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Mid-Atlantic

Youth Progression at Home

August 31, 2020

Earn your stars with Tennis at Home! 

 

The Youth Progression program continues from the safety of home!  As we return to the courts, there are still plenty of ways kids can develop their tennis skills and stay active!   

 

USTA Mid-Atlantic 10&under players will be able to earn stars/trophies toward their progression by participating in Flex Round Robins and Virtual Youth Progression. Both programs have been extended through December 1, 2020!

 

What is Youth Progression?

 

USTA has designed a best-in-class system to track the progress of junior players, ages 7 to 10 from orange ball to green ball and green ball to yellow ball.  The system will track a player’s progress through participation in designated tournaments and Junior Team Tennis. Players will receive stars for completing tournaments. Trophies are also awarded for select tournaments.

 

The Youth Progression provides a clear and skill-based pathway for junior players to progress through the USTA tournament system.  The mission is to clear each level by collecting a combination of 20 virtual participation stars and/or achievement trophies.  

 

Click HERE to learn more about the USTA Mid-Atlantic 10&Under Youth Progression. 

 

10U Flex Round Robin:

 

In order to continue tennis progression on the court and to avoid having large groups of players and spectators at facilities to ensure the safety of our players, USTA Mid-Atlantic is excited to announce the 10U Flex Round Robin Program. This is a continuation of our Virtual Youth Progression program so 10U players can keep earning their stars at home. 

The 10U Flex Round Robin program allows 10U players to organize their own mini round robins of 3 to 4 players, with the guidance from their parents/guardians. They will complete this activity in a 1-2 hour time frame at a court of their choosing and at the completion of the matches each player will be able to earn virtual stars. So grab your friends and start playing today! To learn more about this new program from USTA Mid-Atlantic, read below.

Who can participate: 10&under orange ball and green ball players

Organizer: Parents 

Location: Any court(s) agreed upon by the group

Minimum players: 3

Maximum players: 4

Cost: $5 per player

Structure and Format:  

  • Parents and players organize a group of 3 or 4 players and play a round-robin (all players play one match against each other) at a mutually agreed upon location.  Players secure court, pay any court fees and bring their own match balls.  It is recommended that the round-robin does not exceed two hours.  A child’s parent/guardian must be present on site.
  • Groups may be single-gender or co-ed and players must play the match with the ball color according to youth progression level
  • Scoring formats
  • One set to 4 (play one more game at 3-3), no ad scoring
  • One set to 6 (play one more game at 5-5), no ad scoring
  • 20-25 minute timed match
  • USTA/MAS will award Youth Progression stars and trophies to players based on results 
  • Results will be entered into tennislink every Tuesday
  • Parents must adhere to USTA Mid-Atlantic Return to Play Required and Recommendation and assist players with social distancing procedures. Parents should also review Best Practices to Safe Play set by USTA National. 
  • Players receive a USTA branded gift  if they complete and submit 3 round-robin sessions
  • There is no limit on Flex Round Robin participation, play as many as you'd like!

 

How do I participate?

  1. All parents must register their player(s) for the week they plan to play round-robin REGISTER HERE

    1. The session is equivalent to a one week period (Saturday- Friday) and players sign up for week they play their matches

    2. All players must be registered and submit payment for results to count and stars/trophies to be added

    3. Players may only submit one round-robin per session.  Each session is $5/player.

    4. Players may participate in as many sessions as they’d like 

  2. Once play is completed parents must submit results to USTA/MAS via google form or email waterman@mas.usta.com

    1. All parties must submit google form or be included in the email.  Please title email 10U Flex RR results and include the full names of participants.  

 

Virtual Youth Progression Activities:

 

Players will earn stars by having their parents/guardians submit videos/pictures of kids completing USTA tennis at home activities.

 

Two stars will be awarded for each submission with a limit of three submissions per player.  

 

 

How do I earn my stars from home?

  1. Get those racquets and cameras ready!

  2. Check out the Net Generation Tennis Activity Videos.

  3. Pick a video to tackle! 

  4. Film or take a picture of yourself completing the tennis activity.

  5. Have your parent (or guardian) Submit your video/picture here.  

  6. Once your video or photo is submitted, watch those stars grow! Stars for tennis at home submissions will be updated weekly on Tuesdays.

  7. Share your tennis at home pics with us on social media! Have a parent (or guardian) tag us @ustamas on Instagram or Facebook, or @USTAMidAtlantic on Twitter and use the hashtag #MASTennisAtHome

     

Tennis doesn’t stop! Keep active and keep those bodies moving!

 

Click HERE to submit your video/picture.

 

Contact Warren Waterman with any questions. 

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