Missouri Valley / Kansas

Get Involved Play or Host a Team Challenge

Kendra Wicks | July 24, 2019

Looking to get kids involved in tennis? Team Challenges are a great way to do just that!


The Team Challenge program is developed to better introduce children to beginning match play. These events are designed for athletes who have little or no competitive match experience. 


“Team Challenges are an excellent way for them to get out there and participate in a tournament-style environment,” said Sara Rassmusen, director of Riverside Tennis Center in Wichita, Kansas. “It’s really exciting for them because it’s different and they have a lot of fun.”


Each event follows a general outline with room for directors to fit the program to their group of kids. Players begin with a warm-up and an explanation of the scoring, followed by point play. The kids are split into teams and play games that count towards an overall team score. Players typically rotate between playing games and cheering on their teammates from the sidelines. 


“The environment is fun and inspiring because they are working together as a team,” said Jaren Glaser, Kansas tennis service representative. “During this they also work on character development pieces, as well as athletic development, to help them grow as a whole.”


Sign your child up for the USTA Kansas 10 & Under Team Challenge to introduce them to the game in a fun, low-pressure environment. This Team Challenge event is a co-ed singles event that will take place on August 31, 2019, at the Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center. Registration closes Friday, August 30, and costs $18.00 per player.



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