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What is Jr. Team Tennis?

USTA Jr. Team Tennis emphasizes fun, fitness and friends. The focus in this kind of play is on enjoying the exhilaration of exercise and refining the skills that make tennis fun for players at all ages and levels of competition.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis is a multi-week program of team practice and match play for boys and girls, ages 6 to 18. Teams are comprised of players of similar age and skill. They compete against other teams from the same geographic region in one of four league divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under or 18 & under.

My child has never played tennis. Would they be able to join Jr. Team Tennis?

Yes! Any child that wants to play tennis can join a Jr. Team Tennis program! Your child does not need tennis lessons to play Jr. Team Tennis.

There are two options for children that have never played tennis:

  • 10 & Under:
    Kids Team Tennis uses the QuickStart format as the introductory level for the Jr. Team Tennis. It adopts principles that other sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball have implemented for youth participants – modifying equipment and court dimensions. Kids Team Tennis is that it enables children to play quickly and successfully while enjoying a team experience with kids their same age and level of play.

*The QuickStart format uses a systematic progression of court size, balls and rackets that makes the Kids Team Tennis program more fun for players and increases skill development faster than traditional teaching methods. Click on the following link to see more information on QuickStart: www.quickstarttennis.com.

  • 12 & Under, 14 & Under or 18 & Under – Beginner Level:
    At this level your child will not use the modified equipment or shorter courts but would be playing with children their age and at the same level of play. This is a great way to introduce your older child to the recreational sport of tennis!

Who coaches KTT/JTT?

Just as in other team-based sports for kids, the coaches are VOLUNTEERS. WE WANT YOU!
Jr. Team Tennis Program Coordinators need volunteers to coach teams. In return they offer a wide variety of support and resources to help coaches run a team practice and match successfully – even if you have never played tennis.

My child already plays tennis. Where would they fit into a Jr. Team Tennis program?

If your child already plays tennis and is looking for an opportunity to play with other kids at their age and/or skill level, Jr. Team Tennis is the perfect fit! This level of play offers a fun and competitive format that gives winning teams from a local program the opportunity to advance to a State, Sectional and National championship! Click here to read more about championships.

  • Intermediate Level- 3.0 & Below:
    3.0 is a National Tennis Rating for a player that is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power.

  • Advanced Level- 3.5 & Above:
    3.5 is a National Tennis Rating for a player that has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles. You must play in the advanced division of Jr. Team Tennis for the 2009 Championship Season (Aug. 2008 – July 2009) if you are listed on the USTA Southern Section 1-300 Standing List as of July 31, 2008 for 12s -18s or the 1-100 Standing List for 10s.
    Follow Link to July 31, 2008 Southern Standing List.

How do I find a team?

Jr. Team Tennis is run by local program coordinators around the state. Please refer to the following list of local KTT/JTT Program Coordinators to find a team/program in your area. If you do not see a program in your area, please contact Michelle Campanella at 800.644.7282 Ext. 17 or e-mail campanella@sctennis.com for more information.

City
Coordinator
Program
Aiken Gayl Hoel Aiken JTL
Anderson Dr. Sophie Woorons-Johnston Upstate Jr. Team Tennis
Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Robert Brown PTI Jr. Team Tennis
Charleston Joyce Arrington Lowcountry Jr. Team Tennis
Columbia Kathy Foster Columbia Tennis League
Florence Gary Elms Florence Tennis Association
Greenville Ashlyn Cousins Upper Piedmont Tennis Association
Greenwood Leigh Martin GATA Junior Team Tennis
Irmo Freddy Goodman USTA Midlands Summer High School League
Lexington Karen Holzschuh Lexington Area Tennis Association
Rock Hill Tedi Doncheva Mid-Carolina Tennis Association JTT
Sumter Tom Ruth Sumter Tennis Association


How much does it cost?

Program fees vary across the state and are determined by the local program coordinator based on their local program offerings and expenses. On average, a season of play (normally 6-8 weeks) can cost anywhere from $35 - $55. If you cannot afford these fees, please talk to your coordinator as many have limited scholarships available to offer assistance.

Does my child have to be a USTA member to join a team?

Yes. A USTA Junior Membership is required for all KTT/JTT programs and the cost is $18 for one year. Please check with your local program coordinator prior to purchase to ensure your membership is not included with local program fees.
Go here to check out all the cool tennis benefits that come with a Junior USTA Membership!

How do I purchase a USTA Junior Membership?

Please click here to find out more membership information and to purchase on-line or
call 1-800-990-USTA (8782) to speak to a membership representative.

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