A USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA) is "any incorporated, geographically defined, not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that supports or provides programs which promote and develop the growth of tennis."
Advantages of Registering Your CTA with the USTA
- USTA-offered Liability Insurance — The USTA has a liability and accident insurance plan available, which provides coverage against allegations of negligence resulting from bodily injury or property damage.
- Access to USTA grants and scholarships
- Preferential access to USTA Tennis & Education Foundation Scholarships — Youth participating in registered CTA programs are given priority to college, individual player, and textbook scholarships from the foundation.
- Training and Educational Workshops and Seminars — Registered CTAs receive information and special discounted rates to USTA sponsored events, workshops, and seminars.
- Website Development — Registered CTAs can receive assistance with their website development.
- "Best Practices" Sharing — Registered CTAs have access to unique and successful ideas implemented by CTAs around the country.
- CTA Newsletter — Registered CTAs receive regular communication first-hand from the USTA regarding upcoming events, workshops, seminars, grants, and programs.
- USTA Awards — Registered CTAs are eligible for prestigious USTA National, Section, and State awards.
Criteria for approval as a registered CTA
- Complete the initial CTA registration using the TennisLink online registration system and thereafter submit an annual renewal through this same online system
- Valid USTA Member Organization status as a Community Tennis Association
- Incorporate as a non-profit through the South Carolina Secretary of State
- Functional By-laws on file with USTA South Carolina
- Participate in an annual customized meeting in the CTA’s community between that CTA’s leaders and USTA South Carolina (staff and/or CD Committee Members). This meeting must involve 50% of the CTA Board or at least 3 Board Members, whichever is less.
- Quarterly updates to USTA SC, which can be as easy as submitting copies of meeting minutes.
- Be a predominantly volunteer organization with a Board of Directors
- Operate or plan to operate an active tennis program and/or conduct tennis advocacy in a specific South Carolina community
Contact Sheryl McAlister at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-644-7282 for any questions regarding community tennis associations.