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USTA Junior Team Tennis allows all juniors 18 and younger to play on teams, learn skills and have fun. It is similar to H.S. tennis where teams have a combination of practices and matches. However, beginners can start with this program. If there is no program to join or if you have any questions contact: Barbara Linke, Program Coordinator.
Junior Team Tennis is divided as follows:
- 8 and Under – QuickStart format on 36 foot court with foam/low compression balls
- 10 and Under – QuickStart format on 60 foot court with low compression balls
- 12 and Under – Intermediate (3.0 and less); Advanced (3.5 and up)
- 14 and Under – Intermediate (3.0 and less), Advanced (3.5 and up)
- 18 and Under – Intermediate (3.0 and less), Advanced (3.5 and up)
IMPORTANT: A player with 350 Mid-Atlantic tournament ranking points or more must play in the ADVANCED category in all age groups. Therefore, even if the player has these points in 12-under tournament play, in JTT play that player still must play advanced in 14-under and 18-under.
Team Eclipse: 14-Under Advanced Team From Green Spring going to nationals!
IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR 2012 JTT SEASON:
- Adding to Section rules that all 10 and under beginner divisions can be non-gender specific with a minimum of 4 players.
- Adding to Section rules that background checks no longer have to be completed every championship season. Captains/Coaches on court and listed in TennisLink as Captain will have to submit to a background check once every 2 championship seasons.
- For Example: If you completed a background check between September 2010-August 2011, then you will not have to do another background check until Sept 1, 2012 season. All new captains will have to complete a background check immediately.
- Section Benchmark for Intermediate Division is 350 MAS points. Anyone with 350 MAS points as of August 31, 2011 in any age division will have to play in the advanced division.
- The 8 and under division will only advance to districts/states.
- The 8 and Under divisions will remain non-gender specific with a minimum of four players to make a team.
- Coordinators can have non-advancing leagues on the local level with same gender leagues or non-gender specific leagues in any age division.
The Junior NTRP rating sheet can be referred to for placement of players. Players can self rate or have their coach rate them. Juniors who take private or group lessons may surpass their initial rating by the end of the local league season.
Players start on teams at their local level. The local league coordinator enters those teams on Tennis Link with a designated season. Each team member must be a USTA Member. Advancement to States, Sectionals and Nationals can only happen as a result of being on Tennis Link. There must be at least 3 matches at the local level to advance to the state tournament.
- State Tournament: July 19-21, Tennis Center at College Park
- Sectional Tournament: August 16-18, Green Spring Racquet Club, MD
- National Tournament 14's: October 17-20, Cayce, SC
- National Tournament 18's: October 24-27, Cayce, SC
Team Static Noize: 14-under Intermediate team from Green Spring going to Nationals!