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JNTRP Target Ages
1.0 - 2.5 6 to 12

In this division of USA Team Tennis, the objectives are to have kids participate in tennis as a team sport, have fun with friends, learn basic skills, and play games. Teams should be made up of both boys and girls from the appropriate JNTRP skill level and age group. During weekly practices, coaches work with teams to help players develop basic skills to prepare for match play.

The Ralleyball Format is an option for team match play in the 12 & Under Division. Teams may consist of groups of players from a single school or several schools, or may be graduates of USA Tennis 1-2-3. Teams compete and earn points in weekly match play.

USA Team Tennis T-shirts are recommended during match play. Contact your USTA district office for USA Team Tennis T-shirt information.

Team Profile
The ideal number of players on a team for the Ralleyball Format is six. Larger teams are not
recommended because players would not have the opportunity to play very often.

If a league is organized through invitations from schools, players from the same school are placed on the same team, and they represent their respective schools.

All players are divided into groups by skill level and age to compete within the division.

Competition may be among teams from the same or different schools.

Ralleyball Format
All matches are doubles. Two players from each team take the court and stand on the service line, baseline, or three-quarters court, depending on the age groups. Opposing players line up in the doubles alley on their respective sides of the net.

A coach or parent begins play by tossing the ball underhand to the team that won the spin to start the rally. The first player hits the ball over the net to begin the rally. One point is awarded to each team whose player lands a ball on the court within the doubles lines during the rally.

A team stays on the court until one of its players misses a shot. When a team misses a shot, the two players from that team leave the court and are replaced by two teammates. This process continues for both teams during the entire match.

Match play is for a total of three sets. Each set is timed for 10 minutes. Play is continuous during the set.

All points are tallied during the set. All set points and bonus points from the skill activity are totaled to determine the winner.

Tie scores are broken by a two-set-to-one lead or a one-rally tiebreaker.
League standings may be kept and awards given to teams with the most match wins.

A complete Format Procedure Manual is available through your USTA section office.