team. USTA Membership is not required.

 

Points Structure:

 

Points will be entered in increments of 5 up to 500 depending on the activity. 

There is no limit to the number of times an individual player or team can report an activity.  

Points will be self-reported by each individual and team points will be reported by the Team Lead. This is largely an honor-based system however in some cases a parent or adult team lead may be asked to verify activity. Review the prizes that can be won by earning points.

Activity - Tennis Competition Examples

Individual Player Points

Go out and hit for at least 30 min (with a partner, ball machine or against a practice wall)

5

Participate in a team practice

10

Complete Flex League or League Singles Match

15

Activity - Individual Virtual Tennis Activities Examples

 

Participate in a USTA MAS Live event

10

Participate in Virtual Team Meeting; Virtual challenge; Activity

10

Participate in virtual stars (10U only)

10

Individual Creates & Hosts A Virtual Team Activity

20

Activity - Community Support (Tennis Specific)

 

Post a picture of yourself participating in the challenge on social media and tag @USTAMAS

5

Make a pro-shop purchase

10

Have a racquet strung

10

Rent a court for other than a team match

15

Take a tennis lesson at a local club

20

Sign up for a small group clinic at a local club

20

Individual Player volunteers at a local club

20

Take a family tennis lesson at a local club

30

Activity - Community Support (Non-tennis specific)

 

Do or make something to support the community (example - thank an essential worker)

10

Help a neighbor with groceries, child care, virtual support or in-person

20

Individual Volunteer Activity - Donate an Hour of your time to the community

20

Tutor a younger child or read to a senior citizen, virtually or in-person

20

Be the team leader to organize and complete a team community service project

50

Individual Special Request** Community Service Projects

20 Min -200 Maximum

Examples of Team* Tennis Points

Team Points

Complete at least 3 Singles Match as part of Team Competition

50

Team practice with at least 3 players in attendance for an hour

50

Team Virtual tennis activity coordinated by Team Lead

50

Examples of Team* Community Engagement Projects:

 

Team participate in MAS live event

50

Team activity to thank essential workers virtually

50

Team participation in virtual stars

50

Team Volunteers at a local club

100

The team gets together to clean public courts and get them ready for use

100

Team Food Drive

200

Special Request** Team Community Service Projects

100 min -500 Max

Be sure to post pictures or videos of the #ServeItForward Junior Team Summer Community Challenge on social media and tag @USTAMAS - or email a picture or video to Warren Waterman at waterman@mas.usta.com

 

25 Points

*at least 3 members of a team must participate for a team to claim team points

 

** If an individual or team has a specific community engagement project in mind and would like to know the credit in advance, there is a place to submit a special request on the points tracker

 

 

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